Thursday, April 10, 2014

21 on Rajah - Weekday Dinner Buffet

Heard so many rave reviews and seen gorgeous food pictures of the buffet offering at the recently-Halal restaurant ~ 21 on Rajah, located within the new Days Hotel. My colleague, Sri and I have had enough and decide to check it out for ourselves.

We've always been 'buffet partners' and it's only right we both go together to explore.

Chose to go on a weekday to avoid unnecessary crowd.

The great service here deserves a mention (and a thumbs up). I did keep a lookout for points that will be noticed by those with initiative and they passed easily.

1- Reservation was made easily over the phone. When asked about different offerings between weekday & weekend dinners, they were upfront about the absence of the 'Rojak' station as well as crayfish in the seafood section.

2- I wonder if they'll make effort to the heavily pregnant me (made no special requests over the phone). As soon as we were shown our table somewhere in the middle of the dining area, the staff looked at me and asked, "Would you like a seat nearer to the front?" Awesome!! Our table was the NEAREST to the food.

3- We don't bother to be prim & proper when peeling the seafood shells. When I got up for a 2nd round of seafood, I came back to see a bowl of water with lemon wedges (for washing hands). My dining partner asked, "Did you request for this?" Nope, I did not. But that's another PLUS for their service!

4- The staff manning the roast station saw me taking pictures and told me hold back on taking a pic of the almost skeletal seabass, right then. He offered to call me when a freshly-grilled/baked seabass comes out.

5- The same staff offered to order a laksa for me from his friend manning the laksa counter. He even asked if I want more prawns. I declined, saying that I've had enough prawns from the seafood station. He replied, "Maybe you don't want. What about your baby?" Aww...

6- Staff offering to help bring a fully-laden plate to my table. I declined. Paiseh. 

Okay… on with the food!

IMG_2813

This sculpture within the restaurant is just sooo cute!

IMG_2814
The dining area 

White and blue contemporary concept. Very Santorini, somehow. Spacious. The hanging bird cages are a nice touch, though.

IMG_2795
Desserts station!

Flanking the left side are the mousses & puddings in shot glasses and mini containers.

In the middle is a platter of local delicacies like Nyonya/Malay kuehs.

Beside it are the cuts of fresh fruits.

The plated tiers on the right are small cuts of cakes and more shot glasses of sweet things (I later learnt that they are Durian Pengat).

IMG_2796
The sushi & seafood station

There weren't many varieties of sushi. Just Inari Sushi, California Maki, Corn Gunkan And Tobikko (flying-fish roe) Gunkan. Accompanying condiments are the slices of pickled ginger, wasabi and 'shoyu' (soy sauce).

As we've already been told that the crayfish won't be available on week nights, we didn't expect much. But there are still ample green-lipped mussels, fresh tiger prawns and snow crabs (claws and legs).

Accompanying condiments for these are the regular lemon wedges, Tobasco sauce, tomato salsa, garlic salsa verde and lemon-wasabi mayo.

IMG_2797
The line of food stations

IMG_2803
Fondue station

Located in a corner, beside the salad bar.

There are jars of marshmallows, biscotti & lady's finger biscuits. Then there are bowls of almond slivers, grapes, dried apricots and raisins, I think?

And of course- the fountain of flowing warm & decadent, dark chocolate sauce.

IMG_2798
Salad & Cold Dishes/Appetisers bar

The appetisers:
(From top-left) Oriental chicken salad, Wild mushroom salad, many many slices of smoked salmon (OMG!) and potato salad.

Nothing drives me crazy like the salad bar.

In the left corner were all the salad condiments like pickled capers, garlic & beetroot. There are slices of fresh zucchini, julienned carrots and wedges of tri-coloured bell peppers.

The salad bar had a big bowl of mixed mesclun greens, large leaves of cos lettuce and another bowl of rocket/arugula. And various salad dressings. Also croutons. There's an empty bowl with salad tongs for people who prefer to mix their own salad.

