Food Diary #4 Song Fa Bak Kut Teh. New Bridge Road, Clarke Quay MRT, Singapore.

Sorry no picture. Food was too important.

Location: 11 New Bridge Road #01-01 Singapore 05938. It’s located really near the reverse bungee ride at Clarke Quay. 

Opening Hours: Tues – Sat: 9.00am – 9.30pm, Sun: 8.30am – 9.30pm (Closed on Monday)  Last Order: 9:15pm (Source)

Review:

Really popular place in Singapore. I went at 8pm on a friday night and had to wait for ~15 minutes. Open air seating area, well ventilated. Ask any taxi drivers for Song Fa Ba Kut Teh, New Bridge road and they will bring you right to the doorstep. Lots of parking in the area as well. Easily accessible after alighting from Clarke Quay MRT Station. Order list:

Bak Kut Teh + Mi Fen: Typical Singapore Bak Kut Teh taste, really delicious pepperish broth. Noodle texture was just right.

Pickled Vegetables: An appetizer to get our stomachs going.

Braised Pig Intestines: For those who love intestines, the taste is decent. Less chewy than the ones you get at kway chap stalls.

Pig’s Liver Soup + Pig’s Kidney Soup: For fans of pig innards. The liver and kidney were cooked to just the right texture.

Food Diary #3 Hakata Ikkousha Ramen. CHIJMES, Singapore.

Sorry no picture. Food was too important.

Location: CHIJMES, Singapore.  Restaurant is located along the Japanese Food Street, near Toast Box and behind Lei Garden chinese restaurant.

Opening Hours: 

Review:

True to their restaurant theme, the restaurant seating space is pretty limited so get ready to queue. But trust me, the queue is really worth it. I once waited an hour at their melbourne branch  for dinner because the food is just that good. Before I review what I ordered, here’s a mini guide on how you can enjoy your ramen to the fullest. You will find on the table a couple of sauces/additives that you can use to adjust the flavor of your ramen to your liking:

Sesame Seeds: Open the cap and turn the screw around. Really Cute.

Pepper: Pepper. Nothing much to say lol.

Sea Salt: According to the staff, it adds a great flavour to the ramen.

Ramen Sauce/The really salty one: Add with caution, I reccommend half a spoon to start off with. Really good stuff.

Ginger: Your japanese picked ginger that is red in color.

Spiced Kimchi: Really spicy!! Add a little first and see how the taste goes first.

Garlic:  The MUST ADD for your ramen!!

 

What I ordered:

Ajitama Tonkotsu: Tastes exactly the same as the tonkotsu I had in melbourne. To quote my friend who grew up in Tokyo, “The taste is really authentic”. What can I say, probably the best ramen I have ever had.

Food Diary #2 Yhingthai Palace. Purvis Street, Bugis, Singapore

IMAG0275Dessert! Image Credit: Me

Location: 36 Purvis Street, Singapore 188613

Opening Hours: Daily 11:30-14:00, 18:00-22:00 (Source)  

Review:

Restaurant with air-con. Tables well spaced out so you won’t feel too cramped. Easily accessible by walking from Bugis MRT. Took me around 10 minutes. Lots of parking in the area, no worries. Order list:

Mango Salad for starters(pic here): Green mango salad, really refreshing salad to start off that really gets your appetite going from the soury taste. The small bits of prawn/shrimp make the dish really tasty.

Lamb Curry: A little bit spicy but excellent thick viscous curry.

Some biscuit dish with a side dip(picture here);  Sorry I was not the one doing the ordering that night so I have no idea what this dish is called BUT the taste is incredible. The meaty sauce goes well with the crunchy biscuit.

Fried Rice: Decent, nothing special. Ordered fried rice instead of white rice to go with the dishes.

Kangkong: Not your typical sambal kangkong. The dish is fried with their home-made chilli which is not too spicy and has lots of prawns in it. Nice taste!

Tapioca for Dessert: Big chunky pieces of tapioca. Really chewy and went well with their coconut cream/sauce.

Food Diary #1 Anson Chee Chong Fun. Near Kembangan MRT, Singapore.

