Monday, October 2, 2017

Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe (HabourFront Centre)

Yes, I have finally tried out MegaZip and MegaJump at Mega Adventure Park in Sentosa after thinking about it for months. 

After the adrenaline rush, Jing Ru and I came back to HabourFront Centre. It has been a while since I last ate at Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe so we decided to have our dinner there. 

Baked Char Siew Bo Lo Bun [$4.50] is one of Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe's signatures. It is almost identical to Tim Ho Wan's Baked Bun with BBQ Pork. Sweet and moist barbecued pork mossels are wrapped in moist bun topped with a crispy custardy top with a crosshatched pattern that resembles the outside of a pineapple. 

Steamed Creamy Custard Bun is such a letdown. The bun itself is fluffy but too thick and the salted egg custard filling is not thick enough and tastes more like melted butter than the creamy salted egg filling it is meant to be. 

Papaya Soup Bee Hoon is another signature dish at Cin Wang Hong Kong Cafe and my favorite is Chicken Chop 'N' Egg Papaya Soup Bee Hoon [$10.90]. Thin bee hoon is accompanied by flavorful papaya soup, soft papaya pieces, corn, flavored egg and a thick piece of freshly-fried chicken chop. The other options are Luncheon Meat 'N' Egg Papaya Soup Bee Hoon, Pork Chop 'N' Egg Papaya and Sliced Fish 'N' Egg Papaya Soup Bee Hoon. 

XW Special Ying Yong Snow Ice with Grass Jelly is a huge dessert that is best shared with friends. Known to most Singaporeans as ice kachang, the tall tower of shaved ice hides all the gems at the bottom of the bowl - red beans, sweet corn, grass jelly and agar agar cubes. This particular one is topped with condensed milk, palm sugar and puréed sweet corn. If you are a mango-lover, you should go for the XW Special Mango Snow Ice.

Xin Wang Hong Kong Cafe (HabourFront Centre) 
Address: 1 Maritime Square, HabourFront Centre #02-74/75, Singapore 099253
Telephone: 62743315
Opening Hours: Daily 10am - 10pm 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Eat at Seven: Katsudon Hanakatsu

Eat at Seven: Hanakatsu

Hanakatsu is a new addition to the Eat at Seven enclave in Suntec City. Eat at Seven features the most trending restaurants in Japan. 

Eat at Seven: Hanakatsu

Eat at Seven: Hanakatsu - Menu

There are only two items on Hanakatsu's menu: Ha-Na (Pork + Chicken) Katsudon and Ha-Na Katsudon Spicy (Pork + Chicken + Spicy Flavor). You can also opt for Ton-Ji-Ru (Miso Soup with Pork and Vegetables) or Rice Upsize to complement your meal. 

Drink menu include soft drinks such as Coca Cola, Coca Cola Light, Sprite, Iced Lemon Tea and Iced Green Tea (free refill). There are also alcoholic beverages such as Suntory The Premium Malt (Beer), Sapporo Premium Beer, Suntory "Ha Ku" High Ball (Whiskey + Soda) and Ka Mo Tsu Ru 180ml (Sake - Dai Ginjo). 

Eat at Seven: Hanakatsu - Ha-Na Katsudon

Eat at Seven: Hanakatsu - Ha-Na Katsudon

Ha-Na Katsudon [$13.50] is supposed to be a mixture of chicken and pork, but they ran out of pork so I was given all chicken fillets. It takes about 15 minutes because the katsu are fried fresh upon order, so you can be assured of the freshness and crunchiness of the katsu. 

Katsudon Hanakatsu is great for those who are looking for a bowl of reasonably-priced chicken and pork katsudon. If you are looking for a Japanese meal with more variety, Tempura Kohaku just beside it is a good option. 

Eat at Seven: Katsudon Hanakatsu
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #03-10, Singapore 038983
Telephone: 63334386
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am - 3.30pm; 5pm - 9.30pm

Monday, September 25, 2017

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen

I did a review of "Eat at Seven" in January this year which features 7 of Japan's best and trending specialized concept restaurants. I was running an errand in the area a few days ago when I realized that two of the restaurants have been replaced with new restaurants. 

Nikunoki has been replaced by Burg Kitchen, a restaurant by Chef Karaoke that specializes in Japanese hamburg steak. 