IMG_2801
Braised Lamb Shank

My favourite! I loooove lamb. Can't wait to try this!

IMG_2806-1
Steamed Fish Fillet in Superior Soy Ginger sauce

Looks like a simple dish but the sauce does appear tantalising.

IMG_2804
Roasted food station - Freshly-grilled/baked Moroccan Seabass

Apparently, the type of roasted/grilled meat served at this station change daily. I've seen pictures of the rib-eye steak online and since we knew that this station will still be available, I had assumed the steak will be there.

Turns out that day, the grilled item is Moroccan seabass. A huge one, at that.

Look at the hefty fish in all it's glory! All disappointment of not getting any red meat flew out the window at the sight of this beauty.

I so happened to be in the area when I heard the kitchen manager telling his staff to, "Get the fish ready!"

Hearing that, I scrambled to get my phone. The friendly staff who offered to call me when when a new fish is to be brought out; looked around and smiled when he saw me. He called me over. "Ready to take picture?" he asked.

"Of course!" And only then, did he bring out the he-yuge platter out onto the station, with the scent of grilled spices wafting from behind it. He let me take some pics and waited for my 'OK' signal before proceeding to carve the fish and serve the line of people.

Sibeh paiseh (very embarrassing) but he really kept his words!

IMG_2807
Baked/grilled fish being served to individual plates

With every time he serve a slab of fish meat, he will repeat the same warning about small bones within the flesh. And to be careful.

6c06a500-1cb6-4b8d-850e-d032449952cd
With my plate of seafood & sushi

I only took 1 item from the Japanese food section - the California maki. Sushi = carbs = filling. Gotta' avoid that when having buffet!

I heaped on the prawns, mussels, snow crab claws and legs. Took dollops of tomato salsa, the delish garlic salsa verde and my favourite lemon-wasabi mayo.

Needless to say, I went for a 2nd round of these awesomeness!

IMG_2800
My plate of salad/cold dish/appetisers

I didn't mix my salad in the bowl as I like to try out the various salad dressings available. So I heaped on the loose leaves of mesclun greens, julienned carrots and croutons with many dollops of the various dressings on the side.

Of course I sampled ALL the appetisers available.

The potato salad looked simple but it's tasty. Tasted almost like an Indian dish because it seemed spiced. The wild mushroom salad was tasty too (as ALL mushroom dishes are!).

The Oriental chicken salad, as expected; did remind me a lot like chicken rice. Really! Refreshing taste, though. Not gamey at all, despite it being a cold chicken dish (I'm skeptical about eating cold chicken meat).

And of course, the slices of smoked salmon. I dipped those in the lemon-wasabi mayo from the seafood station. With added wasabi. And some rocket leaves.

In the background is a bowl of warm pumpkin soup (soup-of-the-day). It's really delish and it's not the kind that's heavy on spice, so its more sweet-ish..

IMG_2810
Hot foods - Western

(From top-left) Ricotta cheese tortellini, braised lamb shank, seafood in spicy tomato sauce, baked potato wedges.

The tortellini was something I've never had before so I was really curious. Too bad it was kinda' soggy after sitting too long in the cream sauce. The skin became too thick as a result and totally overwhelm the cheese filling inside.

The braised lamb shank had really tender meat and the sauce was nice. But the meat appear a lil' dry at parts (maybe due to over-exposure) and tasted a lil' gamey too. I countered that with the help of some garlic salsa verde.

The seafood in spicy tomato sauce was filled with a chock full of seafood varieties like mussels, scallops, calamari rings, prawns and fish fillet. The sauce came off a lot like marinara, albeit a bit more watery. I think it was supposed to be a more Mediterranean flavour?

The baked potato wedges was a simple dish, meant to accompany all the other dishes, perhaps.

IMG_2808
Hot foods - Eastern/Oriental

(From top-left) Sweet & sour chicken, steamed fish fillet, grilled seabass and crabmeat fried rice. The only item from this section that I didn't take was the Chinese greens (Kailan) in oyster sauce.

