Sunday, August 7, 2016

Juan Dong Ji 娟东记 - Value for Money Steamboat Buffet

After feasting our eyes with thousands of lovely tulips at Tulipmania, it's time to fuel the body with scrumptious food. We took MRT to Lavender station and a brief 3mins walk to the Aperia mall. The steamboat buffet restaurant is located at level 1 of the mall.

The chinese restaurant has a bright and spacious layout, dark colored tables has build-in induction cookers. Steamboat Buffet is priced at $19.80++ per adult, $10.80++ per child. Patrons gets their own individual hotpot and 6 soup bases to choose from (Chicken, Tom Yum, Seafood, Tomato, Old cucumber pork rib & Mala spicy soup).

All food are ordered via a tablet ordering system apart from the Drinks, Fruits and Condiments & Sauces which we can help ourselves with at the counter. Mini Cornetto ice cream is included in the buffet price, limited to one per pax.

Soft drinks, Can drinks & Mineral water.

Hubby picked the Tomato soup while I had the Old Cucumber Pork Ribs soup. Both soup bases were served bland so that it can gradually gain flavors from cooking the ingredients without becoming too salty towards the end.

There are a lot of raw and cooked food choices to pick from on the tablet's menu. Unlimited serving of shabu sliced Pork/Beef/Mutton, fresh seafood, assortment of meat balls, handmade dumplings, fresh veggies & tofu and cooked food like fried rice & noodles.

The ingredients were really fresh and of decent quality, serving portion was smallish but can be ordered unlimited times, except for the scallops which is limited to one serving per pax. My personal fave are the Lobster balls, handmade dumplings, shabu pork belly and lotus roots.

We were filled to the brim after a couple of rounds of orders, no space to even have fruits. So we decided to finish off the meal with the mini Cornettos...yums.

Juan Dong Ji is definitely highly recommended for its good variety and great quality food, coupled with extremely pocket friendly prices. It is pretty hard to find a steamboat buffet restaurant that is air-conditioned and have unlimited meat and seafood offerings like this one. Go give it a try if you are around the vicinity.

Juan Dong Ji 娟东记
12 Kallang Ave, Aperia, #01-25, S339511
Tel: 6702 1528

Daily : 11:00am - 11:00pm

Sunday, July 24, 2016

PasarBella @Suntec City

Birthday treat by the girls and I get to pick the venue, so I chose a place that won't break the bank for them. I wanted to try out this western concept 'Foodcourt' eating place that is designed to exude a funky NYC vibe.

The space isn't very huge, it has only about a dozen stalls around and limited number of tables and chairs. While most stalls sell western food, there is also Asian food to add to the mix.

After a quick walkabout to check out the stalls, we settled on 3 stalls and ordered food from the Cajun on Wheels food truck, Rollie Ollie and Choo Choo Chicken.

We got the Seafood Platter bucket $29 from Cajun on Wheels, which includes breaded prawns, squid balls, fish fillets, spam fries and french fries. We also ordered the Salted Egg Yolk Fries $6 from the Sides menu...simply couldn't resist.

The seafood bucket was not bad, ingredients were fresh, a good choice for sharing among friends. The salted egg fries was disappointing though, no salted egg taste at all.

Sunkissed Salmon roll $16.95 from Rollie Ollie, Crab meat and avocado center with torched salmon and mentaiko mayo toppings. This was good albeit a little pricey, I would eat it again.

Lastly, we had the 8 Pieces Chicken (4 Wings, 4 Drumlets) $18 from Choo Choo Chicken, comes with potato wedges and choice of two flavors. We chose Crispy and Honey Soy flavors, they were delicious, even the potato wedges tasted yummy too.

PasarBella @Suntec does not have the same Farmers market concept as its big sister located at Bukit Timah. It is a smaller NYC style Food truck concept eating place for people looking for something different from the usual foodcourts found everywhere in SG. However, we do find the food selections a tad limited and pricey, so this place isn't for everyone looking for cheap meals, it's more for somebody wanting to try global cuisine at cheaper-than-restaurants prices.

PasarBella @Suntec
#01-455 North Wing, Suntec City
7 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038987

Daily 10am - 10pm

Friday, July 22, 2016

London Fat Duck @Waterway Point

One of my fave HK Roast Meat restaurants in the Northeast, the 2nd of 3 outlets owned by Akashi group & Fei Siong. I've been patronizing this outlet ever since its opening in Q1 2016.

The dining concept is modeled after successful Chinese roast duck restaurants based in Bayswater, London, using high quality imported Irish ducks from Silver Farm, Ireland. These ducks are free roaming, grain-fed and raised in a calm environment before slaughter. It is called Wagyu of ducks due to its higher fat content in the meat, making it more juicy and tender than regular roast ducks.

The restaurant also serves HK style dim sum, noodles and congee. This casual diner is kept simple and no frills, serving affordably priced food in a quick and efficient manner, very HK indeed.

Homemade Barley $2.80++

HK Roast Meats
The must order is of course the signature London Roast Duck (Whole $48.80++, Half $26++ & Regular $16.80++). The duck has a thin and slightly crispy skin, with a thin layer of fat, and thick layer of lean meat beneath. Meat was extremely soft and tender as claimed, I was impressed. Although this isn't the best duck I've ever eaten, it sure is a very decently made roast duck. And considering its pocket friendly prices (Guan Chee at Food Republic price - Whole $48, Half $25), this will remain the main draw for local customers.

Other roast meats found here are the usual suspects, Crackling Roast Pork Belly and Honey Glazed Char Siew. Both were of good standards as well. Customers can choose to order 2 or 3 combination of the roasted delights based on their liking.

Crackling Pork Belly $12.80++

BBQ 2 Combination $14.80++

HK Dim Sum
The signature Black Pepper London Duck Buns $5.50++ are also a hit with customers here. This is also my fave Dim Sum item to order. The peppery crust was an awesome pairing to the moist savory duck meat within, thumbs up.

The other dim sum items that I liked are the Pan-fried Radish Cake $5.20++ and the Beancurd Skin Shrimp Rolls $5.20++. The rest of the items were pretty average.

Har Gow $6++

Siew Mai $5.80++

Xiao Long Bao $5.20++

Chicken Feet in Black Bean Sauce $5.20++

Steam Cheong Fun with Char Siew $5.50++

The only dim sum item I dislike is the Crispy Pandan Snow Custard Bun $5.20++, the custard filling was very watery and bland, very disappointing.

HK Noodles & Congee
I liked the HK style wanton noodles, uber springy and taste good with shrimp dumplings or roast meats. My normal practice is to order their Plain Noodles $3.50++ and pair it with Ala carte roast duck or roast meat, pure shiokness!

The HK style Ting Zai Congee $7.80++ has a fine silky smooth texture but could use a little more ingredients inside.

Shrimp Wanton Noodle $7.80++

London Fat Duck's recipe for success has been to provide no frills good quality HK style dishes at reasonable prices in an unpretentious manner. It will not be the choice venue for important celebrations but definitely a great place for regular family or friends gathering.

London Fat Duck @Waterway Point
83 Punggol Central, West Wing #01-23 S828761
Tel: 6385 9557

11am to 10pm (Mon - Fri)
10am to 10pm (Sat, Sun & PH)