IMAG0272Image Credit: Me

Location: 324 Changi Road Singapore 

Opening Hours: Mon: 07:00 – 18:00,  Wed – Sun: 07:00 – 18:00,  Closed: Tue (Source) 

Review:

Really nice place with air con now after undergoing some refurbishing, perfect for hot and sunny Singapore. Easily accessible by walking from the MRT or taking a bus. Might be slightly difficult to find parking during weekends as it will be really crowded. Reccommend to dapao on weekend haha! Items that my friends and I ordered were:

Chee Chong Fun: Really good if you like the type with thick black sauce. Soft smooth texture that is a little bit chewy.

Nasi Lemak: Their Nasi Lemak is to die for. It’s damn good. Rice really fragrant. Fried chicken tastes awesome. Their house chilli is also decent as well.

Chicken Noodle Soup: Good for those who like a clear chicken soup base with little additives.

Beancurd Pudding: They have a couple of flavours, we ordered the apple flavoured one. Really good and smooth texture. The apple flavour is green in color.

 

The Rust Falls off the Lid + Rurouni Kenshin Movie Trilogy Review

Firstly I apologise for the lack of blogging. I’ve been contributing content to a separate blog as part of my assessment at Uni. Check out Scientific Scribbles at the University of Melbourne. My posts can be found here.

Ok so next up, Rurouni Kenshin Movie Review!! (SPOILER ALERT)

Before the live action movie, I only heard about the famous Samurai X! from friends and various media so it was really exciting to be able to finally watch the three movies! I’ve seen other live action films such as Dragonball Z and Avatar and they were disappointing to say the least. Rurouni Kenshin however has some of the best acting and live-action sequences I have ever seen for a live-action adaptation of an anime series. So what makes Rurouni Kenshin special for me?

 

1) Cold Blooded Killer or Kind Hearted Hero?

I really love the juxtaposition in this anime. In the first movie, we are introduced to Hitokiri(人きり) Battosai, which translates as “Human Cutter Battosai”. A cold-blooded assassin which helped the current government come into power. To many, Kenshin was just a tool of the government, similar to how Edward was viewed by many as a “dog of the military” in Full Metal Alchemist. After the war, Kenshin vowed to never kill again and live a life of peace. Further into the story, it is revealed to us that Kenshin chose to aid the government because he believed that it would result in peace for the country. We are also shown how much the assassination of a politician who was about to be married affected him emotionally and psychologically.

Kenshin desired peace, but it could only be bought at a price. He understood this and took the burden upon himself. A similar theme which has been expounded in Attack on Titan, Gundam 00,  and the award-winning chinese movie, 英雄(Hero).

These “Heroes” or “Villains” understood the sacrifice required to achieve an ultimate goal, and were willing to undergo trials and tribulations to achieve their dreams.

I really like this contrasting of a single character as it adds complexity to the plot and helps us understand that “There is no clear right or wrong in many situations“. Our world is complex, multi-layered and grey.

2) “Foolish” Idealism

Kenshin has only known the art of killing all his life. All he knows is that the purpose of a sword is to kill, a fact that Saito ( the other samurai who works for the government) readily accepts. Kaoru however believes that the sword can actually be used to “rejuvenate one’s soul”. She believes that a tool used for killing can instead be used for the good of others. This is a contradiction that is best explained in the movie 英雄(Hero) when Jet Li talks to the Emperor. Kaoru helps strengthen Kenshin’s resolve not to kill and Kenshin fights with his blunt blade throughout the series, rarely killing anybody. This resolve is challenged in the third movie however where it seems as though he has to be willing to kill to overcome his opponents.

In the end of the third movie, Shishio dies due to his past injuries. This was a major letdown for me and many fans I am sure. This is where things get interesting. What are the directors trying to tell us here? Did Kenshin’s foolish dream of taking down his opponents without killing succeed, thus implying that one should uphold his or her ideals despite it being a seemingly impossible task? OR Did the directors want to show that such lofty goals are practically impossible to achieve in real life since Shishio wasnt really ‘defeated’ but died  due to his injuries. OR Is this your standard good triumphs over evil story? Something to think about.

Regardless, rooting for the idealistic hero Kenshin kept my eyes riveted on the screen throughout all three movies.

Closing Thoughts…

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie trilogy. The icing on top of the cake was the ending song by One OK Rock, “Heartache”. You can listen to it here.

 

Edit 1: Post Finished. Pictures to be uploaded.