Dine at Paragon

Today is a wet and lazy Tuesday for me and therefore I didn’t do much sales for the day. Therefore I decided to stroll around Orchard Road. My usual routine I will always go to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and tidy up some of the websites and blogs I currently am managing it. While I am outside Paragon shopping mall, I decided to snap a photo or two and blog something about good place to dine in Paragon. I found 2 places for diners to dine in. Anyway I am not getting paid to do this.

In Paragon shopping mall you actually can find quite a number of food outlets and all these outlets mainly located at basement 1. You can find some cafe such as Starbucks. Some food outlets not dine in type but take away such as Krispy Kreme and Old Chang Kee.

Anyway i found something interesting on basement 1 of Paragon. I saw an Italian restaurant, Gastronomia Da Paolo. It offer western cuisine serving a tantalizing collection of dishes which suitable for family gathering, large group with colleagues and reunion with friends.

Anyway to all my Muslim fans and friends please do take note that Gastronomia don’t serve any halal dish and it serve Italian beer. I can only recommend to all my non-Muslim fans and friends to dine in this place. Apart from this restaurant, I came across another restaurant and this restaurant is halal certified therefore my Muslim fans and friends can dine it here.

So pho is a Vietnamese cafe and this cafe is located opposite Gastronomia restaurant. It serve authentic Vietnamese cuisine such as Summer Rolls with Prawns and Lemongrass Chicken, Vietnamese Fried Rice with Seafood and Pho Bo or also known as Sliced Beef Noodle.

For me personally I feel this is a must try to dine in Paragon. In fact this cafe has become one of my priority to try out their dish. From the name of the dish already make me crave for it.

Anyway they do have other outlets such as Tampines Mall, Parkway Parade, Jem, Clementi Mall, Nex, Waterway Point and many more. To know other locations of their outlets, you can visit their website for more information. Now I am looking forward to try out some of the dishes that serve by So Pho and I be doing food review on So Pho.

Finally Bigoing to…

I have been thinking of producing and directing a show and broadcast it via YouTube. Been thinking the type of show I wanted to do. After been exploring ideas for couple of months, finally an idea struck on me. Ladies and gentlemen let me present you “Bigoing to…” That is the name of the show which I am co producing and directing. I b hosting in this show as well.

“Bigoing to…” is a food hunting show that will be featuring places for good food and dessert that can be found in Singapore and also outside Singapore. This show has series of episode therefore I be featuring some guest in my food hunting show. Below I will list some links for you to follow. Do catch my first episode on Sam Salleh Channel via Youtube.

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Bigoing to Bazaar

On the 12th of July 2017, I just release another short film which I done with some of my friends whom I get to know from Bigo Live. We shoot this film during the fasting month and this film was shot at Bazaar around Geylang Serai. Every year the bazaar in Geylang Serai always have something new for us to see and one of those are foods. I love to eat and always looking for something new to try. Therefore I decided to do some food hunting at bazaar around Geylang Serai with some of my friends. Please like and comment on the video. Do subscribe to my channel as more short film will be coming up soon.

Asian Market Cafe Lunch Buffet

On Monday 27th of March 2017, my younger brother and I went to Asian Market Cafe for lunch buffet. We arrived 11:30 am however the door is closed cause the operating lunch hours are from 12:00 pm to 2:30 pm. Anyway little information about this restaurant, it is located in Swissotel The Stamford and It is also Halal-certified restaurant. This restaurant featuring Singapore local favorites and contemporary regional delicacies. There is a dress code to it which is casual wear.

Before I continue, allow me to make a disclaimer. I was not being paid by Asian Market Cafe or any of their affiliate partners. My post is based on my personal opinion and judgement and in fact this post was posted randomly. Usually I post food review for the purpose of recommendation and critics only. So once again I am not being paid for posting this review. Anyway let’s get back to my post.

Assortment of Sushi and Salmon Sashimi to start off with.

When the restaurant door was open, we were being ushered by a friendly staff of Asian Market Cafe to the dining table. The restaurant is very clean and the interior layout was neat and spacious but a bit dull due to color contrast. Easy to move around with my wheelchair in the restaurant. We were disappointed with the table, as they said it was full house and we got the table that is facing the wall, infront of the clearing station. However, we saw a peaceful table right at the corner and request to change, but we can’t as it was “reserve” to other guest. After we have gotten our table, my brother start to hunt around for food to start with. Our plan basically to try as much dishes as possible. Here are the list of foods that we tried:-

Scallops, Mussels and Prawns.

