Showing posts with label .Station: Boon Lay. Show all posts
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Saturday, October 28, 2023

Cai Lin Ji (蔡林记) @ Jurong Point - Exploring the Unique Flavours of Hubei Street Food


Cai Lin Ji (蔡林记), located at Jurong Point, introduces the unique flavours of Hubei cuisine, featuring a range of street food from this region, including the famous Wuhan Hot Dry Noodles. Service here is quick, reminiscent of a fast-food restaurant, making it a convenient choice for a satisfying meal.

Three Delicacies Dou Pi (三鲜豆皮) 3.5/5

My curiosity was piqued by the Three Delicacies Dou Pi (三鲜豆皮), priced at $4.50 for one or $8.50 for two pieces. This traditional Hubei snack is a multilayered dish, with potato flour forming the base, steamed egg or glutinous rice in the middle, and a top layer featuring bamboo shoots or minced meat combined with pork belly and mushrooms. It's somewhat akin to our local prata, with layers of ingredients that create a delightful texture.

Fresh Meat Soup Bun (鲜肉汤包) 4/5

The Fresh Meat Soup Bun (鲜肉汤包), priced at $5.90 for three pieces, closely resembles our beloved Xiao Long Bao. These little pockets are filled with juicy and well-marinated pork to be savoured with a side of vinegar dip.

Signature Shao Mai (重油烧卖) 3.8/5

The Signature Shao Mai (重油烧卖), at $3.90 for three pieces, offers a unique twist on the Cantonese-style siew mai we're familiar with. This peppery rendition features a mixture of sticky rice, raisins, rock candy, peanuts, osmanthus flowers, orange peel, and shredded carrots. It's a delightful blend that somewhat resembles our local Png Kueh.

Signature Zha Jiang Hot Dry Noodle (炸酱热干面) 3.8/5

The Signature Zha Jiang Hot Dry Noodle (炸酱热干面), priced at $7.90, was a novel discovery. Hailing from Wuhan, this dish holds the title of "Top 10 Noodles in China." It's served dry and coated with a secret black sesame sauce. While it's undoubtedly a good bowl of noodles, I needed time to adjust to the unique pairing of black sesame sauce with noodles.

Xiang Yang Beef Noodles/Beehoon (襄阳牛肉面/米粉) 4.2/5

The Xiang Yang Beef Noodles/Beehoon (襄阳牛肉面/米粉) at $10.90 is a staple breakfast in Hubei. I opted for the beehoon, which had a silky texture with a delightful bite. It came with crunchy bean sprouts and was served generously in rich beef broth laden with beef and offal. I found this bowl of noodles incredibly enjoyable and versatile enough to have for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Shrimp Wanton (虾仁馄饨) 4.8/5

We originally wanted to order the Han Kou Wonton, but it was sold out. We settled for the Shrimp Wanton (虾仁馄饨), priced at $9.90 for ten pieces, which were freshly made daily. These wantons featured fresh shrimp encased in tender, chewy skin and cooked in a flavorful broth.

Signature Osmanthus Paste Rice Wine (桂花糊米酒) 4/5

My culinary journey took an exciting turn with two Hubei speciality soups. First up is the Signature Osmanthus Paste Rice Wine (桂花糊米酒), priced at $3.90. This delight combines rice wine with glutinous balls in a sweet, slightly starchy broth. The second is the Egg Drop Rice Wine (蛋花米酒), priced at $4. It involves dropping a raw egg into boiling water at 100 degrees and adding rice wine. The more I indulged in these unique flavours, the more I appreciated the new tastes that graced my palate.

Signature Egg Drop Rice Wine (蛋花米酒) 3.8/5

In summary, my visit to Cai Lin Ji at Jurong Point expanded my culinary horizons. The menu featured dishes I'd never tasted before, emphasizing the vastness of the culinary world and the endless possibilities for exploration.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Cai Lin Ji
Jurong Point
63 Jurong West Central
Singapore 648331
Tel: +65 9238 0368
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Lne)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 10am - 9pm

1. Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Tsukimi Hamburg @ Jurong Point - Comforting And Satisfying Hamburg Steak Donburi


Tsukimi Hamburg is a new Japanese restaurant at Jurong Point selling a time-honoured dish in every Japanese household - Hamburg Donburi, a succulent hamburg steak set atop hot steaming Japanese rice.


Tsukimi Hamburg Don 4.2/5

The signature at Tsukimi Hamburg has to be their Tsukimi Hamburg Don ($12.80), whereby a delightful orange Japanese egg yolk sits atop a succulent hamburg steak, grated radish and Japanese rice. The patty is hand-shaped in a blend of Mizyzaki wagyu beef, pork and US beef for optimal flavours and textures. Break the egg yolk and allow the creaminess to tie the whole dish together for a comforting and satisfying finish.

