Sunday, August 18, 2013

Newton Hawker Centre

Welcome to Newton Food Centre, one of the most popular supper sites in Singapore, next to Chomp chomp @ Serangoon Gardens, in the enclave of the urbanites in the heart of Singapore. It is a must visit place for tourists and Citizens alike as many of the food it serves are the daily staples of Singaporeans. It opens almost all round the clock, depending on which stalls sell lunch staples like bak kut teh, won ton noodles, and dinner and supper favorites such as seafood feast of Gong Gong (Sea snail), la-la ( clams), cockles (harm), carrot  cake (black/ white), hokkien Mee, fish noodles, etc. 

The boy and me came here for a quick dinner before catching a 2 hour movie of the newest (Steve) Jobs movie documentary. The movie is indeed inspiring for anyone aspiring to be an entrepreneur and into business. Although it misses out on several important happenings in the public life of Steve Jobs, the movie has it's agenda of focussing on what the public yet to know, the shotgun stories, of his eldest daughter, when he finally had the time to indulge in love during his career break from Apple Inc., and most of all, teach us what a green excellent businessman can get conned before learning to be smarter when he came back to Apple again. An inspiration, Jobs serve as an idol to our future generations. Like President Barack Obama, change is what Steve aspired and brought to life.

Back to our dinner at Newton, it was ⭐⭐⭐ 3 stars for its quantity and simpleness, ⭐⭐ 2.5 stars for ambience as it is a typical hawker centre setting and beware of touts from seafood vendors, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars for the prices( we love cheap food!!)


Chicken wings


Fried Oyster omelette

Oyster = cholesterol, did not finish all

Quick dinner for a very enjoyable casual Friday night out.

The-Simple-Life Singapore Girl

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Meatballs, delicious dinner, then shopping, $1 hotdog IKEA Alexandra,Singapore

Earlier the boy mentioned for me to have my favorite crabs for dinner, we could go to Soon Soon Huat Seafood @ Blk 93 Henderson Road after napping, however the whole area was under renovation when we reached there. Then the next nearest place to have nice food was IKEA @ Alexandra Road- meatball heaven. IKEA meatballs are unrivaled, the soft texture of the meat slowly being chewed by the inviting teeth.

"So crowded." Then it dawned on us it was Saturday night and I had the keen observation that everyone around was in pairs/ couplet. We went straight to the food place and ordered the world famous (horse, kidding) meatballs, $9.50 for 20 pieces, with extra gravy, broccoli $1.50, extra cheese $1, chicken wings $2.80 for 2 wings, sold in pairs, Butterscotch Almond Cake to end off the perfect dinner date. (Boy watching a match now and making fun of me "never pay that's why")

Overall the food at IKEA as usual will never fail the greatest of foodies. ⭐⭐⭐ 3.5 stars for food quality, quantity, ⭐⭐⭐stars for ambience except can a little difficult finding a seat during peak periods like such and clean tables because patrons are expected to clear their own seats. That is a good rule though as it cultivates social responsibility to keeping your own environment clean and teaching Singaporeans not always take everything for granted. ⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4 stars for price! Cheap cheap means leaving with a happy wallet.

Our dinner  

Boiled Broccoli; adding vegetables for a healthy balanced diet

Drumrolls.....The famous IKEA meatballs

Juicy, crispy deep friend IKEA chicken wings

Sweet, caramelized Butterscotch dessert to end off the dinner

Extra brown sauce for the 20 meatballs

Having hotdog after walking the whole of the shopping area on Level 1. Bought several photo frames$ 2.90- $11.90, bed fittings $24.90

$1.50 for the hotdog meal, $1 for hotdog ala-carte

Counter after coming out from
The cashier area on Level 1

If you have no where else planned for dinner/ casual date night with your special someone, why not head down to IKEA for a hearty meal and after food shopping, at the same time making sure you take a walk after your heavy meal.

P.s. IKEA pronounced as ee-Kia (Singlish), eye-kee-ya (English)

Hungry Singapore Girl

Monday, August 5, 2013

Steamboat dinner J-Pot by Jumbo Seafood @ Vivocity

On another special occasion, this time with the boy, he suggested Italian food At Jamie Oliver's but the Restuarant did not take much reservations as it is popular and newly opened. The queue was really
long so he asked me what I wanted to have. Suggested for steamboat at vivocity where we were and I remembered my experience a year ago having J-Pot by Jumbo Seafood, in full, Jumbo Hotpot. So J Pot is was! Jumbo Seafood now most famously known for its loss to Gordon Ramsay in cooking the best Chili Crab Singaporeans love in the latest cooking Ad by Singtel. Like usual Hot pot, it works by ordering different soups, you can choose how many and the types available; and a-la-carte varieties of raw meat, fish balls, noodles, seafood.

