Shopping in Taipei

Let’s go to do some window shopping or shopping at the atas area in the morning.

We walk to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi or take MRT.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Zhongshan Station.
  • Total travel time is about 2 mins, 1 MRT station away.
  • It is about 600m (8 mins walk) from MRT Taipei Station.

After Shin Kong Mitsukoshi, we can take a walk around the area. If you like pineapple tarts, there is a stall which we always buy from. It is about 500m (7 to 8 mins walk).

李制餅家

Besides 李制餅家, there is a nice local store nearby selling dumplings & other braised products. We tried once and find it not bad. Can give it a try.

老虎醬溫州大餛飩
From there, we proceed to Taipei 101 or Xinyi Shopping District.

  • Take MRT from Zhongshan Station to Taipei 101 / World Trade Station.
  • Total travel time is about 16 mins.
  • Entrance Fee is NT500 (to decide whether to go in Observatory area).

There is also Shin Kong Mitsukoshi in the Xinyi Shopping District. We take a quick visit or skip them. The Shin Kong Mitsukoshi is this district is much bigger than the one in Zhongshan area. We decide later which to go.

If you enjoy reading, Eslite bookstore is a popular bookstore in Taiwan. It is about 900m (12 mins walk) from Taipei 101.

Thereafter, let’s proceed to Wufenpu for shopping.

  • Take MRT from Taipei City Hall Station to Songshan Station.
  • Total travel time is about 23 mins.

After shopping in Wufenpu, let’s walk down to Raohe Night Market.

  • About 600m (8mins walk).

Depending on the time, we either go back to hotel or go another place for makan / shopping.

  • Take MRT from Songshan Station to Taipei Main Station
  • Total travel time is about 15 mins.

Rest for the day!

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi 新光三越

Shin Kong Mitsukoshi is Taiwan’s most fashionable and popular departmental store with 22 stores in 7 cities. This is the place to find fashionable brands in boutique goods, cosmetics, accessories, etc. from around the world. The unique pleasures of a visit to Shin Kong Mitsukoshi make it the premier shopping destination, attracting many visitors.

http://www.skm.com.tw/Foreigner/en/Foreign/Index

Lee Zhi Bing Jia 李制餅家
Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station

Besides selling the Taiwan Pineapple Cakes, they also sell other types of traditional Taiwanese pastry. Based on our observations, many Japanese buy from this shop.

http://www.taiwan-taipei.com/index.php?com=site&temp=32&lang_id=2&command=site&x=0

https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g293913-d1817814-Reviews-Li_zhi_Bing_Jia-Taipei.html

老虎醬溫州大餛飩

Nearest MRT: Zhongshan Station
http://gourmetwonton.com/
http://beernskittles9.pixnet.net/blog/post/90107952-%E5%8F%B0%E5%8C%97%E2%80%A7%E8%80%81%E8%99%8E%E9%86%AC%E6%BA%AB%E5%B7%9E%E5%A4%A7%E9%A4%9B%E9%A3%A9
http://blog.yam.com/yingfen0613/article/71272594

Taipei 101 台北 101
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 22:00
Website: http://www.taipei-101.com.tw/en/index.aspx
Nearest MRT: Taipei 101 / World Trade Centre Station

Taipei 101 is located at the southern end of the Xinyi Shopping District, the newest area of urban Taipei and home to ATT4fun, the flagship Eslite bookstore, Neo19, etc.
It is the tallest building in the world. Besides the tower, the base of the building houses multi-level shopping mall, food court, etc.

Eslite Bookstore 誠品
Website: http://www.eslitecorp.com/index.aspx?a=tw&l=b
Nearest MRT: Taipei City Hall Station (For Eslite Xinyi Branch)

Wufenpu 五分埔
This is the best place for crazy bargain of apparels, accessory shopping, etc. A maze of lanes and alleys full of racks of clothings, Wufenpu is a gigantic outlet that carries literally everything.

The area is still the largest garment district in Taipei City, now specializing in outlet-style shops. You will be able to get a good price (wholesale price) if you are buying a lot from the same shop. It is like Bangkok’s Chatuchak.

The shops are generally open after noon and till around 10pm or midnight.

