Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Palsaik Korean BBQ – #Porkgasm in Johor

Palsaik Samgyupsal

Palsaik Samgyupsal Korean BBQ in Johor Bahru is a Pork Belly centric Korean BBQ restaurant. Palsaik means eight colour and samgyupsal means pork belly. So, it means eight colour pork bellies. For those from Singapore, this is the same concept as Eight Korean BBQ in Singapore.

Palsaik Samgyupsal Korean BBQ - Johor Bahru

The first Palsaik open its door in South Korea in 2007. It started to open other branches in South Korea and begin its overseas franchise expansion in 2011 in Los Angeles, California. In 2012, Palsaik opens its first branch in Melbourne, Australia followed with Mount Kiara and Scott Garden, Malaysia in 2014. The JB branch is open in April 2015.

Palsaik Outlet

A quick search on Uncle Google for the best Korean BBQ in Johor Bahru, Palsaik pop up as one of the highest rating, so we decided to give it a try when we were in JB.

Part of the Dining Area - 2nd Floor

We ordered Palsaik Hansang, Executive 8 Colour Set (RM128). This consist of 8 flavours / marinate of Pork Belly (Ginseng, Wine, Pine Leaves, Garlic, Herb, Curry, Miso Paste, Hot Pepper); Vegetables, Salad, Ssamjang (Special house sauce and cucumber) and Soup. For the soup, we choose Seafood Soybean paste soup, instead of Clear Clam Soup and Kimchi Soup.

8 type of marinate

Vegetables

Salad, Ssamjang (Special house sauce and cucumber) 

Once the order is placed the service staff brought out a long wooden plank with the 8 type of pork belly on it. The BBQ chef will then come to your table and start cooking your food.

The Table

First to the grill is the kimchi (mixed between cabbage and beansprout), followed with the mushrooms and pork bellies. The first four flavours that went in are ginseng, wine, pine leaves and garlic.

The Start - Kimchi and mushrooms


Ginseng, Wine, Pine Leaves and Garlic Pork Bellies on the hot plate

Once cooked, the pork bellies have a slightly charred exterior. When you bite on it, it has the right balance between the fats and meat, that will open up your appetite. Although it is yummy, it is missing the melt in your mouth feeling. When I asked the service staff about the origin of the pork belly, they told us that they use Malaysian pork. But for Malaysian pork, we can say that the standard are still good.


Second part - Almost cooked and cut

Pork Belly Cooked

For the ginseng marinate, the flavour of the ginseng is very subtle. The wine marinate is bolder, as you can smell the aromatic wine flavour before you bite the meat and it absorb thoroughly in the flesh.  For the pine leaves marination, it has a slightly bitter taste to balance the fats, while the garlic actually tastes sweet, not pungent.

8 Flavours of the Pork Bellies

Ginseng, Wine, Pine Leaves and Garlic Pork Bellies
The second wave of pork belly cooked are herb, curry, miso paste and hot pepper. The herb marinate is very flavourful filled with mixed dried seasoning. The curry marinate taste like German sausage curry, which is dreadful. The miso pork belly is good, but it can do with more generous miso seasoning and finally, the hot pepper pork belly, tasted like marinated in sweet chilli sauce.

Herb, Curry, Miso paste and Hot pepper Pork Bellies

Our choice of the eight types of marinates are wine, miso, pine leaves and garlic. Kudos to the staff who did the BBQ, our pork belly are awesome and done perfectly.

For the seafood soybean paste soup, it was rather bland and disappointing. The vegetables are overcooked and almost tasteless. We suggest that once it is cooked, give it a good stir, have a taste and ask them to add the soybean paste if you find it under seasoned.

Seafood Soybean Paste Soup

We had also ordered Mul Naengmyeon (RM18) – Buckwheat Noodles in Chilled Broth. It actually taste better than expected. The clear broth is robust and with a good touch of vinegar. The noodle is springy and the iced chilled broth make this dish so refreshing. A must order dish here.

