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Michelin Surprise in Wan Chai 

Pei Xia Ang

The Weekly Glutton (9/10-16/10)

The Weekly Glutton features dining delights that have impressed us one way or another (or not) and are places we highly recommend you patronize.

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Wing Wah Wanton storefront

Wing Wah Wanton

We had just touched down from Singapore, and were slightly jet-lagged and overwhelmed by the foreign landscape that was Hong Kong. There was so much to take in all at once— the loud jabbering in Cantonese, the bright neon street signs, and the bustling peak hour traffic.

As we stumbled from the MTR station to our hotel, we passed a wanton house. Of all the other stalls lining Henessey Road, it was this shop that drew us in.

Emanating from the shop for about 200 metres is the irresistible scent of cooking wanton noodles. Naturally, as two warm-blooded Singaporeans, we gravitated to that shop.

Wing Wah Wanton soup

Shrimp Wanton Noodles, HKD$44

Wing Wah is known for their handmade bamboo wanton noodles, freshly prepared on the second level of their shophouse. My first impression was that they were chewy and different from any other wanton noodles Singapore. I particularly appreciated the springiness of the noodles.

Wing Wah Wanton shrimp wanton noodle

A good testament to that is how they do not turn soggy even till the last mouthful. The chef must really have had taken great calibrations to cook the noodles to perfection, or it would have been undercooked or too soft. Well done!

Now, on to the wantons. Each wanton was a delightful accompaniment to the noodles. The skin was silky smooth, and wrapped with minced pork and a fresh shrimp. They were very generous with the wantons too. I had a total of 5 wantons!

Lastly, the soup was lightly seasoned, and not too oily. This is different from most of the wanton shops in Singapore, where the soups tend to be MSG-heavy. For those of you who need that extra kick, the chilli oil by the side will do just the trick.

Wing Wah Wanton brocolli with shrimp egg

Broccoli with Shrimp’s Egg, $39

I think something may have gotten lost in translation, as the vegetable that arrived at our table was in no way resembling the broccoli that I am familiar with.

Regardless, this was still a great dish especially for the health buffs. Like the wanton soup, the broth of the “broccoli”  was light and not heavily seasoned. The vegetables were steamed too, so there was not much salt in this serving.

Wing Wah Wanton glutinous rice ball

Glutinous Rice Ball with Black Sesame and Ginger Soup, $42

A traditional Chinese dessert, there really isn’t much for me to add on to it. (Are my expectations too high?) The glutinous balls were made with just the right texture so that it does not get too jelat after your first serving. The soup was not too heavy on the ginger flavour, and just the way I like it.

Wing Wah Wanton the set

Conclusion

Despite the prominent Michelin icon placed by the window and the alluring aroma of noodles cooking, there was no queue when we were there. Amounting to close to SGD$20 per person, I felt that this meal wasn’t too bad for a roadside stall, but as for a Michelin-featured place, they need to add that extra touch to stand out from the rest.

However, don’t just take my word for it, check them out if you happen to be in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong, and tell us what you think!

Wing Wah Wanton signboard

Wing Wah Wanton
Address: 89 Hennessey Road, Wanchai
Hong Kong
Tel: (+852) 2527-7476
Opening Hours: 12pm-2pm Mondays to Saturdays

 

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6 Tips for the Next 50 Cents Festival

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Over the weekend, The Mbassadors decided to take a little trip down to the 50Cents Festival over at Chinatown! Being our virgin experience, we weren’t really sure what to expect, other than great food, and even greater crowds.

Despite expecting a crowd, we were still taken aback by the sheer volume of people packed into one tiny street. Seeing as this wasn’t the only thing that took us by surprise, we’ve decided to put together a little list of things that you can do to make your experience a little more comfortable should you choose to go for the festival the next time it comes around. Here’s 6 things you can do:

1. Dress light.

It’s going to be incredibly humid, with hundreds of people packed into one tiny street moving at a snail’s pace, so be sure to dress light! A simple tee shirt and shorts will do the trick.

50Cents Festival - The crowd is insane

50Cents Festival - People everywhere

And ladies, go easy on the make up. You’re going to perspire so much you’ll regret having wasted the effort.