Raohe Night Market 饒河街觀光夜市
Nearest MRT: Songshan Station

One of the oldest night markets in Taipei, it is a must visit destination. The epitome of a traditional Taiwanese night market, this 600m path along Raohe Street in Songshan District is packed with fun and interesting night food, snacks, quaint shops and stalls, carnival games, etc.

Taipei Jiufen

After breakfast, we start heading to Jiufen for sightseeing, eating & shopping.

  • Take MRT from Taipei Main Station to Zhongxiao Fuxing Station. Exit by Exit 1 & walk to the bus stop.
  • Total travel time is about 5mins.
  • Take Bus No. 1062. (Route is Taipei to Jin Gua Shi Town).
  • Total travel time is about 1hour.

Alternative route from Taipei Main Station to Jiufen will be:

  • Take TRA train from TRA Taipei Station to TRA Ruifang Station.
  • Total travel time is about 36 to 54 mins depending on which train we will be taking. Similarly, the cost will differ depending on the train we are taking.
  • From Ruifang Station, take Bus No. 788 (Route is to Jin Gua Shi).
  • Total travel time is about 42 mins.

After Jiufen, we proceed to Jinguashi.

  • Take Bus No. 788 from Jiufen bus stop.
  • Total travel time is about 10 mins.

If we go to the Benshan Fifth Tunnel, entrance fee is NT50.00.

After Jinguashi, we will go to Shifen.

  • Take Bus No. 788 to go to TRA Ruifang Station.
  • Total travel time is about 48 mins. From TRA Ruifang Station, take TRA train to TRA Shifen Station.
    (We consider getting the 1 day pass for the Pingxi rail line if we want to explore the other train stations besides Shifen, eg. Pingxi.)
  • Total travel time is about 24 to 35mins depending on the train we will be taking.
  • Entrance Fee to Shifen Waterfall is NT100.

From Shifen to Pingxi

  • Take TRA train from TRA Shifen Station to TRA Pingxi Station.
  • Total travel time is about 12 mins.

It is late afternooon by the time we finish exploring Shifen or Pingxi, we head to Keelung Night Market.

  • Take TRA train from TRA Pingxi Station to TRA Ruifang Station.
  • Total travel time is about 39 to 52 mins depending on the train we will be taking.
  • From TRA Ruifang Station, take TRA train to TRA Keelung Station to Keelung Night Market.
  • Total travel time is about 29 mins.

From Keelung Night Market, we either head back to hotel if the time is late or explore other night markets in Taipei City.

  • From TRA Keelung Station, take TRA train to Taipei Main Station.
  • Total travel time is about 45 mins.
    Back to hotel to recharge for next day’s activities.

Jiufen 九份
The town of Jiufen was founded during the Japanese Occupation. It wasn’t until gold was discovered in the mountains surrounding the town that Jiufen developed into a busy area. Nowadays, Jiufen is a popular destination where visitors can still see many of the remnants of Japanese Architecture. Due to its location on the side of the mountain, the views of the ocean below are spectacular. Visitors can wander along the tiny alleys full of vendors selling food & craft items.

Jinguashi 金瓜石

Jinguashi is a town in Ruifang District, notable for its historic gold & copper mines. Situated between mountains & the coastline, Jinguashi boasts exceptionally beautiful scenery as well as abundance of historical relics from the erstwhile mining days.
http://www.formosaguide.com/p/jinguashi-travel-guide.html
Shifen Old Street / Waterfall 十分老街/十分大瀑布

Shifen Old Street is a bustling hub for those eager to get a glimpse of an old railroad town which still retains the charm of yesteryear. Originally built to transport coal, the Shifen Old Street has now become 1 of the most popular spot on the Ping-Xi rail line. Local food, souvenir, shops & puffing trains add charm to this little gem. This is also one area which people will release the sky lanterns.
Shifen Waterfall is a 20meter tall waterfall that creates a rainbow as it splashes into the lake, widely regarded as the most scenic in Taiwan. The voluminous waterfall pours down with a mighty force, forming what looks like an overflowing white silk curtain. It is about 30 minutes’ walk from Shifen Old Street.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g1432365-d4367836-Reviews-Shifen_Old_Street-Xinbei.html

