Royal Noodle (皇帝面) At Circular Road

Royal Noodle (皇帝面) fit for the king. It is located along Circular Road.

Interior
Interior

Interior is simple with homogeneous tables and chairs under warm lighting.

Order Chit
Order Chit

Menu is simple too with purely noodles and four variations; namely, soup or dry and with spicy or non-spicy.

Everything is self-service from ordering to collection of food. First decide on what you want and whether you want set. Take an order chit which is found on the table.

Set Meal
Set Meal

For the set, beside the noodle, you need to chose a side and a drink. Once you are done, proceed to the order count; order and pay and you get a buzzer. When ready, it will buzz and proceed to the collection counter at the other end to get your food.

Dry Spicy Noodle
Dry Spicy Noodle

I tried both the dry and soup version. The noodle is absolutely delish. I relish in the bowl of simple noodle. It was eggy and flavourful. The soup is rich and tasty too. The rest of the ingredients are really less of an importance. But I still would prefer if there are some greens.

Non-Spicy Soup Noodle
Non-Spicy Soup Noodle

For the side, its a pity that they have mainly fried stuff, only the braised meat is non-fried. It would be awesome if they could offer a vegetable selection in the side.

Sugarcane Prawn
Sugarcane Prawn

The sugarcane prawn was cripsy and filled with prawn sweetness.

Braised Pork
Braised Pork

Braised Pork was pretty well braised, with pretty enough herb and spice, though it could be better.

Braised Egg
Braised Egg

And lastly the Braised egg. My first tried was rather tasteless. On the second occasion, it was so much better. Personally, I still think the braised could be improved.

I am not a noodle fan, but I enjoyed the noodles tremendously. One of the best.

Royal Noodle
27 Circular Road Singapore 049383
Tel: +65 9669 9994

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/royalnoodle/

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 1430, 1830 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT:
– North-South line or East-West line – Raffles Place station
– North East line – Clarke Quay

By Bus:
– alight at Prudential Tower along Cecil Street – 57, 131, 167, 700, 971

– alight opp AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e

– alight at OCBC Centre along Church Street – 186 , 970

– alight at OUE Bayfront along Shenton Way – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 196, 196e, 700, 971E

– alight at Clarke Quay Station along Eu Tong Sen Street 2, 12, 33, 51, 54, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 147, 166, 174, 190, 197, 851, 961

– alight opposite Clarke Quay Station along New Bridge Road 2, 12, 33, 54, 147, 190

– alight at Boat Quay along South Bridge Road 51, 61, 63, 80, 124, 145, 166, 174, 197, 851, 961

Rating: 8.5/10

First Culinary Restaurant (第一食为鲜) At ITE College Central Ang Mo Kio

On the 8th day of the Lunar Year of the Goat, my ex-colleague organised a Lo Hei gathering at the First Culinary Restaurant. It’s an annual affair with this group of ex-colleague.

Within ITE Ang Mo Kio
Within ITE Ang Mo Kio

The First Culinary Restaurant is located within the ground of ITE Ang Mo Kio. The setting is of the typical Cantonese Restaurant design.

As we have a total of 13 diners (initially was 15), we requested for a big table to seat all of us. Due to the big group, beside getting a Set for 10, we added a few more Ala Carte Dishes.

In the set, there were a total of 7 dishes. I only took a glance of the menu, so can’t really remember which were the dishes included in the set. The first will definitely be the Lo Hei since it was Chinese New Year.

Yu Sheng
Yu Sheng

First Culinary Restaurant is one of the rare restaurant these days that serves Shark’s Fin Soup. The pieces were relatively huge but unfortunately there was a slight fishy-like taste.

Shark's Fin Soup
Shark’s Fin Soup

Next the Deep Fried Fish with special sauce (I suppose the fish was Garoupa.) We love the sourish flavoured sauce. It was appetizing.

Deep Fried Fish with Special Sauce
Deep Fried Fish with Special Sauce

It was followed by the Wasabi Prawns. The sauce was creamy with slight wasabi flavour. It was a little too light for me but I think this is great for the general diners.

