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Monday, July 29, 2013

Ramadhan Special 2013: The Famous Satay Burger

I'm pretty sure that most of you would have heard of The Famous Satay Burger.
One of our readers, Syawal, sent me an email to try it at the Tampines Bazaar Ramadhan this year.
I wasn't able to battle it with the Ramly burger but it was still worth a visit.

I first heard about it a few years ago and it appeared to be a regular fixture at the Geylang Bazaar Ramadhan. It seemed like a really popular thing with the long queues at the stall too!

I tried it way back when (before the idea of this Halal Food Blog was even formed in my mind) but never really officially reviewed it so I decided that I would do so this year. But apparently they're not located at the Geylang Bazaar this year. They've apparently taken up a space at the Tampines Bazaar instead!

Satay Burger ($5.00)
So you have a choice of beef, chicken or mutton for your Satay Burger.
Is it any coincidence that it's just like ordering satay?! I think not!

Let me break down the anatomy of the burger for you...

The special Satay Sauce

Comes with lettuce, cucumber and onions
So it's a pretty standard burger from what I can see so far.
The uniqueness of it will be the taste of the satay sauce that gives this burger a truly local flavour.

You know what? Even the meat patty itself makes a big difference!
It's seasoned exactly the same as how they would season satay meat on a skewer! When you take a nice big bite, you're going to immediately recognize that familiar taste of satay spices like coriander, cumin and fennel seeds (jintan).

It was just like I was eating a steak made up of satay meat all compressed together!
In fact, you will see at the stall that they actually do press the patties at the stall itself. They actually have the patty press there! No joke! And they also charcoal-grill the patty so it's still juicy!

For my experience this time, unfortunately the bun was a little soggy (as you can see from the first picture posted above). I guess it has been sitting in the box waiting for packing for quite awhile and soaked up some water from somewhere. So I ended up eating just the patty and veggies.

But what about the Satay Sauce??

Looks a little spicy right? Well it's not that spicy.
I actually feel this was a really good Satay sauce. It had a great flavour and it went really well with the meat patty since it's like eating satay.

But this burger can tend to get a bit messy to eat...
It may not look it, but it's pretty big. So watch out for the dripping sauce.

World Halal Quest blogger Kak Mas tried it way back when in 2009 when they had a stall at the Pasir Ris fishing pond. I'm not sure if they still have a stall there to be honest. Check out her post HERE.

Adam's Verdict:
Famous Satay Burger 3.5/5

For all you Satay lovers out there - this is a must try!
It really really tasted like I was eating satay!

Famous Satay Burger

Tampines Bazaar Ramadhan
Beside Tampines MRT

Operating Hours: 12 noon til 10.00 pm Daily

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Ramadhan Special 2013: My Pizza

Something worth checking out at the Geylang Bazaar this year is this stall called My Pizza.
Not really something new I guess but at least something a little different from your usual fare like Kebabs.

It's quite a simple set-up actually.
Just a stall with pizzas on display and some ovens to get the pizza nice and hot for you.

Hawaiian Pizza ($3.50 per slice)
Pepperoni Pizza ($3.50 per slice)
They've got some classic favourites like Hawaiian and Pepperoni for you. Some other flavours include Spicy Chicken, All Cheese and something like a Meat Lovers among others.

The pizzas are actually pretty big in size so a slice is gonna be enough for one person to get filled-up.
If you're buying for a few people then you might consider buying the whole pizza?
They actually have those mini-size pizzas for $5 each and should be enough for a really hungry solo meal or maybe 2 people to share.

Well in case you were wondering, I didn't buy any of your usual flavours.
I saw something that was pretty unique and I couldn't resist ordering it just to try it out.

Sambal Ikan Bilis Pizza ($5.00 per slice)
Maybe I'm a jakun but I've never seen this around before.
Sambal Ikan Bilis Pizza! Unique or what! I know we always have Sambal Ikan Bilis with bread (which is technicall what a pizza is) but I was really curious to know how the cheese would come into play.

