Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies & Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow at Shunfu Market (Food Review)

It was a very rare Sunday morning where my family did not go for our usual Sunday service/ Sunday School. My church held a 2-day conference at the Indoor Stadium last weekend and due to family schedule conflicts we did not go.  After dropping our girl at her Math make-up lesson, Hubby and I walked over to Shunfu Market for a nice cheap breakfast.

I was really tempted to try Pacamara, Habitat Coffee and One Man Coffee BUT hubby, being the Singaporean Chinese he is, prefers the hawker fare anytime so the good wife in me decided to just spend my calories at Shunfu Market. It was our official first time there and I was really interested to find out what was good 🙂

We got there at about 10 and it was crowded with locals. Brightly lit and well-ventilated, every stall looked very tempting and yummy. We decided to head inwards to get a nice table. We finally found a decent and clean table right in front of this coffee shop:

IMG_3265This coffee shop had a longer queue compared to other coffee stalls so I decided to give their coffee a try. No one likes queuing, but I guess I prefer to queue than to risk drinking bad coffee.

IMG_3263Turned out to be a good choice after all – my small kopi was fragrant, smooth and thick – i regretted not ordering the bigger size.

I had a look at what other tables were eating before sitting down. Many of them were eating yam cake and some were eating vegetarian bee hoon. I decided to queue again – at Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies.

I ordered a plate of Abacus Seeds and a plate of Yam Cake.

IMG_3260Both looked so appetizing isn’t it? The yam cake especially, sweet sauce was drizzled generously all over! Hubby was especially attracted to the yam cake 🙂

IMG_3261And it did not disappoint. You know how some yam cake is dry, tasteless and just filled with flour? Mei Zhen’s rendition was moist, flavourful and every next bite just gets better.

IMG_3262The abacus seeds, on the other hand, were rather oily and quite nuah in my opinion. I am not an expert in eating abacus seeds but I probably will not eat this again because it is so oily! it’s like eating mushy fried flour drenched in oil.

I will try their other stuff next time 🙂

IMG_3266Hubby bought char kway teow from this Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow. I told hubby, no queue, maybe not nice.

IMG_3264Hubby ordered an otah to go with it and when he took the first bite, he went ‘bland’.

I decided to try it myself. I haven’t touched char kuay teow for a long time already and since I have already decided to binge at Shunfu, just go all the way loh.

It turned out very good leh! I am someone who can eat far saltier food than hubby and i think this char kuay teow was good! What’s wrong with hubby’s taste buds..

I ended up eating quite a few mouthfuls of CKT, quite addictive haha. Then as I read reviews online today, I realised that this stall uses healthier oil and does not use lard. If that’s the case, and the CKT still tastes good (without lard mind you), then you guys should try it for yourselves.

In any case, the food was good, the company was good. Oh by the way, there’s this uncle near the entrance of Shunfu food centre that sings old songs. I find it really cool and now the song he sang is stuck in my head:

I was like, singing this song repeatedly in the shower last night.

KTV soon, maybe?

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Your Woul Korean Restaurant at Goldhill Centre (Novena) – Food Review

Sometimes, I wonder if any other parent will occasionally ask himself/ herself  with the question “What have I gotten myself into?” while staring at their sleeping infant/ drooling baby/ jumping toddler/ chatty child. I really think that parents do not know the gravity of being a parent until they see their own creation in their hands wailing away for milk or a change of diapers, like me. Even I, a mother of 2 girls aged 9 and 2, I still slap myself (mentally) on a daily basis (whenever they piss me off especially, and yes it happens on a daily basis) as a form of reminder to continually be a good role model to them, regardless of how much I feel like screaming at them, regardless of how much I want some me time just to stone away (preferably with my favourite korean drama), regardless of how much I want to just hide under the blanket or inside the bath tub.

When I was in primary school, I used to love dinner time with my 2 cousins Doreen (aka “Fun3 Fun2”) and Benjamin (aka “Wee3 Wee2”) (my mum was babysitting them then) because that was when we could sit on the floor with our plates of rice on the coffee table and watch our daily 630pm cartoon as we ate. Mondays was Captain Planet, and there were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (I loved Donatello the best coz I liked purple colour), Looney Toons and Power Rangers. I also used to love Barbie playtime with Doreen even though we bickered quite a bit. Until now, 25 years later, I remember such things. I don’t remember homework, I don’t remember my textbooks or classroom time.

