Food · singapore

Uncle Ho Tuckshop – Authentic Hanoi Cuisine

Since I moved to Singapore, I’ve been looking for a place that serve authentic Vietnamese food. I love them! One of Vietnamese dishes that I like is Bun Cha. Yup, not Pho. I’m not a big fan of Pho. I prefer their Bun (vermicelli) dishes.

Bun Cha is a dish from North Vietnam. I tried it in Saigon and people said Saigon version is ‘sweeter’ than Hanoi version. Well, for me at least it’s already great lol. Maybe someday I will have a chance to try the real Hanoi’s Bun Cha. But hey, I’m in Singapore now so what is the chance of finding a Bun Cha (any version is okay!)? Quite big chance actually. There are a lot of Vietnamese here, so I’m sure there is a decent Vietnamese restaurant around (not those chain restaurants). And here it is, I found Uncle Ho Tuckshop! I don’t remember how did I find this place, but that doesn’t matter 😀

Uncle ho Tuckshop front door
Uncle Ho Tuckshop front door
Uncle Ho Tuckshop interior
Uncle Ho Tuckshop interior
Uncle Ho Tuckshop review
Uncle Ho Tuckshop interior
Vietnam Corner
Wall Decorations

I decided to try this place out. The place is pretty easy to find. They have a big signage, you won’t miss it. The interior is simple. There are some Vietnam-themed decorations at one corner. You can sit in that area to feel the ambience. Other parts of the room are just like a normal restaurant. Or.. more like a canteen, with their big tables.

Looking at the menu, it seems authentic. And of course, my eyes are only looking at Bun Cha ❤ I didn’t really read other dishes. Just go straight to Bun Cha! 😀 I ordered at the cashier, paid them and waited for the food. Once it’s ready, they will call us out and we need to collect them.

Bun Cha
Bun Cha

I was so excited with my bowl of grilled pork and the vermicelli! Without delay (after taking photos), I dig in to try. It was sooo yummy! I’m happy with the meal. Grilled porks looks awesome. There are also pork belly. And, the soup contains young papayas as well. Authentic!

Do you know how to eat Bun Cha? A friend taught me like this : Take vermicelli, dip it in the soup, put it on top of lettuce, add in meat and other leaves, make a roll then enjoy! But since we’re not in Vietnam and they didn’t give many lettuces nor small bowl, this is what I did : Take the vermicelli with chopsticks, dunk them into the broth then enjoy it~ Eat it with the meat and vegetable as well. Yum! The soup can be too salty for some. If so, just dip the vermicelli a little so it won’t soak too much of the broth.

I would recommend this place to anyone who’s looking for great bun Cha. The only downside of this place is the location. It’s very far from the place I live and there is no nearby bus stop, so need to walk a bit. Unless you go there by taxi/grab.

Have you tried this place as well? Or do you have any recommendation of Vietnamese restaurant to try? Let me know in comment below.

Thanks for reading 🙂

Food · singapore

Sake Aburi Mentaiko Tobiko Don @ Sushiro Thomson Plaza

I heard about this restaurant from a friend. He told me about a Japanese restaurant inside Thomson Plaza that has a good chirashi don with reasonable price, so I went to check it out. They had people lining up around 5.30pm, 15 minutes before they opened. I was not in line because I told them it’s for takeaway. For takeaway, you need to order from counter directly. At first, I wanted to just buy for takeaway but ended up eating there because they have seat for me, although need to share with other people.

The prices look reasonable indeed. I was looking at the menu when one of the staff (or owner.. manager? not sure) approached me and offered me to try their special of the day which has mentaiko and tobiko. Fortunately for him, I’m weak to mentaiko and tobiko! I just can’t ignore them, so I ordered the special menu…

When it came, I actually a bit disappointed because the mentaiko was not as I expected. It was mentaiko mayo 😦 The rice also a bit dry for Japanese rice. Salmon and tobiko was great. I still enjoyed it though, it was still a nice comfort food for me that day. I finished everything! My bowl was shiny at the end ha ha..

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Total cost for meal and drink (hot tea) was SGD$22.45. That’s quite expensive. Someone asked me will I go there again in the future, I said I don’t know. Maybe, if I really want to eat Japanese food and lazy to go to another area. Or, maybe I’ll try their chirashi don next time.

Address : 01-22/30, 301 Upper Thomson Rd, Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408.

Thanks for reading! Ciao.

Food · singapore · Snacks

The Roti Prata House – Best Prata in Singapore

When my friends found out that I moved to Thomson area, they told me about this roti prata house. It’s quite close to my place, around 10 mins walking at a normal pace (my standard of normal. Maybe you can reach it faster than me!). However, I have just visited this place 2 days ago during my 1.5 weeks since I moved here. Yup, I’m that lazy.

