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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nara Thai Restaurant at WestGate

Nara Thai Restaurant at WestGate

Address: #03-07, Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 10pm



I was there with my close colleagues (AJALY) for a farewell dinner. So sad... another one leaving :(
Walking around Westgate, we have finally decided to have Thai food... and well cos we have 2 super crazy over thai siao char bohs.... lol...

So its about 6pm, and we were the first customer for dinner, no one else... cool eh... its like...
来吧,我包了全场, 放心的吃吧!wahahhahaa....
The place was pretty cosy.

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No one at all except us...


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There's a variety of choices for food. Starters, vege, pork, chicken, seafood, beef, dessert....

And of cos, we let the EXPERTS to order the dishes.



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Cos it's my third trimester now, and ppl said you should take some coconut during the last trimester....
To cool your body a bit, and also bb will have nice smooth skin....
Fyi, it was my first time having the coconut, cos i nv really like, but becos of bb's sake!
But, surprisingly it was quite yummy... thumbs up!


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Butterfly Pea (Anchan), it's a kind of Thai herbal plant. I think its pretty unique, worth for a try.



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Papaya salad - an appetiser where we will always order whenever we goes to a thai restaurant.
It's a little spicy, so probably if you cant take spicy, you may request to be slightly less spicy.


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Tom yum seafood soup...
So sad... that they straight away portion into 2 bowls for us....
Couldnt take pic with the nice golden pot! lol
It was kinda spicy too. Well, Tom yum soup ought to be spicy though... :)
Taste alright for me.


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Forgot what platter is this called.
There's otah, satay, and this wrapped chicken.
I personally only like the chicken. As for the satay, its slightly tough. Otah was soso.
The chicken was kinda juicy and taste good.


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Pad thai (chicken)
Nothing special about this dish. Pretty normal.


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My friend recommended this strongly, its green curry soft shell crab.
And it was indeed pretty yummy.


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Saw this blue rice looks pretty cool in the menu, so we decided to try it.
But its just pretty, nothing special on the taste.


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Pineapple rice.
Pretty normal dish, yet i feel dont really worth the price, it was about $12/13++



Overall, my friends felt that the NARA at Bangkok is so much better than the one in SG.
I feel the price range is a bit on the higher side. The place is cosy and comfortable. Service could be improved. We were sort of being asked to leave.... as they passed us the bill when we did not ask for it.



Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Two Chefs Eating Place

ZiChar time at Two Chefs Eating Place!

Address: Blk 116 Commonwealth Cresent #01-129 S'pore 140116

Contact number: +65 64725361

Opening hours:
Mon 5pm to 1130pm
Tue to Sun 1130am to 230pm, 5pm to 1130pm
Closed on every last mon of the month


It's one of my buddies' (Wendy) recommendation to this Zichar at Commonwealth. So, we decided to try it and since we have never had Zichar together. I have always suggested, but seems like noone hiu me.

Anyway, so we reached there on a Saturday night around 9pm by car. It will be about a 10-15mins walk from Commonwealth MRT. We saw a long queue when we reached, in my mind i was like queue for zichar?!  Must be really good then.

Lucky the wait wasn't too long. If you are able to order first, you'll get your seats right away.... ooohhhh.... So, we got our seats about 5 to 10 mins later. The waiting time for the food wasn't long too. It comes pretty fast after we ordered our drinks.

So, there were some MUST EAT dishes as shown below.....


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One of them was the DRUNKEN COCKLES!
-photo taken by Wendy-

This dish was kinda raw, and since I'm preggy... i skipped this...
My friends commented that it was quite fresh and appetising.


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Next up was the Golden Mushroom Beancurd

This was really yummy. The tofu was so soft and the gravy tasted just so nice to have it with rice!
Yum yum!! This is a MUST ORDER food.


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Another signature dish: Vegetable with Egg, Salted egg and Century egg

I tried once at a zichar at Clementi, and this was so much nicer and smoother. The sauce wasn't too bland too, most probably due to the 3 different kinds of eggs used.


