21082017 / Sarang Korean Restaurant

As Clara went Labuan over the weekend to visit her fiancé in Labuan, I met up with San Diann and Shew Hiang for lunch. As usual, we are always indecisive when it comes to choosing a venue. We have a few new eateries in town recently but we decided to go for our local favorite. San Diann is always okay with anything we choose. Shew Hiang too but she prefers Western savories this time round.

I on the other hand was craving for Korean cuisine, especially Japchae and fried Mandu. Shew Hiang went for movie in the morning and she arrived slightly past 1PM. The waitress kept on coming back to us to inform that their kitchen will be closing at 1:30PM. So, we decided to order something simple so that we can have extra tummy space for desserts later on.

These were the complimentary Banchan that came with when we ordered a main course. We had bittergourd, beansprouts, chicken hotdog, anchovies, white radish and preserved kimchi. My favorite of them all was the preserved kimchi and we requested for a refill. The hotdog was extremely spicy.

Daebak Chicken Tteok Bbok Gi | B$30

tteok bbok gi, kimbap, noodle, fried boneless chicken and fried mandu

This basically had what we wanted to eat in a plate altogether. However, I find their Kimbap not as good as before. The fried Mandu were as good as I remembered. The main highlight of this dish was of course the Tteok Bbok Gi which the three of us agreed was too sweet to handle. We were expecting a sweet and yet spicy version of Tteok Bbok Gi.

The noodle which came with the dish was presumably instant ramen noodles. Surprisingly enough, we quite like the texture of the ramen noodle. It had a springy and chewy texture. The fried chicken were okay but I am not a fan of chicken breast. It would have been nicer if they used the flesh from the chicken thigh. As the sauce was too sweet, we had to eat it with the preserved kimchi to neutralize the sweetness.

To be honest, I wouldn’t recommend ordering this unless you like having a sweet version of Tteok Bbok Gi. We concluded that this dish had been improvised to cater the local taste and preference. We only managed to finish the sides but not the Tteok Bbok Gi.

Sarang Korean Restaurant had expanded in terms of the size of the restaurant. They had taken up the next unit and therefore are able to cater bigger crowd at a time as compared to before. I think they had also expanded their menu options too as I had seen food dishes which I had never seen on the menu previously.

Sarang Korean Restaurant
Unit 6, Block J,
Batu Bersurat,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8607830

21082017 / Flour & Butter Cafe

I went to Flour & Butter Cafe two days in a row. I was there last Saturday evening after work to meet up with a friend for coffee and yesterday with San Diann, Shew Hiang and Clara for high tea as we were not full from our lunch at Sarang Korean Restaurant. We picked Clara from Muara Ferry Terminal as she went to Labuan over the weekend to visit her fiancé.

It was about 4PM when we arrived Flour & Butter Cafe. The cafe looked extremely packed from the outside but there was a table for four vacant by the window and we took it instantly. Flour & Butter Cafe had recently launched their rendition of Nasi Lemak Burger and we were intrigued to try. So, we ordered one to share along with some cakes.

Without further ado, let me show you what we had yesterday afternoon …

Iced Latte | B$5.50

Iced Hazelnut Latte | B$5.90

Nasi Lemak Burger | B$10.90

Nasi Lemak Burger isn’t new in the market as I remembered Rack & Brew Boutique Cafe having their own rendition as soon as they were open. However, Nasi Lemak Burger became a hit when McDonald’s in Singapore launched it as part of their limited edition menu for National Day.

This Nasi Lemak Burger came with the mandatory condiments of making Nasi Lemak. It consisted of cucumber slices, chicken, sunny side up and sambal chili paste with anchovies. They had fries as sides which you could choose between regular or coffee fries. We went for regular fries as I preferred it over coffee fries.

The deep fried chicken fillet was made with chicken breast. It was crispy and crunchy. Pretty good, I must say but I think my friends did not like it as much as I did. According to them, it lacked flavoring. However, I was rather disappointed with their sambal chili paste as it lacked the spicy kick.

Lava Cheese Tart | B$2.20

One of the latest creation of Flour & Butter Cafe was their rendition of Lava Cheese Tart. They were displayed along with Chicken Pie. They caught my attention when I was coming back from the washroom. I asked the gang if they would like to try it and they instantly agreed. We ordered a piece to share.

