Showing posts with label Mee Goreng. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mee Goreng. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe 大南洋 @ 111 Somerset - The Eatery’s Second Outpost Decked in Retro Decor and a New Store-Exclusive Menu


Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe first started introducing its range of nostalgic kopitiam-style fare and beverages at its flagship in Tanjong Pagar. Walking around 111 Somerset, you will surely notice this new second outpost boasting retro decor meticulously curated by founder Keith Kang. Diners can look forward to these Instagram-worthy corners around the eatery, paired with a store-exclusive menu.

Sai Ka Hor 3.8/5

We were first introduced to new beverages such as the Longan Tea ($3.80) and Sai Ka Hor ($3 for Hot, $5 for Cold). The Sai Ka Hor, a traditional concoction blending teh and milo, was done with a pleasant amount of sweetness. Hor Ka Sai is also available for coffee lovers ($3 for Hot, $5 for Cold).

Milo Toast 3.5/5

We started with a slice of Milo Toast ($3.50 for 1 Slice, $4 for 2 Slices) before moving on to the savoury offerings. The toast was decent, featuring thick yet crisp bread topped with a layer of Milo powder and a drizzle of condensed milk. It's definitely more ideal for those with a sweet tooth. If you prefer savoury options, there are choices like Cheesy Ham Egg Toast, Garlic Toast, and more.

Curry Chicken Toast 3/5

Following that, the Curry Chicken Toast ($7.90) was served. It featured a bowl of chicken curry accompanied by three slices of buttered toast for dipping. While the toast had a satisfying crunch, the smaller-sized chicken chunks were rather bony.

Curry Chee Cheong Fun 3.8/5

With a slight top-up, my dining companions and I found the Curry Chee Cheong Fun ($9.90) to offer better value for money. The thin strips of chee cheong fun were coated in their house-made curry, paired with french beans, deep-fried beancurd skin, and more substantial chicken chunks. Their curry is decently hearty with a manageable level of heat.

Claypot Mee Tai Mak 3/5

The Claypot Mee Tai Mak ($9.90) came next. The mee tai mak noodles were doused in a base of savoury gravy and topped with prawns, minced meat, mushrooms, and onions. Unfortunately, it lacked wok hei, and its flavours felt somewhat one-dimensional after a while. Dig into it while it is hot and mix in the egg yolk to avoid the mee tai mak becoming soggy.

Mee Goreng 3.5/5

Our next main was the Mee Goreng ($8.90). This eggy rendition carried a mild heat.

Penang Assam Laksa 3.5/5

It was a pity that the Penang Assam Laksa ($8.90) fell slightly short of expectations. While I appreciated that they used the classic thick assam laksa noodles, the broth lacked the ginger flower fragrance and tangy punch.

Popsicles 3/5

Continuing with the retro theme, desserts are the old-school Popsicles ($3) in Sour Plum, Hor Ka Sai, Kopi-O, Ribena, and more flavours. The portion of each popsicle is pretty big, but we also found it challenging to consume conveniently due to how it's packaged. The flavoured juice and ice could be better blended as well.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Great Nanyang Heritage Cafe
111 Somerset Road
Singapore 238164
Tel: +65 8753 1850
Nearest MRT: Somerset MRT (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 730am - 830pm

1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit A. Turn right and walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Seafood Paradise @ VivoCity - Exciting Fusion Collaboration with Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh, Featuring Seafood-Centric Creations Like Crab Curry with Creamy Butter Mud Crab


Take advantage of the exciting fusion collaboration between Seafood Paradise and Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh by Gaggan Anand.


Available only till 17 December at both Seafood Paradise VivoCity and Clarke Quay outlets, this collaboration introduces six new seafood-centric creations that blend Singapore-style dishes with a brilliant touch of Indian-Mexican flavours.

Fresh Jumbo Canadian Oysters 4.5/5

These plump Fresh Jumbo Canadian Oysters ($12.90/pc, min. order of 2 pcs) were elevated with tangy pickled shallots, tobiko and a moderately spicy salsa taquera. I could have multiples of this!

