August 30, 2015

Din Tai Fung The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore

Had a little getaway to Singapore last month, and stuffed myself with all foods I've been craving. I also got recommendation from my cousin who studied at Singapore that said it's a must to try Din Tai Fung at Singapore. I've tried Din Tai Fung in Jakarta, but I'm just indifferent about it. My mom was recommending it too, said it's different from the one in Jakarta. Turns out that it actually does, cos it's not halal :D

The system is to write down your order first (ask for the menu, paper, and pen to shopkeeper outside) and give it back to her. She'll then give you queue number and later call you accordingly. You can sit back and wait for your order, cos she already put it into the kitchen.

Siew Mai

The most popular menu at Din Tai Fung, be it in Jakarta or overseas, is their famous Xiao Long Bao. As widely known Xiao Long Bao is dumpling filled with clear soup. My father specially requested to not order this because he doesn't like the soup. I agreed and ordered Siew Mai instead, thinking it would be like an ordinary Siew Mai. Turns out it's still Xiao Long Bao lol. Only topped with prawn and have thicker skin so maybe that's why it's called so. It's good though, I personally like it. The green vegetables on the picture was sauteed Dou Miao (that's extremely hard to order in Jakarta, they kept running out of it).
Roselle Drink

I ordered this while my parents ordered Chinese tea (typical..). Thinking it would be sweet (bcs I usually ordered in here and it's sweet!) but it turns out more towards sour x_x (probably due to dried sour plum drowned in there) mom likes this though, we ended up switching drinks :| I find the drink is unique cos the ice cube is made from the roselle as well! So when it melts, it wouldn't change the taste of the drink. The ice cube is so round and so cute and not as sour cos hasn't been disrupted by the damn sour plum.

Pork Chop Fried Rice

*insert heavenly sound effect here* It's the star of the show! The fried rice is just like any other Chinese fried rice, but the pork chop though! It's to die for. Next time I go here, I'm sure going to order the pork chop separately! The portion is quite generous, I share this with mom.

Mango Pudding

My favorite (Chinese) dessert of all time. Love the generous amount of mangoes they put both as topping and inside the pudding. I have no complaint.

I think it's true that you at least have to try this once because the variety of menu is completely different from the one in Jakarta. The selection of menu is not too many, but each deserves honorable mention. Unfortunately due to our weak currency it's actually quite pricey. If only our exchange rate towards SGD was like IDR 5,000 or 6,000 like in the past, this actually on par with Indonesia's Din Tai Fung's price. Nevertheless, when I go to Singapore again (despite of heavily used Mandarin language here that I couldn't understand), I will definitely come back.

Rating: ★★★☆
Will I be back: Yes.

June 28, 2015

Pipiltin Cocoa Senopati Jakarta

Back to business!

I don't know why I said business when I literally earn zero from this blog lol.

So I've been MIA for more than half a year! Still ate in random places though, just being lazy to write hehe~

Last April, my friend (with her cousin) and I bought Groupon promo for Pipiltin Cocoa (which I had trouble to spell the first time. Pipitlin? Pitiplin? Pipiltin.). The promo was reasonably priced, so we thought why not. There are 3 of us, but each of us bought 1 Main Menu + 1 Dessert lol. But thank heavens we did that, because the portion was small!

First up was the drink. Mine is in the middle: Iced Apple Tea Caramel. The two in sides were either Lychee or Lemon Tea.

While waiting for our food, we wandered around the store. They also sell all kinds of chocolate treats that you're free to nibble. Even if they don't display some tester item, the waitress would willingly crush 1 item for you to test :) my friend's cousin made a big talk about how she would buy some of those, but at the end she didn't :/ I pity the waitress.
One treat that interest me was something like croissant stick dipped in chocolate. I also didn't buy btw. But if I was to buy, I will buy that one :D

Slow-Cooked Chicken Rolled

This was my entree. Shocked when seeing the portion honestly. And I actually forgot whether the filling was chicken or meatball hmm O_O Anyway, despite of its disappointing portion and the chips which I really despise, the taste was good. So I forgive you wtf. My friend had the same, only the filling was sausage, I think. Her cousin had cheese quesadilla. Not pictured, I also didn't try.

Another Egg "No"

That's no no. This could've been a good dessert if only those chocolate soils were removed! It was chili chocolate for crying out loud! Other than that, the rest were acceptable. The problem was, we can't eat those "acceptable other parts" cos the soil gets in the way la!! It is. Really. Spicy. And ruins everything. Probably there are adventurous people out there who loved spicy chocolate but definitely not us!

Macadamia Chocolate Soft-Cookie Pizza

This was okay taste and huge in portion. We whined about the portion of the entree and thought about where we should eat next, until this came and we could barely finish it. It has chewy texture and sweet in general. There was bits of very ripe banana in here, so it could be extremely sweet. Other than that, it was also very fulfilling. Hence why we cancelled the next destination lol.

Chocolate Soup

Probably the best menu we ordered. The white crumbles were crushed white chocolate? Or just sugar lol cos it's sweet. The brownies bits were also good. The chocolate shell would melt the second you pour the hot chocolate soup. Overall it was good dessert.

I visited this Pipiltin in Senopati branch. I heard there are other branch (sorry, couldn't remember!) which serve more menu than Senopati. Buying the voucher was worth it, but if I have to pay on full price I'd have to really think hard hehe..

Rating: ☆☆
Will I be back: As said, when there is another promotion :p