Asian Eats

Asian Eats

Featuring Ootoya Japanese Restaurant (The Clementi Mall), Tim Ho Wan (CityLink Mall), YAYOI (The Star Vista), Saveur Thai (Clementi)
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee

Had wanted to try the Ootoya Gozen but they ran out of one ingredient (which they didn’t specify) so I ordered the Fish & Chicken Combo Set which was essentially charcoal grilled saba and deep fried chicken and vegetables in black vinegar sauce. It came with two pieces of the deep fried chicken and one piece each of carrot, baby potato, pumpkin, lotus root, eggplant. I really enjoyed the lotus root which was deep fried first. It was really crunchy and would like to suggest they include this as an appetiser on the menu. The chicken was as usual thoroughly enjoyable and I can’t get enough of its crispy batter haha. The saba had much fewer bones than the hokke so it was a relief. The former was also well marinated and the skin was grilled to a slight crisp albeit rather oily though it was expected. Let’s hope they have all the ingredients available for the Ootoya Gozen next time.

Was craving for grilled fish after watching a K-drama where the character always had a craving for the dish. Thus decided to order the Hokke Set (charcoal grilled atka mackerel) at Ootoya near my place to satisfy my craving. Not quite Korean grilled fish but this will do haha. Also ordered the Tori Kurozu (vegetable medley and fried chicken in black vinegar sauce) as an appetiser. I selected the Gokoku rice (5 grain rice) for the Hokke Set. I kinda regretted ordering Hokke after my first bite cos man, I found myself picking out bones throughout my meal. There were just way toooo many bones. The fish also became rather salty towards the end. The Tori Kurozu was also a slight disappointment as the picture in the menu showed there were lotus root, eggplant, long beans, baby potatoes, carrots. But my order only had baby potatoes and broccoli. At least the fried chicken came in big chunky juicy pieces and retained its crispy coat despite being slathered in the black vinegar sauce. This sauce would not taste out of place on any decent Korean fried chicken.

My birthday spread at Tim Ho Wan consisted of the signature baked bbq pork buns, pan-fried radish cake, pig liver rice roll, wasabi salad deep fried prawn dumplings, steamed sponge cake, dumplings in a laksa broth (seasonal item) and a noodle dish that I can’t recall the actual name. Can never go wrong with dim sum at Tim Ho Wan.

I was craving for hamburg steak after watching Korean hit drama Reply 1988. It was the favourite food of one of the characters and I couldn’t resist ordering this after a visit at the gym. The Wafu-drenched double hamburgs were served with melted cheese and were so flavourful I could understand why the Reply 1988 character liked it so much haha.

The stir fried seafood vermicelli at Saveur Thai is da bomb. Bursting with wok hei, the dish is loaded with fresh seafood such as deveined prawns, squid, mussels, onions, tomatoes, chives and egg. The hot plate beef is value for money too with plentiful slices of rather tender beef. The dish also comes with red and green peppers (antioxidants alert!), onions and cashew nuts in a tomatoey gravy. Saveur Thai is definitely my go-to place for good honest Thai fare!

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