Chick and Ken: Korean Fried Chicken and Artisanal Bingsu in Clarke Quay

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Chick and Ken: Korean Fried Chicken and Artisanal Bingsu in Clarke Quay
A new Korean Fried Chicken store has popped up again! I was nearby and I chanced upon this newly opened eatery so I decided to give it a try. Tongue-in-cheek name made me laugh - Chick and Ken - ChicKen! Lol. Now, on to the food.

2 Flavours Fried Chicken ($15.90)
I chose the 8 pieces version, which gives you the option to choose 2 flavours from the 3 choices (YangNyeom, Ganjang and Salted Egg).

The 16 pieces version however, gives you the option to choose 4 flavours - but I wonder what's the 4th flavour gonna be when there's only 3 flavours available.
That aside, we went with the Ganjang and Salted Egg flavour. It was well divided in terms of chicken parts. For each flavour, they gave us 2 wings and 2 drumlets. I felt that the chicken portions were a little too small. Actually, so did my friend.
Anyway, I was looking forward to trying the salted egg chicken as I wondered how it would have tasted. Sinful, I'm sure! I was expecting a deep flavour of the salted egg coated chicken, but unfortunately, it was a little blander than expected.
Its flavours were not that rich, I'm guessing it's because of the addition of evaporated milk which somehow decreased the salted egg flavour. The chilli and curry leaves were a good addition for an additional oomph.

I was more surprised by the Ganjang Chicken - simply soy sauce, garlic and mirin.
I loved the overall taste for this and its flavours had captivated me more, without being overwhelming on the saltiness aspect. This is one flavour I would recommend if you visit.

Overall, the chicken meat was tender, but I felt that it had lacked the crunchiness that I usually experience with Korean fried chickens.

Artisanal Classic Injeolmi Bingsu ($12.90)
I do give this dish a thumbs-up for its presentation.
I feel that rice cakes taste nicer when they are softer. Unfortunately, I didn't like that the textures of the rice cakes here, which were inconsistent. Some were hard, some were softer. Also, there was only a thin layer of the powder on the small rice cakes, and the flavour didn't really appear.
The red beans were really nice though. I think there should be more condensed milk given. Maybe a larger syringe would do the trick nicely. Lol.
Overall, I did like this dish because the sweetness was well balanced (red bean paste, honeyed cornflakes were lovely) and the crunch level was addictive (crushed sliced almond flakes and cornflakes). The ice was very fine, and really very well done. The only gripe for me was the lack of taste of the peanut powder, which should be the signature taste for all Injeolmi-branded foods.

Also, I did kind of like the fried chicken here, and when I come back, I will still order the Ganjang Fried Chicken flavour.

Chick and Ken
Location: 21 Lorong Telok, Raffles Park, Singapore 049033
Website: Facebook

[CLOSED] Taiwan Railway Bento 台湾铁路便当

Saturday, 21 February 2015

[CLOSED] Taiwan Railway Bento 台湾铁路便当
Taiwan Bento Railway is built on the concept of railway station bentos being sold in Taiwan’s railway stations and inside train cabins for the working class. Apparently, they are made up of a rich assortment of side dishes which are being prepared with very little oil used.

Century Beancurd 皮蛋豆腐
The presentation of this dish was really unappealing. I did not enjoy this side dish as the amount of sauce was too much and very salty. I was unable to indulge in the silkiness of the tofu due to the high level of saltiness which makes it hard to enjoy. Century egg was decent.

Fried King Oyster Mushroom 炸鲍鱼菇
The Fried Mushrooms, though one of their most appealing dishes, was unable to get my ‘thumbs up’ as the outer batter, though crispy, had lacked oomph despite having been peppered with chilli power. The mushroom taste was lacking and needs to peek out more.

Braised Minced Meat Bento 卤肉便当
The minced meat was really minced too finely and the sauce was overwhelming. The way I ate this dish was with the preserved vegetables, which amped up its flavor more. To give it another punch of excitement, I included the sambal chili sauce.

