Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Pin Ji Fishball Noodle – Delicious All Round Fishball Noodles

Pin Ji Fishball Minced Meat Noodles - Mee Kia


Pin Ji Fishball Minced Meat Noodles (‘Pin Ji’) is owned and operated by Keith and Michelle. The stall first catches my attention a month after it started its operation through social media post. Two things that attracted me were handmade fishballs and handmade fish dumplings. The best part is that it is located in the same wet market in Serangoon North that I regularly bring my MIL and auntie to shop.

Pin Ji Fishball Minced Meat Noodles - The Shop

When I visited them for the 1st time back in 2019, I was not impressed. The fishballs are bouncy, packs the fish taste yet slightly under seasoned. The meatballs were solid, peppery while the fish dumplings remind me of Song Kee version but not at Song Kee standards. The main problem was their noodles, the mee pok is overcooked, lumpy and slow. My auntie and MIL also wonder what so good about it and why there is a queue?

A few months after our first visit, I dropped by again and I noticed some improvements. The noodle had a bit of life into it. Slightly springy and with a little more bite. The seasoning on the fishballs has improved, it is bouncy, tasty and savoury. The meatballs have a better overall taste compare to the fishballs. The fish dumplings have a bit of gooeyness, with bouncy skin and flavourful fillings.

Mee Pok - April Visit

Mee Pok - April Visit

Mee Kia with Chilli - April Visit
           
On 1st April, before the CB, LD and I visited them again. This time around I feel Pin Ji finally get into their grove and all the key ingredients started to fall into its place. The only comment that LD has that time was their chilli was not powerful enough.

Handmade Fishball

Handmade Fish Dumpling

Handmade Fish Dumpling - The Fillings

Our last visit before writing this review as on 6 July 2020. I was impressed with the fishball noodles. I ordered the $5 version.  The texture of the noodle was just right. Springy, bouncy with a solid bite to it. Keith mixed the noodles with the ketchup or chilli, pork fats and black vinegar with care and ensure every strand are evenly coated. His timing on the cooking is spot on and so much faster compared to the initial period.

Mee Kia - July Visit

For the mix soup ($5), the texture of the fishballs is bouncy, crunchy, perfectly seasoned and packs with fish flavours. The same can be said with their meatballs. The fish dumplings tasted so so good now. The fish dumpling skin is QQ and slippery, while the ‘tee po’ (dried sole fish) are bursting from the dumpling. Awesome!!

Mix Soup  

Handmade Meatball

While Keith is doing the cooking, the soft-spoken Michelle is the one taking the order, preparing the tray and topping up the rest of the ingredients and condiments. The photo of the shop is taken in April, with the lady boss consent. No mask required at that time.

Overall, it was a great pleasure to see the journey of this young couple from the beginning till now. The fishballs, meatballs and fish dumplings are a must try. Keep it up!! Cheers!!

Food & Drink: 8.25/10
Value: 8/10
Service: N/A (Self Service)
Ambiance: N/A (Coffee Shop)
Budget per Person: $0 - $10


Pin Ji Fishball Mince Meat Noodles
Blk 153 Serangoon North Ave 1
#01-512. S550153

T: +65 9878 7995
IG: @Pinjifishballnoodles
OH: Fri – Wed, 07.00 – 14.00

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Kiyoshi – Inaniwa Udon and Wholesome Japanese Restaurant [MEDIA INVITE]

Inaniwa Udon @ Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant

Kiyoshi means pure, clean and clean in Japanese. True to its name, Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant (‘Kiyoshi’) focus to provide light and wholesome meal for customers. Kiyoshi pride itself on fresh ingredients prepared using an innovative, contemporary approach.

Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant

Kiyoshi specialised in Inaniwa udon, a type of udon made in the Inaniwa area of Inakawa Machi, Akita prefecture. This cream colour udon is hand-stretched and is slightly thinner than regular udon, yet thicker than sōmen, or hiyamugi noodles. Other highlights of Kiyoshi include sashimi, donburi, ramen, yakitori and affordably priced bento sets. Not forgetting, Kiyoshi is also known as an Izakaya, a casual place for ‘after-work drinking’

After trying their bento set from the delivery menu (review is available here), we attended the Media Tasting for their Dine-In Menu.

