Thursday, November 26, 2009

Yoshimaru Ramen Bar [Food Review]


Went to pick val up from work


Had Raspberry Cream Frappuccino
two days ago was Green Tea Cream Frappuccino
I guess there comes a point in life
I wanna stop having Tall Lattes
Ahhh.. yes, i forgot to complain about Citylink Starbucks

They got my order wrong
and I wrote a complaint email
Check it out here:
http://leongmingen.blogspot.com/2009/11/chatty-staff-got-my-order-wrong.html

Yes, I am a VERY difficult customer!
VERY VERY difficult..


Anyways on the brighter side of the world
Philippines Starbucks is giving away free Planners this Christmas
My Pinoy friend who worked in Starbucks asked if
I want a copy to be air-mailed to me
I said - NO WHAAAYYYYY!
1. I do not use a planner.
2. Only I give peaple planners (not this year though)
3. Nobody is allowed to give me planners (it reminds me constantly that I'm not 18 years old and I hate that!)
4. My camera kits are heavy enough, I dun need extra weight to carry around.
5. I lose my things easily, especially stationaries (thats why I'm always buying new ones)

I can give you another 6,000 reasons why I dun need a planner.
But thanks for the thought, though.


After that, headed on to 445
for Fishball Noodles
I swear I haven been there for a long long long long time
The last time I went there was with Kane, James and Winnie Anh
which was one year since i last visited it again
before the renovation
And i remember eating there with adrian and fibi, always
cloudy, rainy and sunny


Parting is something that no one can avoid
Not you, not me, not even Obama.
At some point, we all have to leave, or die.
I acknowledge that I am the cause of my own miseries, do you?
Its so very often that people do not realise the essence
of this indubitably senseless life..


The mini-pot noodles that will make one insane


val has hokkien mee
the uncle must've like her a lot
to give her such a huge portion
or maybe he see her 脸圆圆
machiam can eat a lot
HAHAHHA




after that we sat at the playground for hours
talking nonsense and getting bitten by mosquitoes
then a 13 year old girl, wats her name.. errr.. Chanel
came and ask us for a cigarette
oh well.. 一代不如一代
善哉善哉


Singaporean Sex and Temasek Polytechnic Upskirt?
I was checking out my references for http://disgustingpeople.blogspot.com/
and found these. Goodness!
Did i really upload TP upskirt photos years ago unconsciously?


My dad was trying to be funny.
Seriously.. Would you dare to eat something
that has this written on it?
--> Toilet Washing Detergent


Once every now and then
Edwin comes over to my place to DotA
cos his house internet "konek"-tion is from hell.

Few days ago, he came over and tabao-ed for me
Kuey Teow that his aunty cooked.
No photos, but I swear,
its better than those you can buy from our hawkers!





(Click images to enlarge)

I realise although I'm still not a PRO in DotA, now I
1. Die lesser
2. Farm fatter items
3. Am more flexible with random characters


25 November 2009 (Wednesday)
Was making my way to Reservice/Routine Reporting
when an sms from Benny came
HOLLY MOLLY! I didn't read the SCDF 100 properly
I'm supposed to report at Division 2, not HQ

So I quickly got down the bus
and tried to take the CORRECT bus to my destination.


Fuck me senseless!
Where the hell am I?
Paradise?


I panicked cos it was almost 5.30pm already.
It took me 3 wrong buses that got to nowhere,
to come to my senses - TO TAKE A CAB!


To make things worse, the taxi uncle was clueless
where Division 2 is.
He told me he lives in Jurong so he's not familiar with the area.
Come on.. You're a taxi driver!
O_o


And finally with the help of Benny
I managed to guide the taxi uncle to Division 2.
Slightly late, but got my schedule for my next ICT
and made it on time for some boring shit lecture.

I don't know why..
Every November, I act like a fuckin' psycho klutz.
I think there's too much things going on in my mind.
So don't fuck me up, I bite!
WARNING: Especially on Rainy Days!
(Liwei knows that from 2 years ago, you all should too)


My car pool arrived
and Jonapong decided to pretend Val is a Car Show Girl
snapping away with with my camera while I went to buy some cigarettes.
Yes.. Its another
PONG PONG CLUB OUTING


At first we wanted to try out other dishes
at Old Town White Coffee, but past their last order,
so we went next door to..

YOSHIMARU RAMEN BAR
at BIG SPLASH EAST COAST


The ramen bar is easy to spot
It has a contemporary signage that reads - 由O
Edwin commented that this could be an affiliated company
to local seafood chain - JUMBO SEAFOOD RESTAURANT
as he spotted one of the supervisor/manager wearing the Jumbo uniform


The menu is simple, attractive and straight-forward
Very easy to understand with attractive photos
Green Tea is free flow.
Hot - $2
Cold - $3


We arrived close to their closing hours
So today we shall observe if they will rush our orders.
The wait staff said something weird
"Do you have Si Ti Bankai?"
All of us showed a terrified face, "卍解?"
before realising she meant Citybank Card.

Jonapong did not want to use his card discount, so we declined
and the wait staff laughed with us.
I've always admired Pinoy's service standards.
They are natural and sincere.


Note: They serve their cold drinks in frosted glasses
I love it!
The wait staff even opened the can and poured the drink.