2. Come in a group.

Seating is scarce, so come in numbers and have a game plan! Some of you can look for seating and snag it for you and your friends, while the rest of you can go queue for food and order for your friends who are busy scouring for seats!

3. If you have one of those Mini Fan Thingies, bring one.

We’re really not kidding about the heat, so if you have any of those portable mini usb fans or the ones that connect to your phones, bring them. They’re going to come in handy when you’re queuing up for the food.

4. Bring Tissues, and lots of them.

Eating is going to be a messy affair for sure, so come prepared with lots and lots of packets of tissues so you can dig in and not have to worry about clean up later. Also, maybe a small plastic bag to dump all those used tissues into for easy disposal! Let’s try to leave the tables cleaner than we found them, so everyone can have a pleasant experience next time!

5. Have plenty of 50 Cent Coins ready to go!

Some of the queues can be dreadfully long, especially in the heat, but don’t make that experience worse for yourself by not having your money ready when its your turn to pay! The vendors won’t take too kindly to you holding up their already snaking queues. Most (if not all) of the fare was sold at multiples of 50 cents. A bottle of Coca Cola was $1.50, a bowl of Char Kway Teow was $1, and a skewer of Satay was 50 cents. We would suggest bringing a small pouch full of 50 cent coins, so you’re never holding up the queue doing math in your head!

Oh, and that bowl of Char Kway Teow? Keep reading for a look at the food! 😉

6. Get reserved seating!

50Cents Festival - reserved seating by Chope

This year, Chope set up a designated seating area that people could reserve tables in through their app.

Now, on to the food!

There was definitely plenty of variety, and the smells were incredible. Here’s some of the dishes we tried!

Steamed Peanuts:

50Cents Festival - Steamed peanuts

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Mini Wa Ko Kueh:

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Chicken Rice:

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Ma La Baby Lobster:

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Red Glutinous Wine Chicken:

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This was really good! The chicken was very tender and flavourful.

Laksa:

50Cents Festival - laksa

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The Laksa had potential to be better with more chili and if it was served a little warmer.

Cereal Prawns:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Otah:

 

 

 

 

Satay:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The satay was actually very well done, being very juicy and tender without too many burnt bits despite being cooked over an open flame.

Char Kway Teow:

 

 

 

 

 

 

This was excellent.

Hokkien Mee:

 

 

 

 

 

 

We sadly didn’t get to try this, the queue was way too long!

Steamed Dumplings:

 

 

 

 

 

 

If these GIFs have you watering at the mouth, then be sure to stay tuned for the next installment of the 50Cents Festival!

We’ll be sure to let you know, as soon as we do!

The Weekly Glutton (22/5 – 28/5)

James Chan

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Rabbit Carrot Gun 

Singapore brunch rabbit carrot gun

Rabbit Carrot Gun no exception to brunch options in Singapore

The Singapore brunch scene is literally exploding with a wide array of options to dine at. Rabbit Carrot Gun, is no exception to this.

I’ve eaten at enough Brunch places to conclude that brunch is a meal that lacks originality. Simply put, what you’ll find on the menu of Brunch place A is never going to differ too far from Brunch place B.

At the end of the day, how you judge the worth of your time and visit will come down to the nitty gritties – Service, Ambience and of course the taste of the food.

The Food

Singapore brunch rabbit carrot gun menu

standard brunch fare at Rabbit Carrot Gun

Rabbit Carrot Gun serves standard Singapore brunch fare in a picturesque cafe (unfortunately they were packed and I had to sit outside in the sweltering heat). Expect to spend an average of $25 a person.

Gamekeeper’s Shooting Breakfast, $22

Singapore brunch rabbit carrot gun gamekeeper's shooting breakfast

sausage, bacon, baked beans, mushrooms, grilled tomato, 2 eggs of your choice, toast or fried bread

See how in the description the “Sausage” is singular? BECAUSE IT IS! You only get 1 Sausage so ration it well! They’re super generous with the Bacon though.

For my eggs, I went with Poached and they felt just a tad over but forgivable. Nothing really stood out here.

Koo Koo Ka Choo, $19

Sinagpore brunch koo koo ka choo for mushroom lovers

mushroom fricassee, potato hash, poached eggs, shaved gruyere, truffle vinagrette

If you like mushrooms, this will be your pick, think no further. Indulge yourself in the strong earthy flavors of mushrooms ever so slightly masked by a veil of rich egg yolk. The potato hash does the job of soaking any residue juices so you’ll have an extremely clean and empty plate at the end of the meal.

