Joo Mak @ Beauty World Menu

Category : Korean

It’s been a looong while since I’ve been to my favourite Korean Restaurant, Joo Mak @ Beauty World.

Beauty World hasn’t been such an accessible place for my friends though we really love Joo Mak’s authentic Korean food.

Like their super delicious military soup (Budae Jjigae), crispy fried chicken (Yangnyeom Tongdak) and seafood pancake (Hae Mul Pa Jeon).

The best ever!

Unable to help myself, I find myself wandering to the front of Joo Mak when I was visiting Beauty World for dinner.

Sadly it was closed for the day due to some repair works.

Of course this also presented me with the opportunity to capture photos of Joo Mak’s latest Menu to share with my fellow Korean food loving kakis 😀

And for fans of Joo Mak @ Beauty World and all Koran food lovers out there too 😉

주막 Joo Mak 酒幕 (View in Google Maps)
Korean Restaurant Joo Mak
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road #04-01
Beauty World Centre
Singapore 588177

GPS: 1.342398,103.776134

+65 6466 7871
+65 9735 2570
e-mail.inelcos@hanmail.net

Lunch (Except Monday)
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Dinner
6:00pm – 11:00pm

 




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Paradise Dynasty Szechuan Dishes Promotion

Category : Chinese, Promotions

I’m addicted! I can’t stop thinking about these yummy Szechuan dishes we had at Paradise Dynasty ever since we chanced upon their 30% off promotion for OCBC Cardholders and Paradise Gourmet Rewards members.

Also of course because they’re at such a steal!

I’ve already enjoyed these 30% off Szechuan dishes four times times and am thinking whether to have it one last time, before the promotion ends on 30 Dec 2014.

The 30% discount promotion is for Paradise Dynasty’s La Mian with Poached Marbled Beef in Szechuan Style, Poached Sliced Fish in Szechuan Chilli Oil, Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Vinaigrette, Steamed Szechuan Xiao Long Bao & Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken.

I’ve tried everything except for the first dish. And all I like 🙂

First up, and the most exciting dish of all – Poached Sliced Fish in Szechuan Chilli Oil (四川水煮鱼) @ S$14.56. Check out this enormous bowl of Soup/Chilli Oil!

I was too busy eating and gasping for air from the spice to take photos of what’s underneath this sea of chili. Sorry~ But there are sliced fish, glass noodles, big bean sprouts, black fungus & flat strips of dried tofu. This dish alone can feed 2 ladies.

You can choose your preferred spice level of 1 – 3 chillis. I had 2 chillis on every visit. Though we suspect we might have been served 3 chillis on one occasion as it was especially hot & spicy! Though very shiok, we had to order iced barley drinks to continue~

Next is Pork Dumpling with Hot Chilli Vinaigrette (红油抄手) @ S$4.48. I’ve liked this dish ever since trying it at Din Tai Fung (鼎泰丰). I didn’t quite like this dish at Crystal Jade (翡翠) but this one here, at Paradise Dynasty, is my favourite of them all. Its skin isn’t too thick, the sauce is nice and the filling is juicy.

Third is Steamed Szechuan Xiao Long Bao @ S$6.86. Paradise Dynasty has a range of 8 different Xiao Long Bao flavours, indicated by their different Dumpling skin colour. There’s a hint of Szechuan flavour in these Xiao Long Bao, nothing too overpowering, unlike the powerful 1st dish. This is nice too.

Last but not least, Paradise Dynasty’s Spicy Szechuan Crispy Chicken @S$8.40. Everybody loves deep fried chicken right? This dish dish is pretty good. Crispy/crunchy with that Szechuan punch.

I have to say though, this photo is from our 1st visit. A lot of chicken right? On our subsequent visits, the quantity of chicken and dried chilli swapped aka less chicken. Well, it’s disappointing. I hope this doesn’t hold true when the promotion ceases and we’re paying full retail price for it.

PS: Leave the Poached Sliced Fish in Szechuan Chilli Oil (四川水煮鱼) till the end aka eat it last. Otherwise you won’t be able to taste anything on the other dishes cause it’s so spicy. You’ve been warned 😀

Paradise Dynasty (View in Google Maps)
1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-08A (beside Daiso)
Singapore 098585
GPS: 1.264613,103.823012
Tel: 6376 8103
https://www.paradisegroup.com.sg/

Mon – Fri: 11.00am – 10.00pm (Last order at 9.30pm)
Sat, Sun & PH: 10.30am – 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)




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Manhill Restaurant @ Pasir Panjang

Category : Chinese

I’ve been working in the Pasir Panjang area for more than 3 years and I’ve never stepped foot into Manhill Restaurant along Jln Pelepah. I wonder why…It was just never in my food map.

