Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Halal Nasi Lemak Kukus from Walaku Express @ Yishun Block 101 [Opposite the Famous Singapore Pools Branch in Chong Pang] #walaku #nasilemakkukus

I was hoping to have a plate of delicious boneless braised duck rice from Chuan Kee for lunch but the long queue of almost 20 persons forced me to look at alternatives; however, every famous stall was crowded and it's not as if i have a long lunch break despite working from home! 

Eventually, i decided to give a go for Nasi Lemak Kukus (from Walaku Express). There's actually a well known non-halal nasi lemak stall in the same coffee shop but when it comes to non-halal nasi lemak, my heart is always with Star Hup Lee near my parents' place. 

It has your standard nasi lemak lineup like peanuts with ikan bilis, chicken wings, fish, fried eggs with available top-ups like rendang, otah, sambal eggs, begedil. Four sets are available if you couldn't decide and they range from S$4.00 to S$9.00 (salmon set).

An item which i thought should be exposed at all times would be the large pot of rice by the side. One look by any rice lover and you would be drawn by their longer shape and their apparent fluffiness! Pity it has to be closed so that it can continue to stay warm and soft.

Set B - Nasi Lemak Wing Set at S$4.50. The price may seem pricey but do keep in mind that you would get a fried kuning fish, a chicken wing, peanuts with ikan bilis and a fried egg.

The rice was definitely the key takeaway; i absolutely love it! The aromatic infusion of coconut milk in every bite and its fluffiness was unmatched when compared to other nasi lemak stalls. Unlike most nasi lemak, it didn't feel heavy in my stomach after the meal! 

No complains about the peanut with ikan bilis and the fried kuning which are pretty standard; special mention to the sambal chilli which had a good ratio of spiciness and sweetness. A bit too fluid in my opinion and the male staff was a bit stingy (and was even a tad unhappy) when i requested for more. 

Aside from the halal logo, one key difference that a halal nasi lemak stall has over a non halal one is the marination of the chicken wings. I prefer the Muslim style chicken wing which has a turmeric flavour which i find utterly appealing! While it's still the same case at Nasi Lemak Kukus, what i found lacking were that frozen chicken wing was used and it could have been crispier. 

Nonetheless, still a pretty good meal.

Now, who wants to go with me to challenge the humongous nasi lemak kukus platter set!? I say only as i am not a big fan of ginormous portions; people my age really can't eat that much of food.

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Address
Block 101, Yishun Avenue 5, 
Swee Sian Yuen Eating House, 
Singapore 760101 

Map
As above (red star)

Operating Hours
Mondays to Sundays - 9.00 am to 9.30 pm

Menu
As above. 

Pricing
Set B (Nasi Lemak Wing Set) - S$4.50

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

A Purist for Coffee and Durian; But I Am Weak Towards Strawberry Flavoured Snacks

When it comes to durian and coffee, you don't see me craving for coffee / durian cake or any other flavoured food / snack that contains my essential beverage to start the day and my favourite fruit of all time. 

Strawberries are, strangely, in a different category.

Fresh strawberries are great although i do occasionally crave for strawberry flavoured snacks like the above; glico collon biscuit roll, glico pocky biscuit stick, meiji yan yan biscuit stick with dip and meiji hello panda biscuit with filling! 

Yes, all the brands are from Japan and cost between S$1.00 and S$1.50! Those who have been following my travelogues would notice i would purchase packs of glico pocky biscuit sticks (as they are easily available in other countries) to indulge onboard the planes.

Unpacking all four types of snacks! 

These snacks came in other flavours like vanilla and chocolate but aside from glico collon biscuit roll, i prefer their strawberry version better. For the collon biscuit, the best so far is their vanilla flavour. 

To curb your craving for strawberry flavoured snacks, i strongly recommend yan yan as nothing beats sticking your finger into the strawberry flavoured dip and then licking the cream off your finger for that ultimate blast!

Anyway, i was thankful to have a snacker, our beloved Jovyn, to share the calories! I do have a ranking system for the snacks; favouite is glico collon biscuit roll, follows by glico pocky biscuit stick, meiji yan yan biscuit stick, and lastly, meiji hello panda. 

I still eat fresh strawberries at times when they are on offer but i would prepare a plate of fine sugar that i would use to coat each strawberry before popping it into my mouth!

Monday, June 29, 2020

Tastes of Taiwan (西门街美食) @ Yishun Junction Nine [Singapore] #junctionnine

With the government allowing dining in at restaurants from phase two of post circuit breaker, i must say i am excited as i have been guilty of using too many disposables for takeaways. 

Even though i had the intention to try a Japanese restaurant, the limited time we had due to an appointment after dinner, means we had to eat somewhere near; hence, the decision to dine at Tastes of Taiwan (西门街美食) which is housed in Yishun's Junction Nine mall.

It's actually not my first time at Tastes of Taiwan; i happened to jog to Junction Nine during the circuit breaker and decided to purchase dinner from the eatery which he seemed to enjoy. 

