Showing posts with label Fish Soup. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Fish Soup. Show all posts

Sunday, January 21, 2024

5 ON 25 @ Andaz Singapore - Bountiful Reunions with Exquisite Lunar New Year dishes, Curated Set Menus, and Takeaway Goodies


5 ON 25 in Andaz Singapore will launch its Lunar New Year menu from 29th January 2024 until 24th February 2024. Curated by 5 ON 25's Head Chinese Chef Lim Hong Lih, the Lunar New Year menu includes à la carte dishes, yu sheng, pen cai, dim sum, and set courses available for lunch and dinner.

Yu Sheng 4/5

We started with its Yu Sheng( $88/3-6 pax and $138/ 7-10pax), served with sustainably sourced New Zealand King Salmon, topped with fried yam, homemade candied walnuts, and zesty golden plum dressing. What stood out for me were the sweet and crunchy candied walnuts, providing a moreish textural and flavour contrast to the overall dish. Additional seafood toppings are available: Jade Tiger Abalone, Sustainable Australian King Scallops, and Australian Spiny Lobster at an additional cost starting from $38. Available for dine-in and takeaways.

Dim Sum 5/5

Our starter was from the Dim Sum Lunch menu, featuring Bailing Mushroom, Wood Ear & Bamboo Shoot Dumpling, Wagyu Beef Egg Tart and Taro Fritter. The dumpling had a tender skin encasing well-seasoned filling that provided a delightful textural bite. The Taro fritter's crust was light and airy, and within was filled with delectable Yunnan Mushrooms. The Wagyu Beef Egg Tart had a very interesting tangy and creamy custard loaded with wagyu beef, complemented by a buttery and flaky crust.

Double-boiled Fish Bone Soup, Kampong Chicken, Superior Bird's Nest 4/5

The soup course was from one of the Set Dinner menus, a luxurious Double-boiled Fish Bone Soup with Kampong Chicken and Superior Bird's Nest.

Pen Cai 4.5/5

We had the chance to try the Pen Cai, which is for takeaway only. Braised for eight hours, each pot comprises 12 premium delicacies, including six-head abalone, fish maw, sustainable tiger prawns, king scallops, roasted pork, duck, and dried oysters. In particular, the braised duck feet stood out - They were so delicate and tender, with a slight chewiness. The fish maw was equally enjoyable with its gelatinous texture. 5 ON 25 Pen Cai is priced at $398 (4 pax), $598 (6 pax), and $798 (8 pax). A 24-hour advance notice requirement is required.

Steamed Turbot Fillet ‘Hong Kong’ Style 4.5/5

The Steamed Turbot Fillet 'Hong Kong' Style is a fish dish from the Set Dinner menu. It was perfectly steamed, offering a firm and flaky texture.

Crispy Egg Noodles 4/5

The most premium Set Dinner menu features Crispy Egg Noodles served with Half Maine Lobster Tail, topped with Golden Chives and Crispy Garlic for flavour nuances. The lobster was succulent and firm, pairing well with the savoury crispy noodles.

Red Bean Soup, Dried Tangerine Peel 4.8/5

Chilled Cream Of Mango 4/5

We had the joy of trying a few desserts, among which my favourite were the Chilled Cream Of Mango and Red Bean Soup. The latter was nourishing and comforting, laced with fragrant notes of Dried Tangerine Peel.

For restaurant reservations and takeaway orders, please call + 65 6408 1228 or visit

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.

5 On 25
Andaz Singapore
5 Fraser Street
Level 25
Singapore 189354
Tel: +65 64081228
Nearest MRT: Bugis (DT Line, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 12pm - 230pm, 6-1030pm

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit E or F. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Monday, September 4, 2023

Singapore JIAK @ Frasers Towers - Four Hawker Food Brands Under One Roof with Dishes Below $10 in CBD


Singapore JIAK at Frasers Towers is a food-court-inspired concept by the Singaporean-owned Akashi Group. Singapore JIAK debuts 4 hawker brands within this cosy space - Grandma's, Dunman Wanton Mee, Teck Kee Fat Duck and Ah Goh Fish Soup.


Grandma's Curry Chicken Nasi Lemak 4.5/5

Grandma's is a resurrected brand under the Akashi Group that was established in 2008. Some of you may be familiar with some of their local dishes. At Singapore JIAK, Grandma's showcases their nasi lemak dish, with options such as Chicken Wing Nasi Lemak ($5.80), Crispy Bukhari Chicken Leg Nasi Lemak ($9.80), and the signature Grandma's Curry Chicken Nasi Lemak ($9.80). We tried the latter, which came with a chicken leg doused in curry that packed a punch. The coconut rice was aromatic and fluffy, and I was delighted by how thick the egg omelette slice was.


