Saturday, December 24, 2016

New Outlet - Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat @Bizhub28 (Media Tasting)

The 15-year-old restaurant brand opens its 3rd outlet at the ground floor coffee shop space at Bizhub28, taking up 3 stalls selling Economic Rice, Fish Slice Soup & Noodle and the signature Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat along with local Zi-Char dishes. Bizhub28 is just a stone's throw away from the Chai Chee and Bedok neighborhood.

Occupying a floor space of approx 450sqm, Whampoa Keng @Bizhub28 offers both outdoor seating (co-sharing with the coffee shop) and its own private air-conditioning dining space located at the adjacent unit. Folks who don't smoke could enjoy their steamy hotpot in aircon comfort.

This new outlet is the only Whampoa Keng’s branch that does not charge GST and 10% service charge. All new Set Lunches are on promotion from Mon - Sat from 11.00am to 3.00pm, on top of value for money All day Set Meals catered for eastern heartland dwellers, particularly the families. If set meals ain't your thing, there's always the Ala carte menu that offers a good variety of local delights.

Their signature Fish Head Steamboat comes with 3 choices of fish, Red Grouper, Bucket Pomfret and Bardan Fish Slices. Prices are as follows:

Red Grouper
$40 (1-2pax)
$50 (3-4pax)
$60 (5-7pax)
$70 (8pax++)

Bucket Pomfret
$45 (1-2pax)
$60 (3-4pax)
$75 (5-7pax)
$90 (8pax++)

Bardan Fish Slices
$35 (1-2pax)
$45 (3-4pax)
$55 (5-7pax)
$65 (8pax++)

For this tasting session, we sampled the Red Grouper Steamboat for 8pax. The traditional charcoal heated steamboat contains lusciously milky fish broth (brewed for many hours) with thick chunks of fish meat, fried yam pieces, dried seaweed and assorted veggies. The soup base was sweet and fish meat was extremely fresh and tasty. This dish is a must order here πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

The host, Mr. Louis, also served us some of their signature dishes from their Zi-Char menu. Many of them were well executed, a delight to enjoy with groups of friends and family. The dishes we had were (in order of appearance):

Sweet & Sour Spare Ribs w/ Crispy Cod Fish Strips πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
$15(S) $20(M) $25(L)

Prawn Paste Chicken Wings πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
$10(S) $15(M) $20(L)

Sambal Sotong Nyonya Style πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
$15(S) $20(M) $25(L)

Salted Egg Yolk Prawns πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
$20(S) $30(M) $40(L)

Seasonal Vegetables w/ Scallops πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
$22(S) $28(M) $34(L)

Special Food Street Tofu πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘
Market price

We particularly loved the Sambal Sotong dish, the spicy nyonya sambal sauce was pure shiokness πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘, best eaten with white rice! The succulent Pork Ribs topped with crispy fish strips had wow factor too. Do note that the above dish presentations are for photography purposes only, regular customers can still enjoy the same great tastes without the fanciful plating.

Looking forward, the family-run business is considering opening new restaurants in the North-east region of Singapore. They are also in talks with potential partners from overseas on possible expansion plans beyond our shores. Franchising strategy is also in the cards for their long term business growth and development. We wish them all the best!

Once again, thank you Whampoa Keng for the delicious and hearty meal, and TheAsiaMedia Pte Ltd for arranging this fab tasting session.

Whampoa Keng @Bizhub 28
28 Senang Cresent Bizhub28 Singapore 41660
Tel: 63863228

Mon - Fri, 11.00am - 3.00pm, 5.00pm to 11.00pm
Sat/Sun/PH: 11.00am - 11.00pm

Other outlets

Whampoa Keng @Balestier
556 Balestier Road, Singapore 329872
Tel: 63567371

Whampoa Keng @Rangoon
116/118 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218396
Tel: 62968843


Thursday, December 8, 2016

Lunch at Jubilee Coffee House & Bar

Friends on social media shared a blog post on ulu restaurants worth travelling for, and this gem caught my eyes. Located in the extreme North-East (near to Changi village) on the quiet Netheravon road, is this charming restaurant converted from a 1960s bungalow house. I picked this place for hubby's birthday lunch celebration. So much photo opportunities here!

Ok, enough photos already...let's check out the FOOD. The Ala carte menu is rather simple, just a list of local SG delights with inflated prices. There are hawker fares, local western fares and some snacks and small bites for sharing. Kids meals and pizzas are also available here.

We ordered some of the most popular items recommended by reviewers. Two mains (Pork Cutlet Curry Rice $18++ & Ter Kar Beehoon $15++), one appetizer (Battered Otah Sticks $13++) and drinks (Cheng Tng $7++ & Chin Chow Longan $6++).

The main dishes aren't cheap but they came in generous serving size, there were two thick slabs of pork cutlets (similar to pork katsu from Jap eatery), and the beehoon dish was large enough for two pax. Both dishes were delicious. The otah sticks were yummy too, crispy and fragrant...super addictive to munch on!

The Cheng Tng and Chin Chow drinks were served in huge Sugarcane drink mugs. Loaded with ingredients equivalent to about two bowls of similar desserts found in hawker centers, these refreshing dessert-drinks are highly recommended.

We thoroughly enjoyed dining at Jubilee, the nostalgic ambiance and 60s-70s retro music, the good food and warm service. But due to its ulu location, we can only recommend this place for folks who drive or stay in the extreme east or northeast area. There's only one bus service running along the main road and it's not near to any MRT stations!

Jubilee Coffee House & Bar
580 Netheravon road, Singapore 508516
Tel: 6543 0060

Mon to Thu 10:30am – 12am
Fri 10:30am – 1am
Sat 9:30am – 1am
Sun 9:30am – 10:30pm