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Monday, 30 December 2013

Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ

Date of visit: 03-11-2013

Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ is located opposite of I12Katong along the main street.

Pretty wall papers which looked liked tiles and exhaust pipes really powerful in sucking up all the fumes.

3 little plates of chilli sauces looked the same but in different spiciness.

Their pink piggy logo is really adorable.

Nothing beats a charcoal pot.

Set for 2 at S$34.90 with assorted veg and meat as below pics.

King Luis was with us, so the Set for 2 was obviously not enough, we made some extra orders as follows....

Wagyu Beef S$25.00
Extremely disappointed, god knows how many months had these been frozen, enough said.

Cheesy Hot Dog S$5.00
A bit too pricey for the quantity...

Pork Sukiyaki S$8.00

Also ordered apple and lemon tea at S$2 each.  Rice was S$0.90 per bowl.  Total damage for the 3 of us was hefty S$94.75.  Should had ordered Set for 4 if we had known their additional a-la-carte orders were only so much, sigh...

Working on my Beijing Day 2 post, stay tuned :)

Mookata Traditional Thai BBQ
103/105 East Coast Road
Singapore 428797

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Thursday, 26 December 2013

8 Days In Beijing - Day 1

Many asked why I chose Beijing as holiday destination especially when it's winter.  The reason is simply becos' I was smitten by the scenery since my last trip to Hunan 2 years ago.  Really fortunate that le hubby shares the same sentiments, so no arguments or unhappy disputes, Beijing it shall be!  Having spending more than 350 days a year of summer in Singapore, enough, is more than enough, I always prefer autumn or winter for holidays.  Being able to dress up for different seasons perks me up!

Another common question will be why we opted for tour package instead of free and easy.  It's a fact that guided tours always started wee hours in the morning, rushing from place to place, very tiring.  Not forgetting compulsory tourist shops which is a major turn off to everybody.  To all tour agencies, if you at least try to cut down on the number of such shops, I bet you guys will get more business, seriously.

Did our "homework", free and easy to Beijing will cost at least 2X more compared to tour packages, so we just have to "tolerate" those unavoidable tourist shops.

Another thing is - I LIKE IT EARLY!  If I want a rest and relax vacation, there are other better (and cheaper) options like Bali, Phuket, even Batam where one can laze on hotel's bed till noon.  To me, it doesn't justify the money spend and 6 hours of flight there, just to eat shop and sleep.  I like to play hard and K.O when I come back.  Of course, to each's own.


Destination:  Beijing 北京 , TianJin 天津, ChengDe 承德 (China)
Period: 8 days - 12 Dec to 19 Dec 2013
Mode of Travel: Tour Package with Chan Brothers Travel, local guide from Beijing Youth Travel Service
Flight:  Air China
Accommodation: Marriott Beijing City Wall
Damage: S$859/pax, RMB600 tips/miscellaneous fees
Time Difference:  Same as Singapore
Weather: -3 to 7 degree Beijing/TianJin, -7 to 0 degree ChengDe
Currency: RMB, divide by 4.8 to convert to S$ (approx)


Reached the airport at 7.30am for the 9.30am flight.  I was grumpy with 起床气.

Our luggages.  Borrowed from my kid sis, the pink luggage is obviously mine.
Hand carry those 2 bright blue converse bags from Chan Brothers where we kept winter outfits for us to change into as soon as we touched down.

Awesome Singapore Changi Airport, my pride.
Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 1

Breakfast after check-in.

Was less grumpy after breakfast :P

OOTD, something comfy and easy to "add-on" for winter.
Light knitted top - H&M (kid's size)
Flora skirt - NET
Leggings - Top Shop
Plumps - Bangkok

Close-up of my overly bright outfit.

Ready to board.

All economical seats are quite standard I suppose.
Chicken rice set was yucky >.<

Doze off with Darren sleeping on my lap, he is such a darling <3 <3  Forever my boy no matter how old he gets.

Pic taken before landing, by this time, I already "painted" my face liao.

Touched down around 3.30pm, Beijing Capital International Airport was really cool and impressive.

Beijing Capital International Airport

Put on a black hat to hide my messy hair, layered on a pink turtle neck and black leggings.  Changed into boots, throw on a wool coat, all done quickly and comfortably in their spotlessly clean toilet!

