Friday, 30 December 2016

Ding Tai Fung @ JB City Square

Din Tai Fung opened one of their outlets at Johor Bahru City Square mall. Most of us should be familiar on the food that they serve. However, the concept is similar to those outlets in Taiwan, hence expect some differences.

Look at the queue, this is around 11am and the queue is already snaking around. However, the queue moves quite fast so do not hesitate to take a queue number.

Hot & Spicy Soup (RM 11 Small) -  Add a teaspoon of white vinegar to enhance its taste.

Shrimp Soup (Small, RM 13.21) - Consist of 6 pieces of shrimps wontons. Taste fresh and crunchy.

Xiao Long Bao ( RM 12.45) - 6 pieces of the famous Xiao Long Bao. Juicy and filled with pork fillings. Definitely a must to order!!

Pork Chop and Shrimp Fried Rice (RM 33) - For those who could not decide between shrimp or pork chop, would definitely like this version of both shrimp and pork chop served together. Instead of the version in Singapore which is deep fried, the pork chop here is pan-fried instead.

City Square, Johor Bahru

Lot J2-06, 07, 08, 09, Level 2

Opening Hour:
Mon – Thurs           11am – 10pm
Fri – Sun & PH        10am – 10pm

Tel: +607 2070 069


Verdict 4/5

Yes!! Will come again, taste great. Standard of food and service is as good as the ones at Taiwan.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Hua Nam Restaurant (华南菜馆)

A very old school eatery along Thomson road. Hua Nam Restaurant serves variety of Chinese Food. This restaurant has been around for a very long as I can remember since my secondary school days time.

Fried Rice - very nice, I highly recommend this fried rice. Fragrant and delicious. 

Hong Kong Style Noodle - If you like dark soy sauce, this is one dish you can't miss. Cooked with sliced fish, prawns and minced pork

Prawn paste wings - nice, can try

Xiao Long Bao - Juicy and tasty 

Chicken feet 

Prawn dumplings - Quite like this version as their skin is not too thick, just right

All prawns Dim Sumsssss

Address: Thomson Garden Estate, 244F Upper Thomson Road, 574369

Opening Hour:  Daily
7AM – Midnight


Verdict 3.5/5

Overall alright for its taste and price. A good eat out place at night

Tokyo Secret @ Johor Bahru City Square

Recently opened their outlet at Johor Bahru City Square, Tokyo Secret aim at both Malaysian and Singaporean customers by offering the famous Baked Cheese Tarts.

RM 7.90 for a Cheesetart
RM 8.90 for a Matcha Cheesetart

Can you smell that cheese??

Yeah!!! Finally brought the tarts!

See how creamy both tarts are. Wooooo!! Very buttery taste when you take the first bite. Subsequently , you will be able to taste the cream cheese as you munch. 

Matcha version is quite good as well, slightly stronger matcha taste compare to the cheese. It's not to my liking.

Facebook Page:

 Lot MS-03, Level 4, Johor Bahru City Square, 
Jalan Wong Ah Fook, Darul Ta'zim, Bandar Johor Bahru
Johor Bahru

Opening Hour:  
10AM – 10 PM


Verdict 4/5

I like the oozy cream cheese that flow out when you take a bite at the tart. Plus, the cheese smell is overpowering!! Can't resist the temptation!! 

Currency conversion is great, you really can't miss it now!! 

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Workbench Bistro @ Ang Mo Kio

Heartland cafes have been popping up here and there recently to attract neighbourhood crowds. Opening up its 1st branch at a mature estate in Ang Mo Kio, Workbench Bistro offer quite a wide selection of food for lunch and dinner crowds. 

What's more, customers can choose from the selection of either Red or Blue velvet Waffle which is quite unique and refreshing to see instead of the usual red velvet waffle. 


Signature Truffle Fries ($9) 

What can go wrong with fries when it was fried with truffle oil? 
Parsley and cheese are added as toppings on top of the fries!!

Salted Egg Wings ($12)

Slightly overpriced i think. 6 pieces of mid wings only. Crispy wings with salted egg sauce taste that make it taste fantastically good!!

Aglio Olio with Smoked Duck ($13) - Fusion food!! Sliced Duck meat with aglio olio, slightly wet which i not sure why and taste bland. Not recommended

Aglio Olio with Chicken ($12) - Grilled chicken breast meat with aglio olio. This is better than the duck meat version, but still slightly bland. I wont recommend their aglio olio.

Salted Egg Chicken Burger ($16) - Burger is the preferred choice, Salted egg chicken filling in a burger, definitely better than the fast food version. LOL 

Pulled Pork Burger ($16)

Burger stuffed with Braised pork and vegetables. Fries sprinkled with chili powder for extra flavour. Highly recommended 

Assorted Ice Cream (From $3.90 onwards)

Differentiate by classic or premium flavours

Waffle with ice cream ($8.70 Premium flavour) This pricing is for normal waffle only

Classic flavour cost $8 thou

Red or Blue velvet Waffle required additional cost......


