Archive for May, 2011

Daikokuya at myVillage

*Part Bloggers’ Invite, part secret visits*

As part of the not so long ago invite to sample the delights of myVillage at Serangoon Gardens, the best of the best Singapore Food Bloggers including 365days2play 🙂 got acquainted with Daikokuya at myVillage. It’s one of the smallest restaurants I’ve ever seen, with about 10 tables of 4! It can get a little cramped if you are in a big group. We were introduced to the the Chef, who explained that the miso paste used in the soup stock is painstakingly made with great care.

Little bowls of ramen were then dished out for us to try. I normally am quite picky with ramen. Many ramen places disappoint me with their bland and lifeless soup. True to what Daikokuya’s Chef was describing, the ramen that we tried that day, I believe is the Stamina Ramen as well as the Original Miso Ramen, was very delicious. The soups tasted rich and had an oomph. I don’t really know how else to describe it except to say that the taste makes you want to keep slurping up more, which I suppose is the ultimate taste test.

So I kinda had pretty high hopes when I brought my parents to try out Daikokuya several weeks after the media event. Unfortunately, because we’re such ardent fans of Sushi Tei for it’s quality sushi/sashimi and value for money prices, we naturally compared Daikokuya to Sushi Tei. Scroll through the photos to read more about our experience.

Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad Daikokuya - Daikokuya Original Salad (2)

Daikokuya Original Salad $7.90 – Salad of salmon slices, avocados amongst a huge bed of vegetables. For $7.90, we were quite wowed by the size of the salad. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy. The light sauce also tasted very nice and was a refreshing difference from the heavier sushi tei dressing we are used to. However, we felt that the amount of salmon served was pretty paltry. For $3 more at Sushi Tei, we would have been able to get many more thick slices.

Daikokuya - Stamina Ramen

Stamina Ramen – This was one of the ramen we tried during the media invite. Don’t you think the little bowl looks so cute? In western restaurants, they have mixed platters for you to try out all the house specialities. I think it would be great if Daikokuya could come up with something similar. Like 4 bowls of small ramen. I would love to try that. Then I can finally taste Shio, Shoyu, and Miso soup bases all in 1 sitting.  Btw I think Stamina ramen is only available at the myVillage outlet.

 Daikokuya - Homemade Special Miso PasteDaikokuya - Special Chilli Vinegar

Homemade Special Miso Paste plus the special chilli vinegar which you can add to your ramen to up the oomph.

Daikokuya - Vegetable Miso Ramen

Vegetable Miso Ramen $12.80 – You know, I’ve never heard of ramen without any meat before. Was quite apprehensive when ordering this, but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. I forgot to ask if the stock is vegetarian as well, but it sure tasted very rich and flavourful despite that. The vegetables had a nice crunch and added sweetness to the broth. For those who don’t fancy chomping on Cha shu, this vegetable miso ramen would be a good option.

Daikokuya - Original Miso Ramen

Daikokuya Original Ramen $13.80 – I have no complaints about the broth. It’s really flavourful and makes you want to take sip after sip after sip. It is on the heavy side so I wasn’t able to finish it all in the end. However, I didn’t like the noodle texture. I’ve always been a fan of the springy Q Q type of noodles (think Marutama and Tom Ton) and the one at Daikokuya is the chewy type.

Daikokuya - Seafood Shio Ramen

Seafood Shio Ramen $13.80 – Don’t believe you can get seafood ramen easily in Singapore? It’s a refreshing change although there was nothing particularly spectacular about the prawns in this case.

Daikokuya - Unagi Don

Unagi Don $6.80 – Thought this was one of the most value for money items at Daikokuya, and especially good for light eaters.

Daikokuya - Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice

Daikokuya- Tonkatsu Curry Rice

Tonkatsu and Ebi Fry Curry Rice $14.80 – We had this on 2 separate occasions. The experience from the 1st time was pretty good. The meat itself is very tender and doesn’t taste oily even though it has been coated in batter and deep fried. The curry was also pretty tasty and together with the tonkatsu, made for a good meal. I would skip the Ebi Fry though as the prawns are super tiny when compared to the amount of batter used.

However, on the 2nd occasion, there seemed to be a weird taste coming from the curry. The weird taste was so strong it was detectable just by sniffing at the curry! The staff said it was due to the special blend of spices in the curry which we may not be used to. They gave us a new serving of curry but the weird taste was still there. As a hunch I took a sip from the glass of water I’d been served earlier, and the weird taste was there too, albeit less strong. I think perhaps Daikokuya should consider changing the dishwashing liquid used as it’s permeating through the food and drink?

Conclusion: Go because of the ramen. Other items in the menu are a hit and miss.

Check out all the other posts on myVillage!

Daikokuya Ramen Dining

Serangoon Garden:
1 Maju avenue #01-01, myVillage
Serangoon Garden Singapore 556679
Tel: 6509 1690
Operating Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm daily

http://www.daikokuya.com.sg/

I love Steak

Steak

I’m going to do a full post on this restaurant sometime soon, but I can’t resist putting up the picture of this steak first! As much as I think it’s vital to eat enough vegetables and fruits, let’s face it, a picture of a salad ain’t going to turn me on as much as a picture of real meat. Here’s a toast to steak!