Bacon Hamburg Steak Teishoku 4.2/5

Besides the ala carte donburi, the restaurant offers set meals too. The set meal comes with a bowl of steaming Japanese rice, salad, pickles and tamago soup. One of these sets is the Bacon Hamburg Steak Teishoku ($19.80), comprising a huge thick-cut bacon laid on top of the succulent hamburg steak paired with wafu onion sauce.


Raclette Cheez Hamburg Steak Teishoku 4/5

For cheese lovers, you will enjoy the Raclette Cheez Hamburg Steak Teishoku ($16.80) drenched in a flowy raclette cheese that gives the juicy hamburg steak a lift in taste profile with its savouriness, sweetness and nuttiness.


Overall, the Tsukumi Hamburg offers a delicious bowl of Hamburg Steak Donburi with various toppings of choice that provides a satisfying and comforting meal at a pocket-friendly price.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Tsukimi Hamburg
Jurong Point
1 Jurong West Central 2
Singapore 648886
Tel: +65 62506728
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT staton. Take Exit C, D or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map].

Monday, February 7, 2022

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee @ Jurong West Ave 5 - A Delicious Discovery In The Old Jalan Bahar Camp


Little did I know the old Jalan Bahar Camp at Jurong West Ave 5 has been redeveloped. The old camp area now sits a Sheng Siong Supermarket, warehouse and food court. Not known to many, there is an excellent Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee in what is known as the Sheng Siong Food Court or FM Food Master Food Court.


The fried hokkien prawn mee stall offers quite a variety such as Slipper Lobster Fried Hokkien Mee ($10), Big Prawn Fried Hokkien Mee ($8), La La Fried Hokkien Mee ($8), Roasted Pork Hokkien Mee ($8) and Fried Hokkien Mee ($4/ $5/ $8). There is even a Premium Fried Hokkien Mee ($25) which comes with slipper lobster, la la, big prawns, roasted pork and squid. On top of that, it sells Fried Carrot Cake and Fried Oyster.

Roasted Pork Fried Hokkien Mee 4.5/5


I only tried the Roasted Pork Fried Hokkien Mee ($8) as I am alone. The stall woks up a wet version of the hokkien mee, which reminds me of Xiao Di Fried Prawn Noodle. It comes in a generous portion of prawns and roasted pork, soaked in a robust prawny broth packed with depth. Even the chilli goes very well with the slurping goodness.


Overall, it is a good plate of fried hokkien prawn mee. However, if there is any room for improvement, it needs more wok hei to the plate of goodness. According to my friend who lives nearby, it also depends on who is behind the wok. The young Malaysian chap fries a better plate of hokkien mee.

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Sheng Siong Food Centre
Blk 9 Jurong West Avenue 5
Singapore 649487
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 7am - 9pm

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D, E. Walk to Boon Lay Bus Interchange (Stop ID 22009). Take bus number 199. Alight 3 stops later. Enter the old camp via the side gate. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Suzuki Cafe and Roastery @ Chin Bee Ave (Boon Lay) - A Hidden Japanese-Style Wooden Teahouse Cafe In The West


Having stayed in the West for more than five years, I didn't even know the existence of Suzuki Cafe and Roastery at Chin Been Ave. The cafe is hidden in an industrial area at Boon Lay. It probably caught the attention of social media when it revamped the place, spotting a Japanese wooden teahouse interior. It seems to work, attracting and creating more awareness for the cafe. In fact, Suzuki Gourment Coffee has been around since 1979, and it is one of Singapore's oldest coffee roastery.



Unlike other cafes, Suzuki Cafe does not serve food. It only offers a variety of coffee, matcha latte and hojicha latte. It also uses Hokkaido milk for a creamier and more full-body finish. The coffee is rather pricey here, costing double what you get in other cafes, around $7-$8.



The drinks come in a wooden tray with a piece of Lotus Biscuit. Though I enjoyed my Flat White with Hokkaido Milk ($8), I was disappointed that the coffee comes in a plastic takeaway cup for the price I paid. 



While Suzuki Cafe is not easily accessible by public transport, I like the chill and relax vibe. It felt like being transported to a cafe in a small town in Japan. Time seems to pass slowly as I enjoy my cup of coffee in a cafe filled with the coffee's aroma.

Suzuki Cafe and Roastery
8 Chin Bee Ave
Singapore 619932
Tel: +65 62663933
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sat-Sun: 10am - 4pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D or E. Walk to Boon Lay Bus Interchange (Stop ID 22009). Take bus number 79. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to destination, Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, August 6, 2020

The Grumpy Bear @ SAFRA Jurong - Serving Signature Chicken Chops With A Local Twist


The Grumpy Bear specialises in western cuisine and is known for its chicken chops that come with a variety of choices. It operates a few outlets in Singapore, with its latest opening at SAFRA Jurong. This new outlet has incorporated local flavours into its menu, alongside with its own range of ice creams.

