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

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

6:00pm – 11:00pm




Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao @ Jurong Point

Category : Chinese

We used to frequent Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao all the time.

It was our default go-to dinner place until they pulled our favourite dishes from their menu a couple years back.

These were dishes we’ll order everytime we dine at Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao.

Hopeful that these dishes may be reinstated, we do pop by Crystal Jade once in a while to check out their menu.

When one of the dishes reappeared in their menu, we started returning to Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao albeit not as frequent as before.

This is Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s La Mian served with Double-boiled Chicken Soup @ S$10.80.

A server once shared with us that the Chicken Soup should be poured into the La Mian when she saw us seasoning the noodles with vinegar. We tried that and still prefer our La Mian with vinegar 🙂

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It’s hard to go wrong with this dish. What’s not to like about a nicely done chicken soup?

Our only grouse is that the standard is not consistent across the different Crystal Jade branches. E.g. the double-boiled Chicken Soup at Jurong Point wasn’t as good as the one at Toa Payoh when we last dined at Crystal Jade.

The 2nd dish, which was my favourite La Mian, is Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao’s La Mian in Signature Pork Broth served with Deep-fried Pork Rib @ S$12.80.

It even has a star in the menu to indicate “Chef’s Recommendation”. So why was it removed in the 1st place? *Ponder*

Unfortunately, the higher the expectations, the harder the fall.

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Firstly, it took quite a while to serve and I thought it was because they had to deep fry the pork rib. Alas, the pork rib wasn’t crispy or hot. It tasted/felt more like pre-fried pork rib left to stand since morning. I guess they most probably just forgot my order.

The Pork Broth soup was disappointing as well. It tasted like any other ordinary soup with noodles soaked in it.

Well, looking on the bright side, there’s nothing Crystal Jade’s chilli can’t save.

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Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao @ Jurong Point (View in Google Maps)
Jurong Point JP2 #03-96
1 Jurong West Central 2
Singapore 648886
GPS: 1.3398374,103.70442
Tel: +65 6790 2212

Mon – Fri: 11:30am – 10pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 11am – 10pm

Reservation for weekdays only, excluding eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday



Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant @ Purvis Street

Category : Thai

We’ve always been under the impression that Yhingthai Palace is a very pricey Thai Restaurant until our lovely colleague brought to our attention that their prices are actually pretty okay.

Provided you do not order dishes that are quoted as market price of course 😉

So here we are, at the atas Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant @ Purvis Street.

Even the restaurant name sounds so lavish right?

I was personally responsible for this below average Khao Tang Nah Tang @ S$10 which is crispy rice chips appetiser – rice chips served with a coconut milk based chicken and shrimp dip.

From the menu description, I thought it referred to the mini round crackers served with a spicy dip. Sorry guys.

But our meal is saved by Yhingthai Palace’s stellar Peek Kai Sord Sai @$3.5 each which is stuffed chicken wings  – chicken wings deboned and stuffed with asparagus, shittake mushroom, chicken meat and fried to a golden brown.

These gorgeous stuffed chicken wings are just absolutely amazingly yummy haha! Minimum order is 2 and I truly wished I had more than 1. I’ll take another stuffed chicken wing anytime 😀

Another dish worth highlighting is Yhingthai Palace’s Tom Yum Kung @ S$8 each which is clear tom yum prawn soup – prawns cooked in a spicy and sour soup.

I really enjoyed the tom yum kung. It’s not overly spicy and quite satisfying. Check out the ingredients in the soup.

Our carbo dish is Khao Ob Supparot @S$20 which is pineapple rice served with prawns and pork floss. I was half expecting to see it served in a pineapple but it wasn’t heehee~

I guess Yhingthai Palace’s pineapple fried rice is okay. I wasn’t wow-ed by it and it wasn’t too shabby either so I’ll say average.

Next up is Gaeng Keow Wan Kai/Mhoo @ S$15 which is Thai green curry – chicken or pork cooked in homemade green curry paste with Thai brinjals and string beans in coconut milk.

We ordered Yhingthai Palace’s Gaeng Keow Wan Mhoo (Thai green pork curry). The green curry goes well with the pineapple rice and the pork slices are really tender. Like.

And our greens, Phak Boong Fai Dang @ S$10 which is stir-fried spicy kang kong fried with shrimp paste chilli.

As we were all stuffed by now, we ordered only 2 desserts for sharing.

1st up is Yhingthai Palace’s Khao Neow Ma Muang @ S$7 which is mango with glutinous rice.

I wonder…why are their mangoes always sweet? It’s almost like a guarantee.

And finally, Tup Tim Krob @ S$6 which is Thai red ruby – water chestnut, jackfruit, palm fruit with fresh coconut milk.

I’m not sure if it’s good as I’m not exactly a fan of Tup Tim Krob. But it’s better than E-Sarn Thai Cuisine’sThai Red Ruby dessert.

Yhingthai Palace Thai Restaurant (View in Google Maps)
36 Purvis Street
#01 – 04
Singapore 188613
GPS: 1.296587,103.854956
+65 6337 1161
+65 6337 9429

Lunch: 11:30am – 2pm
Dinner: 6pm to 10pm



E-Sarn Thai Cuisine @ Pasir Panjang

Category : Thai

It is with a heavy heart, as we dig into the yummy dishes of E-Sarn Thai Cuisine along Pasir Panjang Road. For we are here today, for a farewell lunch.

We’re happy that he’s found greener pastures, yet sad because we’ll be losing a positive, long serving, experience comrade.

