Monthly Archives: May 2011

Ichi Tei (Japanese Bento & Udon)

Another hidden gem found in Sunshine Plaza.


Ichi Tei is a small eatery that specialises in Japanese Cuisine; Bento and Udon. There is very limited sitting space available. If you are coming with more than 4 people, would highly advise you to eat else where. Inside, there is just 5 tables with a sitting capacity for 14 people. Outside, there are 2 tables for a maximum of 8 people. If you can find a sit outside as inside it is very warm. Outside is cooler and brighter.

Saba Shio Bento

On my first visit, I ate the Saba Shio Bento(pardon the photo as we were eatting inside). It cost about $7.00 if I remember correctly. The mackerel is grilled in a Japanese styled oven whereby the heating element comes from the top. As we were sitted closed to the kitchen, you can notice the chef inside adjusting the height of the pan as the cook the fish and chicken. The mackerel’s skin is very crispy whereas the flesh is tender and soft. It was not dry nor hard. Not easy to cook to this standard!

The potato salad was amazing too, wish that more was given.

Miso Soup

Typical miso soup.

Teriyaki Chicken Bento

If you are not a fish eater, no worries. There is Teriyaki Chicken Bento. It should cost around $6.50.

On  my second visit, this was what I ordered. The top layer of the chicken has been grilled till it is sightly charred to provide it with a crispy texture. Beneath it, the meat is juicy and tender. With every bite, you get 2 different texture and a juicy burst of favour. Very addictive, before you know it, you have finished it and wish for more. Again, the potato salad was amazing. The rice has been topped with some type of sauce.

Overall, Ichi Tei has been surprising delicious. It is certainty value for money, if you haven try it yet, what are you waiting for? The downside is that if you sit inside the eater, it is very warm. If you come with a big group, there is no space available. Do not worry, the bentos are disposable and can be take away easily. There is just 1 chef and 1 lady (taking orders, serving, cleaning and collecting money). Despite this, we still got served promptly and did not wait very long for our food. Certainty, a place to come.

Ichi Tei (Sunshine Plaza)
91 Bencoolen Street
#01-52 Sunshine Plaza
Tel: 91391746
Opening Hours: Daily 11am – 8.30pm (Closed on Sun)

San Ba Wang Guo Zhi Shu Shi

San Ba Wang Guo Zhi Shu Shi is a stall that sells Kway Chap. The stall is located at Sembawang Hill Food Centre along Upper Thomson Road.

Kway Chap normally consist of 2 dishes. One of which consist of flat, broad rice sheets in a soup made with dark soy sauce. The other consist of  braised pig intestines, pig skin, braised duck meat, beancurd, preserved salted vegetables and braised hard-boiled eggs.

There was a queue at the stall. After ordering, you can go back to your seat or order some other food as the Kway Chap will be delivered to your table.

Bowl of flat, broad rice sheets

Plate consisting of braised pig intestines, pig skin, and beancurd

Had to wait 20 minutes for my Kway Chap to arrive.

My bowl of flat, broad rice sheets was average. Felt that the soup accompanying the rice sheets could have been more tasty and fragrance.

Was not won over by the plate of braised pig intestines, pig skin, and beancurd. It takes a lot of effort to clean the pig intestines and get rid of the smell in it. Felt that there was still a strong lingering smell in it. Overall, average kway chap.

San Ba Wang Guo Zhi Shu Shi
590 Upper Thomson Road
#01-06 Sembawang Hill Food Centre 

Yong Kee Longtong.Crispy Curry Puff

This post is about curry puff not longtong. ‘Yong Kee Longtong . Crispy Curry Puff’ is the stall’s name. The stall sells longtong, curry puff and also yam puff. The stall is located at Sembawang Hill Food Centre along Upper Thomson Road. It is near to Lower Pierce Reservoir.

The curry puffs are hand-made on the spot.

Curry Puff $0.80

The curry puff is smaller that those of Tip Top and Old Chang Kee. That is one of the reasons why it is 50 cents cheaper compared to both curry puff.

The curry puff was warm when I bought it. The crust is crispy on the outside. However, it the crust is not as tasty as that of tip top. Inside, there are mashed potatoes and a slice of hard-boiled egg. Felt that it could have been more spicy. Overall, it was just an average curry puff. Clearly, pale in comparison to Tip Top Curry Puff.

Yong Kee Longtong.Crispy Curry Puff
590 Upper Thomson Road
#01-02 Sembawang Hill Food Centre
Closed on Mondays