Pingxi 平溪
Pingxi is a town rich in culture & history, just like Shifen, & provide a nice glimpse of Taiwan’s beautiful natural scenery. This is another place whereby you can release Sky Lanterns.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g1432365-d3800539-Reviews-Pingxi_Railway_Line-Xinbei.html

Keelung 基隆 / Miaokou Night Market 廟口夜市
City of Keelung is originally founded by the Taiwanese Aboriginals, and with the arrival of the Spanish in the early 17th century, the city developed into a center of military & commercial trade throughout the Spanish, Dutch, and Qing dynasty periods of rule in Taiwan. Given its proximity to the port, Keelung is the center of Norther Taiwan’s fishing industry hosting hundreds of fishing ships catching all kinds of fresh seafood from the sea.

Visit the Miaokou Night Market to see one of Taiwan’s more traditional food-focused night markets & for some cheap & delicious seafood.

Some photographs taken in Taipei for sightseeing travel.

Taichung City Day Tour

TAICHUNG CITY 1 DAY TOUR – TO SET OFF EARLY

After breakfast, we commence our journey to Taichung for a 1 day tour.

From Taipei to Taichung City

  • Take HSR from HSR Taipei Station to HSR Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 50mins to 1hr4mins.
  • From HSR Taichung Station, walk about 5mins to TRA Xinwuri Station to take train to Taichung City.
  • TRA Xinwuri Station to TRA Taichung Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11 mins.

From TRA Taichung Station, we go to Miyaharu, which is about 190m (3 mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.

From TRA Taichung Station, take a slow walk to Taichung Second Market ( 第二市場 ) for eating & shopping.

  • About 700m (9mins) walk from Miyaharu

Taichung Park is nearby the Taichung Second Market. Can drop by for a walk / sightseeing.

From Taichung Second Market, it is about 11 minutes’ walk (850m).

After that, will procced to Yizhong Street for eating & shopping.

  • About 850m (11mins walk) from Taichung Park.

From Yizhong Street, walk to Banana New Paradise for eating & shopping.

  • About 950m (12mins walk)

Taichung Confucius Temple & Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine are nearby. Can drop by to visit if keen.

Exploring the Night Markets in Taichung City:

Smile Life Night Market

  • About 230m (3mins walk) from Banana New Paradise

Fengjia Night Market

  • From Smile Life Night Market, take Bus No. 33 from 進化國瑞街口 & alight at 河南崇義街口 . Walk about 65m.
  • Total Travel Time is about 1h11mins.

After Fengjia Night Market, we will head back to Taipei City.

  • Take Bus No. 25/35 from 頂湳仔 & alight at Gancheng Station, walk about 130m (2mins) to TRA Taichung Station.
  • Total travel time is about 1hr.
  • Take train from TRA Taichung Station to TRA Xinwuri Station
  • Total travel time is about 8 to 11mins.
  • Walk to HSR Taichung Station from TRA Xinwuri Station & take HSR back to Taipei.
  • Total travel time is 50mins to 1hr4mins.

From HSR Taipei Station, walk back to hotel to rest for the day.

Summary of places:

Miyaharu 宫原眼科-醉月楼沙龙
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 20:00
Address: No.20, Zhongshan Road, Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Used to be an Ophthalmology Clinic, previously owned by Japanese man named Miyaharu during the Japanese Occupation period of Taiwan. Now it is opened by Dawncake – an established store in Taichung that sells pineapple tarts and other pastries in nice packaging. Worth visiting to see the shop’s interior & to buy some gifts for friends & relatives.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Restaurant_Review-g297910-d3539748-Reviews-Miyahara-Taichung.html

Taichung Second Market 第二市場
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 16:00
Address: No.87, Sec. 2, Sanmin Rd., Central District, Taichung City 400, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Built in 1917, used to be famous for its delicate & pricy goods. Now, it is a 7000sqm market with more than 50 shops & 300 stands. Special characteristic of this market is that its design is hexagonal. It is now famous for its food. This market reflects the history of Taichung.

