Hochi Mama

I love the idea of tapas, nothing beats getting to try a range of dishes without breaking the bank. That’s probably why I was so taken by Rice Paper Scissors a few years ago. After hearing that the restaurant next door – Hochi Mama has a menu in a similar fashion, I was very excited to visit it on a balmy weekday night.

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The menu is divided into smaller, larger, side, and desserts. For the $59 for two deal that we went with, you get two selections from smaller, two from larger, and one side, all to share.

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Rice Paper Rolls w/ Grilled Eggplant and Fresh Vegetables

Given that our other choices were more substantial, it was a good thing that we started with the DIY rice paper rolls.

The grilled eggplant were undoubtly the star of this dish, having been marinated in a tentalising paste, with just the right amount of char coming through.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetThe perks of DIY rice paper roll is that you can choose what you want to put in it, and how much of each ingredient you’d like. Being a somewhat picky eater, this was definitely a positive for me, as it meant I could neglect the carrots altogether.

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Hochi Chicken Bahn Bao

Onto the fried things. The chicken was as good as fried chicken goes, crunchy but light batter, and juicy meat on the inside. I especially loved the fermented chilli beans on top, a nod at the Chinese cuisine that baos originate from.

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Hanoi Style Crispy Beef Ribs

This is the first time I’ve tried fried beef ribs, and it did not disappoint. Continuing to showcase the kitchen’s control of the deep frier, the meat certainly was succulent and falling off the bone with very little batter involved. The salad did seem a little thrown together to me, on the other hand, but offered a palate cleanser nonetheless.

Processed with VSCO with a6 presetI somehow lost the photo of the last larger dish that we had – the Southside Tofu Curry, so you’ll just have to have a look at the group photo for now. Being a fan of a wide variety of curries, I did enjoy the sweeter version here at Hochi Mama. The large amount of sauce was also appreciated, as it went well with the side of Coconut Rice.

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Being situated next to Rice Paper Scissors is a double edged sword for Hochi Mama, especially when they’re both serving up some sort of Asian fusion. Although the restaurant was quite filled up throughout the night, it does not have a huge line extending onto the alleyway like Rice Paper Scissors.

It might come as a surprise to some, but I actually think that Hochi Mama is just as good as Rice Paper Scissors, if not better. The prices of each individual dish also meant that getting the $59 deal actually can save you up to $20. So next time when there’s a ridiculous wait time next door, why not head into Hochi Mama and see it for yourself?

How to get there:
Hochi Mama is located on Liverpool Street, get off at Parliament Station, and the restaurant is three minutes walk away.

Hochi Mama Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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Ang Ang

My adventure around Town Square of Eastland continues, and today, we chose to have dinner at Ang Ang, an Asian eatery opened by the people behind Chinta Ria Soul. 
Beef Rendang w/ Roti – $13.00

I felt like something hearty, and picked the beef rendang. The rendang sauce was quite thick, and the flavour was pretty standard. The beef was braised until it was tender. The roti was a bit cold and hard on the other hand, and that was kind of a let down.

Curry Laksa – $12.00

My friend chose the curry laksa, and unfortunately, this soup was too oily for her liking, and lacked a depth in flavour that good laksa has. There was a generous serving of chicken and seafood in the big bowl though, and she was content with the meal overall.

Salt and Pepper Prawns – $22.00

Another friend ordered the salt and pepper prawns, and she really enjoyed it. The prawn were fried in a light batter, and the scattering of chillies, onions and spring onions added some flavour to the prawns. Some sort of vegetable or salad with dish would have been nice, to balance out the fried prawns.

Overall, I wasn’t too impressed with Ang Ang, the food was pretty much the same standard as what you would get at a food court, and the price was pretty steep considering the quality.

How to get there:
Ang Ang is located in Town Square of Eastland, which is right opposite Ringwood station.

Ang Ang by Chinta Ria Soul Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

FOOD DIARY | Bali

As usual, we ate out pretty much every meal in Bali. Being a city in Southeast Asia meant that the food were all very affordable, compared to Australian standard that is. You can get a meal for as little as 5AUD, however, if you do choose to eat at more westernised restaurants, the prices does go up quite a bit.

