Monday, 18 December 2017

Hock Lee Fishball Noodle (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre)

Fishball Noodles (dry with no chilli) $3.50
If you are working around Bugis area and are looking for a good breakfast, give Hock Lee Fishball Noodle a try! This stall is located at Albert Centre Market and Food Centre. It opens only in the morning and start selling their noodles at 6.30 am onwards.
 So what is so unique about Hock Lee? Well, it sells handmade fishballs, not factory-made fishballs.
The fishball noodles comes at different prices, ranging from $3.50 to $5. There is always a short queue at this shop, but they clear them quite fast. Another point to note is that although the shop closes at 12 pm, sometimes they sell out by 11 am. So if you are an office worker, it is nearly impossible to try this during lunch time as they would be closed by then. 
Fishball Noodles (dry with no chilli) $3.50
The Fishball Noodles (dry with no chilli) $3.50 came with 6 pieces of fishball. The star of this is definitely their handmaded fishballs. The fishballs, of different sizes as they were handmade, were firm and springy, and slightly smooth!
Fishball Noodles (dry with chilli) $3.50
As their signboard mention about their special chilli, I had to give it a try. Hence, on another occasion, I ordered the Fishball Noodles (dry with chilli) $3.50. Personally, I thought that it was just average. Maybe it was because I felt that there was too much chilli oil. I prefer the version without chilli. 

To conclude, this is worth a try! Priced at $3.50, you get 6 pieces of fishballs along with noodles. That is effectively $0.50 for each piece of fishball and the bowl of noodles! Definitely worth it!

Hock Lee Fishball Noodle (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre)
270 Queen Street 
#01-02 Albert Centre Food Centre
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 6.30 am - 12 pm 
                           Closed on Mon

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Thursday, 16 November 2017

Peperoni Pizzeria (Thomson)

Portobello Funghi Pizza
Peperoni Pizzeria, owned by the Les Amis Group, specialises in serving Italian cuisine such as its wood-fired pizzas and traditional pasta. I first patronised Peperoni Pizzeria in 2012 at Hillcrest (Greenwood Avenue). Back then, they had only 3 outlets. Today, they are so successful that they have expanded to 7 outlets with its newest outlet at Thomson! 
Their Thomson outlet opened in 2016 and is located at the end of the row of shophouses where UOB is located at. We visited on a weekday afternoon and was not surprised to see that there were few customers. This was also partly due to the construction works for the upcoming MRT station. When the station is operational, I am sure the area will be bustling with people. 
traditional wood-fired oven
The pizzas are cooked using traditional wood-fired oven. I like the fact that customers are able to see the kitchen and how the food are being cooked. It is visually appealing and provides assurance on not only hygiene, but also the standard of the food.
Peperoni Set Lunch
The Set Lunch, available only during lunch time on Mondays to Fridays, is so value for money considering that it cost $14.90 nett! Moreover, it includes salad and drink. 

We ordered two set lunches. 
Garden Salad, Coke, Sprite
The Garden Salad along with Coke and Sprite.
We ordered the Amatriciana pasta; linguine with sauteed Bacon and Onions in Tomato Sauce, which was excellent! The bacon bits provided a savoury flavour while the onions provided a crunchy texture. Also, the taste of the tomato sauce was just right and had the right amount of tangy-ness.
Portobello Funghi Pizza
Being someone who likes mushroom, it should not be a surprise that I ordered this - Portobello Funghi Pizza. It consisted of portobello mushroom, tomato concasse, scallion served with a sunny-side up egg and a dash of truffle oil. The wood-fire pizza's crust was thin and crisp, and it was delicious!

I quite like the food at Peperoni Pizzeria. Moreover, in terms of cost, the price is NETT which means that there is no service charge! 

Peperoni Pizzeria (Thomson)
267 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore 574394
Tel: 6509 1575
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 12pm - 11pm 
                           Sun 11am - 11pm 
                           Closed on certain PH

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Monday, 25 September 2017

IT Roo Cafe (Malaysia, Johor Bahru)

 Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce RM 16
IT Roo Cafe is widely known as the place to go to for chicken chop in Johor Bahru. Its concept is more of an eatery or coffee shop rather than a cafe. It is located 10 minutes away from the causeway and is in fact 1 minute walk away from its competitor;  Hua Mui Coffee Shop 华美茶餐室
The interior of IT Roo Cafe was simple and traditional with a mix of indoor and alfresco seating. There were many old photographs and articles put up against the wall showcasing its history. 
I visited at 12 noon sharp, which was the start of the eatery's operating hours and was surprised to see that there was already three customers sitting down and waiting to collect their takeaway order. I thought that I would be the first customer. 
This is IT Roo Cafe's menu. They sell a variety of food, other than western food, they also sell local cuisines such as fried rice and noodles which is again similar to Hua Mui Coffee Shop.
Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce RM 16 and Mushroom Soup RM 4.50
I ordered the Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce RM 16 and Mushroom Soup RM 4.50.
Mushroom Soup RM 4.50
The Mushroom Soup RM 4.50 was just average.  
Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce RM 16
As for the Grilled Chicken Chop with Mushroom Sauce RM 16, it was delicious! I appreciated the generous amount of mushroom sauce with slices of mushrooms and potato wedges. The sauce had a delicate mushroom flavour. They used a whole chicken thigh for their chicken chop and grilled it perfectly, resulted in a succulent chicken chop which retained the flavour and juices.

IT Roo Cafe serves two types of chicken chop; grilled or deep fried. The next time I visit, I will try their deep fried chicken chop as they are popular for both versions. During my visit, I saw many customers ordering the IT Roo Fried Rice which cost RM 7.50. It seems to be another item worth ordering. 

IT Roo Cafe (Malaysia, Johor Bahru) 
17 Jalan Dhoby, Bandar Johor Bahru
80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: Daily from 12pm to 9.30pm

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