While we have yet to try out the 유가네닭갈비 Yoogane Dak-Galbi 柳氏家鐵板雞專門店 in Singapore, it is certainly not to be missed when in Busan, since this is where this popular Chicken Galbi brand first started out.
We got ourselves a medium 치즈퐁~닭 Fresh Cheese Chicken Galbi 新鮮的芝士雞排 (₩19,500) and a side order of 라면사라 Ramyeon 拉麵 (₩1,500).
Though the medium Chicken Galbi was meant for 2 to 3 pax, and the large Chicken Galbi (₩28,500) was meant for 3 to 4 pax, 4 of us could barely finish the medium portion, probably because we had eaten so much at Jinhae 😛
It was really thoughtful of them to give us aprons, so that we did not have to worry about getting our clothes dirty. We were almost about to attack our food after the staff brought the ingredients over and left our table, but the lady at the next table quickly stopped us, and gestured that the staff would help us with the cooking. How nice of her! Shortly after, the staff returned and did the cooking for us, while we tried to control our excitement.
Once ready, we picked up our chopsticks and attacked! The cheese was gooey and stretchy, and definitely enhanced the flavours of the spicy and tender chicken pieces. All I could say was that it was really quite addictive, and of course we were all fighting over the ramen too 😛
It was truly a fun and filling meal!
- Location: 부산광역시 부산진구 부전2동 242-21 242-21, Bujeon 2-dong, Busanjin-gu, Busan
- Website: www.yoogane.co.kr/en/
- Directions: Walk along Seomyeon-ro at Exit 7 of Seomyeon Station
- Hrs: 11am – 12am
Located in the Dwaeji Gukbap Alley 豬肉湯飯街 at 서면 Seomyeon 西面, this was a popular restaurant famous for its pork soup with rice, which is a must-eat when one is in Busan. The staff were very friendly to the many tourists, and through the English mixed with Mandarin explanations, we were able to place our orders.
We got the 순대국밥 (Sundae-gukbap) Korean Blood Sausage Soup with Rice 血腸湯飯 (₩6,500 nett), 내장국밥 (Naejang-gukbap) Pork Tripe and Intestine with Rice 內臟湯飯 (₩6,500), and instead of the 돼지국밥 (Dwaeji-gukbap) Pork Soup with Rice 豬肉湯泡飯 version (₩6,500 nett) where the sliced pork, rice and soup were all mixed together, we opted for the other version 수육백반 (Suyuk Baekba) Set Menu with Pork Slices 白切肉白飯 (₩8,500). In this version, sliced pork was served separate, along with an array of mee sua (rice vermicelli), kimchi, and other condiments, such as marinated chives, green chilli, garlic, onion, shrimp paste, soybean paste, soy sauce, etc.
Thanks to Starhub, we had a 1-for-1 voucher, and decided to try out Takujo at Emporium Shokuhin, serving contemporary Japanese cuisine.
Emporium Shokuhin is this huge area in Marina Square ground floor that has a collection of fresh fish market (with fresh lobster from Hokkaido!), frozen meat market, groceries, and many restaurants all congregating together.
The restaurant was surprising quiet at 6:45pm on a Friday night (maybe the price put off many people). Even when we finished around 8:30pm, there were only 4-5 tables full.
Since it was 1-for-1, we opted for the Takujo 8-course Signature Dinner Set ($128++), where we would get to try both grilled fish options 🙂
The menu was surprisingly in English only though.
We had made reservations via Chope after seeing the menu on the Chope website, but it turned out that the restaurant had already updated their menu quite a while ago 😦
Nonetheless, we decided try out some of the food, since we were here already (plus we were hungryyyyyyyy):
- 极品和牛包 Goubuli Buns with Wagyu Filling ($3.90++ per piece): This was served cold. What a waste of the beef!! 😦 Utter disappointment for what was meant to be the highlight of the restaurant.
- 三鲜猪肉包 Goubuli Buns with Pork and Seafood Filling ($3++ per piece): Served lukewarm, this was definitely better than the Wagyu version. Still, we have had better buns before.
- 口水鸡 Steamed Chicken with Szechuan Chilli Oil ($14.80++): Only 1-chilli rating, but it was definitely too spicy for us, haha!
- 脆皮烧肉拼叉烧 Crackling Pork Belly & Honey Glazed Barbecued Pork ($32++ for small): The pork belly skin was really crispy, and indeed crackling when we bit into it, and the meat was quite tender. The barbecued pork paled in comparison, but was still not bad.
- 咸鱼茄子豆腐煲 Eggplants and Tofu in Salted Fish Sauce ($22++ for small): The pot of aromatic goodness was pretty addictive, without being overly salty.
- 天津栗子鸡煲 Tianjin Style Claypot Stewed Chicken with Chestnuts ($22++ for small): This was pretty average.