Warung Kecil
https://www.facebook.com/warungkecilbali
Jl. Drupadi II no. 10, Denpasar, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 851 0002 0002

This is hands down our favourite place to eat in Bali, pretty sure we went back four or five times. They do a great selection of brunch dishes, as well as some more traditional Balinese food, which come in the form of Nasi Campur, where you get to choose one, two, or three dishes, and it comes with either brown, white or yellow rice.

Papaya Juice
Top: Banana Pancakes
Bottom: Zucchini and Rocket Frittata
Nasi Campur – Black Pepper Beef, Long Beans and Eggplant with Brown Rice
Top: Yellow Vegetable Curry
Bottom: Nasi Campur
Drinks: Fresh Coconut
French Toast
Strawberry and Romaine Lettuce Salad
Egg Breakfast
The food were great themselves, but what kept us coming back was the service, specifically, a waiter named Indra. He was just so friendly and kind, and made the restaurant feel like home to us.
Potato Head
Jl. Petitenget No. 51B, Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 83061, Indonesia
+62 361 4737979

Beef Nachos
Potato Head is one of the many beach clubs in Bali, and probably one of the most famous ones at that. To get a cabana-esque seats by the beach, the minimum spending is roughly around 50AUD, and it’s pretty easy to reach. The ambience was very relaxing, and they had a great selection of music. Make sure you put on plenty of sunscreen though!

The Cabin Coffee Shop
Jl. Drupadi Gg. Rukun no.1 Badung, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Iced Mocha
Steak Sandwich
Chicken Schnitzel Sandwich
Onion Rings

This was another coffee shop close to where we stayed, in fact, it was literally right around the corner. The food were pretty average, and the portions were quite small. The onion rings were good though, with a light crispy batter that puffed up a little.

Warung Ladhu
Jl. Dhyana Pura (Camplung Tanduk), Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
+62 812 4618 1812

Left: Strawberry Juice
Right: Pineapple Juice
Gado Gado
Mee Goreng
Bintang
Banana Fritters
We came here for dinner because of their outdoor seatings. It kind of reminded me of picnic tables, and just gave off a really chill vibe. We ordered a couple of the Indonesian dishes, which didn’t taste very authentic. The banana fritters we ordered for dessert was great however, it was different from the usual banana fritters, and had a much thicker and crispier batter.

Random Street Food #1

We were getting pedicures at a beauty salon, and the workers were getting these Gado Gados from a vendor that was riding around in a bicycle outside. We were very curious and they were kind enough to give us some bowls and spoons so we could try it out! This is much better than the Gado Gado I had at Warung Ladhu, the sauce was very flavoursome, and the fresh chilli sure packed some heat!

Coco Cafe & Grill
https://www.tripadvisor.com.au/Restaurant_Review-g469404-d3626543-Reviews-Coco_Cafe_Grill-Seminyak_Bali.html
Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali, Indonesia
62734503

Lemon Bintang
Deep Fried Duck
Nasi Campur
Left: Banana Fritters
Right: Dadar Gulung
Dadar Gulung
Banana Fritters
Shisha
Coco Cafe & Grill was located on quite a busy street, I was really excited to see the deep fried duck on the menu, as I’ve heard that it’s a Balinese specialty. The duck leg had a very dense batter, and was fried until crispy. I was expecting a more flavoursome batter with plenty of herbs and spices, regardless, it was still yummy to eat, but then again, what deep fried thing isn’t?
Nameless Restaurant #1
Babi Guling

Babi guling is one of the food I was most excited to try in Bali! It’s essentially a myriad of pork related dishes served with rice. There was curry roast pork, crackling, puffed up crackling, pork jerky of some sort, and a stir fry of pork with some sort of pickled vegetables. The roast pork was a little dry, but the stir fry was amazing! It was packed full of flavour, and I could seriously just eat that with the rice. The soup is also an essential, and my friend thought it tasted like a fish soup her mum makes at home.

