Sushi Express: Quick way to fix your cravings

img_6957We like sushi. While the freshest sashimi is found in Sakuraya which I will cover in another time, sometimes you just need a quick fix. A quick, convenient sushi place near our place is Sushi Express in Seletar Mall. [33 Sengkang West Ave, Fernvale LRT]

img_6958This was the view from the door. People just sit around the food. We queued for about 20 minutes and this was 6 pm on a weekend. This place is crowded! But it does say something about its value.

So you’re brought to your seat and you basically help yourself to whatever that appears on the conveyor belt in front of you. Every plate costs $1.50. Easy system, easy to monitor how much to pay.

The thing about the belt system is that sometimes the good stuff doesn’t get to you. And you can speak to the waiter and they’ll top it up for you pretty quickly! Some of the plates are good value, some are not. Here are some of the ones we would order without fail.

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Salmon with spring onion. Seriously, I never thought they’ll go well together. But the spring onion taste complements the sweetness of the salmon and it is happiness exploding within your mouth as you munch on it! Well worth every cent. First thing I order if I don’t see it on the belt.
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Raw scallops have a special place in my heart. The taste of the sea, the crunchiness of fresh scallops and the vinegar of the rice seems to be a super good combination. I usually wipe out 2-3 plates of this alone.
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The miso soup has to be ordered from the waiter. It’s also 1.50, but you get salmon, seaweed and tofu in a miso based soup. This is umami and comforting at the same time.

Of course there are other dishes which might appeal to your tastes. There are over 30 types of sushi if I’m not wrong. So, if you’re in need of a quick fix with good quality sushi, give Sushi Express a go. This is worth¬†3.75/5 stars!

Michelin Star Chicken Rice

I took the Youth Day holiday to travel to Tai Seng for a branch of the 1 Michelin Star Chicken Rice. 

[Hawker Chan, 18 Tai Seng Street, Singapore 539775, next to Tai Seng MRT]

On a weekday afternoon, queue was short (5 min). I ordered a Soya Sauce Chicken Rice ($3.80) and Vegetables ($5).

The chicken was well seasoned with their special soya sauce. It was a perfect umami that ticks the right spot in your mouth. There was also a herbal smell as you chew on the chicken. Surprisingly for soya sauce chicken, the chicken meat itself is also well marinated by the sauce.

I didn’t want to waste meat on the chili as the star was the soya sauce, but the chili goes very well with the herbal savoury meat. It has a tinge of sour and reminds me of kway chap chili. 

The vegetables portion was huge! And it was crunchy and nice. I preferred the stems to the leaves though. Would have been nicer with fried shallots. Still good.

Spent $8.80 in total. Well worth the calories and price. 4/5 stars

Gurkha Palace: Meal fit for royalty

We have read good reviews of Gandhi Restaurant and wanted to check it out but it was closed. So we walked down Chander Road and walked into Gurkha Palace instead. (You can click around the map to look at the surroundings if you need help getting there)

My wife is not a big fan of Indian cuisine, but the meal left her nodding in approval. And that’s how good it was.

photo6255866144799958969The first to arrive was the Kukhura Momo (S$7.90). It’s basically grilled chicken dumplings. The chicken was well marinated with spices and the skin was softer than most chinese dumplings that we were used to. A good start!

photo6255866144799958968This is the Malai Tikkas (S$13.80). This is the star of the entire meal. The chicken was smoked to perfection. It is more juicy and tender than we have ever created through sous vide. There’s a great mix of spices in there: pretty unique blend of interesting taste that hits you once you take the first bite. There’s also that charcoal taste on the outside that completes the entire sensory experience. Well worth the money.

photo6255866144799958971This is Aloo Kauli (S$6.50). Basically potatoes and cauliflower. When you mix both of these in a tomato or chutney tasting sauce, it serves as a good side dish to the main. The taste is creamy and leaves a strong spice taste in your mouth. Very fragrant.

photo6255866144799958970We thought we just had to get some more vegetables in our life. So we ordered the Mismas Tarkari ($6.50). Mixed vegetables stir fried in Nepali style. Well, spinach, cabbage, lentils, carrots and some peas thingy. I’m surprised how they managed to get so many types of vegetables inside this dish. Definitely the healthier option fried in spices of course.

photo6255899310537418683We added Naans at the very end. Goes well with all the dips and sauces etc. We ordered so much that we actually had enough left for breakfast the next day as well. Food tasted even better the next morning I have no idea why.

But all in all, a very good meal. 4/5 stars.We will definitely return!