Thursday, November 26, 2015

Bread in soup at Sunny Spot Cafe

Sunny Spot Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Brightly lit little mom-and-pop outfit on Main Street. Would normally have given it a miss except my friend had been there before and recommended it.
Restaurant interior and layout is awful but they have some nice pieces if you look around, like a very long painting of horses frolicking.

TIP: Look around for a ceramic jar of chili paste swimming in what is possibly sesame seed oil and liberally sprinkled with sesame seeds. It's fragrant and not that spicy-hot. Highly recommend you give this a taste and think about whether to add it to your order. My flatbread-in-soup would have been way tastier with a liberal helping of it.

Pao-mo (homemade flatbread) in soup ($8) beef, lamb, or tripe
  • I got the lamb one on the owner's recommendation. Surprisingly fragrant soup.
  • The small chunks of torn-up flatbread didn't do much for me but it did make the soup heartier.
  • Looks simple but pretty tasty.
  • Portion size is like a small pho bowl.
  • Felt a bit stingy on the meat but the broth and aroma was flavourful. Might have been because it was at the end of the day (?) and they were running low on lamb? Or they wanted you to pay $2 for "extra meat" -- see the lower right corner of the menu.
Glass noodles in hot and sour soup ($6)
  • It's advertised as "soup" but you're not getting a token amount of noodles. This is basically a light-meal bowl of noodles.
  • Didn't feel it was hot or sour enough. Might be toned down for a Western clientele?
  • Tasted OK.
Braised Pork Bun ($4), Marinated Beef Bun ($4)
  • Price looks atrocious for what you get -- a breakfast muffin-sized toasted bun with some meat in it. But wait! -- A burger nowadays will set you back about $12-$16+, and it has only marginally more meat in its patty than a bun from Sunny Spot Cafe. So this may actually be par price.
  • Pork bun didn't do anything for me but the slightly curried but not spicy-hot beef filling in the beef bun was tasty!
There is very much a "home-cooked meal" feel to the food here that totally makes me feel confident everything is made in-house.

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe menu

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe glass noodles in hot and sour soup

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe pao-mo in soup

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe buns

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe braised pork bun

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe chili sauce at the table

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe flatbreads

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe horses

2015-Nov-26 Sunny Spot Cafe cutlery

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Cheap tasty noodles at G-Men

G-men @ Nan Chu Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato G-Men Ramen is a tight little space with a totally inadequate waiting area (but benches right outside) because of the queue that apparently forms every day, not just Friday and Saturday nights. However, turnaround is quite fast. There is also "bar seating", which actually isn't that bad as the bar table is quite wide. Good for couples since they are side by side anyway.
Make sure you put your name down on the waiting list (which can move quite quickly despite the maximum 2-hr time limit per seating) when you arrive. You will be asked whether you are okay with bar seating or if you need a table, at the time you put your name down and again when seating becomes available.

Tan Tan Men ($10.25) 8oz spicy sesame & peanut flavour pork bone broth with thin noodle
  • Thin noodle looks like the type you get in a packet of instant noodles. And there's a LOT of it. Quite a bit of diced pork as well.
  • Overall, a heavy and filling meal for just $10.25 and you may want to consider not ordering a drink in case you can't finish it all.
  • Tasty and peanutty but not spicy enough for me. There are condiments at the table to add more heat (or garlic!).
  • Good and tasty but I think Kingyo's Tan Tan Noodles still edges out and is a bit cheaper too (but isn't peanutty, if that is the predominant flavour you want).
AAA Beef Yukke ($9.25) chopped beef sashimi marinated in yukke sauce
  • Reminds me of steak tartare but totally not the same in taste.
  • Served cold and totally worth a try as it's tasty. But pricey.
Kimchi Baigai ($5.95) kimchi and Japanese ivory shell
  •  Our server couldn't explain "ivory shell" but it turns out they are a type of sea snail. Quite firm and more crunchy than chewy but not hard to eat at all.
  • Overall, a cheap way to try an interesting food. Quite a good amount of snail as well.
  • Other than the novelty, give this a pass. You mostly taste the kimchi anyway unless you carefully isolate the snail, which isn't that tasty on its own.
2015-Nov-24 G-Men tan tan noodle bowl and saucer

2015-Nov-24 G-Men tan tan noodle

2015-Nov-24 G-Men beef yukke

2015-Nov-24 G-Men kimchi

2015-Nov-24 G-Men ivory shell

Pricey mangoes at Mango Mama

Mango Mama Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato Mango Mama Cafe Ltd. is a simple, brightly lit restaurant with booth seating that comfortably seats four and a fifth awkwardly with an extra chair. You order by ticking off a menu sheet -- sort of like dim sum. There is no "customer service" per se except they check if you're ready and bring your order to the table.

The mangoes here are Philippine Mangos, which are supposedly the sweetest in the world and also hideously expensive here for being imported. If you don't care about that, you will feel like you are overpaying for simple things like adding some fresh mangoes to your fluffy ice, or getting a "fresh mango pancake" weighing in at $10.95. Which I got (see pics below).

The crepe is thin and filled with mango cubes plus whipped cream (?). Also takes a while to make -- longer than my friend's mango fluffy ice.

The fluffy ice comes out looking like a pile of phyllo pastry, and strangely keeps that look for a very long time. Portion is also huge for $4.95 -- similar to Icy Bar, but instead of unlimited condensed milk, your ice is flavoured here. Great for sharing and just hanging out for a while, especially since it doesn't melt on you so quickly.

2015-Nov-24 Mango Mama mango pancake

2015-Nov-24 Mango Mama mango pancake (inside)