Monthly Archives: November 2010

Sembawang White Beehoon (Sembawang 白米粉)

Good news, for foodies in the North! Sembawang White Beehoon previously was under-going renovation. Now the renovation has ended and the shop is now open for business! The shop is located directly opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre. It has been featured in several newspapers and magazines. This place is crowded during lunch or dinner time. And it is hard to find parking space.

Exterior (From Sembawang 白米粉 Facebook profile picture)

Interior

Look at the change after the renovation. Now it look so bright, clean and ‘white’.

Queue

Now, there’s a queue system. Waited about 20minutes in this queue. More orderly and fair, allowing customers to make an order prior to getting a seat. Its much better this way from the owners’  and customers’ point of view. For owners, turnabout time is decreased as customers no longer sit down and decide on what to order. For customers already sitting down and eating, no pressure of people standing next to you waiting for you to finish up.

Lime juice $1.50 per mug

Ordered lime juice. Do note, the drink stall is now located at the interior of the stall. So do not order from when you ordering the main dishes as they are two separate entity. Was told that many people tried to ordered drinks when they were ordering the dishes as they did not see the drink stall and assumed that it was now one entity.

Menu

Same old menu =) Glad there was no price increase despite the renovation. Waited for about another 10-20 minutes for the food to arrive after getting a table.

Close up of part of the menu

Seafood White Beehoon $7.00

Seafood White Beehoon $7.00

The signature Seafood White Beehoon. The $7 portion is just nice for 2 person to share. The beehoon was cooked with a rich wok-hei flavour, soft and delicious. With generous and fresh ingredients such as prawns, squids, vegetables and pieces of fried egg. The gravy was light yet tasty. Its a simple and light dish that was cooked to perfection. Have never eaten beehoon that was cooked in this way. This is a must order if you come here.

Sambal Chili Sauce (left)

Great Sambal Chili Sauce that is spicy and sour, is not the same as those that are available in the chicken rice. Totally love this sauce! This sauce complements the beehoon well! Of course, the beehoon taste great alone without any sauce.

Close up of part of the menu

Bittergourd Omelette (Wet) $5.00

I am  a huge fan of bittergourd. Most of my peers do not like that. I am lucky she do eats that too, hence we can order bittergourd =). This portion might be quite biased. The Bittergourd Omelette taste delicious. The bittergourd was cooked to perfection, it was not hard nor was it too soft. In some eateries, their bittergourds are hard, meaning that it was cooked too quickly. The egg as you can see was not over cooked, it was soft and in small pieces. Great dish, you can see effort was put into cooking this dish.

Close up of part of the menu

Egg Toufu with Mixed Vegetable $10.00

This dish was just average as the other 2 dishes were really so awesome that I do not remember any amazing about this dish. Do not be mistaken that this dish is lousy. But I would say that this dish seems abit too costly at $10.00. Making it the most expensive dish for the night.

We might have over ordered for 2 person. Was very full after finishing the meal. A great meal that was light, healthy and delicious. Similar to home cook food as the dishes are so simple and hearty. .In terms of price, it was not expensive, definitely value for money. This place is definitely worth a try for a shop house selling this quality of food, its a rare gem. After eating it, I am sure that you will be craving for their signature Seafood White Beehoon and wish you found out about this shop much earlier.

Sembawang White Beehoon
22 Jalan Tampang (opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre)
Singapore 7899666
Opening hours: 11am-11pm (Closed on Wednesday)

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Ji De Chi 记得吃

Ji De Chi, what a name for a shop that sells dessert! Ji De Chi is located along the row of shops opposite Ah Chew, Liang Seah Street.

I am always a fan of honeydew, coming to a dessert stall, I wanted to order something with Honeydew. But there was none. Not sure what to order, decided to order ‘Egg Drop Water Chestnut Paste’ as it sound interesting.

Part of the Menu

Egg Drop Water Chestnut Paste $3.00

Did not really like Egg Drop Water Chestnut Paste. The egg drop was too little. too few pieces of chestnuts and the chestnuts were too small. More should have been added as it would have provided more crunchy a taste. And sadly, the rest of the liquid just taste like plain water! $3.00 for this hmmm, I am not sure how valued for money this is to others, but for me, its not really worth $3.00.

