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The spice level for this Peranakan restaurant is slightly above kids level, so the it’s safe for expat crowd and children. I feel it’s more tomato-sweetness than spicy, but the flavours are great. Just ask for their belachan chili, and it will give you a nice punch in the gut (in a good way).

Avoid the otah, isn’t our favourite on the menu, and go for the assam fish, and ginger chicken! Oh the sotong is sedap, it was polished off quick!

Please note that you need a lot of carbs, for this heavily sauced restaurant. You will not regret the extra calories/ carbs.

We liked the chendol, but overpriced. Stick to hawker chendol, where some serve a mean-ass chendol!

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A very popular stall and among my favourites, now in its 2nd generation from its establishment in the 1960s.
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Hawker Peter Goh and wife are hearing-impaired, and the innovative way they take orders through pictures and clear signages is efficient, moving the queue quickly.
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The white version is appealing with a slightly crispy edge, good amount of egg holding the soft moist carrot cake together, and an enticing savoury salty spice sweet eggy flavour.
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The black version is delicious with small crispy bits within, good amount of wispy egg mixed with the soft moist carrot cake, and an addictive sweet savoury spice salty eggy flavour.
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Carrot Cake / Chye Tow Kueh
Lau Goh Teochew Chye Thow Kway
@ Zion Riverside Food Centre, 70 Zion Road #01-26
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/05/best-of-singapore-hawkers-carrot-cake-chye-tow-kueh.html

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Heard about this Char Kway Teow from Zion Riverside Food Centre and decided to give it a try. I got the biggest portion at $8, which is definitely enough to feed 2. They are known for the wet version of the dish and true enough, the noodles were drenched in the sweet soy sauce. However, I do find that this version is too sweet for me! The cockles were very fresh and huge as well. It is a good plate of Char Kway Teow, but perhaps not worth a long journey just for it.

We got the Oyster Omelette ($6) at the Riverside Good Food stall and it was pretty tasty! The omelette sides were crispy and there were doughy bits within. The oyster pieces were so huge and plump! 😍😍

We also got satay and chicken wings from Chong Pang Huat BBQ Chicken and they were so good 😍 you can really taste the char and the chicken wings we're still juicy within. A great addition!

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Was super impressed with this steak! I got medium, and the steak wasn’t too chewy or too cooked through, the texture was just nice. It went really well with the mushroom ragout and demi glacé sauce. I especially liked the mashed potato with the mushroom sauce, as it enhanced the buttery mash potato. Mash potatoes were very smooth and creamy.

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This is the 70% Coasta Rica ice chocolate.Tastewise it's got a good dark chocolate adult taste. Totally good for the people who don't like sweet stuff and prefer the dark side. It's alittle watery as I am used to the creamier milky Mr Bucket version. But, yah, that version will be more fattening. Totally my kind of dessert. Haha. Pricewise, dark gallery isn't exactly good for the pocket as it's 10plus/11 per cup. Some specialty cafes sell theirs for 8plus. Mr bucket chocolatier sells for 6plus per bottle and even 3dollar for bottles that need to be consumed on their same day. I think it really depends of how deep your pockets are and whether your prefer convenience as Dark gallery has more outlets islandwide. If I am on leave I will still travel to Mr bucket chocolatier as the pricing and taste speaks my wallet and taste. But that's my opinion.

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Not sure what has happened to me of the late, but after being pretty much on a phase of discovery of Prata places around Sembawang, Springleaf and Upper Thomson, it seems that I have gotten pretty curious on the various mamak stalls around the island — after all, there are just so many of them around, but one rarely hears about comparing one against the other. ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant is a favourite with the dining partner (rumour has it that he orders them on food delivery platforms pretty often) — also a very prominent eating place along River Valley Road where the likes to Boon Tong Kee and Culture Spoon are located. Have tried their Plain Prata under the dining partner’s recommendation previously; thought I would order something a little different with this revisit.

It may be a thing with me visiting Springleaf Prata Place a little too much; those whom are familiar with Springleaf Prata Place would come to know that their cheese prata usually involve the use of melted mozzarella rather than sliced cheese that one can usually get from supermarkets from the dairy section. Considering that, the Cheese Prata from ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant would feature cheese in the likes of the latter — not something one would call “wrong” per se; but definitely a little far from my personal preference. Here, a single slice of cheese is found within the rectangular shaped Prata — not really a fan of the doughy Prata that is a little firm to pull apart, though the Prata does exude a nice doughy aroma. Having tried their Plain Prata here before, the Plain Prata does have a better texture than the Cheese Prata in comparison being less dense, though the Pratas from ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant is something I wouldn’t necessarily call a crispy prata by any means. Interestingly, ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant serves up fish curry and sambal chili by default with their Prata offerings here — very similar to that of Meeras Curry Banana Leaf which we had visited at Springleaf recently. The curry that is served with the Pratas at ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant can be said as moderately spicy, though I particularly like how it wasn’t watered down (pretty thankful that it has been the same for most mamak stalls I had went to thus far ever since I kickstarted this journey), while the sambal is provides a sweet-savoury blend of flavours that gives the Prata a different sort of feel.

Having tried a couple of dishes from ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant, it has been pretty consistent in our visits that they seem to do their other cooked dishes way better than their Prata offerings — had tried their Maggi Goreng Chicken and their Nasi Goreng Ikan Bilis on separate occasions and these were delicious; the dining partner actually swears by their Nasi Goreng Ikan Bilis with his picky taste buds so that’s pretty a testament to the dish on is own. Apart from that, the staff at ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant are also especially friendly as compared to the other establishments we have encountered so far; cracking jokes with the patrons once in a while especially with the younger ones. It’s not like I ain’t a regular at ZAMAS River Valley Restaurant these days, but I guess I am probably going for their non-Prata offerings when we do drop by again.

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Loved the atmosphere and food at Funan, Great World did not disappoint as well (: There’s only one thing I will complain tho…e long queue always!

Beef Tataki $19.90
Mentaiko Fries $17.90
Amaebi Karaage $10.90
Bata Chirashi Don $16.90

Get up to 36 juicy oysters at $2 if u get a bottle. They will split it into trays of 12 so that e oysters u get remain cold and refreshing, everytime!

Duck rice comes with egg, tofu, pickled veggies, herbal soup and braised duck. Duck is so tender bites off easily. Price is also very affordable and for the generous portion you get, it’s worth it!

One other dessert we had was the double-boiled lemongrass soup with peach gum, which comprised a lemongrass-flavoured hot soup with peach jellies. Don't be deceived by its name, as the soup is generally on the sweeter side with only subtle notes of lemongrass in it. However, we love the soup as the citrusy flavour of the lemongrass wasn't too overwhelming, and it was a warm and comforting drink to end off our meal at Elemen!

Highly recommend the 5-course set meal as it is really value-for-money, as we get 5 pretty great dishes for only $28++!

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Dessert was the classic tiramisu, comprising ladyfingers soaked in coffee, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder! We loved the dessert as the coffee was rather pronounced and the ladyfingers weren't too soft/wet. That being said, we actually like alcohol-infused tiramisu cakes more! 😁

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