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen - Interior

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen - Interior

Burg Kitchen has basically retained Nikunoki's original interior design, with wooden flooring and wooden tables and chairs. I like that the tables are widely-spaced, making it easy to navigate the restaurant without having to worry that my butt will topple over any tables or chairs. 

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen

Burg Kitchen offers a counter where you can enjoy free-flow of pickles, salad and desserts. 

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen - Menu

Besides the Original Burg and the deluxe version Cheese Burg, Burg Kitchen also offers 5 side dishes to complement your hamburg Chicken Combo, Golden Curry with Homemade Croquet and Beef Meatball, Golden Curry with Spicy Fried Chicken, Crispy Chicken Wings with Original Spice Blend and Penne Meat Sauce Gratin. 

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen - Cheese Burg

I decided to go with the "Must Try" Cheese Burg [$19.80++] where 200g of quality Australian beef and wagyu fats are marinated in salt, pepper, miso, sautéed onions, breadcrumbs and milk. The seasoned hamburg is then slowly pan-fried and oven-baked to seal in its juice. You can choose from 7 sauces to go with your hamburg: Demi Glace (Homemade, Premium), Teriyaki with Mayo, Teriyaki with Mayo and Wasabi, Teriyaki Sansyo Pepper, Ponzu Oroshi, Ponzu Garlic Ginger Oroshi and Ponzu Spicy Chilli. I went with the staff's suggestion and chose Demi Glace and I think it's a superb choice. The flavorful sauce goes perfectly with the juicy beef patty, highlighting the freshness and juiciness of the meat. The addition of the melted cheese adds a layer of creaminess to the already perfect dish. 

Eat at Seven: Burg Kitchen
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #03-315, Singapore 
Telephone: 62665338
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sundays 11.30am - 3pm, 5.30pm - 10.30pm (Closed on Mondays) 

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)

Chateraise originated from Yamanashi Prefecture and it is hugely popular in Japan with 460 stores around the country. This popular Japanese patisserie brand landed in Singapore for the first time in 1 April 2015 and Chateraise proved its popularity in Singapore with 21 stores spread around this tiny island in just 2 years. 

Using high-quality ingredients sourced from Chateraise's contract farms, Chateraise uses production method that brings out the best of out the fresh ingredients. 

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)

I have read from SethLui and DanielFoodDiary that the Toa Payoh outlet is the only Chateraise outlet with seating, but Toa Payoh is a little out of the way for me, so I decided to make do with trying out some of Chateraise's signatures at the newly opened CityLink outlet. 

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)

Chateraise's CityLink Mall outlet features glass display cabinates showcasing cakes, pastries, baked goods, Japanese confectioneries, rice cakes, chocolates, pan pizza, wheatless cakes, low-glucose cakes, frozen sweets and ice-cream.

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Fluffy Cream Roll

Fluffy Cream Roll is one of the bestsellers at Chateraise and it is not difficult to understand why. Light and rich whipped cream is accompanied by soft and fluffy cake that reminds you of fragrant full-cream milk. Every bite melts in your mouth and you can't wait to take the next bite. 

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Double Fantasy Mango

Double Fantasy Mango is called so because it contains Hokkaido fresh cream and custard cream of your choice which is mango for this one. It reminds me of Hattendo Cafe's Cream Buns but with heavier cream filling and a rich mango flavor. 

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Panda Roll

Panda Roll is pretty similar to Cream Roll except this one has Hokkaido fresh cream in the middle of the cake in the shape of a cute panda. Not much difference in taste. I recommend not getting this if you have already gotten the Cream Roll. 

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Teriyaki Icecream Uji Vanilla

Taiyaki is a classic Japanese snack that is also available at Chateraise. Chateriase added ice-cream and named it Taiyaki Icecream Uji Vanilla. The fish-shaped snack is filled with Hokkaido akuzi red bean paste and matcha ice-cream. You get the sweetness of the red bean paste and the creaminess of vanilla ice-cream. There is also Taiyaki Icecream Uji Matcha for those of you who love Japanese green tea. 

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Whipped Cream Dorayaki

Whipped Cream Dorayaki is filled with Hokkaido red bean paste and Hokkaido fresh cream sandwiched between two pancake-like patties which are made from castella. This is the premium version of the humble dorayaki and the Hokkaido fresh cream gives it a creaminess that make it all the more tasty.

