Pots, pots, pots. Coincidentally, this month is all about Tteokbokki Pot, Dry Fish Pot, Yuzu Shabu Shabu Pot, Steambox (Pot) and Japanese Hot Pot.
Means it is time to gather family and friends, to enjoy a meal over these pots. (Also read: 10 NEW Cafés In Singapore August 2018 )
88 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088509 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 1064
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2am (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Korean Cheesy Tteokbokki & Giant Mandu Specialty Restaurant
The Korean “snack house” located on 88 Tanjong Pagar Road (huat huat) specialises in popular Korean comfort food Tteokbokki (rice cake) and Giant Mandu (dumplings).
Plus, prices are considered wallet-friendly. A pot of Tteokbokki (without meat option) meant for 2 to 3 diners starts from only $22.
This Red Holic Tteokbokki pot comes with an assortment of ingredients which includes fishcakes, spring onion, cabbage, rice noodles, boiled egg that are cooked right at the table.
There are three base sauce to choose from – extra sweet, original, extra spicy. For starters, they recommend going for the regular “original” sauce.
In terms of spiciness, the regular Tteokbokki pot felt just right for me, with a balance of sweetness and spiciness. Red Holic (Tanjong Pagar)
Dookki – The Clementi Mall
3155 Commonwealth Avenue West, #B1-30/31 Singapore 129588
Tel: +65 6904 8733
Korean Tteokbokki Hotpot Buffet At Clementi Mall
Singapore’s popular All-You-Can-Eat Korean Tteokbokki Restaurant Dookki has opened a NEW outlet at Clementi Mall.
Prices remain unbeatably affordable, at $18.80++ for adults and $10.80++ for children.
The first meal of “Tteokbokki” begins with the Korean rice cakes along with other ingredients, to your desired level of spiciness.
The second meal is the cooking of Kimchi Fried Rice, in which you add other ingredients such as Kimchi, Seaweed, Sweet Corn, Steamed Rice and other items (which change from time to time) to the remaining sauces. Dookki (Clementi Mall)
Qi Lai Feng 齐来丰鱼庄
3 Northpoint Drive, #01-02 Yishun Town Square, Singapore 768020 (Yishun MRT)
Tel: +65 6483 0100
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:45pm Daily
Hidden Gem In Yishun Serving Both Dry Fish Pot And Hot Pot
“Qi Lai Feng” in which name represents “a bountiful harvest”, specialises in Dry Fish Pots.
Created in Southern China during the 1970s as a quicker way to dine, the modern pot dish typically contains fish cooked dry with spices, peppers and a mixture of ingredients rather than with soup.
Over at Qi Lai Feng, there are offerings of Spicy Fragrant “Mala”, Jade Pepper, Golden Lemon, and Fresh Tomato Fish Pots.
A small Fish Pot meant for 2 to 3 diners starts from $49/$59, while a large pot for 6 to 7 pax is priced at $89/$99, depending on the fish you choose.
Do not finish up all the fish and sauces. Towards the end of the meal, the chef would pour in extra broth to make flavourful pot of soup made of the ‘leftover’ ingredients. Qi Lai Feng (Yishun)
100G Pasir Panjang Road #01-01, Singapore 118523 (Nearest MRT: Pasir Panjang)
Tel: +65 9689 4092
Opening Hours: Opening hours: 11.30am – 3pm, 4pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 12.30pm – 10pm (Sat), Closed Sun
1st Yuzu Specialty Restaurant In Singapore With Yuzu Shabu Shabu
A restaurant serving up an entire menu (almost) full of Yuzu items: Yuzu Shabu Shabu, Chirashi Kaisen Don with Yuzu, Yuzu Gyoza and even Peppery Yuzu Ice Cream.
The owners decided to have a Yuzu-specialty restaurant due to its unique taste, health and beautifying properties.
Recommended is the A5 Hokkaido Snow Wagyu Yuzu Shabu Set ($53/pax). The 100g A5 Hokkaido Snow Wagyu comes with a marbling score above 10 and are farmed in Hokkaido, Japan.
The Signature Yuzu Soup uses a chicken soup base simmered for 6 hours, cooked daily with fresh Yuzu fruits, with Yuzu juices added into to bring out the light and refreshing taste in every components of the Shabu set. Yuzutei (Pasir Panjang)
Chengdu Restaurant 成都川菜馆
74 Amoy Street, Singapore 069893
Tel: +65 6221 9928
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 5:00 – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun
Authentic Sichuan Dishes And Worthy Mala Xiang Guo
Over at Chengdu Restaurant 成都川菜馆, you get to experience a repertoire of dishes that you may not have seen elsewhere in Singapore, from Beggar’s Chicken, Bangbang Duck, “Ants Climbing A Tree” – which is actually minced meat cooked with glass noodles.
Helming the kitchen are Sichuan restaurant chefs Qing Jun and Jing Xiao. Both chefs have notable experience working at famous hotels and restaurants, previously served dignitaries and celebrities.
Chengdu Restaurant’s recommendation of the Beggar’s Chicken ($36.80) features kampung chicken stuffed with fragrant mushrooms, marinated with Sichuan spices, wrapped in lotus leaf and tin foil, covered with clay then baked in a special earthern-ware jar over charcoal fire.