Fried Chicken Cutlet Bento 炸鸡排便当
The preserved vegetable’s saltiness was not overbearing but is still best eaten with rice. The braised dougua (tougher type beancurd) is one of the side dishes which requires more effort and I would say that it is nicely done. The fried chicken was nice and juicy with the right amounts of fats. Under the fried chicken also lies a bed of minced meat sauce, same as the Minced Meat Bento dish. I would say this has the most value out of all dishes as you get to try both fried chicken and the minced meat in the same bowl.

Verdict: Simple décor with a theme and food is decent. Still, it is not enough to attract customers to come looking for it specifically and would do well with those looking to fill their tummies with wide variety of Taiwan food dishes.

They also sell little Taiwan snacks near the entrance, do check it out if you're there.

Taiwan Railway Bento 台湾铁路便当
Location: No. 2 Kallang Avenue #02-16, Singapore 339407
Tel: (+65) 6538-0019

This is an invited media tasting session. 

Supply & Demand - Modern Italian Trattoria & Pizzeria

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Supply & Demand - Modern Italian Trattoria & Pizzeria
At first glance, Supply & Demand did look like a normal Italian restaurant. The interior is somewhat changed into a more hipster, casual setting which really comes across as a huge cafe. 

Went there with 6 girls and tried the 5 following dishes.

Truffle Fries with Garlic
Served piping hot with thick fries, it came with a bunch of fried garlic, chilli sauce and mayonnaise. It was really nicely done, but towards the bottom, the truffle taste got lesser and lesser. Eat the fries and fried garlic with the chilli for an extra punch. 

Smoked Salmon Bruschetta ($13)
Served in 5 pieces, this dish is a looker. At the most bottom, lies a grilled garlic bread, then layered with tomato concasse and topped with sun dried tomato and smoked salmon. The sun dried tomato and the smoked salmon, combined to give the bruschetta a saltier edge, while the tomato concasse made it slightly juicier. 
The taste of the garlic bread, however, was masked by the salty toppings. I would still give this dish a 'thumbs up' because it liked how it tasted overall.

Just a note, the pizza is all freshly made on the spot! Hence, we had to wait 45 minutes for it, but it was worth the wait. 

Pollo Classico Chicken Classic Pizza ($24)
The Pollo Classico Chicken Classic is a really simple looking pizza filled with chicken chunks, bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. I would have liked that there were more mushrooms, and the taste of the bell peppers were a little too much. 
The chicken was lean but the tomato based pizza had felt a little dry. It tasted better after I added more chilli flakes to the pizza for an extra oomph, which is what you should do if you order this dish, to amp up the taste.

La Mattina Dopo / The Morning After Pizza ($24)
This pizza is not only a delicious, juicy eat, but also fun! 
With mozarella, bacon, mushroom and a soft, sunny egg embedded in the centre of the pizza, it was really your all-in-one brunch in a triangular slice. 
We were trying so hard not to crack the egg while tearing out the pizza, but we failed! We did it for fun, of course. 
Well, you're really supposed to let it flow. The yolk, I mean. Break the yolk and let the runny yellow liquid flow. Then, spread it circular around the pizza center and each grab a slice! Definitely one of my favourite eats here. 

All'Arrabbiata with Shrimps ($19)
This classic Italian tomato based spaghetti is a really lovely dish to have, especially for chilli lovers. They used hot garlic infused tomato sauce to cook this dish, and the spicy aftertaste is the selling point. 
They are generous with the shrimps. If you're eating it alone, you'll have an approximate 5 shrimps all to yourself. Mix it well with the sauce and enjoy! 

Carbonara Classico ($18)
Beware what you choose here. There are 2 choices up for grabs and the name is very similar: Classico and Cremoso. Classico is the version which is prepared without cream, and that's what you see here in the photo. While it had a very slight hint of cream, I didn't really enjoy this dish because I felt it was too dry. Their shaved cheese was insufficient too and this dish was really so-so for me.

