Review: Buddy’s Kitchen

Jia, Eldie and I had breakfast together this morning. Jia’s MIL is staying with them over the weekend. So, she could take care of baby Leia while Jia hangs out with us in the morning. I asked if they wanted to try Food Messenger but both declined me. Jia came up with the idea of trying out Buddy’s Kitchen as friends of hers highly recommended the newly established home based Cantonese restaurant.

Jia’s parents tried out Buddy’s Kitchen yesterday morning and they mentioned about the limited dining tables and slow serving time. So, Jia and I decided to try the said restaurant for ourselves and see if it lives up to the expectations of the claims.

As much as I know, Buddy’s Kitchen is a family run home based restaurant located in a residential area. Parking did not seem like a problem to me but dining area is pretty limited in the restaurant with only five tables. We were lucky to be able to secure a table as soon as we arrived. They have different “Everyday’s Special” available on first come first serve basis.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had for breakfast this morning!

As I had forgotten to bring with me my breakfast beverage, I resorted to ordering this Teh C with less sugar as I had been cutting down on coffees. Honestly speaking, this was probably the worst Teh C I had ever drank. I think the instant 3in1 packets would be better. It tasted bland and the tea bag had not been dissolved long enough for the flavor to come out.

Sesame Ball | B$1 (each)

Their Sesame Ball comes with different fillings but we got ours with taro fillings. We were expecting taro dough with peanuts fillings. Surprisingly enough, I did not find the filling tasting like taro but purple sweet potato. The filling did not have the aroma of taro.

Ham Sui Kok | B$1.20 (each)

We ordered a piece of their Ham Sui Kok to try and Jia ordered three pieces as takeaways for her family. Their Ham Sui Kok did not leave me with much impression. According to Jia, she finds the fillings lacking and it did not taste like the standard Ham Sui Kok.

Siu Mai | B$2

Century Egg Siu Mai | B$2.50

Porridge | B$4

Jia had their Porridge and she quite liked it. However, she mentioned that the porridge tasted bland and she had to add some soy sauce and white pepper powder. I had two spoonfuls of the porridge and I liked that it had an extremely smooth texture but I did not like the peanuts which came within. Perhaps this is Cantonese version of porridge that we are not accustomed to?

Kolo Mee | B$2

Eldie and I had their Kolo Mee. I liked the texture of their noodles but Eldie found it rather overcooked for his liking. The only thing which I did not like about this Kolo Mee was the sauce. It was too salty that I had to neutralize the saltiness with the soup. I requested for pickled chilies and only to find that they did not have it but cut chilies. I think pickled chilies could also neutralize the saltiness.

Pork Rib Steamed Rice with Salted Fish | B$3.50

I think this was the only dish the three of us favored the most. It came with Chinese waxed sausages, cubed salted fish, mushroom, pork ribs and soy sauce rice. I tried a couple of pork ribs with some rice and it was good for me.

Verdict: The food were hit and miss for me. I had seen and heard positive comments of their food but I do have to say that this is all subjective to personal preferences. All I can say is that different people have different taste buds.

Buddy’s Kitchen
No: 6, Simpang: 40-8,
Jalan Sungai Akar,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8883671/+673-8678558

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28072017 / Alter Ego

San Diann, Clara and I met for dinner yesterday evening as I needed to pass over the duty free skincare products which Clara requested me to get from Singapore Changi Airport earlier this month. We intended to try out the newly established Food Messenger located in Gadong but their business hour is only until 7PM.

Alter Ego has recently came up with a new menu. They had already launched the new menu on my previous visit before yesterday evening. I tried their Black Sheep previously. It was good but lacking the wow factor. Both Clara and San Diann were keen to try Alter Ego as they both had never been to.

One of their latest improvements apart from the menu upgrade is this. You will be given a menu booklet along with an iPad so that you would know how your food would look like physically before ordering. I like the idea as patrons can know what they are expecting from their food. Alter Ego has also launched two 3-courses set meals at B$20 and B$26 respectively. Both came with a starter plate, main course, dessert and coffee or tea.

Both Clara and San Diann realized that their 3-courses set meal seems more economical after we placed our orders. They inquired if it was possible to change to set meal instead of ala carte. Unfortunately, the waitress informed us that it will not be possible as our orders had been placed into their system.

Karage Chicken | B$7.50

fried spiced chicken and smoked tomato sauce

The fried chicken was average to me but both San Diann and I liked the dipping sauce. It was a mixture of BBQ and tomato sauce with a spicy kick. The dipping sauce can be pretty addictive and I am sure it will pair well with fries too!