The ambience of the restaurant is warm and welcoming
with a very reasonable number of service staff
walking around the dining area
(This usually cause an eyesore, but I'm glad it did not happen here)
They play Chage and Aska concert videos on their television sets
Probably only people of my age (Ahem! 18years old, yes!) knows them.


We were served Sesame to grind
for our Ramen toppings to give the extra fragrance.
Very traditional, very engaging, very satisfying.
So far so good! =)


Char Siew Rice Bowl
$3.50
The Char Siew is fragrant
and complimented by the onions and spring onions.
Rice is properly cooked.
Simple dish, very good value for the money.


D.I.Y. Hakata Ramen
$9.00
Additional Char Siew (4 pc)
$3.00
I'll explain this dish later in this post.


Traditional Hakata Ramen
$11.00
I would say this is the specialty of this shop.
The ramen is pretty well-cooked, too the teeth
Spring onions are fresh and crisp, doesn't taste like it was prepared since morning.
Cloud Ear Mushrooms gives the dish an extra crunch.
Good quality eggs were used for Soft-boiled Eggs (the picture is self-explainatory).
Soup base - this is the KEY ingredient. I'm not disappointed, but I've tasted better; Lets just say the soup stock was not simmered overnight before clarification, you know? Prepared like a nice consommé?
To keep things short and simple, the soup did not win me over; its rich but not dynamic.
No signs of MSG spamming too.
Portion size did pulled me back - definitely value for money.


Meanwhile, Jonapong was still in his destructive frenzy
"DIE SESAME, DIE! I CRUSH YOU TO DEATH!"




I'm not the culprit for these two under-exposed photographs!


So whats the difference between the DIY and the Traditional Hakata Ramen?
For DIY, you pay the $9
and additional charges for each ingredient you choose.
Cloud Ear Mushroom - $1
Soft Boiled Egg - $1
Leek - $1.50
Takana - $2
Mentaiko - $2.50
Nori - $1
Toasted Nori -$2
Char Siew - 3
Dou Miao - $1.50
It kinda adds the "fun" factor into eating your Ramen.


"I'll have $30 additional Char Siew!"
says Naruto-kun


Edwin finished his rice bowl
and decides to order more food..


When I'm only half-done with my Hakata Ramen.
So you must be wondering
How big is the Rice Bowl?
The answer is.. C-Cup!
If you have no idea how much that is, ask a girl.


圆圆脸 is on diet today
so lets just leave her alone for now..


Meanwhile, we all decided to do the :p msn emoticon.
Ya know, the smiley that has its tongue sticking out?






Too gay...
Ok.. Lets go back to the food review.




Very soon, the wait staff starts mopping the floor
but she kept a distance from our tables.
I find that pretty thoughtful..
Seriously, 10 points for service.
No doubt about it!


GO AWAY! STOP STARING!
You're on diet!



Jonapong is falling asleep
after eating his ramen..
What a pig!


M. Spicy Pork Burger
$2.80
This is a B-cup sized burger, served Mos-burger style.
Clean and uncompressed buns with fresh lettuce
and generous gravy.


Green Tea Ice-cream
$3.00
This one is very tasty..
but still far from the one from Fuurin Japanese Restaurant.




Total Damage for 3 pax: $43.90

[GENERAL RATINGS]
Food Quality - 8/10
Food Portion - 9/10
Food Presentation - 10/10
Beverage Quality - 9/10
Fun Factor - 8/10
Ambience - 10/10
Service - 11/10
Return Factor - 10/10
Other Comments -
Not only did they not rushed out our orders, when I asked for refill for my cold green tea, the wait staff actually brewed a fresh batch for me despite having disposed off the dispenser. Kudos! Good service, great training! Thats what keeps the ball rolling.


The dinner soon came to an end..
No one came to rush us to fuck-off.





This food review can also be found on
1. http://leongmingen.blogspot.com/ (more tasty reads here!)
2. http://www.hungrygowhere.com/singapore/yoshimaru_ramen_bar_playground_big_splash/
3. http://mydemoninyou.blogspot.com/


No prize for guessing
that we went to Starbucks next door for after-meal coffee


Its half-moon today..


Brought my tripod today
So I played some Long Exposure shots.


PONG PONG CLUB
Why are we forever at Starbucks?
Why why why why why?
I'm gonna drag them to Spinelli's soon..


This is what happen to me
when Jonapong starts talking about cultist stuff
such as Apple, Macbook, iPods, iPhones.. etc


I foam to death..




Jonapong can't stop stirring his coffee
I can read his mind..
He's thinking of throwing a kitten into the washing machine
"Spin! Meow Meow Meow! Spin!"
This is what cultist materials do to you.
Use MICROSOFT WINDOWS!




Ok.. I think the kitten's dead by now.


Ever tried the new Marlboro Ice Blast?
There's an Ice Ball inside each cigarette filter.
when you smoke, you may press the ball
to release more menthol.


BRAIN FREEZE
Okay, maybe I'm not used to menthol cigarettes
I'm for full flavor.






你看山上为你开满红花!
Ok.. I'm indubitably an idiot!


Our President, Jonapong
attempts the Izandra Parody




I can't stand this picture
Someone please put them into the washing machine!










PONG PONG CLUB is at
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=184549052403&ref=mf
We eat, We shoot, I blog!
(click image to enlarge panorama)

FIN



http://mydemoninyou.blogspot.com/



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