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    Sydney, NSW, Australia

    London, UK
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    Seoul, South Korea
    I won't be able to visit Korea this year.
    San Francisco, CA
    New Orleans, LA
    Buenos Aires, Argentina
    Shanghai, China

    Hopefully, some of you can provide me with recommendations for some good eats!

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February 01, 2005



Wow.. Where do you find all of these places?

For Chinese food (Northern Chinese), have you tried The Mandarin in Imperial Plaza? I love it there.. I like spicy and I like vinegar (which you can use as a condiment).. YUM!! I highly recommend there....

fish fish

Kekeke... someone cannot wait till in Sin for chinese food oledi. Hey, the first dish looks very much like a Japanese dish called Shirauo. I like the comments u made on the 2nd and 3rd... they do seem like what u have said. :P Have a safe trip back Reid. :)


Hi Reid,

Hey, great minds think alike! I just posted about having the same spring onion and ginger dish on Sunday too, but with pork instead. Yes, the ginger and spring onion in your dish looks too old. But the battered fish looks really nice and crispy, and the tofu sauce looks yummy too. It would be a really good bargain if not for the third dish. :)


Salt and pepper anything is good! *drool*

And yes, I agree... that decor could be a Chinese restaurant from anywhere in the world. Although maybe they need a few more ubiquitous red and gold decorations.

PS. Do only the VIP customers get the tables with tablecloths? :P


Hey.. Reid.. :)
Love the tofu & mushrooms.. my favourite.. and the beef looks mighty nice too.. but i'm not into silver fish.. :)
$20.00 quite ex.. in singapore.. can get really good and cheap food.. :)
Do you have anyone to show you around already..??? let me know.. :)
Have a fun and safe trip.. :)
Which hotel are you staying in..??


Hey Reid. Just wanted to second Robyn's recommendation of The Mandarin. Great food, and if I've got my story right, their chef trained the chef at Glowing Dragon (or vice versa, or they trained together, or something like that). Eastern Paradise and Wang's Garden, I believe, are all part of the same "family." Good stuff.


The quality of the ginger may have caused you to lower your rating on the beef dish, but there seem to be so many restaurants that screw up this dish by adding carrots, bamboo shoots and not a whole lot of beef or ginger.


Hi Robyn,

I haven't been to the Mandarin, but based on your recommendation, it's somewhere that I will try upon my return from Singapore. Any dishes in particular that I should look out for? Thanks for the tip.

BTW...I normally find places to eat at while driving around. If I happen to drive past one of these places, I'll note the name and address in a book that I have of places to try.

Hi Julia,

I was surprised to see that myself. I normally order this dish at Chinese restaurants so I was quite disappointed at it here. I love ginger, and it would have been nice to eat it with this dish.

It wasn't too bad, US$18 for 3 dishes...

Hi AG,

I didn't even catch that table cloth thing until you mentioned it just now. =)

I could eat the deep-fried silver fish with salt and pepper any time of day. I know it would taste really nice with a bowl of jook.

Hi MrsT,

I liked the tofu, but I'm not a fan of these mushrooms for some reason. The gravy was nice, but a little gooey at first. Must have been the cornstarch.

I'll be going around Singapore with a friend of mine. I'm so excited. I'll be staying at the Novotel Clarke Quay, which is the old New Otani.

Hi Ryan,

Long time no hear!

OK that's it. Since two people with a first name that begins with the letter "R" told me to go to the Mandarin, I defintely will. I'll let you know how I like it. Any signature dishes that you would recommend?"

Hi Mark,

Thanks for visiting my blog.

Actually, the place where I enjoyed this the most is now closed. It was Forum Cafe which was at the Chinese Cultural Plaza. It was replaced by Good Luck Chinese Restaurant, which does this quite well.


Hi fish fish,

Sorry. I didn't mean to forget about you! I can't wait for my trip to Singapore. You have a safe trip back to Kuching. Happy CNY to you!


Ahh.. the New Otani Hotel.. that's a nice place.. to stay in.. :) and quite central too.. so you are in a good place.. and i'm glad you have a friend.. to show you around.. :)


Hi MrsT,

I was so excited that I couldn't sleep last night. I'll send Chloe a postcard from both Narita and from Chiangi. =)

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