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Ice-Cream

Chateraise (CityLink Mall)  - Ice-Cream

Chateraise also sells ice-cream in the forms of bar, cup, monaca (biscuit) and cake. The ice-cream popsicles are $0.80 - $2.50 per piece while the ice-cream tubs are $2.50 - $3.20 per tub, available in many amazing flavors. There are also Frozen Jelly in Orange, Muscat, Mango, Grape and Melon flavors. 

Although this is my first encounter with Chateriase, I have already fallen head over heels over this Japanese chain patisserie. 

I love Chateriase because: 
  • Japanese products are known for their quality and Chateraise's ingredients are sourced from contract Japanese farms so I can assure of the quality of the ingredients.
  • Chateriase products come in cute designs and simple yet aesthetically-pleasing packaging. 
  • Everything is reasonably-priced, so I can enjoy the sweet treats without any guilty feelings. 
There are 21 Chateraise outlets in Singapore, so you are never far from one no matter which part of Singapore you are in. 

Addresses of all 21 Chateraise outlets in Singapore can be found on Chateraise wesite and Chateraise Singapore Facebook page.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Fujiyama Dragon Curry - New Hiroshima Curry Restaurant in Orchid Hotel

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

I would like to thank Fujiyama Dragon Curry for inviting me to attend the grand opening of Fijiyama Dragon Curry's first outlet at Orchid Hotel. 

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

Fujiyama Dragon Curry originated in Hiroshima and now this Japanese curry restaurant can be found at the basement of Orchid Hotel, beside a few of my favorite restaurants such as Ramen Keisuke Tonkotsu King and Gyoza King

Fujiyama Dragon Curry - Menu

Fujiyama Dragon Curry - Multi Grain Rice

Step 1: Customize your topping or choose from one of the following: Cheese Curry [$15.70], All Topping Wild Curry [$19.70], Garlic Pork Belly Curry [$15.70], Breaded Deep Fried Pork Curry [$16.70], Garlic Pork Belly with Cheese Curry [$18.70], Fujiyama Dragon Curry [$12.70] or Deep Fried Chicken Curry [$15.70]. 
Step 2: Choose the spiciness level (the "spicy" is only mildly spicy). 
Step 3: Decide on the size of your rice: regular or upsize. You can also opt to change your white rice into multi grain rice. The multi grain rice is made up of 16 Japanese grains and it is rich in dietary fibre, vitamin e and protein. 

Fujiyama Dragon Curry - Cheese Curry

Cheese Curry [$15.70] is of of the most popular item, as according to the staff who attended to us. Onsen egg and juicy pork patty piles on top of the Japanese rice, surrounded by curry and held together by the melted cheese. I find the curry too salty, so much so that it overpowers everything else in the dish and all I can taste are the spices from the curry.

Fujiyama Dragon Curry - Garlic Pork belly Curry

Garlic Pork Belly Curry [$15.70] is another popular item on the menu with tender pieces of pork belly that has been well-marinated with garlic and their own secret recipe before being cooked so the pork belly retains all the juiciness. The pork belly is perfect on its own, but if eaten together with the curry, the saltiness of the curry spoils the flavor. 

Fujiyama Dragon Curry - All Topping Wild Curry

For those of your who want the full works should  go for All Topping Wild Curry [$19.70] where you get a big piece of deep-fried pork katsu, deep-fried shrimp, garlic pork belly, deep-fried chicken and minced pork. The ingredients are well-cooked, but once again the curry spoils the taste by being too salty. 

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

You can pour Paitan Soup over remaining curry and enjoy curry porridge. 

Fujiyama Dragon Curry

Japanese curry tend to be milder in flavor, Fujiyama Dragon Curry's curry leans more towards the Indian style of curry which has a more robust flavor. 

I would like to thank Fujiyama Dragon Curry for inviting to be one of the first people to try their curry, but I think there is still much room for improvement when it comes to their curry. At the moment, Monster Curry (Suntec City)'s demi-glace curry is still my favorite curry.

Currently, Fujiyama Dragon Curry only accepts cash payment. 

Fujiyama Dragon Curry
Address: 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel #01-03, Singapore 078867
Telephone: 64449264
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am - 3pm; 6pm - 9.30pm

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Tottori Night at Japan Rail Cafe

Tottori Night

I would like to thank J Passport for inviting me to attend Tottori Night, a program that is jointly organized by Tottori Prefectual Government Tourism and Japan Rail Cafe. 