It was not until my ex-Team Leader went there for lunch with his new colleagues and shared this little gem with us that we promptly made a trip there for lunch.

And of course, deserving of the recommendation, the food (Tze Char style) is good. And reasonably priced.

Manhill Restaurant’s signature dish is their脱骨纸包鸡Chicken in Paper Bag (Boneless) which is a must have. Check out the juice oozing out of the chicken. It’s hard to stop at one!

Another excellent dish is their 蟹扒豆腐 – Crab Meat with Beancurd. The beancurd by itself may taste very ordinary but if you coupled it with the Crab Meat…”Oh my goodness!” Mmmmm~

A colleague had Manhill Restaurant’s Seafood Hor Fun and gave it the thumbs up. Even though it look small, it’s actually very filling.

As you can see, the Manhill Restaurant receipt is dated in August which is more than 2 months ago so my memory is abit fuzzy now. However, I’m sure the other 2 dishes we had, 排骨王 – Fried Pork Ribs in Chinese Style & 马来占炒瓮菜 – Chillies Kang Kong should be pretty good too. Why?

Because we kept saying that we need to return to Manhill Restaurant for lunch again and a colleague ordered the exact same dishes when she brought her hubby there 😉

喜临门大饭店(分店)
Manhill Restaurant (View in Google Maps)
99 & 99A, Pasir Panjang Road
4¾ Miles, Singapore 118517

GPS: 1.275156,103.794826

+65 6474 6835, +65 6479 6639, +65 6472 1070

http://hillmanrestaurant.com/

 



 

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Korean Restaurant JOO MAK @ Beauty World

Category : Korean

Finally I’ve got the chance to snap photos of my favourite Korean Restaurant in Bukit Timah – Joo Mak at Beauty World. This Korean Restaurant was first introduced to me by a Korean Food Kaki and boy was I surprised to find this little jem tucked away in a corner of Beauty World’s Food Centre.

A lot has changed since my first visit to Joo Mak a couple years back. I still remember the warmth I felt when we were served complimentary kimbap made by the Korean server. The complimentary coffee dispensed by the machine which the owners provided a basket of 50cents for us to toss in, hence complementary. The Korean chef who came out to chit chat with us in perfect Mandarin. It was really homely back then.

Nonetheless, the food is still great and it’s a really nice place to hangout with friends to chit chat the night away. Especially since no one comes up to the food centre level of Beauty World at night since all the stalls outside are closed.

Back to Joo Mak’s food.

This time round, I got to eat every dish I like, except Ja Jang Myun as there were only 3 of us. So far all the friends I brought to Joo Mak love their food. And it’s my pleasure to share this with you.

First up is Joo Mak’s Budae Jjigae aka Military Soup aka Army Base Stew. This is a must have at Joo Mak and the best version I’ve had so far amongst the various Korean Restaurants in Singapore. It’s hard to resist requesting for more soup & noodles. *slurp*

This is definitely spicy. As we finished the soup, we could see a substantial amount of small chilli swimming at the bottom.

The other must have item at Joo Mak is its Yangnyeom Tongdak aka Crispy Fried Chicken. It is super crispy, absolutely delicious with a hint of spices and slightly spicy. Just slightly. The best fried chicken I’ve ever had!

My advice is to have it as soon as it’s served so that you can savour the fried chicken at its best. As with all things fried, it’s not as nice when it’s cold.

A basket of half fried chicken has 4 pieces as seen below. Just thinking about it makes me salivates~

The third must have item at Joo Mak is its Hae Mul Pa Jeon aka Korean Seafood Pancake. It’s stuffed with lots of ingredients, held together with minimum flour dough. Mmmmmm~

These are my top 3 must have items at Joo Mak. If you have space for more, you can add on Joo Mak’s Gun Man Du aka Fried Dumpling or Ja Jang Myun aka Black Bean Sauce Noodles.

Looking forward to my next visit to Joo Mak!