The sweet & sour chicken and steamed fish fillet were pretty tasty! 

Took dollops of the wasabi-lemon mayo and garlic salsa verde to complement the fleshy grilled seabass meat.

The friendly chap at the roast/grilled meat section gave me a much bigger portion of the fish (as compared to what he gave others) and chose the tasty, crispy and well-seasoned section near the breast/pectoral fins.

The Moroccan spices totally complement the sweet fish meat! Whoa. 

After all that delicious goodness, the fried rice came off as a tad bland, though. Pfft. 

IMG_2802
Laksa

There's someone to prepare the laksa for you. Just make the request and a portion will be prepared on the spot. I think you can ask for more prawns, if you want. No 'see hum' (cockles) though.

We can self-serve the 'sambal' (chilli paste) and laksa leaves (Vietnamese mint) ourselves, after the piping hot bowl of laksa is served to us.

-------------------------------------------------------------------
After this round of hot food, I felt that if I didn't move on to desserts, I might not have room in my belly for those sweet treats.

Especially when we sat sooo near the desserts station and we saw people already flocking to help themselves. I-must-not-miss-out!

The amount of local and western delicacies were more or less equal. Stuff like Nyonya/Malay kueh and puddings/cakes etc. There's even a pot of Bubur Terigu (I think this will change everyday).

IMG_2815
Desserts plate 01

- Choc-dipped fruit & marshmallow skewers, lady's finger biscuit & biscotti - from the self-service Fondue station
- Klepon/Onde2/Buah Melaka           } From the dessert station
- Potent Durian Pengat in a shot glass }

IMG_2816
Desserts plate 02

Small slices of Carrot Cake, Mango Cheesecake, Blueberry Cheesecake and Mango Pudding.

The carrot cake was a tad too sweet. The cheesecake flavour was too subtle. The mango pudding was nice to me, though.

IMG_2817
Desserts 03

I love all these desserts in shot-glasses/mini containers thingy. Just so fun to eat, you know. Don't forget to grab a teaspoon, though.

(From front)
- Kaya mousse w/ Gula Melaka & Crumble
- Durian Pengat w/ Gula Melaka
- same as above but taste more… stale (maybe left out a lil' too long)
- Blueberry Panna Cotta?
- Mango Pudding
- Raspberry Panna Cotta?

The Kaya thingamagic was quite decadent. Rich kaya taste but not too cloying like you've eaten out of a jar of those green stuff. The cookie crumble on top complement it rather well.

The Durian Pengat was the bomb! Honestly, I've never tasted this type of Durian Pengat (supposedly 'Nyonya-style'?) before and apparently it's pretty popular at hotel buffets, nowadays.

Liked it so much that I went back to the dessert station and stealthily snuck one away before someone else grabbed it.

The panna cotta tasted a lil' 'meh'? Hence, the question mark. Can't really figure out if it's indeed panna cotta. Did taste a lil' milky, though.

The only station that I did not take a pic of was the drinks station (despite us being seated right behind it). It was a row of 4 drink dispensers; with Calamansi, Bandung, Iced water (w/ lemon) & Pineapple-flavoured drinks. I regularly topped up on the ice-water & calamansi. Nicely refreshing!

The only downer was that you gotta get you own ice-water. No one's gonna refill your glass, if you get what I mean. In fact, they clear the glass away once it's empty.

Those who are used to the much bigger array of food offering/varieties at buffet restaurants like Sakura International buffet might seem disappointed to see that the varieties are much less here. But I dare say that this place is all about Quality over Quantity. It's like having Carousel-esque food but lesser varieties of course. And therefore, much (much!) cheaper.

And we got 15% off because there's some Maybank card promotion going on. So we paid the net price of $32 only, sans the ++.

And honestly, I'm comfortable with the amount of varieties that they have here. Sufficient to satisfy me yet not too overwhelming that it became a burden to try everything out. This way, I can go for another round of my favourite/preferred food items.

