Bongchu Jjimdak (봉추찜닭)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Bongchu Jjimdak (봉추찜닭)
[South Korea, Seoul] Sorry for MIA-ing for a while, it had been a super tough few weeks at work and I could not really find the strength to post regularly. But I'm back now, and today I'm going to be talking about Bongchu Jjimdak (봉추찜닭).

This is one of the well-known simmered spicy chicken, ready to rid your stomach of excess wind and supercalifragilisticexpialidociously good to have on rainy or cold days, because you'll be pretty much sweating it out while having this dish. And that's what I did exactly, I got into its Myeongdong (명동) branch on a rainy day.
English menus are available for foreigners, so don't worry about not being to order! "By the way, how filling can a plate of simmered chicken be?", I thought to myself. WRONG! It was very filling. I ordered the small portion (24,000 won) for 2 people. Without bones too, simply because we were lazy to chew on bones and having to spit it out. Honestly, I love how generous the restaurants in South Korea are. The portion was more like for 3 people as the spicy chicken can fill your stomach up in a jiffy.
We also ordered rice, because I just can't stand eating heavy gravy items without rice (I'm Asian, that's why). The huge portion of chicken also came with thick, clear glass noodles, which was very chewy and addictive, and yummy potato slices. I don't think my picture really gave the portion justice, as most of the chicken were hiding below the noodles.

Tools that came with every table.
They will give you the eating tools - importantly, the scissors. You get down to some action, snipping short the noodles and some huge chunky chicken. Mostly the noodles, because it was really just too long and slippery.
Also, I just need to have my Chilsung Cider together with this spicy dish, as I've had with my other peppery, spicy, chilli hot Korean dishes. It was an absolutely delightful meal! Except for...... this.
The ban-chan
I'm sorry, but I really did not enjoy this ban-chan (side dish / 반찬)!  I tried a little and I just did not find this appetizing in the least. :(

Ta-dah! The second floor! I didn't go up lah, for what? So I just stood outside the restaurant, in the chilly 7 degree celsius weather with strong winds to take this photo for you. haha. :)
Surroundings - The restaurant looked small and neat, and most people eating here were the locals. They also provide baskets for customers to put their bags under their seats, I really think Singapore restaurants should adopt this bag storing habit, for we have very small seats for people with such huge butts.
Directions: Go to Myeongdong Station, Exit #8. See Tous Les Jour bakery, turn left into the alley. Walk all the way straight for about 180m. It is on the exactly same lane as Myeongdong Gyoza (명동교자)
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.1 / 5
Ambience: 4 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4 / 5
Service: 3.8 / 5

A'Pieu Korean Beauty Brand

Sunday, 8 June 2014

A'Pieu Korean Beauty Brand
No, it's not the way we spit. It's the name of a South Korean beauty brand, and I love their products I tell you!

Just a quick round-up & review of my purchases from A'Pieu just during my recent trip to South Korea:

Creamy Dome Blushers (Peach and Pink)
These dome shaped blushers are not that easy to use, because we need to find the right strength when rolling these 2 babies on the face. After you roll it correctly on your face, just use a blush brush to smooth it out and you're done!
 Here are the shades for reference (Peach on left, Pink on right):

Magic Pore Cover Balm
Time to cover some pores with this product!

 It comes with a cushion for easy application. I don't recommend using this after makeup though, because I've tried it and found it hard to use. But before make up, this balm is a good try for covering up pores.
 Scoop some up with the cushion and apply!
I'm not exactly wowed by this product, and if I really had to choose one, I will go with the Pore Booster Primer though (See below).

Pore & Aqua Booster Primers

In blue: Aqua booster primer. In Green: Pore booster Primer
 I tried these primers on in the store and I fell in love with them! They all come in a squeeze bottle with a long mouth tip for neat application.
 Squeezed some pore primer out! This primer, upon application, makes the skin smooth and matt. So easy to put on makeup after using this!
 Here's the aqua primer.
 What I love about the aqua primer is the liquid colour. Such a pearl type liquid, lovely sheen! When applied to the skin, the skin boasts some nice translucent sheen as well.

