Category Archives: Food

ILUMA, Victoria Street (Singapore)

We were at this Bugis Junction and saw a new building opposite.

LUMINA, was a quick glimpse from afar of this new shopping complex opposite the Bugis Junction.  The name of this building is very small, and I was so confident and betting with my friend that the name of this complex is LUMINA and she bet for ILUMA for a meal. Dang!  I lost…

Doesn’t the name similar with LUNA the Staedtler coloured pencil or Illama?

In fact, no name is indicated inside the building.

ILUMA is the name....

ILUMA is the name....

Cool design....

Cool design....

Entrance..nice right?

Entrance..nice right?

Lets check the inside….. 50% of the shops were opened.  And most of them opened in just a week or two.  So i guessed all shops be opened in 2 months time.

Look up....

Look up....

Inside...

Inside...

Inside stalls

Inside stalls

There are 5 floors –  cinema, restaurants, fashioned clothing and etc.

I like this restaurant, called Empire State located at 4th floor… Something like New York New York but in a cute way..when we were there, it wasn’t open yet.  Maybe you can try…….it is going to be in operation soon.

Empire State.. the monkey is the king kong..

Empire State.. the 'monkey' on plane, is King Kong..

Empire State Mini Burger

Empire State Mini Burger

And lastly…….

The King Kong's wife... QUEEN KONG!!! GRRRAHHH!!!

King Kong's wife... QUEEN KONG!!! GRRRAHHH!!!

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Ipoh, Malaysia trip ~ (25/3-27/3)

Supposed to travel to Ipoh 1 day later, but has changed to 1 day earlier.

I did enjoy the short trip in Ipoh, at least from the work break, stress break and the crave for Msian food… hehehe.. Spending money from Singapore Dollar to Malaysia Ringgit really saves me lots. Nice budget spending though 🙂

Have you been to Ipoh? I never been to Ipoh many times… I would say less than 5 times. Ipoh is a nice place to travel only when you enjoyed eating! Hahaha… If you don’t fancy eating, Ipoh is not your place.

Ipoh is very far from Singapore. If only you travelled by land transport. 😦 We took Michelle Yeoh father’s owned coach, Sri Maju from Singapore to Ipoh for S$32 one-way. The coach departed at 12noon and arrived in Ipoh……. guess???? 9:40pm!!! Almost 10 hours and for this 10 hours i already arrived in Athens, Greece! Or another 2 hours I already arrived in London. Our buttocks were sored for sitting for so many hours when arrived….. OK, not to scare you so much, if you have a car, you could arrive in Ipoh for 7-8 hours drive.

Sad to say, Ipoh airport has closed down due short airport runway. And fyi, the transportation for night train from Singapore to/fro Ipoh will not  be operated effective 1st April 2009.  For info for  night train (Senandung Malam) to Ipoh by click here.

About the Hotel we stayed:

Ipoh City Hotel.  Not a fantastic hotel, but I like it, current promotion price only RM93 per night (just room).  Promotion last till don’t know when as the reception do not want to tell.

Anyway, what I like about the hotel is the bathroom (no bath tub/shower type), large space, quite new, comfortable, no smell/old carpet, < RM100 price and good service.  There wasn’t any non-working appliance.  Unfortunately the hotel lost some marks on the cleanliness category…. 3 tiny harmless cockroaches seen, still!  I killed and flushed them into the toilet!  Well, if you are not a choosy and selective type of person….. Ipoh City Hotel is a not bad budget hotel.

Ipoh City Hotel - Not bad budget hotel

Ipoh City Hotel - Not bad budget hotel

Hotel Ipoh City – 18, Jalan Dass, 30300 Ipoh, Perak – Tel: 05-241 8282

If you got the $$$ person, you can go for Tower Regency Hotel from RM150 and above.  Hotel just launched in February 2009.

Day 1 – Sored Buttocks, Tired and Hungry

Arrived late in Ipoh and was very hungry, directed to Lou Wong Bean Sprout Chicken (in cantonese Lou Wong Nga Choi Kai)…I am sure you heard before???   What i really like is the hor fun soup they served, pork balls and the juicy bean sprout.  To me, the chicken is just ordinary (i prefered Hainanese Chicken). I wondered how they make the bean sprouts so fat and juicy?  The hor fun soup is sweet, i emptied the bowl of hor fun and soup.  Some people likes to eat Onn Kei Chicken, located just opposite Lou Wong,.. I wanted to try Onn Kei but the shop wasn’t opened that day.   Too bad….

Lou Wong Bean Sprout & Pork Balls - GOOD!  I like both!

Lou Wong Bean Sprout & Pork Balls - GOOD! I like both!

Lou Wong Chicken

Lou Wong Chicken - to me, the chicken is just ordinary

Hor fun soup... simply the best!