21 On Rajah
1 Jalan Rajah

Level 1, Days Hotel (Zhongshan Park)
Singapore 329133

Tel: 6808 6847

Opening hours:
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 10:30 pm
Sat - Sun: 6:30 am - 11:30 pm

Friday, March 28, 2014

Wing Zone

When I found out that Wing Zone just got their Halal-certification, I was like, "Huh? What's that, again?"

But I got really curious because:
1- It's located in Century Square, Tampines. Very near home.
2- I love chicken wings!
3- Goodness, they sure have many varieties, or what?

I checked that you'll get to try at least 2 different flavours with purchase of at least 12pcs. So I hatched a plan to gather my fellow foodie cousins. The more, the merrier and higher chance to try more flavours!

IMG_2682

The restaurant appear spacious. However seats seem to be limited somehow. To accommodate our group of 7 pax, I have to wait patiently before I can get 3 tables in a row.

There are bottles of chilli sauce and tomato ketchup on every table. Yay!

Orders are to be made at the counter and no menus available on the floor so the queue get easily held up by those making last min. decisions after browsing through the menu at the counter itself. I'm smart enough to browse through their menu online so I was well-prepared and even had people gave way to me when they can't decide yet on what to order. Heh.

Their menu can be seen HERE.

Their drinks are served fast-food style (from dispensers/fountains) and there's a jug of ice-water available on the side (self-service). Each table is given a disc upon order and it will light-up/vibrate when food is ready for collection at the servery counter.

IMG_2684
30pcs of wings and  jumbo portion of wedge fries

With 30pcs of wings, we were given a choice of 3 flavours. *rubs hands in glee*

We kept referring to the Flavour Zone but can't really decide which ones to choose. Their flavours are graded based on their heat/spiciness level :
1- A polite dose of spark
2- Get your engine going
3- If you like to really sweat
4- BURN with pleasure

Curious about the 'Nuclear Habanero' which is the only flavour that's graded 4 but I fear that it's might be history repeating itself like in the Nene Chicken experience. And it's habanero, le. One of the hottest chillies ever. Chili Padi (birds-eye chilli) are only 50,000-100,000 Scoville heat units. Habanero is 200,000 - 300,000!

So we opt for the next in the list: Hotshot (grade 3), Tokyo Dragon (also grade 3) and Garlic Parm (Grade 2).

IMG_2683
From top: Onion rings, mozzarella stix, carrots & celery

Ordered the Family Pack, which comes with  30 wings (Original or Boneless), 2 Jumbo Wedge Fries (changed one of that to Onion Rings), 2 Ranch or Blue Cheese dip (took one of each) + Carrots & Celery.

Yes, literally large, chunky sticks of fresh carrot & celery- Healthiest. Side. Ever.

I have to admit that they go really well with both the salsa and blue cheese dip, though.

We also add on the Mozzarella Stix (single portion only). I love that the onion rings are real onion rings that's coated with batter and fried .

IMG_2687
Wedge Fries

Not many are fans of wedges (maybe it's the mushy centre?) but it's interesting to see these wedges are crinkle-cut as well.

Came out piping hot. No complaints there.

IMG_2689
Ranch and Blue Cheese dip

The ranch dip is basically mild salsa. And yes, the blue cheese is stinko. Although not as pungent as I expected. Love it all the same!

Works really well to neutralise the really tangy buffalo wings sauce.

IMG_2688-1
Hotshot

Maybe I overlooked the description that says: Buffalo flavour. Maybe I've forgotten my dislike for Buffalo wings. Buffalo sauce- if you're curious, taste very much like Tobasco sauce. Period.

Salty, sour and... that's it. Spicy?? NO. Argh!

The only way I can tolerate this is to dip in the sweet chilli + blue ranch sauce .

IMG_2685\
Garlic Parm

'Parm' being short for 'Parmesan'. I expect some strong cheesy flavour (maybe reminiscent of the one from Nene Chicken?) but all I got was some tangy taste, not unlike the Hotshot, actually.

