There was this promotion on Amex cards for DTF so we decided to come here for dinner after running out of options (aka too lazy to think, haha…)
- 上海醉鸡 Original Shanghainese Drunken Chicken ($8++): This was a cold dish that we always order at DTF and it didn’t fail us. Chicken was tender and juicy in the wine sauce.
- 干拌菜肉馄饨 Vegetables and Pork Wanton tossed in well-seasoned Chicken Broth ($8.5++): Hubby wanted some wanton and this was pretty good.
- 酥脆腐皮虾饼 Crispy Golden Prawn Pancake ($10.30++): A tad too oily.
- 小笼包 Steamed Pork Dumplings ($7.80++ for 6 pieces): The usual which didn’t fail too.
- 松露小笼包 Steamed Truffle & Pork Dumplings ($5++ per piece): Something different that we tried. The truffle smell permeated the dumplings but the skin was a tad too thick.
- 蒜炒菠菜 Stir-fried Spinach with Garlic ($10.80++): Another staple and refresher to the palette after all the meat.
- 辣蟹鲜肉包 Steamed Chilli Crab & Pork Bun (S2++ per piece): Very spicy and hot!
- 茉莉花茶 Hot Jasmin Tea ($1++ per pax, free flow)
Food was generally ok, and DTF maintained their usual consistency in food taste and quality.
- Location: 23 Serangoon Central nex #B1-10 S(556083)
- Website: www.dintaifung.com.sg
- Hrs: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat-Sun)
Delicious fish dumplings!
We finally managed to meet up with Ms J for supper at her favourite noodles stall, which was apparently very popular, and especially famous for hand-made fish dumpling “her giao” (鱼饺). When we arrived at the shop close to midnight, we were shocked at the crowd! The tables were sprawling to outside of the shop… and beyond 😮
We quickly made our orders (and were told that the estimated waiting time was around 45 minutes), take our queue number tag, before searching for a table. Cold drinks were self-service, and we just grabbed whatever we wanted from the fridge. Unfortunately, the drinks guy was too busy and though he promised to get us cups of ice later, he totally forgot about it 😦
The wait did not feel too long, especially when we have good company 🙂 Even better, if you enjoy the very retro 1940s-1960s Chinese music? I could imagine my parents singing along!
Polo Pork Chop Bun 菠萝猪扒包
We have been wanting to check out this place as it was always crowded whenever we walked past!
Today we were at nex bright and early, so it was a good opportunity to come here. True enough, the entire place was empty 🙂
We decided on a Polo Pork Chop Bun 菠萝猪扒包 ($6.90 nett, with $1 for egg) and topped up $5.60 to make it into a set, with Iced Macau Milk Tea (UP $2.80) and Chicken Wings (UP $5.90 for 6 wings).
The polo bun was not the crispy hard crust type, but its sweetness was a good complement to the rather salty but quite jucy pork slice. The wings were very juicy and salty, so it would be better to eat it with the rice option. Milk tea was pretty standard fare, but really helped to balance out the saltiness of the food…
We had walked past The Cajun Kings during our previous trip to Wimbly Lu, and thought that we should check it out 🙂 It was full house during the weekday evening when we visited around 7pm. We did not really feel like eating the combos, so these were what we had:
- Deviled Crab Cakes ($18++): Easily our favourite of the evening 🙂 Made with claw meat, grated egg, jalapena, and deep fried, the crab cakes were juicy and the crab meat tasted fresh.
Very pinkish… no?
Lobster Roll ($34++): Supposed to be made from Maine lobster and served with brioche, we still think that Burger & Lobster was way better, and even the one at Market Grill was better. Well, we preferred this than the one we had at Pince & Pints. We did not really like the brioche here.
- Southern Fried Chicken ($12++): The chicken appeared to be abit under-cooked, and the meat near the bones was very pinkish.The waitress assured us that they were definitely cooked though.
Water is free here, and we also appreciated the long stretch of basin to wash our hands before and after the meal 🙂
Got latte art for matcha but no art for latte
Since we just had dinner at nex, we decided to stroll here after dinner (after seeing on Google Maps that it wasn’t that far away from nex)… It was about 15 minutes of a not-very-long-walk into the very-quiet-but-not-that-creepy neighbourhood before we finally reached this place!
We had been here before but that was quite a long while ago, and we actually came here in a cab so we had no idea how loooong the walk would be!
There were no seats for 2 when we arrived, so we were first in the queue. We were offered the big table when the next 2 couples arrived, so we all shared the same table. Thankfully, everyone were quite considerate so there weren’t overly loud conversations 🙂
It was also lucky that we arrived a few minutes earlier, for a snaking queue suddenly formed right after we were seated! Guess 9pm was a good time for some coffee and cakes, huh?
Small but busy place!
We started our staycation holiday with a good breakfast at Kovan, in part to break up our journey to Changi Village, in part to fulfill our previous disappointment of not getting a seat in this popular cafe. Changi Village is really really far you know…
We reached around 10.30am and managed to get a table!
Full Monty Breakfast
The Cafe Latte ($5) and Chai Tea Latte ($5) were not too bad, while the Full Monty Breakfast ($15) and Avocado Eggs Benedict ($15) were delicious!
We especially enjoyed the eggs benedict that was done just right, with the runny egg yolk oozing out as we cut into it… It was oh-so-yummy!
With a full breakfast, we were ready for the rest of the day 🙂
- Location: 5 Simon Road S(545893)
- Website: lolascafe.com.sg
- Hrs: 10am – 11:30pm (Sun-Thu), 10am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
We had originally wanted to visit this place before we got sidetracked and went to C.A.N Cafe instead, so here we are today to try it out!
The decoration was rather rustic with simple chairs and tables (and simple toilet).
The menu was rather strange and n the sense that some teas were listed under “caffeine addicts”, while others were listed under “tea”, so I guess Earl Grey does not contain much caffeine? Anyway, I opted for the Chai Latte ($5) instead of the Thai milk tea ($7) because the former was hot while the latter was cold. Hubby went along with his usual Skinny Latte ($5).
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We actually wanted to visit Lola Cafe near Kovan but it was filled with people and we didn’t want to wait an hour for seats. So we took a bus back towards Serangoon to look for another nearby cafe and when we got off, I spotted this C.A.N (Christa & Naomi) cafe that I recalled G recommending to me! Without hesitation, we walked straight into it.. Haha!
The very first thing that caught our attention was the very retro decorations! From old-fashioned ice-kacang (dessert made of shaved ice) machine and typewriters to license plates and street name signage, plus the cosy-looking seats, this looked like to great place to hang out!
Unfortunately, there were some minor renovation works on-going, so we were asked to sit at the front while they clear the mess at the back, so it was the comfy sofa with rather glaring sunlight for us.
What a spread
Having a late lunch with parents and we recalled seeing this rather popular porridge place along Teck Chye Terrace, so off we went searching for it!
Ah Seah Teochew Porridge spans over 2 shop fronts, and there were people seated at almost every table even at 2pm!
There were many dishes available and we ended up selecting minced meat balls, fish cake, spinach, lala and mixed intestines, as well as 2 porridge and 2 rice ($29.60).
The mixed intestines consisted of 大肠头, 粉肠and 生肠, and it was the highlight of the meal for me! I had never had this 生肠 before and it was kinda firm yet soft, very interesting taste! But after I googled and discover it to be 输卵管, I’m not so sure if I want to eat it again… Hahaha! 😦
The spicy lala was also quite delicious, but I still think that the version by Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood 万隆华和海鲜菜馆 at Casuarina Road is the best.
There was a separate drinks stall that had a rather nice ice jelly drink. It was self-service for me, including taking bottled drinks and attempting to reach the serving tray placed almost out of reach for my height, but I also saw some people being served. Not too sure how it worked, maybe it was self-service for me because I went to the counter to place order?
- Location: 31 Tech Chye Terrace S(545731)
- Hrs: 11am – 12am (everday)
Ok, we didn’t actually intended to continue with cafe hopping today… We actually wanted to have an early dinner and call it a day, because I was really super tired. After freshening up at City Square Mall and enjoying the cooling air-conditioning for a while, we decided to go to Swee Choon for dinner since it was just nearby.
So we started walking and walking, and when we finally arrived, we then realised that it only opens at 6pm… Silly us forgot to check the opening hours! With about 50 minutes to spare, we decided to hang around somewhere nearby, and chanced upon Butter Studio!