Nasi Lemak Chicken 3.5/5

On the menu, you will find 2 interesting dishes with a local twist - Nasi Lemak Chicken ($18.90) and Grumpy Chicken Rendang ($18.90). Served with herb rice, fried egg and a dollop of sambal chilli, the oven-baked Lemak Chicken Chop was aptly flavoured with spices, tender and succulent. The quintessential sambal chilli was on the sweeter side, but it still very much brought out the full Nasi Lemak experience. In place of the usual fragrant coconut milk rice is herb rice that was aromatic with Italian herbs, and equally enjoyable. The fried egg can definitely be better.

Chicken Rendang 4/5

The Oven Baked Grumpy Chicken Rendang is made using herb rice topped with hearty chunks of Chicken baked and baked in special Rendang sauce. The rendang sauce was heady and robust with spices, and I love how the slices of tomatoes released bursts of tangy juiciness into the rich sauce. The rice was in distinct grains, which worked well with the rich chicken rendang.

Creamy Pasta with Prawns 3/5

There is also a variety of pasta. We tried Creamy Pasta with Prawns ($16.90). It was decent, but it wasn't satiable at all.

Mushroom Soup 2/5

As for sides such as Mushroom Soup, I suggest giving them a miss and just head for their chicken dishes and desserts. Mine had a strong taste of flour, and the croutons were simply stale bread crumbs.

Waffle with Ice Cream 3.8/5

The Grumpy Bear can also be the place of consideration for waffles and ice creams. The Grumpy Bear has its own range of ice cream, ranging from classic to premium. We tried Red Velvet Waffle with Pistachio and Blueberry Yogurt ice creams. The waffle was pretty fluffy with a crisp exterior, and the ice creams were light and not cloying.

Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

The Grumpy Bear
SAFRA Jurong
333 Boon Lay Way
Singapore 649848
Tel: +65 82996261
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 11am - 930pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D and E and walk to Boon Lay Bus Interchange (Stop ID 22009). Take bus number 251. Alight 2 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey about 10 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, June 10, 2018

SZ Kitchen @ Cafe (小珍私房菜) @ Gek Poh Shopping Centre - A Rare Find For Giant Grouper Fish Soup


There are many fish soup stalls in Singapore but hardly do you find one that sell Giant Grouper Fish Soup. The fish can grow up to as big as 500kg but I think those commonly make it to the dining table is around 100-200kg. The best part is that almost every part of the giant grouper can be eaten, provided you know how to appreciate it. If you adventurous to try it, then you should check out SZ Kitchen @ Cafe (小珍私房菜) at Gek Poh Shopping Centre.


The pricing of the Giant Grouper Fish Soup varies, depending on which parts of the giant grouper you want to try. I try the Giant Grouper Fish Soup ($18) that comes with the slices of the fish meat, fish stomach and fish liver.

Giant Grouper Fsh Soup 4/5

The Giant Grouper Fish Soup is not the clear soup base type. It has a creamy consistency with a slight herbal taste that is lifted with the addition of Chinese wine. Hence this may not be suitable for children to eat. Besides that, it also comes with fried egg and a piece of minced meat. The fish meat itself is firm with a slight bouncy texture. You can also find the fish skin in the soup which is packed with collagen.

Giant Grouper Stomach

The more exotic stuff in the fish soup is the Giant Grouper Stomach and Liver. I would say that the fish stomach is so what similar to those pig intestine but thicker, with a firmer and more crunchy texture. As for the fish liver, its really like the pig liver.

Giant Grouper Liver

If you find that the Giant Grouper Fish Soup is not for you, the stall also offers the usual Batang Fish Slice Soup. On top of that, it also sells a variety of dishes ranging from rice to noodles that is reasonable priced.

Zha Jiang Rice 3.5/5

The Zha Jiang Rice ($4.50) comes with braised pork, a fried egg and shredded cucumber. Not fancy just a hearty and comforting bowl of rice that will satisfy one's hunger. For the price, this is really wallet friendly to settle one's meal.


Gek Poh Shopping Centre
762 Jurong West Street 75
Singapore 640762
Tel: +65 81234671
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line), Pioneer (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 11am - 930pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D or E. Walk to Boon Lay Bus Interchange (Stop ID 22009). Take bus 181. Alight 4 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 15 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Pioneer MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at block 649A (Stop ID 22529). Take bus number 258. Journey time about 20 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Kabe no Ana and Men-ichi Ramen @ Jurong Point Shopping Centre - Mentaiko Madness


RE&S, the team who bring you your popular Japanese cuisine concepts such as Ichiban Boshi, Kuisin Bo, Kuriya, celebrates their 30th anniversary with Mentaiko Madness! Men-ichi Japanese Ramen and Kabe No Ana are the two out of its four restaurants concepts that will be running this special promotion.

