Sunday, 14 July 2019

O.BBa Jjajang – Korean Chinese Food in SG

Jajangmyeon

O.BBa JJajang (“OBJ”) is a sister restaurant of O.BBa BBQ (Full review of O.BBa BBQ is available here), serving Korean Chinese cuisine.

O.BBa JJajang

Korean movie or drama lovers will easily recognise these popular Korean Chinese dishes. Most of the Korean Chinese cuisine can be traced the origin from the Northern side of China, like Beijing and Shandong. However, the Korean has made it their own by stamping their style in these dishes.

Jajangmyeon ($10 lunch / $12 dinner & +2 Upsize). A thick Chinese style noodle dish topped with sweet bean sauce. The ingredients in the sauce also include diced pork, onions and vegetables. Before you eat the noodle, make sure you mix the sauce evenly into the noodle.

Jajangmyeon

The noodle is thick and silky, while the dark bean sauce is sweet and whet your appetite. Since most of the ingredients coated in strong dark sauce, it is difficult to tell the difference between the diced pork and the diced vegetables. The uniqueness of the Jajangmyeon is that sweet bean sauce is so addictive, you can’t stop slurping it until the last strand of noodle. It is also normal in Korea that they finished off the sauce with white rice. Yummy.

Jajangmyeon - The Chinese Style Noodle

The side dishes served at OBJ include the yellow pickled radish, kimchi and Sichuan vegetables. I like the yellow pickle as it is not spicy and taste like the Japanese version, good to wash off the sweetness of the noodle and the “jelakness” from the next dish.

Side Dishes

Tangsuyuk ($25) Sweet and Sour Pork Korean style. Unlike the Chinese version, the pork here is not diced, instead, it is cut in strips about the length of your fingers. It is then coated in potato starch for the extra crispiness. The sweet and sauce normally serve separately and only poured on the pork after your approval.

Tangsuyuk

The version at OBJ is super crispy exterior, but pork strips remain juicy internally. The marinade of the pork is on the light side, and the sauce tasted sweet, with a little hit of tanginess.

Tangsuyuk

Gunmandu ($10 for 8pcs). Fried dumplings or deep-fried dumplings to be precise. It has a crispy exterior with moist and juicy pork and vegetable fillings. The skin of the dumpling is as thick as Chinese dumplings, it seals the juice inside the dumplings nicely.

Gunmandu

Gunmandu

Jjamppong ($12 lunch / $14 dinner). It is their version of Chinese Noodle Seafood Soup. This dish uses the same type of noodle as Jajangmyeon, while the soup is normally red due to the red pepper added, it boasts a generous portion of seafood. One of Tracy’s favourite dish.

The décor of the restaurant is simple, filled with square tables which usually sits 2 or 4 persons. We have there a few times, I find that a major renovation is due to spruce up the place. Service is friendly but OBJ usually understaffed.

Overall, OBJ still served one of the better Korean Chinese Food in Singapore. Their Jajangmyeon is delicious and they open till 3 AM is definitely a plus point. Gun Bae!! Cheers!!

Food & Drinks: 7.75/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: 6.25/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Budget per Person: $11 - $25

O.BBa Jjajang
77 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088498

T: +65 6221 8254
IG: @O.bba_jjajang
OH: Daily 11.30 – 03.00
Menu is available online


Friday, 12 July 2019

UYKDSG – Thai Issan Cuisine [MEDIA INVITE]

Leng Zaab

Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore (“UYKDSG”) is a Thai Restaurant in Singapore servings Thai and Issan Cuisine. UYKDSG received recognition of Thai Select by Ministry of Commerce of Thailand as a restaurant that serves Fine Thai Food with Thai taste.

Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore 

My experience with Issan cuisine was during my trip to Phuket and Hua Hin. The grilled chicken there was so delicious, it leaves a positive impression in my memory.

Part of the Seating Area
Part of the Seating Area & Kitchen

One of the dishes that catch my eyes here is Leng Zaab ($28, the smallest for 2 to 3 pax). It is a Prime Pork and Back Ribs with Isaan Spicy Sour Soup. When this dish is served on the table, the server will pour a small amount of Thai rice wine and light the fire on it. The purpose is to intensify the flavour of the pork ribs.