Wahaha
http://www.wahaharibs.com/
Jl. Sunset Road Barat 1689 | Barat No.1689, Seminyak, Bali 80361, Indonesia
+62 361 8475655

We wanted some more babi guling but didn’t know where to go, so we seeked help from our taxi driver. There must’ve been some miscommunication though, since he drove us to Wahaha, which was famous for their American style pork ribs. Since we were there already, we settled and just ordered a couple dishes from the menu, since neither of us felt like ribs. The meals were unmemorable, but the soup I had did have a similar flavour to a lot of other Balinese dishes I’ve tried.

Warung Motivation
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Warung-Motivation/1596561297241216
Jln Camplung Tanduk No. 74 Seminyak Kuta Bali

I can’t find anything besides a Facebook page for this restaurant, but it was located close to our villa, and had a sign out front that said they had babi guling! Of course we chose to dine here for our last meal. The babi guling had a nicer presentation than the one we had on the side of the street, and a few more elements were included. However, the flavours were less punchy, but it was still nice to eat.

Ku De Ta
http://www.kudeta.net/
Jl. Kayu Aya, Seminyak, Bali
+62 361 736969

Right: Vanilla Passion Foam

This was another beach club that we paid a visit to. The ambience was quite different, as the crowd was older here. We already had a meal previously, so we just settled for a couple of drinks. The only one that I remember distinctly is the vanilla passion foam, the foam was very fruity and sweet, and seriously tasted like unicorns.

We did take a look at their menu, and things were very pricey, even for Australian standard, so that’s a thing you gotta keep in mind!

Nameless Restaurant #2

Long Island Iced Tea

Before our flight, we had a couple of hours to kill, and what better way to end a trip than some drinks and shisha? The Long Island was on the weaker side of things, which was good I guess. The shisha had a milk, instead of water base, which meant that it was a lot creamier than usual!

And that’s a wrap! If you’ve read my travel diary in Bali, you would know my thoughts on Bali as a whole already. But I gotta say, some of the food were delicious regardless, especially the more traditional ones!

Rice Paper Scissors

Rice Paper Scissors has been on my to visit list for what seems like forever, but long lines are just not my thing under normal circumstances. When they opened up a new store in Fitzroy though, I was determined to hit it up before the new year approaches.

And it was a success! We arrived around 1pm on a weekday, and the restaurant was pretty empty. Although that did leave me in a bit of a doubt, what if the food isn’t as good?!

Vietnamese Iced Coffee – $3.50

The Vietnamese iced coffee was a promising way to start however, the mason jar had a generous coating of condensed milk, and were filled to the brim with the coffee. After mixing the condensed milk thoroughly, we were rewarded with some delicious icy cold coffee.

BBQ Lamb Ribs

Like most other people, we opted for the 5 for $55 deal, most of the dishes were around the $11 to
$15 mark. The BBQ lamb ribs were the first to arrive. The glaze on the ribs itself was sticky and scrumptious, and there were plenty of crispy edges on the ribs. Although I did feel like the lamb flavour was a bit lost, due to the overwhelming sweetness from the glaze.

Twice Cooked Pork Belly w/ Chilli Caramel Sauce

It’s no secret that I love my pork belly by this stage, so ordering this was a no brainer. The large cubes of pork belly was stewed until the meat is tender, then fried to get the exterior nice and crispy. The chilli caramel sauce took the whole thing one step further, the only negative about this dish is how long it would take on the treadmill to burn all that calories. But hey, this is not the place for #health #inspo.

I think this is not on their new menu though, what a shame 😦

Crying Tiger

Crying tiger is a dish I’ve only tried before, and all I could remember was how spicy it was. The beef had some beautiful char marks, and were topped off with some chilli and herb salsa.

 After wrapping it up in the lettuce leafs, this was a light yet flavoursome little morsel.

Thai Fried Chicken

The fried chicken came in these adorable little paper cartons, and the golden brown colour was so alluring.

The batter was extremely crispy and the inside remained tender and moist, however, I didn’t find it particularly Thai.

Barramundi w/ Apple and Herbs Salad 

We originally ordered something else that was sold out on the day, and changed to the barramundi instead, and this was definitely my favourite dish of the day. I love it when things work out like that. The barramundi was coated in a light batter and fried perfectly – they sure know how to work that deep fryer here – but what really blew me away was the salad on top. And this is quite a statement coming from me, since I’m not a huge salad person at all. The various Asian herbs created a complex yet refreshing salad, that was extremely punchy in flavour, which pretty much sums up what I think of when it comes to food from some parts of Asia.

