Work Lunch

Work Lunch

Featuring Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner (Raffles City), Asanoya Boulangerie (Queen Street), Chin Chin Eating House, Coffee Express 2000 (Bras Basah Complex), Soup Restaurant (Raffles Hotel Arcade)
Christine Tanod
Christine Tanod

"A traditional Samsui dish consumed by the Samsui women in Chinatown. Due to their low income, the Samsui Ginger Chicken was only consumed once a year, during the Chinese New Year. Chicken was steamed without much seasoning after which, dipped in ginger sauce before consumption. The ginger sauce is a fragrant and tasty compliment to the chicken. Ginger and sesame oil, as believed by the Chinese, removes excess wind from the body. You may wrap the chicken in lettuce to achieve that crunch when you bite into the popular Samsui Ginger Chicken"
Nice classic dish from the Soup Restaurant (which open their latest branch at Raffles Hotel Arcade). Another version of chicken rice, tender and juicy chicken, their ginger sauce plays important addition of flavour as you bite into the lettuce, cucumber, chicken ginger sauce all together. Very good presentation.
Also i really like their sambal sweet potato leaves, very tasty, recommended!

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I don't normally enjoy vegetarian food but i have few exceptions including this roasted vegetable sandwich. Crispy baguette with slices of roasted zucchini, eggplant, bell pepper, perfectly charred roasted with some herbs, along with kalamata olives, feta cheese, rocket leaves, and pesto dressing. What a perfect combination of italian/mediteranean flavours! 😋
Slightly better if you ask them to warm it up first and enjoy it at the cafe instead of taking it away as the baguette tastes better when it is warm.

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This Straits Malacca Cafe is located in Blk 271, Waterloo Street 01-24) just next to the Waterloo Food Centre, which runs by some peranakan aunties. It opened several months ago, i had walked pass it many times and eventually tempted to try it today when i spotted the picture of this dish on its window. I grew up with this dish, which is a Malay/Peranakan dish, which is common in Sumatra and especially in Bangka region in Indonesia, and my mother cooks it often. We call it Lempah Nanas in Indonesia, could be cooked with any kind of fish or even prawn.
The dish in this cafe $5.30 which comes with rice and $.6.30 with rice and a drink. The batang/tenggiri fish (or was it Tuna 🤔) was really fresh, with chunks of pineapple, tomato, lady finger and eggplant. The broth was super intense and bold, which i really impressed with! The veggies and pineapple were cooked through and soaked with that super delicious broth, which is mix of salty sour spicy (very mild)and freshly sweet from the pineapple. Very tasty and definitely is value-for-money kind of dish. I will definitely come back here again to try other dishes, they have nasi lemak, curry chicken, lontong, fried bee hoon etc.

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Generous slices of beef, wok-hei flavour, enjoyed this dish very much. So satisfying i emptied the plate in no time, well i was so hungry! And now.. Post lunch food coma! 😝

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Worth mentioning, perfect lunch for a rainy day. A newly opened stall in Bras Basah Complex Food Centre called "Royal". The noodle was chewy with very good milky broth, two big prawns, clams, eggs and chunks of pork belly, i finished the whole thing, die-die must try! For $5.50 it is quite generous. I have tried their other dish also, ginger and sesame oil chicken hor fun, very nice and generous portion as well with the chicken. Tried their curry chicken, not bad, will try their soft pork ribs noodle/rice next. They really deserve some awards, hopefully people start to patronize this place so they won't close down. Update: it is closed down :-(

Tried the newly opened Boulangerie Asanoya near my office. Chicken and cabbage salad, with baby asparagus, miso and sesame dressing, quite nice. And followed by a Cinammon Danish for dessert 😜 which i didn't think highly off. The shop has great concept, boulangerie and café all in one. I'll be back to try other products

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