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Lao Di Fang @ Apollo Centre

Posted by icyelite on July 4, 2008

Lao Di Fang in chinese means usual place or old place. First impression of the name makes me feel that the place will be an old place just like back into the sixties or seventies. But when you reach the restaurant, the ambience of the restaurant wasn’t too old too. Looks average, not too modern or too oldies. The restaurant resembles a typical Chinese village in the olden times, where the extensive use of wooden furnishings, textured cement walls, and antique Chinese ornaments creates a distinctively rustic touch.

Not sure how many Lao Di Fang outlets there are currently. Last time, there are alot of Lao Di Fang outlets and one of the outlets is designed like ‘ming ge chan ting’ where customers can eat and listen to songs at the same time. But now, the outlet has closed down, not sure why but it has been closed long time ago.

Currently, there is only a outlet that I know of. The outlet now is at Apollo Centre, near to clarke quay mrt station. Opposite the apollo centre is the ministry of manpower if I’m not wrong. The building of apollo centre seems abit quiet, abit dark, if you feel uncomfortable, get someone to go there with you. In fact, the shops at apollo centre are mostly travel agencies and upstairs has KTV if I’m not wrong because sometimes when I’m having my dinner there, I can hear people singing. The toilet at the building may seems abit scary, haha, girls if you are worried or scared, better get another girlfriend of yours to accompany you.

Address of Lao Di Fang:

2 Havelock Road
#01-38 Apollo Centre
Singapore 059763

Tel: 6535 2513 / 6533 8959
Fax: 6535 7763

Opening Hours of Lao Di Fang:

Open Daily
11.30am – 3.00pm (Lunch)
5.00pm – 10.00pm (Dinner)

When you first reached the restaurant, they will serve you with the menu, ask for your choice of drink and the pickles and wet towels.

Recently, Lao Di Fang has a change  in their menu, I mean the appearance of the menu, lol. But the list of foods are still the same. They had a healthy mushroom pot but I have never try before. But if you like mushroom, maybe you can give it a try. Look at the full list of dishes here: http://www.classicldf.sg/menu.html

The choice of drink. You can choose to go for traditional Chinese tea, chrysanthemum tea or even the choice of bubble tea. If you had chosen chinese tea or chrysanthemum tea, your teapot will be refilled free, they count it as a teapot price. However for bubble tea, you can only have one and only one cup. For a teapot of tea, it costs $5.

For pickles which is the appetizer and wet towels, you have the choice of rejecting it. The appetizer given are usually achar and peanuts. In my opinion, the achar doesn’t taste as good as the achar served in Grand Court Vegetarian Restaurant. I would recommend that you don’t take their appetizer which in my opinion it is not nice and it is expensive. 2 appetizers served to you and each plate costs $2. The wet towels is 30 cents each. You can bring along your own tissue which could be cheaper. In this case, if you reject the appetizer and wet towels, you actually saved $4.30.

In fact, I would grade Lao Di Fang as average. It is only a place that I would go when there I had no idea where to go for lunch/dinner and when I need to settle my meal at Chinatown area.

Recommendations of food that I had personally tried:

  • Stir Fried French Bean 干扁四季豆 – $8.80 for small plate
  • Stir Fried Chilli Fish 煎烤辣酱鱼This dish is cooked like how outside cooks the stingray with chili. It is quite spicy. If you can’t take it, don’t order it, else you will regret. The fish comes in a whole piece so you will have to cut the fish yourself.
  • Claypot Tofu – There is no egg tofu, only plain tofu available there.
  • Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

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Vegetarian Sushi

Posted by icyelite on June 9, 2008

Big Roll of sushi Mixture of sushi

Sushi, a favorite food of Japaneses? I just learn to make sushi last year, and it was my first time eating sushi too. Usually, those sushi wrapped with cucumber only, I do not eat. That is because I’m afraid they will add on some special ingredients that I do not know and they have a strong smell which I don’t really like. Haha. Now that I know how to make sushi already, I guess the strong smell is vinegar.

There are alot of different types of ingredients you can add inside the sushi, its up to your choice. However, in the recipe later, I will show a simple list of ingredients that you can make your sushi more colorful and more appetizing.

Basic Tools that you will need for Sushi Making:

  1. Wooden sushi mat/ sushi press mould
  2. Sharp Knife to cut sushi

Recipe for Sushi Making

Ingredients A:

Zhen Zhu Mi, 珍珠米/ Japanese Rice
Sushi Vinegar/ Rice Vinegar

Ingredient B:

Vegetarian Hot Dog
Vegetarian Bak Kua
Sukini/Japanese Cucumber
Vegetarian Pork Floss
Salad Cream/ Mayonnaise

Ingredient C:

Seaweed

Preparations for Sushi Making:

  1. Wash the rice and cook it like cooking normal rice.
  2. After rice is cooked, add sushi vinegar into the rice. The amount of vinegar to mix in is according to the amount of rice you had cooked.
  3. After mixing, let it cool down first while you prepare ingredient B.
  4. Deep fry the hot dog and cut it into stripes.
  5. Cut the Bak Kua into small stripes.
  6. Take salt and massage over the sukini, and let it rest for 5 minutes.
  7. Wash away the salt and cut the sukini into 6 stripes.
  8. Once ingredients A and B are ready, you are ready to roll the sushi.
  9. Put a piece of seaweed on the wooden sushi roll.
  10. Spread the rice evenly onto the seaweed, filling 3/4 of the seaweed size.
  11. Take a few pearls of rice and smash it at the edge of the seaweed to aid in sticking later.
  12. After spreading the rice, put salad cream, vegetarian pork floss, sukini, vegetarian bak kua and hot dog.
  13. Roll the sushi with strength, so that it appears to be tight and for ease of cutting the sushi into smaller pieces.

Finishing: After rolling the sushi, cut the sushi into smaller pieces. Put the sushi onto plates. Prepare wasabi and soy sauce in a saucer. You are ready to serve.

Advice:

  • You can use vegetarian ham instead of vegetarian hot dog.
  • You can make scrambled eggs to add on into the sushi too.
  • Try to choose different colors of ingredients, so that it makes your food looks more appetizing.
  • When mixing/cooling the rice, you can pour out the rice into a big mixing bowl.
  • Try to use a non-stick spoon when digging out the rice from the mixing bowl, else make a bowl of salt water if you are using your hands.

Pictures of some ingredients:

Mixed Sushi Rice Vegetarian Hot Dog
Sushi Vinegar Sushi Vinegar Close Shot
Sukini Close Shot of Sushi I Made

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