Part of the Menu

Steam Egg White Walnut Paste (Hot) $4.00

Had only 2 mouthful of this. It seems that not a lot of places well walnut paste? Well I am not sure what makes a good walnut paste till i try more out.

Not a very good impression, well I gotta try their more ‘famous’ items. So do tell me if you frequent this dessert stall and knows nice there.

Ji De Chi 记得吃
8 Liang Seah Street
#01-03 Singapore
Tel: 63399928
Opening Hours Daily: 11am – 11pm

The Kelong Restaurant (Bintan)

Went over to Bintan with her over the weekend [2days 1 night] =). Stayed at Nirwana Resort Hotel. Its called a resort for a reason. Food prices there are pretty expensive.. a meal there can set you back by SGD15 to 35 per person per meal. The Nirwana Resort Hotel has 3 restaurants located in the hotel, food there are similar no matter which restaurants you go to. Luckily for us, we decided to take the internal shuttle bus to The Kelong Restaurant. We actually took a long time to decide where to eat for dinner as the food in the hotel was lousy yet expensive.

Am blogging about this restaurant as it is a place with real good, fresh and cheap(compared to other restaurants) food.

Close up of the lamp

The Kelong Restaurant is set up on stilts in the sea. It has a open concept so that the breeze from the sea will blow in. Its a pity there was no breeze when we were there.

The Kelong Menu

Tom Yam Soup $14 (big bowl)

The waiter !erved the Tom Yam Soup for us into 2 smaller bowl, yet there was still half a bowl of soup (See picture above title :  Tom Yam Soup $14 (big bowl)) remaining filled with ingredients. This bowl of Tom Yam Soup was spicy yet sour.. totally my kind of tom yam soup. Surprisingly, inside there’s even about 4 pieces of flower crab! The flower crab was fresh, the meat did not stick to the shell and it was sweet. In addition, there are four pieces of prawns, squids, mushrooms, clams. These ingredients are all fresh and well cooked. The squid was not over cooked. The prawns were firm and v fresh! This bowl of tom yam soup is certainty much better than most in Singapore. Although we find it spicy, but its so good that you can’t stop drinking. Of course we ordered two bowl of steam rice.

Crispy Chicken (Half Portion) $13

Crispy Chicken. The chicken should be similar to that of a spring chicken. The skin is very crispy and its finger licking good. But certain parts might be abit dry. Still this dish was cooked much better than the crispy chickens from most wedding dinners.

Stewed Beancurd with Vegetable and Seafood $12

From the menu, we thought that this was a simple dish.. but when it came, I was WOW. Never did I expect so much. I have badly underestimated this dish. Besides vegetable, beancurd, mushroom and carrot, there was squid, 4 pieces of prawns (again) and even scallops. The prawns and squid were fresh as with the Tom Yam Soup. The surprise was really the scallops, hidden under the mushroom and carrots. The scallop was damn fresh!

Stirred Fried Prawns with Butter and Oats $22

The most expensive dish of the meal, took quite a long time to come. We did not know the previous 2 dishes will come with prawns too, hence the overdose of prawns =). Prawns were very fresh. But was disappointed that there was virtually no oats. Still a decent dish. But after the last 3 dishes which were fantastic and exceeded my expectations, this dish is definitely the worst dish when compared to the whole meal.

The Bill

The damage, total cost SGD76.23. The preferred choice of currency is Singapore Dollars.

I would say it was quite a worth while meal as it would cost the same eating elsewhere in Bintan and the food variety will be lesser and of worse quality. If you are going to Bintan, this place is highly recommended. Food quality wise it is very good. Although the place was crowded, there were many serving staff. The service there was very good, fast, prompt, friendly and polite. They are very approachable and will willingly take pictures for you or even teach you how to eat crabs (as we saw a waiter teaching 2 Koreans/Japanese how to eat crab. Kudos to this place.

The Kelong Restaurant is definitely a ‘Die die must try‘ place to go to in Bintan.

The Kelong Restaurant (far view)

The Kelong Restaurant
Nirwana Gardens, Jalan Panglima Pantar
Lagoi 29155, Bintan Resort
Tel: (62) 770 692 789
Opening Hours: Daily 11:00 – 22:30
There are free shuttle buses within the Nirwana Group of Resorts that will make a stop here.