Splendid Jappy dinner@Keyaki, Pan Pacific Hotel, Singapore

Singapore has always been a place that gives me fond memories of good quality Japanese food and this timeat Keyaki, I was reminded again of this statement which yet again, held true to its word.

I was staying at Marina Mandarin, and Keyaki, located at Pan Pacific, was highly recommended by the hotel and the restaurant had pretty good online reviews too.

We had a business dinner here, and I was pleasantly surprised how packed the place was when we got there. You can’t tell from the serene, peaceful, quiet persona the surrounding outside Keyaki portrayed.

Each patron was greeted by a bowl of smoked seaweed fried with sesame seeds appetizer.

The sashimi slices were crazy fresh (you could tell from the bright glistened colours of both the maguro and salmon). Downside: Keyaki charges the sashimi by per piece. Each piece…a whopping SGD 6 and above, depending on what type of sashimis you are requesting for.

Eating the grilled squid was a fun filled adventure. Tender, smokey, nicely salted with the light miso, chewy texture was just about right. Frankly, I could whallop the entire plate on my own. Yumzers!

The makis were crazy good too! The soft shelled crab were freshly fried as they were still piping hot when served. Just as we took each bite, sinking our teeth in, the oily bits of the crab juices dripped out. The unagi makis were also yummylicious!

The grilled beef with teriyaki sauce was a slight let down though overall was still above average. I expected it to be smokey tenderlicious juicy crazy but it was just a little tee bit lacking in all of those aspects. Too bad we did not have any wine to pair with the beef.

The garlic fried rice. Phenomenal ! Full of wok hei and the garlic flavour was not too overpowering. Slight hints but not too subtle till you can’t tell the difference. I am not a huge rice fan but I ended up finishing it! Which is rare for my standards.

Total damage that night was about SGD 300. Crazy for Malaysians ! With that sum, I could probably get double the portion in a really good Japanese restaurant in Taipei! Maybe even Japan itself! But that is gonna cost me a flight ticket…

Keyaki – great place for business dinners! But for personal travelers, be prepped to save up a lot if you are from Malaysia, or use your savings for the average Jap restaurants like Sakae Sushi and Sushi Tei and you could still get pretty decent Jap food.

Address

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Keyaki

7 Raffles Blvd,

Level 4 Pan Pacific Hotel,

Singapore 039595

Opening hours:

11.30 am – 2.30 pm daily

6.30 pm – 10.30 pm daily

Phone: +6568268240

Website: hotels-resorts/singapore/marina/stay/dining/keyaki.html

Chicken Hor Fun without going to Ipoh physically@Chong Thoong Kee, Taman Tun Dr Ismail

The day was cloudy, moody, almost cracking into big drops of rain. We were in the mood for something hot and soupy.

Kai Si Hor Fun is the must-have food when one goes to Ipoh. Whaddya know..you can find one too in Klang Valley, and I personally feel the rendition served here at ChongThoongKee (located at row of shoplots right next to the carpark for the TTDI market) is even better than ones served in Ipoh!

The place was already full when I walked in. I was lucky that a family was just about to leave and freed up a table for me. As I looked around, I’d thought the food would be taking long to serve but to my surprise, it came within minutes even though the restaurant was full. Even better! Delicious and fast!

The dried version of Kai Si Hor Fun seemed peculiar in presentation (sauce colour was weird) but they actually tasted quite good! The broth was added as a sauce, locking in the pungent aroma of chicken essence… and the chicken chunks were really tender! The rice noodles were rather normal of course.

The Kai Si Hor Fun was the most popular dish and indeed it lived up to its name! I was blown away by the soup flavour and it went on so well with the tender chunks of steamed chicken!

The steamed bean sprouts were rather normal, this one I gotta say Ipoh has got the best sprouts hands down.

We ordered this as large portion.

Generally I am not a huge fan of steamed chicken, and had always opted for the roast chicken but at ChongThoongKee only steamed chicken are available. They were coated with a mystery sweetened savoury sauce, tasted a little bit like osyter sauce.

The chicken chunks were undoubtedly tender as hell. Frankly, just eating them alone without any fancy additions would be satisfying enough.

We ordered half a chicken.

Total damage was RM52. Not bad I got to say, worthy meal and i was left pleasantly full after lunch. I will certainly return to have the Kai Si Hor Fun, perhaps I can come with my colleagues for lunch one day since office is nearby!

Address:

Chong Thoong Kee,

18, Jalan Wan Kadir 1,

Taman Tun Dr Ismail,

60000 Kuala Lumpur,

Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur

Opening hours:

Tues – Sun : 8.30 am – 5.00 pm

Mon : closed

Tel: 0123903707