Yizhong Street 一中商圈
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00
Address: Yizhong St., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

Yizhong Street is a shopping area and there is a night market too. It is like our Singapore Bugis Street where most youngsters hang out.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d2385711-Reviews-Yichung_Shopping_Street-Taichung.html

Banana New Paradise 香蕉新樂園
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 00:30
Address: No.111, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
One of the most extraordinary teahouses in Taichung, comes alive with a recreation of a Taiwan street between 1920 & 1940, complete with Qing dynasty & colonial-era stone fronts, & original antiques & collector items.
It is also a restaurant whereby visitors can sit at tables along the street or inside the shops to enjoy affordable Taiwanese meals in very Taiwanese setting.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1590010-Reviews-Xiang_Jiao_Xin_Le_Yuan-Taichung.html

Taichung Confucius Temple 台中孔廟
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine 忠烈祠 
Opening Hours: 09:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Monday)
Address: No.30, Sec. 2, Shuangshi Rd., North District, Taichung City 404, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Next to Taichung Confucius Temple, Taichung City Martyr’s Shrine is dedicated to the fallen heroes of China’s wars. The impressive gateway & the traditional Chinese palace-style architecture makes this impressive neighbour to the Confucius Temple.
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Smile Life Night Market 微笑世紀國際觀光夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 00:00 (Fridays to Sundays)
Address: Shuangshi Rd and Yule St intersection, North District, Taichung City, Taiwan 404, Taiwan (R.O.C)
https://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g297910-d1992543-Reviews-ConfuciusTemple_Martyr_s_Shrine-Taichung.html

Fengjia Night Market 逢甲夜市
Opening Hours: 17:00 to 01:00
Address: Fengjia Rd., Xitun Dist., Taichung City 407, Taiwan (R.O.C.)
Night market in Xitun District, Taichung. It is located next to Feng Chia University & claimed to be the largest night market in Taiwan.

Note: Nearby TRA Taichung Station, there is a big shopping mall, Taroko Mall. It consists of 13th levels of shops, restaurants, etc. About 1.0km (13mins walk) from TRA Taichung Station.
http://www.tarokomall.com.tw/index.html

Here are some photographs taken in Taipei.

Food lovers

My experience with Food Lovers

I finally found out the block which sells that really good Hokkien Mee.

It can be found at Blk 925, Yishun Interchange.

This is the picture of the Hokkien Mee…

Hokkien Mee
Hokkien Mee

It comes highly recommended from me because they use a mixture of thick and thin white transparant noodle (chor beehoon) instead of just the usual thick ones you see in Beef Noodle and they also use less of the yellow noodles (which are rumoured to give you massive migraines and taste yucky in general). The skill of the chef seems to have been perfected over the years and he is able to produce quality dish after quality dish of Hokkien Mee.

The only lacking quality is that of the chilli. It is not sambal balachan which is what really gives you the kick out of a Hokkien Mee. Very few stores actually have Hokkien Mee that comes with great chilli. But what this dish lacks in chilli flavour, it makes it up fully by the flavourful taste of the Hokkien Mee.

It is such that you can eat the noodles by itself and still taste the wonderful flavours.

Anyway, we went there again recently to try the Hokkien Mee and it still proved to be as wonderful. Another store you might wish to try is the Chicken Rice, it is a store usually frequented by many people and there’s usually quite a queue for it.

We have found out, however, that you should not eat the frog legs from there!

My dad waited for about 10 to 15 minutes for it and he said alot of people ordered from the store. So obviously we expected that it would be of pretty good quality. And when the wait was over, we were greeted with this…

frog leg
Frog Legs With Spring Onion

This dish costs $8.50 by the way. And yes, this dish was taken BEFORE my dad ate any of it. Were we simply unlucky to have gotten the pot of frog legs with very little frog legs? Or is this an indication of all the bowls of frog legs?

We don’t know, and we don’t really wish to try again to find out.

I mean you wait long enough, you pay pretty good money for it, and you see a disppointing dish staring you in the face that in no way screams, “EAT ME EAT ME!!” So putting aside the waiting time and the money, lets talk about the taste.

