Saturday, June 24, 2017

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head @ Jurong East Street 24 - Michelin Bib Gourmand Awardee 2017

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The second edition of Michelin Guide 2017, Bib Gourmand winners have been announced on 22 June 2017. Among the 38 eateries that has been listed in the 2017 Michelin Bib Gourmand is Zai Shun Curry Fish Head at Yuhua Village, Jurong East Street 24. Great to know that the Michelin inspectors have ventured into the far West of Singapore to seek out good food.

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Curry Fish Head 3.5/5

Before the award, Zai Shun Curry Fish Head is already well known to the locals for their steamed fish and medley of cooked dishes to go with a bowl of pipping hot porridge or steamed rice. Try to avoid the lunch crowd as the coffeeshop is always packed and it may take sometime to find a seat.

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Curry Fish Head 3.5/5

Making my trip down to the newly awarded bib gourmand awardee, I just have to order their Curry Fish Head. The curry gravy is the tangy assam type which is indeed very appetizing and goes well with the rice. The fish head we had was huge, meaty and fresh. Unfortunately the fish meat failed to absorb the essence of the curry. I suspect they just steamed the fish head and drenched the curry gravy over instead of cooking the whole fish head together with the curry.

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Steamed Red Grouper Hong Kong Style 4.5/5

I can't help noticing almost every table at the coffeeshop orders their different styles and types of steamed fish. It is a tell tale signs that they are more popular with the steamed fish. Hence we placed an extra order of fish and had their Steamed Red Grouper Hong Kong Style. Great that we ordered it because this is indeed cooked to perfection in a flavourful soya sauce. During my visit, I noticed other fishes such as promfret, song fish head etc.

Actually Zai Shun is also know to offer some exotic fish on their menu such as the expensive Empura which can cost up to a few thousand dollars in restaurant but at Zai Shun, you can have it from $200 onwards.

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Bitter Gourd with Fried Egg 4.5/5

We asked the stall to recommend a vegetable dish and they suggested the Bitter Gourd with Fried Egg. It was a hearty dish that surprised me. The bitter gourd was not overcooked, crunchy and not bitter at all. The highlight is the fried egg which still retained a fluffy and moist texture.

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Minced Meat with Salted Egg 3/5

Lastly we had the Minced Meat with Salted Egg. It was firm and meaty but I thought the taste can be more robust and the salted egg flavour was lacking.

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Actually I find Zai Shun Curry Fish Head rather interesting. It is like a 3-in-1 eatery offering Teochew porridge, mix vegetable rice (cai fan) and cze char dishes. The highlight for me at Zai Shun is not their curry fish head but their steamed fish.


Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Blk 253 Jurong East Street 24
#01-205
Singapore 600253
Tel: +65 65608594
Nearest MRT: Chinese Garden (EW Line), Jurong East (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Thu-Tue: 7am - 3pm
(Closed on Wed)

Direction:
1) Alight at Chinese Garden. Take Exit C. Walk to traffic junction of Boon Lay Way and Jurong Town Hall Road. Cross the traffic junction and turn left onto Jurong Town Hall Road. Continue on Jurong Town Hall Road to the next junction of Jurong East Ave 1 and Jurong Town Hall Road. Cross the traffic junction and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Jurong East bus interchange (Stop ID 28009). Take bus number 160 or 506. Alight 7 stops later. Cross the overhead bridge and walk to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

3) Alight at Jurong East MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Jurong East bus interchange (Stop ID 28009). Take bus number 66. Alight 7 stops later. Cross the overhead bridge and walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Friday, June 23, 2017

Misato @ The Centrepoint - High Quality, Handcrafted Japanese Cuisine At Affordable Prices

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Located inside Gastro+ on level 1 of The Centrepoint is Misato, a contemporary and chic Japanese restaurant. It used to be located at The Cathay before moving to its current home. I was told that the owner spent a huge sum of $400K for its customized tableware, and using high quality ingredients imported from Japan for its dishes.

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Edamame 4/5 and Tamagoyaki 4/5

We were a little puzzled when the server brought a towering Japanese castle to our table. To our delight there is food inside. Inside the castle, there was Edamame ($4.90) and Tamagoyaki ($5.50). The edamame is given a coat of spiciness which I thought was quite appetizing. The tamagoyaki was fluffy and sweet.

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Chawanmushi 4.5/5

The Chawanmushi ($4.90) is a smooth and silky starter that will whet up your appetite with its flavoursome dashi stock cooked from scratch.

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Seafood Kaminabe Set 4.5/5

The highlight at Misato has to their Seafood Kaminabe Set ($20,80). It comes with homemade niboshi broth which is poured into the hotpot at the table. In the Japanese hotpot, you can can find ingredients such as fresh tiger prawns, Norwegian salmon, chicken, assorted Japanese mushrooms, toufu and vegetables. It also comes with a bowl of Japanese rice. This is definitely a very satisfying and hearty meal set.

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Cha Soba 4.2/5

Not into hotpot, then the Cha Soba ($13.80) is a worthy option. The matcha noodle has a nice biting texture to it which is further enliven by the homemade dipping sauce. I like to add in some wasabi into the dipping sauce for that extra kick.

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Oknomiyaki 4/5

The Oknomiyaki ($14.90) made with high quality Japanese yam and Japanese cabbage fillings is both fluffy and crunchy. I like the fact that it is not overly sweet and the charred bottom, giving it a smoky, crispy finish.

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Mixed Fried Set 4/5

A value for money dish is the Mixed Fried Set ($18.80) that comes with chicken, tiger prawn and cheese korokke coated with fresh panko. Among the three items, I enjoyed the tender and juicy chicken most.  The set also comes with Japanese shredded cabbage, miso soup and barley rice. The huge portion will definitely make this a very satisfactory meal.

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Handmade Gyoza 4.5/5

The Handmade Gyoza ($6.90 for 6pc / $10.90 for 10pc) is one of the best I have eaten. The filling of the gyoza seems to have a more cabbage to chicken ratio, giving it a more crunchy interior. Have it together with the dipping sauce for a mouth-watering taste.

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Kuzukiri 4/5

The Kuzukiri ($8.80) is a rather rare dessert to make it to the menu. The slippery and silky like noodles is made from Japanese arrowroot and served cold. The way to enjoy this is to dip it into the accompanying kuromitsu sauce.

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Sanshoku Warabi Mochi 4.8/5

A specialty at Misato is the Sanshoku Warabi Mochi ($8.80). The sanshoku warabi mochi are freshly handmade every day using high-quality ingredients air-flown directly from Japan. The whole process of making it takes about 2 hours. It comes with 3 different flavours - goma, kinako and matcha.

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Matcha Bavarois 4.5/5

The Matcha Bavarois ($7.80) is a matcha flavoured pudding texture like dessert. However, this is extremely wobbly, you will have fun playing with your dessert. The matcha bavarois is made using a special mold and a highly exclusive powder imported from Nara prefecture. The catch unfortunately is only 12 of this is available each day!

Note: This is an invited tasting.


Misato
The Centrepoint
Gastro+ Level 1
176 Orchard Road
#01-33E
Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 62352822

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 10pm

Direction:
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit B and C. Walk to the main street. Cross the road. Turn right and walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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