Parenting back then used to be a simple thing – making sure babies and children grow up well physically, sleep enough, eat enough, go to school everyday and go through motion. Now, no thanks to social media, we now have several schools of thought in regards to parenting styles, discipline methods and even what to eat to get ahead. It’s getting too complicated and we parents are pressurized to get ahead because we will think there is always a more ‘kiasu’ parent than us.

And you are starting to wonder if I had written the wrong title for this post.

No i did not. I met SY the preggie for dinner at Your Woul and naturally we talked about parenting and babies, so I just started this post off with some personal rumblings on my parenting journey. There are definitely ups and downs. I see you good, you see me good. I am learning to see the good in my own situations and SY is someone who thankfully reminds me to keep doing that.

I tell you, mindless chatter while indulging in a good dinner with a friend has become such a precious activity when one becomes a parent. Every rare dinner date is just too short! I reached Your Woul at about 625pm and was there in time to see a big group of Korean tourists stepping out of the restaurant looking rather full and happy. The first thought that came to my mind was “Alamak, inside still go space for me anot?”

Thankfully, that group of tourists that left was the only table.

A Korean lady greeted me and seated me down, then went on to clear the tables. The restaurant was not big. It was a bit narrow and longish, with comfortable wooden chairs. And shortly after, SY sauntered in and we ordered Seafood Pancake and Pork Rib Potato Soup (Gamjatang). We also ordered some bottled berry drinks.

IMG_3251Actually I wasn’t very hungry – I had quite a lot of food at my office’s TGIF (as usual) and also it was my first day of menses 😦 kind regretted coz I ended up eating not as much at Your Woul. SY ate a lot of these though – she said the beancurd, fish cake and lotus roots were nice. I had some kimchi, very good!

IMG_3252We tried both the Omija Juice and Black Chokeberry Juice – I personally liked the Omija Juice a lot – If you see the Chinese translation it’s 五味子 (Five Flavor Tea), which I have drunk before in Jeju – I bought back a few bottles back home even. It’s a sourish but very refreshing an appetizing fruity herbal drink that’s very beneficial to your body. Not sure about this bottled version though – probably this has added sugar and stuff. But still nice!

IMG_3253Our Gamjatang arrived in a grand big (but shallow) pot. This portion is good for 2-3 pax, but I think SY and I were kinda shaken by the size – it looked huge. We asked for a less spicy version so it came without the chilli powder on top.

IMG_3254We went without rice as suggested by the Korean lady. Which we regretted because the soup would go super well with rice. Without rice, we felt ‘jerlat’ after drinking too much of the soup. So if you order this, please have it with rice. The pork ribs were very tender and flavourful but the potatoes were a bit hard (still cooked though).

We finished maybe 2/3 of this. On hindsight, I might have more appetite if I had ordered some rice to eat with this Gamjatang and the side dishes!

I probably will not order Gamjatang again the next time I am here. I will likely order soondubu chigae or kimchi chigae – my usual favourites!

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Seafood pancake! SY liked this. I took a bite – it was quite meh. Then SY said ‘must eat with the sauce la’. I plunged my whole slice into the sauce and took another bite.

AHHH – yes now then it’s nice! hahaha. The sauce is not spicy at all, but gives a lot of good flavour to the pancake 🙂

IMG_3258Portion is also good for 2-3pax. Again we couldn’t finish. Left 2 pieces untouched 😦 Damn menses.

IMG_3259I will try the kimchi pancake the next time I go there. I kinda like the chatty Korean lady who took our order – she is a very affectionate and friendly Korean who puts a ‘lah’ behind her every Korean-accented sentence. I shall bring Hubby there next to try the Dak Galbi!

Bill came up to be about $65 which is really very reasonable, considering the fact that we over ordered and had 3 bottles of those berry drinks ($3 each, on promotion). We had to forego Udders coz we were simply too full. Decided to go United Square klkk instead.

