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Singapore Deli in Karama

singapore tempe
Singapore tempe is a vegetable fried tofu with delectable chilly sauce

After a long day of work we have decided to visit an old fave restaurant. In the buzzing place of Karama sits Singapore Deli that serves Asian dishes mainly, Indonesian and Malaysian. 

For starters we had Fried Tempe (Tofu). This was served hot with an amazing super spicy dip.  We considered ordering Sambal Tempe but decided to choose the former. According to my partner it’s the spiciest food he had ever tried.

I have ordered Fried chicken with Kangkong and steamed rice (very similar to Filipino food). There’s a small dip on the side which I’m not familiar with but it tasted like fermented something with chili on it. It has a strong flavor although it really compliments the dish. 

My partner ordered a Seafood Curry noodles. It has a light flavor just as what you have expected in a curry soup. 

fried chicken with kangkong
Fried chicken with kangkong
seafood curry soup
Indonesian’s famous Seafood curry soup
singapore deli in karama burjuman
Lovely outdoor dining

It’s nice to sit outside especially with the lovely weather we have now. Try it for yourself and share your experience! x

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Soy and Pepper at Reef Mall | Dubai

Being invited to a newly opened restaurant is such a pleasure. We were so excited to try this Asian place in Deira.

We were greeted at Soy & Pepper by their lovely Manager, Ms Teresa and her very nice staff.

They are located inside Reef Mall just next to Dome Cafe; as you approach you will see a LCD hanging on the wall displaying a variety of the dishes on offer, cooked up by Chef Jeff who puts his own twists on traditional Asian cuisine.

Soy and Pepper Reef Mall

Soy and Pepper

When me and my dining partner sat down the first thing we ordered were the drinks.  We decided to go for one peach and one lemon ice tea.  Both tasted fine just as you’d expect, with some nice fresh fruit included on the glass.

For our first starter, we decided to go for their Tom Yum soup which was very tasty with a spicy and sour kick.  Traditional Thai fare, boosted further with their special condiment mix of garlic and chili.

Tom Yum Soup

After our palettes had been cleansed by the soup we decided to go for Thai Cashew Salad.  It was just as fresh as it looked on the Menu, with crunchy veg, cashew and that spicy kick that all good Thai salads should have.  Even my partner, who is not normally a big fan of capsicum (bell pepper), loved this one.

Fresh Thai Cashew Salad

Once we finished our salad it was time for the mains.

Our first main course was Chicken Sisig – a twist on the popular Filipino dish using chicken instead of pork. The Sisig was very nice and the twist of using chicken worked surprisingly well. It arrived sizzling in a traditional style with a raw egg on top that cooked as you sat.  The chicken was cooked just right and the rice complimented it perfectly.

Chicken Sisig

We also ordered Beef and Brocolli, more of a Chinese style dish. The Beef and Brocolli was also very tasty and reminded us of a meal that you can get at PF Changs (a compliment for sure!) both dishes were a good size and certainly filled the two of us.

Beef and Broccoli

Once our mains were finished we decided to order some desserts; we went for the Leche flan (creme caramel) and Ube topped with shredded butter.

The Leche flan was very nice with a special syrup on top giving it a unique flavour.  Even if we were pretty full by this point, we still managed to finish it, as well as the Ube which had that lovely traditional taste that all Filipinos would expect!

Leche flan

Ube

After our meal we met the lovely Chef  Jeff who gave us further insight about the dishes and how he put his own twist on them.  You could really get a feel for his passion and I can’t wait to see how the other dishes on the menu taste.

the man behind Soy and Pepper

Throughout our dining experience with Soy and Pepper we were treated very well by professional and friendly staff.  The dishes were familiar with a cute twist.

Perhaps the best things about this place are the great value for money, the fresh ingredients, talented cookery and great service.

So if you have a free evening or want to impress a friend with a good cheap eat, why not head over to Reef Mall and check them out?!  if they get the “bums on seats” they deserve it could be very exciting to see them expand through the Emirate and beyond!

My thanks once again to Ms Teresa, Chef Jeff and their team for a wonderful experience at Soy and Pepper.