Leng Zaab

The prime pork rib is tender, succulent and the meat fall of the bones. For the back ribs, the meat is lean and require more chewing. For foodies, keep a lookout for the hidden marrow below the back ribs. The broth is robust fill with herbs, tasted almost as robust as our Bak Kut Teh followed with spicy and sour in it. These flavour profiles are the characteristic of Thai flavour.

Leng Zaab

Scotched Eggs with Tamarind Sauce ($12.50). Hard-boiled eggs topped cooked with tamarind sauce. The tasty egg is coated with sweet dark sauce, with a faint touch of tanginess. A good dish to be eaten with rice.

Scotched Eggs with Tamarind Sauce 

Signature Grilled Chicken ($12 half / $21 whole). This grilled spring chicken is well marinated with lemongrass, fish sauce and grilled to perfection. It has an aromatic charcoal flavour, tender and succulent. On the side, there is spicy dipping sauce to accompany the chicken.

Signature Grilled Chicken - half

Although the chicken is delicious on its own, you should try it with Glutinous Brown Rice (mix of black and white glutinous rice) served in kra-tips ($2). Normally it is eaten with white sticky rice, however, the glutinous brown rice looks healthier and taste nicer.

Glutinous Brown Rice

Red Curry with Grilled Chicken (quarter), Lychee, Tomato and Sweet Basil ($23.80). A unique version of red curry. It uses the signature grilled chicken as the protein, cooked it with lychee, tomato and sweet basil. The combination of sweet, tangy and savoury plus the rich curry sauce is just superb; perfect with a bowl of jasmine rice ($1.50). A “rice thief” dish here and I will just return for the red curry.

Red Curry with Grilled Chicken
Jasmine white rice - minced pork not included

Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice ($23.90). Springy and tender squid with tom yum marinate. The stuffed tom yum fried rice infused flavour to squid and it also absorbs the jus from the squid. Yum Yum.

Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice

Eggplant with Spicy Minced Pork Hot Basil ($14.50). Spicy, aromatic and juicy minced pork, cooked with sliced eggplant. The spiciness of this dish is definitely on the high side.

Eggplant with Spicy Minced Pork Hot Basil 

For the drinks, I choose Lemongrass with Lime and Honey ($5.50). It is refreshing and helps me to put out any spiciness from dishes. Also, check out the following drinks Butterfly Pea with Lime ($5.50) and Iced Thai Milk Tea ($5).

Lemongrass with Lime and Honey

UYKDSG offers cold and warm desserts. For the cold dessert, Thai Milk Tea Pudding ($5.50) is not to be missed. The pudding is light and wobbly, while the Thai milk tea flavour is very intense. Upon serving, it is poured with a dash of evaporated milk.

Thai Milk Tea Pudding 

Warm desserts that we tried are Trio TingKat Delights ($12) and Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg ($6.50). The Trio TingKat delights is like our version of Bo Bo Cha Cha deconstructed. Each TingKat has coconut milk as the base, followed with different fillings, banana, sweet potato and yam.

Trio TingKat Delights

Trio TingKat Delights

Meanwhile, the Rice Balls desserts is unique. The rice balls are served with sweet coconut milk. The surprising item that I found here is a whole poached egg. It adds to the richness to the dessert, but the sweet poached egg just tastes weird.

Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg

Rice Balls with Sweet Coconut Milk and a Whole Egg

The Rice Balls

Overall, Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore served authentic and unique Issan cuisine. The Leng Zaab, Signature Grilled Chicken, Red Curry with Grilled Chicken and Stuffed Whole Squid with Tom Yum Fried Rice are just awesome and worth the calories. Cheers!!

Butterfly Pea with Lime 

Thank you, Kris and Un-Yang-Kor-Dai Singapore for the tasting invitation.