Cheese + Sambal Ikan Bilis is not really a combination that comes to mind am I right?

But OMG it's good!
The sambal ikan bilis itself was really tasty and you get bits of the ikan bilis when you take a bite.
Surprisingly enough, the cheese doesn't really affect the taste of the sambal but definitely plays a big part in making every bite a really good one.

And as you can see, they're not stingy on the cheese or the sambal too.
In fact, it was so tasty that I ended up eating the whole pizza by myself!

By the way, the Sambal Ikan Bilis Pizza only comes in the mini-pizza size.

Adam's Verdict: 
Sambal Ikan Bilis Pizza 4.5/5

I really enjoyed this pizza. Maybe because it was something different but definitely because it was tasty.
The pizza box has the brand 'Pezzo' which my darling wife and I tried once at Ion Orchard. I'm not sure if this is a subsidiary maybe? Or perhaps the same place with a different name for the bazaar.

Well, whatever the name - you really gotta try this!

My Pizza

Geylang Serai Bazaar Ramadhan

Area located near Singapore Post Centre and across the road from Tanjong Katong Complex
(Please see map below)

Operating Hours:
3.00pm til 2.00am Daily

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Ramadhan Special 2013: Bussorah Street Bazaar

The street bazaar at Bussorah Street is back again this year.
It's been quite a favourite for the past few years even though it shifted location about 2 years ago.
And because of it's location, you'll find quite a few tourists as well soaking in the local festive atmosphere.

So what's up this year at Bussorah Street?

Khad's Kebab
El-Nour Nasi Arab
Warung Wak Emran
Quite queue in front of Watong Wak Emran.
We quickly learned that the stall was offering something you don't see very often.

Kentang Bol
Definitely something we love to eat but maybe lacking the time to make.
So if you'd like, get some Kentang Bol at Warung Wak Emran!

And we spotted another one of our faves at the bazaar again this year.

Anjung Otah-Otah Mini
That's right they're back again this year.
Anjung Otah-Otah Mini & Pau Johor still proving popular this year. What a long line there was!

In case you missed it, read our original review of Anjung here.
Definitely something to try!

Anjung Otah-Otah Mini (5 for $2)
Putu Piring
Mr Botak Favourite 1 Icy Chendol (That's the same guy in the logo!)
Roti Kirai ($4)
We bought the Roti Kirai just to check it out.
A little pricey at $4 for 3 pieces with some chicken curry I guess...

Yusof Power Briyani Dam (Longest queue at the bazaar!)

If there is one thing I actually regret not buying when we visited Bussorah Street is this dish called Nasi Kukus Ayam Dara which literally translates to 'Virgin Chicken Steamed Rice'.
Sounds interesting right?

Apparently it's been around for quite awhile and the draw is that since the chicken was a 'virgin', the meat is going to be all the more tender and delicious. Hmmmmm...
Guess I'll just try it next time!!

Errrr... anyone tried it before??

Well anyways it's obvious that the Bussorah Street Bazaar is still super popular.
Maybe it's the central location. Maybe people really love the stalls there. But even with rainy weather, the crowd was really out in full force.

We even bumped into my Godson there!

Raheel says "Memang sedaaapp!!"
I think it's actually really nice to have the bazaar around. Kind of like a throwback to the old days.
Even though it's not exactly the same, I guess we can't complain.

Let's enjoy it while we can.

Bussorah Street Ramadhan Bazaar 2013

Bussorah Mall/Muscat Street
Operating Hours: 3.00pm til 8.00pm

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Ramadhan Special 2013: PrimaDeli Hari Raya Promotion


Are you ready for some Hari Raya goodies?!

PrimaDeli is offering up some delicious and tasty treats for us this Hari Raya.
Now you can treat your guests and yourselves to a taste that we all love during Raya!

Look at all the goodies!!
PrimaDeli is known for its sweet treats especially during the festive seasons here in Singapore and it's no wonder too! Their treats are loved by so many for obvious reasons!

This Raya they have some special promo on for all of us.

