Thursday, September 25, 2014

Legendary Hong Kong, Jurong Point

This place was interesting, and apparently the owner was so enamoured with Four Season's roasted duck (the Chinese restaurant in Bayswater and London's Chinatown, not the hotel chain) that he went to source for the same ducks (which come from Ireland) for his roast ducks. As I was in the area, I decided to try the wonton noodles, as my parents had already prepared dinner at home. How would it compare with the real Hong Kong deal, especially as they have branded themselves as the real thing away from the real place?

The decor certainly appeared quite authentic: reminiscent of an old-school Hong kong canteen, like the one you see on TV shows.

And how was the food? I quite enjoyed the HK Milk tea - this was rich and creamy with enough fragrance and bitterness to cut through the sweetness. Quite well balanced and apparently quite like the real thing. Apparently the person in charge of the milk tea has been doing this for a good number of years and it really showed: 8/10.

What was not so good was the Wonton noodles. Granted, I didn't expect it to be Mak's, or even Tasty - but this was a far cry from what I was expecting. The noodles were too springy and clumpy, and the soup was quite tasteless, tasting more of MSG than anything. 5/10. No depth of flavour and just slightly salty, rather than having that essence of prawn broth that I was expecting. The Tasty at the Hong Kong International Airport is far better. For wonton noodles, I would definitely recommend Noodle Place Restaurant which serves the best version by far.

I'll come back to visit the place for the roast duck, and I hope that doesn't fail me. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fish Market Sakuraya, West Coast Plaza

This is rapidly becoming one of my favourite spots to eat in West Coast Plaza, which is a mall I frequent heavily as my church is just next door. 

The concept's simple: there's raw fish that is packaged in plastic supermarket style, and you just select the piece you want and tell them your table number, and they'll serve it to you, sliced and prepared.

There's also a wide variety of cooked foods and rice dishes, including this barachirashi which was a joy to eat. A steal at $15, considering that Sushi tei has a similar chirashi don for about the same price, but there's no comparison in terms of the quality and freshness of the fish: Sakuraya wins hands down. 

The barachirashi was a delight: each piece was just very fresh, the swordfish was oozing with fish oils that was so juicy, the tuna had the intense "metallic" taste which I enjoy, even the salmon was delicious; and not to mention the hamachi though. Only thing I didn't like was the crabmeat. Sure, it wasn't Aoki, but it's also 1/3 of the price. And - there's fresh wasabi which is lovely too.

The last time I went, I ordered some Kampachi as well, which was sliced beautifully and melted in your mouth. I remember the time when S and I ordered many pieces of salmon belly - the only thing I can say is - OISHI!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Guan's Mee Pok, Maxwell Food Centre

A relatively new mee pok stall has opened at Maxwell Centre, named "Guan's Mee Pok". When asked whether they were related to the Ah Guan Mee Pok at Syed Alwi Road, they were non-committal. I'm not quite sure what that means, and I hope there are no trade mark / passing off issues there. 

In any case, I'm not here to talk about IP law, I'm here to talk about food! And boy was it a good bowl of meepok. The stall is somewhat unique since every bowl of noodles features an Ni-tamago egg (the Japanese half-boiled egg with a semi-solid yolk), and some fish maw as well.

The noodles were good: quite springy, although they tend to clump together (not a good sign). The sauce, made of powerful chilli and spices - was good and coated the noodles well. The egg was delicious, and they also provide some fried fish balls and fish maw. Very untraditional, if I may say so. Good bowl of noodles and the queue wasn't that long, so that's a 8.25/10.

I also ordered a Dried Scallop with Fish Maw - more fish maw, in a superior stock. Quite delicious too, somewhat like eating a cheap shark's fin soup. (8/10)

I would definitely come back, if only the heat wasn't so unbearable.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Platypus Lobster Shack

It has been some 3 months I visited my friend N's lobster shack located at China Square, and boy has the place become extremely popular since those days when no one visited! Right now there's always a queue - certainly a great problem for N.

I have heard rave reviews of the Seafood Crustacean Bowl so I had to try it, and boy was I glad I did! Lobster, summer caviar, uni cream, rice - and with everything blowtorched to give it that smoky taste. Paired well with the seafood flavours coming through. Great stuff. (8/10)

I was feeling healthy so N made me a salad. Tasted so good. Lemon vinegrette and chopped tomatoes. Not on the menu though.