Nice Tea Cup at Kiyoshi

We started with Tofu & Avocado Salada with Sesame Dressing ($11.80). There are a lot of texture happening in this dish, from the leafy vegetables, crunchy cucumber and capsicum, juicy cherry tomatoes, creamy avocado and silky tofu. Bind all the ingredients together is the aromatic sesame dressing. A refreshing start to the meal.

Tofu & Avocado Salada with Sesame Dressing

Currently this salad is complimentary for diners who spend $10 and above.

Next up is the Temaki (hand-rolled sushi). We have Soft Shell Crab Temaki ($7.80), Unagi Temaki ($7.80), Salmon Ikura Temaki ($9.80) and Tuna Mayo Ebiko Temaki ($4.80). There were four of us, so each one chooses one type of temaki.

Temaki

I went for the Unagi. This luxurious hand roll is fillings include unagi (eel), cucumber, unagi sauce. The fillings are very generous as I can taste the juicy unagi till the last bite of the maki. LD tried salmon ikura as the salmon roe is just too attractive for her, based on her description, every bite burst out the freshness of the roe and salmon.

Unagi and Soft Shell Crab Temaki

Tuna Mayo Ebiko Temaki & Salmon Ikura Temaki

Following the temaki are Nigiri Sushi consists of Salmon Sushi ($3.80 for 2 pcs), Kanpachi Sushi ($4.80 for 2 pcs) and Maguro Sushi ($6.80 for 2 pcs); and Salmon Mentai Roll ($12.80).

Salmon Sushi

Maguro Sushi, Kanpachi Sushi & Salmon Sushi

The sushi’s are fresh, well made, however, it is not those that will give you the WOW sensation. Instead, it was the special maki that made me go WOW. The prawns are firm and crunchy, rolled with the right portion of rice and topped with super delicious aburi salmon and homemade mentai sauce. I think if you order anything with mentai sauce here, it won’t go wrong.

Salmon Mentai Roll

For the Yakitori Range, we were served Chicken Yakitori ($2), Buta Bara ($2.50), Enoki Maki ($3), Gyu Cheese Maki ($4.50), Cheese Maki (pork - $3.50) and Aspara Maki ($3). We had a great impression from the beef yakitori for the delivery menu. This time around, the Gyu Cheese Maki sure get out two thumbs up. It was succulent and the cheese fillings just enhance the flavour of the beef.

Yakitori

For the pork, the Aspara Maki got our nod of approval, combing the fatty pork belly with crunchy asparagus. We find the buta bara is a bit lean, we were hoping for pork belly to be fattier. To spice up the yakitori, there are three dips served: yakitori sauce, curry and ume (plum) salt.

[From Left to Right] Chicken Yakitori, Buta Bara, Enoki Maki, Gyu Cheese Maki,
Cheese Maki (pork) and Aspara Maki.

Aspara Maki

We finally get to try Kiyoshi speciality, Inaniwa Udon. We tried their cold udon, Tem Chirashi Udon ($16.80) and Vegetarian Inaniwa Udon (Hot Soup, $14.80).

Tem Chirashi Udon

The Tem Chirashi Udon is cold Inaniwa udon with assorted tempura: scallop, cherry tomato, mushroom, avocado and capsicum. The udon is lightly seasoned and in each bite, you can taste smooth and bouncy udon. The crispy assorted tempura compliments the udon perfectly.

Tem Chirashi Udon

Meanwhile, the vegetarian Inaniwa udon is a simple version of soup udon. The udon is softer, yet the vegetarian broth is warm and comforting. The toppings include beancurd skin, fried beancurd, seaweed, shiitake and shimeji mushrooms introduce contrasting flavour and texture to the dish.

Vegetarian Inaniwa Udon

Other main dishes that we tried are Pork Katsu Curry Rice ($11.80) and Tempura with Cha Soba ($19.80). The portion of the pork katsu curry is about medium in size. The pork katsu is on the lean side, I think it can be better if the meat has more fats. However, the curry sauce sure hits the spot.

Pork Katsu Curry RIce

The green tea soba is al-dente and comforting. The tempuras are well executed and the star of this dish. The batter is light, crispy coating provided the perfect vessel for the prawns and vegetables. Though the soba is good, I will probably order the tempura with cold Inaniwa udon for that extra chewiness.