Wasabi Prawns
Wasabi Prawns

Then the ten-head abalone with Mushrooms with Lettuce.

Abalone and Mushroom
Abalone and Mushroom

As it was only good for ten, we added three more Ala Carte. It came with Dried Oysters and Broccoli instead of Mushrooms and Lettuce.

Abalone and Dried Oyster
Abalone and Dried Oyster

There was Ee Fu Noodles as the second last dish. This is one of the very tasty Ee Fu Noodle served. It was delish.

Ee Fu Noodle
Ee Fu Noodle

Finally, the Chilled Mango Sago. It was full of Mango goodness and they added some strawberry into it for the nice reddish colour.

Chilled Mango Sago
Chilled Mango Sago

The Ala Carte dishes that we have (I think these are Ala Carte) were, the Roast Suckling Pig, Roast Duck and Scallop and Prawns with Tofu.

Roast Suckling Pig
Roast Suckling Pig

The Suckling Pig skin was very crispy as it should be. It was very well roasted. And there was thin layer of fat underneath the skin. But I didn’t like the fat.

Roast Duck
Roast Duck

The Roast Duck was a huge portion. We didn’t finish it so my ex-Manager took the remaining home to enjoy with her family as none wanted. Don’t think we didn’t finish because it wasn’t delish. That was incorrect! This is one of the more flavourful Roast Duck. I am not a duck fan, but found this to be good. Everyone at the table sang praises of it.

Scallop and Prawns with Tofu
Scallop and Prawns with Tofu

The last Ala Carte was the Scallop and Prawns with Tofu. The Tofu was hidden under the Scallop and Prawns. I found the scallop a little fishy. The remaining was fine. Not an excellent dish but was decent.

A great place for gathering especially if you have about 10 – 15 people and wanted to be seated at a table, instead of two. Food was delish with good service staff. And the bonus, free parking at the ITE carpark. And you could drop by NTUC, a few door away, to pick up your groceries too. Lol!!

I enjoyed the food and most importantly the great company.

First Culinary Restaurant (第一食为鲜)
ITE College Central, 2 Ang Mo Kio Drive, Block A, #01-09, Singapore 567720
Tel: +65 6481 5500

Opening Hours

Daily 1030 to 1500, 1730 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Ang Mo Kio station (either walk or take bus 159 from Jubilee along Ang Mo Kio Ave 8)

By Bus:
– alight at or opp ITE Ang Mo Kio along Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 – 72, 88, 159

Rating: 7/10

Chicken Legend (传奇叶子鸡) At Upper East Coast Road

When I saw the name “Chicken Legend” from the email invite sent by the owner Jasper, a young entrepreneur, I thought it was a Fast Food Restaurant specialises in Fried or Grilled Chicken meal. But it turned out to be offering a new concept of Steamed Boat, Coconut Water Steamboat. This is a first in Singapore. I was elated with this idea as I always like trying new things. And so I accepted the invitation and went down for the degustation with a friend.

Chicken Legend offers various steamboat set which is good for two. There are Chicken, Seafood and Meat Set catering to different preferences. You might also notice a Small Set in the menu, this is suitable for the small appetites, especially when the meal is shared by 2 ladies.

Set Menu
Set Menu

If you like more ingredients in your steamboat, you could always add on individual ingredients or go for the combo as an alternative.

Menu (Combo and Add-on)
Menu (Combo and Add-on)

At Chicken Legend, they uses Kampong Chicken and Shabu Shabu Meat. The specialty in Chicken Legend is Kampong Chicken with 100% Coconut Water Broth so I would strongly recommend that you should get a Chicken or Small Set for a start with 100% Coconut Water as broth.

Coconut Water
Coconut Water

When I saw the broth, so light, to the extend of colourless. The look is as good as tap water, I was rather skeptical about how good it will turn out. It turned out to be amazing, with just simply coconut water and a pinch of salt, no additional sugar or MSG. Wow!! Looks can be deceiving at many times.

