Enjoy Street Hawker Styled Satay at Lau Pa Sat Satay Club (Former Telok Ayer Market)

Once again, it has been a rushing day for me since I have schedule a massage session at Passage New York down Cecil Street and I suddenly had a craving for Satay and the nearest place for it will be the famous Satay Club at Lau Pa Sat. Formerly known as Telok Ayer Market, it has been a gourmet paradise since early 1970s and Satay Club has attracted many locals and foreigners to dine on the Boon Tat Street itself, with road being closed for the overwhelming diners in the night. An experience which you would not find anywhere else in Singapore !

While I was in the mist of choosing which satay stall to order from, a Malay local walked towards me and spoken in all languages you could not imagine. English, Malayu, Hokkien, Cantonese, Mandarin, you name it, he says it ! His “sales tactics” definitely work as I could not help but to order from him because of his humor.

The stall offer set meal for diners and despite knowing that I does have a huge appetite, I thought 30 sticks of satays and 10 sticks of grilled prawns would not be a problem for me. The set meal cost about $38, quite reasonable.

The satay was soft and chewy. the juiciness and sweetness of the satay can be tasted without dipping into the peanut sauce. However, the peanut sauce has diminished the taste of satay for it was much watery and oily compared to other peanut sauces I have tried from other stalls.

The prawn was the disappointment of the meal as though grilled, it does not taste any freshness at all. The shell sticks to the prawn and I had difficulties peeling it off from the prawn. The texture was mushy and the prawn entirely being marinated with black pepper, covered the taste of the prawn itself.

As usual, I started my “battle” to finish all the food, but after 20 sticks of satay and 8 sticks of prawn, I have waved the white flag. Not wanting to waste the food unnecessarily, I take-away the remaining food.

Conclusion

Definitely I will still visit Boon Tat Street again as it provide a unique ambience of the old time street hawker which has long disappeared in Singapore. A good spot for tourist to enjoy this special kind of dining experience. (By the way, it is closed for renovation at the moment and Satay Club has moved to Satay By The Bay)

Article created on 17 September 2014, updated on 16 July 2015.

Visit to Hei Sushi – Singapore’s First Halal Sushi Belt Restaurant

It was in the late afternoon while my girlfriend and I needs to draw some cash and the only ATM machines near my house was at Sakae building at Tai Seng. While strolling along the building, we have saw this restaurant, a halal certified sushi belt restaurant and decided to give it a go. Perhaps it was Sunday and not dinner time, the crowd was not that much.

Related: Special Sushi Birthday Cake at Link’s Hotel Teru Sushi.

We are more curious rather then hungry, therefore only ordered a small portion of food.


Conclusion

I would not say that the food are of the best quality and freshness and the most disappointing was the fried sushi which was a total disaster. Instead of being piping hot and crunchy, it turns out to be cold and soggy. Seems like it has been prepared some time ago. Price are not cheap either. With just a few dish and drinks, the bill churned out to be close to S$ 50.00 for 2 pax.

Hei Sushi
#01-02, 28 Tai Seng Street
Singapore 534106
Tel: +65 6382 1494
www.heisushi.com

Operating Hours:
11.30am to 9.00pm daily (excluding Public Holidays)

They also do have some other outlets scattered around Singapore at Sembanwang Shopping Centre, Downtown East, IMM (Kiosk) and Bedok Point

Singapore-based Firm Developed Halal App To Bring Muslims Food into Social Media – HalalTrip

Screenshot of HalalTrip Website.

A Singapore-based firm, CrescentRating Pte Ltd has recently developed a new mobile app HalalTrip, to aid Muslim eaters as well as travellers to share halal restaurant discoveries not only in Singapore, but around the world. This will definitely helps Halal travellers and eaters to have lesser problem looking for a Halal restaurant and at the same time, gives them a wider range of food selection which they can choose to eat from.

As explained by chief executive of HalalTrip, Fazal Bahardeen, Halal food is one of the biggest drivers of tourism for the Muslim market and when traveling is concerns, food become an important factor to these consumers as well. The social media element does not only try to discover halal food on the go, but at the same time making it a more fun and intuitive experience.

Halal Logo in Singapore

Halal is often being used in reference to food that are permissible for Muslims to eat or drink under Islamic requirements, specifying the criteria of the type of foods are allowed and how it was being prepared.

Beside providing a platform for Halal food, the HalalTrip app also enables users to take and upload photos of halal dishes, write comments and share them through the social media. With a click on a photo in the app, it will gives details about the dish as well as location of the restaurant. The app is available for Apple iOS and Android devices at the moment.

Related Post: Special Sushi Birthday Cake at Teru Sushi.

We does not end here. What we are going to do today is to download the app and give it a try. Before using any of the app’s features, the first time is to prompt for language settings, either in English or Arabic (written in Arabic language).

After that you will come into a clean interface with generally four topics – Halal Food Spotter, In-flight Prayer Time Calculator, Travel Dua and Book A Hotel (under development).

For the In-flight Prayer Time Calculator, you will need to login before they enable you to use the feature while the Travel Dua is free to open without any restrictions.

Since our focus today is trying to search for Halal food from the app, we will drill further only into the first tab, Halal Food Spotter and explore it.

After you have clicked on the tab, it will show you a series of photos with the type of food and the restaurant name. It will also have an indication how far it is the restaurant from you. (You need to enable settings in iPhone in order to track the distance.

Tab on any of the photos and I will bring you right into another interface which has more information about the restaurant itself. It may includes information like Non-Vegetarian, India, if restaurant is Muslim owned, etc. As I believe currently the HalalTrip app is not being widely used yet, so the photos and information are actually quite limited. I think as there are more users and social media power, the information within the app will start to grow slowly as well.