Grilled Squid with Salsa Taquera 4.2/5

Following the oysters was the Grilled Squid with Salsa Taquera ($28.90). I really enjoyed the tenderness of the squid, accompanied by a hint of smokiness. While some of my dining companions wished for a stronger char, the dish was well-received overall. Like the oysters, it was served with a side of Mexican salsa taquera, adding a zesty touch.

Gaggan's Crab Curry with Seafood Paradise Creamy Butter Mud Crab 4.8/5

Everyone’s favourite dish of the night was Gaggan's Crab Curry with Seafood Paradise Creamy Butter Mud Crab topped with Coconut Crumbs ($128). It beautifully showcased the strengths of both restaurants, featuring Seafood Paradise’s succulent crab in its renowned creamy butter sauce, elevated by Gaggan Anand’s aromatic and spices-spiked crab curry.


The luscious and flavourful combination prompted us to order a second serving of fried mantous to mop up the sauce!

Stir-fried Live Tiger Prawn with Gaggan's Crab Curry Base 4.5/5

The Stir-fried Live Tiger Prawn with Gaggan's Crab Curry Base incorporates the same crab curry base minus the cream. The absence of cream allows the vibrant herbs and spices to shine more distinctly, especially after stir-frying with the meaty prawns.

Baked Jade Perch with Tamale Masala Sauce wrapped in Banana Leaf 4.2/5

A whole Jade Perch is marinated in a mildly spicy tamale masala sauce before being wrapped and baked in a banana leaf. This method of preparation ensures that the fish meat retains its juiciness.

Seafood Paradise Mee Goreng with Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh's Masala 4.2/5

The last creation of this collaboration is the Seafood Paradise Mee Goreng with Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh's Masala served with Papadum. This twist to our local mee goreng sees a robust infusion of malasa spices with flavours leaning more sweet.

This rare collaboration between between Seafood Paradise and Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh by Gaggan Anand is definitely worth a try, especially if you are a fan of seafood. I would highly recommend securing a table through before heading down.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Seafood Paradise
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 62210159
Nearest MRT: HarbourFront (CC Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 11am - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm
Sat-Sun, PH: 1030am - 330pm, 530pm - 1030pm

1) Alight at Harbourfront MRT station. Take Exit C or E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, July 6, 2023

Mutiara Seafood @ Wisma Geylang Serai - First-ever Halal-certified Seafood Restaurant By JUMBO Group


JUMBO Group opens Mutiara Seafood, their first-ever Halal-certified Seafood concept nestled in the heart of Geylang Serai. Mutiara Seafood shines as a culinary gem within the vibrant Wisma Geylang Serai, with its name derived from the Malay word for' pearl'. This seafood restaurant brings together an unprecedented array of Singaporean-style seafood dishes alongside exclusive grilled creations.


Boasting a seating capacity of 176, Mutiara Seafood also offers four private dining rooms, each with a contemporary ambience suitable for exclusive gatherings, business or personal events.

Crispy Fried Baby Squid 4.2/5

Our dinner began with the Crispy Fried Baby Squid ($16), expertly deep-fried to achieve a delectable crispness. Tossed in a sweet and savoury sauce, this dish was delightful and addictive, heightened by a sprinkle of sesame seeds that added a touch of aromatic goodness.

Seafood Pumpkin Soup 4/5

Next, we indulged in the Seafood Pumpkin Soup ($32/$48/$64), a hearty and comforting concoction. The soup's flavour boasted depth, with the sweetness of the pumpkin harmonizing perfectly with the delicate seafood. The combination yielded a creamy texture that enveloped our palates in pure satisfaction.

Indonesia Grilled Chicken 4.2/5

The Indonesia Grilled Chicken ($20 Half/$36 Whole) showcased JUMBO Seafood's prowess in grilling to perfection. A rich umami flavour from the careful spice marinade enhanced each succulent and juicy bite. The caramelized glaze, created by the marriage of kecap manis and the grill's heat, lent a glossy and sticky coating to the chicken. This glaze enhanced the dish's appearance and added a subtle sweetness that complemented the savoury flavours exquisitely.