Touch screen Panal to order food/ ingredients

Buffet of all types of sauces to mix and match:chopped Garlic, chili padi, garlic chili sauce, seseme oil and the list goes on and on and on and on....

Other Patrons mostly family. It's just like a steamboat

Boy ordered yummy hot fried seaweed tofu as Appetizer

Soup is here! Tom yum 

The must order J-pot superior both chicken soup and Tom yum soup.

The boy and my lover chef

The button to adjust the temperature: low medium high off

Close up of yummy meat. No idea how the egg is used and by the time we're full the egg is wasted; no space for even the smallest egg.

Fav seafood! This is $9

More meat to feed the boy 

And more meat

Catching Love chef at work

Overall I have a good experience here and will rate it ⭐⭐⭐⭐ and a half stars as it satisfied the hot pot fan and Chinese cuisine (hot soup and rice for dinner) lover in me! Be warned that you will feel extremely full and bloated after leaving the place due to its unlimited free flow of delicious soup. Alittle thirsty after we left the place, so we thought the soup might have MSG for flavoring inside, isn't it normal of outside food. The prices ⭐⭐⭐ as it was a tat expensive $80 or $40 pax as we over ordered. Would have been much cheaper if we estimated more correctly our appetite sizes. Again so prone to hungry myopia as I term it. Learning to reduce the wastage of food!

Singapore Girl

Royal China @ Raffles Hotel Singapore

For a special family occasion, a very Saturday in July, my favorite sister decided that we have a-la-carte Dim Sum Lunch at Royal China Restuarant in Raffles Hotel. ( Pronounced quickly by Singaporeans as Raffles-oh-tel). There are positive reviews about this place from her friends she says, and here we are to finally try it.

Being greeted by the Grand Emsemble of the ancient Britishque architecture of the hotel, and then by the very traditional outlook of the Restuarant doors with a golden popular-in-the-50s signboard embossed with mandarin characters  Huang Chao for Huang Dynasty; the two lucky symbols of power and wealth in Chinese culture- the half lion and dog statues placed on both sides of the chic entrance. Very different feel, doesn't feel like its modern Singapore at all. It was comfortably too different, and definitely a perfect background for family pictures and more pictures.

It was a Saturday and we forgot about the expected jam at the exits of CTE: bukit timah. We were 45 mins late despite leaving house 30min early, and by the time we arrived, we have to wait for a table and it was another 30 mins left before lunch ends! Ahhh. On the way to Royal China,parent said "dont need to tell them we're late, surely wont have people, not everyone goes to Raffles Hotel for lunch", I said "its definitely crowded, think no rich people in sg meh!!!" Lunch hour starts from 12-3pm for Royal China at Raffles Hotel.

Happily seated after a quick 15 mins. During the wait, we offered the menu to order and there were seats for those who were waiting. The good service is commendable. Food came quick and boy, it was a huge Restaurant and fully packed to my expectations. 

Prawn Chee Chong fan

Egg tarts

Char Siew Bun

Scallops in fried shells

Chicken feet

Carrot cake

Ha gao

Tender pork pieces

Meat Dumplings

Our table after we finish eating. Learning not to over order beyond our stomach capacity especially when feeling hungry. 

We only had half an hour to eat, so if you may, do arrive much earlier its worth it. We ordered so much dim sum when we were feeling hungry that we had to takeaway! Generally, ⭐⭐⭐⭐ for the food, ⭐⭐for the prices and overall bill came up to almost $160 that's $40 pax inclusive of the 7% GST and 10% service change, ⭐⭐⭐ for the ambience because I prefer quieter and more private places. I would think that it's possible to get good dim sum at more reasonable prices but well, it's a special occasion and I'm not paying for it so. Special occasions to be held in nice fancy restaurants and it is fancy. Just that other than the soft carrot cake that is comparable to Dim Ho Wan that is memorable, the other food is alright. Good for fancy day out and for those with extra cash, otherwise won't revisit.

Singapore Girl