Monday, June 30, 2008

EATZ: Zhen's Malaysia Pontian Wanton Noodles, AMK Central

Zhen's Malaysia Pontian Wanton Noodles
Ang Mo Kio Central Food Centre #01-16
Wanton Noodles
is a very common local noodle dish that can be found in almost any coffee shop and food centre. However, to find a very good one is hard. I really missed the wanton noodle stall that was located under a flat that used to be behind Sim Lim Square. Since then, no other wanton noodles fancied me, but now, I have found one! Zhen's Malaysia Pontian Wanton Noodles is definitely a long queue away but it must be good! Read on...



Wanton Noodles
S$2.50 / S$3
Hand-made egg noodles with char-siew (barbequed pork), vegetables, three crispy fried wantons (dumplings) and soup with two pieces of wantons. Spicy or 'Black' (non-spicy) must be specified upon ordering as the stall attendent will mix the noodles for you.




Verdict
The noodles used to prepare the wanton noodles dish is crucial to making it a success. Unlike many that uses factory-made noodles that are slightly translucent due to the bicarbonate, Zhen's uses their very own hand-made egg noodles. The noodles are very 'Q' (springy). You can tell the difference in the opaque yellow noodles. You can have a choice of spicy or non-spicy. I regretted ordering the spicy as many people ordered the 'black' (non-spicy) version to savour the very original taste. The char-siew are nothing to shout about, but I must really recommend you order the fried wanton separately. The fried wantons are fabulous and nothing compares! The fried wanton skin is very crispy and soft. The taste of the fried wanton skin is strong and together with the minced pork stuffing and suspected fried lard bits, makes the wanton perfect! Fried wantons are available at 14 pieces for S$2.50. Cheap!! Coincidently, Zhen's Malaysia Pontian Wanton Noodles is just located opposite super-hyped Centre Satay Beehoon.
You MUST TRY!

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Sunday, June 29, 2008

DIABLO III by Blizzard™

The computer game that once revolutionized computer gaming. A game that very computer gamer has played. Now, fans of this game will be thrilled once again with the arrival of DIABLO III by Blizzard™ Entertainment. DIABLO III promises more character classes, more villains, more hack-&-slash, more skills, more spells, more blood, more violence and a meaner badder DIABLO!

OFFICIAL SITE



Here is the cinematic trailer.


Preview the Gameplay.


Saturday, June 28, 2008

VIDEO: Utada Hikaru - First Love

FIRST LOVE
(Live from Utada United 2006)
Utada Hikaru (宇多田ヒカル)
The song we all so love and dedicated to those who just fallen in love.
You know who you are! This is dedicated to you and Adele ;P

EATZ: BEST KAYA BUN in Singapore, YY Kafei Dian

YY Kafei Dian
YY喜园咖啡店
37 Beach Road #01-01
YY Kafei Dian is one of my favourite haunt for the arguably "BEST KAYA BUN" in Singapore. YY Kafei Dian is located at the end of Purvis Street, which is also known as Hainan Street in the past. I would call Purvis Street the "urban foodies' street". Purvis Street is lined with 4 very popular Hainese eateries: YY Kafei Dian, Chin Chin, Hainan 2nd Street and Yet Con. Apart from Hainese cuisine, Purvis Street is also the place to find good Thai, Italian and Western cuisines. Now, isn't that a "Foodie's Haven"?
This time, I shall introduce my 3rd favourite Hainanese eatery, YY Kafei Dian. YY Kafei Dian is known to serve the "BEST KAYA BUN" in Singapore. Read on to find out!

Kaya Bun
Fragrant, thick but soft and fluffy traditional buns/bread baked in the coffee shop, prepared on the spot and served when it is still hot! An attempt to unravel the secret to the great taste of the kaya bun, I discovered a slice of butter 'swimming' on the kaya layer. This is the best 'old skool style' kaya bun that our parents and grandparents will love!



Yam and Chicken Claypot
(not the real name)
Yam and chicken meat stewed in a coconut sauce in claypot. Tastes from both core ingredients are fused with the coconut milk to create a magnificent taste.



Stir-fried Kang Kong
(not the real name)
No need for elaboration, this very popular stir0fry kangkong is in the hearts of every Singaporean.