Mixed Pork Wanton Mee 4.2/5, Fried Wanton 4/5

Behind Dunman Wanton Mee is the culinary team formerly from Wanton Seng, known for its bowls of springy noodles tossed with aromatic pork lard. There are four dishes on the menu – Classic Dunman Wanton Mee ($5.80), Char Siew Wanton Mee ($6.80), Roasted Pork Wanton Mee ($6.80) and Mixed Pork Wanton Mee ($7.80). We had the ultimate combination - Mixed Pork Wanton Mee. While the Char Siew was on the leaner side, the wantons were satisfying with their plump and meaty fillings, and the crispy pork delivered the much anticipated cracking skin. Fried Wantons is available as well.

Duck Rice 4.2/5

Teck Kee Fat Duck is the sister brand of London Fat Duck, renowned for its mouthwatering roasted Irish ducks. They use the same Irish duck and adopt similar roasting techniques, aiming to deliver the same melt-in-the-mouth and robust flavours to their customers. The menu also features other roasted meats, including salted chicken, roast pork, and honey char siew. True to their promise, what we had didn't disappoint, with its juicy and tender meat complemented by beautifully roasted skin. The sauce worked perfectly to bring the rice and meat together.

Sliced Fish Soup 4/5

Ah Goh Fish Soup is also an original brand created for this concept. The soup itself is boiled using fish bones leftover from premium fish imported from Japan, enhanced with a dash of 20-year-old Hua Tia wine. We had the Sliced Fish Soup ($5.80) with batang fish. What sets this fish soup apart you can taste is the pronounced flavour extracted from the specific fish bones they use. Although it was tasty, I prefer a sweet touch for a better balance. The fish slices were fresh and paired well with a generous portion of vegetables, making the bowl of fish soup delightfully wholesome.

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.

Singapore JIAK
Frasers Tower
182 Cecil Street
Singapore 069547
Tel: +65 86847728
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon - Sat: 9am – 10pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G or H. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn left and walk to Telok Ayer Street. Walk down Telok Ayer Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Tam Chiak Kopitiam - The Most Trendy Coffeeshop In Hougang by Chew Chor Meng, MissTamChiak and Zhou Chong Qing


Tam Chiak Kopitiam, located at Blk 212 Hougang Street 21, is a dream come true for Mediacorp actor Chew Chor Meng. Together with partners including MissTamChiak (Maureen Ow) and Zhou Chong Qing, they have transformed the previous coffeeshop into a modern and trendy space. The name "Tam Chiak" is derived from their partner MissTamChiak, a renowned food writer in Singapore known for promoting our local hawker culture.


Upon entering Tam Chiak Kopitiam, you'll notice the familiar Yeo Yeo Huat signboard, which holds sentimental value as it originated from the popular Mediacorp TV series "118", in which both Chew Chor Meng and Chong Qing acted. This cherished signboard from the longest-running Chinese drama produced by Mediacorp is now proudly displayed in Tam Chiak Kopitiam, evoking nostalgia and fond memories.

888 Mookata



When the new team took over the coffeeshop, they decided to revitalize the food offerings, retaining only two stalls from the previous establishment. One of them is 888 Mookata, a venture by Chew Chor Meng and Chong Qing. To celebrate its reopening, 888 Mookata is running a 15% discount promotion for eight days.

Chef De Pasta



The other stall that the team chose to keep is Chef De Pasta, a Western food stall with a loyal following and glowing Google reviews for its restaurant-standard dishes at affordable coffeeshop prices. The humble stall owner, with prior experience as a hotel chef, brings a wealth of culinary expertise to the table. Many reviewers particularly recommend its Japanese fried garlic rice, which is a delightful addition to its menu.

Dan Lao (蛋佬)



Tam Chiak Kopitiam also showcases an exciting lineup of young hawkers. One of the new stalls is Dan Lao (蛋佬), which gained popularity at Maxwell Food Centre. Led by a team of young hawkers, Dan Lao is renowned for their fluffy egg omelette over fragrant rice, paired with various toppings such as luncheon meat, chicken cutlet, and char siew. It's best enjoyed with their fragrant homemade sambal, prepared from scratch.

Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang



Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang, a Michelin Plate restaurant with multiple outlets in Singapore, opens its doors at Tam Chiak Kopitiam. Founded by ex-cabin crew Noorman and his wife, they bring their signature Ayam Taliwang to the coffeeshop, offering a tantalizing taste of Indonesian cuisine. Furthermore, they will introduce a new Halal-certified Curry Rice concept, adding diversity to the local culinary scene.

Flaky Haus



Flaky Haus at Tam Chiak Kopitiam breaks away from the traditional coffeeshop offerings by specializing in freshly baked croissants with different fillings such as tuna and egg mayo. They also offer a selection of cakes to pair with a cup of traditional local coffee or tea.

Wen Kang Ji



Wen Kang Ji, known for their renowned Wanton Mee at Golden Mile Food Centre, takes a different culinary direction at Tam Chiak Kopitiam. Instead of selling wanton mee, they offer Big Prawn Noodles and Teochew Style Red Grouper Fish Soup, accompanied by delectable side dishes like fried dumplings and wantons, ensuring a satisfying and complete meal experience.

Oppa Kitchen



Oppa Kitchen, a Korean stall by Singaporean singer Ang Jun Yang, is helmed by Korean Chef Nick, who brings his extensive experience cooking authentic Korean cuisine. Alongside classic dishes like Bibimbap, Army Stew Ramyeon, Rabokki, and Bulgogi, they introduce local-inspired creations such as Chilli Crab Korean Fried Chicken and Curry Fried Chicken, offering a fusion of Korean and local flavours.

De Sinn Chicken Rice



De Sinn Chicken Rice, a personal favourite of Chong Qing in Yishun, is a stall beloved for its delectable Chicken Rice. With its origins in Novena and a second outlet in Yishun, this brainchild of 31-year-old Dervin, an animation graduate, has garnered a loyal following. The quality and taste of their Chicken Rice keep customers returning week after week. I also heard it will be a Halal-certified stall.

Ru Ji Kitchen



Ru Ji Kitchen, a popular fishball noodle stall, expands its presence to Tam Chiak Kopitiam after successfully operating in hawker centres. Joanne's father in Holland founded this family-run business and has expanded to two additional outlets at Old Airport Road and Redhill. Renowned for its handmade fishballs and homemade sambal, Ru Ji Kitchen delivers authentic flavours and culinary craftsmanship in each bowl.


Tam Chiak Kopitiam offers an array of delightful options, showcasing the passion and expertise of its partners and stall owners. From traditional flavours to innovative concepts, this coffeeshop is a haven for food enthusiasts seeking a diverse and satisfying culinary experience.

Tam Chiak Kopitam
Blk 212 Hougang Street 21
Singapore 530212
Nearest MRT: Kovan (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 6am - 12midnight

1) Alight at Kovan MRT station. Take Exit C. Turn left and walk towards Kovan Hawker Centre. At Kovan Hawker Centre, turn left and walk straight to block 211 towards the bowling centre. At block 211 cut through the carpark and walk to destination. It is just beside the bowling centre. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Monday, June 12, 2023

Restaurant Espoir @ Amoy Street: Experience Modern European Cuisine With A Malayan Twist



Restaurant Espoir, the sister establishment of The White Label at North Bridge Road, offers a captivating culinary experience with its modern European cuisine infused with a delightful touch of Malayan influence. As a Muslim-owned restaurant, it provides a warm and inclusive atmosphere where diners can savour the flavours of European dishes enhanced by local inspirations.

Compressed Watermelon 3/5

The Compressed Watermelon Salad ($14) presents a delightful combination of flavours and textures. The soy-glazed compressed watermelon is accompanied by creamy feta cheese, fresh mesclun salad, tangy yuzu vinaigrette, and bursts of sweetness from the pomegranate. The yuzu vinaigrette adds a harmonious touch, bringing all the ingredients together in a tantalizing medley. While the dish is enjoyable, some diners might desire a greater quantity of watermelon and a chunkier cut to enhance the refreshing aspect of the salad.

Crab Croquette 3/5

The Crab Croquette ($24) presents a delightful combination of blue swimmer crab and cream filling encased in a light batter shell. Served with kaffir lime mayo, the croquette could benefit from a lighter cream filling to allow the natural sweetness of the blue swimmer crab to shine through.

Fish Consomme Heritage Style 4/5

For a taste of local inspiration, the Fish Consommé Heritage Style ($15) showcases a fish soup made from fish bone stock and dried flounder. Topped with chunky sous vide halibut and tomato caviar, this dish offers a unique fusion of European and local flavours.