Mul Naengmyeon

Mul Naengmyeon

The restaurant is spacious, complement with a mix of brick and black wall decoration. The vibe of this restaurant is fun and friendly, and this is also reflected in the attitude of their service staff.

Part of Dining Area - 1st Floor

Overall, Palsaik Samgyupsal Korean BBQ is definitely one of the place to consider for Korean BBQ in Johor Bahru. Best part, the price is only a fraction compared to the similar Pork Belly Centric Korean BBQ in Singapore. Geonbae!! Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 7.75/10
Value: 9.5/10  
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: S$26- S$50 (RM75 – RM150)

Palsaik Korean BBQ
51, Jalan Sutera Tanjung 8/2
Taman Sutera Utama
Skudai 81300
Johor, MALAYSIA

T: +60 7 556 3833
IG: @Palsaik_Malaysia
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Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 22.30
Sat & Sun: 11.30 – 23.30


Sunday, 22 July 2018

Durian Delivery – Durians at Your Doorstep [MEDIA INVITE]

Durians from Durian Delivery

Durian season is back in Singapore and this time around the price is almost rock bottoms due to the abundance of harvest in Malaysia. This, of course, is good news for durian lovers in Singapore, who have an insatiable appetite for this King of Fruits.

This durian season, we had our first durians from at the comfort of our home thanks to the delivery from Durian Delivery (www.duriandelivery.com.sg)

We received three types of durians: Mao Shan Wang (MSW- $39.90 for 800 gram), Hand-Picked Old Tree Mao Shan Wang (TSW, Pahang AAA+ - $49.90 for 800 gram) and Red Prawn ($27.90 for 800 gram).

Red Prawn (Top), Mao Shan Wang (Below), Hand-Picked Old Tree Mai Shan Wang (Right)

Before you go Gaga about the price?? The prices above are based on nett price, the weight of the pulp / flesh of the durian only. These 800 grams is equivalent to about 3.2kg of the whole durian. In the market, normally the price given is based on the whole durian price. The gross price is also available on their website.

Mao Shan Wang (MSW). It has a nice shape of the whole flesh that we know. Thick with a lot of flesh. The taste is solid and creamy; however, the bittersweet flavour is very subtle. This will be good for a beginner that want to try MSW durian.

Mao Shan Wang (MSW)

Hand-Picked Old Tree Mao Shan Wang (TSW, Pahang AAA+). The star of Durian Delivery, they even categorised it as Durian Royalty. Each of the pulp is perfect in shape. Thick flesh and with little seed. It is solid, rich, creamy and deep layers of bittersweet flavour. A Premium durian indeed. Lovers of MSW really need to try this.

Hand-Picked Old Tree Mao Shan Wang (TSW, Pahang AAA+)

Hand-Picked Old Tree Mao Shan Wang (TSW, Pahang AAA+)

The Small Seed

Red Prawn, for someone who likes their durian and no bitter taste. The flesh is thin, while the seed is bigger. The flesh tastes soft, creamy, rich and sweet absent of any bitter taste. Although it is sweet, the uniqueness of Red Prawn is that you won’t get overwhelmed easily. Our niece loves the red prawn and she had a more than her share of this.

Red Prawn

To order from Durian Delivery is very easy:
  1. Go to www.duriandelivery.com.sg
  2. Click on Order Durians Now.
  3. Choose the type of Durians that you want, size (400 gram or 800 gram) and quantity.
  4. Complete your checkout, make payment and choose your delivery time.

For delivery charges, please note the following: Same Day Delivery ($9.70), Next Day Delivery ($6.90), 2 hours delivery ($14.90). Free Delivery, when you purchase above $120. Delivery time is between 2 PM to 2 AM.

Durian Delivery also provide the following guarantee 100% Money-Back Guarantee, Freshness Guarantee and Superb Durian Quality. From our experience, the seems to delivery on the freshness quality.

Overall, we definitely enjoy our durian from Durian Delivery. The durians are fresh and it is just so convenient that we can get durian at our doorstep. So, if you need a durian fix anywhere in Singapore, check out Durian Delivery. Cheers!!

