Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Franky's Kaffe Kitchen [Closed]

Franky's Kaffe Kitchen
9 Raffles Blvd
Millenia Walk Mall
Tel: 6336 7641

Would I say that I've finally found an authentic Korean Cafe? I think so... the ambience will surely remind one of the cafe in Coffee Prince, except that this place lack the luxury of having a courtyard since it is located in a prime area in CBD.

The cafe is located in Millenia Walk mall, next to Pan Pacific Hotel and it is facing Marina Square. It used to be Burger King, for those of us who are old enough to remember the place well. Despite locating in a prominent location, there were few customers when a few of us went there for after-dinner coffee on a weekday night. We wonder why....

This is Franky, who is also the barista. He is a Korean and is a rather friendly person, if you approach him.

Look at this unique projection clock!

Love this hot chocolate... think made from dark chocolate and reasonably priced at $5.10. It definitely tastes different from coffee bean chocolate.

When I went back again, this time in the daytime, there were slightly more customers. Most of them seemed to be on the go and order sandwiches, and not the Korean meals. There seemed to be more Korean diners in the evening...

Besides sandwiches, they serve Korean meals too! Here's my Kimchi Stir-fried Udon. At first look, I was rather sure that the portion was too much for me! But but but... I said it too quickly. The kimchi fried udon was so appetising that I finished the entire plate! There was a generous portion of kimchi used in the udon. The kimchi was one of the best that I've tried in Singapore so far.

The fried udon cost $13.50 and initially thought I should order the mini portion which cost about $6. But there was no regret after my first bite.

My friends who tried its bibimbap were raving about their food too...

Their signature dishes!

More Korean dishes from their little menu which was tucked away in a unprominent corner, and not place on every table.

For those who are aware of the price of Korean alcohol will know that this is quite a steal... it is even cheaper than Korean supermarket price! Anyone game for a hite beer or soju drinking session, buzz me!

And if you have a HSBC credit card, there is a 10% discount for evening dining =)

Monday, February 16, 2009

Jaz Restaurant

Was in Little India for a workshop and my colleagues decided to bring us to this Indian Restaurant, which is actually an Indian kopitiam with only 1 stall selling Indian "cai bng" (economy rice).

Turned out that it wasn't that economy at all. The meal which I had, a supposedly set meal comprising fried chicken and fried omelette with their standard side dishes & gravys cost $7.50!
Though there were only about 6 of us, the stall helper got all our orders mixed up despite noting our orders on a piece of paper. They were also not consistent in their "complimentary dish - an egg", which was an egg that I did not get. Well, I did not pursue further since I already ordered omelette. It would have saved me $2.50 if I knew they were going to give us complimentary item...

The food was average and I think there are better (value for money) options in the vicinity...

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Pin Si (Hong Kong Style Cafe) [Closed]

This is an excellent discovery. Simply love the food from this Hong Kong style cafe located at the AMK Hub basement 1, diagonally oppposite New York, New York.

53, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Singapore 569933
Tel: 6481 2271
11am to 10.30pm

My favourite is the Sweet & Sour Fish - $7.90.
The fish fillets are very fresh. The outer layer is crispy (and not too oily) and the meat is smooth and springy. The standard is probably even better than what you get from some expensive restaurants.

Next recommendation is the Hotplate Beancurd ($7.90). What I like about the dish if the beanpaste gravy used to cook the tofu and minced pork & prawn.

One of the best places to go for a simple home-cook meal. Wash it down with a cup of HK style milk tea and that might make your day.
Two thumbs and two big toes up for this cafe!

Sunday, February 01, 2009

Bird's Nest with Chicken Porridge

* Two whole bird's nest (cooked)
* chicken breast meat (200gm)
* 3 dried scallops
* 1 cup of rice
* 3 cups of chicken broth
* 7 cups of water
* shredded spring onion
* vegetable oil
* salt to taste

* ½ tsp salt
* ¼ tsp granulated sugar
* 1 tsp light soy sauce
* 1 tsp ginger juice
* 1 tsp wine
* ¾ tsp corn starch
* dash of sesame oil
* pinch of white pepper
* ½ tbsp oil


Wash rice. Add dash of oil and salt. Marinade for 1 hour.

Soak dry scallops until they are tender. Tear into shreds.

Steam chicken breast for 20 minutes. Let it cool down. Tear into shreds and add marinade.

Bring water to the boil. Add dried scallops and rice. Bring to the boil again then cook under low heat and the rice becomes congee.

Add shredded chicken and swallow nest. Bring to the boil and cook for 5 minutes. Season with pinch of salt. Put shredded spring onion on top. Serve hot.

Bird Nest Soup

You may pre-cook the bird's nest and store in the refrigerator for up to 7 days to be added to dessert, porridge, soup, as additional stuff for pork dumpling etc.

Soak the bird's nest in a bowl of water for 45 mins to one hour.

Use a sifter to filter the water and set the bird's nest aside.

Bring to boil a pot of water and place the bird's nest in a stew pot, making sure the stew water must cover the nest.

Place the stew pot in the pot of boiling water and using low heat for 45 mins.

For simple bird's nest soup, add rock sugar at the end of stewing.

Alternatively, you may add 5-6 pieces of American Ginseng or 4-5 pieces of red dates and simmer with the bird's nest.

Important: Always add rock sugar at the end of stewing not begining as it will spoil the taste of the bird's nest soup.
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