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Thank you for your support for the past three years.

Hungry Ghost will be renamed "Hungry in Singapore" as of 9/8/2017. This Hungry Ghost website will still be available should you want to read some of the older posts.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Duke Bakery (CityLink Mall)

Today, I would like to introduce to you a bakery that I personally like very much - Duke Bakery. 

Duke Bakery combines quality European ingredients with bread-making techniques from Japan, Europe and Taiwan to create artisan breads that are not only aesthetically pleasing to the eye, but healthy and delicious too. 

Since the opening of its first outlet in 27 October 2013, Duke Bakery has enjoyed immense success with many outlets around Singapore. 







Duke Bakery offers more than 50 different types of handcrafted breads ranging from Japanese Scones and Chrysanthemum to Healthy Flaxseed and Cranberry Walnut. I especially enjoy Chocolate Cheese where the black bread is made with Australia butter and Vivo chocolate encasing a ring of Australian cream cheese. 




Duke Bakery has recently launched a new product, Cheese Tart. I bought a few to try with my colleagues and found that the cheese is too pungent that I can't really taste anything else.  


Besides selling bottled cold drinks such as Ginseng Chrysanthemum, Roselle, Cane Barley, Special Honey, Lemongrass Lime and Red Dates Longan, Duke Bakery also has freshly-pressed fruit juices. 

Addresses, telephone numbers and opening hours of all 22 outlets in Singapore, USA and China can be found here

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ju Hao (Tiong Bahru Plaza)

I was at Tiong Bahru Plaza with my mother the other day looking for a good restaurant to have a spot of dinner when we spotted Ju Hao. Its menu looked somewhat similar to Din Tai Fung, so we thought we will give it a try. 

Ju Hao was first established in Lavender Food Square in 2010. With a skillful team of Chinese chefs specializing in la mian and xiao long bao, Ju Hao quickly gained reputation and garnered  good reviews from many food blogs. 




This is Ju Hao's signature Juicy Steamed Pork Dumpling. I am really disappointed. I am quite certain that the xiao long bao has been made in advance and taking out to steam upon order, resulting in skin that is too dry at the top and breaks at the bottom. The meat filling inside is rather tasteless and the soup is probably the only thing that saves it from being a total disaster. 


Beef Brisket is one of my favorite food so I decided to have a bowl of Signature Noodle with Beef Brisket. The noodles are bouncy with a good bite, but they are a little too inform to be made by hand, I have a feeling they are machine-made. The beef briskets are totally ruined. The beef comes off in stripes and they are as hard as leather.  


Hot and Sour Noodle was equally as disappointing where the  "la mian" is accompanied by a bowl of hot and sour sauce that is too salty. Don't ask me, I have no idea why a hot and sour noodle would become salty, but it tasted as if the chef mistook salt for vinegar and added it to the sauce. 

If Ju Hao wanted to copy Din Tai Fung, it has definitely done a very poor job. I will go back to Din Tai Fung anytime for one of the best bowl of beef brisket noodles and it will be a very long time before I will dare to venture into Ju Hao again. 


Ju Hao (Tiong Bahru Plaza)
Address: 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Tiong Bahru Plaza #02-112
Telephone: 62507188
Opening Hours: Sundays - Thursdays 11.30am - 10pm; Fridays - Saturdays + Public Holidays 11.30am - 10.30pm

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles - Michelin 1 Star Bak Chor Mee





Way before Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle made it into the Michelin Guide Singapore, this bak chor mee stall has already been featured in various newspapers in Singapore. 



The queue is about 1 hour before Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle got into the Michelin Guide Singapore, now be prepared to wait at least 2-3 hours, especially during lunch and dinner hours and on weekends.


Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle only sells the following items: 炸扁鱼 Zha Bian Yu (Fried Flat Fish), 粿条汤 Guo Tiao Tang (Rice Noodles in Soup), 干面 Gan Mian (Dry Noodles), 紫菜汤 Zi Cai Tang (Seaweed Soup), 肉丸汤 Rou Wan Tang (Pork Balls Soup).


The famous Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is available in 3 serving sizes: Regular ($6), Medium ($8) and Large ($10), additional ingredients are charged separately. 


I got myself the Large serving of Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and I honestly don't see why everyone loves this bak chor mee so much. Granted, the noodles are cooked just right so they are springy with a good bite and there is a generous amount of sliced pork, pork liver, pork balls and crispy salted fish, served with pungent vinegar but I will expect no less for a $10 bowl of bak chor mee which is really the most expensive bak chor mee I have ever eaten.