The restaurant remained relatively quiet the whole time we were here, which was a surprise. Although some dishes were quite average, the stand outs really did just that, stand out, making the overall experience very enjoyable. With a menu that seems to change quite regularly, Rice Paper Scissors is somewhere I’d happily return to.

How to get there:
Rice Paper Scissors is located on Brunswick Street, catch tram #11 and get off at stop #16 Brunswick St/Johnson St, and it’s one minute walk away.

Rice Paper Scissors Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Conservatory

Happy blogiversary to me! I can’t believe it’s been one year already since I started this blog haha, we’ve definitely come a long way.

Given the significance of this post, I thought it would only be fitting for me to blog about a special restaurant. And Conservatory certainly fills that criteria; ever since I started coming here on my birthday three years ago, it kind of became a tradition.

With a view of the riverbank, high ceilings, plush leather chairs and spacious setting, Conservatory fits right in amongst some other spectacular restaurants inside Crown. A booking is pretty much a requirement, as the restaurant is always filled, no matter what time of day.

There was a cute little bread basket already waiting for us, and some lemon water for us to wash our hands in after digging in some seafood, and thus, the night began.

Conservatory is divided into three main sections; cold meats and cheese, seafood and salad bar; the hot food section, and then the desserts. Here is some of the sushi that was on offer.

Oysters, Prawns, Crab

The prawns are always gigantic, and the meat remains tight and succulent. The crabs were my favourite of the seafood though, the meat was extremely sweet, and although it takes a bit more work, the end result is definitely worth it!

Scallop Ceviche, Cold Cuts, Bocconcini, Duck Salad, Bread, Bread Sticks

I also got some salad and cold meats. The spongey bocconcini balls were delightful, and the sheer novelty of the bread sticks made them fun to eat. The highlight, however, was the shredded duck salad, as the dressing was extremely fragrant, and complimented the duck perfectly.

Prawns, Oysters

The oysters come and go like crazy, since everyone’s obsessed with them. They were relatively fresh, and with a light squeeze of lemon juice over the top, they were ready to be slurped up.

Roast pork, Calamari, Pork Rib, Roast Pork (HK style), Garlic and Cheese Naan, Tandoori Chicken, Pumpkin, Mashed Potato

It was time to move onto the hot food. There was so much to choose from, so I got a bit of everything. The roast pork was a bit dry, but I couldn’t be bothered to go back for more gravy. The other type of roast pork was lovely though, with its fatty meat and crispy skin. My favourite is always the garlic and cheese naan though, because it’s cooked in front of you, the cheese is still gooey by the time I get my hands on them, and it’s seriously addictive, especially when paired with the tandoori chicken.

Roast Potato, Chicken, Roast Beef, Roast Lamb, Green Beans

The second plate was a lot less memorable, just because I was getting pretty full by this point, and yeh, you know when you start eating for the sake of eating? That kind of happened here 😦 I do remember enjoying the roast beef though, it was still pink in the centre, and with some of that crushed black salt, the beef was tender and delicious.

We received two glasses of complimentary champagne since it was my birthday haha.

As you can tell, they take their desserts very seriously here at Conservatory. From chocolate fondue and ice cream, to fruits and tiny cute little cakes and slices, no expenses are spared.

I managed to take 21 desserts, since I was turning 21 HAHAHA I’m so cool I know. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to finish the desserts, as much as I wanted to. My favourites were the eclairs and the fruit cups.

While we were stuffing our face with the decadent desserts, the waitress placed down a cake for us, also complimentary. It would’ve been a hard task to finish the cake between the two of us on a good day, let alone the fact that we were literally filled to the brim. I did manage to try a tiny little slice, and from memory, it was an orange and chocolate cake.