  1. Assortment of Sushi and Salmon Sashimi
  2. Cooked Seafood (scallops, mussels and prawns)
  3. Variety of Salad (seafood salad and Indian salad)
  4. Laksa
  5. Chicken Rice and Tom Yam Fish
  6. Otah, Black Pepper Crab, Mee Goreng and Chinese Fried Rice
  7. Egg Drop soup
  8. Dessert

Seafood salad and Indian salad

For item number 1 and 2 we feel it is alright and satisfying because the ingredients being used such as the salmon can taste totally fresh, but only the seafood we could taste the smelly fridge. However for item number 3 onward, it was very disappointing for both of us. Seafood salad the taste is fine only need a little bit more seasoning,  but for the Indian salad it was tasteless and the chickpea did not boil well enough. Before we tried the Laksa, looking at it were already disappointing to us. The gravy was too watery and my instinct tells me that the amount of coconut milk being used are less. When we taste, it tells us more thing about this dish that it lacks of dried shrimp paste and the Laksa leaf.

The gravy of this Laksa suppose to be thick however it was prepared watery

Chicken Rice and Tom Yam Fish in 1 plate.

As for the Chicken Rice, the rice was cook perfectly as in Al-Dente texture, but the fragrance of the typical Singapore chicken rice is not there and the rice doesn’t really taste like a Chicken Rice to me, is totally lack of ginger and garlic flavor. My brother is a sucker for chicken rice, he knows that the rice wasn’t looks good and even myself couldn’t identified whats more is lacking. He said that the rice should have chicken fats, as it will give the rice a flavor, slightly fragrance and also shiny to it.  It taste more of like eating plain rice. We realize that the plate for the buffet was not clean and covered with little spots for most of the plates. There is black stain marks, chips on the plate rim and no side plate on the table for the dirty cutlery.

Varieties of deserts are being served. Try out almost all the desert.

My brother did pick 1 dish known as Tom Yam Fish but after we tasted it, we were wondering where is the taste of Tom Yam? and it taste like sambal fish, only more to mild side. As for the dessert some are alright but some of it was totally bad because it taste way too sweet and also too heavy for dessert. I was thinking if the chef could tweak some of the dessert a bit but still looking at the same concept as Baba Nyonya/Malay/Asian food. For example, instead of tauhwe, maybe could reconstruct to soya panna cotta with mint grassjel or maybe ice chendol could transform into cake or jelly base. lastly, the fruits, it was totally no taste, not sweet. it feels like that the fruit is not ripe enough. We only taste the fiber of the fruit instead.

Overall, as for big restaurant in Big 5 Star hotel, i would only give 1*/5* rating. Service staff are friendly, but only during entrance, i was expecting the manager or team leader or any staff to mingle around the guest, ask for feedback about the food, service and ambience of the restaurant. In the hotel industry, we should have people-oriented and not work oriented, have some passion in the job. i would give the service 3*/5* rating.

Mee Wak Katok

March 24 2017, I am somewhere in Orchard area and I am hunting food for dinner. I was thinking of eating noodle for dinner since I already had rice for brunch. My budget for dinner is $6 only even though I have $10 in my wallet. So today my mission is to hunt for a meal including a drink that will cost me $6. If less than that will be better then I know that my mission is successful. I decided to try to hunt some food in Lucky Plaza.

Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria is a Malay cafe located at first floor in Lucky Plaza.

Going around at first floor in Lucky Plaza I saw a small Malay cafe. The name of this cafe is Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria. I have been to Lucky Plaza numerous times and I ever saw this cafe before. I think this cafe has been around for many years but strangely I have yet patronize this cafe. Since I have yet to do so, I shall make it happen today to give a try.

This cafe is small and simple. There are few tables and chairs in the cafe. Even though it is small, it is just enough for me to move and squeeze in with my wheelchair. Menu can be found on the wall and most of the food are common Malay fried food and common western food. However there is one food that catches my attention to give it a try that is Mee Wak Katok.

Little history about Mee Wak Katok basically this noodle dish was once famous back in the 1970s. Back then this Mee Wak Katok was prepared by a Malay man who traveled around in some parts of Singapore with his little food cart. Some say why it is call Mee Wak Katok because he always seen in his shorts when he peddled around with his food cart.

