Kaiserhaus

Came across this Austrian restaurant at Capitol, never had Austrian food before plus this was on the entertainer app so that was it!

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First up – some breaded mushrooms, they were ok.

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E ordered the fried chicken, which came in 3 huge pieces. Portions are generous here so do come with a healthy appetite. The chicken looks so pretty on the plate, in the nice hue of golden brown, it could do with a tad more crispiness though.

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I ordered what they called the Emperor’s Favorite dish or Tafelspitz, beef in broth with spinach and potato rosti. It even came complete with instructions on how to eat it!

The beef was very tender and I love all the juicy soft vegetables in the broth, slurped everything up. Pretty good, now I know why the emperor loves this so much.

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Kaiserhaus
Capitol Singapore, 17 Stamford Rd
02-06, 03-06, Singapore 178907.

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Kaiserhaus

Choo Choo Chicken

I think Chir chir chicken is still my favorite but this came pretty close. Bali Lane is not as accessible for me so i was delighted to hear choo choo chicken came to orchard!

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The fried chicken was crispy and juicy. i like that they sell individual portions so you are not forced to order one whole chicken.

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mmmmmm

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What was even better than the chicken was the rice spam “burger”, this one featured kimchi too and was absolutely delicious. Super tasty!

 

Choo Choo Chicken

Orchard Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road #03-06
Singapore 239695
Tel: 6299 0980

Choo Choo Chicken

Ssiksin

 

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I am sure you can tell, from the picture that the fried chicken here is pretty over-cooked (over-fried). Give me chir chir chicken anytime

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That said the cheesy spicy chicken above was pretty good. The chicken chunks were tender and juicy, and the spiciness went very well with the cheese. A generous portion too!

 

Ssiksin ChickenSsiksin Chicken
Serangoon NEX #02-04
Singapore 238858

Ssiksin

Chir Chir Chicken

Who doesnt like Fried Chicken, especially Korean Fried Chicken! Crispy juicy chicken slathered in all kinds of sauce mmmm of course it must be done right – nobody wants an over-fried or too greasy piece of meat right.

Chir Chir chicken is apparently a super popular fried chicken restaurant with outlets in Korea, China and Taiwan. And rightly so.

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Attempted to start off the meal on a healthier note with the mango salad in a tangy yogurt dressing. Pretty refreshing though I could really do without the olives.

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The signature Nest Snow was a towering pile of chicken tender on top of cream sauce and sweet potato puree and weirdly topped with whipped cream. It was overall too ‘jelat’ a dish though I quite liked the cream sauce just not too much at one time.

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Now the Fried Chicken  (we got the garlicky one which came with delicious roasted garlic) was very nicely done. Crispy with a satisfying crunch and tender, juicy with each bite. The seasoning was just about perfect too making this one of the best fried chicken I have had in Singapore so far. Awesome stuff.

 

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory
313@somerset #B3-04/05/06,
Singapore 238895
Chir Chir Chicken

Bangkok Travel Diary Pt 1 – Feb 2015

So I make a trip to Bangkok on average once a year and I have got my itinerary pretty down pat – where to shop, what to eat, when to go for a massage.. but of course there’s always something new in Bangkok so every trip is a balancing act between going back to old favorites and trying something new (which might get added into the old favorite the next trip and hence a vicious cycle)

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Tried JetQuay’s service for the first time, its basically a “VIP” lounge in Changi Airport where you go directly into a sweet lounge and rest whilst airport staff does all the checking in for you. The food at the lounge was not great, from my random plate above. After checking in, you get driven to your gate, or shop of choice via a buggy. Pretty fun.

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One of my old favorites – Som Tam at Siam Square. I cant get enough of the fried chicken wings and the signature papaya salad with salted egg, so good. There used to be long queues when I first found this place but with the opening of a new branch over at Siam Centre, you can now waltz into an outlet quite easily.