My conclusion is that Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is nice but it is rather pricey. If you really want to try Michelin Guide endorsed food without burning a hole in your pocket, Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle is a good place to start. 

What do you think of the Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle? Tell me in the comments! 

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
Address: 466 Crawford Lane, Singapore 190466
Telephone: 62927477

Website: taihwa.com.sg 

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Itacho Sushi X Jika Udon


Although I have been staying in the West of Singapore for more than 20 years and I have been to JCube many times, I have never really taken the time to really explore JCube, so today I went to JCube and I realised that the second level of JCube is just like a mini Bugis Street and Fast East Shopping Mall with many small shops selling all the trendiest clothes and accessories. 

I have also realised that the second floor of JCube also houses quite a few interesting restaurants, hidden among the clothing shops. 

Let's check out Itacho Sushi X Jika Udon. 




Salmon is my favourite among all the seafoods and Roasted Salmon with Cod Fish Caviar also happens to be one of the signature sushi at Itacho Sushi. The flamed salmon melted in my mouth while the cod fish caviar added a note of luxury to it.


Itacho Sushi is having a Blue Fin Tuna promotion where all the blue fin tuna sashimi and sushi are being sold at half price, so I ordered a piece of Blue Fin Fatty Tuna with Tendon. The blue fin tuna is really fresh and it literally tastes as if a piece of butter just melted right in my mouth.


Hot and cold Jika Udon is available in over 30 variations paired with different side dishes. This one I have here is Udon with Assorted Tempura in Soup. The clear daikon (radish) soup is clear and flavourful and the udon is chewy and of the right texture.


I am not too happy with the tempuras. They are much too oily and the prawn tempura has clearly been soaked in baking soda because all I can taste is the bitterness of the baking soda. 




There is currently a promotion going on where Kochi Japanese sake and Kochi ice-cream are available at 40% and 32% off respectively. The Kochi ice-cream are available in 5 flavour: Sencha Green Tea Ice-Cream, Japanese Yuzu Ice-Cream, Japanese Egg Vanilla Ice-Cream, Sea Salt Gelato and Japanese Chestnut Ice-Cream. I really wanted to try the Japanese Egg Vanilla flavour, but the only favour that was available was Japanese Yuzu Sorbet which was refreshing but a little too sweet for my taste.

Itacho Sushi X Jika Udon is a great little restaurant hidden on the second floor of JCube where you can have fresh sushi and slurp-worthy udon all in one place. This is the perfect place for lunch or dinner after a day of shopping in JCube.

Itacho Sushi X Jika Udon (JCube)
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #02-14
Telephone: 66844083

Itacho Sushi (ION Orchard)
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #B3-20
Telephone: 65098911

Itacho Sushi (Plaza Singapura)
Address: 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura #02-35
Telephone: 63378922

Itacho Sushi (Bugis Junction)
Address: 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction #B1-05
Telephone: 63378911

Itacho Sushi (Changi airport Terminal 3)
Address: 65 Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Terminal 3 #03-30/31
Telephone: 62418911

Itacho Sushi (The Star Vista)
Address: 1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista #B1-12
Telephone: 66940880

Itacho Sushi (Bedok Mall)
Address: 311 New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Mall #B2-42/43
Telephone: 62278911

Itacho Sushi (Tampines Mall)
Address: 4 Tampines Central 5, Tampines Mall #04-32
Telephone: 67895388
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

The Good Trio (JCube) - Revisit

The Good Trio is a Chinese restaurant that specializes in Hokkien Sichuan dishes with two outlets in Singapore in JCube and Thomson Plaza. 

After our first visit, this restaurant has become a favorite of my mother and I for the times when we do not want to spend time queueing for Din Tai Fung at JEM but still want to have a good Chinese meal. 




Braised Nanping Noodle is a classic Hokkien noodle dish that my mother, who is a Hokkien, enjoyed immensely. Springy thin noodles are cooked with seafood, pork and vegetables in a thick and flavorful broth.


Stir-Fried Vegetables with Black Fungus & Mushroom is a healthy dish that has green vegetables, mushrooms and black fungus. You can't go wrong with this dish.



My mother feels that The Good Trio's Vegetable Buns are even better than Din Tai Fung's. I can't comment on that since I have not tried Din Tai Fung's vegetable buns but The Good Trio's version is soft and fluffy, filled with chopped vegetables.