Small Set
Small Set

Since I went with a girlfriend, we have the Small Set, there were Kampong Chicken, Prawns, Golden Mushroom, Mushroom Balls, Corn and some Chinese Cabbages. As we were so hungry, we have an additional add-on of the Meat Combo. In it, there were Beef and Pork Shabu Shabu Meat and Luncheon Meat and Hotdog.

Meat Combo
Meat Combo

In case you have a stronger palate and would love some dips for the meat, Chicken Legend also offers some Homemade Soy Sauce dip with lime and garlic and chilli padi for the spice lover. We were advise to squeeze in one lime to the soy sauce and add the preferred amount of chilli padi and chopped garlic into it. I like the dip, it was so refreshing and most importantly appetising.

Condiments and Homemade Soy Sauce
Condiments and Homemade Soy Sauce

We added all the ingredients into the Coconut Water broth and was advised to leave the prawns aside first. The result of the Steamboat was a sweet sweet Vegetable Chicken Soup. I was taken aback by the outcome.

Towards the end of our meal, when the prawns were added, the soup was transformed into another awesome flavour. You need to try it. And to complete the meal, we have some Glass Noodles (Dong Fen). The other options available are Rice and Mee Hoon. My friend and I enjoyed the meal and it was certainly filling.

Coconut Water Steamed Boat with Cooked Food
Coconut Water Steamed Boat with Cooked Food

Chicken Legend have options of different percentage of Coconut juice for the broth too, in case you prefer a stronger Chicken Soup Base.

Soup Broth Option
Soup Broth Option

In a nutshell, though I am not a Steamboat fan, I enjoyed the food. And without doubt, my friend did as well. We will certainly return to savour Chicken Legend’s Coconut Steamboat again.

Promotion for NAHMJ's Readers
Promotion for NAHMJ’s Readers

Chicken Legend has also kindly offered a promotion for NAHMJ’s reader with a complimentary plate of Beef when you dine with them. Either quote “NAHMJ” or show the above image “Promotion for NAHMJ’s Readers” when you order.

Last but not least, I would like to express my thanks to Chicken Legend for hosting us. “Thank you!”

Chicken Legend (传奇叶子鸡)
15 Upper East Coast Road Singapore 455207
Tel: +65 8551 8851 / 9295 0650

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/ChickenLegendSG

Opening Hours

Daily 1730 to 1100 (Last order 2230)

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight at Crescendo Building or Opp Goodwill Centre 10, 10e, 12, 13, 14, 14e, 16

Rating: 8/10

*This is a food tasting invite.

Old House At Neil Road, White Lor Noodle & Dinosaur Prawns Noodle

Once a upon a time, there was an Old House and it was at Neil Road. Lol!! This Old House that I am talking about in this post is not found in any fairy tales but it is a Zi Char Restaurant. What is Zi Char? For the benefit of my overseas readers, let me explain what is Zi Char. When it is translated literally, Zi means cook while Char means fried. So to put it simply Zi Char means they offer a wide range of variety of Chinese food coooked in any methods.

The Old House has a long history and it is famous for its Dinosaur Prawn Noodle and White Lor Mee (Mee means noodle). The White Lor Mee is its signature dish. For the menu, you can click here. Since those are the acclaimed dishes, I must give them a try. I went down on separate occasions to try the two noodle dishes

Dinosaur Prawn Noodle
Dinosaur Prawn Noodle

At my first visit, I was too enthralled to try the Dinosaur Prawn Noodle. I don’t usually go for the yellow noodle (shown in the photo) as it has an unpleasant alkaline taste which I dislike. But I have some feedback that it has minimal so decided to give it a try and indeed I could hardly taste the alkaline taste. The Dinosaur Prawn was huge. There are also pork ribs. The meat was tender and melted in the mouth. And the soup was rich in prawn flavours. It was an awesome bowl of noodle for lunch.

Beside the Dinosaur Prawn Noodle, there other various selection for Prawn Noodles. You can go for purely prawn noodles without pork ribs and various sizes of prawns.

White Lor Mee
White Lor Mee

The next I tried was the White Lor Mee. When I see the word Lor Mee, I was doubtful about its taste. As I am not a fan of the Lor Mee that we normally find in the Food Centre. This one was exceptionally tasty. The soup was flavourful and the best part, the noodle isn’t the yellow noodles but kind of look like the handmade type. I am very impressed with this dish.