Haiyah, another bad choice. So much for something cheesy for an alternative taste.

IMG_2686
Tokyo Dragon

And… Finally. Something that we ALL like.

"Hot honey meets classic teriyaki for an experience of ginger, soy and heat."

Maybe our tastebuds are more inclined to Asian tastes? Or maybe we prefer sweet over sour? I guess the flavours we may enjoy could be the HoneyQ, Thai Chili and Sweet Samurai…?

Many have remarked that the average price of around $1.40 for a piece of wing (drumlets and mid-joint are 2 separate pieces, mind you) is a tad expensive. I gotta agree. I've also read comments from people fretting that their wings came out less warm than they prefer. Maybe service can be a lil' inconsistent, I guess.

I guess I'll only come back here where I'm very curious to check out a certain flavour or something. Or I should just get the 'Wings & Sticks' from Nene Chicken (at least I know I'll like their flavours).

Wing Zone (Singapore)
Unit: 01-19/20/21/22
2 Tampines Central 5, Century Square
Singapore 529509

Tel: 6222-WING (9464)

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm
Their website HERE.

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ottoman Kebab & Grill

Long overdue post. Seems like with this pregnancy, I'm more keen to prepare or cook food, than talk/blog about them.

It was a Friday, the one day every week where my colleagues and I didn't pack any lunch (a 'cheat' day of sorts). As we were planning on where to go, my boss called us up and excitedly told us that Bedok Mall is already open and it's hee-yuge!

Erm… Boss, ah. I been there many times, already leh…

So when there, we were wondering as to where to eat. Given a chance, we would love to go back and sweat ourselves out at our old favourite, Ayam Penyet Ria. However, we now have a new colleague who's a strict vegetarian and I guess we gotta' reconsider that option.

That's when our boss recommend that we try out that new 'Turkish' place.

It's finally open! Back then, while many restaurants have opened their doors, this one remained closed for some time.

IMG_2374
The menu

Quite an decent spread.

Sets

Each set comes with the soup-of-the-day and drink (go try the apple tea!). With additional $2, you can get dessert in the form of Sutluc/Sutlac, a Turkish-style Baked Rice Pudding.

IMG_2378
Nice interiors

Contemporary, chic yet still carry subtle Mediterranean accents… Love it!

IMG_2376
Tabbouleh

Mid-Eastern salad made of 'bulgur' (cracked wheat), tomatoes, cucumbers, finely chopped parsley, mint, onion and garlic. Seasoned with olive oil, lemon juice, and salt. Sometimes the 'burgur' is replaced with semolina.

Very refreshing starter/appetiser.

IMG_2375
Fried calamari

Yeap, we ordered this in a mid-eastern restaurant and guess what? They did a pretty good rendition of it!

IMG_2385
Doner chicken wrap

2 of my colleagues had this. Very savoury. Chicken was nicely marinated and tender.

Another colleague ordered the Mutton version but was later told that they've ran out of mutton so she replaced it with beef instead.

The beef tasted awesome! Its taste reminded us of Satay. I think it's because of the cumin, which is prevalent in most mid-eastern meat dishes.

IMG_2386
Shish Adana mutton skewer

My order. Spicy, marinated minced meat, grilled on skewers that looked a lot like little swords. At least here, they remove the skewers, prior to serving. One restaurant I went to, served the skewers as well.

Sooo dangerous! Hurhur. 

 This also tasted awesome. The tender meat was nicely marinated and beautifully charred at the right places.

IMG_2382

IMG_2383
Ottoman Shish Platter

A large platter of grilled meat - beef, chicken & seafood, sitting atop some 'Pide'-Turkish flat bread. There's also grilled veggies like cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and red peppers.

Strictly for sharing, because it's indeed a large portion.

The meats here came in generous chunks. However, they carried less taste and depth as compared to the meats in the doner wrap or even the skewers.

Maybe, unlike the elaborate marination process for the other types of meat, these were simply sprinkled with salt and pepper before being tossed onto the grill?