Trains came in short intervals but jam-packed.  I guessed the sign board worked, there wasn't any pushing.

Blur pic on our moving coach, it's only about 5pm but all dark already.

My boys snoozing while on our way to dinner.

Bustling street of Beijing

First dinner at Beijing.  Initially was excited, but after eating almost the same dishes for 8 days..... urrrgg......
The yummiest of all would be the egg noodles and 小白菜 (green veg).

Marriot Beijing City Wall was pretty posh located near the railway station.
Marriott Beijing City Wall lobby and lounge

Heated pool and gym are at the 3rd floor, it's a pity we couldn't find time to enjoy the facilities.
(ps. different outfit cos' pics taken on last day, put all hotel's photos together for easy browsing)

Hotel room was spacious with 2 soft bouncy queen beds!

See through bathroom, seduce your partner effortlessly lolxxx..... but hubby and me 老夫老妻 already, seduce si mi sai leh.

Nevertheless, my kids were amused and played a little with the high tech blinds, heehee....

Iphone 4/4S charger cum clock on bedside table, love it!

Didn't sleep well due to the extremely dry climate.  Throat felt really dry, so we kept drinking and pee-ing the whole night thorough.  Damn stupid, didn't thought of putting a glass of water bedside our beds.  The real tour began on Day 2...... stay tuned :)

Day 2 (part 1) click HERE
Day 2 (part 2) click HERE
Day 3 (part 1) click HERE
Day 3 (part 2) click HERE
Day 4 click HERE
Day 5 click HERE
Day 6 click HERE
Day 7 click HERE

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Ikkousha Hakata Ramen


Ikkousha Hakata Ramen is no stranger to me, they are the winner of Ultimate Ramen Champion for 2011 and 2012 consecutively!  Read about it HERE!

Was invited to Ikkousha's new branch's opening at Tanjong Pagar Plaza.
Heehee.... it's a good news for those who are working around Tanjong Pagar right?

Pic with IKKOUSHA's chef - Kousuke Yoshimura 吉村幸助

King Luis (in black T)  was with me, we were among the earliest to arrive.
Below right pic - each back rest of chairs are designed with a pit-hole, great for hanging personal belongings.  A simple design but brings much convenience to many ^.^

Took a peek into the kitchen, here's Ikkousha's special in-house thin straight noodles.  All Ikkousha ramen are made from these incredibly Q noodles.

Ramen bowls are kept warm filled with hot water.  Scalding and tossing of ramen was very interesting, was too engrossed watching, should had taken a video of it -__-
Japanese ramen doesn't go over with cold water, which is one of the most distinctive difference with chinese noodles.  Also saw one giant deep pot of milky pork broth (Tonkotsu) which is the soup base for all the ramens in Ikkousha.  Additional ingredients are added to the soup base to create different flavours which I am going to introduce
Tonkotsu Ramen S$12.00
Not sure about Japan, but these noodles pleases Singapore crowds with perfect texture and "Q-ness".   Milky pork broth with natural sweetness and strong aroma, I really love it personally.

Shio Tonkotsu S$11.50
A mild version of original Tonkotsu.

Red Tonkotsu S$13.50
Moderate spicy-ness blend with original sweetness of Tonkotsu,  this ramen is served with plenty of bean sprouts.

Black Tonkotsu S$13.50
Unique blend of Tonkotsu with black sesame.

God Fire S$13.50
woooolaaaalaaaa..... spicy ramen that sets your tongue ablaze!   We ordered "Spicy Level 2" and King Luis slurped up the whole bowl till clean clean sia!

As individual's taste differs, Ikkousha offers 4 level of spicy-ness for God Fire.
Tick your choices and preference in the order sheet, Ikkousha caters to satisfy your appetite!

Other dishes available:
Hakata Gyoza 5pcs - S$5.50,   10pcs - S$10.00
Fried rice S$10.00 (interesting texture with some chopped onions in it)
Fried Chicken 3pcs -S$5.00

Check out Ikkousha Hakata Ramen's new branch at-
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-104B
Singapore 081007
Tel: 6538 1880
Business hours: 11.30am - 9.00pm

Changi Airport branch-
65 Airport Boulevard #B2-58 Terminal 3
Singapore Changi Airport
Singapore 819663
In Ramen Champion
Business hours: 10.30am - 10.00pm

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