Ikea Lotus Leaf Rice – curiosity makes me fat

They say that curiosity killed the cat. Luckily for me, curiosity only makes me fat. That happened at Ikea (Alexandra location) the other day. The flat screen display was displaying the various food being served at the Ikea cafe. There were the usual fried chicken wings, salmon fillets and Swedish meatballs etc. And then this item came up on the display – Lotus leaf rice $6.80.  What does a Swedish furniture store know about lor mai kai? The picture looked enticing enough. Curiosity got the better of me and I joined the food queue even though I did not really have to eat.

Ikea Lotus Leaf Rice (Alexandra Location)
Ikea Lotus Leaf Rice

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Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Hue Kee – traditional pastries at Alexandra Village

Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Hue Kee 牛車水大中國餅家 餘記  is a shop at Alexandra Village selling traditional cakes and biscuits. Curious to see a shop with a name from Kreta Ayer in this part of Singapore, we stopped by to check it out and ended up buying some traditional pastries to try.

Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Hue Kee
Chinatown Tai Chong Kok Hue Kee Alexandra Village

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Keng Eng Kee Seafood – Good Zhi Char in Alexandra Village

Keng Eng Kee

Keng Eng Kee Seafood 瓊榮記海鲜 is one of the names that sometimes crop up when discussing good places for zhi char in Singapore. A good zhi char place is one that consistently churns out local delights at a reasonable price. A wide menu that caters for the quick meal or a big celebration is also essential. Good service is a bonus.

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Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant @ Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC)

Auntie Kim's Korean Restaurant

Drawn to the attraction of free weekend car parking, we headed down to Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC) to check out the restaurants and places to eat there.  After surveying the options, we ended up in Auntie Kim’s Korean Restaurant @ Alexandra Retail Centre.   ARC is the podium block at the foot of the PSA Building.  The shops and restaurants at ARC serve mainly the hordes of office workers from PSA Building as well as the neighbouring Mapletree Business City which is a huge place.  Lunchtime is probably the main busy period.  Which may explain why this is a rare Singapore mall that offers free parking after 6.30 pm on weekdays and all day on weekends.

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