Thank you very much, Jonah and Durian Delivery for the delicious durians.


Durian Delivery
210 Hougang Street 21
Singapore 530210

WhatsApp: +65 9387 4394



Wednesday, 18 July 2018

The Populus Café – Simple Breakfast and Good Coffee

Magic at The Populus

Our friends from Malaysia are in town for an exhibition and we are glad to accept their brunch invitation. What an opportunity for us to escape our daily grind and have a delicious brunch in the city.

This is actually my second time visiting The Populus Café. My first visit was a few years back during our makan kaki café hopping session. At that time, the experience was not overly impressive, probably because it was our third stop on that day.

The Populus

Apparently, we arrived much earlier than our friends, so we decided to order first. Simple Brekky ($12.50) – scrambled eggs and mixed mushrooms and back bacon (2 items from extra menus) on multigrain toast.

Simple Brekky 

It was a solid, unpretentious breakfast. The scrambled eggs were done right, eggy, creamy and moist sitting on two slices of thick toast. The bacon is crispy and the mushroom is buttery awesome.

LD ordered Populus All Day Big Brekky ($25) – Soft poached 64º eggs, aerated hollandaise, potato rosti, frankische sausage, smoked salmon, homemade baked beans, L&P mushrooms, and mixed salad.

Populus All Day Big Brekky

The version of a luxurious breakfast. The egg is perfectly done and ooze out nicely when you cut through it. Hollandaise sauce is light instead of rich and thick, while the vinegar taste in the poached egg is very subtle almost undetected. On the base was rosti instead of bread, however, we will like it better if it is crispier and with a touch of salt and pepper on it. With the smoked salmon and sausage, it was like a party on the plate.

To accompany the breakfast, LD ordered Paris Moonlight Tea ($8). It was very fragrant, flowery and easy to drink.

Paris Moonlight Tea

I ordered Magic ($6) for my coffee. For the beans, I asked for something nutty, bold and chocolate less fruity. The barista picked the blend for me, nicely executed latte art and it was just yum.

Magic

The place is comfortable and good to catch up with friends. Of course, the delicious food and drinks help as well. Other than breakfast, their worldwide inspired lunch dishes look interesting. I look forward to my next visit and try the rest of their menu. Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 7.75/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: 7.5/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25, $26 - $50

The Populus
146 Neil Road
Singapore 088875

T: +65 6635 8420
IG: @Thepopuluscafe
OH:
Mon: 09.00 – 19.00
Tue: 09.00 – 16.00
Wed – Fri: 09.00 – 22.30
Sat: 09.30 – 22.30
Sun: 09.30 – 19.00

Menu available Online

Please check their website for other location

Monday, 16 July 2018

Som Tam – Twirling Som Tam Way to Your Stomach [MEDIA INVITE]

The Spread @ Som Tam 

Som Tam is a Modern Thai Fusion Restaurant by Jus Delish Group. The group behind Gin Khao, Talay Kata and currently running Porn’s as well. Som Tam opened its door in September 2015, showcasing Thai Fusion dishes that enhance the diners’ taste buds.

Som Tam Singapore

Recently, the team at Som Tam has created a few unique and unexpected dishes and mocktails for diners to savour.

Som Tam Motto

Black Chicken Curry with Musan King Durian ($26.80). Yes, you did not read it wrongly. Musan King Durian with chicken curry. Don’t expect to see the durian prominent in this dish, because it is mixed into the curry. You can expect a bold, rich, creamy and pungent black curry that will burst in your mouth. At first, it really tasted foreign to me, however, I got used to it after a few bites.

Black Chicken Curry with Musan King Durian

The chicken itself is moist and tender. They use only the leg part, to ensure the meat remain succulent. Served with this curry are roti (prata) and som tam. To balance the richness, it is good to eat the curry with the som tam. Instead of roti, I think white rice will go better with this curry.

