Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅 @ Vivocity, Singapore

Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅@ Vivocity, Singapore

Hai Di Lao steamboat is originated from China, but has been expanding its business territory to many other countries around the world. Hai Di Lao has been the leader and benchmark of premium steamboat among the competitors of the same trade for many years, and it is definitely deserved its fame and reputation. While Hai Di Lao is not available in Malaysia, the nearest place to enjoy the premium steamboat would be our neighbour land -- Singapore. There are several branches in Singapore, but almost every outlets are packed with patrons at all times.  


So what is so special about their steamboat which makes patrons willing to queue up for hours? You may think that it is just another trend and will fade over the time. To me and many other patrons who have visited Hai Di Lao, it is actually due to the premium food quality and their tip top service. 

Before even starting your steamboat session in the restaurant, patrons get to enjoy their service. There is a waiting area outside the restaurant, which provides free flow foods and drinks while waiting for your queue number. Manicure service is also available free of charge. 

When you are seated, ladies will be given a rubber band to tie up hair and each of us gets a handphone cover, so that we can still use our handphone while enjoying the steamboat. The waiter and waitress are friendly and answer to patrons' request speedily. 


We opted for the mixed pot with four flavours, i.e. herbal chicken soup, mushroom stock, pickled vegetable soup and tomato soup. 


There are several choices for sauce and condiments too. The patrons can perform their own mix and match at the condiments bar.


There is also a snack bar, which patrons can start off the meal with some China local delicacies.


Pumpkin pancake is one of the signature desserts, which has sticky texture. The sweetness is just right to our taste.


Sliced beef is a must for steamboat.


Seafood balls made of fresh seafood and fish roe. 


Fresh fish slices.


Vegetable platter.


The overall dining experience is pleasant although the price is slightly on the high side, the cozy dining environment and high quality ingredients definitely worth the price and our re-visits in near future.

Address : Hai Di Lao 海底捞火锅
Vivocity #03-09 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

Tel: +65 6250 7557 / +65 6250 7667

Business Hours: 10:30am – 6am

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Baan Na-na Thai Cuisine @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru

Baan Na-na Thai Cuisine @ Taman Pelangi, Johor Baru

Baan Na-na is a hidden gem in Taman Pelangi, located at Jalan Kuning which has few other famous restaurants on the same street. Baan Na-na is not easy to be identified, as it is located at the first floor above a Thai steamboat restaurant.We found this place through friend's recommendation.


Lemongrass & Roselle Drinks
During our first visit here, the restaurant is still very green and not very well known. They were having promotion where every patron gets a complimentary house drink, either lemongrass or roselle juice. Although the promotion is no longer available, almost every lunch set meal comes with a beverage.

We ordered for a set meal for 2 pax, comprising a chicken tom yam, stir-fried minced meat with century egg and basil leaves. The set meal also includes 2 sunny-side up and white rice. 

Tom Yum Chicken
Even I always prefer tom yam seafood more, the tom yam chicken turned out to be better than expected. Chicken thigh was used and stir-fried before cooking it with the tom yam soup, hence the texture was soft and springy. The tom yam gravy was great too, the non-excessive hotness did not overwhelm the fragrance from the spice and lemongrass.  
Stir Fried Century Egg with Basil Leaf
We have been big fans of Pad Kra Pao, especially love the aroma of basil leaves with a hint of spiciness from the chili padi. The version here is slightly different, which came with century egg. The combination was new to us but indeed a good try. A very flavourful and savoury dish to go with white rice.  
Mango Sticky Rice  RM 7.50
We added on a mango sticky rice to complement the meal. It marked a perfect ending to our lunch, the serving was very decent at a reasonable price. 


Address : Baan Na-na Thai Cuisine
33A & 35A, Jalan Kuning 2, 
Taman Pelangi, 
80400 Johor Bahru

Business Hour : 10.30am - 2.30pm / 5pm - 10.30pm
Tel : 07-336 0980

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Chua Kee Seafood 蔡记海鲜 @ Gelang Patah, Johor Baru

Chua Kee Seafood 蔡记海鲜 @ Gelang Patah, Johor Baru

For seafood lover, Chua Kee Seafood at Gelang Patah is one of the must-go seafood restaurants. Although Gelang Patah is distant from Johor Bahru down town, it does not stop the town folks from visiting Chua Kee for the quality seafood with reasonable pricing. 
Clam Soup  上汤啦啦
Stir-fried lala with strong flavour seasoning (e.g. black pepper, sambal and kam heong) has been the more favourite choice among patrons. If you are looking for clam with lighter flavour, clam soup is a good choice. The broth was very sweet, but also with a hint of natural spiciness from ginger, white pepper and rice wine, very stomach-warming. The clams were not over-cooked too, remained their tenderness. 
Salted Egg Prawn  咸蛋虾
Dishes cooked with salted egg have been very popular since few years ago, mainly because of its savoury taste which is very appetizing. Salted egg dishes can come in dry or moist version, but I like the moist version better as the gravy can go with the white rice very well. The salted egg gravy in golden yellow colour makes the prawn very appealing too. 

Fried French Beans with Minced Meat 干煸四季豆
French Beans was slightly soaked in boiling oil, making its texture softer and easily cooked, before a quick stir frying with minced meat. The vegetable is slightly oily but very flavourful.
BBQ Chicken Wing 蜜汁烤鸡翅
Our research showed that this BBQ Chicken Wing is a must-try dish in Chua Kee. The chicken wings were deep fried then coated with honey and barbecue sauce, definitely an excellent beer food.

Fried Beancurd with Salted Egg 咸蛋豆腐
The fried beancurd was very well done too, crispy on the outside, silky smooth and soft in the inside.

Blackpepper Crab  黑胡椒螃蟹
How can we miss out crabs in a seafood restaurant? The crab was very reasonably priced hence we placed order without hesitation. There is no additional cooking fee charged by the restaurant. The crabs were very fresh, so the flesh is very solid and succulent, perfectly matched with fragrant and delicious black pepper sauce. The peppery taste is strong and favourful but didn't overwhelm the sweetness of the crab flesh, went very well with rice. 


A family photo of our orders. Yummy.




Address : Chua Kee Seafood 蔡记海鲜
67, Jalan Kacang Panjang, 
Gelang Patah 81550 Johor Bahru
GPS : N1.447108 E103.586133

Tel : 07-5103198 / Chua 012-7610529 / Lily 012-7628255
Bussiness Hour: 11:30am 至 10:30pm (Off alternate Wednesday)