It was extremely salty! I think they added too much soy sauce which resulted in the really saltiness of the dish. I mean to cook a dish of frog legs, you have to handle the sauces really well because the frog leg by itself tastes somewhat like chicken. So its like eating salty chicken drumstick or something. Which really kind of sucks.

The only way to salvage the dish was via eating every piece of frog leg with spring onion. The spring onion taste practically covers up every other taste and if its so, I don’t have to pay you to make this dish, I could chop spring onion and get frog legs myself.

So all in all, don’t eat it. Its not worth the wait and its definitely not worth the money.

Anyway, we went to Blk 928, which by the way, houses one of the more famous laksa in Yishun. Hence, if you are in the area, you can pop on down to try it. It is, however, an extremely small store so the space is pretty limited and you may have to wait awhile to get seats.

We went there AFTER eating that disgusting frog legs so we decided to settle for dessert.

durian ice kachang
Durian Ice Kachang

It was really quite good. I think its $2.50, I’m not really sure, could be cheaper, totally forgotten. But the durian was very thick, like they really peeled the flesh from the durian and grinded it and poured it over the ice kachang.

I’m a major freak fan of durian and I haven’t had it in such a long time. So the minute I placed a scoop of the durian ice kachang in my mouth, my tastebuds literally came alive!!

If you reallyyyyy love durian, you can try their durian ice kachang. Have to admit that they didn’t give an exorbitant amount of durian but it’s ok for the price that your paying. The ice was also well coated with the various flavourings so you don’t eat plain ice which is what often happens in most kopitiams (coffee shops).

At the bottom, you have the usual atapchi (that white transparant fruit thingy), chin chow and red bean. It usually comes with corn but my family hates corn, so no corn for us!

But if you want ice kachang with like enormous amounts of durian poured over it, I think you can try the store Ice Monster. Its found in Plaza Singapura’s basement, #B2-53. Frankly, I haven’t tried it before but I saw it on television and they said the durian was made from D24 durians imported from Malaysia and fresh golden mangoes.

Also, the bowl of ice kachang shown on tv showed a really gy-normous amount of durian being poured over the ice, like literally half the bowl was covered with mango and the other half with durian.

So you can try the all mango or all durian one or even the half mango half durian. Prices are from $5.50 and above if I’m not wrong.

Thats all the foodyy foodyy stuff I have for you! Tata! (:

 

Choutofu

My experience with Choutofu

Its either choutofu or lovergal (my mom). So ever wondered what is CHOUTOFU? For people who have eaten it before, you probably know. But, I somehow chanced upon the picture that I took of the smelly tofu (Chou tofu) before. So I’ll just post it here!

choutofu

There are alot of names for it. I looked on Wiki. People call it stinky tofu, smelly tofu, blah blah blah. Basically, its stinky and smelly! The one that I ate and I like to eat, is the deep fried one.

In Singapore, you can only purchase it from one measly location (correct me if i’m wrong)…

GEYLANG Near city plaza. There isn’t an exact address so the best bet is to follow your nose. HAHA.

Hopefully you wouldn’t smell garbage and think its the tofu.

Because theres only 1 stall in Singapore, I simply can’t compare it to any other tofu stalls but my friend says the one in Singapore is better than the one in China.

I think its mainly because the Singapore one is more catered to our taste compared to the China one. So try it! It really is delicious!! I swear it’ll be the newloveofyourlife. (:

Oh, and a very random photo that I found!

twinyolks

TWIN YOLKS!! I’m serious, my mummy cracked it into a bowl and it was STUCK TOGETHER! one egg, 2 yolks. (if only all eggs came like that) HAHA.

And lastly, introducing what must be THE CUTEST BUNNY ON EARTH!

I’ll start from the more blurr pictures then to the clearer ones so you can SLOWLY FALL IN LOVE WITH THIS BUNNY!

rabbit 1

rabbit 2

rabbit 3

FALLEN IN LOVE YET?????

rabbit 4

YOU SURE ITS STILL A BIG NOOOOO??

rabbit 5

rabbit 6

After this, I’m sure you will..

rabbit 7

SOOOOOO CUTEEEEE RIGHT?? HAHAHA.

Told you it was the cutest bunny on Earth!