Food: 8/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

UnYangKorDai Singapore
57 South Bridge Road
Singapore 058688

T: +65 6787 8575
IG: @uykdsg
OH:
Tue – Thu & Sun: 11.30 – 15.00; 18.00 – 22.00
Fri & Sat: 11.30 – 15.00; 18.00 – 23.00
Closed on Monday.


Thursday, 11 July 2019

7 Tips for Travellers With Disabilities Coming to Singapore

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With the increase in elderly population in Singapore, travel by people with disabilities is getting more and more common. Also known as disabled travel or accessibly travel, travellers with disabilities are getting more recognition and support as the travel industry in Singapore evolves to accommodate them.

1. Ask Your Airline For Help
Before booking or arranging the trip, make sure to ask your airline for help. Many airlines will have priority queues for people with disabilities, which can help to make sure that the disabled user gets through airport without much delay and difficulties.

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2. Buy/Rent a Travel Wheelchair.
When it comes to wheelchairs, you can either choose to bring your own wheelchair, or to rent or buy from places in Singapore. If you’re a traveller looking for something affordable, then one of the most reputable wheelchair places with cheaper wheelchairs would be Vertex Mobility. You can either choose from their range of travel wheelchairs or lightweight wheelchairs. The best thing is, you can arrange for a same-day delivery to your hotel. They also do wheelchair rentals, but it’s recommended that you purchase a wheelchair as it is more cost-effective, without having to worry about returning the wheelchair to them.

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3. Make Sure You Have Grab/Gojek On Your Phone.
Getting around in a wheelchair in Singapore is now very convenient with Grab and Gojek, two ride hailing services that are very efficient. These Apps are Singapore’s equivalent of Uber / Lyft. Getting a private hire car to pick you up will require less than 5-7 minutes, so make sure you grab these apps!

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4. Get Advice & Recommendations From Singapore Tourism Board.
Singapore focuses a lot on its tourism industry, with many visitor centers situated throughout the country. They have a hotline at 1800 736 2000, which you can call Toll-Free, from 9am-6pm on Mondays to Fridays. For areas where you aren’t sure are wheelchair accessible, simply drop them a call and they’ll be more than happy to help you!

5. Take a doctor’s note and phone number
If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, do remember to take a doctor’s note which describes the full extent of your condition and any possible complications. It’s also important to have the doctor’s emergency contact number just in case of any incidents.

6. Avoid connecting flights
Connecting flights can be a real pain for those with disabilities. Having to maneuver through new airports and places can be very tiring. If possible, try to avoid connecting flights.

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7. Allow 3 Hours to Check In & Transfer.
It’s best to give a 3 hour allowance before the lift-off time to check in and make sure everything is fine. As a disabled person travelling on a wheelchair, it’s always a good idea to have some extra time to make sure that you get onto your flight properly. Unexpected security checks or luggage restrictions could cause some delays.

Supertree Grove at Gardens by The Bay
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Lastly – enjoy your trip to Singapore! Singapore’s a great place with many disability friendly areas, so you’ll be sure to have a good trip J



This post is brought to you by Thomas Wiggins

Monday, 8 July 2019

Tim Ho Wan – New Management New Noodle Menu

Hong Kong Braised Beef Soup Noodle

My first experience at Tim Ho Wan (‘THW’) was in 2013 at IFC Mall in Hong Kong. This was right before Tim Ho Wan officially opened its first overseas outlet in Plaza Singapura, Singapore. From there, the expansion in South East Asia was swift and sad to be told it also led to the decline in the quality of the food.

Fried Beancurd Skin with Shrimp 

Fried Beancurd Skin with Shrimp - The Fillings

This year, I heard Tim Ho Wan franchises outside Hong Kong is taken over by new management. I also heard feedback of improvement in the quality of food and the introduction of noodle dishes, which lead me to try THW again. In the end, LD and I with a family member decided to try THW at I12 for lunch.

Baked BBQ Pork Buns 

Baked BBQ Pork Buns (3pcs, $6.80). The signature bun of THW. The crust of the bun is light and crispy, while the fillings are juicy, sweet with tender and succulent diced pork. Still one of the best Baked BBQ Pork Buns around.