Hay Dairies

Did you know there is an Italian Organic dairy farm in Singapore? It’s TRUE!!! Well I tried to search for it on Monday. Vaguely remembered it to be located at Lim Chu Kang. Alas, just could not find it so to make the most of the cross country travel, we stopped by at Hay Dairies instead to see the cute goats.

TO MY HORROR, we are no longer allowed to feed or hug the goats!!!!!! I recall visiting twice previously. All we had to do was pay $2 for the goat feed, and then we are let loose amongst the pens. The goats are still within the pens but they stick their little heads out to grab at the goat feed. Apparently, AVA considers this to be a health hazard and has put in place a ban for the last THREE years! Seriously, my first thought was that we are just going way overboard with all these precautions. The lady manning the cashier ( I think she owns the place) nodded sadly at me in agreement. I still have the photo of myself feeding a goaty 5 years ago 🙁

Still, we can walk past the pens and wave madly at the goats. They really are smart creatures and will look at you to see what you are up to. In India and lots of other places, goats are sometimes treated as pets! I definitely want to have a pet goat when I grow up.

If you desperately need a dose of goat hugging, you can trying going to the LA Goat Farm in Kluang, Malaysia (approx 2 hrs away from Singapore)

Hay Dairies

Hay Dairies (3) Hay Dairies (5) Hay Dairies (6)

Yes I know, I feel like that too sometimes. Stuck in a cage with no where else to go but to grit my teeth and not get shit upon.

Hay Dairies (9) AVA says NO caressing the goats!

Are you serious????

Hay Dairies (10)

$2 per bottle of milk. Lots of people can’t stand the goaty taste. I think it’s just a mindset you need to get over. After half a cup, you’ll be downing the whole bottle and installing a goat in your house.

Hay Dairies (8)

The long walk….

Kranji Countryside Map

Hay Dairies is part of the Kranji Countryside. If you’ve never explored this wonderful part of Singapore, you’re really missing out!

Biker Kitty

Biker Kitty disapproves of my encroaching into her personal space.

Hay Dairies

No. 3 Lim Chu Kang, Agrotech Park Lane 4

Singapore 718859

http://www.haydairies.com.sg

Breakfast fry-up

Breakfast Fry-up (3)

Have I got your attention yet? Smile 

We were deciding as to which of our favourite breakfast joints we should patronise when the Partner decided that he would personally prepare a cooked breakfast instead. It was an excellent idea not least because of the money saved. The cafes charge more than $10 for an all day breakfast type of breakfast, even though the ingredients are really cheap, and the cooking methodology pretty simple. Another good reason is that we get to have our favourite sides and as much as we want!

See here, the sunny side up is done SO PERFECTLY. It’s a gamble what you get at the cafes. Sometimes the yolk is a tad too cooked, and more often than not, the fried egg is dripping with oil.

Breakfast Fry-up (2)

I loved these sliced Portobello mushrooms with sour cream, cumin and a few herbs. The Partner’s done the veges previously without the sour cream, and obviously the version with the sour cream gives it a damn good zing.

Breakfast Fry-up

The hash took the longest time to make, as the potatoes have to be partially boiled, grated, formed into patties then fried. Better than any Rosti I’ve had in any restaurant, even if the presentation could do with a bit of improvement. The potatoes are cooked for just the right amount of time that there’s still bite to the hash. Hate those mushy Rosti types.

365days2play goes local!

As you must be well aware if you’ve been following this blog, that most of my posts centre around restaurant and cafe visits. This is because on the weekends, I like to relax and enjoy my time by hanging out at such places. Recently, a colleague mentioned that I may be able to garner more readership if I put up more recommendations of places with good local food. He may have a point. After all, the Singaporean taste bud ultimately hankers after simple local fare. And that’s really what we eat on a daily basis, not steak, lamb chops, fries, cake.

Unfortunately, I have to admit that I’m no expert when it comes to Singaporean local food. I don’t know where to find the best Satay, I don’t know where to find the best Mee Pok, and I most certainly don’t know where to find the best Kuay Chap, although I could possibly tell you where to find relatively good Kuay Chap. As much as I want readership, I have to direct you to Ieat.Ishoot.Ipost for the best local eats in Singapore. Dr Leslie Tay has documented local food options so extensively that it would take months (or years!) for me to even catch up with him, if I started today.

Meanwhile, here are some photos I took over the last year. Yes I do go to hawker centres and kopitiams, especially with my parents.

Fishball Mee Pok

Rojak (1)

Breakfast Fried Yellow Mee

Hokkien Mee

Changi Airport T3 Foodcourt - Carrot Cake

Old Airport Road Food Centre - Tau Suan (2)

Old Airport Road Food Centre - Best Red Bean Soup

Popiah

More coming up….

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