Overall, we thought it was rather pricey, and very disappointing that the buns were so below standard.
- Location: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands, Canal Level B2-02 S(018792)
- Website: www.9goubuli.com (Reservations)
- Hrs: 11am – 11pm
Thai In Town re-opened as Tomyum Mama, and we decided to give it a go~
- Deep Fried Sea Bass with Fish Sauce and Mango Salad ($24.90 nett): Our favourite dish, the fish was deep fried till really crispy, and the meat was tender. The mango salad by the side gave a refreshing lift to the dish.
- Thai Wanton Mee ($5.90): This was not bad, with generous amount of ingredients, given the price.
- Pandan Chicken ($4.90 for 2 pieces): Ah, the sad and dry tiny little chicken chucks. Enough said. =X
- Homemade Meat Balls ($4.90 for 8 pieces): This was surprisingly addictive despite looking rather dry on the outside. The meat balls actually had some juice in them! Do note that there was prawn in the minced meat mixture.
- Baby Kai Lan with Mushrooms ($7.90): This was a rather salty plate of vegetables.
Drinks-wise, we tried the Thai Iced Milk Tea ($2.90), and the Thai Iced Lemongrass ($2.90), which we thought were not bad, but a little on the sweet side.
We came by the area to purchase my favourite 大排档 Dai Pai Dong 2-in-1 milk tea, so it seemed rather fitting that we should have dinner at the nearby dai pai dong 盛記 Sing Kee. There were many customers having seafood here, but we did not dare to try. Instead, we had:
- 時菜豬什 Assorted Pig Offal & Seasonal Vegetables (HK$48): The choi sum was not bad, and the pig offals were quite tender.
- 嘟嘟雞煲 Sizzling Chicken in Pot (HK$59): Oooh, this was quite addictive and the chicken pieces were quite tender.
- 干炒牛河 Stir-fry Beef Hor Fun (HK$50): Unfortunately, this was missing a little wok hei, and a tad too salty and oily. The beef slices were quite tender though.
- Location: 中環士丹利街82號舖 82 Stanley Street, Central (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Island Line Hong Kong Station 港島綫香港站 (Take Exit C and walk 6 mins)
- Hrs: 11am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon-Sat, alt Sun)
We had read about the Discovery Bay Christmas Market, and decided that it was worth our time to travel to Discovery Bay.
With the Discovery Bay Christmas Market on-going, plus the free ferry ride back to Central offer, we figured that we gotta make reservations for dining at D’Deck in Discovery Bay.
Among all the restaurants, Koh Tomyums appeared to be highly recommended. Our hotel helped us made the reservations 😀
Having being side-tracked with snacks and some Pokémon-catching, we ended up reaching Discovery Bay rather late, but managed to browse through most of the shops at the Christmas Market. There was not enough time before sunset to do any of the hiking trails, so we decided to go to the restaurant earlier.
We were checking out our Instagram feed when something caught our eye, and we found that it was near where we were! Without further ado, we went to check it out!
LoYe Dim Sum is a modern fusion restaurant that gives a twist to old-school dim sum delights to transform them into Chinese fusion delicacies!
We were initially seated at a smaller table for 2, but once a bigger table was available, we were given the option to shift 🙂
We decided to go with a few interesting dim sum items, since we were still rather full from the entire day of eating…
四季煲仔飯 Four Seasons Pot Rice was highly recommended by my cousin, and it was very near 美都餐室 Mido Cafe.
After a relaxing afternoon tea, we strolled to 四季煲仔飯 and discovered that a queue had already started forming just after 6pm. The queue moved quite quickly though, and we got our seats around 20 minutes later.
We got ourselves a 臘腸滑雞飯 Chinese Sausage and Chicken Claypot Rice (HK$53)，鴨蛋蠔餅 Duck Egg Oyster Cake (HK$20 for 2 pieces), and 通菜 Kangkong with Fermented Beancurd (HK$40). Food arrived quite quickly too!
The 鴨蛋蠔餅 Duck Egg Oyster Cake had the aromatic duck egg flavour and there was a generous amount of oysters. The batter was quite light and crispy. Overall, it was not too oily, and we really enjoyed it!
The rice in the 臘腸滑雞飯 Claypot Rice was really fragrant and soft! Really quite awesome, but the charred bits would stick and were not as crispy as the one we had at 坤記 the previous night. The Chinese sausage was yummy too! The chicken was very tender. We really liked the claypot rice here!
The vegetables was a good way to balance out the meal, and as usual, fresh and delicious 🙂
- Location: 油麻地鴉打街46-58號 46-58 Arthur Street, Yau Ma Tei (Google Maps)
- Nearest MTR: Tsuen Wan Line Yau Ma Tei Station 荃灣綫油麻地站 (Take Exit C and walk 2 mins)
- Hrs: 6pm – 1am