Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bee Kia Seafood

M and L wanted to have dinner, and so suggested a place near M's house - a little zhi char called Bee Kia seafood, located at Balestier Hills Shopping Centre. It is pretty non-descript, just a little coffeehouse by the road, but my word the food was good. The four of us (L brought his girlfriend along) only paid about S$8 each for the meal, which was a steal.

We had sliced beef with kailan - this was really nice; the beef was in the beef-hor-fun style gravy (except with no hor fun, of course), with tender beef and kailan. Nice. (8/10)

I was very impressed with the HotPot Beancurd as well; the gravy was just soooo yummy, you know, it was starchy and gooey and eggy at the same time but there was a wonderful smokiness of flavour to it, that made it all the more yummy and perfect for splashing on rice. a great find - worth recommending! (8.5/10)

Everyone loved the fried baby squid and i have to concur - though I don't really like baby squid but this was done very well. (7/10)

Sweet and sour pork's their specialty: this was pretty good, with the right amount of tanginess and crispness. (7/10)

Monday, November 29, 2010

Michel Cluizel's Mandago

Bought a bar of Michel Cluizel's Mandago from Culina (S$7) for the studying haul - it's been excellent! dark, rich, with full of texture; and a flavour reminiscent of spices, namely spice cake, cinammon, and i swear, even a bit of smokiness from the cigars. Which sometimes is amazing considering it's chocolate, but sometimes I like to eat just chocolate - methinks I might go back to try another bar. It's got a long, incredibly long, aftertaste - after I uploaded all the photos and done all the editing, it's still in my mouth. haha. Exams are until the end of this week so time for another bar, i'd reckon.

Xu Jun Sheng Teochew Porridge

the great thing about having exams in the east is that i get to try all the yummilicious east food which is just yummy. and today i went to a place highly recommended by ieatishootipost and by makansutra called Xu Jun Sheng Teochew Porridge, located at 59 Joo Chiat Place. Seriously joo Chiat Place must be the king of food streets - it has fei fei wantan mee, kim choo bak chang, and xu jun sheng teochew porridge just a block from each other. and of course, Private affairs.

This place was absolutely rustic - a little corner shophouse; and well, alot of things we could order. of course - as in teochew porridge. We, having just finished our exams, were famished beyond belief - so we just ordered away. Here goes nothing!

Otah - freshly made, soft.

the freshly fried sweet potato leaves was a revelation - very fresh shoots, and with garlic. yums.

fresh squid was not bad - not too chewy, with just the right texture.

Chai Po Neng, aka "chai po omelette" was extremely nice - freshly fried, full of aroma of the hot wok and oil.

Fish cake - can't go wrong; i suspect this was homemade.

And the piece de-resistance was the Duck with Chestnuts - braised duck so tender that the meat just fell-off-the-bone, with "san cheng rou" on the side in the sauce to make it a lovely slurpadelicious sauce to go with porridge. this was a standout.

I really wanted to order the 'Orh-nee' because apparently that's their speciality which, word has it, can thrash some top Teochew restaurants, and since I'm teochew and I love orh-hee, had to order that. Unfortunately, (fortunately for my waistline), they were out that day. hmmph.

One of the best teochew muay places, I can give it a (8.5/10). Great stuff! worth going, especially if you live in the east and love teochew porridge like i do.