Pearl Milk Tea - Singapore is flushed with bubble tea outlets nowadays but i especially love the one here as it evokes memories of my first time having bubble tea at this shop in Wisma Atria; back then, there weren't so many varieties and even the pearls were just limited to the usual black coloured ones. 

Taiwan Spring Onion Pancake - do you know that i never got to try this pancake when i was in Taiwan? And since it's on the menu here and there were three of us available for sharing; why not buy to try? 

Options for smoked chicken hotdog, plain chicken ham and crispy chicken floss and i got the last one! Frankly, i didn't know what to expect but this tasted like a non-crispy roti prata with egg and meat floss and hardly any punch from the spring onions. And if you ask me, i am better off with a hot and crispy roti prata.

Braised Pork Rice - you realized that the food were still served using disposables?! Gosh, guess most people's carbon footprint during this pandemic has increased multiple times. 

Coming back to Taiwan's national dish, luroufan; for S$5, you get comparatively larger serving than the famous jiak by jinfeng at Northpoint. Cheaper with more meat, and you get one braised egg too. 

The savoury braised sauce was sweeter than jiak by jinfeng and as you can see, there were more meat than fats. I can't say this was the best luroufan ever; maybe slightly above average although it did hit the right spot for being a fuss-free, comfortable meal for someone who craves for braised pork rice. 

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Address
18 Yishun Avenue 9, 
Junction Nine, #01-19,
Singapore 768897

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Pearl Milk Tea - S$2.80
Taiwan Spring Onion Pancake -  S$6.00
Braised Pork Rice - S$5.00
(No GST, No Service Charge)

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Joyce's Birthday 2020

Yes, another birthday celebration in less than two weeks and to be frank, both Joyvn and her mum are darn lucky as restrictions that had been in place for two months from April to counter the COVID-19 pandemic was partially lifted which allows the family to finally meet! 

As there's still a limit of not more than five persons to dine in at a restaurant, we had to make do with takeaway instead; the pretty worth it meal from JJ Thai Cuisine; to check out their menu, click here

Birthday girl with her carbon copy offspring. In a few more years' time, i bet many people would ask if they are siblings as my elder sister looked real young for her age, especially now that she has slimmed down.

Better take photographs of the kisses now as it would get rarer when Jovyn gets older. We have all been young before and know that puberty is the key driver to killing all innocence from children.

The customary family portrait! 

My family turn; a rare portrait as i am usually the one handling the camera. However, as mentioned previously, Jovyn seemed to enjoy taking photographs and this is once again another work of hers! 

I decided to take over as her angle was a bit off and she definitely could do with more practice. Maybe i could drag her out one day for a photo-taking session. One problem though; she hates the hot weather! 

More hugs and kisses as we sang the birthday song.

Birthday wish! Do you share your birthday wish? My understanding is that no sharing as the wish wouldn't come true. Anyway, my birthday wish has always been quite simple as i am an easily satisfied person.

My sister can peacefully blow the lighted candle; contrast this to the past when the kids would compete to be the first to blow despite the fact they were not the birthday boy / girl.

Cake cutting time; the fruit tart was purchased from a neighbourhood bakery and it was overly sweet even for my standard! Love the peaches though.

Happy Birthday, Joyce!
Remain beautiful and don't concentrate too much on work!  

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Fatty Char Siew from Rong Kee Roasted Delights @ Marsiling Block 166 [Singapore]

Hawker centres and coffee shops are aplenty in Singapore, especially the latter which are often found in areas with high density of public housing. 

This means i don't usually keep a lookout at what's within a coffee shop unless something particularly caught my attention; i.e. it could be a lot of people waiting for a table, long queues or an eye-catching picture. 

In this particular case, i was on my way to the hair salon near Marsiling MRT station when this small picture on a counter stopped me in my tracks; the delish looking rong kee premium roasted char siew! 

I couldn't resist and queue up to order after my hair treatment! As you can see, there were other roasted delights like roast duck, roast pork and roast chicken with rice or noodle options but i had porridge not too long ago and didn't feel like overindulging.

A plate of 100-gram premium roasted char siew was all i asked for ! 

I didn't think 100 grams were a lot but it turned out to be much more than i expected. Thinly sliced, they were relatively pale looking surrounded with just a narrow, darker strip. Honestly, they looked nothing like the picture.

Thankfully, the taste was better than its appearance; best to go with the crunchy japanese cucumber, it was sweeter than expected with a tender texture! Granted it was indeed fatty but you can't really complain when the Chinese words on the picture are in fact translated to fatty char siew. 

My sister did find it a bit too sweet which i am fine with personally; the only two things i found lacking would be the absence of that signature roasted, smoky aroma and a more charred exterior. Nonetheless, it's still worth a try if you are in the marsiling area and is a fan of char siew!

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Address 
166 Woodlands Street 13, 
#01-553, Chang Cheng Mee Wah Coffee Shop,
Singapore 730166

Map
As above.

Pricing
Premium Roasted Char Siew (No Rice) - S$5.00

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