Ok, thats the end of my entry! (:

 

Buffet under 20 dollars

My experience with buffet

My mom recently went for a thai buffet at Suanthai. Its completely Halal by the way. Here are the details:

There are 2 branches:
101 Killney Road
or Liang Court B1-03.
Lunch (Daily): $16.90++ per person/child $9.00 (4-10 years)
Dinner (Mon-Thurs): $18.90++ per person/child $10.00
Dinner (Fri-Sun), eve of public holiday and public holiday: $19.90++ per person/child $11.00

You can choose to add $1.50 for free flow of pineapple fried rice. Or add $1.99 for free flow of iced lemon tea. There are 28 dishes to choose from, 5 of which can only be ordered once.

My recommendation is to add the $1.99 for free flow of iced lemon tea because you would most obviously get thirsty and since its free flow, might as well just add. The rice is not worth it because its extremely filling, so you might not be able to eat much of other dishes.

Oh and by the way, though the price for dinner is more expensive, you don’t exactly get MORE DISHES. Its the same amount of dishes, just because dinner is more crowded I think. (which doesn’t make sense I know)

Here are some pictures of the place so you can judge the ambience:

restaurant

restuarant

restaurant

I didn’t go for the buffet but from the pictures, I think it looks mostly like a home more than a high class posh restaurant. My mummy said that it felt like they didn’t turn on the air conditioner. It was like hot or maybe slightly below room temperature.

I know that your supposed to like SAVE THE EARTH! SAVE ELECTRICITY! and set the air con to like a certain temperature. But if your environmentally friendly, you shouldn’t even install air cons right? So since you install already, you should at least set it at a comfortable temperature, not where it feels like nothing at all. Might as well don’t turn on. CHEY. hahaha

But I guess the ambience is not bad because not many people go. HAHAHA.

dipping sauce
Thai Dipping Sauce

This isn’t exactly a sauce to go with any particular dish, its just something you can dip in if you feel the food doesn’t have enough flavour I guess. Its a sweet sauce and tastes not bad (according to my mummy) so yea, just dip away? haha

Something that you can dip the sauce with is…

spring roll
Thai Spring Roll

According to my mummy, the spring roll is not bad, its filled with the usual veggies like shredded carrots and who knows what. haha. But this goes extremely well with the thai dipping sauce. The sauce brings out the flavour of the spring roll. So make sure you eat the spring roll with the sauce!

green mango salad
Green mango salad

This is what my mum said, verbatim. “Its ok, got balachan taste.” HAHAHA. So yea, I guess its pretty spicy and guessing from her review it shouldn’t be that fantastic.

If you want to eat salad, my mummy preferred…

pomelo salad
Pomelo Salad

My mummy preferred this one to the green mango salad. It has alot of dried mini prawns (hay bee hiam) and yea hay bee hiam is kind of my mothers favouritest thing and it was also coupled with alot of onions! Which is also my mummy’s favourite. So combined together its not that bad.

However, it was extremely spicy! It wasn’t nice if they didn’t add the chilli. And the pomelo wasn’t sour so yea, I guess its not that bad.


*Thai style chicken satay

Theres a star star beside the name because this one you can only order once. And as with all clever food schemes, the only reason why you can order this once is because…

IT TASTES NICE! The meat was very tender and tasty as well. Of course the serving doesn’t come with just one satay, my mummy was too busy being a pig to take a picture of it before eating. hahaha. But I guess that goes to show how nice it was right? This one is a MUST ORDER! (though only once)

fish fillet
Steamed fish fillet in soy sauce

The fish as you can see is not exactly a whole fish but shredded. I guess they did this so that it can be boneless and you can happily eat it without fearing that you may choke on the fish bones and die or something. HAHA.

But I guess it wasn’t very skillfully cut, more like they pinched the fish meat up and shredded it that kind. But my mummy said it was not bad. The sauce was very nice (though I wonder how great can soy sauce be). But yea, this dish is worth ordering as well. One of the non spicy dishes.


Stir fried mixed vegetable with oyster sauce

This dish was pretty normal, like something you can whip up at home with any other vegetable. The vegetables included are like green peppers, carrots, onions and tofu.