You could imagine that the juices and flavours would all be locked in, and I particularly loved the mushrooms drenched in those flavours. Chengdu Restaurant (Amoy Street)
Dim Sum Inc by Crystal Jade – Punggol
Block 681 Punggol Drive, #02-36, Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681 (Punggol Oasis LRT Station)
Tel: +65 6244 8490
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 9:00am – 10:00pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Roast Meats, Dim Sum And HK Noodles
The name Dim Sum Inc references ‘meeting point’ or ‘pit stop’, symbolising an ideal destination for a hearty meal, light bites or takeaway snacks anytime of the day.
The latest all-day dining quick service concept is introduced by none-other than the familiar, home-grown Crystal Jade.
Dim Sum Inc’s signature Rice and Noodle Bowls are generously-portion one-dish meals, with options of Roasted Honey BBQ Pork Noodles featuring thick-cut juicy slices of char siew; and Braised Superior Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles.
What’s good is that you will also see value-for-money prices, all priced at $9.80 or less. Dim Sum Inc (Punggol Oasia Terrace)
Steam Box 蒸好食创意蒸汽火锅店
68 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555964
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12.30am (Tue-Thu), 6pm – 1.30am (Fri & Eve of PH), 12pm – 1.30am (Sat & PH), 12pm – 12.30am (Sun), Closed on Mon
Enjoy Hotpot And Steam Pot 2-in-1
Initially started out as a “steam-potting” restaurant, Steam Box has incorporated hotpot into its base – so you can enjoy your food in two different ways.
The high speed steam-potting method extracts the “essence” from the ingredients which will then seep into the hotpot soup bases beneath, adding flavours at the same time.
Other than Porridge ($18), you can include a choice of hotpot soup bases Pork Ribs Lotus Root ($18), Chicken Herbal Collagen ($25) and Base of Seafood ($28).
Both the Pork Ribs Lotus Root ($18) and Chicken Herbal Collagen ($25) soup bases are available in non-spicy version whereas Base of Seafood ($25) comes in tom yum soup base for those who prefer a spicier kick. The soup bases are refillable. Steam Box (Serangoon Garden)
Katong Square, 86 East Coast Road, #01-02, Singapore 428788
Opening Hours: Lunch 11am – 2.30pm, Dinner 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
A La Carte Buffet available Lunch (Mon – Fri); Dinner (Mon – Thurs)
Nostalgic Taiwanese À La Carte Porridge Buffet At $19.80++Onwards
Taiwanese Porridge restaurant Goldleaf is celebrating its 47th anniversary with the launch of its first ever A La Carte Buffet, featuring 8 of its beloved classics with UNLIMITED servings.
The Goldleaf signature dishes include Braised Pork Belly with Preserved Vegetables aka ”Mei Cai Kou Rou”, Steamed Pork Patty with Salted Fish, Omelette with Chye Poh, Sambal Kang Kung, and Cold Japanese Beancurd with Pork Floss – which are all regulars’ favourites.
All the items are cooked ala minute upon order, and thus you will be assured of freshness and piping hot dishes.
An advocate of healthy eating, Goldleaf does not use any added MSG in its dishes. Also, the sauces that accompanies the dishes are all made in-house, including the sambal sauce, original chilli sauce, Thai chilli sauce and XO sauce. Goldleaf Restaurant (Katong Square)
Suntec City North Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-313 Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6235 3386
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm Daily
Sapporo-style Miso Ramen Eatery Makes Its Return To Singapore
Ramen eatery Bishamon has returned to Singapore after a 4-years absence.
Bishamon’s fans will remember it for its Sapporo-style miso ramen, categorised by moderately curly yellow noodles and broth cooked with three types of miso – red, white and black.
However, instead of a full shop-front, it will be sharing restaurant space with chicken ramen chain Menya Takeichi at Eat At Seven, Suntec City.
It signature is the Special Sapporo Miso Ramen ($15.80), topped with large slices of kurobuta pork collar cha shu, along with a medley of corn, bamboo shoots and soft-boiled eggs. Bishamon Ramen (Suntec City)
Monster Curry – Novena
Velocity@Novena Square 238 Thomson Road, #02-78/79, Singapore 307683
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Japanese Curry Rice On A Whopping 34cm Diameter Plate
Monster Curry is a Japanese chain of restaurants that specializes in monster-sized curries at value-for-money pricing.
Be ready with your appetite when you visit any of its 13 outlets all over Singapore, with its newest opened at Velocity @ Novena.
Recommended is the Monster Combo Curry ($25.00), large enough for 2 or perhaps even 3 diners. Or 1 very hungry person.
Half of your plate is slathered with THE curry sauce, and you get generous portions of pork katsu, fried fish, pork shabu-shabu, tempura, and cheese.
The cheese is further torched so that it melts over the slab of golden deep-fried pork. Monster Curry (Novena)
EN Sakaba @ Capital Tower
Capital Tower, 168 Robinson Road, #01-10 Singapore 068912
Tel: +65 6423 0110
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
All-You-Can-Eat Miyazaki Wagyu & Premium Queen Crab Japanese Hotpot Buffet
EN Sakaba is one of the few restaurants carrying the award-winning Grade A5 Champion Miyazaki Wagyu.
For a limited time, the Japan No. 1 Miyazaki Wagyu & Premium Queen Crab Hotpot 90 Minutes Buffet is available for only $78++ (usual price $108++ per pax). (DFD Special: Quote ”DanielFoodDiary and get 5 types of sashimi instead of the usual 3.)
Now, that’s a steal.
A lighter version of this, without the buffet is also offered. You can have the Miyazaki Wagyu & Premium Queen Crab Hotpot Set at $58++ per pax (U.P. $88++/pax). EN Sakaba (Capital Tower)
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