Today was meant to be a relaxing day in our itinerary, and we wanted to spend the day exploring 熊本市 Kumamoto City.
As 熊本城 Kumamoto Castle suffered serious damages during the earthquake in April 2016, it was closed to public, and we could only view it from outside.
However, there were signboards to guide you to various locations for viewing and also to provide more information regarding the castle.
We ended our walking tour at 城彩苑 Josaien Castle Town, located at 桜の馬場 Sakura no Baba, near the foot of Kumamoto Castle.
We had been having so much street food, and decided to have a proper, leisure, sit-down dinner today 🙂
오우가 Ouga 五友歌 was highly recommended by our friend Ms. K, and it was quite packed when we arrived! Luckily, there was still a table available, and we did not have to wait.
While the staff might not speak much English, their menu was in Korean, English, Chinese and Japanese, so we managed to order without much difficulty.
We opted to share 2 sets, the 생갈비살식 (Saeng Galbisal) Grilled Beef Rib Meal 鮮排骨肉定食套餐 (₩15,000) and 삼곂살정식(Samgyeopsaljeong) Grilled Pork Loin Meal 五花肉定食套餐. Both sets came with 100g of the meat, as well as green tea bamboo rice, vegetables, side dishes, and sauce.
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.
After we fed the pelicans and toured the Chocolate Factory on Phillip Island, it’s time to find lunch!
A quick search on Google brought us to The Cape Kitchen and we gotta say, the ocean view from the restaurant was awesome!!
This is also a popular place for weddings and celebrations apparently because it offers breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean and coastline with a menu that is focussed on what is in-season as well as introducing unique Australian flavours.
JY brought us to this restaurant for lunch (after our delicious pre-lunch snack), and it was indeed a good decision!
Food here was affordable and delicious, and service was efficient! What we had:
- Grilled Pork Moo Yang ($12): This was a rather large portion for the price. The pork pieces were tender and juicy.
- Thai Pork Omelette Kai Jeow Moo ($10): This had reallly good wok-hei, and we loved it!
- Stir-Fried Water Spinach Pad Boong Fai Daeng ($8): This dish was a tad too spicy for us… Even after picking out the chilli 😮
- Pineapple Fried Rice Kao Pad Sa Palot Yai ($7 for small, $12 for large): Very fragrant and had a good balance of sweet and savoury.
Note: Only cash is accepted, and water can be purchased for $1 per bottle.
It was time to try something new! OCBC is having a 1-for-1 promotion for Galmaegisal (marinated pork skirt meat), so that kinda made us decide to try out this place.
According to the menu, galmaegisal is supposed to be “well-loved for its perfect combination of tender juiciness”, and “this unique cut that forms only 250 grams of a full-grown pig is said to be only serves to the Royal Family of Korea in the past”. We were quite sold to the idea of eating it already!
Today was our last night in Taipei *sob*, and we really wanted to cover 景美夜市 Jingmei Night Market, and 公館夜市 Gongguan Night Market, as they were just 2 stations apart.
Being a Monday night, we expected that some stalls might not be open. But that was fine with us, as there were plenty of everything else to eat.
The area at 景美 Jingmei is a 市场 market place in the day with shopping and food, and as night falls, it turns into a night market as other push cart style food stalls begin their operations. We were here from late afternoon, and manage to do a little shopping before dinner. The prices here seemed to be slightly cheaper.
Hubby had read about this place near our hotel that was popular for miso soup and homecooked style food, so off we went for dinner. We were quite lucky as we managed to get the last table 🙂
Everyone were having miso soup, and while there were many types available, we chose the more popular ぶた汁 pork miso soup.
We randomly picked some of the dishes that we fancied from what we saw. Most of the food were delicious, and made us feel like we were at home 🙂 However, the egg plant really left its imprints in our minds because it was so, so unexpectedly salty. So salty that it became our benchmark for saltiness throughout the remaining trip… Nothing else could beat it, not even pickles!
- Location: 1-11-12 Kawaramachi, Takamatsu-shi, Kagawa-ken, Japan 香川県高松市瓦町1-11-12
- Nearest Station: Kawaramachi Station 琴電琴平線瓦町駅
- Direction: Walk 300m north-west of station.
- Website: yousakana.jp/ofukuro, Tabelog
- Hrs: 5pm – 11:30pm (Mon-Sat)
After an early morning movie date on Mars, we popped by THREE for lunch!
With Thai, French and Japanese options available, we were really quite spoilt for choice! Our decisions led us to…
- Thai Garlic Pork ($9.80++): Served with the refreshing Thai mango salad, the pork was slightly dry but it was quite flavourful and the taste kinda grew on to us as we kept chewing.
- Penne & Roasted Chicken ($16.80++): The half chicken was really quite huge, and very juicy. The penne was not bad, but it got a little gelat when it cooled off.
- Signature Duck Leg & Linguine ($23.80++): This was supposed to be the signature, but unfortunately, it was slightly disappointing. The duck confit was quite dry and became really greasy after some time. The Aglio Olio linguine was more spicy than usual, but we liked the texture.
- Thai Chendol ($6.80++): A rather sweet dessert served with red ruby and jackfruit strips, gula melaka and coconut milk, I really enjoyed the different layers of intense and aromatic flavours. My favourite item of the meal 🙂
Thai Garlic Pork
Penne & Roasted Chicken
Signature Duck Leg & Linguine
Water was self service, and we were seated just next to it, so it was really convenient! There were a few orange slices within the water container, giving the water a slightly refreshing taste.
Overall, some hits and misses, and certainly something different from the usual chain restaurants found in shopping malls.
- Location: 33 Sengkang West Avenue Seletar Mall #03-37, #03-K1,K2,K3 S(797653)
- Website: www.facebook.com/ThreeSG
- Hrs: 11am – 10pm
This is our second visit here, and we were absolutely wow-ed by the food tonight!
We had initially wanted to go to another cafe within the same building, as the food was sold out the last time we went (after 9pm). Little did we know that no food was available at 8pm (despite the menu saying last order at 9pm). So disappointed. Guess we were not fated to go to that cafe.
Which was a good thing today, because we had a really fabulous dinner 🙂