주막 Joo Mak 酒幕 (View in Google Maps)
Korean Restaurant Joo Mak
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road #04-01
Beauty World Centre
Singapore 588177

GPS: 1.342398,103.776134

+65 6466 7871
+65 9735 2570
e-mail.inelcos@hanmail.net

Lunch (Except Monday)
12:00pm – 3:00pm

Dinner
6:00pm – 11:00pm

Check out the latest Joo Mak’s Menu Here 😀

 



 

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SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen @ North Canal Road

Category : Latin American

I kept telling myself that I absolutely have to blog about my lunch experience at SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen @ North Canal Road just in case I forgot how I was won over by their food. Even though I went there for a farewell team lunch on Fri, the delight/pleasure I experienced is still very much present this Sunday evening.

If you are perplexed on where to go for good food in the Raffles Place, Boat Quay & Clark Quay area or if you’re looking for good Nuevo Latino/Mexican/South American Food, you absolutely have to check out this little gem along North Canal Road, near to OCBC Centre.

SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen is housed in a 2 storey shophouse and we were directed to the cozy upper level, seated right beside the baking corner where we were treated (or should I say tempted) to the aroma of freshly baked desserts.

Their Soup of the Day is Cream of Corn Soup which received the thumbs up. “It really tastes like corn. Non-diluted. No added flour.”

The few of us who had SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s Chupe de Pollo which is Cream of Chicken Soup…we were blown away. Full marks! It is very different from the usual cream based soup. It’s very light, yet full of flavour. Their corn is fresh & easy to manage. The shredded chicken is not dry & adds a different texture to the Cream of Chicken Soup. My colleague gave this a 10/10 marks.

The first Los Fuertes (main course) served is the Lomo Salteado. The guys who ordered this dish were a little disappointed as it looks like normal rice topped with stir-fried sirloin. Our Mexican friend was surprised that crepes were not served alongside with it and commented that SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s dinner menu is better and more authentic. Taste wise it’s nice. Satisfaction level is not too high as the portion is a little small. Another colleague who has this as part of her set lunch rated it 8/10.

Next up is SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s Ensalada de Remolacha. The salad consists of Mesclun Greens, Crumbled Feta, Roasted Red Beets, Avocado & Hazelnuts. Our vegetarian colleague likes the salad, commenting that it’s sweet.

Check out the chunks of Tuna in the Ensalada con Arun! The Tuna is crispy on the outside with a hint of herbs and raw on the inside. *Thumbs up* “It’s the first time I see Tuna done like this”

Yeah, finally my Chifrijo is here! SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s Chifrijo is a combination of Crispy Pork Belly, Rice & Beans topped with some Pico de Gallo. So, the problem is, I’m not really a fats-eating person. Aka I’m kind of put off by the layer of fat and will endeavor to separate it from the meat whenever possible so I’m kind of torn choosing this as my main course. I’m banking on the fact that it’ll be crispy so it’ll be tolerable.

“Here goes nothing” as I bite into my first piece of FATTY pork belly. “Wow…Mmmm…This is amazing!” Thankfully, the Crispy Pork Belly is really crispy & the fats melt in my mouth. I can literally use my tongue to squash the fats against the wall of my mouth.

I also love their Rice & Beans. Yummy! I couldn’t help finishing all the rice even though the word “carbo” keeps revolving around my mind.

The tapioca chips were also very nice. Crispy with a hint of salt. The dash of Pico de Gallo lends a different flavour to the dish here & there too. All in all, SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s Chifrijo is a dish with different layers of taste & texture which I highly recommend. 11/10 😀

Last and definitely not the least, desserts. Our Mexican colleague shared that SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen is best known for their desserts. We were presented with a dessert tray of 4 choices for us to choose from. So with high anticipation (especially after smelling the desserts throughout our meal) & with no idea what are the dessert names, we pointed out our choices.

This is a tart with blueberry filling which got a high score of 10/10. Somehow I can’t pinpoint a description to the taste. It tasted a little like meat to me but then I only had a small corner with almost no blueberry so my opinion is definitely skewed. My colleague really liked it though and gave it full marks.

With the help of Google, this is SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s “Milhojas” – Caramelized Puffed Pastry, Vanilla Diplomat Crème. Check out the traces of real vanilla beans in the cream/custard! The crispy pastry on the top, middle and bottom coupled with the rich vanilla custard. Perfect!

Finally, the recommended dessert which I think is named Alfajor – Shortbread, Dulce de Leche, Toasted Coconut. Also very nice. The combination of goat’s milk & coconut is very rich. This really reminds me of a Malay pastry I had before.

What can I say. SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen’s Desserts is a must have to end your meal on a high note!

