But..．I was wrong. By the 4th stop I was stuffed. But I hung in there and managed to complete the ENTIRE trail without having bits of food oozing out of my ears. I weighed myself before I left the house, and weighed myself again when I got back. I put on a total of 1.2kg. (Which was quite little. I thought it would've been 3kg or something...)
Anyways, the food was really good at every stop and I totally wished I brought my lunch box so I could tapau the food!!! (Next time, next time.)
Food Stop #1: Zhou's Kitchen
Opened in 2007, Zhou's Kitchen was conceptualized to build upon TungLok's strength in Chinese Cuisine. This casual Chinese dining concept provides quick, fuss-free meals for locals (who we all know complain about everything, and are always in a rush for time. Yeap, always proud to be Singaporean!)
I guess they've succeeded. Even with a whole bunch of hungry bloggers raiding their restaurant early on a Saturday afternoon, their top-notch service was quick, but certainly not compromising on taste and quality.
We had the Zhou’s Kitchen Braised Pork Shank, which was served with Fried and Steamed Buns, and they were really yummy! I particularly loved the buns (I'm a sucker for mantous.) and the meat was very very tender. Although I'm not a big fan of pork shank in general, this was certainly well-made, and one of the other bloggers, HP, sure had a good time walloping up all the pig skin!!! COLLAGEN! COLLAGEN!
|There are four outlets islandwide, and they also have hi-tea, lunch and dinner buffet! (Did you hear me say, BUFFET?! BOOO-FAAAY!!!) |
Ala-carte Buffet at Far East Square :
Child $12.80 (Below 12 years old)
(Minimum 4 persons)
Child $18.80 (Below 12 years old)
(Minimum 4 persons)
Food Stop #2: SPRING JuChunYuan
|Aptly located in what used to be Chui Eng Free School, SPRING JuChunYuan specializes in the well-known, award-winning dish that originated from FuZhou, Buddha Jumps Over The Wall.|
I felt like royalty entering its premises, the court resembled a SiHeYuan (traditional Chinese architecture), and was beautifully designed and decorated. Not just that, the chef came out and introduced to us their signature dish, Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, and informed us that it took over 3 - 4 days to prepare. He also mentioned that JuChunYuan in China was founded by chef Zheng Chun Fa, the 'first disciple' of the lady that made this dish for the very first time. He also modified it, increasing the portion of seafood and reducing the meat content, thus enhancing the flavour of the soup, making it richer and more savoury.
Fo Tiao Qiang (the Chinese translation of Buddha Jumps Over The Wall) is a rich combination of shark's fin, abalone, scallop, sea cucumber, fish maw, cuttlefish, pork tendon, flower mushroom, and other ingredients, and each serving is brewed individually in an earthen jar. For a serving of 10, they use a bigger jar, and an order must be made one day in advance.
So we were given the chance to try one of their other dishes, Xing Hua Bee Hoon. This was one of my favourites of the day. It was served with a special sauce made of garlic, red vinegar, and sugar. But it certainly does not leave that garlicy after-taste in your mouth. Also, the bee hoon was a special bee hoon prepared only in their kitchen. It is particularly fine, thus, reducing the oil content in the dish when they fry it. YUM!
Food Stop #3: Garuda Cuisine
Pity Chun couldn't come along else I'm sure he would've enjoyed this very very much. We were served Fried Chicken with Blue Ginger Floss. Fried to a crisp, this tasty dish would be a perfect addition to any meal, or even one that could be eaten on its own.
Ayam Goreng Garuda is made using only the freshest chicken, fried till golden brown with the grated Galangal, which is also marinated before frying.
It's a casual dining concept, with reasonable prices. The service staff are extremely friendly, and the ambience is laid-back and comfy. I'm definitely returning here.
At Far East Square
Food Stop #5: Mont Calzone Pizza and Pasta
This is where my iPhone decides that it's FULL (from pictures) and all following photos would be off someone else's camera. Credits to Zoe-Anne Tay, who obviously takes MUCH better photos than me. Thanks girl!
I have high standards for Pizza, and Pasta. When I saw the spread, I certainly headed for the Pizza first. First of all, it's Thin Crusted (which is not normally how I like my Pizza), BUT IT WAS SOOOO NICE. The mushrooms were droolsome. They had that mushroom taste still. I don't know if many notice, but mushrooms tend to lose their flavour in most dishes. But not in this one.
And then, despite being very full, I went for the Pasta. I asked HP if the Marinara was spicy (at that point of time, I didn't know it was Sambal Marinara) and he said "no."
IT WAS. Well, to me at least, because I don't eat spicy stuff and certainly not SAMBAL!
Lucky for me, there was the Carbonara to down the spicyness. The Carbonara was really creamy, and had a unique flavour. Definitely won't get jelat eating it. Can you imagine, I was already so full, but I could still enjoy the Carbonara! It kind of reminded me of the Carbonara I had in the Maldives... *reminisce*
Food Stop #6: Mirchi
Is this why it's so tasty? Hm. Must be. Also, no oil is used at all, making Tandoori a very healthy dish. Not to mention, it's full of good spices like turmeric, cumin, cayenne pepper, masala, etc, which are said to be wonderful natural remedies for lots of ailments like runny nose, sore throat, and so on!
Yoghurt is also often served in Indian Cuisine, especially with its rice dishes. In this case, we had it in our Lassi, which is a popular yoghurt-based drink. Kinda like a Yoghurt Shake. More Please!!!
Food Stop #7: Hock Lam Beef Noodles
The ORIGINAL Hock Lam Beef has been around since 1911, and is the Pioneer of beef noodles in Singapore. This family-run business is currently being managed by its Fourth Generation and gets its name not from Mr. Hock Lam, but from the street which they originally opened on 100 years ago. Back then, there was Hock Lam Street. Now, there is Funan Centre. If you're as smart as I am, you will realize that Hock Lam translates to Fu Nan.
1. 22 China St, #01-01, Far East Square
2. 949 Upper Serangoon Rd
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Food Stop #8: Oni Cupcakes
I was SO FULL after the Hock Lam Beef. 7 Main Courses! What A Knockout.
Ok, time for dessert!
We dropped by Oni Cupcakes and the cupcakes were soooooooooooooo Cuuuuuuuute!
|Really. Stuffed. At. This. Point. |
But couldn't help ogling at the cupcakes!
|Act Cute only.|
|Tsk aww... Look at 'em! So Pweeettttyy!|
AND THAT IS THE END OF OUR FOOD TRAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!