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!


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.

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).

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 .

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.

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.


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 .

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.

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.

The menu

Quite an decent spread.


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.

Nice interiors

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


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.

Fried calamari

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

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.

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.


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?

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?

Tomato soup & hot apple tea

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

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??

Market Street Food Centre (Golden Shoe)

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

Plenty of Car Park lots beside the Tanjong Pagar Community Centre

Bus Stop

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