So Cool Leg Relaxing Gel
 This product consists:
- Skinny Complex: Some caffeine, Myoxinol
- So cool agent: Peppermint Oil, Menthol
How to use: After showering, wipe your legs dry and use the rollers to massage the gel into main areas of your thighs and calves upon application. After usage, make sure to wipe the gel off the rollers clean for easy and neat storage.

It comes in a shape where your hand can rest and get a good grip on the bottle during application. I did find the gel really relaxing and super, super cooling. It will continue to be very cool for the next 1 hour or so. Be prepared. haha!

Myeongdong Gyoza (명동교자)

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Myeongdong Gyoza (명동교자)
[South Korea, Seoul] A cold and rainy day in Seoul, Myeongdong. What should we have?
That's right! Myeongdong Gyoza!
How happy we were to reach the shop, just when the winds were hitting our shivering bodies.

Myeongdong Gyoza 명동교자 was opened since 1966, and have been going strong despite just 4 items on their menu. Thing about eating here is that it was so crowded and everyone was sitting together so close. I was practically listening into the conversation of the ladies beside me. hahaha.
Side dish Kimchi served!
Their famous Kalguksu (칼국수) aka Knife noodles is soooo comforting to the stomach. This consists of handmade, knife cut flour noodles with their signature boiled chicken broth and their famous mandu (만두). One bowl costs 8000 won.

Kalguksu (칼국수)
As a Singaporean, I feel so acquainted with this dish as it is quite similar to our banmian you mee (board thin noodles). Of course, both has its differences but it's the closest thing to home for me and I was very happy to be eating it!

Mandu (만두)
One of the best mandus (만두) I ever ate. A must try when you visit. The fillings are thick with freshly made minced meat. Very very good. Even picky eater, PJ, said it was one of the best meals she ate in Korea. :)

A very yummy meal! :D
Go to Myeongdong Station, Exit #8. See Tous Les Jour bakery, turn left into the alley. Walk all the way straight for about 200m.

Click on image to enlarge: Map taken from Myeongdong Gyoza's website.
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.3 / 5
Ambience: 3.5 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5

Bath & Body Works: Shimmer Mist

Monday, 2 June 2014

Bath & Body Works: Shimmer Mist
Today I'm going to share about this lovely shimmer mist I got this as a gift recently and here's my short review on it! Known as the White Citrus Shimmer Mist from Bath & Body Works, this mist is also part of their signature collection.

I'm not really the glamour type girl, and this as a gift was leaving me bewildered! haha. I use it when I go out at night, so when the street light hits, my companions will be able to see a little shimmer on me.

Brand: Bath & Body Works
Product Name: White Citrus Shimmer Mist
Size: 236ml

Pump spray

Super shiny liquid sitting in the bottle!

Note: Shake gently before spray.

Shiny Shiny! (This shimmer is only after 1 small pump!)

I love its smell, its well-balanced citrusy smells leaves you smelling fresh. I'm just not sure how people will take to it being shimmery as there's really alot of shimmer in this, so if you want to avoid looking so 'shiny', be careful with how many times you're spraying this on a single location.

Just smear it over other areas if you accidentally spray too much!

Ratings: 3.5 / 5

Nana's Green Tea

Nana's Green Tea
After painting lessons, I met PJ for lunch at Nana's Green Tea restaurant. It's a modern looking Japanese restaurant with a yellow lighted theme. By the time we finished our food, there was a long queue of people waiting for seats.
Anyway, I liked the design of the restaurant, plus the chairs, goodness, it was very comfortable to sit in.

Privacy for people sitting in the middle of the restaurant, as tables are separated by a makeshift wired wall.
Cool tables with no legs. Hangs from the ceiling.
I wanted to try the signature dishes of this place, but there was so much good looking food on the menu, I almost could not decide. This wasn't the main menu - but was the every day set lunch menu. It was quite a good deal as you get a drink with the main course. Their drinks are expensive if you order ala carte, and can easily go up to more than $7 for a glass of beverage.
We ended up ordering from this set lunch menu anyway as most of the main courses we wanted to try were listed in it.