Conservatory will always hold a special place in my heart, if you haven’t noticed already, I love birthdays. With the incredulous amount of food on offer, Conservatory is definitely one of the best buffet in Melbourne. The service is always on point too, as expected. With a beautiful setting, and even better food, Conservatory is great for any special occasion, or if you just feel like a treat 😉

How to get there:
Conservatory is located inside Crown, which is accessible by tram #96, #12 and #109 from Southern Cross Station.

Conservatory Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

FOOD DIARY | Singapore

This is such an overdue post, but better late than never right? I spent four days in Singapore back in the end of January, it was my first time at a completely solo trip, and I am so glad that I went! Although four days isn’t a long time, it was enough for me to fall in love with the vibrant city. 
The multi-faceted culture, the friendliness of its people, the humid weather, the beautiful sceneries, the all-so-famous Orchard Road (where all my money went), and most importantly, the food, oh the food, I could literally go on for days. 
I managed to hit up five hawker centres, and ticked off almost everything on the list that my friend (ily Coco) gave me. Not a bad effort I reckon, considering the difficulty to order for one person at times.
So, without further ado, here is the compilation of my four days of food-ventures in Singapore! I’ll try give a short review and details of the restaurant if I remember, if not then… I’M SORRY PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME LOL 😦
Nameless Restaurant #1

My first meal in Singapore! Congee with stewed beancurd and pork belly. I can’t remember the name of this restaurant but it was right across the street from the hostel I stayed at, The Hive Hostel (convenient location, excellent service, would recommend).

Tim Ho Wan
http://www.timhowan.com/
68 Orchard Road
#01-29A
Plaza Singapura
Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6251 2000

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork

YES, SO MUCH YES. I cannot wait for Tim Ho Wan to open in Melbourne, legit so excited!

Vermicelli Roll stuffed with Pig’s Liver
Literally cannot find this on any menu?!
Steamed Egg Cake

Super fluffy and light!

Mango Sago Pomelo

Nameless Restaurant #2

Left: Salt Baked Chicken
Right: Iced Milo

This was again, opposite my hostel. I went here for dinner and the chicken was really nice and moist, and the rice was nice and fluffy! The iced milo was a must, since the humidity is so real in Singapore at all hours of the day.

Food Strip near Chinatown

Oyster Omelette

Maxwell Road Hawker Centre
1 Kadayanallur St
Singapore 069184

Left: Sugar Cane Juice
Right: Hainanese Chicken Rice from Tian Tian

Said to be the best Hainese Chicken Rice in Singapore, of course I had to try it for myself. It was indeed, amazeballz. Seriously, the chicken was tender and flavoursome, but what really made it stand out for me was the rice. The intensity of the chicken stock flavour was insane, I could seriously eat bowls of the rice on its own.

Oh yeh, $1.50 sugar cane juice, what’s not to love?

Ice-cream cart on Orchard Road #1

Durian Ice-cream Sandwich

Surprisingly, I didn’t see a lot of ice-cream carts around Singapore, so when I did spot one on Orchard I jumped at the chance. Such a novelty, but was also great for cooling me down!

Forty Hands
http://www.40handscoffee.com/
78 Yong Siak Street
#01-12
Singapore 163078
Tel: +65 6225 8545

Left: Truffle Fries
Right: Iced Mocha

After a stroll in Tiong Bahru (Books Actually is hands down the cutest book store I’ve ever been to!), I walked in 40 Hands for an afternoon treat. Although no truffle can be seen on the fries, the smell was super strong, and the fries were crispy, with a succinct truffle flavour! The iced mocha was less memorable, but still a necessity considering the weather haha.

Makansutra Glutton’s Bay
http://www.makansutra.com/
8 Raffles Avenue
#01-15
Singapore 039802
Tel: +65 6336 7025

Left: Fried Mantou
Right: Chilli Crab

You can’t say you’ve been to Singapore until you’ve had chilli crab, or so I’ve been told. I thought it would be an impossible task for me though, since there was no way that I could finish an entire mud crab on my own. But luckily, after watching the light and water show at Marina Bay Sands, I stumbled upon Makansutra Glutton’s Bay, and there was a stall that served single portion chilli crab! It was sweet and spicy, and definitely left me craving for chilli crab from time to time since I’ve been back.

Food Court in Ion (?)

Hokkien Mee

Dunkin’ Donuts

Peanut Donut (?)