Hor fun soup... even though its plain, this bowl is simply the best!

What I have learned about Malaysia food business, as long the food is good, customers do not bother about the environment. Many of the good food in Ipoh, the shops are coffee shop style.  They do not need to spend a cent on renovation but still people queue and wait and wait for the food……Even cleanliness, people do not bother! Check this out.

Lou Wong chicken team

Lou Wong chicken team

The shop.....

The shop.....

If I can give rating for Lou Wong cleanliness, I will give E for ‘very dirty’.  But due to the food is good, many people exempted the shop’s hygiene.

OK.  The bill for the food shown above: RM16.00

Day 2: Rainy afternoon…but was energetic to walk and explore Ipoh

Woke up at 9am for breakfast….. where?  Recommended by a resident in Ipoh (friend’s friend).. Foh San Restaurant.

Foh San Restaurant - Yummy dim sum restaurant in Ipoh

Foh San Restaurant - Yummy dim sum restaurant in Ipoh

The place is a wonder…  My first impression was… as if I have gone back to the future.  Inside of the restaurant is very antique.  Like the time i was born… 1970s or maybe even 1960s!  I actually enjoy the atmosphere there, as if i have gone back to the century when i was baby.

Antique restaurant and Thursday crowd

Antique restaurant and Thursday crowd

Two uncles enjoying the dim sum... Yum yum... Left uncle: "Yum yum, this is delicious".

Two uncles enjoying the dim sum... Yum yum... Left uncle: "Yum yum, this is delicious".

The dim sum is yummy… I like the spare ribs, the spare ribs is welly done than Dragon Gate in Singapore.   The varieties of the dim sum are very classic.  Not like dim sum in Kuala Lumpur… all sorts of dim sum creations found.  To me, i like classic because they are pureeeeeee…. Original..

Even we went on weekdays.  Getting an empty table needed a couple of seconds to find.  According to my friend, weekends cannot find empty tables.  People packed around the restaurant for empty tables.  I felt i was so lucky.. able to try out the dim sum on weekday.

Chee Cheong Fun (Prawn)

Chee Cheong Fun (Prawn)

Yong Tau Fu

Yong Tau Fu

Dumpling Prawn - I like it!

Dumpling Prawn - I like it!

3 Prawns inside.. waaa..... YUM!

3 Prawns inside.. waaa..... YUM!

Spare ribs

Spare ribs

Siew Mai

Siew Mai

Special Pau looked like bee nest!

Special Pau looked like bee nest!

What's inside? Mushroom, glutinous rice, salty egg, chicken meat and vegie - like it!

What's inside? Mushroom, glutinous rice, salty egg, chicken meat and vegie - like it!

Next, the bill…..

7 plates + bowl of tea = RM29.00 ~ price is usual.

7 plates + pot of tea = RM29.00 ~ price is above average.

Interestingly found that although the restaurant is in 1970s/1960s interior designed, surprisingly there do have a very nice website that you can check.

Lunch time, which i was still full after the dim sum breakfast, not to waste time…. we eat more and put on more weight at Thean Chun coffee shop….

Thean Chun coffee shop

Thean Chun coffee shop

Thean Chun environment

Thean Chun environment

Thean Chun Inside... typical coffeeshop

Thean Chun Inside... typical coffeeshop

There are a few stalls inside, famous in Kai Si Hor Fun Soup (Chicken Hor Fun Soup), Popiah, Custard and Chee Cheong Fun.

Kai Si Hor Fun Soup... I love it! I love it!

Kai Si Hor Fun Soup... I love it! I love it!

Eeeekk!! The popiah got blood on it!! Actually a kind of sauce... Good

Eeeekk!! The popiah got blood on it!! (Actually a kind of sauce... Good!)

Chee Cheong Fun with Mushroom Sauce - to me, i find average.

Chee Cheong Fun with Mushroom Sauce - to me, i find this CCF is just average.

Well, I couldn’t eat anymore at night… so just had light dinner.

Besides eating and eating on the 2nd day in Ipoh, I went to Kinta City, which i find more stuff to see and branded items available there than Ipoh Parade.  However, Kinta City is located outside the city whereas, the Ipoh Parade is inside the city. But it is worth to check out the Kinta City…… I found that, the Kinta City is similar with 1 Utama shopping mall (the old wing)…. the interior, exterior designs are the same.. even the floor tiles the same!

Day 3 – The Final Round

Final round…. before leaving back to Kuala Lumpur.  Went for Ipoh White Coffee.  People said that the famous white coffee in Ipoh is not the Old Town Coffee but Sin Yoon Loong Coffee.  It is located directly opposite the Old Town Coffee.  I am not sure if this is true.. I just drink lahh!!  hahahaha…

Sin Yoon Loong Coffee Shop - Best White Coffee in Ipoh

Sin Yoon Loong Coffee Shop - Best White Coffee in Ipoh

Sim Yoon Loong (inside coffeeshop)

Sin Yoon Loong (inside coffeeshop)

Lets check the prices -- can see?

