Guan Dynasty United Square is a new restaurant run by the folks behind Guan Chee Hong Kong Roasted Duck. They are famous for their roasted meats and their outlets can be found in the food courts of many malls in Singapore, such as Ion Orchard, Suntec City and Junction 8. We stopped by for lunch to see what this new restaurant near Novena MRT station had to offer.
Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice (United Square) is one of the many chicken rice outlets operated by this famous chain. It seems from their Facebook page that Wee Nam Kee has been active recently, opening new outlets at Paya Lebar Singpost Centre and Northpoint. A new one will open at Parkway Parade basement food court (Food Republic) in November 2017 (the outlet at Katong I12 has closed). We stopped by at Wee Nam Kee Chicken Rice (United Square) for lunch recently.
Kyushu Pancake Cafe at Novena Regency is a Japanese Cafe which is popular in Japan and Taiwan. The secret to its success is apparently the proprietary pancake mix, which comprises seven grains – wheat flour, sprouted brown rice, millet, pressed barley, purple and black glutinous rice and white rice – grains from different prefectures of Kyushu. The 7 grain mix was said to make Kyushu pancakes chewy and dense and to give them a natural, sweet fragrance and taste. We visited Kyushu Pancake Cafe at Novena Regency recently to find out why its pancakes were so popular.
Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao 聚豪拉面小笼包 was a popular stall in Lavender Food Square serving Northern Chinese fare like La Mian, Xiao Long Bao and Fried Dumplings. It was one of those stalls in a food centre with an “open kitchen” where you could watch the chefs making fresh noodles and preparing the food. Lavender Food Square is closed but the good news is that Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao has set up shop somewhere more upscale. In collaboration with Ministry of Food (who is behind brands like My Izakaya, Lenas and Social Square), Ju Hao Xiao Long Bao 聚豪拉面小笼包 has opened a casual dining outlet in Square 2, Novena.
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Mr Youtiao (formerly known as Breadbar Café) in Novena looks like a simple kiosk selling coffee and local snacks. It is, however, quite an interesting little cafe. It sells youtiao, or fried dough fritters, but with a couple of twists. First, other than traditional youtiao, it also has youtiao in various flavours – almond, sunflower seed, green tea, onion and sesame. Secondly, it offers curry with youtiao.
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