Interface of Halal Food Spotter Tab.

Before I end this post, I decided to search through the App Store and there was actually quite a few other established apps that offers similar services, such as Halal Food Finder (Singapore Only) and Zabihah.

Delicious Cabbage Roll and Mango Dessert at Ang Mo Kio’s Hong Kong Dessert (谢记)

Hong Kong Dessert Shopfront


Since I was still early for my hair cut appointment, my girlfriend had the sudden crave for dessert which she has been thinking for the past few weeks and highly recommended by many other customers as well for their desserts. The Hong Kong Dessert is located in a small shopfront at Jubilee Square. Looking through the glass windows, customers are scattered around the tables, chatting and enjoying their desserts.

Hong Kong Dessert Interior

The entire shop is not very big and I think only possible to house about 12-15 pax maximum with their tables. We was greeted by a Malay auntie whom show us their menu. Surprisingly, given their small shop yet they have a large menu and best of all, it is halal as well. Initially, we was only interested in the desserts but as we skipped our lunch, we thought to have something light as well.


Hong Kong Dessert's Vietnamese Sugar Cane Prawn Roll and Fried Yam Ball
Hong Kong Dessert's Cabbage Roll

These are some of the food which we have ordered. The portion are not very big, but definitely it still helps to fill our stomach for the time being.

Top Right: The Fried Yam Ball (S$4.00) might not have an appealing look, but the taste is really heavenly. The crust is very crispy and the flavour of the yam is seasoned perfectly. Really delicious.

Top Left: The Vietnamese Sugar Cane Prawn Roll (S$ 4.50) is slightly disappointing. Perhaps it took them quite a while to serve the dish, the crust was soft though fried into golden colour. Tasted more of flour than prawn in the dish. Sugar cane ? Maybe just an ornament I suppose.

Bottom Left: One of my recommendation is their Cabbage Roll (S$ 3.80). My girlfriend like this dish so much that she even took my share ! They steamed the cabbage roll and the flavours are all locked within the cabbage. The cabbage are soft and sweet, with the nicely marinated filling, it tasted a really good.

Hong Kong Dessert's Mango with Aloe Vera

Here comes our dessert ! This is for my girlfriend, the Mango with Aloe Vera (S$5.00). This is one of the new combinations I have seen for mango dessert. I took a mouthful of the dessert and definitely mango does tasted well, but as aloe vera itself has a very strong  distinct taste. Dessert itself is very refreshing, but I thought all would like the overwhelming taste of aloe vera.

This is my heavy weight champion mango dessert, Mango with Glutinous Rice Ball and Black Glutinous Rice (S$5.00). The serving was so generous that you could see it is almost overflowing from the transparent bowl. The citrus mango combined with the sweetened black glutinous rice paired up perfectly and the glutinous rice ball helps to reduce the sweetness of the dessert. However, having carbs and carbs together,  I slowly felt glutted.

One thing I like about Hong Kong Dessert is they operates more like a home cooked rather than commercialised whom dish out dessert after dessert without any hesitation. Although their presentation might not be the best, certainly they have maintained a good standard in their taste and service. Will be back for more in near future.

Hong Kong Dessert
#01-02 Jubilee Square
61 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 569814
Tel: +65 6457 1203
Opening Hours: 11am to 11pm daily

Dinner at Lucky Plaza’s Ayam Penyet Ria – Indonesia Food

What a day ! I was supposed to meet up with my girl friend and her sister at Orchard road at ION at 8pm, but I only managed to get a parking lot at Takashimaya after being “rejected” by the security guards at ION and even the valet is full. Even the Wisma Atrium’s carpark was full as well. Today agenda was to buy a bag for my girl friend’s sister, though with big brands at ION, none was to her taste and we finally forgo the present.

As usual, I was starving (I get hungry easily), and we were deciding a place for our dinner and that is when we landed ourselves at Lucky Plaza for Ayam Penyet Ria. The restaurant serves authentic Indonesian food which are famous for smashed fried chicken. Of course there are also other kinds of dishes, but mostly are fried dishes.

I thought that the soup was a disaster. It tasted like a sweet ayam soup with cheap ingredients being used for the soup. However, I does not know if that was the authentic taste of the soup. Makes me ponder.

Sayur Ayam (Sour Soup)


The Gado-gado in the restaurant is slightly different from the authentic style where it consists more of boiled veggies with peanut dressing. Instead, they uses a sort of fried the beancurd skin to in a tower shape with a little veggies as decoration. I would say that the peanut sauce is just right for the dish and it tasted refreshing compared to the rest of the fried dishes.

Gado Gado

Below are some of the main dishes that we have ordered as well. For those that are health conscious, you might not like the deep fried items, but these food certainly fit into my category. Though deep fried, it is not as oily as it seems and with the combination of the red hot sambal chili, you would not even get bored of the taste.

Bawal Penyet (Smashed Pomfret)
Tahu-Tempe Penyet (Smashed Beancurd and Beancake)
Ayam Penyet (Smashed Fried Chicken)


If you loved fried an spicy food, this will be the place you got to visit. It might not be the same as KFC, but definitely has a unique asian taste. Just beware that the chili are not laughing matter, it means REAL business. We paid about $50+ for 4 pax which I considered it relatively economic for a dinner at Orchard Road.

Ayam Penyet Ria
Lucky Plaza #04-25
Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 9pm daily

Other outlets are available as well. Below are the information.

Lucky Plaza #01-45 (11am to 10.00pm daily)
Far East Plaza #05-22 (11.30am to 10.00pm daily)
Jurong Point #B1-06 (11.30am to 9.30pm daily)
Bedok Point #01-05 (11.30pm to 1.00am daily)