I have passed by the Old House on several times, and it is only till now that I decided to give it a try. I have a very good impression of Old House based on the 2 dishes I tried. Both are equally good. I am gonna try more of their dishes.

 

Old House (老屋)
25 Neil Road Singapore 0888166
Tel: +65 6223 1633

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 0400

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opp Fairfield Methodist Church along Tanjong Pagar Road 80, 145

– alight after Kreta Ayer Road along Neil Road 61, 166, 197

By MRT: North East line or East-West line – Outram Park station; East-West line – Tanjong Pagar station

Rating: 8.5/10

8 Course Company Gala Dinner At Regent Hotel

To kickoff the year 2015, my company organized a Gala Dinner at Regent Hotel, A Four Seasons Hotel, for the Singapore staff. There were a total of about twenty odd tables at the Royal Pavilion Ballroom which has a very high ceilling, quite a nice ambience. I am more interested with the food than anything else. That’s a typical behaviour of I suppose a foodie. LOL!!

It was a 8-course dinner. After all the awards presentation, finally the first course was served. Me too got an award, for 3 years long service award.

Cold Dish: Regent Deluxe Combination (Stir-Fried Crabmeat with Egg White and Caviar, Chicken Money Bag, Honey BBQ Pork, Prawn Salad and Crispy Baby Squid
Cold Dish: Regent Deluxe Combination (Stir-Fried Crabmeat with Egg White and Caviar, Chicken Money Bag, Honey BBQ Pork, Prawn Salad and Crispy Baby Squid

The first dish was the Regent Deluxe Combination with Stir-fried Crab Meat with Egg White and Caviar, Chicken Money Bag, Honey BBQ Pork, Prawn Salad and Crispy Baby Squid. We like this dish but find the Honey BBQ Pork slices were too huge. Personally, I would prefer the dressing for the Prawn Salad to be thicker so that more sauce were coated on the prawns.

Braised Baby Abalone Soup with Dried Seafood
Braised Baby Abalone Soup with Dried Seafood

It was followed by the Braised Baby Abalone Soup with Dried Seafood. It was tasty and look at the tiny Abalone. I didn’t like them as it was a little fishy.

Crispy Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise
Crispy Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise

Next came the Crispy Prawns with Wasabi Mayonnaise. The prawns were fresh with lightly Wasabi in the Mayonnaise. I would certainly prefer if the taste to be stronger but I think this level would suit the majority. Despite the light taste, people whom dislike Wasabi still didn’t like the dish.

Poached Spinach with Fresh Lily Bulbs and Wolfberries in Superior Stock
Poached Spinach with Fresh Lily Bulbs and Wolfberries in Superior Stock

Right after the prawn was the Poached Spinach with Fresh Lily Bulbs and Wolfberries in Superior Stock. None of us at the table enjoyed this dish. Not only it was bland but we felt there was a unpleasant bitter after taste. We left most untouched after two mouth.

Roasted Crispy Chicken "Bi-Feng Tang" Style
Roasted Crispy Chicken “Bi-Feng Tang” Style

Fifth dish being the Roasted Crispy Chicken “Bi-Feng Tang” Style. The skin was crispy and the Almond was flavour, but the chicken wasn’t as tasty as we expected.

Steamed Live Snapper in "Teochew Style"
Steamed Live Snapper in “Teochew Style”

Then we have the Steamed Live Snapper in “Teochew Style”. I am not sure why there are tofu since it is Teochew Style and I don’t really taste the sour plum. I suspect this wasn’t added. In fact, in Teochew Style, the sour plum is the key ingredient. The Snapper was at least fresh.

Steamed Fried Rice Wrapped in Louts Leaf
Steamed Fried Rice Wrapped in Louts Leaf

Before our dessert, we were served with the Steamed Fried Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf. I didn’t quite like the rice as it was pretty fishy and the rice a little too soggy.