Premium Pandan Chiffon, Butter Cake, Marble Cake & Lapis Surabaya
Deluxe Almond, Oatmeal Raisin & Chocolate Tart Cookies
Kuih Lapis
A staple during Raya is Kuih Lapis for sure!
It's definitely a skill that some of our parents, grandparents and generations before them definitely perfected over the decades. It's not easy okay!

Well, if you don't have the opportunity to bake your own Lapis this year, you'd be hard-pressed to find one that is better than PrimaDeli's out there in the shops. A 1kg Kuih Lapis should probably last through all the guests coming to visit plus save some for yourself of course! :P

But be sure to pre-order early okay.
This Kuih Lapis is so popular that you can expect it to sell out in advance.
(Kuih Lapis is only on sale from 27 July onwards)

Pillow Pineapple Tarts
Now here's something that is actually my favourite among all the treats from PrimaDeli if I may say so.

I'm quite a sucker for Pineapple Tarts. Since I was a kid, I'd sample the tarts at all the houses I visited but of course we're talking about the traditional round-shaped tarts. You know which ones I'm referring to right?
Let's face it. Hari Raya = Pineapple Tarts for sure.

Well I never really picked-up on these Pineapple Tarts that are kinda shaped like pillows until my Mum introduced me to them. She absolutely swore by them but of course I stuck to my traditional tarts.
Until one day I finally tried one and I was hooked! I guess Mum really knows best!!

These Pillow Pineapple Tarts from PrimaDeli are absolutely the bomb!
The crust is so light, flaky and buttery that it almost melts in your mouth. And then you reach the sweet centre made up of that delicious pineapple filling. YUMMY!

And it doesn't only look good in that picture by the way...

Thought we'd keep some for Raya but errr it's all gone!! Hahaha.
It's just so addictive that you pop one in your mouth and you just wanna take another one!

And my Mum absolutely loves the case it comes in!
Well I can guarantee you we will be getting a few more tins for Raya by the looks of it.
Hopefully we can save some for our guests :P

Here's the price list for all the items featured in this post;

Butter / Marble Cake - $5.70 per loaf
Premium Pandan Chiffon - $5.90 (Standard) / $10.90 (Large)
Lapis Surabaya (Original/Chocolate/Pandan) - $12.80
Kueh Lapis (approx 1.1kg) - $42.80
Pillow Pineapple Tarts - $14.80 per tin
Festive Cookies (Deluxe Almond / Oatmeal Raisin / Chocolate Tart) - $14.80 per tin

And if that's not enough - enjoy 15% ALL Hari Raya goodies all the way til 8 August!
PrimaCard holders enjoy an additional 3% off and Citibank cardholders 8% off and 10% Citi Rebate* (*Conditions apply)

If you're getting any of the treats please do invite me to your place for Raya but beware your Pillow Pineapple Tarts are in danger if I come over! Hahaha!

So drop by your nearest PrimaDeli now or call 6276 3333 if you have any enquiries.
More information on their site www.primadeli.com

Friday, July 19, 2013

Ramadhan Special 2013: Tampines Bazaar Ramadhan

Well for the 2nd year running, the original Tampines Bazaar at Blk 942 (near Tampines Stadium) is longer situated there. Maybe next yer perhaps? Well for now I guess it's safe to say that everyone has to go to a different part of Tampines for the "bazaar bawah block".

At least it's still the same place as last year.

Does anyone remember our original post last year reporting the bew location of the Tampines Bazaar Ramadhan? Well, it's located at Blk 301 Tampines Street 32 again this year.

But quite a few changes to the vendors this year I reckon.
Saw some familiar faces / stalls but quite a number were missing from this bazaar again including the famous Bee Hoon Briyani (again).

But as you can see from the banner above, you can get goodies from Islamic Briyani and even Haron Satay!

You can still find a stall or two selling these mini-cheesecakes in a whole range of flavours.
Well, they look really cute but I reckon I'm gonna need quite a few to satisfy my cheesecake craving :P

One of the more notable names you'll find there is Dahlia Cafe which sells mainly lauk-pauk for you to enjoy with a nice steaming serving of rice.

