Borshch Steakhouse

December 27, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Borshch Steakhouse
58 Serangoon Gardens Way




Hainanese Russian Food
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 5
Ambience & Setting: 5
Food & Beverage: 6
Service: 4
Value for Money: 6
Spent about $15 per person.

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Eating at Borshch Steakhouse is a bit hit-and-miss. Go in with the wrong expectations, and you will be sorely disappointed. 


Firstly, while they advertise "Russian" food, it's more accurate to say they were inspired by Russian cuisine. Their food is done in typical Hainanese Western style, which makes sense as the original chefs used to cook for the British. 


Thus, while the signature Russian Borshch soup is typically beetroot, here they've substituted cabbage in the soup instead.  Not totally wrong, as Borshch does contain cabbage in some Russian versions. 


However, when you actually taste the soup, it tastes more like a Minestrone with a Tomato base. It's not bad as a soup, but it would be more accurate to call it Minestrone, rather than Borshch. 


Borshch Steakhouse mains are done really well. Typical of the kind of steaks you'd get at your coffeeshop western food stall, juicy and cooked to your specifications. Their shashliks are pretty good as well. Order their mains as part of a set, as it's more value-for-money.


Their Beef Stroganoff is excellent. The sauce is addictively tasty, the meat is tender, and the rice is great for polishing off all the sauce. Again, don't expect it to look anything like a traditional Beef Stroganoff. 


The Oxtail Stew is only available on Thursdays, and well worth the effort to visit on that day. The meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. 


Unfortunately, Borshch Steakhouse is let down by average sides, average decor, and average service. 


Some of the service staff are from China, and can't pronounce simple English, so you might be better off placing orders in Chinese, or just pointing at the menu. 


Decor is a throwback to the past, with hand-sewn pictures adorning the walls. The dim restaurant interior of Borshch Steakhouse also makes taking photos difficult. Oddly enough, from outside, it's difficult to see into the restaurant, but from the inside, you can clearly see out. 




Borshch Soup




Caviar With Egg




Peach Melba




Shrimp Cocktail




Sirloin Steak




Shashlik Of Lamb




Beef Stroganoff




Oxtail Stew










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Oriental House (Myanmar Chinese Cusine Restaurant)

December 27, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

Oriental House (Myanmar Chinese Cusine Restaurant)
159 Rochor Road


111 North Bridge Road  
#B1-07 Peninsula Plaza
(Ratings: On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 = Worst and 10 = Best)
Overall: 7
Ambience & Setting: 6
Food & Beverage: 7
Service: 6
Value for Money: 8
Spent about $8 per person.

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I've had the fortunate pleasure of working just a few doors away from Oriental House (Myanmar Chinese Cusine Restaurant). Ever since my colleagues and I discovered this place, we've been eating here at least thrice a week, and have tried practically everything on the menu! 


The restaurant's menu reads like a list of Zi Char dishes from across Asia, with some American / European influence. Most dishes seem to be an amalgamation of Thai, Chinese, Myanmar and Korean influence. Despite this fusion, most of Oriental House (Myanmar Chinese Cusine Restaurant) food is pretty good. 


Top of the list for me is their Soft Shell Crab Thai Style. The crab is fried till perfectly crispy, and covered in tasty, buttery, eggy sauce. Be warned, it's not for the health-conscious. 


Do try their Braised Pork Knuckle as well. The braising sauce is just savoury enough, and the meat is cooked till tender and soft. The portion is quite large and filling as well. 


Their Deep Fried Sea Bass Black Pepper is presented beautifully. The fish is carved up into cubes, then the meat is deep fried. The cooked flesh is then arranged back into its original fish shape on the dish. The black pepper provides that extra kick of spiciness to the crispy fish. 


For something a little different, try the Kimchi Pork With Cheese. Pork slices are served with tangy Kimchi, and covered in melted cheese. Each mouthful releases the sour-bitterness of the crunchy Kimchi, which goes well with the Pork slices and hot, gooey, sticky cheese.


On warm days, the Watermelon Juice is a great thirst quencher. 


Ambience is simple, don't expect too much atmosphere, especially around meal times, as Oriental House (Myanmar Chinese Cusine Restaurant) can get pretty crowded. 