 

Wok It | All about Chinese, Indonesian and Thai cuisine

Our first try at Wok It made a favourable impression so we made a come back to try the rest of their menu. A spicy savoury aroma has filled the entire restaurant. We were accompanied by a lovely staff to be seated on their comfortable chairs.

Wok It Restaurant

Even if the place is full packed our orders arrived quicker than expected. That day was a Thursday so you get to see people everywhere mostly eating out.

The modern theme of the restaurant gives a pleasant touch and stands out compared to the other restaurants on the same side of the street. They have a huge area that can house less than 40 guests. It is located beside Pizza Hut in Karama and across Centrepoint.

Wok it Dining Area

We ordered Garlic Crackers as for our starter that costs 10 dirhams and we were given a dip sauce which is killer spicy but so nice.

Garlic Crackers

Killer Spicy Sauce

I suddenly thought about Wok Inn, a similiar asian restaurant not too far from this place – that I have been longing to blog about. Once you are seated they will serve you an ample amount of crackers for FREE! Unfortunately without any clue why – has been shut down for business. We got devastated knowing about it. Well I hope Wok It will provide complimentary crackers also!

Moving on, finally we got the rest of the orders. Bakso Meat Ball Soup tasted like one of the Filipino dish we called ‘Nilaga‘. I really enjoyed it just the perfect combination for rice and Lamb Curry. The lamb is very lean and the curry sauce is mixed very well with it – it’s super spicy but you can request for milder one.

Bakso Meat Ball Soup

Lamb Curry

noodles of wok it dubai

beef teriyaki - Wok it restaurant

There’s just too much to blog around Karama and I won’t get tired, not even close to exploring it all yet.

Check out Jasmine’s (Pear Tree Diaries) complete review of Wok it here.

Shogun Japanese, Korean and Thai Cuisine – Deira Dubai

shogun restaurant

Finally, we had our Valentine’s Day dinner in one of the famous Asian restaurant in Dubai. We had been hearing good feed backs and recommendations from friends on how good the food and service are. Shogun restaurant offers Japanese, Korean and Thai cuisines so this is a a very good variety for those who are looking for mixed Asian tastes.

We booked a table for two at 6PM and arrived on time however to my surprise the place is full packed that it leaves us waiting for 20 minutes more. It only shows that the place is seemingly popular and that gives us a good impression. More and more customers came but are informed that restaurant is full and aren’t able to accommodate more. The lady in the reception is nice as she followed up our table for the staff to clean and we patiently waited because we are quite intrigued and excited with the surprise we are about to experience.

The place is fairly big that it can accommodate less than 70 persons or more. Inspired by asian accents having wood interiors makes you feel you have just visited Japan or Korea.

The order taker is an older man which is maybe on his early 40’s greeted us and walked us over to our table. He looked more of a Japanese feature.

He gave us six different delicious appetizer. It has bean sprout, radish, egg pancake and more delectable Korean kimchi. I have been a fan of Korean food ever since my Korean boss back in Cebu introduce it to me.

I ordered beef bulgogi which is absolutely mouthwatering. The beef is so lean and soft with a bit of sesame seed. Before you order it they will ask you either you wanted them to cook it for you or have it cooked by yourself on the table. I requested for them to be done because we are just absolutely famished.

Ricky ordered his favourite Japanese food – Sashimi. All praises to his sashimi, according to him it tastes like heaven, melts and bursts in his mouth that it makes his feet kicking out like a child. Unfortunately I am not a fan of raw food however judging by his expression we both are glad to what we have ordered.

As you can see in the picture the portion is quite big for us so we aren’t able to finish it. Leaving the restaurant very full and contented we gave the guy a generous tip that it makes his smile bigger.

We will definitely be going back to try the rest of Shogun’s menu. Hope you enjoy my brief review. Comments and feedbacks are greatly appreciated.

shogun gong
kimchi appetizer
sashimi shogun
japanese korean cuisine in shogun
 Contact Info:
+9714 228 5568
Address:Al Ghurair City, Al Rigga Road
Area:Deira
Location: Location Map
Cuisine: Asian | Japanese | Korean | Thai