Kang Kong Stir Fried with Sambal 4/5

Kang Kong Stir Fried with Sambal ($14/$21/$28) showcased the vibrant green colour and satisfying crunch of the kang kong vegetable. The soul of the dish lay in the sambal, which imparted a punchy and fiery shiokness, elevating the overall experience.

Grilled Red Tilapia Fish with Sambal 4/5

We then relished in the Grilled Red Tilapia Fish with Sambal ($40), where meaty red snapper took centre stage. Layered with a punchy chilli sambal, the fish was grilled to mouth-watering perfection, allowing the flavours to meld harmoniously.

Signature Chilli Crab 4.5/5

A visit to Mutiara Seafood would only be complete with savouring their Signature Chilli Crab (market price). This iconic Singaporean dish featured sweet and fleshy crab drenched in JUMBO Seafood's signature sweet and spicy chilli sauce, best enjoyed with deep-fried mantou buns. The halal rendition of this beloved classic lived up to its renowned reputation.

Signature Black Pepper Crab 4.5/5

Another must-try is the Signature Black Pepper Crab (market price), showcasing the marriage of fresh crab's natural sweetness with black pepper's aromatic and spicy notes. Embrace the messiness and savour the crab with all its flavourful glory.

Jimbaran Grilled Prawns 4.2/5

The Jimbaran Grilled Prawn ($28/4pc) made an impressive entrance with its substantial size. Cooked in classic Balinese style, these prawns were treated to a deep rub and marinade of Jimbaran spices, resulting in a tantalising burst of flavours.

Mee Goreng 4.2/5

The Mee Goreng ($20/$30/$40) was a standout choice to satisfy noodle cravings. The noodles were expertly wok fired to smoky perfection in the traditional Malay style. The sweet, spicy, and savoury sauce coated the noodles impeccably, and a squeeze of calamansi provided a refreshing tang. Prawns and squid were generously incorporated to elevate the dish further.

Mango Pudding 4/5

Finally, we indulged in the Mango Pudding ($5) and Sweet Yam Paste ($5) to conclude our meal on a sweet note. The Mango Pudding delighted us with its soft and creamy texture, garnished with fresh mango that added a fruity freshness. However, the Sweet Yam Paste caught our attention with its unique twist on the traditional dessert. Accompanied by a sweet corn soup, this rendition provided a delightful contrast of flavours and textures that satisfied us thoroughly.

Sweet Yam Paste 4.2/5

In conclusion, Mutiara Seafood by JUMBO Group is a remarkable addition to the seafood dining scene in Singapore. Its Halal certification offers a welcoming and inclusive environment for diners seeking authentic Singaporean-style seafood dishes. From the crispy and addictive appetisers to the succulent grilled specialities and signature crab dishes, every bite at Mutiara Seafood was a testament to JUMBO Seafood's culinary expertise. Coupled with the elegant dining space and attentive service, a visit to Mutiara Seafood promises a memorable gastronomic experience that will surely please seafood enthusiasts and discerning diners alike.

Note: This is an invited tasting session.

Mutiara Seafood
Wisma Geylang Serai
1 Engku Aman Turn
#01-02 & #02-02/03
Singapore 408528
Tel: +65 68163030
Nearest MRT: Paya Lebar (CC, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 3pm, 530pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Paya Lebar MRT station. Take Exit E. Cut through PLQ Mall to Sims Ave. Cross the road and walk to Tanjong Katong Road. Walk down Tanjong Katong Road to Geylang Road. Turn left onto Geylang Road. Walk down Geylang Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Raffles Courtyard @ Raffles Hotel - Newly-launched Weekend Brunch Menu With Asian And Western Delights


Raffles Courtyard at Raffles Hotel now presents a new weekend brunch menu to include both Asian and Western delights, as well as healthy beverages to fuel you for the rest of the week.

Antipasti 3/5

If you are reaching out for some bubbly or wines, the Antipasti ($58) would be ideal for 3 to 4 pax. It comes with an Anchovy spread, selection of Cold Cuts, Smoked Salmon, Marinated Vegetables, some cheeses and a couple of raisins. The Anchovy spread was really yummy, and to appreciate its flavours, simply spread it onto the breads that is served with the antipasti. The bunch of raisins was abit awkward on the plate, a handful more dried fruits would definitely help to make this platter more complete.