Tempura with Cha Soba

Kiyoshi is designed and decorated for family comfort in mind. The design is clean, with light walnut wood colour elements. There are booth seating area, normal dining tables and of course the coveted chef’s table, where you can see the chef at work. The seating area is spacious and you won’t feel squeezy. As it is in Amoy street, you can also have your lunch meeting or after-work gathering here.

Part of Dining Area

Part of Dining Area

Overall, it was a delightful dining experience. The Inaniwa Udon dishes are a definite must-try here. The sushi, yakitori, curry and soba are good as well. A wholesome Japanese family restaurant. Kanpai!! Cheers!!

Chef's Table

Cheers!!

Thank you very much Jennifer Yeo Consultancy and Kiyoshi Team for the delicious meal

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: N/A (Media Drop)
Ambiance: N/A (Media Drop)
Budget per Person: $11 - $25

Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant
75 Amoy Street
Singapore 069894

T: +65 6223 0995 / +65 9366 6419
IG: @Kiyoshi.75
OH: Daily 11.00 – 22.00

*** Kiyoshi Takeaway
Order through:
- Call +65 6223 0995 or - Whatsapp: +65 9366 6419
* Islandwide delivery is available at $11. Minimum order is $30/-



Sunday, 28 June 2020

Meat N’ Chill – Steaks and Ribs Delivery [MEDIA DROP]

Meat N' Chill - Signature Ribs

Meat N’ Chill is “Meat Centric” restaurant born from the friendship of three good friends that are foodies at heart. Meat N’ Chill (“MNC”) is an ideal restaurant to gather, enjoy a hearty meal and chill over a glass of drinks.

Helm by Chef Bruce, these three good friends spend countless hours experimenting to come out with their secret marinade and produce perfect marinade for the meanest ribs in town.

Our first experience dining at MNC last year was very average. However, we decided to give it another chance and try out their delivery menu during this period.

Our Meal - Plated

Angus Ribeye (250g, $36) cooked to medium-rare. For the sides, we decided on mashed potatoes, buttered corn and red wine sauce. We received a nicely seared medium-rare Angus Ribeye. It has a solid charred aroma, accompanied the juicy and succulent steak. Although we can't see any truffle shavings, we can taste it in each bite of the steak.

Angus Ribeye, Mashed Potatoes, Buttered Corns & Red Wine Sauce

The red wine sauce is a good companion for the steak. While the juicy corn kernels are juicy and buttery. The mash potatoes are soft and creamy. Yum yum.

Medium Rare Steak

Signature Pork Ribs (Honey Mustard, $22). Smoky, juicy and succulent pork ribs. Don’t expect fork-tender pork ribs, instead, the texture is similar prime ribs in your “atas” bak kut teh shop. The texture that we loved. The honey mustard marinates infused nicely into the flesh, where you can taste the sweet and tangy flavours in each bite.

Signature Pork Ribs - Honey Mustard

Signature Pork Ribs - Honey Mustard

For the sides, we have coleslaw and cajun rice. The coleslaw is sweet and crunchy, while the flavourful cajun rice paired nicely with the pork ribs.

Signature Pork Ribs - Honey Mustard
Coleslaw and Cajun Rice

Dessert was Homemade Fudgy Brownie ($8). We microwave it for 1 minute before serving and topped with the cream. In the restaurant, it is normally served with a scoop of ice cream. The brownie has a soft and light texture, yet packed with a solid dark chocolate flavour. A full-blown chocolate flavours. Yummy.

Homemade Fudgy Brownie

Homemade Fudgy Brownie

For delivery service, the order is nicely packaged. The protein and desserts are packed in paper box and labelled, while the sides are packed in plastic containers. The food also still warm when we received it. A very good standard indeed. Overall, we really enjoy the delivery from MNC and we find the quality of the food was so much better compared to our visit last year. Cheers!!

The Delivery Packing

Meat N’ Chill Takeaway and Delivery
Pick up Opening Hours
Lunch, Tue – Sun: 12.00 – 14.00
Dinner, Tue – Thu: 17.00 – 20.30
Dinner, Fri – Sun: 17.30 – 20.30

Delivery Opening Hours
Lunch, Tue – Sun: 12.00 – 15.00
Dinner, Tue – Sun: 17.30 – 20.30

*Mention Chubbybotakkoala when you order your meal through ODDLE in the remarks, Meat n' Chill will include One (1) complimentary Soup of The Day worth $5.           