Got this because I always see Dunkin’ Donuts in American Vloggers’ videos, but it was pretty average I gotta say.

Tsuru Koshi Udon in Takashimaya Basement Japanese Food Court
391 Orchard Road
Takashimaya Shopping Centre Food Hall

Plain Udon

Yonehachi in Takashimaya Basement Japanese Food Court
391 Orchard Road
Takashimaya Shopping Centre Food Hall

One of the sets with the grilled fish and scallop rice

Although pretty, this was not very substantial! There are plenty of choices in the food court in Takashimaya, and I probably would not recommend this one.

Ice-cream cart on Orchard Road #2

Chocolate Chip Ice Cream in Bread

I wanted one everyday, but could only find these carts on Orchard Road 😦

Lau Pa Sat/Telok Ayer Market
http://www.yoursingapore.com/en_au/see-do-singapore/architecture/historical/lau-pa-sat.html
18 Raffles Quay
Singapore 048582

Satay Combo

Lau Pa Sat is famous for their satay, so that’s what I went there for! I got the combo that came with chicken, beef, and prawn satay sticks. The chicken was very tender, beef was slightly on the drier end of things, but the prawns were my favourite! I wish we had satay prawns here in Melbourne.

Chin Mee Chin Confectionary
204 E Coast Rd
Singapore 428903
Tel: +65 6345 0419

Clockwise: Kaya Toast, Custard Tart and Sausage Puff, Kopi, Soft Boiled Eggs
Chin Mee Chin was highly recommended to me by one of my Singaporean friends (thanks Kim!) for being one of the last few remaining old school kopitiams in Singapore. So before I ventured out to Sentosa on my third day, I headed off here for some good ol’ Singaporean brunch. 
Seriously, I need more kaya in my life, it’s essentially a coconut egg jam, but the taste is super unique and I loved it from the first bite! Although kaya jam was also offered in my hostel, it was nothing compared to this. I have tried to recreate soft boiled eggs sooooooo many times since I came back, because I bought a tub of kaya from Chin Mee Chin and really wanted some soft boiled eggs to go with the toast, but I’ve failed every time 😦
Service was probably the only downside of Chin Mee Chin, the toast was served 10 minutes after the eggs, tbh I think the lady just forgot about my order.
Food Court in Sentosa
Lor Bak

Din Tai Fung
http://www.dintaifung.com.sg/
Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway
#01-217
Singapore 098138
Tel: +65 6686 3565

Steamed Pork Dumplings

I saw a Din Tai Fung after I came out of S.E.A Aquarium in Sentosa, and decided to finally pay it a visit. It was my first time at Din Tai Fung, and I’m so glad I went! The restaurant was pretty much empty at around 3pm, compared to the hour long waits at the Melbourne one – I know which one’s my pick haha. The signature XLBs were delicious, the skin was thin and translucent, and there was plenty of soup to be slurped up.

Steamed Truffle and Pork Dumplings

I also tried the truffle and pork dumplings ’cause, well, truffle, need I say more?

Steamed Truffle and Pork Dumplings

The truffle can be seen and tasted, and adds quite a strong taste to the dumplings.

Steamed Chilli Crab and Pork Buns

And well, when in Singapore, order anything related to chilli crab right? The skin of the bun was light and fluffy, and the folds replicated the folds in the XLB.

Steamed Chilli Crab and Pork Buns

There was plenty of crab meat in the filling, giving the bun a seafood-y crustacean-y taste.

Chomp Chomp Food Centre
20 Kensington Park Rd (Serangoon Gardens)
Singapore 557269

Fried Carrot Cake (White)

Chomp Chomp Food Centre is often said to be the best hawker centre in Singapore, I don’t know if it’s deserving of that title, since everything I ate in Singapore was above par, but it definitely left an impression! I started off with some fried carrot cake, and this was what caused me to seek out Bert’s Cafe.

BBQ Stingray with Sambal

This was probably one of my favourite dishes in Singapore! I’ve never had stingray before, and this exceeded my expectations by far! The meat was perfectly cooked, and there was ample amount of sambal on top to make the fish super tasty.