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Herbal Chicken soup

Because there were 8 of us, they helped us to separate into 2 portions. Pretty nice service.
My friend was saying that you will only get to eat this herbal chicken soup during weekends.

The chicken was pretty tender and the soup taste good, 很入味 too.



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The famous Butter pork

It's covered with milk powder. But what milk powder? I guess it should be condensed milk powder.
Its quite yummy, the pork was crispy, with the powder... it makes it kinda sweet.


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Lastly, because i have got some cravings for salted egg....
So, we ordered salted egg chicken. Special order which is not in the menu.
This tasted normal, how bad could salted egg dishes go wrong? wahhahaah

In all, for 8 of us, with 8 bowls of rice.... we spent $80 in exact. So, its $10 per pax.

Cheap, good and Fast!
So what are you waiting for?!!



Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cafe hopping... hop hop hop

ok, so how i gained the 17kg?
Eat and eat non stop lo.... wahahhahaa...
If u guys have been following me in FB or instagram, you should have realised the pictures i have posted were all just FOOD food and more FOOD....
I seldom take selfies now... because..... i dont wanna scare you guys off la... like a fat ass now... whahahah...

Cafe hopping is like a trend now eh... Seeing many ppl posting their CHECK-INs in different cafes now and then... So, i have been to a few too, to have a feel of these CAFEssss.... So most of the cafes sell waffles, egg benedict, some signature pastries, some with 3d art coffee, etc.... I also realised most of these cafes are situated at super ULUs place ya...

My lil bro brought me to "THE COFFEE DAILY" on my birthday this year to have their rainbow cake, well cos i requested rainbow cakes for all my birthday celebration this year... wahhaha.. will post on rainbow cakes in subsequent post.

1. THE COFFEE DAILY
Address: 75 Brighton Cresent, Spore 559216
Phone: +65 62848894
Open hours:
Mon to Thu 12noon to 10.30pm
Fri 12noon to 11.30pm
Sat 9.30am to 11.30pm
Sun 9.30am to 10.30pm


The cafe is at Serangoon area, pretty ulus actually. But there's a bus stop nearby about 5mins walk if i'm not wrong. But i went there by cab though... heeeeee

Cos its been some time ago already, so I'm trying hard to recall as much as i can.... as i know preggy ladies have weaker memories....

I wouldn't say its a very fantastic one, but its kinda cosy and the staffs were friendly.
They have all day breakfast, ice creams, cakes, smoothies, coffee..... in their menu.
I find the food was soso, price wise abit on the higher side.
It cost almost $50 for just the breakfast set, smoothie, rainbow cake and chocolate lava cake.


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Can you see the pui pui me?


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That's my lil bro... with the strawberry smoothie and breakfast set.


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Here comes the rainbow cake...


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It's really just pretty... wahahha... doesnt taste like how it looks...
Somehow i feel it taste a bit like "Fa gao"


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chocolate lava molten cake...
pretty soso too.


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If you have realised... it's SIMPSONs us....


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old school feel...


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Overall, i'll give this cafe a 2.5star, mostly for its quiet and cosy feel.
Not alot of variety on food.

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2. Stateland Cafe
Address: 30 Bali Lane, Spore 189866
Phone: +65 92964997
Opening hours:
Mon to Thu 12noon to 10pm
Fri to Sat 12noon to 12midnight
Sun 11am to 6pm
Closed on Tues


It's my lil bro again who brought me to another cafe....
This time round, its situated at bugis. There were quite a number of cafes around bugis.

We decided to head for the Stateland Cafe and before we went there, we goggled that the red velvet waffle is a must eat. Quite accessible, walkable distance from bugis station.

They actually have 2 shops side by side. It was quite crowded with people, probably cos it was a weekend evening.
We ordered a pasta, egg benedict and the famous red velvet waffle. Actually told them to serve the dessert later, but they forgot about it, so we have to have it altogether. :(


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The food were quite so so, not very fantastic.


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The famous red velvet waffle....
Looks rather pretty, but sad to say it just taste so normal.
I really don't know what's the rave over it.