Lets check the prices -- can see?

Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee (Hot & Cold) - Ngam Ngam Hou..

Sin Yoon Loong White Coffee (Hot & Cold) - Ngam Ngam Hou..(just perfect!)

Bread Toast as well.....Yum yum - Good

Bread Toast as well.....Yum yum - Good

Ta Daaa.... The bread gone! The coffee emptied! Waa...magic!

Ta Daaa.... The bread gone! The coffee emptied! Waa...magic!

For comparison, actually the bread toast compare with Ya Kun Bread Toast (Singapore),… the Ya Kun bread are in brown colour and crunchy. While the Ipoh bread toast is thin bread and light crunchy. You try you will know the difference lahh… hard to explain in words… 😛

Another recommendation is Chau Kueh Teow (Fried Kueh Teow) in Ipoh.  I am a Fried Kueh Teow person… I can have Fried Kueh Teow everyday for lunch.  Unfortunately, there was not a single  good taste Fried Kueh Teow in Singapore.  If you try deeply, the Fried Kueh Teow in Singapore taste sweet… and the sweetness is sugarly sweet.   I tried many Kueh Teow stalls in Singapore, but never taste…. non sweetness Kueh Teow before… Sad case. Total opposite with Fried Kueh Teow in Malaysia.

Ok.. let’s look at the best kueh teow in Ipoh.  This Kueh Teow was actually ordered from a stall located at the opposite (Old Town Coffee Shop).. You can request to send over the plate…

Fried Kueh Teow... BEST!!!  I counted there are 5 big prawns in this plate of Kueh Teow.... OH WOW!

Fried Kueh Teow... BEST!!! I counted there are 5 big prawns in this plate of Kueh Teow.... OH WOW! - Price: RM3.50 ..... NOW YOU SEE!

1 second, ....Now you don't!!!

1 second, ....Now its gone! Thats quick!

Old Town Coffee...

Ipoh Old Town Coffee...(the original shop)

Old Town White Coffee Shop.. (the original shop)

Old Town White Coffee Shop..Kedai Makanan Nam Heong (the original shop)

Then…… its Tau Fu Fah time!!!

So many orders, so famous,... need my help or not?

So many orders, so famous,... need my help or not?

Waaa.. so famous.. so many news about this Tau Fu Fah stall.

Waaa.. so famous.. so many news about this Tau Fu Fah stall.

open at 10:30AM until finish!

open at 10:30AM until finish!

So soft & soft! Best.......

So soft & soft! Best.......RM0.80 cents for a bowl.

The famous tau fu fah stall (Funny Mountain) in ipoh...

The famous tau fu fah stall (Funny Mountain) in ipoh...

You know, now i only came to know this Tau Fu Fah shop is called FUNNY MOUNTAIN.  The logo is a rat pushing the trolley  filled with soya beans……..

And last,…. before I leave back to Kuala Lumpur.. I went to buy Salted Chicken which produced and famous in Ipoh (Aun Kheng Lim) for my mum..RM16.00 for 1 whole piece adult chick…hahaha…The chicken is salty and is steamed chicken with light chinese herbal flavour.

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken.. Yummy too!

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken.. Yummy too!

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken Shop

Aun Kheng Lim Salted Chicken Shop

Map for all the places i went…

Recession Set Lunch at Hard Rock Cafe Singapore

Yummy! Yummy! Yummy!

Got attracted by the value meal offered by the Hard Rock Cafe.  Knew about this at a small article in the Straits Time newspaper.  Time like this really need good food and worth of MONEY!!! Ka-ching, ka-ching, ka-ching $$$!  This promotion is only available on weekdays and until 31st March 2009.

Recession Set Lunch Menu at Hard Rock Cafe (promo ends 31st March 2009)

Recession Set Lunch Menu at Hard Rock Cafe (promo ends 31st March 2009)

Went to Hard Rock Cafe for lunch today to try out the set Recession Set Lunch. We selected the MaxiCali Chicken and Cajun Fish.  I am a fan of pasta but decided not to choose Bacon Aglio after knowing its just a very basic plain pasta – Spaghetti with Olive oil and some pieces of bacons.  Glad that I made the right choice. 🙂

MaxiCali Chicken

MaxiCali Chicken - Good

Pan Fried Cajun Fish - Good

Pan Fried Cajun Fish - Good

Both dishes value for $$$.  Comes with fries and coleslaw.  I like the this type of fries – thick and fat and meaty.  Hahaha… I don’t fancy skinny fries.  Yea..i like MOS Burger thick fries!