Baked BBQ Pork Buns - The Fillings

Fried Beancurd Skin with Shrimp (3pcs, $6.80) and Shrimp with Chives in Filo Pastry ($5.90). Both these fried dim sum items are crispy and filled with juicy and crunchy shrimps. For the chopped chives are generous, to the point like eating vegetable spring rolls.

Shrimp with Chives in Filo Pastry

Shrimp with Chives in Filo Pastry - The Fillings

Har Gao, Shrimp Dumplings (3pcs, $5.90) and Siew Mai, Pork & Shrimp Dumplings (3pcs, $5.40) have always been good in THW. The Har Gao has a silky skin with juicy and crunchy prawn. The interesting part is the prawn looks white in colour instead of pink. The Siew Mai is moist and juicy, a delicious combination between prawn and pork. Instead of using fish roe on top of the siew mai, THW uses wolfberry to add sweetness to this dim sum.

Har Gao, Shrimp Dumplings

Siew Mai, Pork & Shrimp Dumplings

Shrimp Rice Rolls (3pcs, $7.30). The skin is thick and has a powdery taste to it, instead of the usual smooth and silky. Though the prawn is juicy, I just can’t get over the powdery feel to the skin.

Shrimp Rice Rolls

Braised Phoenix Claw in Abalone Sauce ($5.70). It was one of my favourite dishes in Hong Kong. The version here is not as good, but not shabby as well. The collagen filled chicken feet is soft, sticky and absorbs the abalone sauce nicely. It can be better if the chicken feet are cook less, allowing it to retain its crunchy texture. Plus a more generous portion of abalone stock in the braising liquid to make the taste more WOW!!.

Braised Phoenix Claw in Abalone Sauce

Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp ($6.20). Soft, moist and filled with delicate thick sauce filled essence of pork and prawns.

Beancurd Skin with Pork & Shrimp

Hong Kong Wanton Soup Noodle ($8). Clean yet robust prawn broth. The noodle is thin, loaded with alkaline flavour and crunchy at the same time. The noodle has a similar texture Hong Kong Wanton Noodle. Meanwhile, the wanton is bouncy and crunchy, well infused with sesame oil. A good version on Hong Kong Wanton Noodle Soup.

Hong Kong Wanton Soup Noodle

The Noodle

Hong Kong Braised Beef Soup Noodle ($10.20). New to the menu. The broth is robust, filled with the essence of beef. The noodle has the same characteristic as Hong Kong Wanton Noodle. The braised tendon just melts in my mouth sure is the high point of this dish. However, the brisket chewy and hard brisket turning it into an unpleasant experience. It looks like the kitchen run out of the brisket, tops it up and cooked it again but not to the optimum time. Maybe I should just order then tendon noodle without the brisket.

Hong Kong Braised Beef Soup Noodle

Braised Tendon

Braised Brisket - Super Hard

Hong Kong Style Milk Tea (cold, $3.80). The Hong Kong milk tea is made before service time base on their recipe, so you cannot ask for no sugar. The tea is fragrant, smooth with a medium level of sweetness. 

Our Order Chit

The décor of the place is simple, bright and functional. The service is fast with a minimum smile, feels like any Cha Chaan Teng in Hong Kong. This sure reminds me of THW in Hong Kong, except THW in Singapore are more spacious and we are not packed like sardines as in Hong Kong.

Overall, I find there has been an improvement in the food quality of THW. It seems they are striving to bring back the best of THW. For the noodles, it is not the best however it provides a good version of Hong Kong Wanton Noodle. The beef brisket noodle still needs some improvement. Cheers!!

Food: 7/10
Value: 6.5/10
Service: 6/10
Ambiance: 6.75/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Tim Ho Wan @I12 Katong
112 East Coast Road
#01-04, I12 Katong
Singapore 428802

T: +65 6636 2000
IG: @thwsingapore
OH:
Mon – Fri: 10.00 – 22.00
Sat, Sun & PH: 09.00 – 22.00
Please refer to their website for other outlets

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