Sunday, March 25, 2018

Showa Hakata Ramen & Izakaya @ Yuan Ching Road

Showa Hakata is located at the Jurong Superbowl near McDonald's. I remembered Superbowl was one of the dining destination way back in the 1990's when Jurong Point was non-existent yet.

Was there again for lunch on a Saturday and it was really quiet. Maybe about 3 tables occupied. Utilized eatigo app to make the reservations and redemption was fuss-free. Just show the staff before ordering and they will note down the reservation number. There's a whopping 50% off on non-promo food items for 12pm lunch on a weekend.

sushi counter
drinks promo
order via iPad

There's a 1-for-1 drinks promo which included orange juice, beer, umeshu and sake. Guess what I chose?

Chose sake although I suspected my bro might have wanted beer...Nevertheless, it's good to try new things. The cold sake was poured to the brim and then some.

to the brim!

The taste of Gekkeikan sake was light and clean. Nice to pair with sashimi. Food arrived fairly quickly, especially the teppanyaki beef. The beef cubes were tender and tasted better on its own. The sesame sauce, was...not quite it. This meat dish was leaning on the salty side, so better have it with a drink or rice.

Beef Teppanyaki @$18++
Dashi Maki @$6++
The dashi maki was leaning towards the sweeter side and served lukewarm. Am always on the lookout for good dashimaki tamago but it's quite rare to come across good ones. Both Hokkaido Izakaya and Aburi Sushi Heishinrou are my current favourite go-to places for the dashimaki tamago.

Dynamite Maki @$16.80++

When the first dish, the beef teppanyaki arrived, I had a hunch that the food portion here would not be ideal. It was reinforced when the plate of Dynamite Maki landed on our table. The size of the roll, was really tiny. For the original price of $16.80++, felt that this did not offer value-for-money. The taste was good nevertheless.

close up view - aburi salmon, unagi and cucumber

The Three Kind Sashimi priced at $48++ for 12 slices of fish meant that customers are paying $4.68 per slice. That's a rather premium price, don't you think? Thank goodness for the brilliant eatigo app which allowed consumers to enjoy the fresh salmon belly, hamachi and mekajiki slices at $24++.

Three Kind Sashimi @$48++

Got a complimentary salmon mentai sushi for liking Showa Hakata's Facebook page and by posting the photo online. This aburi salmon was well-oiled and melt-in-your-mouth kind of good.

Salmon Mentai Sushi @$6.80++

There is a bus stop right in front of McDonald's, otherwise a car is definitely necessary. This place is pretty far out.

They do have 1-for-1 curry ebi rice (@$17.80++), so that's a good deal coupled with the 1-for-1 drinks promo. Overall, staff was friendly and service was efficient.

Expect to spend about $35 per pax.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Makan Makan Jalan Jalan (Part 2) @ Petaling Street 茨厂街 Malaysia

During the daytime, one could visit Hon Kee for a bowl of simple porridge, or Koon Kee for its famed wanton noodles. Koon Kee (冠记云吞面) has two outlets in Petaling Street. One at its original place where it has the whole entire coffeeshop for itself, and another stall at the Tang City Food Court. When we were at foodcourt, we shared a table with an uncle (stranger) who was having Koon Kee wanton mee. When we sat debating about whether we should be trying the noodles, the uncle shared that the taste of Koon Kee wanton is not as what it's used to be. Oooh.... He said the taste of food at Jalan Imbi is better but congested with tourist.

If you prefer to eat light, there's dim sum along the way.

Or, simply stroll into Fung Wong Bakery for its spongy kaya roll, baked fresh daily. It's a nostalgic taste and best paired with hot tea or coffee. I love their chashiu puff and my sis liked the egg tarts. My mom said the wife biscuit also pretty good.

puffs and tarts
young boss preparing the kaya rolls
bought for the family
kaya roll

For a better coffeeshop ambiance where it is of a lesser 'street' kind of experience, one could venture a little further to Lai Foong Coffeeshop for beef noodles. Read more about first visit here.

Lai Foong, seen from Petaling Street
The coffeeshop is huge and it takes the whole entire ground floor of the building. If the main dining area is full, just go to the next unit where it is separated but still operated by the same owners. The beef stall now has two helpers (foreign talent that knows a smattering of dialects inclusive Cantonese) and one could order through them although their regulars still prefer to talk to the chef.

Recently, there's IG posting of lala (clam) bee hoon from this coffeeshop but they weren't open for CNY, so couldn't try.

char kway teow
pork noodles soup

My sis had the char kway teow and it was pretty good with the plump bean sprouts. Mom's pork noodles soup had small intestines beside the usual meatball, minced meat, pig liver and slices of lean meat. But, Kajang's pork noodles broth still trumps!

Beef Noodles (mixed parts) - RM10

They do not have 'lai fun' (similar to laksa noodles) for the beef noodles but am not sure if they're not selling that noodles anymore or ran out of it or no stock for CNY. Either way, I had it with hor fun (flat noodles) and they gave a mountain of noodles in it.

close up view

As per last year, the parts were all good and nicely tender. Broth a little weak, still tasty nonetheless. Can be shared amongst two pax.

For dinner, one must eat the Claypot Chicken Rice with Grilled Fish. Just head towards the bookstore / Bee Cheng Hiang street around 6+ in the evening and let the staff know the number of pax in your group. They will allocate the seat or open up a new table where necessary. This is basically roadside stall eating along the five-foot walkway of other shops (which had closed for the day).

calamansi with sour plum
Expect to wait for about half hour at the least. Weekdays sees lesser people but still pretty busy.

claypot chicken rice (medium) - feed 4 adults
There is a a set meal that has a soup, vegetable, a claypot and a plate of vegetables. We did ala-carte so didn't have soup. Claypot comes in 3 sizes; small, medium or large. We got a medium and the four of us were full by the end of it. The vegetable plate is a simple bean sprouts stir-fried with siu bak choi. For grilled fish, we chose tilapia instead of the stingray. For sauce, we had spicy assam sauce.

look at that beauty
assam grilled fish

That's all for Petaling Street for Year 2018! Have fun and enjoy the food!

To get there, simply take the MRT to Pasar Seni. Upon alighting head towards Central Market but turn right towards Petaling Street. Happy Exploring!

If you enjoy cafe, there's Merchant Lane. For the hip and happening, you could visit ChoCha.
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