Chilled Lemongrass with Aloe Vera, Wolfberrries and Mango
Chilled Lemongrass with Aloe Vera, Wolfberrries and Mango

Lastly, dessert time, also my favourite time as I like desserts. We have the Chilled Lemongrass with Aloe Vera, Wolfberries and Mango. Most of us enjoyed the dish. This dessert was lightly sweetened and lightly lemongrass scented too. It would be perfect if the lemongrass could be slightly stronger.

With magic performance, a joke filling performance, together with good service from the service crew and pretty delish food, we certainly enjoyed ourselves. An a special thanks to Cheryl the service crew who served our table.

Interestingly, I was back to Regent Hotel as my sister arranged a staycation for our pet dog Cookies. Click here to read about the staycation.

 

Regent Hotel
1 Cuscaden Road Singapore 249715
Tel: +65 6733 8888

Rating: 7/10

Xi.Yan At Shaw Centre, Scotts Road

I was rather excited when I knew that Xi Yan (囍宴) has arrived in Singapore and set foot at Shaw. I tried the Xi Yan Sweet in Hong Kong during one of my trip last year and I like their food very much. And on New Year Day, to start my 2015 on a right note, I asked my Dad and my aunt for a lunch feast at Xi Yan.

The menu offered at Xi Yan Shaw Singapore was slightly different from the Xi Yan Sweet in Hong Kong. I see that there are some local flavours especially the desserts. For the menu, click here.

 Jelly Fish and Cucumber with Wasabi Sesame Sauce
Jelly Fish and Cucumber with Wasabi Sesame Sauce

We have the Jelly Fish and Cucumber with Wasabi Sesame Sauce, a cold dish, as our appertizer. It has crunchy cucumber and crunchy chewy Jelly Fish in nice scented Wasabi Sesame Sauce which I could hardly taste the Wasabi but only the Sesame. I think it would taste better if the Wasabi taste could be a little more obvious. Nevertheless, though it is dominated by the Sesame Sauce, it went very well with both the Jelly Fish and Cucumber.

Deep Fried Shrimp Paste Fish Fillet with Pomelo Chestnut Salad
Deep Fried Shrimp Paste Fish Fillet with Pomelo Chestnut Salad

Usually we have the Deep Fried Shrimp Paste Chicken, but at Xi Yan, they used Fish instead of Chicken. It tasted as good. The Deep Fried Shrimp Paste Fish Fillet is on a bed of Pomelo Chestnut Salad. The Pomelo Chestnut Salad has a “bath” of citrus sauce, pretty sourish. Likewise, I couldn’t taste the chestnut but only Pomelo. The deep fried fish go well with the citrus sauce too. But once you dip it with the citrus sauce, it masked the taste of the Shrimp Paste.

Spinach with Three Types of Egg
Spinach with Three Types of Egg

The Spinach with Three Types of Egg was a little bland, at least for me. I prefer it to be a little more salty. Both my aunt and my dad has no complain though.

"Pregnant Woman" Fried Rice
“Pregnant Woman” Fried Rice

We also ordered a “Pregnant Woman” Fried Rice. I certainly have no idea why it is named “Pregnant Woman Fried Rice. It was fried with olive, dried shrimps and ginger. It was very tasty. I like the fried rice very much.

Coconut Ice Cream with Palm Sugar Jelly in Coconut Cream
Coconut Ice Cream with Palm Sugar Jelly in Coconut Cream

How could we miss the fabulous desserts at Xi Yan and since I have always enjoy desserts more than Mains. We ordered two desserts for sharing. The Coconut Ice Cream with Palm Sugar Jelly in Coconut Cream and the Green Tea and Black Sesame Glutinous Dumpling  with Sweet Potato in Ginger Soup. And I have forgotten to capture a photo of the Glutinous Dumpling dessert. My Dad didn’t try the ice cream as he avoids cold stuff. Both my aunt and myself enjoyed the coconut ice cream. I find this creation unique as instead of drizzle the palm sugar over the ice cream, Xi Yan make it into Jelly instead. This was certainly original. The best part in the creation was the jelly provide another texture to the dish.

