Saturday, May 20, 2017

[Media Invite] Inaniwa Yosuke 稲庭養助 x J Passport @ Japan Food Town Wisma Atria

Had visited Inaniwa Yosuke prior for drinks and snacks. This time round, had the opportunity to try their Spring Lunch Fair which sees shops in Japan Food Town offering one or two Spring-season dishes at $11.80++. The Japan Food Town Spring Lunch Fair runs till 21st May (Sunday). Inaniwa Yosuke Spring Lunch Fair dishes are Sakura Ebi & Negi Barakakiage and Vegetable Barakakiage Udon (Hot/Cold) at $11.80++ each.


Inaniwa Yosuke has been serving handmade soba with a recipe that has been around since 1665. This labour intensive udon which takes about 4 days and made only in small batches, was only served to the Imperial family. In 1860, Inaniwa udon finally was made available to public.

udon making posters on the wall
Lunch crowd will start coming in at about 1215pm on a weekday. Customers are greeted upon entering and leaving the restaurant. My lunch pick for the day was Sakura Ebi & Negi Barakakiage. Added an order for prawn tempura.

Sakura Ebi & Negi Barakakiage (@$11.80++)
closer view of the udon

Opted for the cold noodles and the udon sauce was served separately. Just pour in the amount desired. Not to worry if you'd like to pour the whole bottle as it was flavoured mildly. The noodles were firm and easy to slurp. The sakura ebi and spring onions fritters were freshly fried upon order. Same as the tempura. The spring onions added a delicate fragrance to the dish. There's a small dish of sliced onions with a dollop of wasabi for that little bit of flavour lifting.

wasabi and onions

prawn tempura (3 pieces @$14++)

The prawn tempura was medium sized, well-fried and its batter remained crisp. However, the prawn was a tad overcooked. It was quite a filling lunch.

Thank you JPassport and Inaniwa Yosuke for the invitation to try the Spring Lunch Fair udon.

Click on this link for more information on Inaniwa Yosuke.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Tunglok Teahouse @ Far East Square

I have been to Tunglok Teahouse at Novena before but this was the first time heading towards the outlet at Far East Square. And, it was so hard to find. A tip is to head towards the Evolve gym and head towards the yellow signage of the renovation walls and turn left.

A celebratory dinner occassion with the foodie gang, we chose to have ala-carte dinner buffet Chinese-style. Endless flow of dim sums, cooked food, fried fish and what not. Our table was filled to its edges in no time! Can you imagine that we ordered 38 dishes?! Am amazed.

full house and not all our food had arrived

The food arrives pretty quickly and this outlet seemed to have lesser patrons than it Novena counterpart. We had fish skin, fried prawn rolls, steamed pork ribs, char siew bao, chicken feet, siew mai, carrot cake and fried prawn dumplings for dim sum. All were pretty good. Then, we had two claypot items which were basically vegetables in soup. The one with nam yee soup was rather nice but nothing to shout about.

prawn rolls
carrot cake

The carrot cake flavour was nice but it was a tad too soft though. Some might feel that the radish flavour was not strong enough in Tunglok's version.

deep fried fish

A must order would be the deep fried fish.  Smallish but tasty. On the other hand, the steamed tilapia was too muddy though. It was the least liked item. We also had jelly fish, oats prawns and soya prawns. Decent but can be better. The stir fried french beans was enjoyable.

蒜泥白肉 - garlic pork
cabbage  nam yee claypot
stir fried french beans

The braised pork belly and beef brisket were good too. The portion was pretty generous. The meat was temder but still retained a bite.

braised beef brisket and pork belly
soy sauce prawns

There's a smoke duck with crepe wrap. Something like Peking duck but this one uses the smoked meat instead.

smoked duck pancake

There were also special items where it can only be ordered once. The shark fin soup and the chili crab.

shark fin soup (one time order)
chili crab (one time order)
The only item that we ordered again, was the fried fish skin. Was too full from barely finishing all the food that we ordered.

Thank you Kris, Justin, Ivan, Elle, Jennifer, Hence, Tracy and Tiara for the wonderful company and the dinner treat! Love you guys!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

[Media Invite] Founder Bak Kut Teh 发起人肉骨茶餐馆 @ Hotel Boss Jalan Sultan

Am a fan of Founder Bak Kut Teh pork ribs and had it occassionally with a friend who loves this when craving strikes. Our usual haunt was the one at Rangoon Road. Can read about the previous visit here. The usual order would comprise of a bowl of Founder Bak Kut Teh, a plate of poached vege with oyster sauce, a small bowl of dough fritters and a bowl of kidney. Was invited to try Founder Bak Kut Teh at Hotel Boss at Jalan Sultan along with Ivan, Vince, Doriz, Kat and Rachel. If you are driving, the hotel offers free parking during lunch hour from 12 to 2pm.


The interior of the restaurant is spacious and has no issue accommodating larger groups of diners. For the night owls, good news as this outlet opens till 5am. Comforting to know that, that hot steaming bowl of peppery bak kut teh can be enjoyed at almost any time in the day and night!

wall of fame
table for four

We sampled the Premium, Premium Short Ribs, Founder Bak Kut Teh and Popularity (Ninki) Bak Ku Teh. The difference is in the quality of the fresh pork ribs used hence, the difference in price points as well. The Premium cut will give you a beautiful long length of the ribs. I will recommend the Premium Short Ribs for its fall-off-the-bones tender meat and fats that dissolves as soon as its chewed. Otherwise, one could opt for the Founder Bak Kut Teh for a mix of Premium, Premium Short Ribs and the bak kut used in Ninki.

(center front) Premium Short Ribs , Premium Ribs, Founder Bak Kut Teh
beautiful Premium Ribs @$11.80++
The Premium Ribs is huge. A good mix of lean and fatty. But personally, I was amazed by the Premium Short Ribs. Unbelievably good! The way the meat slid off the bone so easily and that succulent feeling when the fats just melted off on the tongue. Wow.

Premium Short Ribs @$10.80++

Besides the pork ribs, one could order a variety of the familiar side-dishes such as peanuts, salted vegetable, poached vegetables in oyster sauce, you tiao (dough fritters) and many others. Here's what we had:

Crispy Prawn Roll (@$5.80++/$10.80++)
Pig's Trotter (@$9.80++/$12.80++)
Braised Pig's Intestines (@$8.80++/$11.80++)
Trio Steamed Egg (@$5.80++)
Steamed Minced Meat (@$6.80++)
Pig's Liver or Pig's Kidney Soup $7.90++ each)

For the amount of food on our table, it was enough to feed about 10 pax comfortably. The braised pig's trotter was well cooked and retained the collageny bounciness of the skin without being too soft. The meat itself was pretty lean and tender.

One thing to note is that the soup at this outlet has a stronger peppery taste without being too overpowering. Lovely. I drank a whole bowl of the soup.

Also, this is the only outlet that has steamed cod fish on its menu. The cod fish was well-liked and enjoyed by all of us. Its meat was so soft and could be eaten even without much chewing. The soy sauce added a touch of savoury sweetness to the mild flavours of cod.

Steamed Cod Fish (@$18.80++)

Thank you Justin for the invite and Lem and Founder Bak Kut Teh for hosting us. Also thank you to the staff who took care of us that night.

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