Part of the Dining Area

Massaman Curry with Roti ($23.80). Not the first time that I ate Massaman curry. The version at Som Tam is thicker, richer and sweeter. Though the menu said that it is spicy, it is definitely not and the sweetness of the curry can be too subtle for those like spicy food. The chicken is moist and tender. Similar to the black curry, it is served with roti (prata) and som tam.

Massaman Curry with Roti 

Thai Souffle Steamed Egg ($10.80). Presentation wise, it is the same as the Korean version of steam egg. The difference, however, Som Tam version contain tom yum broth and fish sauce, making it fluffier and lighter with a touch of seafood taste from the tom yum. The best part of course, the eggs did not stick to the wall of the pot, unlike the Korean version. Definitely, a must try dish here.

Thai Souffle Steamed Egg

Thai Style Grilled Squid with Mentaiko ($18.80). The squid is nicely grilled. Springy with a slight chewiness. Borrowing the playbook from Japanese receipe, the mentaiko sauce is added to creamy bold flavour to the dish.

Thai Style Grilled Squid with Mentaiko

Together with the new dishes, you can also enjoy their innovative mocktails. Blue Cha with Coconut ($6.80), refreshing combination especially with coconut water as the base. Rainbow Perrier Ice ($6.80), sparking, with different syrup flavour from the ice. The sweetness level is very low.

Blue Cha with Coconut 

Rainbow Perrier Ice 

Purple Rain ($6.80). Combination of lime juice and blue pea flower syrup seems to be in trend now. The more you pour the lime juice, the lighter the colour becomes. Avocado Shake ($7.80), rich, creamy and bursting with avocado flavour. Almost the same flavour as the Indonesian version.

Purple Rain

Avocado Shake

Overall, it is indeed a creative creation by the team at Som Tam. LD and I personally have difficulties in accepting the flavour of the curries as it is quite different from the Thai curries we had before, but I must tip my hat to their creativity. We totally love the egg souffle, mocktails and avocado smoothie. Do give these new dishes a try and let me know what you think. Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 6.5/10
Value: 6.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Som Tam
Modern Thai Fusion
181 Orchard Road
#08-13. Orchard Central
Singapore 238896

T: +65 6238 6872
IG: @Somtamsg
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Mon – Thu: 11.30 – 15.00, 17.30 – 22.00
Fri – Sun: 11.30 – 22.00


Friday, 13 July 2018

AquaMarine – Crustaceans Bonanza and Singapore Heritage Buffet [MEDIA INVITE]

Crustaceans Seafood Stew

July and August are special months in the calendar of AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Singapore. This July, it is an open invitation to seafood lovers to enjoy the Crustaceans delight. Highlights of the dishes include:

Boston Lobster Thermidor

Boston Lobster Thermidor baked with Asian sambal and cheese. The flesh of the lobster is springy and with cheese. The taste of the sambal is subtle, however, it offset the richness of the cheese nicely. As the main attraction, you will need to queue for this dish, but it is definitely worth the wait.

Boston Lobster Thermidor

Scampi with Organic Pumpkin Risotto. I like the presentation as it uses the cheese wheel as a serving bowl for the cooked risotto. The risotto is creamy and al-dente, alas the taste of the pumpkin seems to be diluted by the cream. The scampi is fresh, while the parmesan added to the richness of this dish.

Scampi with Organic Pumpkin Risotto.

Southern France Crab Gateau. In simple term, humongous crab cake. The combination of crispy exterior, with natural sweet crab fillings, is just awesome. I think this is the best dish of the night. Yum Yum!

Southern France Crab Gateau.

Black Pepper Crab, one of the famous Singapore dishes. The crab is meaty and fresh, while the black pepper sauce does have a kick in it. Be prepared to get your hands dirty for this dish and lick off the black pepper sauce later.  

Black Pepper Crab

Crispy soft-shell prawn with cereal and chicken floss. Cereal prawn is one of the perennial favourite zhi char dishes. It is crisp and succulent, and you can enjoy the prawn without using your hands.

Crispy soft-shell prawn with cereal and chicken floss.

