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Singapore: Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen at Liang Court

Ah, Liang Court.

One of my new favorite malls to visit. Why? Though it sits next to Fort Canning MRT station on the Downtown Line, it doesn’t have the stressful crowds of MRT stations you’d find in Ang Mo Kio, Cityhall or Tiong Bahru. Liang Court is an old mall filled with Japanese stores and restaurants. It seems to attract a crowd that stays in the nearby condos. It’s laid back.

It also happens to be a major transit point getting from my office (Marina Bay Financial Centre next to Downtown MRT) to my house in Bukit Merah. Bus 195 is a convenient ‘feeder’ bus that takes me from MRT station to my block on a 15-minute ride.

Enough about that. I’ve done some little exploring of this pocket-sized mall and I’ve discovered a restaurant in the basement that specializes in Okinawan cuisine. I’ll write about that next time. Today, I got my ramen fix from Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen. It’s located right across from Starbucks and Subway on the ground level.

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It specializes in “kazan ramen” which is ramen served in a very hot stone bowl with a conical lid cover. But for my first trip here in weeks, I went for the classic tonkotsu ramen with a piece of cha shu.

For about SGD 12-15 (standard price for ramen in Singapore), it’s not too bad. Given you can enjoy free boiled eggs.

It’s good for a quick fix. But my favorite ramen places are still in the Tanjong Pagar area near Orchid Hotel. I want to try the kazan ramen next time and I’ll write an updated review about that here.

Location: Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen, Liang Court (177 River Valley Road). Nearest MRT Station: Fort Canning (Downtown Line).

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VivoCity Place to Eat: Express Teppanyaki

Don’t you love the sound of sizzling meat and vegetables? Teppanyaki is about the experience of having it cooked right in front of you. It makes me smile haha.

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Express Teppanyaki is located inside VivoCity’s Food Republic.

Happy to discover a teppanyaki place that isn’t far from my house in Bukit Merah! PJ and I usually go to Orchard for our teppanyaki fix (this is the one at the food court of Wisma Atria).

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You get to enjoy watching the cook prepare your meal.

Location. You can find Express Teppanyaki at Food Republic, VivoCity. If you don’t know where Food Republic is, it’s near the Sentosa Express. Within the food court, Express Teppanyaki is on the left side as you enter.

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Express Teppanyaki has three chef’s stations.
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Express Teppanyaki VivoCity’s menu as of April 2019.

Price. We spent about SGD 12-16 each here. I think it’s a little cheaper than the one at Wisma Atria. The offerings are the teppanyaki basics you’d find like sliced beef, prawn, and a few other set meals that are bundled in different ways.

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Sauteed bean sprouts.

Taste. It’s your food court-style teppanyaki so it’s best to manage expectations. Is it good? I’ll say yes. It’s a teppanyaki quick fix. I liked the sliced beef with garlic and chilli bits. This has generous amounts of brown sauce. PJ ordered the king prawn set and I love that more.

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Sliced beef with garlic and chilli. There’s a thick amount of sauce.
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PJ ordered the king prawn and this was delicious.
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Another set of vegetables were served.

Bonus Video with PJ after the jump.

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Thai food concept ‘BangkokJam’ in Singapore

Ang daming gastos lately so I have been trying to save where I can. Unfortunately, that means scrimping on restaurants for the past few weeks. Leslie’s Tagaytay was an exception last Christmas… but back in Singapore… puro hawker food kinakain ko lately. Ang mahal mahal kasi ng pagkain dito. Actually lahat naman ng bagay dito ay mas-mahal compared sa Manila.

But I couldn’t help it.

Papayag na sana ako mag KFC na lang (haha!) but it was a Sunday and kating kati na ako mag-restaurant uli. We ended up at a cute place called BangkokJam (no space) at the new wing of Plaza Singapura. What sold me was the “Thai Milk Tea” on the menu at the entrance. I love Thai milk tea so much I could practically bathe in it!

Winning menu design. Contemporary and not trying hard.