My only gripe, if you need more balance in this dish, the Gruyere and Vinagrette were not so obvious in this dance of flavors.

Sunday Roast, $16/$26

Singapore brunch sunday roast

tender and tasty beef for Sunday roast

This week’s Sunday Roast was Roast Beef. I ordered the kid’s portion ($16) just for sampling purposes. BEST IDEA EVER!!!!!!! It’s not even on the menu by the way.

The beef was tender and tasty, the carrots were pleasantly sweet, served with this croissant-ish pastry which was really fluffy and great with the beef.

Just to emphasize on the roast and all its goodness, the table next to mine (obviously regulars) ordered 2 whole adult sized portions of the roast. They didn’t bother even looking at the menu.

There were so many people in Rabbit Carrot Gun that it wasn’t even funny especially with the sweltering heat. Inversely, that also means that they’re doing something right. (Psst: It’s the Roast!)

Singapore brunch at rabbit carrot gun

a photo-worthy place to dine at

It’s also an extremely Instagrammable Singapore brunch location!

I would suggest making a reservation prior to your arrival

Make a reservation today!

Rabbit Carrot Gun
Address: 49 East Coast Road
Singapore 428768
Tel: 6348 8568
Opening Hours: 8.30am-10.30pm Tues-Sun, 11am- 10.30pm Mon

 

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The Weekly Glutton (3/4 – 9/4)

James Chan

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Bochinche fine dining

Bochinche

My lunch experience at Bochinche is one that is truly worthy of this week’s Weekly Glutton. I wouldn’t mind a 2nd round tomorrow even!

With a $32++ lunch price tag, Bochinche is the perfect location for business lunches to impress your clients. Their lunch crowd consisted of purely office executives anyways.

Bochinche cosy, home-like decor

Real home-like decor

From the get go, you’re hit with a really warm and cosy feeling as soon as you take a step inside. Art prints adorned on the walls, an open kitchen concept where you get to watch the chefs at work and just one or two empty tables left for walk ins. (Whew lucky me)

For the set lunch, you can either choose the 2 course meal ($27++) or the 3 course meal ($32++). I ordered the 3 course meal as I was feeling pretty famished. From what I know, the rib eye steak is a constant in the menu. The rest of the items vary from time to time.

The Food

Bochinche healthy Beef Carpaccio

Beef Carpaccio, papaya, olives, capers and parmesan

Carpaccio’s are meant to be raw but the Chefs at Bochinche obviously know what they’re doing by searing the edges of the beef ever so lightly. The olives and cheese gives off a very bold aftertaste but it works well with the mellow notes of the papaya. Even with the full flavoured beef, everything blends well together. A true rebel of a dish indeed.

Bochinche lightly seasoned ribeye steak

180g Rib Eye steak, chips (wedges) & chimichurri mayo

My first impression – What? 180g only? I’ll never be full! Which turned out to be true. But let’s talk flavors first. I ordered medium rare but you can have it any way you like (except well done).

Bochinche seabass

My friend ordered the seabass. My advice? Argentinian cooking revolves around savoury, meaty dishes and the fish didn’t seem like a popular choice among diners. There must be a reason why the steak is a constant in the menu yeah?

Bochinche chocolate pudding dessert with berries

Chocolate pudding, salted caramel and berries

Dessert was the reason why I managed to feel full at the end of the meal. They give you just enough pudding so you don’t feel so lethargic or walk away from the table feeling you still need something else.

Recommended to Order: The Prix Fixe Menu 3 Course (Beef Options)

Do remember to book a table in advance or prepare to be using your phone mindlessly while waiting for a table to be vacant.

Bochinche outdoor dinning

Bochinche
Address: 22 Martin Road #02-01, Singapore 239058
Tel: +65 6235 4990
Opening Hours:
Brunch: 11am – 4.30pm (Sat & Sun);
Dinner: 5.30pm to 12am (Tue – Thurs & Sun), 5.30pm – 1am (Fri & Sat)

 

*The Mbassadors paid for their own meal (ouch!) unless otherwise stated.

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