So it was like you add all these veggies to a pan and throw in some oyster sauce and cook it. Pretty ordinary, nothing exceptionally WOW. Its just so-so.

kailan
Thai baby kailan with salted fish

My mom said this one was normal. Yes, just this one word. (I think all my family members hate describing food and their tastes. I must be like the pickiest eater. HAHA) Well, I think vegetable dishes are often extremely ordinary. Because veggies are supposed to be plain and not like overdone and all that.

But you should order veggies because it reduces the sins of eating all those other evil fried stuff.

An example of an evil fried stuff..


Thai Fish Cake

As you can see the fish cake is oily. Haha. I mean it practically glistens in the flash light of my camera. Glistening food means OILY. Haha. entirely sinful.

But then not that sinful because it doesn’t taste sinful at all. Not that great as well. But a good accompaniment to the thai dipping sauce. So yea, a fish cakes a fish cake and a thai fish cake is still a fish cake. HAHA.

fish maw soup
Thai Style Fish Maw Soup with Chicken

My mummy didn’t like it. It tasted like tap water I think, very plain (which you probably can see from the picture right?). I mean some clear soups may look plain but is extremely tasty. This is not one of them. HAHA.

Another soup that is better worth trying is..

tom yum soup
Tom yum soup with chicken

I know this looks exactly like the soup above right? HAHA. BUT.. the taste is completely different ok!

Normally you imagine tom yum soup to be like reddish and really hot and spicy right? Apparantly, its a wrong misconception! Because tom yum also looks like this clear soup kind of soup! haha.

One of the correct assumptions though, is that the soup is spicy! Extremely spicy and tasty as well.

This soup comes in a different version as well. Instead of chicken, it comes with mixed seafood. So you can try the seafood one, I think it should be tasty because its one of those dishes that you can only order once. (:


Green curry with beef

Looks spicy? NOTTTTTT!! as in its NOT spicy, not that it doesn’t look spicy. Haha.

It looks pretty terrifyingly spicy but its actually extremely sweet and like diluted, like they didn’t put alot of coconut milk and they didn’t like boil the bones etc with the curry. So yea, it tastes like watered down curry. noooo good…


Beef with basil leaves

You can choose chicken, beef or beancurd with basil leaves. Obviously in terms of value for money, beef would be the best. Chicken is soso. Beancurd is totally for vegetarians. HAHA.

Anyway, this dish was very SALTY!! So yea, besides salt my mummy couldn’t taste anything else. Salty salty salty. Not worth eating and getting high blood pressure for nothing I guess.


Deep fried beancurd with Thai Sauce

This one was very sweet and though the skin of the beancurd looks extremely crispy, it wasn’t. Maybe because of the sauce poured over it. But then again, those done with skill would be extremely crispy even after dousing it with sauce.

So this wasn’t an extremely fantastic dish but if you like tofu you can order.

And now is my mom’s favourite dish…


*Chicken wrapped in pandan leaf

This was the best dish by a mile because it wasn’t too spicy, too sweet, too sour, too salty, too whatever. Basically, it wasn’t overwhelming in the taste as compared to the other dishes.

Thai dishes usually focus alot of flavours, so its usually either extremely spicy or has alot of spices flavour. This one was just nice. The pandan leaves were cooked for so long that when you tried to take it apart, it crumbles in your hand.

So the pandan leave taste manages to get into the chicken. The chicken was very tasty and nice and with a mild pandan flavour.

And yes, you can only eat this ONCE. BOO HOO HOO!! But its a must order because it tastes really nice.

The next few pictures are that of the dessert and fruit buffet. Its the only section of the buffet that you take yourself, the other dishes you have to order from the waiter.


Jelly


Jelly


Jelly


Red Ruby


Tapioca with coconut milk

Ok, the word that concludes this whole section is HORRIBLE.

The jellies were too sweet, the red ruby was too watered down, the tapioca was too hard, the coconut milk was too salty, the fruits were not sweet but sour. (probably not very ripe) What can I say? Substandard desserts. Horrible!