My darling wife tells me that something that you simply must have from Dahlia Cafe is the Lemak Babat.
Apparently they do it really well at Dahlia Cafe. Anyone tried before?

Putu Piring
Zuraida Nasi Briyani Dum

Well the longest line at the bazaar seemed to be in front of Zuraida Briyani Dum.
From what I saw, it seemed like the authentic version and might be nice since so many people were queing up for it am I right?

If you happen to visit the Tampines Bazaar this year, do let us know what you bought and whether it was any good or not okay! :)

Oh an by the way. The crowd is still a force to be reckoned with...
You remember what Marko from Tropoja said to Liam Neeson in Taken?

"Good luck..."
Bazaar Ramdhan

Void deck of Blk 301 Tampines Street 32
Operating Hours: 3.00pm - 7.00pm daily

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Ramadhan Special 2013: AquaMarine Part 2


Did you know that our post on our first visit to AquaMarine is the most viewed post on the blog?
An average of almost a thousand views a month in 8 months!

The popularity of Halal buffet spreads in Singapore is undisputed and there may still not be that many around but there are still more around today than let's say 3 years ago. People love buffets! And AquaMarine is steadily becoming one of the most popular Halal buffet venues in Singapore.

For the holy month of Ramadhan, AquaMarine has invited a special team all the way from Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta led by Chef Sahroni to present a lovely and special Indonesia spread for us this fasting month!

We were lucky enough to have the chance to visit AquaMarine to sample all the goodies!

Me & Chef Sahroni
There's the mastermind behind the delicious dishes being served at AquaMarine this Ramadhan.
Quiet guy in person but I guess that's because he lets his food do the talking.

I'll run down everything for you in the usual style we have for buffet posts. Lots of pictures!
Let me start by explaining how to identify the special dishes on display.

If you a dish displayed with the Indonesian flag on top, that means that the dish was prepared by Chef Sahroni and his team.

You'll still be able to enjoy the normal AquaMarine fare that you love but they'll be displayed with the usual all-white tags okay.

Whole Roasted Lamb
If you're dropping by on the weekends, something extra special awaits you!

They have a whole roasted lamb prepared for the weekends and there'll be a chef there to carve out some meat for you based on your preference. Yes that's right. A WHOLE ROASTED LAMB!

The Expert
Chili Kicap or Sambal Belachan

I don't know if you see what I see... but I see a whole roasted lamb just laying there.. relaxing and waiting for you to take a nice big bite! Hahaha!

The chef tells me they marinate the lamb overnight and they roast it for at least 3 hours til they get the meat to the desired tender state. Enjoy it with a selection of condiments such as Chili Kicap, Sambal Belachan or some cucumbers and onions.

The lamb itself was really tender and tasty and went well with the Chili Kicap I had on the side.
But remember - it's only gonna be there on the weekends!

Assorted Salads & Starters
Jelantas Sayuran (Potatoes & Vegetables with Egg Yolk)
Selada Soun dengan Udang Kecil (Glass Noodle Salad with Shrimp)
Asianan Jakarta (Vegetables with Chili and Peanut Sauce)
They offered a number of salads and starters to get your tastebuds going.
Dishes such as Balinese Tuna Salad, Glass Noodle Salad with Shrimp and Jelantas Sayuran were obviously big favourites.

If you're a fan of egg yolks like me, then go for the Jelantas Sayuran it's the bomb!
But for the real Indonesian-style salad - try the Asianan Jakarta which is topped with kerupuk!!
And for those looking for a nice hearty start - they have Gado-Gado!

Gado-Gado station
Nasi Goreng Borobudur
Ayam Panggang Bumbu Bali
Daging Rendang
Cumi Cabai Hijau
For the rice and noodle lovers out there, they have Nasi Goreng Borobudur and also Mee Goreng for you.
Great to pair with the many dishes they have on offer too!