Avocado Tartine 2.8/5 

You can go for ala carte or create your own Courtyard Brunch ($28) which will provide you with a Main Course, a Cold Beverage and a Hot Beverage. For Main Course, I had a Tartine from the Heartier Options category, that is to be topped with Avocado Hash, Guacamole, Toasted Pine Nuts, Rocket and Parmesan Cheese (ala carte $22). Although this dashed my hopes of a creamy, satisfying avocado toast luxe for carrying only a thin spread of Guacamole and heaps of rocket, the refreshing bitter greens that was beautifully salted, in combination with the toasty pine nuts, was very much enjoyable.


For beverages, there are some interesting choices for juices, customisable smoothie and teas.

Kaya Toast Set 3.5/5 

From the Asian Delights, the Kaya Toast Set delights with its thick slices of butter and mellow sweet kaya. I hope the toasting of the bread can be improved over time, as mine felt like it needed a minute more. It comes with traditional kopi or teh.


Popular local items such as Nasi Lemak and Mee Goreng are also available, as well as the quintessential egg-centric dishes which can be found in the Protein category.


The weekend brunch is served on weekends from 930am to 3pm.

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.

Raffles Courtyard
Raffles Hotel
328 North Bridge Rd
Singapore 188719
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 3pm - 10pm
Sat-Sun: 930am -10pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to the junction of Bras Basah Road and North Bridge Road. Cross the road. Walk down North Bridge Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Friday, April 6, 2018

White Rose Cafe @ York Hotel - A Refreshed A La Carte Menu


York Hotel is renowned for its Penang Hawkers' Fare buffet but lesser known is their local and Asian cuisine served at the White Rose Cafe. Helmed by Chef Charlie Tham, the culinary team has refreshed the a la carte menu showcasing new re-interpretations of Asian dishes and Western classics.

Satay 4.2/5

We started with some Satay that is well marinated and grilled to a nice exterior char. Diners have a choice of chicken or pork. It comes with rice rice cakes, sliced cucumber, onion and peanut sauce topped with grated pineapple. Love the fact that the sauce comes with grated pineapple for the hint of sweetness on top of the nutty sauce.

White Rose Cafe New Specialties Mee Siam 4/5

Even thought it is a refreshed menu, it also brought back some of the old favourites such as the Mee Siam. The tangy and spicy gravy topped with prawns, sliced egg, bean sprouts and diced fried bean curd complements the rice vermicelli excellently. Do note this is sampling portion.

Vietnamese Beef Pho 4/5

Chef Charlie has also introduced Vietnamese cuisine in the refreshed menu. The soup for the Vietnamese Beef Pho is boiled for hours using beef bone marrow for a good 8 hours, resulting in a light but rich broth.  The flavourful broth is accompanied by the smooth flat rice noodles, tender sliced beef, bean sprouts and onion. It is then garnished with red chilli, lime and fresh local herbs.

Vietnamese Pork Chop 4.2/5

The other Vietnamese dish on the menu is the Vietnamese Pork Chop. I love the aroma of lemongrass in the marination of the pork fillet. Grilled to tender perfection, it is served with sunny-side up egg, fresh local herbs, pickled vegetables and steamed fragrant rice.

Seafood Mee Goreng 4.5/5

There is the Malay style mee goreng as well as the Chinese style. I prefer the latter for its wetter version, which is a bit like the hokkien mee. The Seafood Mee Goreng here hits all the right notes for me. Mildly spiced, the wok fried yellow noodles comes with egg, prawns, squid, sliced fish and bean sprouts.

Fish Head Curry 4.2/5

One should not miss having the Fish Head Curry at White Rose Cafe. The fish head curry is prepared accordingly to the well guarded recipe from Soon Heng Restaurant dating from 1970s, touted as the creator of the Singaporean Chinese style fish head curry. The red snapper fish head is first steamed and then cooked in a mildly spiced assam or tamarind based curry sauce together with tomatoes lady fingers, sliced onions and fresh chillies. The fish is cooked perfectly, firm and moist with a delectable sweetness of the flesh.

