Our friend offered to drive us somewhere ulu for dinner, and we figured that the Handlebar was definitely located at an ulu enough place, and almost inaccessible at night without a ride. We did walk to this place during broad daylight before, back when Bottle Tree Village was still around, and it was a fair bit of walk! So much easier with a car 😀
We were seated by one of the benches, and it was fortunate that we had called in advance to make reservations, for it was full house tonight!
- Blossom Onions ($12++): Crispy and sweet, this was an very enjoyable starter for sharing.
- Cocaine Wings ($14++): We opted for 3 mild and 3 medium heat levels. Depending on your taste buds, mild was too hot for hubby, medium was very acceptable to our friend, and I thought that medium heat had a lingering spicy aftertaste that lasted quite a while.
- Righteous Ribs ($28++): The meat was tender, and potatoes were very nice! The side salad was a welcome green for our overly carnivorous meal.
- Slap Yo Momma Pork Chop ($26++): We opted for a mix of both fried and grilled bone-in pork loin. The fried version was really good, but inside the crispy surface lay a very thick and juicy pork loin. The grilled version was a tad too dry, except for the fatty parts.
We liked the environment, and it was very relaxing to chill here. Water was available freely.
- Location: 57 Jalam Mempurong S(759057)
- Website: www.facebook.com/HandlebarSG
- Hrs: 5pm – 1am (Tue-Thu), 5pm – 2am (Fri), 3pm – 2am (Sat), 3pm – 1am (Sun)
We discovered our expiring Putien return voucher, and very promptly made reservations at the Kitchener Road branch, haha! Also because it just won itself a 1-Star in the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore!
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We were nearby the area and decided to take a slow walk over to check out this place which we had paddled past a few weeks ago when we went to Coney Island.
On a late Saturday morning, the cafe was quite crowded (I guess many were here for brunch), but there were still a few tables available, so we did not had to queue at all 🙂
We already knew what we wanted to order, gathering from online reviews (and offline reviews from friends) and placed our orders!
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So we decided to pop by afterall!
We were actually not really hungry, and thought that it would be difficult to tabao the claypot rice if we could not finish it, hence we had:
- San Lou Been Hoon 三楼米粉 ($4.80 nett for small): The other item with the largest picture on the wall, the exterior crispy charred bits with the soft bee hoon inside was yummy!
- Salted Egg Sotong 咸香苏东 ($12.80): The coating was excellent, for it was very fragrant, and not at all sweet! Many times, the salted egg concoction was more sweet than salty, but this was not the case. You could taste and see the salted egg yolk goodness, the real stuff! Unfortunately, the sotong was a tad too overcooked.
- Qing Long Cai 青龙菜 ($12.80): We liked the homely feel of this dish, and this veggie was a bit like chives, with a bit of crunch.
- Teh C Kosong ($1.60): Oh my, finally a decent cup from the usual places where I get my usual teh c kosong!
Note: Warm water is available at 20 cents per cup. We could not finish the food and ended up tabao-ing, incurring an additional 50 cents for 2 plastic boxes (not too sure if there would be additional charges if we opted for plastic bags instead). Only cash is accepted here.
We were too early for claypot rice (they opens at 11am), so we decided to head for brunch at the nearby Common Chefs Cafe & Bakery, which opened only 2 weeks ago (22 Jun 2016).
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We were here to check out the recently opened ramen place!
Since we read that the Chef Tan-san was the first Tonkatsu Chef in Singapore, we figured that it might be prudent to order the Premium Pork Loin Tonkatsu Set ($19.90 nett), and the Tonkatsu Ramen ($14.90) which uses the normal pork loin.
Each Tonkatsu set came with roasted sesame (which we had fun grinding), tonjiru soup (which was awesome broth simmered with Japanese pork and very rich in flavour), pickles, fruits, as well as unlimited servings of Niigata rice and crunchy cabbage (which we could barely finished the first serving).
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We had past by here a few times in the evening, and it was usually very quiet. This time, we decided to come here for dim sum, resolutely walking past the relatively empty white beehoon along the way.
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Being the start of school holidays, we figured that the queue today at Lao San Kway Chap would be relatively shorter, so that was where we were headed for breakfast!
At 9.40am, there was just 4 customers ahead of us 🙂 Actually, this place is called 老三粿汁.猪什湯 Lao San Kway Chap & Pig’s Organ Soup, but we did not see anyone order any soup throughout our meal.
We ordered 大肠头, 大肠, 粉肠 (3 types of large and small intestines/offals), 三层肉 Pork Belly, 豆干 Beancurd, 菜尾 Preserved Vegetables and 2 small bowls of 粿 Kway (broad rice sheets) for $17.20.
This was a more mild version of kway chap as compared to some of the heavily salted versions. The braised offals were very well-cleaned, which sometimes is a really rare find, for the cleaning process is very tedious. They were all tender and chewy, and mildly salty with a light sweetness, similar to the broth of the kway. The pork belly was tender too. The beancurd and preserved vegetables complemented the offals well, and we like that the preserved vegetables was not overly salty; in fact, it was sweet and salty. The rice sheets were firm and chewy, and we liked the broth too.
While we were enjoying our food, the queue grew to the width of the coffee shop space 😮 Do come earlier to avoid the crowd!
- Location: Blk 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 #01-1222 S(560232)
- Hrs: 6am – 3pm (close on Mon), 10:30am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
We walked past this place a few months back and noticed a long queue forming. So we made a resolution to return on a day when we would have the time to queue.
So today happened to be the day! We ordered:
- Fried Fish ($3): The small piece fish was actually quite nice, with firm flesh, and minus the super fishy smell that we sometimes encounter.
- Coin Prata ($3.50 for a set of 6): This was awesome! Thick, crispy and still kinda fluffy inside, there was a nice sweetness and it tasted great even on its own.
- Tissue Prata with Cheese ($3): This was not very crispy, not sure if it was because we added cheese. The cheese added a different aromatic flavour to it, and was not the overly salty type.
We would definitely come back for the coin prata and other types of prata!
- Location: 24 Sin Ming Rd Jin Fa Kopitiam #01-51 S(570024)
- Hrs: 6am – 7pm (Mon-Sat)
It was time for drinks after food, and Ms F highly recommended this place!
We ordered a Coffee & Cake set ($10 nett for a $6.50 cake and a selection of coffee/tea ranging from $4 to $5), and I got myself a London Fog Tea Latte ($7).
- Carrot Cake: A sweet and slightly moist version with plenty of nuts. A bit too sweet for us, but we liked the texture.
- Café Latte: A strong cup of coffee with slight acidity, not bad at all.
- London Fog Tea Latte: A blend of vanilla and citrus-flavoured Earl Grey Tea with steamed milk, there was a subtle sweet and smooth swirl of milk and earl grey undertones. I liked it!
There were plenty of food options here but we were too full to try. Maybe next time? 😛