The Green Tea and Black Sesame Glutinous Dumpling  with Sweet Potato in Ginger Soup came with only 2 dumpling so one for my aunt and one for my dad. The dumpling was pretty awesome but everyone of us find the Ginger Soup too sweet for our palette.

Iced Lemongrass Drink
Iced Lemongrass Drink

I was some how hooked on to Lemongrass drink so I ordered an iced one to try. Xi Yan Lemongrass drink has a good balance of Lemongrass scent and sweetness.

It was a sumptuous New Year Day lunch. Xi Yan Shaw Singapore is certainly as good as Xi Yan Sweet Hong Kong. I somehow find it cheaper at Singapore than Hong Kong. And I am certain about returning to Xi Yan.

 

Xi Yan Shaw (囍宴)
1 Scotts Road, #03-12/13 Shaw Centre Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 6733 3476

Opening Hours

Daily 1200 to 1500 (lunch), 1730 to 2230 (dinner

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight at Royal Plaza On Scotts or at Far East Plaza along Scotts Road 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 700, 700A

– alight at Royal Thai Embassy along Orchard Road 7, 26, 77, 105, 106, 111, 123, 132, 174, 502

– alight Tang Plaza along Orchard Road 190, 518

– alight at Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502

– alight opp Orchard Station along Orhard Boulevard 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175

Rating: 8.5/10

I Want My Noodle At Shaw Centre Along Scotts Road

I Want My Noodle has a very cute Chinese name, 见面就笑. When it is literally translated into English, it means you smile when you see noodles.

Interior
Interior

An interior with much industrial theme which you can easily identify with the cement floor and some piping as decoration. The furniture aren’t fanciful, only some wooden tables and wooden chairs with metal pipe-like frame.

I Want My Noodle crafts fresh egg noodles daily and it offers only egg noodles. You won’t find any other types of noodles or rice in the restaurant. Other dishes on the menu are a salad, a meatball soup, desserts and drinks.

Order Chit
Order Chit

Once you have decided, take an order chit which can be found on every table; fill it and bring it to the cashier and made payment with only cash. And you will be served when your food is ready.

Lor Bah Noodle
Lor Bah Noodle

I ordered the Lor Bah Noodle, one of the popular item. The noodle is fragrant, soft with slight chewiness. It has some Lor gravy (the gravy that was used to cook the Lor Bah) mixed with the noodles and chilli as I asked for spicy and perhaps some other condiments were added too. The Lor Bah was soft and it almost melted in the mouth. Personally, I find it lacking in the Lor fragrance. The Lor didn’t penetrate into the entire piece of meat. The other popular items in I Want My Noodle are Double Roast and Aromatic Prawn Noodle.

Lemongrass Soda
Lemongrass Soda

Something I find it more interesting for drink was the Lemongrass Soda in I Want My Noodle. It was with lightly lemongrass scent and slightly sweet. It was perfect for me. And certainly refreshing

Sago Pudding
Sago Pudding

The best part of my meal was having the Sago Pudding. I was mesmerized by the goodness of the Gula Melaka. I finished every single drop of the Gula Melaka. Can I have more of the Gula Melaka the next time?! It was simply awesome.

No doubt about returning to I Want My Noodle, especially for the Gula Melaka on the Sago Pudding! And of course the noodles too.

 

I Want My Noodle (见面就笑)
1 Scotts Road, #03-14/15 Shaw Centre Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 9758 3037

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/iwantmynoodle?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Daily 1000 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: North-South line – Orchard station

By Bus:
– alight at Royal Plaza On Scotts or at Far East Plaza along Scotts Road 5, 54, 124, 128, 143, 162, 162M, 167, 171, 700, 700A

– alight at Royal Thai Embassy along Orchard Road 7, 26, 77, 105, 106, 111, 123, 132, 174, 502

– alight Tang Plaza along Orchard Road 190, 518

– alight at Lucky Plaza along Orchard Road 14, 14e, 16, 65, 106, 111, 123, 175, 502

– alight opp Orchard Station along Orhard Boulevard 7, 14, 16, 36, 65, 77, 106, 111, 123, 174, 174e, 175

Rating: 8.5/10