I try Mee Wak Katok before back in 2015 at Amoy Food Court located in Tanjong Pagar but that stall was closed. I was been told that Mee Wak Katok is basically fried noodle that has gravy cook with chili paste. Now I came across Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria and it serve Mee Wak Katok. The price for this dish is $4.50 and there some sambal can be found in the dish. That will make it spicy however you can order it to make it more spicy if you want. Anyway as for my drink I just order mineral water and that cost me $1.20. In total I spend $5.70 for my simple dinner.

In conclusion my mission for hunting $6 dinner is successful. In fact the food that being serve by Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria is not disappointing at all. For your information I did ask around some of the people who are working in shops at Lucky Plaza about Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria and most of them say the food is nice and the prices are consider reasonable too. Next time I will make a comeback to try others.

Love Letter

Chocolate Nutella Love Letter and Peanut Butter Love Letter

2 days before Chinese New Year on 26th of January 2017, I met one of my Chinese customer somewhere at Somerset. She was very excited to see me. She told me she got something for me and I was wondering what it is that make her so excited about. She gave me love letter and let me tell you this is not what you think it is. For some of you who did not know it is one of those festive cookies that you can get during festive season such as Hari Raya or Chinese Lunar New Year.

In Malay we name it as Kuih Kapit and in English it is known as Love Letter. It is consider a wafer biscuit as it is crunchy and crispy. I have not been eating this biscuit for very long time. The only time I remember how it look like was in a form of wafer roll and the taste is coconut flavor. However I realized that now the Love letter have additional flavor to it. There are Chocolate Nutella and Peanut Butter flavor which was given by my Chinese customer.

One of the flavor of Love Letter, Chocolate Nutella

However I notice that these kind of cookie such as Love Letter hardly been made nowadays for festive seasons. I remember when I was a child back then during Hari Raya house visiting, I always saw Love Letter on the table. To me Love Letter is consider one of the traditional festive snacks and the legacy of this cookie should be continue to the next generation. Hope that these kind of cookies would still continue to be exist.

The cheapest one tonne noodle

The big signage outside the mall. Photo taken during the night.

I always go to One Katong Mall or in short known as One KM to hang out and do my work at the same time. My usual hang out spot will be in Starbucks. Usually I will hang out there from early afternoon till midnight. During my hang out sessions in Starbucks, I can go hungry easily and therefore I will look for foods that are available in One KM. There are quite a number of food stores are available in One KM. Recce all the halal food stores in One KM will be my mission. I will start with the basement.

On the basement of One KM, there are some halal food stores you can get. Some are cheap and some are little bit pricey. I start with something that is consider cheap. There is one food store that is very new to me that is Encik Tan. This food store offer local halal Chinese food. The food that being served are mainly noodles such as Wanton noodle, Fishball Noodle and Laksa. Here you can view the full menu that being served by Encik Tan.

Wanton Noodle is pronounce as one tonne.

Encik Tan has a signature dish and it is called Signature Noodle. The name sounds little weird to me but I am not going to try that at the moment. I going for my all time favorite noodle, Wanton noodle. Wanton noodle cost $4 and I find it fairly cheap or in fact this is the cheapest Wanton noodle I can get in Geylang Serai area. That $4 does not include with the drink. If you were to include drink that will cost you almost $6 I think. Since my drink still in Starbucks, so I don’t really need a drink.

While I am eating, I love to appreciate the taste of the food.

Anyway Encik Tan has few other outlets located in Singapore. So one of the outlets I go to is located at One KM on first basement. The place is not that spacious and it rather small I must say. One of their outlet located at Bugis+ is more spacious for you to dine in. Even though it is small, the place is well kept clean. When I ordered Wanton noodle, I was being served with 2 bowl. First bowl consist of the noodle and the char siew chicken and the second bowl consist of soup and Wanton in it.

The noodle portion which I get is consider a lot and definitely will make me feel full. I like the taste of the char siew chicken. The noodle I ordered is spicy since I request for it. The chili which the staff gave to me is sweet and spicy and it goes well with the noodle. As for the soup it is a little bit tasteless and therefore you need to add some pepper to it to have some taste on it. As for the Wanton, I was given 3 pieces only and as for the taste is OK. I recommend to scoop out the Wanton and mix it in your noodle to have better taste.

Overall dining in at Encik Tan is not too bad even though the place is small but it is well kept clean. The price you pay are quite affordable which is similar to the price you dine in at hawker center. The price that I pay is worth the money as it make me feel full at the end of the meal. I definitely coming back to try out the others on the menu such as Signature noodle and maybe Rojak. Personally I rate everything 3 out of 5.