Roasted Mutton Marrow (烤羊肉骨髓)

Originally I was planning on going to Chinatown for dinner by myself, two students mentioned a 东北 (Northeastern Chinese) restaurant that they thought was really good, so I amended my plans and went with them.

Roasted sheep joints are their specialty. Straws were provided to suck out the marrow. The liquid in the shallow bowl was also tasty.

Bitter gourd poached and served with sesame oil was very good. 

The twice cooked pork was very spicy. Added to the dish was cumin and black fungus. I loved it. I mistook a green chili for a leek and my mouth burned!

House-made dumplings were delicious and not fiery.

I’ve never had these sprouts before, but they were delicious, sautéed in peanut oil with garlic.

The restaurant is also known for their grilled meat, in this case mutton with cumin. These were good.

My terrible Chinese tells me they serve Northeast dishes and Sichuan dishes. 

I recommend this place and I will return. 


Grilled Chicken Salad (Pimp My Salad)

There’s a salad stall at Pasar Bella, the quote unquote hipster food court chain here in Singapore.

A lot of the credit for making ‘pimping’ a positive term has to go to X to the Z Xzibit, of MTV’s Pimp My Ride fame. 

I watched that show religiously when I lived in Galway, Ireland as I proudly reclaimed my American heritage, George Walker Bush notwithstanding.

This salad was delicious and hearty. On a base of spinach dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette was a grilled chicken breast, diced feta cheese, diced cucumber, marinated cherry tomatoes, chickpeas and black and green Kalamata olives.

I loved it. It was a meaty and filling salad.

Prime Beef Cheeseburger (Two Blur Guys)

This was the best cheeseburger I’ve had in Singapore and really one of the best I’ve had in a long time. The bun was hot and it was so messy I couldn’t eat it with my hands. That’s good!

The waitress even asked for the doneness!

USDA beef, sliced tomato, gruyère cheese and some sweet relish went between the hot, spongy bun. And truffle mayonnaise. How could I have forgotten?

I love bloody meat. I closed my eyes as I ate this amazing burger. 

The savory mayonnaise on the fries was good, too. 

Two Blur Guys makes a heavenly cheeseburger. 

It’s located in Tanjong Pagar. 

Peanut Chili Chee Cheong Fun (花生辣椒猪肠粉)

What is chee cheong fun, you ask?

A rice noodle roll (also translated as steamed rice roll) is a Cantonese dish from southern China including Hong Kong, commonly served either as a snack, small meal or as a variety of dim sum.[1] It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of shahe fen (rice noodles), filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables, or other ingredients. Seasoned soy sauce — sometimes with siu mei drippings — is poured over the dish upon serving. When plain and made without filling, the rice noodle is also known as chee cheong fun where chee cheong means pig intestine, and fun means noodle; this is because the noodle is rolled more tightly and resembles the small intestine of a pig.[2]

Anyway, a new restaurant opened up in Bugis Junction serving a more refined take on the local breakfast. Black Seed wasn’t too busy when I went there on Saturday.

What I ordered: 63 degree eggs, ciabatta with butter (although they put butter and sugar on the bread) tea with milk and chee cheong fun with a peanut and chili sauce. Heavy on the carbs, I couldn’t finish it. I added white pepper and soy sauce to the beautiful eggs. 

I went there again today! I’m looking forward to trying the sandwiches. 

Spicy Noodles in Peanut Sauce (辣面的花生酱)

I should be eating more Chinese food as I will miss it when I leave this archipelago.

I had this delicious dinner at Crystal Jade La Mien in Bugis Junction. 

The fine noodles sat in a bowl of an amazing peanut chili sauce. There was also garlic and Sichuan peppers in the sauce. I loved it so much I drank the sauce  after I finished the noodles.

Then I was served drunken chicken.

This was incredible! Served cold, in a sauce of rice wine, the mellow chicken flavors pleased me greatly. The wolfsberries added tartness to the sauce. 

Sichuan cucumbers were delicious.

Iced pomelo tea was refreshing. 

Grilled Salmon with Anchovy Butter

Was the salmon farm-raised? I just don’t know.

This salmon of unknown provenance was grilled and served with an anchovy butter. Underneath (not a usual foodie term) the fish steak were potatoes, mozzarella cheese and some asparagus stalks. 

What’s the backstory? Had I gone to Europe?


I went to La Maison, a Japanese Western restaurant. First I had Camembert croquettes.

Tempura Camembert is amazing. The sauce was fruity. 

The fruit tart was disappointing. I had wanted the caramel tart which was not available when I ordered it. 

With 110 days before I leave Singapore, I’ll probably come here again. 

Chicken Shwarma

A week or so ago, I went to Pita & Olive, the Arabic/Israeli stall at the Pasar Bella food court in Suntec City.

I ate under a red light at the soi-disant hipster food court, hence the color. On the big plate was a salad comprised of diced cucumber, black olives and tomato. There was a big mound of hummus topped with olive oil, paprika and whole chickpeas. Of course, the roasted chicken Shwarma was there too. 

Having to use a plastic fork vexed me. Plastic forks are bullshit.

It was very good and it filled me up.