Posts Tagged ‘Chendol’

2D1N self-drive to Malacca and Jonker Street

Last month, over the 4 day Vesak Day long weekend, we decided to make a quick trip to Malacca. It was a very sudden decision, so sudden that we only talked about it at 10pm on the day before the trip! Even better, we only booked the hotel the next morning on the day that we were going to set off! Can you believe that? I must say that the spontaneity of the trip was quite refreshing, instant gratification at it’s best. It was like, hey honey, I feel like going on a holiday. Ok let’s go tomorrow.

Just in case you are wondering why is it that we couldn’t book the hotel any earlier, it’s because if you want to book one of Malacca’s numerous boutique hotels, most of them usually don’t have booking websites. You have to email them, and they will respond within a few hours. But of course, it being the Vesak Day holiday weekend, we couldn’t wait for their email and decided to call them, and were told that the hotel was fully booked but that there may have been cancellations which only the morning clerk would be able to tell us. And since the boutique hotel was highly recommended by my colleague, we chose to wait, although it was in vain eventually.

Hotel Equatorial Melaka (1)

It was just as well that we did not stay at the boutique hotel because we eventually booked the Hotel Equatorial. We had a lovely room that was so spacious and with a nifty daybed built into the balcony. Views from our room were totally unblocked since we had a high floor, could even see all the way to the Malacca coastline.

Hotel Equatorial Hotel Room Balcony

It was well worth the upgrade to a room slightly better than the deluxe, just to get the high floor and the balcony! And guess what, costs only about SGD $130! All of us agreed that it was worth the 3 hour journey to Malacca (assuming no jam and no pit stops!), rather than to stay in Singapore and spend $300 plus for a staycation in Singapore. Must be careful not to strip naked at the balcony area because you can actually peep into the balcony area of the neighbouring rooms. Don’t ask me why but I found it very exciting to be able to wave to my parents in the next room.

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Singapore Favourite Food 2013

This July, food lovers can look forward to the Singapore Favourite Food Village (SFF Village) that is held in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of Singapore Food Festival. Taking place from 12 to 21 July 2013 at Bayfront Avenue (Marina Bay), this 10-day festival organised by the Singapore Food & Beverage Alliance (SFBA), celebrates Singapore’s unique food heritage and pays homage to local culinary heroes.

Singapore Favourite Food 2013 will showcase Singapore’s favourite dishes such as chilli crab, carrot cake, rojak, laksa, roti prata and tau huay, and bring together a selection of popular hawkers and eateries for this one-time celebration. Check out this link for the entire list of all the nominees http://sg.openrice.com/info/sff/nominees.html, however only 20 favourite vendors will be showcased at the eventual Singapore Favourite Food Village.

I had the privilege to have a quick sample of some of Singapore’s favourite local dishes a few weeks ago. Scroll down to see pictures of rojak, oyster omelette, satay, bbq chicken wings, sting ray and local iced desserts!

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak

Rojak – Personally, I thought this was really rather ordinary, with the dough fritters being extremely hard (and I don’t mean crispy). But kudos to Mr Koh, who has been toiling at this job for the last 48 years!

Rojak, which means ‘mixed’ in Malay is a fine example of the cultural diversity of Singapore for incorporating both Chinese and Malay elements among the ingredients. One of the oldest surviving rojak stalls in Singapore, Ri Ye Xiang Rojak which now boasts 48 years of history, was set up in 1965. The stall owner, Mr. Edward Koh, has been preparing rojak since the age of 20 and takes pride in using freshly ground peanut bits and preparing a special prawn paste for the dish.

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak
Blk 450 Clementi Avenue 3, Kopitiam, Singapore 120450
Open daily: 3pm to 11pm
Stall owner: Mr Edward Koh

Ri Ye Xiang Rojak (2)

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Leng Kee BBQ - BBQ Chicken Wings (2)

BBQ Chicken Wings – This version from Leng Kee is slightly sweeter and less crispy.

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Man Zhu Restaurant at Chinese Swimming Club

The Man Zhu Restaurant at the Chinese Swimming Club is now officially open! After having undergone some renovations late last year, the place now looks so much better. The place looks refreshing and cozy, unlike the big cavernous impersonal mess that it was previously. There are even booth seats all along the glass walls if you are lucky enough to snag them.

After praying at 2 temples on the 3rd day of Chinese New Year, the 3rd Uncle’s family and us had a meal together at the Man Zhu Restaurant.

Man Chu Restaurant Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Mee $6.70 – When my hokkien mee arrived, everyone stopped eating for 2 seconds and stared at it. It was just chock full of ingredients from squid, prawns mushrooms and lots and lots of egg! Everything tasted very fresh and succulent. The broth was also quite light but would have been better if it had more kick. Something seemed to be lacking in the broth base, pork lard perhaps?

Man Chu Restaurant Chicken Chop

Chicken Chop char-grilled boneless chicken leg with potato cake $8 – According to my cousin, quite good

Man Chu Restaurant Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – $7.60 – Tasty but oily

Man Chu Restaurant Broccoli

Broccoli with Mushroom $5.20

Man Chu Restaurant Fish Slices in Black Bean Sauce

Steamed Grouper Fillert with fermented black bean $9.50

Man Chu Restaurant Fried Omelette

Omelette $5.50 – Over fried to the point of tasting burnt

Man Chu Restaurant Stir Fried Vegetables

Shanghai Green $4.50

Man Chu Restaurant Iced Chendol

Chendol with red beans, green jelly, attap seeds, coconut milk and gula melaka – $3.10 I think I’ve never quite seen Chendol looking like this before. The coconut milk has kinda frozen on top of the pile of ice shavings. I have a really sweet tooth and often, I wish they would add more of the gula melaka but I never can bring myself to ask for more. Some how, the brain is wired to think that whatever the chef dishes out is maximum amount I can have for the day, and asking for more means going over the limit.

Man Chu Restaurant Seating Area (2) Man Chu Restaurant Seating Area

Get a seat by the windows and overlook the Olympic sized pools. You might spot a hunk or 2. Or you might spot a fat and hairy man.

 

*Man Zhu is open only to Members and Guests of the Chinese Swimming Club

Man Zhu Restaurant (located at the New Wing aka Sports Wing)

21 & 34 Amber Rd Chinese Swimming Club Singapore 439870

Mon – Thur- 11.30am to 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

Fri & Eve of PH  11.30am to 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)

Saturday 7.30am to 10.30pm (last order at 10.00pm)

Sun 10.30am to 10.00pm (last order at 9.30pm)

http://www.chineseswimmingclub.org.sg/manzhu.htm

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