Thanks for the great recommendation & all the best! 🙂

SUR Nuevo Latino Kitchen (View in Google Maps)
13 North Canal Road #01-01/02
Singapore 048826
+65 6222 2897
info@sur.com.sg
www.sur.com.sg

Closed on Mondays

Lunch (Tues – Fri)
11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner (Tues – Sat)
5:30pm – 11:30pm

Brunch (Sundays)
11am – 3pm

 



 

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Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Rd

Category : Afternoon Tea, Breakfast, European, Food Glorious Food

I’m very excited to finally have the chance to dine at Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar @ Winstedt Rd! I’ve often looked longingly at the restaurant while waiting for my husband to finish his work at the real estate property office. And it looks like a really nice place to chill & hang out.

I’ve read somewhere that Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar was known as Table 66 previously, and I’ve read glowing reviews about Table 66 in Facebook previously so I definitely have a high expectation of Skyve Wine Bistro.

Entering the restaurant, the interior is very nicely decorated (can you spot the rocking chair in the background?) with fresh orchids on every table and interesting table mats to keep us entertained while waiting for our food.

We have a mushroom lover in our group so when she says that the mushroom soup is nice, guarantee plus chop that Skyve Wine Bistro’s Mixed Wild Mushroom Soup is a must drink for mushroom soup lovers.

Next up is Ricotta Hot Cakes which is very nice when you 1st sink your teeth into the dish. Greeted with the aroma of maple syrup, the passion fruit butter also adds an interesting twist to it.

However, towards the end of the hot cakes, there’s a risk of feeling “sick” as it all taste the same. Suggestion will be to order this for sharing instead. Too much of a good thing is not so good afterall~

Skyve Wine Bistro’s Minute Beef Steak Sandwich has a similar story line. The beef is very tender and it earned a *nod of approval* at the start. Its descend in stars is mainly attributed to the fact that the portion is too huge. Too much fries. Maybe it’ll be ok for diners with a bigger appetite?

Check out the gorgeous eggs benedict! This is the Skyve Sous Vide Eggs Benedict. Where and how to start eating this? No problem for my skillful colleague who gave this dish *thumbs up*. She commented that she’ll like to try Wild Honey’s Eggs Benedict one of these days to see whether Skyve Wine Bistro’s better or Wild Honey’s better.

Skyve Wine Bistro’s Kurobuta Pork Cheeks Burger was finished in a flash! What’s delightful about this Pork Burger is its super crispy bun. The downside is the accompanying Sweet & Spicy Korean sauce which didn’t sit too well with my colleague. The description given was “Weird”. The Sweet & Spicy Korean sauce was hardly touched.

Last but not least, my Norwegian Salmon Fillet with Citrus Butter Sauce. My 1st thought was “So small only?” Anyway I started to dissect the dish and started with the sides. The mushrooms were very tender and nicely seasoned, as were the carrot, broccoli & fake corn. I was a little disappointed that real corn wasn’t used instead as I love sweet corn.

I’ll like to give a special mention to the potatoes. The potatoes were nicely baked with the skin on. The texture was just nice with a hint of garlic. I finished all of it! Which I usually don’t cause of the carbo.

And finally the salmon. Woooooo~ This must be one of the nicest Norwegian Salmon Fillet I’ve eaten! The salmon skin is very crispy *thumbs up* and the salmon was done just right. The outer layer is cooked while the inner layer was left slightly raw so there’s a variety of texture & taste for that 1 thick slice of salmon. And yes it’s not that small afterall. I was very full after finishing Skyve Wine Bistro’s Norwegian Salmon Fillet. Yummy~

Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar @ Winstedt Rd’s “The Loafing Breakfast” & “The Sluggish Lunch” Menus are only available on weekdays at 10am to 4pm & noon to 4pm respectively.

If you’re looking for a place to hang out with friends e.g. the tai tai lifestyle or to organize team lunches & gatherings, why not check out Skyve Elementary Bistro & Bar that’s nicely tucked away @ Winstedt Rd, away from the hustle & bustle of the busy main road.

It may be livelier at night as I noticed a live band setup in a corner of the restaurant. Plus there’s a full fledged bar. If the weather is cool enough, there’s always the alfresco option in their garden 😉

Skyve Wine Bistro (View in Google Maps)
No.10 Winstedt Road
Block E, #01-17
Singapore 227977
+65 6225 6690
enquiry@skyve.sg
www.skyve.sg

Open Daily: Monday to Sunday (including Public Holidays)
10am till late (last order 10:30pm)



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