Besides… the main dishes…. each set comes with soup, drinks and lastly, Haagen Dazs icecream.

Minestone Soup and Coke

Minestrone Soup and Coke

Yummy small tub Haagen Daz icecream

Yummy small tub Haagen Dazs icecream

Waaahhhhh….. Good price, good food and GREAT environment. Where else can find in Singapore????

Lets take a look at the surroundings… 🙂

Hard Rock Cafe entrance

Hard Rock Cafe entrance

Hard Rock Bar

Hard Rock Bar

Two Levels...stairs

Two Levels...stairs

Dining Place.....nice....

Dining Place.....nice....

While eating and enjoying the environment, i noticed an Indian God picture framed at the centre of the dining place.  Can see?  I wondered is there a meaning placing the Indian God at the centre while other pictures are rockers??

Indian God framed up....

Indian God picture framed up....

Hmmm.. whatever the reason, the our lunch was yummy… and filling!

And now the bill…..

Bill S$20.00!!!!   Ichiban!!!!

Bill S$20.00!!!! Ichiban!!!! Hou Tai Sik!

The $10.00 nett already included the tax and service charges.

Yea… we need more of this type of value set meals so that we can spend less but eat quality food more.. hehehee…

Dim Sum Buffet at Dragon Gate (Harbour Front Centre)

Tuesday: Woke up in the morning, brushed teeth, prepared to fill my empty stomach been growling since 6am.

Told myself I must eat 3 meals for today.. muahahahaha..

We decided to go for Dragon Gate Restaurant at Harbour Front Centre, 4th Floor, as referred to many positive reviews from the internet  and the price is only $14.80+++ (weekdays), $17.80+++ (weekends) with more than 30 dim sum varieties to choose from.

If you are looking for buffet in Singapore… you can check out this good website that shows you list of buffet available in Singapore.  Click here..

The entrance of the restaurant is located inside the 4th floor car park area.

The environment of the restaurant is indeed good even offered at low price of dim sum buffet..

Dragon Gate - nice environment

Dragon Gate – nice environment

The types of dishes available…

Variety of dishes... can pick whatever you want from the list

Variety of dishes… can pick whatever you want from the list

Here i made an album of the dim sum plates we chose.

We were eating like a horse (especially me)… two persons, we managed to eat 19 plates of dishes… VERY VERY FULL!  Was trying to try every dish in the list (36 dishes available in total)… but not manage to do that  😦  Hahahaha…… wait till I have not eaten for 2 days, then this may be possible….  Hahaha…

Not  bad… a truly recommended dim sum buffet for you, friends and family.  The dim sums given are very generous.. even the “siew mai” are large in size too!

Total bill $38.35 divide by two persons $19.17

Total bill $38.35 divide by two persons $19.17

The restaurant is under Starling Group of Restaurants.  You may visit the website for more info.

Botak Jones – Authentic American Food (Damn Good Food at a Damn Good Price)

Today I had my lunch at this Botak Jones. Heard from my colleague it is famous and good. So in this Saturday afternoon, I went to this place… really good???

I went to the Clementi branch. Botak Jones has been established since 1996.. and has many branches throughout the Singapore. Botak Jones is operated stalls at various Kopitiams in Singapore.  Click here to visit Botak Jones website.

Botak Jones

Botak Jones

With abit of expectation since my colleague says good… was quite disappointed though… As said by my Sporean colleague, Malaysians expectation on food is high.

The menu does not have pictures of the food… so i just simply select.  To me, it is important to put pictures in the menu. Click here for Botak Jones Menu.

Botak Jones - Giant Hot Dog (Beef) Set with Mashed Potato & Coleslaw

Botak Jones - Giant Hot Dog (Beef) Set with Mashed Potato & Coleslaw - $9.00

I ordered Giant Hot Dog… The dish is ok, average….nothing extraordinary special.  One thing is the sausage is really giant and very filling.

Botak Jones - Mini Fish & Chips (Two thumbs down)

Botak Jones - Mini Fish & Chips - $4.00

My friend of mine ordered Mini Fish & Chips.  From the picture you can see that the fish is overcooked and i feel the fish is much more like a big piece of fish nugget.  And fries is so-so (average) only…. Not a recommended dish at all.

Botak Jones - Caesar Salad

Botak Jones - Caesar Salad - $4.00

As for the salad, hmm…. the dressing is sour.  Not too sure what dressing is that..

To me and also comment from my Msian friend, the food has got nothing to be fascinated.  Just that the stall looks special as if it has got some kind of theme.

Stall at Clementi

Stall at Clementi

Hahaha… please ignore the lady.

Conclusion: I find the food in Singapore does not taste well,.. therefore if i have got the capital, I sure will open one in Singapore..hahahaha….. As long the restaurant/stall looked presentable will do.