Unfortunately, after all that food, we were too full to order any desserts. There were some hits and some bare misses, but overall, I would come again, at least for The Morning After pizza and the very shiok All'Arrabbiata Pasta!

Recommended eats: 
All'Arrabbiata with Shrimps Pasta
The Morning After Pizza
Smoked Salmon Bruschetta

Supply & Demand (Orchard Gateway)
Location: 277 Orchard Road, #02-13/14, Orchard Gateway, 238858
Tel: 6702 6218

Thai Boat Noodle

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Thai Boat Noodle
Thai Boat Noodle opened at Bedok Point on 22 January 2015. Its founder, Ms Khun Aum (pronounced ‘Khoon Ahm’, is bent on bringing authentic Thai food to Singaporeans, where she is currently based in with her Singaporean husband and kids.

About Thai Boat Noodle:
Thai Boat Noodle is a new Thai noodle bar and casual dining restaurant located in Bedok Point, that serves quality authentic Thai-Chinese street food, using the freshest ingredients sourced directly from Thailand. It is the first restaurant to bring you the one and only, Thai Boat Noodle, also known as Kuai Tiao Ruea or, rice noodle. Not to worry, there's no pigs' blood involved, unlike the original Kuai Tiao Ruea in Thailand."
The highlight of the restaurant is its $1 / $1.50 Thai Noodle Bowl that is served in a variety of style – dry, soup, spicy pork and tom yum.

Boat Noodle Soup / Kuai Tiao Ruea ($1)

I liked this noodle soup! It was well done and I slurped it up in a mouthful. It came with Thai Pork Ball, sliced pork, kang kong, bean sprout.

Boat Noodle Dry / Kuai Tiao Ruea ($1)
The dry version of the Boat Noodle Soup, which contained same ingredients as the soup version, except that this version also came with their homemade Thai Black Sauce. I like soupy stuff, hence I would go with the soup version for this one.

Spicy Pork Noodles  / Yum Woon Sen ($1)
Glass noodles, thai pork ball and minced pork. Somehow, this was slightly too sourish for me, hence it was just a so-so dish for me. Good for people who love sour foods.

Tom Yam Noodle / Kuai Tiao Tom Yam ($1.50)
The tom yam noodles came with prawns, sliced fish slice & tomato wedge. The Tom Yam tasted pretty good, and would recommend this to those who loves a good Tom Yum taste.

Crispy Chicken Skin / Nang Kai Thot ($4.80)
Made with Khun Aum’s grandmother’s personal recipe, the Chicken Skin is one winning dish in the menu which most will enjoy.

Light and most crispy, it tastes really good and is not really that oily.

Tom Yam Fried Rice / Kay Pad Tom Yam ($7.80)
One of my favourite dishes of the night, I really liked the Tom Yam flavor, deeply flavoured in the rice. With its

Thai Pandan Jelly / Wun Gati Bai Tuey ($5 for 4 pcs)

Made with chestnut, Coconut Milk and Pandan Jelly, this dessert was really light and good to have after an oily meal. I almost could not stop snacking on these as it was quite addictive.

Drinks (from $2 to $4): Thai Ice Milk Tea (Cha Yen), Homemade Lemongrass (Nam Ta Krai) and Homemade Roselle (Nam Kra Heb)

The drinks were really nice, and my heart goes to the Thai Ice Milk Tea and Lemongrass. It was really refreshing and with a nice Thai meal, you cannot go without Thai Ice Milk Tea!

They are also having a Eating Challenge now, which will last 10 weeks per season. The top prize is an iPhone 6, so please do check it out here!

The top challenger is currently a guy who ate 37 bowls of their noodles! 

Take up the challenge and let it stack!

Thai Boat Noodle
Location: Bedok Point, 799 New Upper Changi Road, #02-32/34 Singapore 467351
Tel: (+65) 6445-3392

This is an invited media tasting session.