We both ordered the cold thin green tea, which is served with no milk and sugar in it - good for the health and weight conscious. I added an additional topping of vanilla soft serve in my drink, which costed about $1 extra. Of course, if you feel that it's quite bitter, they also serve with liquid sugar which you can add into your drink as you like.
For salads, we had the recommended Chicken Karaage Salad ($6.80). I loved it! It had Chicken Karaage, tomato, lettuce, cucumber and half boiled egg. I ordered the roasted sesame dressing. :)
Next up, the Salmon & Cream Sushi Roll ($5.80 for 4 pcs, $10 for 8 pcs). It contained salmon, egg, avocado, cucumber and topped with cheese mayonnaise. Delish and very filling!
One thing about the lighting in this place, is that it's too yellow. My photos turned out quite yellow for this dish, but I assure you that it's more towards the cream looking colour. haha.
This dish, called the Seafood mentaiko udon with cream sauce ($15.80), lived up to its creamy name. I love mentaiko - aka walleye pollock roe. Its flavour infused into the creamy concoction and made it very yummy indeed. Seafood, which included prawns, scallops and squid, were worth it as they were generous with its servings.
This Chicken Cutlet Curry ($13.80) was a really generous serving of Japanese curry, warm japanese millet rice and a huge chicken cutlet. The fried chicken cutlet was fried nicely and the meat was tender and the skin was the right kind of crispy.
I should also mention that rice served in this restaurant are all millet rice. On their menu, they shared that it uses an ancient rice receipe containing 10 different kinds of cereal mixed with polished rice and it has many nutrients, such as minerals, vitamins and dietary fibre, which are good for the heart. [Plus points for being super healthy and remembering to take care of their customers' hearts!]
Just opposite their restaurant, there's a mini cafe counter with the kitchen, also part of their restaurant. It's easier as people can just order the drinks for takeaway without having to crowd in the shop while their drink is being made. Also, as the kitchen is apart from the sit down area, customers don't reek of food smells after their meal. I appreciate that very much.
The Atrium @ Orchard, Plaza Singapura (New Wing)
60B, Orchard Road, #03-80/82 Singapore 238891
Tel: +65-6684 4312
Operating Hours: 11am - 10pm (Last order: 9.30pm)
My Ratings (the higher the score, the better it is!)
Food: 4.3 / 5
Ambience: 4.2 / 5
Bang for your buck (Value): 4.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5

Kkanbu Chicken 깐부치킨

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Kkanbu Chicken 깐부치킨
[South Korea, Seoul] Founded in year 2006 amongst the saturated fried chicken market in South Korea, we arrived at Kkanbu Chicken one evening and tried it for ourselves. From franchise to franchise, we wanted to know the taste of their fried chicken that has enable their brand to open 200 franchised stores in the span of 8 years (as at year 2013). 200 stores is no small feat! 

Specialising in fried chicken, the menu also boasts a few other sides, like top shell, sausages, and fries. We only ordered the fried chicken, and it was for takeaway!
We ordered half of their crispy chicken for trying.

The takeaway box contained the fried chicken order (duh), a can of coke, and radish, as well as their sauce.
We had takeaway for this fried chicken, and after 30 minutes (till we reached home), it still remained warm and crispy!
I loved the chicken here, it was really crispy and didn't have oil dripping out of the chicken while enjoying it, unlike some fried chicken we know of.  The chicken skin was also not starchy. Super loved it!
 The wing.
 If you plan to eat in, their store is a simple, yet chic setting. Also, expect small bins with clean plastic bags for you to throw your chicken bones after enjoyment of the meat. Tissue papers are also apparent on all tables when we visited.

Kkanbu Chicken 깐부치킨 (Mecenatpolis Mall)
Address : 418-1, Hapjeong-dong, Mapo-gu, Seoul, Korea
Telephone : 02-337-2456