Stir-Fried Yam with Sesame can be found in the stir-fry section of the menu, but I consider it more of a dessert. Pieces of chopped yam are coated in caramelized sugar which are dipped in a bowl of cold water upon serving, which becomes a crackling coat that envelopes the soft sweet yam.


I find The Good Trio to be a nice little Chinese restaurant that consistently serves good quality Hokkien and Sichuan Chinese dishes. When Din Tai Fung at JEM gets too crowded during the weekends and public holidays, The Good Trio is a good alternative that is just a short 10-minute walk away. 


The Good Trio (JCube)
Address: 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube #01-17
Telephone: 66941897
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday 11.30am - 3pm (Last Order 2.30pm); 5.30pm - 10pm (Last Order 9.30pm) 

The Good Trio (Thomson Plaza)
Address: 301 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Plaza #01-111
Telephone: 64571379

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Come N Joy - New Korean Restaurant in Millenia Walk

I was just walking out of Millenia Walk after having lunch at Poke Doke the other day when I chanced upon this Korean restaurant that I have never seen before. 

I went back the very next day and it turned out that was their first day of opening and I was one of their first customers. 

Come N Enjoy is a Korean restaurant opened by South Korean couple Kris and Michelle. Their children are all grown-up, so they decided to open a restaurant to keep themselves busy.




Come N Enjoy has spacious seating and clean design with huge photographs depicting various places in South Korea. 






Come N Joy's menu is not extensive, featuring a few popular Korean dishes such as bibimbap, ramyun, stews and popular Korean snacks. 


All the sauces and banchan (Korean word for side dishes) are made by the lady boss, Michelle. Although there are not as many items as Kim's Korean Family Restaurant, the quality is definitely there. I am starting to believe Kris when he says that his wife is the best cook and I am looking forward to the food. 


Bulgogi Bibimbap is a Korean staple food that can be found in most Korean restaurants and I really like Come N Enjoy's version. The beef bulgogi is thoroghtly cooked yet retains its tenderness, the sliced mushrooms are thick and juicy and the huge Korean beansprouts gives the dish a lovely crunchy texture. 


Kris, the boss, has kindly recommended Kimchi Soup with Tuna. The spicy-looking soup is  not as spicy as it looks and even non-spicy eaters like me can manage it. I am in love with the sourness of the soup and the tuna chucks are tasty. Ramen can be added for additional $4, but since it was opening special that week, they added it to the soup for free. If you don't like tune, the other options are Kimchi Soup with Pork, Kimchi Soup with Beef, Kimchi Soup with Tuna, Kimchi Soup with Mackerel Pike and Kimchi Soup with Fish Cake.  


Seafood Spicy Ramyun is so good, I slurped up every last drop of the soup. The spicy-looking soup is manageable even for non-spicy eaters like me. Board thick noodles are cooked to perfection and pair with ingredients such as Hungry Ghost gives her honest and unbiased review on restaurants, cafes and food establishments that she has visited in Singapore. This is definitely one of the most delicious ramyun dishes I have ever had.   


I have mixed feeling about the Rice Cake Skewers. On one hand, I find that it is a little cold and not like the hot rice cakes I have had at other places, but on the other hand this colder version is more chewy that its hotter counterpart which I really enjoy. Tell me what you think when you eat this, okay?


After my first taste of the popular Korean fish cake (eomuk) at Dookki, I have fallen in love with this tasty Korean snack that is highly addictive, so I was really excited when I saw that Come N Joy sells it too. However, Come N Joy's Korean Fish Cake Skewers is not as tasty as Dookki's and it seems to be lacking a certain ingredient. 


The chicken dishes are only avilable at night during chimaek (a combination of the words "chicken" and "maekju" - the Korean word for beer). While the Original Chicken pieces are crunchy with tender chicken meat, the overwhelming fowl taste puts me off a little. The other flavors are Seasoned Chilli Chicken, Soy Garlic Chicken and Lemon Cheese Chicken. 


Pick your poison: Charmisul Soju, Chumchurum Soju, Cucumber Soju, Lemon Soju, Hite Beer, Guinness Beer, Heineken Beer, Tiger Beer, Tiger Draft Beer (Full Pint/Half Pint) 


While Come N Joy lacks in variety of dishes, they certainly make up for it with their warm Korean hospitality and authentic Korean dishes. 

Come N Joy 

Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk 
Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30am - 3pm (last order 2.30pm); Dinner 5.30pm - 11pm (last order 10.30pm); Sunday 5.30pm - 9.30pm (last order 9pm)