This restaurant seems to be run by Koreans – the 2 ladies outside were Koreans and when they went into the kitchen, they would call someone inside “Oppa!…*blah blah blah*”.. it was a nice experience, SY and I were left to eat and chat in peace but when we needed a 3rd bottle of Omija, it was promptly delivered to us. Before visiting Your Woul, I tried surfing the internet for recent reviews but there weren’t any in 2014 at all. Latest were 2012-2013 posts which were good reviews. So I was wondering if it closed down. Thankfully I called and checked – if not I would have gone to Seoul Yummy or Hansang at Square 2 instead (which according to recent reviews are not too promising)!

Glad to have found this hidden gem – and even gladder that it’s so near home!

June 2015 Updates – Here and There

It’s already coming to end of June 2015. I only have 1 thing to say:

I’m not losing weight fast enough. =_=

As of last Friday morning I am 54.5kg. Then over the last weekend, I have been EATING LIKE MAD. Plus I am eating all the bad stuff.

  • Yes, last weekend seemed like an auspicious date for many weddings and I attended one last Friday at The Grand Hyatt – Man the portions were generous. I ate and ate from 8pm till 11pm. But I was a good girl – I did not touch alcohol.
  • Yes, all Singaporeans are binging on the super cheap durians now and I am no different. Had a whole box of MSW to myself last Sunday afternoon when the toddler was in dreamland.
  • Yes, all Singaporeans celebrated Father’s Day last Sunday and my family did the same, at a tze char place with loads of good food. Chilli Crabs. Prawns with Salted Egg. Whole steamed fish. You name it, I ate it that night.

You can roughly conclude that I won’t be weighing myself for the time being..

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Me on Monday, in casual colourful attire at work. Looks okay after all the feasting I hope – although the weight from all the junk usually will come in only after about a week 😦 which is ABOUT NOW.

Anyway, I have started on Intermittent Fasting Diet on a daily basis – fasting 18-19 hours a day and eating only within the 4-5 hour window. It has been about 2 weeks and it’s not so bad. I have also started going back to Amore for exercise classes since last week. I have been updating my Instagram very regularly on this – you can check it out (on the right of this blog).

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Check out the Mizuno shorts in the pic. I bought it just before class last Thursday – 20% discount and it cost just $30 🙂 I like the length – short i.e. light and portable. I attended Aero Lo that evening and had a horrible experience with the instructor who was in her own world and did not care a hoot about newbies like me. So this week onwards I will only attend Monday’s Energy Sculpt and Wednesday’s StretchFit. I need to finish up the package which is expiring this October! Cannot waste!

I really need a lot more sports attire for these classes. Besides this pair of new black tights, I only have another pair of Nike BRIGHT PINK 3/4 tights which sometimes can be quite disturbing to the eyes.. But that Nike tights is very very comfortable and the material is thick and good! I shall check out Nike Outlet soon – coz the stuff there are on a good discount!

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And I just discovered the beauty of Rooibos – especially Rooibos with Vanilla. And I have been drinking this over the weekend to stave off hunger during fasting – it works very well coz I love vanilla scents 😀

Have not encountered much weight loss yet on the Fasting diet – I will keep you guys updated 🙂

And back to the wedding last Friday at the Grand Hyatt – I managed to get myself a hairwash and blow/ curl at Hair @ Work at The Arcade (Raffles Place) for $45. Cheap or expensive ah – i really dunno. But i somehow felt cheated because I told the guy I had no time to set my hair so I just wanted a wash and blow. After chit chat he asked if he would like me to curl the ends a bit just to give it some boing boing – I said okay – and I was charged for setting the hair. =_=

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You can’t really tell from this picture – but my hair was all curled up at the ends. Even before the dinner started, some hair has become straight (like the part you saw). $45 for such standard – I am really not sure… this was my first time getting my hair ‘arranged’ at a hair salon. Any advice here?

And the guy went on to tell me that I needed very intensive protein hair treatment (2-step) and it costs about $240. Ok I do agree that my hair is in very bad shape now (after like 15 years of regular rebonding) and GOOD treatment PROBABLY REALLY costs this much.

Then a thought came to me: CUT IT ALL OFF LA! CUT SHORT LA! CHEAPER THIS WAY RIGHT?

Now what do you think of this hairstyle? *grin*

 

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Been watching this drama and I find this concave hairstyle quite cool – not too long, but long enough to tie up if required. I will probably need to put on some serum to weigh my hair down and try to tame the ends that will bend outwards but that’s fine.

IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!!