Try the Ayam Panggang Bumbu Bali if you love the flavour of Indonesian spices.
The meat in the Daging Rendang is SUPER TENDER so that's definitely a must-try!

I actually really enjoyed the Cumi Cabai Hijau. The squid was cooked just nice and the gravy had just the right level of spiciness. Enough to heat your mouth up but leave you wanting more!

Bakar Station
Cumi and Buntut Bakar (Squid and Oxtail)
Woo hoo this was one of my favourite stations!
The squid and the oxtail were really really grilled perfectly!

The Oxtail simply fell apart from the bone and had a great sweet-savoury flavour.
The squid was not only well-grilled but also had squid eggs hidden within! Extra flavour!

Penyet Station
They also had a Penyet Station which serves rice with a choice of Ayam Penyet or Bebek (Duck) Penyet!

Oxtail Soup
And saving one of the best for the last...
I have actually never had Oxtail soup previously but this July 2013 I have had the chance to try a few different versions and I can safely say that I'm a lover of it!

The Oxtail Soup is apparently one of the signature dishes served by Chef Sahroni at Hotel Borobudur in Jakarta where he is based and I we can definitely see why.

The beef broth was brimming with a nice hearty beef flavour and the meat itself was tender.
If you love beef and/or oxtail then this is definitely a must must have.

Done with the special mains? How about some dessert specials?

Beautiful Decor

Pudding Serikaya
Pudding Pandan
Klepon (Onde-Onde)
Dadar Gulung
Well they definitely get top marks for presentation!! Check out the Klepon!

They not only look good but taste good too!
That top white layer on the Pudding Pandan is actually coconut cream... Yummy!
The Kelpon was a one-bite wonder!

The Dadar Gulung was obviously a hot favourite with the crowd.
It kept flying off the serving tray and all gone within a few minutes!

Centek Manis (Sago Pearls with Coconut Milk)
One of my favourites was the Centek Manis.
Not only do they look pretty, they taste excellent. Nice and smooth texture and you can taste the coconut milk flavour as soon as you chomp down.

Lapis Legit
Lapis Surabaya
Another two special creations are the Lapis Legit and the Lapis Surabaya.

I cannot begin to tell you how soft and fluffy the Lapis Surabaya was. Simply delicious.
And for the traditional Kueh Lapis, go for the Lapis Legit or the Sarang Semut!

Wow what a spread! And that's just the special offerings for Ramadhan!
You can still get the usual favourites too!

Smoked Salmon and Cold Cuts
Snails (for the more adventurous!)
Crab Claws
Assorted Sushi and Sashimi
Indian Food Spread
Ikan Bakar
Chilli Crab
Lamb Chop
Durian Spring Roll
Chocolate Butter Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Let me just say this about the Chocolate Butter Pudding....

If you are lovers of Bread and Butter Pudding, you simply MUST try this!
Chocolate + Butter = THE BOMB!
And when you bathe that combination in Vanilla Sauce, you're in for a sinful treat!!

Tell me honestly that the pictures above are not making your mouth water...

Durian Pengat

And if you want something equally as sinful but a little more local...
Go for the Durian Pengat!

It looks like ice cream but it's pure durian.
My darling wife wants to make enquiry if she can buy one whole tub of it!

Not to worry, they do serve dates for us breaking fast.
And there is also a prayer room reserved on one of the upper levels for Solat before you begin on the big feast breaking fast with your family and loved ones.

Aquamarine has been on the up and up since our last visit and it's quite clear why.
Good food and special seasonal promotions make for a great place to makan and one of the best Halal buffet spreads in town!

Prices for the buffet are as follows;

Sunday to Thursday - $68++ per adult / $34++ per child
Friday and Sturday - $78++ per adult / $39++ per child

Special thanks to Chermaine and Cheryl for the invitation.
Great experience thanks to a great team effort!



Marina Mandarin Singapore
6 Raffles Boulevard
Marina Square

Tel: 6845 1111

Operating Hours (Iftar):
Dinner: 6.30pm - 10.30pm