Still, we wish him all the best in his new role! We’ll miss you 🙂

As usual, whenever I can, I’ll take photos of the menu and here’s E-Sarn Thai Cuisine menu for our reference.

Usually I’ll order Lemongrass juice whenever I dine at Thai restaurants as I really like the subtle taste.

However having travelled to Thailand last September, and tried Thailand’s super sweet Cha Yen almost on a daily basis, I was keen to try E-Sarn’s Thai Ice Tea.

Well, it wasn’t as sweet and tasted like a diluted version of the ones I had in Thailand. Think I’ll stick to Lemongrass 😉

First up, we had Basil Chicken (Kra Pow Gai) @ S$12.5 which is chicken stir-fried with chilli paste & basil leaves. This is pretty good and goes well with white rice.

Next is the highly anticipated Crispy Omelette (Kai Foo) @ S$8.5 which is fried plain crispy omelette. This is amazingly crispy and very difficult to stop once you start munching on them.

One of E-Sarn Thai Cuisine’s best sellers is its Green Curry Chicken (Gaeng Paed Gai) @ S$13.5 which is chicken meat with eggplant simmered in coconut curry gravy.

E-Sarn’s green curry is not spicy and has a subtlety distinct taste to it. I quite enjoy it and the green curry definitely goes well with white rice too.

Our final dish before desserts is Crispy Bean Curd (Tao Hu Tod) @ S$8.5 which is battered & deep fried tofu served with sweet peanut sauce.

This is an unmemorable dish and I won’t order it again. It’s not really crispy and the bean curd is pretty bland.

And now, onto the wonderful world of desserts 😀

First up is Tapioca (Mun Cheam) @ S$4 which is boiled tapioca served warm topped with coconut milk. We really loved this dessert.

The tapioca is warm & the texture is nice. The coconut milk enhances the experience like icing on cake. Yummy! Best of the 3 desserts we had.

Next is Mango Sticky Rice (Khao Nieow Ma Muang) @S$6 which is fresh mango with glutinous rice topped with coconut milk. The mango is sweet, just a little small. It’s okay, just not as nice as the one I had in Bangkok.

And lastly, Red Ruby (Tub Tim Krob) @ S$4 which is water chestnut rubies served with coconut milk. It was bland and we didn’t like it.

And this concludes our super filling lunch with laughter and mixed emotions.

All I have to say is, thank you thank you thank you and all the best 🙂

E-Sarn Thai Cuisine (View in Google Maps)
130 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore 118548
GPS: 1.2760689,103.792993
+65 6473 3716

Lunch: 11:30am – 2:30pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm (Last Order 9:30pm)

Closed on Tuesday



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

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



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 😉

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





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

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

6:00pm – 11:00pm

Check out the latest Joo Mak’s Menu Here 😀





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

Closed on Mondays

Lunch (Tues – Fri)
11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner (Tues – Sat)
5:30pm – 11:30pm

Brunch (Sundays)
11am – 3pm




Geylang 搵到食 126 Eating House Dim Sum Menu

Category : Dim Sum, Supper

This is for the fans of Geylang 126 Eating House Dim Sum. I finally got a chance to capture their entire menu! All 29 pages! And I’m more than happy to share it with my fellow foodie lovers of Geylang 126 Eating House 🙂

Now I’ll finally have a chance to leisurely browse through their extensive dim sum cum tze char menu. Yeah!

I realized that whenever I visit 126 Eating House, I always end up ordering the same few dishes cause I love them since the 1st time I tried them. I never really got a chance to “try everything”.

Maybe it’s also because I don’t really have the chance to slowly browse through their 29 pages of menu?

Hmmm…let’s see, what should I try the next time I visit Geylang 126 Eating House?

搵到食 126 Eating House (View in Google Maps)
No. 126 Sims Ave (Towards Bedok)
Between Geylang Lor 15 & Geylang Lor 17
Singapore 387449
Tel: +65 6746 4757, +65 6745 4869

24 hours (Close on Alternate Tuesday)





Hock Sin Kee Tze Char @ Alexandra Village Food Centre

Category : Local Singapore Food

I got to know about Hock Sin Kee Tze Char Stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre from the Channel 5 TV series – Makan Places Lost & Found hosted by Gurmit Singh, co-hosted by Hossan Leong.

Hock Sin Kee was originally from the Old Margaret Drive Hawker Centre. Hossan Leong’s turf when he was younger.

Hock Sin Kee Tze Char Stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre is run by an old couple & I had their salted fish fried rice previously which left me very satisfied.

What really amazed me was the sweet & sour pork with rice that my colleague ordered. She said that the uncle actually prepared the dish from scratch!! Are you scratching your heads? =P

When I say from scratch, what I meant is that the pork was still pink in colour when the uncle started preparing the sweet & sour pork dish. Everyone at the table was impressed on the freshness of the sweet & sour pork upon hearing this.

So I decided to try out the sweet & sour pork with rice ($5) this time round. And true enough, I saw the uncle whip out strips of pinkish pork right in front of my eyes.

Frankly speaking, I’m not an expert on how good sweet & sour pork is as I seldom order this dish. Hence to be fair, I can’t really comment much except that the uncle gave quite a generous portion and it was really fresh.

Personally I was a little disappointed that the sweet & sour pork wasn’t crunchy/crispy which I thought was the norm for sweet & sour pork. Is it not? Oh well, my colleague did say it was nice the last time she had it. So I’ll stick with her verdict 🙂

Alexandra Village Food Centre (View in Google Maps)
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Singapore 150120