Mushroom Veloute 4.5/5

Mushroom lovers will appreciate the Mushroom Veloute ($13), a rich and flavorful soup packed with sautéed mushrooms, black summer truffle, porcini tapenade, and mushroom emulsion. The earthy mushroom flavours create a comforting and satisfying dish.

Slow Cooked Breast of Lamb 3.5/5

Experience a unique take on the classic lamb dish with the Slow Cooked Breast of Lamb ($44). This rendition deviates from the conventional lamb rack. Tender and aromatic, the lamb breast is accompanied by garlic herb, pearl onions, baby carrots, tomato confit, salsa verde, and spiced lamb jus. While the dish is well-executed, the presence of the lamb skin might not be to everyone's taste.

Sea Urchin Tagliatelle 3/5

The Sea Urchin Tagliatelle ($39) offers a delicate and flavorful pasta dish for seafood enthusiasts. Although the tagliatelle is cooked to al dente perfection, the sea urchin flavour in the sauce could be more pronounced for a stronger umami experience.

Sticky Date Pudding 4/5

To conclude the dining experience, indulge in the Sticky Date Pudding ($13), featuring orange-infused sticky date pudding, almond crumble, orange caramel sauce, and a scoop of French vanilla gelato. The harmonious combination of sweetness and textures provides a satisfying and memorable ending to the meal.


Restaurant Espoir invites diners to explore modern European cuisine with a delightful twist of Malayan influence. With its unique flavour profiles and thoughtful presentations, it promises a dining experience that blends tradition and innovation in every dish.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Restaurant Espoir
70 Amoy Street
Singapore 069889
Tel: +65 88605935
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 10pm
Sat: 830am - 10pm
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Amoy Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Telok Ayer Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Sumbao Seafood Restaurant @ Race Course Road - Unique Charcoal Claypot Fish Soup Hotpot


Newly opened along Race Course Road is Sumbao Seafood Restaurant serving Ipoh Malaysian-style Zi Char dishes. Unique at Sumbao is its Charcoal Claypot Fish Soup Hotpot that comes in a charcoal stove, unlike the usual fish head steamboat.


Sumbao Signature Claypot Fish Soup Hotpot 4/5

The Sumbao Signature Claypot Fish Soup Hotpot is served in a claypot over a charcoal stove. Customers get to choose the type of fish to go with their claypot fish soup hotpot. There are four choices - Grouper ($48/$65), Red Grouper ($68/$98), Pomfret (Seasonal), and Giant Grouper (Seasonal). The fresh fish is cut into slices and served on the side for customers to cook individually, like having shabu shabu. There are also other ingredients in the claypot, such as fish head, yam, seaweed, tofu, tomato, Chinese cabbage, and celery. The sweet and savoury fish soup is addictive, with a hint of smokiness probably from the charcoal fire and claypot heat.

Hokkien Style Pig's Trotter 4.2/5

A highlight at Sumbao is the Hokkien Style Pig's Trotter. I was surprised at how soft and tender the pig's trotter was, falling apart easily. The pig's trotter was flavourful and well-flavoured from the delicious braising sauce, which goes well with a bowl of steaming rice.

Golden Sand Cereal Chicken, Small $18 | Large 4.2/5

Usually, I have cereal prawn, but Golden Sand Cereal Chicken (Small $18 | Large $28) is first for me. The tender chicken pieces coated in sweet and crispy cereal, plus the aroma from the curry leaves, is a deliciously executed dish that will be enjoyed by both young and old.

Deep Fried Prawns with Special Soy Sauce 4.2/5

I am not sure precisely what the sauce's concoction is, but the succulent Deep Fried Prawns with Special Soy Sauce (Small $19 | Large $33) is very addictive. The sauce's sweetness complemented the fresh prawns, which is very appetising.

Stir Fried Chinese Fungus with Mixed Veg 4/5

Lastly, we had the Stir Fried Chinese Fungus with Mixed Veg (Small $12 | Large $20). I love the use of the different fungus and vegetables, which have a delightful crunch.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Sumbao Seafood
378 Race Course Road
Singapore 218646
Tel: +65 91328083
Nearest MRT: Farrer Park (NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Sun: 11am - 230pm, 5pm - 10pm
(Closed on Tue)

1) Alight at Farrer Park MRT station. Take Exit B. Turn right and walk to Race Course Road. Turn left onto Race Course Road. Walk down Race Course Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]