Mushroom Carbonara | B$11

thin spaghetti sauteed with shimeji mushrooms, Béchamel sauce, egg yolk, freshly grated parmesan

Salmon Confit | B$10.50

Norwegian salmon, chives, kombu, apple & fennel tossed in lemon vinaigrette, alfalfa sprouts

Sakura Ebi Pasta | B$9.50

thin spaghetti, chili oil, finely chopped kombu, chives, sakura ebi

This was what I had for dinner yesterday evening. There was nothing much which caught my fancy yesterday evening apart from this. I was intrigued as to know how Sakura Ebi tastes like. If you are wondering if it taste anything close to sakura (not that I smelled sakura before), no it did not. Sakura Ebi is actually the tiny shrimps and they had been deep fried before serving.

The pasta was generously topped with Sakura Ebi. To be honest, I could not appreciate the taste at first but it slowly started to sink in when I could taste the slight spiciness. To be honest, I did not find much special in this pasta dish. However, I do have to admit that the Sakura Ebi added texture to the thin spaghetti. It was a good pasta dish but it did not win me over to return for a second serving.

Alter Ego
Unit 2 & 3, Block E,
Ground Floor,
Setia Kenangan 2,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BB1518,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2230388

26072017 / Excapade Shokudo

I requested for an early shift off work last Wednesday. Dad was not at home in the evening. So, I thought maybe I should head home early to do the laundry as majority of my work clothes require separation when washing to avoid them bleaching each other. Mom had accidentally “destroyed” my GAP skirt with partial blue stains from my denim jeans.

I intended to order takeaway in the first place as I thought the restaurant would be full as it was about payday period. However, the restaurant was surprisingly vacant with a table of family only. So, I resorted to in dining and caught up with a couple episodes of the Legal Mavericks while having dinner. It was a pure bliss to watch drama series while having dinner. LOL!

Salmon Salad | B$7

This is my current go to dish if I am trying to eat clean. I had been trying to eat clean as much as I could as I could feel the weight gain after my recent Singapore trip. Their salad dishes come with four dressing options and I always go for their Miso dressing without hesitation. I have yet try the remaining three dressings but I would like to try their Goma dressing next time.

Tori Katsu Maki | B$3.20

I ordered a side of Tori Katsu Maki as I needed my carbs for dinner. The rice was rather overcooked in my opinion. And guess what? The Tori Katsu Maki paired extremely well with the Miso dressing from my Salmon Salad. I wondered if Snofood is selling Miso dressing. Does anyone here has seen Miso dressing at Snofood?

Excapade Shokudo
5, Ground Floor,
Block A, Bangunan Desa Delima,
Jalan Muara,
Kampung Pancha Delima,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2335512

25072017 / Margherita Pizzeria | Flour & Butter Cafe

Jia, Stephen, Eldie and I met last Tuesday evening for dinner as a belated birthday celebration for Eldie. When asked, Eldie is always clueless of where to go so he often let us make the final call. I suggested Margherita Pizzeria as I am pretty sure that he likes pizzas. I heard great things about Margherita Pizzeria and Jia was keen as well. So, off we went Margherita Pizzeria for dinner.

I was slightly late that evening but thankfully, I made a reservation beforehand as they can be pretty crowded even on weekdays. Jennifer and I been there before. The place was so jam packed and we were unable to secure a table without reservation. Jia ordered Al Funghi as soon as they arrived and asked me what else would I like to order over Whatsapp. I replied anything can do aside from beef.

Smoked Salmon | B$27

tomato sauce, mozzarella, olive, olive oil & smoked salmon

I like that they are not skimp with their ingredients, especially with the cheese and smoked salmon. However, the tomato sauce was tad bit salty for me. The crust was good. It was not bread doughy kind like the ones we always get from Pizza Hut.

To be honest, I do not mind splurging extra once in a while for pizzas. But of course, with more headcount so that we can have a share of more flavors. Margherita Pizzeria serves both hot and cold beverages. You can get bottomless refill for their Coke at B$1.50 only!

Margherita Pizzeria
No: 5, Block A, Scout Complex,
Kampung Mata-Mata,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2457707/+673-8688884

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We went grocery shopping at Supa Save after dinner at Margherita Pizzeria as I needed to get Tableland Canola Spread. It was still early by the time we finished our grocery shopping so we headed to Flour & Butter for desserts. The cafe was quiet and there was only another table of patrons at the time we arrived.

Green Tea Latte | B$5

This was Eldie’s Green Tea Latte and I had Chai Tea Latte for myself. I tried their Iced Chai Tea Latte on another day and it was seriously better than the hot one. Perhaps it was due to the scorching hot weather at the time. The taste of Spiced Chai was more distinctive in the cold version than the hot one.

Red Velvet | B$5.90

Jia and I shared with this Lucas. It was pretty good but tad bit dry though. However, the cream cheese frosting compensated the dryness well enough. The taste of cocoa in the Red Velvet sponge layers was distinctive in my opinion. We were unable to finish the whole lot but I honestly do not mind ordering this again next time.