IMG_2384
Rice Pilav

I this this came as an accompaniment to my Shish Adana mutton kebab. But why are there 2 lumps? Didn't manage to ask the staff.

The rice comes off a a bit tasteless, if you ask me. I thougt pilav/pilaf rice is cooked in some kinda' seasoned broth or something?

IMG_2380
Tomato soup & hot apple tea

One of my colleague had the set and these are the accompaniment to her Doner wrap.

IMG_2388-1
The skewers of meat on display at the entrance

Enticing, isn't it? There's another display fridge showcasing all the desserts. Sadly, I can't find the famous Turkish sweet, the Baklava.

Oh, yeah I totally forgot to mention my vegan colleague. After all that meat-fest above, you must be wondering, "Just what did that poor girl eat?"

Initially, I had confidently introduced the Falafel to her. I told her just how similar falafel is to Masala Vadai, a staple Indian snack. Save that, instead of just lentils, falafel are made of ground chicken and maybe fava beans.

She agreed on the Falafel Wrap. While waiting for our food to arrive, we were later told that they've ran out of Falafel. Can you believe it? We were like, "Erm, it's too late to leave, right?"

We were at loss as to what she can eat. Luckily she was sharp enough to notice Prata Wala next door and true enough, these two eateries are actually affiliated. They gave her Prata Wala's menu and she easily chose herself a Paper Masala Dosai.

When it arrived, I was so amazed by the size and how beautifully done it was. And forgot to snap a pic. Pfft.

Ottoman Kebab & Grill
311 New Upper Changi Rd
#01-75 Bedok Mall

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Taquería ~ Affordable Halal Mexican!

Stumbled upon this VIDEO on HungrygoWhere's FB. Makes me excited!

Can check Taquería's FB.

Note the opening hours, though:
weekdays 11:30am-2:30pm

Weekday lunch only liao. How to go??

Taquería
Market Street Food Centre (Golden Shoe)
#03-29

Singapore 048980

Currently the menu isn't extensive and I hear the fish tacos are well recommended!









Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Buffet City is now Halal!



Boy, don't we love good news like this?!

Buffet City International Buffet Restaurant

101 Cantonment Road #01-04
Tanjong Pagar Community Centre
Singapore 089774

Hotline: 6410 9084

Fax: 6722 8520
Email: admin@buffetcity.com.sg

Carpark
Plenty of Car Park lots beside the Tanjong Pagar Community Centre

Bus Stop
75,167,196

MRT Station
Outram MRT NE3 / Tanjong Pagar MRT EW15 (walking distance)

Friday, February 28, 2014

Nene Chicken re-visited

Took the morning off for a doctor's appointment. With time to spare before I head back to the office at 2pm, I decide to pay Nene Chicken at Bedok Mall another visit.

After having tried the super-spicy one and the cheesy one (opposite ends of the spectrum!) the previous time, this time I plan to try something else.

I'm very curious about the Green Onion version, where fried chicken pieces were topped with sprigs of shredded green onion/scallions; supposedly from Korea.

I gotta' confess that I'm a big fan of green onions, dragon's breath be damned.


Green Onion Tenders meal - $9.90

With the usual suspects, accompanied with the refreshing cubes of pickled radish and the yummy buffalo sticks.

This time, I've learnt my lesson and ordered a small tub of sauce to dip into ($1). Curious as to what 'Swicy' taste like, I got that sauce. 

IMG_2268
Green Onion Tenders

Fear not. It's not really fried chicken simply topped with the shredded green onions. The crispy chicken meat were doused in this yummy sauce; which is a mix of soy sauce, mustard and sugar. Very much Asian flavour.

Awesome combo!

IMG_2266
My receipt

Anyway, that day was weekday and I stepped in right before lunch hour so the place is empty and food came out fast.

My dining experience even had an added bonus; in the form of a group of Korean ladies seated at the next table, chatting merrily. Boy, does that feel like in Korea or what?