Som Tam Nua
392/14 Siam Square Soi 5
Rama 1 Road, Bangkok

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Having seen so many people posting pictures of these delicious looking huge toasts, I had to go down to After You to try. This was the Shibuya Honey toast with bananas and it was hugeeeee and absolutely awesome. Why? Cos it was full of butter, heart-stopping fatty salty melt-in-your mouth toast filled with butter. Serving’s huge though, the 2 of us could barely finish half before we admitted defeat; yes not suitable for the oldies (get 3 pax or more to share)

After You Dessert Cafe (There are plenty of branches)
Central World, 7th Floor

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Another old favorite – SabX2 Wanton mee; the one place in Bangkok filled with Singaporeans, even the waitress there takes your order in mandarin. I honestly dont think much about the Wanton mee here mostly because I dislike pork lard, I hate that feeling when the lard bursts in your mouth when I accidentally eat it. Plus too small portion lah though the wanton is pretty good. I came here actually for the Pork rice (you can see we ordered a portion each). The pork was fork tender and braised lovingly for hours (I imagine), the rice paired with the pork, that savory sauce and salted vegetable was just awesome. Comfort food at its best.

SabX2 Pratunan Wanton Noodle
4/32-33 Soi Petchburi 19, Pratunam (do come at odd hours to avoid queuing with Singaporeans)

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Saw someone eating this on instagram and knew I had to track this food truck down. These Daniel Thaiger burgers were the bomb – the perfectly oily bread sandwiching juicy beef patty, cheese, onions lettuce and mopped up in the secret Thaiger sauce. Its a food truck, so be prepared to wait by the road side ( we waited for ~20mins) but the wait was so. worth. it. Do come early cos I heard the burgers sell out quite early.  Oh and the truck moves around so pls check out their facebook page on the latest location before heading down.

Daniel Thaiger Burger Truck
Facebook

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Lastly, a new item on the agenda. Talad Rot Fai night market, a huge sprawling market with an emphasis on vintage. Right at the end of the market are large shops selling really cool vintage, restored furniture (think old barber chairs, restored gas station signs as lamps etc) There are also several bars and restaurants as well as food stalls at the market. Shopping wise, not so much, just your usual run of the mill t-shirts and souvenirs. I thought it was a nice market BUT its so darn far away – take a bts to On Nut station and from there take a cab ride (took us about 20+ minutes due to traffic) then another 10 mins walk in (tell the cabby to drop you opposite Seacon Sq and walk over to avoid even more time stuck in traffic). Would I recommend this place? Yes if you have never been there before and esp if you love looking at vintage stuff but I personally wont go there again (unless I was looking to purchase vintage home furnishing) just cos of the distance and lack of stuff to buy there.

Talad Rot Fai Night Market
Srinakarin Road Soi 51 (behind Seacon Square)
Opens on Weekend nights, till midnight

Bangkok Travel Diary Pt 1 – Feb 2015

Sin Lee Foods

So the other spectrum of the hipster cafe is the old school/nostalgia cafe complete with the signboard done in the traditional chinese style.

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The best thing we had today was this broccoli salad with papadum and the red sugar one eats with chinese kueh. The broccoli was crispy, crunchy and all together delicious. How did they cook it?! A must-try.

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Salted egg sweet potato fries – cant go wrong with this eh? Salted egg on everything is a sure-win thing

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Smoked salmon hash with poached eggs and spinach was not too bad though a tad bit salty

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Fried chicken and waffles, a good looking dish though nothing too spectacular. The chicken was nicely fried – tender crispy and moist.

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Soft-shell crab sandwich, this unfortunately was as boring as it looked.

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Lastly, the visually stunning beef and grains – wet orzo rice with medium rare beef and a sunny side up. I didnt like it so much as the Asian influence came in a bit too strong, there was this herb/spice (?) that left a lingering after-taste.

Overall, brunch here is not your typical eggs-ben kind of food though I felt some of the dishes were quite pricey.

 

Sin Lee Foods
#01-164 Jalan Bukit Ho Swee
Tel: 6377 3170

Sin Lee Foods

The Beast

E and I try to have date nights once a month – basically an excuse to go somewhere nice for dinner and eat/drink to our heart’s content. Ok, not that only but really also making that effort to dress up and spend time with each other.

So I was craving for waffles and fried chicken – and The Beast it was, for some good o’l american fare.

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We started with some ice cold beer and the maryland crab cakes. For its price (~$16), the crab cakes were pretty good;  packed with crab and flavor but I could do with more texture.

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The waffle and fried chicken came with a cute bottle of bourbon syrup (very addictive); chicken was nicely fried and the waffle was thick and dense – a perfect combi though of course it got too ‘jelat’ after awhile. A dish best for sharing.

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E happily ordered a huge plate of fried chicken, so we ended up with way too much #communicationfail but hey he loves fried chicken and happily devoured his share

 

The Beast
17 Jalan Klapa
Singapore 199329
Tel: 6295 0017

The Beast