Shi Fu Ge, The Comforting Homestyle Cze Char!

Visiting Shi Fu Ge again at Jalan Tampang is like immersing back into the old shophouse, mid 70s-80s era of Singapore. Situated across Sembawang Shopping Centre, the area also known as Sembawang Garden Arcade, carries some of most favourite eateries for residents all around the area. Shi Fu Ge-Yi Jia Le restaurant, which opened mid last year has now introduced some refreshing new dishes on the menu in line of the new year ahead. And now for a sneak preview.

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A Celebratory Trip to Sum’s Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat

I seem to be making a visit bit by bit to restaurants and eateries I last went to two years ago. My most recent 2 year anniversary visit was to Pu Tien, and this time round its back to Sum’s Kitchen & Hong Kong Roasted Meat restaurant at Jalan Legundi, just opposite Sembawang Shopping Centre. I was a late discoverer of the place, and I was recommended to it by the two lady bosses of Peach Garden Veronica and Angela back then.

My friends were there to celebrate out long time buddy, Anthony’s 21st birthday over a homely lunch where all of us childhood friends would sit together and dine to rejoice. And to think about it, this was the first visit for some of the guys, even though we all just stay so close to the place.

Of course, the most memorable dish there then would be the Roasted Duck. We ordered the whole roast duck at $36, and it just looked so good when the dish arrived on the table. Crispy golden and shiny skin, with the meat glistening with juices, it was good. I enjoyed the sweet savoury tastes from the meat, and with a light flavour of game, each piece goes very well with the hot steamed rice, chilli dip, or sweet plum sauce provided.

Strangely, this time round there wasn’t the ginger spring onion dip, which I only came to realise they served when I visited my writeup about it then.

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Tenzaru Soba and Oysters. Yum Yum Yum.

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I’ve always had this fascination with soba. Maybe its because of the noodle like nature, perhaps even the simplicity of tastes brought out crisply with a soak of light sauce and the occasional wasabi. The ones at Sakae Sushi were pretty decent and when served up with tempura as a Tenzaru Soba set meal, it is a beautiful contrast of textures and complementing tastes.

Sakae Sushi have introduced a revolving menu concept called “Sakae Signature” for each month, where key ingredients take their place as the month’s specials, allowing refreshing new dishes to adorn the plates of diners. For the month of August, the theme is Oysters. And the restaurant promises a different theme in September (curious. yes!)

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