Overall, i'll give this cafe a 3star. It's a place you could nua with your friends. You can have a main course meal or just a dessert and chit chat with friends.


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3. Wimbly Lu Chocolates
Address: 15 Jalan Riang, Spore 358987
Phone: +65 62891489
Opening hours:
Tues to Thurs 12.30pm to 10.30pm
Sat 9am to 11pm
Sun 9am to 10.30pm
Closed on Mon

It's my lil bro's recommendation again. But this time round, i came with my lil bro, elder bro and sis-in law.
This cafe is situated at Serangoon. Also a super ululu cafe.... We came by car of cos.
It was a whole row of cafes, restaurant, mini pub. Siam society is nearby too.
When we reached wimbly lu, there was already a queue....
Since there's a queue... i'm expecting the food to be real good...

The lightings were kinda dim, quite cosy comfy feel.

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Ice chocolate and toffee


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Packed and crowded.


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Mushroom soup. Tasted not bad, but i still prefer Soup spoon's... lol.
The plates used were pretty old school.... cute :)


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Hiya!


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Chicky mushroom baked rice...
Tasted so so....


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Tuna cheese melt. Kinda stunned when i saw this... Cos i could do it at home myself too la...


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Carrot cake was dry.
Lemon meringue have a kinda weird taste, a bit like mama lemon....
Not sure is it meant to be like that or??


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Lastly, the famous waffle!
Indeed i have to say their waffle tastes really not bad. Yummy with salted caramel ice cream...
Goes very well!


Overall, i'll give this cafe a 3.5 star. The waffle was nice. The atmosphere not bad. Quite a number of desserts to choose from.

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4. Carpenter and Cook
Address: 19 Lorong Kilat, #01-06, S'pore 598120
Phone: +65 64633648
Opening hours:
Tues-Sat 10am to 10pm
Sun 10am to 7pm
Closed on Mon


This cafe is situated at Bukit timah...
Went with close buddies at work.... Saw alot of ppl posted pastries of this cafe, so we decided to give it a try.

It's quite a small cafe with a big table in the middle. So, you might need to share the table with others.
But lucky we got a table at the corner. The cafe got the vintage feel, quite cosy too. Can come here and nua with friends, la kopi.
However, the pastries were rather small but priced range at around $4 to $7.

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crazy girl....


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Cant have coffee.... so just have some hot chocolate...


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Ordered the famous passionfruit meringue tart, sea salt caramel chocolate tart, caramel walnut cheesecake and lemon meringue cake.

I'm not a passionfruit lover, so i find it so so for me. But my friends likes it. I tapao-ed back for my hubby and he commented its too sweet.

The lemon meringue cake was pretty small, but taste not bad.
I like the cheesecake too. As for the chocolate tart, i find it so so too.


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a place to NUA with your friends.


Overall, i'll give this cafe a 3.5 star. Nice ambience. A wide range of pastries. There are sweet and savory pastries.

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5. Five and dime
Address: 297 River Valley Rd, S'pore 238338
Phone: +65 92365002
Mon to Thur 12noon to 10pm
Fri 12noon to 12midnight
Sat 10am to 12midnight
Sun 10am to 10pm


Was with my close colleagues again... it was after dinner at clark quay and we decided to go for some dessert. And someone suggested Five and Dime...
It was quite a WALK!!!

So, we went there for dessert. Some were quite unique, but not say very fantastic though. I just googled and saw all the good ratings for its main dishes instead. Maybe we should go back there for their main dish one day.

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Earl grey chocolate tart

Not too sweet, tasted just nice.


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Raspberry almond cake

Nothing special about this... and cos we said we wanted something cute, so they made a snowman..
wahhahaa...


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Spiced strawberry cake...

This was kinda special, texture like meringue... abit weird... abit of spice...


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Thai tea tart

Really taste like thai tea, the tart is small, so you wont feel so jelak because by the time you realised.... the tart is gone.


Overall, i'll give this cafe a 3 star. Their dessert were kinda special. Maybe a next visit for their main course to rate again... wahhahahaa





That's all for now.....
More food food food and more food in the next blog entries....