I was curious as to what they might order. They had this:

IMG_2269
Green Onion 2pc chicken rice meal

Even they chose the Green Onion.

I almost ordered this set too. Somehow prefer actual pieces of chicken (bones and all) instead of the tenders (fillet strips). However, I love for the buffalo sticks too much to substitute them with rice. :P

Next time, it will be the Black Sesame! And maybe the Bulgogi Wings & Sticks.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Junshin Express - 50 cents Sushi!



This picture is enough to draw me to their shop. Oh, bless social network!

Shopfront

Yes, they aren't kidding with the 50cent declaration. It's the price of ALL sushi varieties, mind you.

I came with low expectations; thinking that the 50 cents charge only apply to the cheapest or most basic sushi types like the (canned) tuna, Kanikama (imitation crabmeat), Tamago (omelette), Inari (sweet tofu skin) or even sweetcorn.

Boy was I wrong. That's when I got delirious and wanna buy EVERYTHING!

IMG_2273
Temaki, Sake & Chuka

Here's where the non-50cent stuff are.

On the top shelf are the Kani temaki (sadly, only 1 variety) ~ $1.80 each.

Below that are Sake (salmon) sashimi ~ $4.80.

After that are all the Chuka (seasoned items). Like Chuka Wakame (seasoned seaweed), Chuka Idako (seasoned baby octopus), Chuka Chinmi (seasoned scallops), Chuka Kurage (seasoned jellyfish) ~ $2.80

IMG_2272
Bottles of Halal sauces

Soba sauce, sushi shoyu (dipping) sauce and even sushi rice vinegar. All have the Halal symbol on the bottles.

They also have a fridge full of vegetarian sushi. Yes, you read right. Stuff like sushi topped with fruits and veggies. Doesn't really pique my interest, though.

IMG_2249
Kani temaki, Tobikko sushi, California maki

Kanikama (imitation crabmeat) handroll, California Maki and Tobikko (flying fish roe) sushi.

There's a yellow version of Tobikko available- supposedly flavoured with yuzu? And another green one (definitely wasabi).

IMG_2251
16 sushi(s)

…To be shared with my colleague, Sri.

IMG_2250
Up close

(Top-from left) Chuka Kurage (seasoned jellyfish), Chuka Chinmi (seasoned scallops), Tako sushi (cooked octopus), Octopus salad, Chuka Idako (seasoned baby octopus)

(Centre-from left) Chuka Chinmi, Chuka Wakame (seasoned seaweed) x 2, Octopus salad, Shimeji (Japanese beech) mushrooms

(Bottom-from left) Sake (salmon) sushi, Tako (cooked octopus) sushi, Chuka Idako, Unagi (eel) sushi x 2

-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Today I have another doc appointment, and yes! Another morning off.

Reminiscent of 2 days ago, I came back to Bedok Mall and of course, Junshin Express for more (cheap) sushi!

Since I now know what the hits and misses are, I'm more confident with my selection, this time.
IMG_2275
2nd round!

(clockwise from top-left) Octopus salad, Chuka Wakame, Chuka KurageChuka IdakoChuka Chinmi, Kani salad, Octopus salad (again), Tako Sushi

If you ask for my favourite amongst all, I dare say it's the Octopus Salad. That's why I took 2 of them, this time. And now I wish I had taken at least 3 instead.

Seeing that I'm currently preggers, I skipped all the raw fish stuff like Sake (salmon), Maguro (tuna), Shiromi (white-flesh fish) or Ika (squid). I got some for my colleague, though.

I still eat sashimi, mind you. But to play it safe, I'll pay more to have them at higher-end places or the Sakuraya Fish Market; where I know that they take pride in providing really fresh, quality fish.

You can view their menu HERE (not that updated, though). You may find some items unavailable when you're at the shop but you may also find others that aren't listed, being available.

You can get updates through their FB, too.

Payment is currently cash terms only. They give ample packets of shoyu & wasabi but you can buy more at 10 cents each.

IMG_2253