Ok, some of the other dishes that is not shown here are:
-Clear noodle salad
-Thai papaya salad
-*Tom yum soup with mixed seafood
-Chicken/beef/beancurd with cashew nut
-Panang curry with slice fish filet
-Lala (shellfish) with thai chilli paste
-*Boneless stuffed chicken wing
-Stir fried fish with chinese celery
-Deep fried fish filet with lemon grass and chilli
-Deep fried squid with butter sauce.

So still got quite alot of dishes that weren’t tried but I wouldn’t hold my hopes up for most of them except the boneless chicken wing, lala with chilli paste (only because I like lala) and the tom yum soup. The rest seems abit dubious to me. Haha.

Conclusion:

The buffet is more suitable for students or people looking for a buffet under $20. Its a good place for students to celebrate their friends birthday or some special occasion because the food isn’t exactly spectacular.

So when you celebrate with your friends then the food taste wouldn’t be that important. Cause your too busy chit chatting. Haha.

The food is ok for $20, in terms of variety. But in terms of taste its pretty lacking. For a buffet under $20 I would say 6/10?

Only because there are very few buffets under 20 in singapore and for the variety and I’m crediting the score heavily because of the pandan leaf chicken wing and the tom yum soup.

Definitely not a place for a date for adults la. So kiam siap (cheapskate). HAHA.

 

Hougang and Joo Chiat

My experience at Hougang & Joo Chiat

Visited two hawker centres today! Hougang hawker centre and Joo Chiat!

First stop was Hougang Hawker Centre!

We had the following three dishes from the same store. Its the store close to a dessert store, its not the front row of shops, but the ones behind.

Yes, I know I sound really confusing but I don’t know how else to describe the stall! haha.

I swear I have to start taking photos of the shopfront!

Carrot cake

Carrot Cake

The carrot cake was according to my mummy really nice! To me it tasted ok, pretty average. The chilli wasn’t nice enough.

But the carrot cake was fried pretty well! Worth a try if you don’t really know what you want to eat.

oyster omelette
Oyster omelette

The oyster omelette was nice! Nicer then the amk hawker centre one.

They gave more oyster here, bigger, fresher. And the chilli wasn’t as limey so it was nicer to eat. It was fried pretty well and tasted nice!

I swear we’re oyster omelette freaks!

hokkien mee
Hokkien Mee

The hokkien mee wasn’t to my mummy’s liking but I actually liked it. It was soupy enough, such that it wasn’t so dry or starchy that I would choke on it.

Similarly, the chilli was passe and not really nice.

Had desserts after this! I really don’t know how to describe the location of the stall but few stores down is the carrot cake store and this dessert store is the cornermost shop!

tao suan
Tao suan

Tao suan was pretty nice. Because its been cooking since the morning, the beans were nice and soft but still maintained its crunchiness.

Not overtly sweet and the taste was great.

ahboleng
Ah Bo Leng

Ah bo leng! We had the mix one, meaning 2 peanut filling and 2 sesame filling balls! Both of them were really nice. The filling was great. You bite into it and the filling just oozes out.

The peanut soup that goes with it also tasted wonderful.

Wouldn’t advise you to eat it if you have a sorethroat because it would definitely make it worse!

Conclusion: EAT HERE ONLY IF YOUR PASSING BY!

I would rather you go to the nearby hawker centre to eat the famous beef noodle! Cause the food is nice! Or try out the famous duck kway chap from this very hawker store! (:

Now we headed off to Joo Chiat only to realise there wasn’t much to eat!

briyani
Briyani

briyani
Briyani

So we decided to be lame and ate briyani from 2 different stores! It was really cheap!

SG$3.50 per plate! Which is really cheap for briyani and I guess the serving is just nice for one.

I would say the second store we ate at was better. When you climb up the stairs to the hawker centre, you see a very long queue for the briyani, this is not the one that I feel is better.

Head to the back where there is another briyani store with a slightly shorter queue! This one is better!

Though the one with the longer queue has a much fragrant smelling rice but the curry pales in comparasion to the 2nd store!

All in all though, both stores briyani wasn’t that great!

If you are there, however, near the store at the back, there is a store selling alot of kuehs! And the kuehs there are not bad. So its worth a try and you find more of the uncommon kuehs there as well because its a malay village!

So check out the kueh stores if you are in the area k! (: