29th April – 3rd Wedding Anniversary

According to traditional meanings – a 3rd year wedding anniversary is signified by “leather”. why leather? Not sure – nonetheless, leather products are one of Kim’s fav. “)

‘Cos I was nursing a flu, we decided to keep the celebration simple. Decided to go to East Coast Park to a small Japanese-fusion restaurant called Zen Cafe – Shindoart 

It is a small dimly lit restaurant which ain’t too eye catching. Believed we are the first customers for dinner; so had the whole restaurant to ourselves. Nice.

 

View of restaurant (in-door seating)
View of restaurant (in-door seating)
another view of restaurant interior (taken with night scene-this is more like the actual view)
another view of restaurant interior (taken with night scene-this is more like the actual view)

 

We decided to splurge a little since it is our wedding anniversary. So I took a value set comprising of

1) a starter – mango prawn fritter/roll

2) Oriental mushroom soup

3) Main course – Tempura fish & chips

4) Dessert – Zen Tiramisu

5) Drinks – I upgraded to a warm honey lemon ‘cos of my flu

Kim shared my meal and ordered another main course  – Kobe-style beef, a tom yum soup and a cold honey lemon.

The mango prawn roll is alright; passable – not amazing though. But for $3.80 (per serving), I am not complaining. The soups were great. Especially the oriental mushroom soup. It is mushroom-ish yet with a sweet aftertaste. Both soups are served piping hot – GREAT!

Main courses – Tempura fish and chips is an interesting alternative to the usual beer-battered fish. Tasted a little healthier though the tempura flour do require some getting used to due to its “tangy-ness”. I personally loved the side – vegetable salad. The mayo is really unique and not overly creamy for me. sweet with a tint of sourish taste. Nice.

As for Kim’s Kobe-style beef – I think it is a bit “over-the-top” with the presentation and a little under in terms of taste. Both beef and mashed potato is served a little cold for my liking. Kim thinks it is fine though – but we tasted the “real-kobe beef” before; and this is nowhere near the original taste. No marbled meat nor melt in your mouth feeling. But will give it credit for creativity and passable taste for a beef steak dish.

The highlight was the dessert – Served once again “over-the-top” but really pretty though a little cheesy (check out the chinese writings on the plate). I LOVED the tiramisu! It tasted so home-made and the chef got the portion of each ingredients just nice. Wished it was a bigger serving though!! Can safely say – one of the nicer tiramisu I ever tasted before! 🙂

Overall, an affordable place to come for some fusion-art-inspired-Japanese cuisine. I will return to try the raw stuff that I can’t eat now!! 😛

Total amount spent for 2 = just slightly less than S$70

 

Mango prawn roll (almost gone before I could take a pic!)
Mango prawn roll (almost gone before I could take a pic!)

 

 

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no..not beer (i wish! esp in this warm weather!) – just honey lemon (love the warm lighting though)
 
 
 
 
 
tom yum soup
tom yum soup

 

 

my piping hot mushroom soup
my piping hot mushroom soup

 

Kim's kobe-style beef siting on a bed of mashed potato (a piece of art!)
Kim’s kobe-style beef sitting on a bed of mashed potato (a piece of art!)

 

 

My main course - Tempura Fish & Chips (loved the side salad!)
My main course – Tempura Fish & Chips (loved the side salad!)

 

One of my fav for the night - DESSERT! For one who doesn't really have a sweet tooth - this won my heart. Zen-tirimisu presented once again as a piece of ART!
One of my fav for the night – DESSERT! For one who doesn’t really have a sweet tooth – this won my heart. Zen-tiramisu presented once again as a piece of ART!

 

And of course ... stars of the night. :)
And of course … stars of the night. 🙂

Some Favorites (Part 2)

Following up on my previous post, here are more of my fav hawker food around this area.

 

2) Road Side Fried Prawn Mee – Geylang East Food Center, Blk 117, Aljunied Ave 2 (stall is next to 2 small roads; same row as the nearby Mac’s)

I don’t think this is a super well known stall ‘cos I don’t see much write ups about it on food review websites. But I chanced upon it 2 years back, one evening after church service. It’s opening hours are from 4:30pm to 10:30pm (if I don’t remember wrongly and closed on Wed). The most unique part is the dried shrimp chili – which I haven’t seen in other Hokkien Prawn Mee stalls before.

I will define a good fried Hokkien Prawn Mee as “wet” (with some gravy left over) and preferably fried with a good mix of thin beehoon and yellow noodles. Though this stall uses the thicker laksa type of beehoon, it still goes very well with the special dried chili! The uncle doesn’t fried the chili together with the noodles even if you ask for chili. It is always on the side, which makes it even better! Add as you like. I fell in love with the special dried chili and had since been back countless times. 🙂 

 

 

Once again, pardon the mobile camera. But yes, this is the fried-just-nicely Hokkien Mee!

Once again, pardon the mobile camera. But yes, this is the fried-just-nicely Hokkien Mee!

 

 

Close-up look at the chili (I always ask for more more!) :)

Close-up look at the chili (I always ask for more more!) 🙂

 

 

 

 

Simple funny name? Road Side Fried Prawn Mee; maybe it did start from a "road-side" stall?

Simple funny name? Road Side Fried Prawn Mee; maybe it did start from a "road-side" stall?

 

Another one of my fav (more of Kim’s actually) is the Penang fried kway tiao found at the same hawker center! This stall is located nearer to the carpark. 

3) Penang Delights – Geylang East Food Center (as above). 

We found this stall at the same time as the Hokkien Mee. For a fried kway tiao lover, Kim has good words to say about this dish. We also saw some write ups and newspaper cuttings at the window panels of the stall; thus arousing our interest too.

So far, we have only tried the Penang fried kway tiao and the Penang assam laksa. The one worth commenting is the fried kway tiao. They uses thin kway tiao and the chili is good as well. If one craves for salty version of fried kway tiao, I think this is a good choice. Comes with lots of bean-sprouts too – a good mix to an otherwise oily dish. 

Unfortunately, the Assam Laksa didn’t turn out that well. Lacked the oomph I feel – a bit mediocre. 

But the fried kway tiao was definitely worth our return visits! 🙂 

 

 

Penang Fried Kway Tiao served on banana leaf

Penang Fried Kway Tiao served on banana leaf