Saturday, January 20, 2007

Thai Village Restaurant

when eve and i walked into thai village restaurant at goodwood park hotel hoping to satisfy our craving for some good ole spicy tongue-searing thai cuisine, we were sorely disappointed at first. we couldn't find any of our favs like tom yum soup, mango salad or curries. in fact, nothing on the menu was even vaguely spicy at all. we decided to have the sharksfin with crab and abalone, asparagus with scallops and mushrooms, pandan leaf chicken and spicy steamed fish (pretty much chinese food, leaning more towards teochew cuisine i would say). turns out, everything was pretty good (except for the pandan chicken). we were glad we dined there afterall. we will definitely come back for more.

the sharksfin with crab and abalone comes in three sizes - small($80), medium($115) and large(can't rem how much it is). eve and i shared the medium size one, for which the portion is big enough for 3 people. this above, people, is really really good. it came with a chockful of ingredients - chunky pieces of abalone, mushrooms and crabmeat (not thin, barely-there slivers like how some other restaurants serve theirs), the sharksfin pieces were whole and the thick sauce was savoury and delicious. VERY satisfying.

the asparagus with scallops and mushrooms was nice. you can't very well go wrong with a simple dish like that.

i must say we were rather disappointed with the pandan chicken. i haven't had this for years and was looking forward to eating it. afterall, when you think pandan chicken, you think thai food, much like how we associate tom yum soup or green curry with thai food, no? and we did very much wanted to have thai in the first place. the dish consisted of dry, nondescript pieces of chicken meat. it wasn't all bad, but it could definitely be juicier, spicier and more tender.

last of the course was spicy steamed fish (i think it was soonhock fish) thai style. it was the only dish that was hot and spicy and bore hints of thai spices. fish was fresh and the sauce was the soupy kind. tasted alot like tom yum really. not bad at all.

go for the sharksfin there. order a small one for each individual. its enough to fill you up even if you only have juz that and nothing else.

thai village restaurant is at: goodwood park hotel, 22 scotts road singapore 228221. tel: 6440 8251

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Ming Kee Live Seafood

Ming Kee Live Seafood
556 Macpherson Road(S) 368231
Tel: 6747-4075

Ming Kee Live Seafood is highly recommended if you are looking for reasonably priced food and specialties, but please don't go on a Saturday, and if you do decide to go, please book and pre-order your food. If not, you'll end up waiting for about 20 - 30 minutes for your food to come out. If you get impatient though, there's a great lot of eateries all around it.

Our total bill for 9 people came up to about $360. We had 13 large oysters, veggie with salted and preserved egg in superior broth, the infamous crab beehoon (which comes with 2 crabs), 2 orders of the very famous and delicious chicken essence frog legs, a nice black bean steamed fish, pretty good coffee pork ribs, drunken prawns, and mee sua. The place is BYO and doesn't charge for corkage so remember to bring your drinks! Adding to that, they do have beer and a limited soft drink selection.

From what I understand, Ming Kee has had a popular following since there Marina Parade days as a zi char stall; eventually making it's way to Jackson Market and moving to the corner of the row of shops down by it's current Macpherson location, and most recently taking over another shop and expanding the place to sit more people inside and out.

Check out the pics, unfortunately by the time the Crab Beehoon got to our table, we just kinda cleared it out really quickly. On top of that, I forgot to take a pic of the Meesuah cause I was too stuffed to move.

Friday, January 05, 2007

Mario's Pizza Bar and Restaurant

So one friday Satellite and I decided to try out Mario's Pizza Bar and Restaurant at Faber Drive over in Clementi!

Although the place was pretty much empty unlike it's neighbour the ever so popular Mexican restaurant Margarita's, the food was pretty much decent in size, actually it was huge!

I can say, the Caesar salad actually tasted better than the one at Mezza9 over at the Hyatt Hotel, because the bacon was crispy!

But as usual I am rarely all praises, so I found their Minestrone Soup lacking... it was the soup of the day! And their Ice Tea was sweet but tasted a bit funny. It's like a Sketche's type of deal, you pay for one Ice Tea and you get free flow.

The lasagna portion was exceptionally big, and was nice and cheesy, the sauce was good ... pretty much I would recommend this lasagna to anyone that has a hearty appetite.

As for Satellite's pasta, she enjoyed it, but I can't quite remember what type of pasta it was! But it seems to be an Aglio Olio from the looks of it.

I think we'd pretty much recommend this place. The cost of dinner there was $50, so it's average price for a restaurant I guess, but the portions are well worth it. Prices for beer are pretty reasonable, I think it's like $8 per beer or something.

Monday, January 01, 2007

New Year's Eve Dinna at Lao Beijing

Well.... We went Lao Beijing. Is frem d Tung Lok Group one. Tis nowt a New Year's Eve menu or anyfing... tho dey prolli have one... We ordad ala carte. We akcherli wantd to eat at dat Manhattan Fish Market, but dey oni had one menu, speshul fer New Year's Eve (BAH!)

So we ordad a bowl of soopy noodles (Jian says we shooda ordad d dunno wot Beijing-style Zhajiang noodles instead... since we were in Lao Beijing, rite.. bwahaha) & assorted startas, all to share.

D noodles came 1st (strangely). Akcherli we almost fergot to tek pikchures again..... Till afta we startd to eat a lil bit. Dis is d Spicy Beef Noodles ($6). It came inna normal sized bowl, as opposed to Crystal Jade's huge-assd noodle bowls. So we oni had a small bowl each, cos we lyk to share d noodles, so we can eat mo dishes mah... Funni fing abowt dis beef noodles..... Wen Jian startd to dish d noodles out frem d bowl, d beef seemd to disintegrate into almost nothing!!! It LEWKD substantial enuff wen it 1st came. D oni explanation I cood come up wif was dat d beef cam in VVVVV thin slices & laid on top in such a way dat it LEWKD lyk dere was sufficient meat... Now I realli regret nowt tekin a pikchure of d noodles, pre-consumption. :S Well d noodles were ok... D soop fer d noodles was quite yummi la... Pity abowt d tiny portion tho.... & d disappearin meat....
View frem Jian's fone cam.

Smoked fish fillet ($4). Fried one. Interesting, but nowt fantastic. I dunno if I've eaten fish in dis style before. Wen it came, I was slightly shocked. Lewks lyk a bloody fish & chips style kinda fish, doesn't it? It tasted abit betta dan I expectd tho... Tho I mus admit, my expectations weren't very high fer dis dish... BWAHAHAHAHA.

D drunken chicken ($4), I thot was quite pleasant tasting (cos twasn't bitta lyk wen dey r too trigga-happi wif d wine), until Jian pointd out dat d wine wasn't strong enuff. Oh well. In d pikchure here, yew can see d chicken has a missing piece. Again, our fault, as we fergot to tek piks until our greedy chopstiks had desecrated d chicken.

Beef slices ($4). Dunno wot it's realli calld. Blah...

Pig ears ($4). I've neva eaten before. Interestin, but nowt impressif... I hope dey cleand deir ears... BWHAHAHAH...

A (nowt veri nice) close-up of 1 piece of d piggy-ears.

D Stirfried Kailan ($10). Lyk normal kailan lor, but generous servin of d fried garlic bits.

Miserable lewkin xiaolongpao ($8 for 8 pieces).... But veri tasty!!! I was quite turned-off by d lewks of it at 1st, but wen I pickd 1 up wif my chopstiks, I noticed dat it had a saggy bottom (indicatif of juice inside, & thin skin). HEH. Twas nyummi!!

Close-up of a xiaolongpao.

Total price includin tea, pickles, teeshoo and service charge is abt $50. Again, am sorri dat d piks r lousy. I realli nid to repair my own fone. Wood I go back to Lao Beijing? Dunno... I dun fink we'd purposely go back dere la. & asso I fink is abit bo hua (not werf it) la.. Got Crystal Jade XLP & Imperial treasure ma... Can't go to Crystal Jade XLP during deir peak hours tho... D XLPs kinda lose deir soop (no QC fer XLPs wen busy la)... no good!!

Lao Beijing:

Plaza Singapura #03-01,

Tel: 6738 7207