Prices are quite value-for-money, about the same prices as your average Zi Char stalls... Individual dishes for one can range from $5 - $10, and they have set meals as well, which include a soup or drink. Dishes for sharing, like the Salted Egg Prawns or Steamed Fish In Plum Seed Soup can range from $8 - $20. 


Service is average, though peak periods can overwhelm the staff a little. They only have 1 - 2 chefs in the kitchen at any time, so you might have to wait for up to 15 minutes during the peak lunch hour. Non-peak periods will see your food served within 10 minutes. And ordering from the set menu will probably get your food to the table within 5 minutes.




Braised Pork Knuckle




Fried Basil Chicken




Fried Vermicelli Thai Style




Kimchi Pork With Cheese




Light Soy Sauce Pork




Lime Juice




Papaya Juice




Pepper Chicken




Pineapple Juice




Pork Ribs House Special Sauce




Prawns Thai Style




Salted Egg Prawns




Soft Shell Crab House Special Sauce




Soft Shell Crab Thai Style




Sour And Spicy Fish Fillet




Steamed Fish In Plum Seed Soup 01




Steamed Fish In Plum Seed Soup 02




Strawberry Juice




Watermelon Juice




Deep Fried Sea Bass Black Pepper










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Not So Innocent Yet Innocent

December 19, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

A first-grade teacher, was having trouble with one of her students.


The teacher asked the boy, "What is your problem?"


The boy answered, "I'm too smart for the first-grade. My sister is in the third-grade and I'm smarter than she is! I think I should be in the third-grade too!"


The teacher had enough. She took the boy to the principal's office. While the boy waited at the reception of the office, the teacher explained to the principal what the situation was.


The principal told her he would give the boy a test and if he failed to answer any of his questions, he was to go back to the first-grade and behave.


The boy was brought in and the conditions were explained to him. He agreed to take the test.


Principal: "What is 3 x 3?" Boy: "9."


Principal: "What is 6 x 6?" Boy: "36."


So it went with every question the principal thought a third-grader should know. The principal looks at the teacher and tells her, "I think this boy can go to the third-grade."


The teacher says to the principal, "I have some of my own questions, can I ask him?" The principal and the boy both agree.


The teacher asks, "What does a cow have four of, that I have only two of?"


The principal's eyes opened really wide and before he could stop the teacher, the boy answered...


Boy: "Legs."


Teacher: "What is in your pants that you have but I do not have?"


Boy: "Pockets."


Teacher: "What starts with a C and ends with a T, is hairy, oval, delicious, and contains thin whitish liquid?"


Boy: "Coconut"


Teacher: "What goes in hard and pink then comes out soft and sticky?"


Boy: "Bubblegum."


Teacher: "What does a man do standing up, a woman does sitting down and a dog does on three legs?"


Boy: "Shake hands."


Teacher: "Now, I will ask some 'Who Am I' type of questions, OK?"


Boy: "Yep."


Teacher: "You stick your poles inside me. You tie me down to get me up. I get wet before you do."


The principal's eyes opened really wide again, but before he could stop the boy from answering...


Boy: "A tent."


Teacher: "A finger goes in me. You fiddle with me when you're bored. The best man always has me first."



Boy: "Wedding Ring."


Teacher: "I come in many sizes. When I'm not well, I drip. When you blow me, you feel good."


Boy: "Nose."


Teacher: "I have a stiff shaft. My tip penetrates. I come with a quiver."


Boy: "Arrow."


Teacher: "What word starts with a 'F' and ends in 'K' that means lot of heat and excitement?"


Boy: "Firetruck."


Teacher: "What word starts with a 'F' and ends in 'K' & if you don't get it, you have to use your hand?"


Boy: "Fork."


The Principal was looking restless and a bit tense at this point. He took a sip of water, as the test continued...


Teacher: "What is it that all men have one of. It's longer on some men than on others, the pope does not use his, and a man gives it to his wife after they are married?"


Boy: "Surname."


Teacher: "What part of the man has no bones but has muscles, lots of veins, and loves pumping?"


Boy: "Heart."


The principal breathed a sigh of relief and said to the teacher: "Send this boy to the University, I myself got all the answers wrong."


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December 09, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

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13th Month Bonus In Singapore

December 02, 2011 Ivan Teh - RunningMan 0 Comments

13th Month Bonus In Singapore


We've long since known that the 13th Month Bonus isn't a good idea. This author's post explains why the 13th Month Bonus in Singapore doesn't work.


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