Sunday, October 25, 2015

Andong Zzimdak

Location: 252 North Bridge Road, #B1-44F Raffles City Shopping Centre 

Operating hours: 11:30 am-10:00 pm

It is really fortunate to know this food tasting through OYHZ and mel. The owners are the same group of people who is behind Yoogane which is popular chain of dakgalbi in Korea. This time, they are bringing andong jjimdak to Singapore!! Those who have been to Korea who known this dish.

Guess where this dish originated from???

It originated from city of Andong which is made of chicken, various vegetables marinated in a ganjang sauce (korean soy sauce). It is popular among friends to share this dish and accompany it with rice. This was one of the first dish which my korea friends bought me to try. I was brought my friends to try this dish during my guide tour. It really brings me wonderful memories.

When we arrived, the whole restaurant was fully packed and queue is surprisingly long. The shop was only opened recently just one week ago. It is so popular that they have run out chicken before 8pm as they did not expect such a huge crowd. They even have to assign one server to stop the queue. I am really lucky to try out this hottest korean food in town.

There are 4 different version of andong jjimdak available:
-andong jjimdak: less spicy version of andong jjimdak
-boneless jjimdak: the more popular version as it is boneless
-seafood jjimdak: jjimdak swimming in pool with prawns, mussels and squid
-Mayak jjimdak: the original version of andong jjimdak which is spicy

It comes in two different portion:
-medium: suitable for 2-3 people
-large: suitable for 3-4 people

Boneless jjimdak
This boneless jjimdak is large portion and they are really generate with their portion similar to korea. The portion can easily fill the stomach of 4 people!! It is best for lazy people like me who don't want to get my hand dirty.

The chicken is really drowning in the pool of korean soy sauce. The chicken meat is really quite tender and soft. The carrot and potatoes are also fresh. There is also hidden treasure of starch noodle in the middle but I am too busy eating till I forget to take photo of that ...

Seafood jjimdak
This portion is medium portion.The chicken is swimming and make friends with big fresh prawn and mussel in the sea of korean soy sauce. Both are quite similar but the boneless jjimdak is slightly spicier. If you are love spicy food, go and try mayak jjimdak :)

Mini seafood pancake
The small crispy and yummy seafood pancake which give a seaful of flavours with every bite. 

chicken karrage
The small piece of crispy chicken similar to popcorn chicken is side dish to order while waiting for the main course. They also have spicy dokboki.
After dinner, we are trying to figure out what this logo means. We can see there is a two chicken heads inside if you look hard enough. There is also korean character  which translate to god in in korean. So this logo means chicken god??

Overall, the andong jjimdak is really nice to share among friends and you can order makgeolli/soju to go with it. Other than these alcoholic drinks, they also have brown rice green tea, barley tea and citron tea too. If you are still considering what to eat while shopping in cityhall, can consider this. Remember to go early as they can be sold out first!!

Friday, October 16, 2015

Line cafe

Location: 535-15, Sinsa-dong, Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Korea

Operating hours:

Mon - Sun:12:00 pm- 9:00 pm

How to get there: Sinsa Station Exit 8 and it is around 10 minutes walk.

This photo is shared from my sister recent trip to Korea and I planned her korea trip for her. In return, she helped me with this post. I am looking forward to visit this awesome cafe next year when I am visiting Korea :)

You would be greeted by this huge bear at the entrance. Really feel like hugging it!!

The store is really quite big with 3 different levels waiting for you to explore. The basement is the cafe, the first floor is the entrance and the top floor is all the clothing merchandise. Let explore the cafe first.

Some of the cafe cakes are sold out when my sister got there in the afternoon.

Want some ice cream???

After filling the stomach with all these yummy and cute dessert, time for shopping!!!!

They have all kind of merchandises ranging from chocolate to handphone cover and even T shirt. You name it and they sure have it :) 

The shop is really big with lot of merchandises and you can easily spend half a day in this cafe/shop. Remember to bring lot of $$ or card in your wallet :p

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Dazzling cafe

Location: 5 Stamford Road, #01-85 Capitol Piazza, 178906

Operating hours:

Mon - Sun:12:00 pm-10:00 pm

How to get there: It is situated near city hall mrt station. Just 5 minutes walk away.

It is quite popular in taiwan especially among the female for their awesome huge toast. Although I been to taiwan quite a few times, i did not visit it. Finally, it is in Singapore and decided to go down to try it.

When we reached the cafe around 12pm, there is a short queue outside waiting for the staff to allocate the customers to the seat. Thank god that we reached quite early and we saw a huge crowd start coming in after that. We are served ice water when we are seated down. This is like oasis in dessert especially under the hot weather.

Here is their main course menu




Their toast menu

Their drink menu

spicy seafood tom yam tomato spaghetti
Spicy seafood tomyam tomato spaghetti which is unique to dazzling cafe in Singapore. Personally, I don't really like tom yam taste because of overwhelming taste. However, tom yam taste is just well balanced in this dish. It also comes with generous portion of fresh seafood :)

Pulled Pork Benedict

It is made of shredded BBQ pulled pork with balsamic onion coupled with toasted brioche finished with soft poached eggs, hollandaise sauce and side salad. The toast is really crispy and shredded BBQ pulled pork is yummy. The essence of the dish is poached egg!! Looking at yellow and juicy egg yolk gushing out from the egg. 

Hazelnut Chocolate Honey Toaste

How can we come to dazzling cafe without trying their toast!!! Their toast portion is really huge and it can eaten like main course!! Each of their toast is really well decorated. Everyone is always busy taking photo of their beautiful toast.

The staff will help us to put aside the top layer of the toast and explain to us on how to eat the toast. 
This is how the inside of the toast looked like. It is like magical box with tiny little toast cubes inside.

Each of the toast cube has chocolate stuffed inside. Endless of surprise!! It is really crispy till every part of the toast. Really wondering how they make the toast so well. 

Overall, it is really quite nice experiencing dining here especially with the attentive and friendly staff. I really love the part that they served ice water when we are seated down and continuing to top up ice water without reminders. They also explain well on how to eat the beautiful and yummy toast. I am really dazzled by their toast!! Remember to go early if you want to avoid the long waiting time!1