Like 98% of the restaurants in Singapore at 7:00pm, the place was  full of people. I noticed families, businessmen (huh, Sunday?), couples gay and straight all enjoying their meals. Appears this place has a following. The pleasant restaurant manager (I presume, he was in smart casual) allowed us to sit at a larger table.

Immediately you’ll notice the quirky interior. Like street posts with road signs of familiar Bangkok streets. They had pseudo power lines with pink birds (an interpretation I guess of Bangkok’s hot pink taxis). Even the drink coasters were cute!

Bangkok I love you!

It took us a few minutes to look through the menu (which is strange because it’s just two sides and not a family album like Thai Express). Nakakaloka kasi ang in-order lang namin was the basic stuff like Thai milk tea and noodles.

Huwag niyo na pansinin yung mga galing CR.

I ordered the Stir-fried egg noodle with crab meat and bacon (SGD 11.90 or PHP 420.00) while Neil tried the seafood pad thai (SGD 11.90 or PHP 420.00).  Both of us had Thai milk tea (SGD 4.80 or PHP 170.00). The 7% GST not included. Bale umabot din kami ng tig-SGD 20.00 or PHP 720.00. Yes, normal mall restaurant price ‘yan!

Stir-fried egg noodle with bacon and crab meat. (Notice the green chilis mixture.)
The boyfriend ordered pad thai. Healthy colour!

Usually I’m skeptic with how Thai food tastes at a “concept” restaurant. But the noodles we had at BangkokJam AND the thai milk tea all get pretty good marks! My stir-fried egg noodle had just the right portion na hindi ka mauumay. My boyfriend’s pad thai was just right… not too spicy and the ingredients were fresh.  The Thai milk tea was like 90% how I remembered it to the ones I tried in Bangkok last year.

I know it looks like I was playing around and blowing bubbles. Thai milk tea was great!

The other Thai fast food restaurants I’ve tried in Singapore are Thai Express (uhm, sorry no but not impressed… very commercial), BaliThai (pricy and not too memorable), and this one dedicated hawker stall at  Bugis Junction (SGD 5.00 or PHP 176.00, cheapest pad thai I’ve discovered so far)… oily pad thai.

BangkokJam at Plaza Singapura is really worth another visit. I’ll go for the rice meals and curries. They have a good menu too (just click here to see).

BangkokJam Website: http://www.bangkokjam.com.sg

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Fast Food: Revisiting MOS Burger

The No. 2 fast food burger joint in Japan (after McDonalds) has several branches in Singapore. There is a branch that is a quick seven minutes walk from our flat. Neil and I went over to try.

MOS Burger has a lot of offerings but we went for the basic menu of a MOS cheeseburger (mine, SGD 3.85 or PHP 135.00) and MOS spicy cheeseburger (his, SGD 3.65 or PHP 128.00). You can top-up for a set meal with fries and drink with an additional SGD 4.00-ish (approximately PHP 140.00). All are served in a cute basket!

You can’t take away the chill sauce from Malaysia and Singapore!
Spicy MOS Burger and MOS Cheeseburger with fries. All served in a basket.
A simple and tasty cheeseburger. Moist burger patty, petite sized bun.
Nakakabitin ang fries!

The iced tea (for an additional +.30 or +.40 cents) was my favourite. Not sugary, ahem, I meant… PURE sugary like other fast food chains. This had a more “house iced tea” authentic taste to it. Plus, they add a slice of lemon.

Poor lemons… they are trapped!

Currently there’s a promotion for a drink called “Konnyaku” (add SGD 2.00 (PHP 70.00). The auntie cleaner saw my epic curious fez and said “It’s real good! Try it! Try it!”. Sige.

Health drink daw. Parang lemon shampoo.
Om nom nom nom…
He didn’t like it. Shampoo nga daw.
MOS Burger seems to be rebranding back to its classic look.

MOS Burger is famous for its rice burgers… which I have yet to try! I’m trying to recall my days growing up on Okinawa and whether MOS was a favourite back then.

According to MOS Burger’s Facebook account (Singapore), they have 29 branches including the one that just opened at Bedok Mall.

See for yourself: http://www.mosburger.com.sg 🙂