Food notes (to whet my appetite)

Since it’s coming to lunch time, I shall try to whet my appetite by talking about food.

(Probably not a very good idea.)

Japanese Food

I wanted to blog about this coffeeshop Japanese stall in Ang Mo Kio that the Goonfather accidentally discovered not so long ago. It has the best omu rice in Singapore and pretty good ramen.

I only managed to try it once and now, I just found out IT HAS CLOSED DOWN. WHY!!? How can they tease us like that!

Look at this.

Black pepper beef omu rice

Black pepper beef omu rice

Black pepper beef omu rice. This was what I ate and it was fantastic. I hope they just moved instead of closed down. But how am I going to find them?

The chicken katsu curry omu rice is the one the Goonfather loves.

Chicken katsu omu rice

And the scallop ramen.

Scallop ramen

Here’s what the stall used to look like:

Japanese food stall

If you see any stalls that look like this, tell me! =)

Korean Charcoal BBQ

There’s this huge restaurant in East Coast Parkway that we’ve wanted to try forever but never got around to until recently (when the Goonfather started watching Korean drama) because we always eat at Waraku just beside.

Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ

There are three outlets. We ate at the East outlet.

It was interesting. I like how, before we’ve even settled down properly, we already have a whole table full of food.

Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ

We ordered the buffet set. Four kinds of meat (just keep ordering until you’re happy) and free-flow side dishes (which is all the little bowls and dishes you see on the table). Our meal came up to about $45 each after taxes.

I like how the waitress cooks for us so we can concentrate on eating. She comes to our table periodically to flip meats, serve them, or add more onto the grill.

What the Goonfather likes is that they serve you fresh vegetable leaves with raw garlic and chilli padi. You’re supposed to wrap your BBQ meats with the leaves, add chilli and garlic and sweet sauce.

Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ

Quite interesting, but I think I prefer the meat alone.

We also got heart-shaped watermelon pieces as part of the package.

Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ

The place was quite empty. I enjoyed being able to dine in a quiet, super spacious restaurant. But, to be honest, I think the quality of the buffet is not worth $45.

Maybe it’s a place more suitable for rich folk who can go there and order wagyu and black angus without batting an eyelid. Maybe those will be worth it. One plate of those already costs more than our whole buffet, hehe. =P

I’d rather go eat at one of those Chinese-run Korean BBQ and steamboat stalls you can find easily in Geylang. I think some of them have better-tasting food and they’re cheap.

Ju Shin Jung Korean Charcoal BBQ is at 1018 East Coast Parkway.

Taiwan Porridge

Many people are falling sick over and over again recently, so here’s some sick people food. (Just don’t go when you’re contagious and spread your germs all over the place.)

My friends and I enjoy going to Quality Hotel for supper once in a while. There’s a Taiwan Porridge Buffet at Quality Cafe which is cheap after 10 pm ($8++ weekdays $9++ weekends). Before 10 pm, it’s $11.80++ and $13.80++.

And it’s good!

Well, it’s a buffet. There’s a huge variety of food for you to choose from. But I think they’re mostly wasted on me because I love the cheapest food with my porridge, like preserved beancurd and pickled vegetables.



But I still like going there. I like having choices and eating a bit of this and a bit of that.



Actually, if you don’t mind spending a bit more, the dinner slot is worth going for (6 pm to 10 pm) even though it’s more expensive. They have kueh pie tee during that time and it’s very good!! (And a few other extras… I can’t remember what.)

We once entered the restaurant at 9:30 pm. We couldn’t wait till 10 pm cos we were all starving. And because the kueh pie tee was only going to last for half an hour more, we kept ordering that nonstop.

It was top-notch kueh pie tee. The cup was very crispy and the ingredients had just the right proportions so that the taste blended very nicely.

Anyway, maybe it’s a good idea to eat more porridge nowadays. If you’re falling sick easily, eat more simple stuff to keep your health up!

(Yeah, we all know but we don’t listen!)

Quality Cafe is at 201 Balestier Road.

Happy eating!