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Ireland’s Potatoes – Popular Fries Chain from Hong Kong & Taiwan Comes To Bugis+

By , December 21, 2012

Wait a minute! You mean the potatoes sold at Ireland’s Potatoes are not from Ireland?

Before you feel cheated, the shop is so named after it was “inspired” by the “Great Potato” famine in Ireland’s during 1845, which made the Irish treasure potatoes a lot more. Therefore it was Irish’s passionate and appreciative attitude toward the potato which inspired this brand. Not sure why the link? Me neither.

On the shop front, there is a line which promotes Ireland’s proverb of “There are two things in the world that can’t be joked: 1. Marriage 2. Potato.” (Huh?)

Other than that, Ireland’s Potatoes has really nothing do with Ireland, but you need to know that it is from Hong Kong, popular in Taiwan, Malaysia, Thailand and Myanmar. The shop at Bugis+ (right opposite Poulet) is Ireland’s Potato first outlet in Singapore.

One thing’s for sure – Singaporean’s love fries. Other than the usual fast food chains, Best Fries Forever, Everything With Fries, Sofries, Rock & Ash, What The Fries and PoTeaTo all have their own fries’ fans. Which are you a fan of?

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Ireland’s Potato
201 Victoria Street #04-01 Bugis+ Singapore 188067 (Bugis MRT) Tel: +65 9720 0961
Opening Hours: 11am-10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am-11pm (Fri-Sat)

Other Bugis+ Entries
Poulet (Bugis+)
Kungfu Paradise (Bugis+)
Bonchon Chicken (Bugis+)
Yayoiken (Bugis+)

Wong Kok Char Chan Teng 旺角茶餐厅 (Bugis)

By , July 29, 2008


200 Victoria Street #02-50 Bugis Junction

Hong Kong’s Roger Kwok (郭晋安) better known to many as idiot-boy Ah Wang on the HK drama series endorses this café. For a hefty 7-figure sum. Now, that’s worth a lot of baked rice.

Located at the Bugis Junction’s extension, it’s hard to miss this café with a huge cupboard figure of a welcoming Ah Wang.

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Crystal Jade Hong Kong Café 翡翠香港茶餐厅 (Liang Seah)

By , July 25, 2008


#01-12 Liang Seah Street Tel: 63380198

My first question was: What took Crystal Jade so long?

Since it opened in 1992, Crystal Jade has literally stomped Singapore and the rest of Asia with its exquisite Cantonese cuisines. It has since expanded to serve cuisines of varying styles from Teochew,  Machau, Shanghai, to Korean. Other establishments have taken up a huge part of the HK café pie, and Crystal Jade has finally stepped in with this branch along Liang Seah shophouses.

How does this HK café match up to the other Crystal Jades?

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Ji De Chi 记得吃 (Liang Seah)

By , June 19, 2008


8 Liang Seah Street #01-03 S(189029) Tel: 63399928

Walking along Liang Seah Road, I would always notice this space currently occupied by “Ji De Chi” (JDC), translated as ‘remember to eat’. This shop space has probably changed hands several times in a span of three years, from a bao stall, mango dessert place to bak kut teh shop from what I can remember.

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Lai Lai Family Restaurant 来来红烧牛肉面

By , June 5, 2008


20, Liang Seah St S(189041) Tel: 68371556

While Hong Kong eateries are springing up all over Singapore, the same cannot be said for Taiwanese food. To curb cravings for authentic Taiwanese beef noodles, the most decent place would be Lai Lai Family Restaurant which is conveniently located along Liang Seah Street.

The Food
I ordered the Best Value Set A ($12.20 nett) which included the specialty beef noodles, one side dish and a bubble tea. The origins of this signature dish supposedly hails from the Sheraton Hotel in Taipei and is made up of fresh egg noodles, dark beef broth, accompanied by three different cuts of beef shins. 

The broth is strong in herbs and spices, very flavourful and somewhat spicy with its pepperish undertones. (Okay, my friend complained it was too herbal though.) It tastes best if you add in the preserved vegetables and dried chilli, a combination which can mask the taste of the beef. Though I am not a fan of carbs, the noodles is tangy and not too thick. Few eateries can cook beef well as they are either too raw and rubbery, or well-done and tough.

Some of the popular side dishes include Pepper Salt Chicken, Flower Squid, Braised Pork Slice, Century Egg Tofu. As a fan of Taiwanese fried hawker fare, the Pepper Salt Chicken was my first choice.

My take is: Too much salt and too little pepper. The chicken were slightly too dry and would have been much better had they been chunkier and juicier. The Century Egg Tofu, if served very cold, can be an interesting blend. More pork floss would have made it perfect though.  As for the other two, the Flower Squid is more rubbery rings than crispy calamari. While the braised pork slice is neatly and thinly cut up, the slices do not melt in your mouth immediately.

The Ambience
The restaurant can get rather crowded during peak hours. But do not take the seats upstairs. As it is an enclosed place, it can become a too noisy due to poor architectural acoustics. Plus they were blasting Jay Chou the last few times I went. So if you are not a fan…..

The Verdict
Probably the best place to get valuable and reasonable Taiwanese street fare here. 3.5*

Ah Chew Desserts 阿秋甜品 (Bugis)

By , May 26, 2008


#01-11, Liang Seah Place 1 Liang Seah Street S(189022) Tel: 63398198

I used to work in the Bugis vicinity. Many times, female colleagues would look for their ‘chew-ge’ after lunch, jokingly saying his papaya dessert would make their skin smooth. Working in the corporate world came with a high level of stress, and somehow what ‘Ah Chew’s treats had become my comfort food.

This dessert shop hidden among a row of eateries at Liang Seah is really a treasure. Do you know it used to take up just half the space, with the rest being taken by a Indian newspaper seller.  Fast forward a few years, and the treasure has finally been undiscovered through word of mouth. Just look out for the never-ending queue of people eagerly waiting to have their sugar fix.

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