Clockwise: Sugarcane Juice, Gong Gong, Chicken Wings

I moved seats so people wouldn’t judge me for eating more HAHAHA. More sugarcane juice ’cause that’s pretty much a requirement. The gong gongs were recommended to me by Kim again, but I wasn’t a fan of these! They tasted kind of funky, but not in a good way. The dollar chicken wings are also quite famous, and they had a sweet glazing, and were fun to nibble on!

Tekka Centre
665 Buffalo Rd
210665 Singapore

Top: Coconut
Bottom: Beef Briyani

I really wanted to try the chicken briyani, but I was so out of it when I ordered that I got the beef one instead 😦 It was still good though! And the fresh coconut water was also a great thirst quencher.

Toast Box
http://www.toastbox.com.sg/

Clockwise: Soft boiled eggs, kopi, kaya toast

I went to a shopping centre close to my hostel on the last day to try out the curry puffs, and saw Toast Box on the way. I couldn’t say no to one last piece of kaya toast, but these were super dry and yeh, tainted my memory a little unfortunately.

Old Chang Kee
http://www.oldchangkee.com/index.htm

When my friend recommended Old Chang Kee to me I didn’t realise they would be a franchise, but turns out they originated back in 1956, and has since had its shopfronts sprawled all across Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and they even have a store in Perth out of all places in Australia!

Chilli Crab’O

The pastry of the curry puffs were perfectly flaky without being dry, and the chilli crab mixture consisted mainly of seafood sticks, and was a mellower version of other chilli crab dishes I tried.

Chicken and Mushroom’O

The chicken and mushroom filling reminded me of a pie, and was very creamy and subdued in comparison to the chill crab curry puff.

Nameless Restaurant #3

Roti Praha?

For my last meal, I asked for recommendations from the girl at the hostel, who was super friendly and nice throughout my entire stay. She told me to get the banana roti from this place “down the road”, so off I went. But I was told that they didn’t have time to make the banana roti or something? Since I was there already I just picked something else off the menu and took it back to the hostel to eat. The food was unmemorable, I just remember we kept on laughing at the most random things and before you know it, it was time for me to take a cab to the airport!

I took a subject this semester in uni that delved into Chinese settlers culture abroad, and we spent a lesson discussing Singaporean culture and lifestyle. Something that my lecturer said really stuck with me, “Singaporeans are very fluid in accepting other people’s cultures, and can blend in easily in any country. They don’t try to enforce their culture onto anyone else, with the exception of their food maybe.”

Singapore certainly left an impression on me, and I can’t wait to visit it again in the near future! On top of the amazing city itself, Changi Airport is perhaps the best airport I’ve ever been to, I might even purposely book flights that have a long layover time in Singapore just to explore haha!

Dessert Story

Dessert Story serves up a range of Taiwanese desserts, and has opened up several stores in Melbourne over the years. My friend and I popped into the one on Swanston Street for some quick dessert after it started pouring one night.

Coconut Colada with Aloe Vera and Diced Mango – $5.90

I was really thirsty and decided to get a drink, this was actually the first time I’ve tried a drink from Dessert Story. The coconut colada had a distinctive coconut taste, and the aloe vera and diced mango both added some textual interest to the drink. I do wish that the colada itself was a bit thinner in consistency though, so that it would be easier to drink through the straw.

Salty Crispy Popcorn Chicken (Spicy) – $6.80

Nothing spectacular about these popcorn chicken, but they were still quite nice to eat regardless. It wasn’t really spicy though, more chilli powder please!

Red Bean Milk Crushed Ice – $8.90

Red bean syrup and condensed milk were poured over a tall pile of crushed ice, and there was plenty of red beans at the bottom too. The ice can get hard sometimes, which is why I’ve always preferred the snow ice over regular crushed ice. The sweetness of the condensed milk and red bean was not overwhelming, and it was a nice combination of flavours.

Dessert Story is a place that serves up a selection of decent renditions of Taiwanese desserts, I always know exactly what to expect when I come in, and that reassurance is probably one of the main reasons that I return to Dessert Story regularly.

How to get here:
Dessert Story is located on Swanston Street, 5 minutes walk from Melbourne Central.

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