Chocolate Superior | B$4.50

We ordered Chocolate Superior for Eldie since it was his birthday. We told him that he could have the entire slice to himself. Jia and I tried a bit of the cake and it was chocolate-y. This is a chocolate sponge cake, sandwiched with layers of chocolate mousse. I am no chocolate lover but this was pretty good for me.

Flour & Butter Cafe
No: 29, Ground Floor,
Bangunan Haji Hassan Abdullah,
Menglait, Jalan Gadong,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2422323 

17072017 / Singapore 2017 Day 5

I am finally coming to the last day of my Singapore trip last week. The last day was a free and easy day for us as we managed to get all our agendas sorted out. We took our time to get ready in the morning. I told Sister that we should at least try a breakfast cafe while in Singapore. She agreed and forfeited her complimentary buffet breakfast at Prego and off we went to hunt for breakfast cafe.

Before going to Singapore, we thought that our schedule would be jam packed with accommodation hunting. So, I did not do any homework for cafe hunting prior to the trip. But surprisingly, we got our agendas sorted out quicker than anticipated. I did a last minute research the night before and came up with Drury Lane but reviews were average to me. I found Cafe Melba and it happened to be located in between Fairmont Hotel and VivoCity.

Instead of taking the MRT, we took the bus from Fairmont Hotel to Cafe Melba which was about 15 minutes bus journey. We almost missed our stop as the bus did not stop along the way. The nearest bus stop to Cafe Melba is Bef Wilkinson Road. The cafe is on your left when alighting from the bus. It is located inside Goodman Art Centre.

CAFÉ MELBA
90 Goodman Road, Goodman Art Centre, Block N #01-56, Singapore 439053



It was a weekday morning on the day when we visited so the cafe was quiet. All tables are equipped with an iPad for order placement. There is no physical menu booklet. I can see that quite a number of cafes in Singapore are slowly adapting to the concept of “electronic food ordering”.

Herb Sauteed Mushroom | S$12

Mozzarella Stuffed Potato Rosti | S$18

Sister and I ordered these two to share. I had sent both pictures to Andrea and Jennifer. Andrea asked what were those two round shaped thingy on the plate. She thought they were rice balls while Jennifer thought that they were mozzarella balls! If you were wondering too, those two white balls were poached eggs. The food were okay in my opinion but without the wow factor.

We took the bus from Cafe Melba to VivoCity after breakfast. Having spent days in Singapore, I find commuting by bus is way for convenient and time saving as compared to the MRT. But of course, you must have a good sense of direction in locating the bus stops.

I got a small pack of Garrett Matcha flavored popcorn while waiting for Sister to cash in her money at the ATM. It will only be available for a limited period of time. So, do get yours quick if you love Matcha too!

We shopped in VivoCity for about two hours before we decided that our legs needed some rest. I had been telling Sister that McDonald in Singapore has this limited edition Nasi Lemak Burger in conjunction to their National Day celebration. We were unable to find a McDonald outlet in VivoCity (we did not search thoroughly enough) and resorted to the nearest restaurant that our legs could bring us. We made do with Monster Curry.

MONSTER CURRY
1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #02-126/127/129, Singapore 098565

Matcha Azuki | S$4.50

Pork Katsu Curry | S$13

Curry Monster is well known for their jumbo size curry consisting of varieties of toppings. The portion was good for two as we saw majority patrons who came in pairs went for their jumbo size curry. I am not a fan of seafood so I went ahead with their regular size Pork Katsu Curry.

I liked their pork cutlets. They were deep fried to perfection and not dry. The curry sauce comes with different level of intensity of spiciness. We chose mildly spicy as Sister is not much of a spicy eater as compared to me.

HONEYMOON DESSERT
#01-93 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585

榴莲忘返 | S$8

durian & Thai black glutinous rice in vanilla sauce

Our last food stop before leaving VivoCity was Honeymoon Dessert. We were not hungry at the time but the need to rest our tired legs. I can feel my body being weak as my time of the month was approaching at the time when I was in Singapore.

We had McDonald for dinner on our last day in Singapore. We made an effort to locate the nearest McDonald outlet from Fairmont Hotel. Instead of searching for the location online, we went down to the lobby and approached a porter to tell us the nearest McDonald outlet.

Nasi Lemak Burger (Set Meal) | S$12.90

A Nasi Lemak Burger set meal came with Bandung McFizz, Nasi Lemak Burger, Coconut Pie and fries. The Coconut Pie was a no no for me but the Nasi Lemak Burger was good. You get what you are having for a normal Nasi Lemak but minus the coconut rice. The deep fried crispy chicken was coconut flavored. The sambal sauce was sweet and yet spicy at the same time.

I am finally done with my Singapore travelogue blog entry and thank you for staying tune! It is time to hit the sack as I needed to wake up early to cook lunch tomorrow morning.