Verdict
When claimed to be the "BEST KAYA BUN" in Singapore, this title will raise many eyebrows, since Kaya Bun is a common snack in Singapore and is sold in every coffee shop, prepared in every home. The winning ticket for the "BEST KAYA BUN" is to bake the FRESHEST bread/bun and serve them piping HOT! YY Kafei Dian has been doing that for years and had since gathered many foodies who visited them particularly for their Kaya buns. The minute you step into YY Kafei Dian at the right time, you will smell the fragrance of the freshly baked traditional buns lingering in the coffee shop. Like a magnet, it will 'drag' you by your nose and put you on a seat. The next thing you know is that you are sinking your teeth into the hot, soft and fluffy white bun while the melted butter and kaya oozes out. I love to put my nose on the bun and take a deep breath, heavenly! There is no better to start the day with the "BEST KAYA BUN" in Singapore and a cup of traditional coffee. Sadly, the coffee is only mediocre.
While you might not always be in the city early in the morning for breakfast, you can visit YY Kafei Dian for lunch or dinner as well. At YY Kafei Dian, there is a variety of Hainese dishes to choose from. I particularly love the "Yam & Chicken Claypot". The sweet yam is stewed till soft, along with tender chicken chunks in a coconut milk sauce. The tastes from these ingredients then fused together to create this magnificent taste that only this Hainanese dish can do it. I was rather disappointed to see small whitish bits in the coconut sauce, suggesting that they had use instant coconut milk instead of fresh coconut milk. There are better versions of this dish in more posh restaurants, but at a cheap coffeeshop price, I am very much satisfied. In the city, it is hard to find cheap food at the heartland prices, Purvis Street is where you find the cheapest food! Most importantly, having the "BEST KAYA BUN" as breakfast or as a starter before lunch or dinner is a MUST!

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Friday, June 27, 2008

CATS [猫猫]: 小白

小白
[猫猫]

小白
小白 or "Little White" used to fear me everytime I approach her,
but recently she dropped her guard against me and became my good friend.
She also discovered the joy of being photographed,
and has since become one of my model.
She is one proud puss!


Photography & Editing by William Tan
Equipment Fujifilm FinePix F50fd
©William Tan 2008



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Thursday, June 26, 2008

EATZ: EDOGAWA Japanese Teppanyaki @ Velocity

EDOGAWA Japanese Teppanyaki
Velocity@ Novena Square #01-51/52
Tel: 6356 5610

Looking for a new Japanese restaurant to visit? EDOGAWA Japanese Teppanyaki is an ethnic Japanese restaurant located at Velocity @ Novena Square, and serves Teppenyaki, Grills, Sushi, Sashimi, Don and Noodles at reasonable prices. In the proximity, there are Curry Favour and Ichiban Boshi Japanese restaurants. So how will EDOGAWA fare among these resident Japanese restuarants in Novena Square?
I sought it out and read on to find out.


Nattō
(納豆)
S$7.80
A fermented soy bean with a strong smell of ammonia, strong taste and a very sticky consistency. The beans are topped with nori strips. There seemed to be egg yolk among the nattō.



Yakitori
S$7.80
Grilled skewers of juicy, tender chicken chunks, drenched in a sweet teriyaki sauce.



Katsu Don
S$8.80

Good o' katsu don, juicy slab of pork chop breaded and deep-fried to a crispy golden brown and topped with egg and shallots.


Grilled Mackerel Set
S$11.80
Grilled saba fish served with pickles, salad, chawanmushi, miso soup and rice. Amusingly, the mackerel is served on a wooden plate with the shape of a fish head and fin on both ends.





Verdict
During the time I visited Edogawa Japanese Teppenyaki, there was a promotional 20% OFF. Hence, the meal was actually very cheap! Each main ordered comes with complimentary dessert of either ice-cream or jelly (not sure if it is konnyaku, since I had green tea ice-cream). I thought that the nattō was quite interesting but when I tasted it, I concluded that it can be quite an acquired taste of extreme gastronomy. It reminded me of the Chun Gook Jang Jigae which I had at Jang Won Korean Restaurant. For a while, I was quite frustrated by the sticky strands of 'spider webs' when picking up the beans. Soy sauce was added before eating. The nattō had a tinge of wasabi taste and of course, seaweed. I love the yakitori especially when the meat were so tender and juicy drenched in the sweet teriyaki sauce. Nothing too unique for the Katsu Don and Grilled Mackerel Set. The mackerel was not too different from the saba fish in food courts.
Worth visiting if you are in the Novena area and looking for a less crowded and inexpensive Japanese restaurant.
Note that 10% Service Charge and 7% GST applies.

Singapore Toy & Comic Convention (27-29th June 2008)

Singapore's first ever Toy, Comic and Animation Convention is here this weekend, 27th to 29th of June 2008, at Suntec Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre, Hall 603. This event promises Games, Comics, Retail, Pop-Culture, Cosplay, Contests, Toys, Toys and more TOYS! There will be famous exhibitors from Singapore such as STIKFAS™ as well as from Japan such as BANDAI (Gundam), MEDICOM TOYS (Bearbrick & 1/6th Action Figures), Nintendo and more! And not to forget the Tokidoki whose designs are famous on the branded apparal, LeSportSac!

Learn more about this event here!
http://www.sgtoyandcomiccon.com/index.html


Being quite an avid toy collector myself, I will there to experience this major gathering event of toys and have fun in the photography competition!
I LOVE TOYS!
CLICK ON ANY PICTURE TO READ & VIEW MY TOY RELATED POSTS/GALLERY

























NOTE: Above are just probably 5% of my humble collection.

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