It was after the church morning mass when I felt very hungry and decided to walk to the shophouses nearby. I thought I wouldn’t get a place to sit but I did. They gave me the menu, HUGE variant of roti prata. I haven’t even finished reading the menu or decided yet when the guy came and asked me what my order is.

the roti prata house menu with picture
the roti prata house menu with picture

the roti prata house menu

the roti prata house menu

The menu is double-sided. One side has pictures, but not everything is there. The other side has the full menu. Their roti prata is special because it’s crispy. They claimed it as the best crispy roti prata. After pondering on the menu, I decided to order Prata Cheese and Teh Tarik.

Roti Prata Cheese and Teh Tarik
Roti Prata Cheese and Teh Tarik

They were delicious!! I should’ve ordered another one but I didn’t (which I regretted it after 1 hr because I was hungry again). The roti prata was crispy and tasty, especially when I dipped it in the curry. Yum!

After finished eating, I had to go to the cashier bringing the order paper to pay for my meal. I wanted to use NETS card but unfortunately, it is only allowed for payment minimum of S$10. Better prepare cash if you want to eat here.

Today, I went there again and ordered a plain roti prata. It simply the best roti prata ever. I highly recommend this place. Not just because it is a famous place, but because they have the crispiest roti prata with affordable price.

Have you tried this place as well? Which roti prata is your favorite? Let me know in the comment. Ciao!

Address : 246 M & K Upper Thomson Road, Singapore

Opening hours : 7 am – 2 am

 

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Snacks · Vietnam

Tiger Topoki – Korean Restaurant

Before I wrote this post, I’ve just realized that lately, I’ve been writing about Korean stuff! I need to write about my trip to Thailand, but it takes so long to gather all the information and photos. So, for now, please enjoy this post 😀

Today I went for lunch at Saigon Center. At first I wanted to eat gyoza but then I remembered there is this Korean restaurant that sells toppoki (Korean rice cake) so I checked it out. Their specialty is toppoki but they also have fondue (fried chicken fondue!! I need to try this next time with someone, the portion looks big), assorted kimbap (rolled rice), soup, hot pot, ramen and some fried dishes. I was interested in kimbap and kimari (deep fried glass noodle roll) so I entered the restaurant.

I took a good table because I can see video clip playing on the wall. Nice to kill time watching Korean singers if you like their music. I ordered kimchi kimbap and kimari with no drink because they gave free water.

The place was quite empty when I came, so I thought I need to write something if their food turned out to be good. I took some photos of the interior just in case. Every table has a stove for the hotpot and toppoki.

TigerTopoki Saigon CenterTigerTopoki Saigon Center

My kimchi kimbap came first. Quite huge portion for 80k vnd! I knew immediately that I wouldn’t be able to finish it, but let’s think about that later. Dig in! It was delicious!! I would prefer more kimchi, but I guess no more space judging from how crowded was the fill. The sauce was awesome. It is made from sesame and wasabi! Yes, there is wasabi in there. Okay, the first dish was good so if the other one also good, this place definitely needs to be visited again.

Kimchi Kimbap Tiger Topoki Saigon Center

I think I only ate 4 pieces of kimbap and make sure I have enough space for the second dish. Kimari! Deep fried glass noodle-seaweed roll. One portion is 5 pieces, not bad for 60k vnd. It came with soy sauce. This dish was also yummy. The glass noodle inside was so packed. I could only eat 2 pieces of this. Too full after that..

Kimari Glass noodle roll deep fried

So, this place is great for a visit with friends! Even if you come alone, still worth to visit since you can take away the leftover food if you can’t finish it. I did. Dinner settled!

If you want to try it, they are on the 5th floor in Saigon Center. At the opposite side of Pepper Lunch.

Have you tried it? Tell me what do you think in the comment.

Ciao!

Food · Ho Chi Minh City · Vietnam

Al Sham Restaurant – Middle East Meal in Ho Chi Minh City

I’ve heard about this place from the people in Facebook group and wanted to try it but didn’t have a chance yet, until that afternoon when I went shopping at Yersin Market.

It was about 10 minutes walk from the market so we decided to go there and try. My other 2 friends love middle east food so it will be a good chance to test their quality as well.

We ordered several dishes actually but I was too hungry and just took the picture of Mezza Platter and Falafel lol. If I remember correctly, we ordered Falafel, Mezza Platter, Falafel Sandwich, and Meat Samosa. The Mezza Platter comes with a bread.

Overall, they were tasty and worth the trip! I especially like their hummus and aubergine. Also, the falafel sandwich is better than I thought. Total bill was around 530k vnd for 3 people. If you like middle east / Mediterranean food, then you definitely have to try this restaurant.

Bread and Falafel Al Sham

Mezza Platter Al-Sham

Address: 300 Vo Van Kiet, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Opening time: Everyday from 10 am to 11.50 pm