Address: 332 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, #01-1881, 560332

Opening Hour:  Tue- Sun
12PM –11 PM
Closed on Monday


Verdict 3.5/5

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Takagi Ramen @ Ang Mo Kio

Located at the heartland of Ang Mo Kio, this small little stall sell Japanese Ramen which are affordable yet delicious.Why spend more than $10 to have a bowl of good ramen? Just try it here. Adapted to local hawker style, you just have to order, pay and collect your own food instead of them serve to you.

Condiments are all self service 

Chashu-men ($7) : Tonkotsu pork broth with extra Chashu meat. Slightly cost saving if you top up for extra chashu meat. The broth is really tasty and ramen is not overcooked. Add Ajitama for extra $1(really worth it)

Free one serving of refill, you can get

Miso Ramen ($6) - Miso flavoured ramen served with corn

Jiajiamen ($4.50) - Chinese inspired ramen, spicy braised pork serve with ramen and corns. suitable for those that prefer spicy food  


Address: 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, 560721

Opening Hour:  Mon - Sun
11 AM –11 PM


Verdict 4/5

Delicious and affordable, soup broth is savoury and really give you a kick. I will try other varieties if i visit this stall again. 

Friday, 24 June 2016

Ban Heng Buffet @ Orchard Central

Ban Heng Restaurants offer a wide range of ala carte buffet selection. Here are the review on the food that they serve @ Orchard Central. There is a Chef special Menu which all the food will be serve unless you specify that you do not want that selection. We didn't really try all the dishes from the menu, just some selected few for trying.

厨师精选 Chef Special Menu
One Serving Only 

(红烧蟹肉鱼翅 Braised Shark's Fin with Crabmeat )

Sorry Shark lovers. The shark's fin soup is thick and savoury. Quite decent serving.

(药膳醉虾 Drunken Prawn with Chinese Herbs)

Fresh prawns cooked with dates, angelic herbs etc.... I will suggest to eat the prawns only and save your stomach space for others

(油浸顺壳 Deep fried Soon Hock fish)

Nice crispy deep fried fish served with light soy sauce. I really love the fish meat, firm. Not flaky at all.

蠔皇原只鲍鱼 Braised whole Abalone in Brown Sauce

姜蒜蒸扇贝 Steamed clam with ginger and garlic

Black Pepper Clayfish

麻辣田鸡 Frog Leg with Spicy Sauce


港式点心 Dim Sum

虾腐皮卷 Deep-fried Bean Curd Roll

沙律明虾角 Deep-fried Prawn Dumpling with Mayonnaise

香煎萝卜糕 Pan-fried Carrot Cake

家乡凤爪 Traditional Chicken Feet

梅子蒸排骨 Steamed Spare Ribs with Sour Plum Sauce

鱼子烧卖 Steamed Siew Mai with Fish Roe

蜜汁叉烧包 Steamed BBQ pork bun 


汤、翅类 Soup

四川酸辣羹 Hot & Sour Soup in Szechuan Style

海味鱼鳔羹 Fish maw with Seafood Broth


海鲜类 Seafood

港蒸金目鲈 Steamed Seabass with Hong Kong Style

酥炸苏东圈 Crispy fried Squid Ring

麦片虾 Fried Prawn with Cereal


蔬菜类 Vegetables

马来风光 Stir fried Kang Kong with Spicy Sauce

咸鱼芥兰仔 Baby Kai Lam with Salted fish


面/饭类 Noodle/Rice

干烧伊府面 Braised Ee-fu Noodle


肉类 Meats
36. 五味卤鸭 Braised Duck in Teow chew Style 37. 挂炉烧鸭 Roast Duck 38. 麻辣烧鸡 Roast Chicken with Spicy Sauce 39. 酥炸中鸡翅 Deep fried Chicken Wing 40. 妈蜜鸡球 Wok-fried Chicken Cube with “Marmite” Sauce 41. 京都排骨 Spare Ribs with Special Sauce 42. 酸甜咕咾肉 Sweet & Sour Pork 43. 烧汁一口肉 Stewed Pork with Special Sauce 44. 姜葱鹿肉 Venison with Ginger & Onion 45. 凉瓜牛肉 Wok-fried Beef with Bitter Gourd

酸甜咕咾肉 Sweet & Sour Pork

五味卤鸭 Braised Duck in Teow chew Style

All-You-Can-Eat Ala-Carte Buffet
Lunch Buffet Menu from $22.80++ 

Dinner Buffet Menu from $26.80++ 

Prices quoted subject to additional charge for Chinese tea, pickles & towels; 10% Service Charge & GST.

Verdict 3.5/5

The standard of the food is good. I will mark down on the service by the staff. Even the manager is somewhat arrogant to the customers. I will seriously advice Ban Heng group to review on their staff's service level and attitude towards the customers.