Grilled Chicken Thigh 4/5

Besides the Asian fares, there are Western classics such as Fish N Chips and Grilled Chicken Thigh. I tried the grilled chicken thigh which is served with seasonal vegetables and sauteed potatoes. The chicken skin is grilled to a nice crisp while the meat is tender and juicy.

Tang Yuan 3/5

Wrapping up our dinner, we had the Tang Yuan, traditional glutinous rice balls stuffed with black sesame filling in hot ginger flavoured syrup. While I enjoyed the soft glutinous rice, I felt that the ginger soup is a bit too sharp. It need some extra sweetness to balance the sharpness.

I really enjoyed the refreshed a la carte menu at White Rose Cafe. The dishes served are food that is closed to our heart and I have to admit that it has executed them well. I would recommend the fish head curry, mee goreng and mee siam as my favourite.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

White Rose Cafe
York Hotel
21 Mount Elizabeth
Singapore 228516
Tel: +65 68301156
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 11pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Scotts Road towards Goodwood Park Hotel. At Goodwood Park, turn right and walk to the end of the carpark. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

NOW Noodles + @ Square 2 - The Only Place To Have Mee Tai Mak With Century Egg


A new noodle restaurant has opened at Square 2 in Novena offering some unique noodle dishes that has not been seen elsewhere in Singapore yet. Currently NOW Noodles + offers only 5 noodle dishes on the menu but they are already have plans to introduce more noodle dishes on top of their amazing five.

Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg 4.5/5

For me the Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg ($9.80) is the best try dish at NOW Noodles +. This is a dish that you probably can't find it elsewhere in Singapore, at least for now. The mee tai wok is stir fried with century egg, fried egg and homemade belacan for a plate of aromatic goodness infused with wok hei. It felt as if  am digging into a hot plate of fried kway teow or fried carrot cake.

Heng Hwa Noodle Soup 4.5/5

The other unique dish on the menu is the Heng Hwa Noodle Soup ($9.80) that comes with a huge piece of chicken and black fungus. The texture of the noodle has more bite compare to those Heng Hwa Lor Mee commonly found in Singapore. The highlight is the ginger based broth that complement the noodle excellently and it is not too overpowering.

Dry Mee Siam 4.2/5

Dry Laksa 4/5

Now Noodles + makes their own rempah and this is used to stir fried their Dry Mee Siam ($9.80) and Dry Laksa ($9.80). I enjoyed both interpretation of the local flavours which come with huge, fresh crunchy prawns. The homemade rempah definitely is the key, allowing the noodles to shine in the execution.

Mee Goreng 3.5/5

There is even a vegetarian option in the Mee Goreng ($9.80), stir fried with vegetables, potatoes and mushroom. A rather simple dish without complex flavours but just allowing the ingredients and wok hei to do the talking.

Malasada 3/5

For some sweet treats, there are the  Malasada ($3.80/2pc) and Spanish Churros ($3.80 with a choice of 1 dip). The soft and pillowy malasada comes with three different filling - kaya curd, milk tea cream and orange marmalade. My personal favourite is the kaya as the flavour is sweeter to go with dense donut like treat.

Spanish Churros 3.5/5

I prefer the Spanish Churros more than the malasada. The mini churro was rather fun to eat, with its crispy exterior but yet soft interior. Guests have a choice of choosing a dip which is the same as the masalada filling, kaya curd, milk tea cream or orange marmalade.

I would highly recommend the Mee Tai Mak with Century Egg, Heng Hwa Noodle Soup and Dry Mee Siam if you plan to check out the restaurant. It is definitely worth the visit for the unique noodle dishes. On a side note, I think the sweet treats are a bit off from their local and Asian concept. I would prefer to have a bowl of red bean or green bean soup, which I think would be more align to the whole local and Asian noodles menu.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

NOW Noodles +
Square 2
10 Sinaran Drive
Tel: +65 62510177
Nearest MRT: Novena (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11am - 9pm

1) Alight at Novena MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to destination. Journey time 3 minutes. [Map]