Tottori Night - Japan Rail Cafe

Thank you Japan Rail Cafe for providing the venue for this wonderful event. Japan Rail Cafe brings you the latest on travel and information about Japan. There are delicious foods, retail section where you can buy Japanese souvenirs and workshops conducted by native Japanese. Please visit Japan Rail Cafe's website for more information. 

Tottori Night - Tottori Kani Chirashi Don

Japan Rail Cafe publishes a monthly newsletter that also serves as its menu and the Region of The Month is none other than Sai'in (Tottori and Shimane). I have  attached a copy of the Guide Map for Route Romantique Sai'in (English) which shows all the best attractions in the Sai'in region (which consists of the Shimane and Tottori prefectures). 

I ordered the Tottori Kani Chirashi Don where the sweet tamago, diced cucumber, ikura (fish roe) and kinpira (sautéed lotus roots) brings out the freshness and sweetness of the Matsuba Kani (Tottori Crab). 

Tottori Night - Misa Miyagawa

Our host, Misa Miyagawa, is the Ambassador of Tottori Prefectual Government Tourism. She did a wonderful job of introducing Tottori to us and making the event lively. She looks so cute with the crab hat, don't you think?

Tottori Prefecture is located in the Chugoku region and Tottori is the capital. Tottori is the least populated prefecture in Japan. Tottori is famous for the Tottori Sand Dunes, Matsuba Kani ("Kani" means "crab" in Japanese) (Tottori  exports more than 9500 tonnes of crabs a year), Nijisseiki Pear (which means "20th Century Pear"),  Pink Curry and Umesake Nokyo (Nokyo Plum Wine). 

Tottori Night - Pink Curry

Tottori Night - Pink Curry

Pink Curry is a speciality of Tottori that can only be found in Tottori. The pink color comes from beetroot. It may look a little weird, but you will be surprised by the fragrant curry taste when you eat it. 

Tottori Night - Umesake Nokyo

Tottori Night - Umesake Nokyo

Tottori's unique geological location makes it the prefect place to grow Nokyo Bungo (Wild Flower Bungo). This special variety of plum is only produced around the Yurihana town in Nokyo district. When it is ripe,  Nokyo Bungo measures 5-6cm in diameter and it is as big as a chicken egg. Nokyo Bungo is used together with sake to make plum wine which contains organic acids such as malic acid and citric acid. Umesake Nokyo (Nokyo Plum Wine) can be enjoyed both chilled or warmed up (40-50 degree celsius), becoming more delicious as it matures over time. Spica International Trading Pte. Ltd. is the only company in Singapore that carries Umesake Nokyo. Please contact them for purchase: 

Spica International Trading Pte. Ltd. 
1 Coleman Street #05-03A The Adelphi Singapore 179803
Telephone: +65 69085145

Tottori Night - Nijisseiki Pear

Nijisseiki Pear (which means "20th Century Pear") is another specialty of Tottori Prefecture. The brown-colored pear is round in shape and bigger than other pears. It is extremely sweet and juicy.

Tottori Night - Toripy

Tottori Night - Toripy

This is Toripy and it is the mascot of Tottori Prefecture. Isn't it cute? 

Tottori Night - Quiz Winner

Tottori Night - Matsuba Kani

There was a simple quiz at the end of the slide presentation with prizes such as Pink Curry, Nijisseiki Pear and Matsuba Kani. The questions are pretty simple so most of the participants got it correct. All those with correct answers will play scissors-paper-stone with the host, Misa Miyagawa, until there is only one winner. I was very lucky to be the winner of the last question and I was awarded with 5 frozen Matsuba Kani that has been air-flown into Singapore especially for this event. The crabs are so delicious, the tender flesh are sweet and juicy! 

I had such a great time at Tottori Night! I would like to thank Japan Rail Cafe and Tottori Prefecture Government Tourism for hosting such a wonderful event. It was both fun and enriching. I hope more of such activities can be held in Singapore to let Singaporeans such as myself learn more about the different prefectures in Japan. 

You can find out more information about Tottori Prefecture on J Passport's Tottori page

Japan Rail Cafe
Address: 5 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre #01-20, Singapore 078883
Telephone: 63855422
Opening Hours: Daily 11am - 9pm