Hakata Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen 3.8/5

From now till 4 June at Men-ichi Japanese Ramen, enjoy a bowl of collagen rich tonkotsu soup with mentaiko served as a whole. The commonly known versions of menatiko dishes often present mentaiko in the form of cream sauce, mayo drizzle etc, it is really the traditional way of serving it that allows one to appreciate the deep umami taste of mentaiko which I have learnt during my trip to Fukuoka. At only $14.90, I thought this Hakata Mentaiko Tonkotsu Ramen is quite decently priced, considering the rest of the regular dishes are priced within the same range.

Mentai Mayo Gyoza 3.8/5

Don't miss out the Mentai Mayo Gyoza ($6.90) - chicken gyoza drizzled with mentai mayo. Though it is back to a mayo form, that deep umami flavour of mentaiko is still quite pronounced.

Mochi Mentaiko Pizza 3/5

Do you know that Kabe no Ana is the creator behind the origina mentaiko spaghetti? And for this occasion, out came another four new mentaiko creations, of which are Mochi Mentaiko Pizza ($16.90) and Mentaiko Gnocchi set ($22.90). What I like about the pizza is the use of toppings that really get your jaw going - Chewy Japanese mochi, squid and succulent prawns.

Mentaiko Gnocchi 3.8/5

The Gnocchi dish really surprises me, given the fact that it is not a true blue Italian place. The pillows of gnocchi are light and fluffy, with a very slight stretchy texture. The mentaiko spinach cream sauce isn't too creamy and the perilla leaves brightens up the dish and gives its flavour a lift with its sharp, minty nuances. A truly enjoyable dish as you get a bit of everything in one spoonful - the pillowy gnocchi coated with mentaiko sauce, the succulent salmon cubes, ikura.


Each set comes with 2 appetisers, Iberico Pork with Tomato Salsa & Rocket Arugla, and Smoked Duck & Grapefruit Salad, as well as a Ume Spakrling Soda, available from now till 2 July. As some of you may find the mentaiko in its original state an acquired taste, these Japanese-Italian creations will be suitable to have with friends and loved ones.


If you are a mentaiko fans, do check out Tokyo Eater Pop-Up Store at Nex or Ichiban Sushi for more Mentaiko Madness. My preference still goes to the ramen as it allows me to savour the entire hunk of mentaiko as such dishes ain't readily available elsewhere.

Photograph and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.

Kabe no Ana and Men-ichi Ramen
Jurong Point Shopping Centre
1 Jurong West Central 2
Singapore 648886
Tel: +65 63970435
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 10pm

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D, E. Walk to the new wing of the shopping centre. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Legendary Hong Kong @ Jurong Point Shopping Centre - The Closest Thing To Hong Kong Cafe In Singapore


I have not been back to Legendary Hong Kong at Jurong Point Shopping Centre since my last visit in 2015. Since I am back at Jurong Point to run some errands, I decided to drop by Legendary Hong Kong for lunch.

Wonton Noodle Soup 4.2/5

The first thing I noticed is the pricing has gone up by a dollar for the Wonton Noodle Soup ($7.80). The standard of the noodle is still quite consistent, thin and springy. The wanton remains huge , with fresh and bouncy shrimp wrapped within.

Beef Brisket & Tendon Noodle 3/5

The other noodle dish we ordered is the Beef Brisket & Tendon Noodle ($8.80). Using the same springy noodle as the wanton mee, I have no complain of its texture. However the beef brisket was a bit on the tough side. I expected it to be more tender.

Roasted Duck Leg 4/5

I think I was a bit hungry during my visit, so I ordered another Roasted Duck Leg ($9.80) to go along with my wonton noodle. The meat was fat and juicy with a layer of crispiness on top.

French Toast Hong Kong Style 4/5

Not to be missed is their French Toast Hong Kong Style ($3.80). It is a multi textural enjoyment. Crispy on the outside coated with egg while soft and fluffy inside. Have it together with honey and butter for an all encompassing enjoyment.

Legendary Hong Kong
Jurong Point Shopping Centre
63 Jurong West Central 3
Singapore 648331
Tel: +65 67941335
Nearest MRT: Boon Lay (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 10pm
Sat-Sun: 10am - 10pm

1) Alight at Boon Lay MRT station. Take Exit C, D, E. Walk to the new wing of the shopping centre. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]