Crustaceans Seafood Stew. A hearty dish that I have a soft spot for. Seafood ingredients include Boston lobsters pincers, clams, scallops, prawns, squid, crabs and vegetables. All inside a robust and hearty broth. Who can say NO to this dish?

Crustaceans Seafood Stew.

Crab Meat Fried Rice. The force of the Wok Hei is strong with this fried rice. The al-dente rice is simply fried with egg and topped with crab meat at the end. A simple seasoning with lots of crab meat, making this carbo-loaded dish not to be miss.

Crab Meat Fried Rice

Cold Seafood. Part of AquaMarine regular buffet line up. The huge oysters are fresh, brainy and delicious to suck. While the prawns are springy and crunchy. A top-notch seafood indeed.

Cold Seafood

AquaMarine – Crustacean Nights
When: 19 June to 31 July 2018, Every Tuesday and Thursday dinner.
Where: AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Singapore
Time: Dinner, 18.30 – 22.00
Price: $72++ per Adult, $36++ per Child
For enquiries and reservations, visit www.meritushotels.com/marina, call (65) 6845 1111 or email: aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com.

Seafood Penne

For the month of August, the theme will be Singapore Heritage Buffet, which includes these mouth-watering dishes.

Wagyu Beef Rib ‘Satay’

Wagyu Beef Rib ‘Satay’. The sumptuous version satay. The wagyu beef ribs are marinated with satay sauce before it goes into the oven. The meat part of the ribs just fall off the bone and it just melts in your mouth. The rich peanut flavour absorbs evenly into the flesh and you can top up the peanut gravy during serving. Yum Yum

Wagyu Beef Rib ‘Satay’ - Small Portion

Deep-Fried Asian Crab Fitter with Salted Egg Mayo. Crispy and delicious, filled with the sweet flavour of the crab. The salted egg mayo is placed at the bottom, so you have to make sure you dip it to get the rich, saltish creamy mayo. Expect a crab flavour bomb in each bite.

Deep-Fried Asian Crab Fitter with Salted Egg Mayo.

Marinated Ayam Buah Keluak Shawarma in Lotus Bun. Creative invention with the touch of Peranakan. The soft lotus bun wrapped the succulent buah keluak boneless chicken definitely something you can look forward too.

Marinated Ayam Buah Keluak Shawarma in Lotus Bun

Singapore Chilli Crab with Fried Mantou. This version here is comparable to the top chilli crab restaurant in Singapore. The silky egg chilli gravy is fiery and packs with punch, perfect to dip the fried mantou in. The crab itself is fresh and meaty and perfectly soaks up the gravy.

Singapore Chilli Crab 

Fried Mantou

Sambal Whole Salmon Fillet. If you ask why not Stingray. The answer is because it is difficult to obtaining huge size of stingrays consistently to feed the customers in Aquamarine. The Salmon might be different in texture, however, look forward to the sambal to tantalise your taste buds.

Sambal Whole Salmon Fillet

On weekend (Friday, Saturday and the eve of Public Holidays), diners can look forward to our action station whipping out sugarcane juice and durian, all-time local favourite that you simply cannot miss.

 
Part of Desserts

AquaMarine – Singapore Heritage Buffet
When: 1 to 31 August 2018
Where: AquaMarine at Marina Mandarin Singapore
Time: Dinner, 18.30 – 22.00
Price: From $60++ per Adult, $30++ per Child
For enquiries and reservations, visit www.meritushotels.com/marina, call (65) 6845 1111 or email: aquamarine.marina@meritushotels.com.

Food & Drink: 7.75/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 8/10
Budget per Person: $51 - $80, $81 & Above

AquaMarine
6 Raffles Boulevard
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Hotel
Singapore 039594

T: +65 6845 1111
IG: @marinamandarinsg
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Breakfast: Daily 06.30 – 10.30
Lunch: Mon to Fri, 12.00 – 14.30
Lunch: Sat, Sun & PH, 12.00 – 15.00

Dinner: Daily 18.30 – 22.00

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