Thank you very much Protegie and Meat N’ Chill Team for the Media Drop.

Food & Drink: 7.75/10
Value: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Media Drop)
Service: N/A (Media Drop)
Budget per Person: $26 - $50

Meat N’ Chill – Steak N’ Ribs Restaurant
805 Bukit Timah Road
#01-04
Singapore 279883

T: +65 8812 4455
IG: @Meatnchill
OH: Daily 08.00 – 22.00

Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Kiyoshi – Bento & Yakitori Delivery [MEDIA DROP]

Unagi Bento

Kiyoshi means pure, clean and clean in Japanese. True to its name, Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant (‘Kiyoshi’) focus to provide light and wholesome meal for customers. Kiyoshi pride itself on fresh ingredients prepared using an innovative, contemporary approach.

Kiyoshi specialised in Inaniwa udon, a type of udon made in the Inaniwa area of Inakawa Machi, Akita prefecture. This cream colour udon is hand-stretched and is slightly thinner than regular udon, yet thicker than sōmen, or hiyamugi noodles. Other highlights of Kiyoshi include sashimi, donburi, ramen, yakitori and affordably priced bento sets. Not forgetting, Kiyoshi is also known as an Izakaya, a casual place for ‘after-work drinking’

During Phase 1, Kiyoshi remains open for Takeaway and Delivery.

I ordered Unagi Bento ($18.80). A nicely packed bento with a generous portion of unagi. The unagi is moist, tender and well marinated. The portion of pearly rice is very substantial and generously topped with furikake, creating a complex and unique flavour that matches the unagi.

Unagi Bento

On the sides, there is a crunchy and refreshing tomato salad and ohitashi (blanched spinach with dashi broth). The homemade Japanese pickle together with the tamago completes this wholesome and fulfilling meal.

Meanwhile, LD has the Yakiniku Bento ($19.80). Consist of sliced yakiniku pork belly served on top of the rice. The pork is tender, juicy and well marinated with yakiniku sauce.

Yakiniku Bento

On the sides were tomato salad, grilled salmon yakitori, homemade pickle and sliced oranges. The salmon teriyaki has a slight caramelised texture externally, followed with moist and flaky flesh. The teriyaki sauce is very sweet, so you will need to eat it with the rice to balance it. The acidity from tomato salad and homemade pickle helps to offset the sweetness of the teriyaki and unagi sauce.

Yakiniku - Pork

Salmon Teriyaki 

From the yakitori section, we ordered -Gyu Karubi ($5.80), Ebi Mentaiyaki ($4.00), Yakitori (chicken $2.00) and Kawa (chicken skin - $2.00). I usually won’t takeaway for yakitori, however, this is not a “normal” period. The yakitori chicken and chicken skin are definitely a must-order. When I sink my teeth into both, I can taste the smoky charcoal aroma. The chicken meat is juicy and succulent, while the chicken skin is crisp with a healthy springiness to it.

Yakitori

The prawn is huge. It has been deshelled, grilled and topped with metaiko sauce. The best of the yakitori item is the beef, Gyu Karubi. Juicy, succulent and perfectly grilled. I think I can easily go through half of dozen stick of this Gyu Karubi in one seating. #Beefgasm  

Yakitori

Overall, it was a delicious and enjoyable meal from Kiyoshi. I look forward to visit them when they are open for Dine-In.

Kiyoshi Takeaway & Delivery
Order through:
- Call +65 6223 0995 or - Whatsapp: +65 9366 6419
* Islandwide delivery is available at $11. Minimum order is $30/-

Part of Takeaway Menu

Thank you very much Jennifer Yeo Consultancy and Kiyoshi Team for the delicious meal

Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: N/A (Media Drop)
Ambiance: N/A (Media Drop)
Budget per Person: $11 - $25

Kiyoshi Japanese Restaurant
75 Amoy Street
Singapore 069894

T: +65 6223 0995 / +65 9366 6419
IG: @Kiyoshi.75
OH: Daily 11.00 – 22.00

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