It was good and it had the lava flowy texture. The cream cheese filling had the combination of creamy and tangy. Most importantly, the crust was good with a crunchy texture. The four of us liked it and I think it was the best one which I had in Brunei.

Tiramisu Cake | B$5.90

Carrot Cake | B$4.90

I ordered a slice of Carrot Cake to share. I had wanted to order a slice the night before but it was too late for dessert. You must love cinnamon to fully enjoy a Carrot Cake. The cake was sandwiched with generous layers of cream cheese frosting. I usually leave out the cream cheese frosting as they tend to be overwhelming when had too much.

We ended our gathering with a group picture. Instead of doing selfie like we always did, I decided to use the timer setting of my camera so that it wouldn’t blur out some of our faces when focusing. It took me two attempts before I was able to get this shot. The uncles from the next table must be wondering what was I doing. I had to use a tissue dispenser to hold my camera so that I could get the right angle.

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

18082017 / Little Audrey’s Café

After our dinner at BAKE 250°C, Jennifer was saying that she was craving for sweet desserts. We thought of getting our dessert fix at BAKE 250°C but the choice was limited. They had Brownies, Chicken Pie and Chocolate Nutella Cake but none caught our fancy. So, we decided to hop “next door” to Little Audrey’s Café for their Durian Cheese Tart.

Unfortunately, it was sold out but they did have some Fresh Durian Cake. However, I did not feel like having it at the time. Probably because I am not up to desserts with cream frosting? So, I thought why not choose a dessert off their menu? And we ended up having …

Morning Glory | B$9.90

brioche French toast with seasonal fruits, mascarpone, blueberry compote and maple syrup

Our platter was nicely presented and it looked appetizingly good! It came with two slices of thick brioche French toast. Seasonal fruits consisted of fresh mangoes, strawberries and blueberries, sprinkled with granola and some nuts. The brioche French toast was good with tad buttery taste in it.

Little Audrey’s Café
Unit 9, Ground Floor,
Block A, Q-Lap Complex,
Kampung Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-8910711

14082017 / Sui Heng Restaurant

Parents left for Limbang early last Monday morning for their annual body checkup. As they were required to fast before they got their blood drawn, they left the house without having breakfast. So, I told Mom not to prepare my breakfast as I could head out earlier and get my breakfast sorted outside. I intended to go Tien Sing Restaurant but settled with Sui Heng Restaurant instead since it is nearby my workplace.

Pork Stuffed Beancurd Rolls

My favorite go to dim sum dish whenever possible. This was good as the pork filling was generous. There was not much flavor in the broth but it was a lot better than the 酸甜竹卷 which I had from Chua Café last week.

Kuching Laksa

I am not much of a regular Laksa person as compared to Vegetarian Laksa. I was craving for something hot and soupy on that particular morning. To be honest, I think this was only average. I think I will go for their Fried Mee Hoon next time as my colleagues said the one which I ordered for them was good.

Review: Cha For Tea

This is a way overdue blog entry from last month. I had heard of Cha For Tea from San Diann quite some time ago. However, I also heard that they were selling savory Japanese pancakes but they were no longer available when I was there last month. I think they had taken it off the menu and they are now focusing on beverages only.

I am not sure if Cha For Tea is a franchise business from abroad but there was no further information available online. So, I can only assume that it is a locally made brand. It is located on the same block as Pho Hoa Restaurant. The shop may not look like one which sells bubble milk tea but a convenience shop selling imported Japanese and Korean snack goodies.

This is the menu of what they are offering in overall. I am assuming that they are using Hokkaido Milk for their beverages as the Cashier told me the Hokkaido Milk were meant for display only when I asked. I wanted to purchase a packet (if they were selling) as I thought it will make a good Hokkaido Milk Loaf.

Wintermelon Tea with Rock Salt & Cheese | B$3.00

I was craving for something sweet and salty at the same time so I made do with this Wintermelon Tea with Rock Salt & Cheese. The one I had from infinitea X I Say Yatta! before this did not fix my craving. The Wintermelon Tea was extremely sweet and I wondered if it came from the packet ones instead of freshly brewed. However, the taste of cheese was not as distinctive as compared to the ones from Share Tea.

Cha For Tea
No: 7, Block B,
Bangunan Haji Abdul Rahman,
Kiulap,
Bandar Seri Begawan,
Negara Brunei Darussalam
Tel: +673-2232898