Sunday, October 9, 2011

08 Oct 2011 - Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao

Visited the cramped Crystal Jade La Mian Xiao Long Bao at Suntec City again, can't remember the last time they were there.

Sick of beef noodles, she opted for mince sauce noodles, $7.50++. This was a little too sweet for his liking, but she thought it was good. Quite a generous serving of noodles, and when the waitress asked if they would like to have the noodles "cut", they said yes. Understood that this had to be done to easily share the noodle portion, after the previous visit to The Eastern Restaurant.

The shared portion looking a little like spaghetti huh...

Couldn't say no to dimsum, and they got "hong you chao shou" (dumplings in spicy sauce) and "xiao long bao" (steamed pork dumpings). $6.50++ for about 8 pieces of "chao shou" and $5++ for 5 pieces of "xiao long bao". Didn't taste as strong as those he had in recent, which could probably mean that these were healthier alternatives. Just guessing.

He had wanted to get drunken chicken, but she vetoed and pushed for something new. And they settled for chicken in Sichuan spicy sauce, $7++. Got allocated the wing portion, most of the meat came from the drumlet, which was a little dry.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

02 Oct 2011 - Xiao Bar Wang (Ion)

Apologies for the haphazard pictures. They were cramped at a small table and that made the food all the more inviting. (excuses... excuses...)

After all that trotting around town, all the while trying to determine whether to get Ipad2 or Galaxy Tab 10.1, it was decided that they have something light.

Stepped into Xiao Bar Wang at around 8pm, and noticed the shop had more manpower than usual. They'd usually see 2 people at the counter, but on this day, there were 4 or 5 of them. The exuberant pretty lady serving them was new, but looked awfully familiar. He wasn't really sure until another lady served up some items. This second lady, he immediately recognized as television artiste Apple Hong! It then dawned upon him that the friendly lady manning the counter was Ong Ai Leng. So pretty! Both of their faces looked smaller than on screen, especially Apple Hong's. Or maybe, it was just his glasses. Alright, enough of raving, time to get to the food. (wanted to ask them for pictures, but then a queue had already formed)

Got the Set 1, which comprised of Mee Sua (rice vermicelli), crispy chicken strips, tea flavored egg, and choice of drink. $7.30.

Mee sua with meat balls instead of oysters. Like the soup base and the thick texture of the broth. This time round, he also requested for chilli and just that bit introduced quite a kick. Small cup of milk tea in the background (right).

Tea egg and crispy chicken. The egg was well flavored, evident from the coloring of the whites. The bag used to hold the chicken was also wrapped like a cone, perhaps to make it easier to reach the food. (more pictures from another source, soon)

And yes, they had this earlier in the afternoon. BK Turkey Bacon meal and they redeemed a BK Fish with a coupon cutoff.