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28 May 2012

Ramen Champion (BARIO)

I finally get the chance to eat at Ramen Champion, which was located at Bugis!
I know, I know, it was like quite long ago since the challenge actually started.
Had no choice as most of the time when I happened to be at Bugis, my
companions wanted to eat something else instead of ramen. (Sometimes, it is
not easy to decide on what to eat, due to individual cravings on that particular
day.) Just nice on that day itself, Nyx and I wanted to have ramen for dinner!

Upon entering, we were given this card which was used to accumulate the amount we spent and to pay later on.

After pondering through the menus and descriptions of each individual outlets, I decided to choose BARIO - The filling,
manly ramen! Nyx also ordered from the same outlet as me. 

We were given this and within 8 mins, it lighted up to signal us to collect our ramen. (The same system that was used at

Nyx ordered the normal size bowl while I had the half bowl. As I disliked eating hard cabbages and beansprouts, I
requested them to be removed, to save the trouble of me picking them out. The first thing I did was to drink a spoonful
of soup. At first, it certainly was extremely thick and flavorful and we enjoyed it. However, prolonged drinking caused
our throats to get slightly irritated. (I added some spices and plenty of chopped garlic to boost the flavour even more.)
As for Nyx, the whole bowl of ramen made him really bloated because the ramen noodles were not those usual ones but
were rather broad, thick and chewy. (Luckily I took the half bowl!)  

Forgot to mention, the half bowl of ramen which I ordered did not have any flavoured egg in it. I ordered one separately,
found it irresistible (the runny yolk!) and decided to add on another. Even the bowl had the 'nan' (male) word slowly
revealing itself as I drank up the soup. I would want to go back to Ramen Champion again to try out the ramens from
other outlets.

1 May 2012

Coca Steamboat Buffet

A time for gathering just before some of us (including me!) going to ORD in a
month + time! One of my friend recommended this place as he mentioned that
the sauce was excellent. Time to try out then!

Of course the first thing I took picture of was the sauce! It was set nicely on the table for each of us in the private room.
Lucky we had the private room as it was more comfortable and we had more privacy. If your common sense seems to lag,
you will know that we can be very noisy and vulgar (army style). Anyway, back to the sauce, typical Thai style, mild
spiciness with plenty of chopped parsley. I dipped everything into it before eating as it just tasted so good! Worked
especially well as gravy over the noodles too.

Our steamboat pots were arranged in the form of a Bermuda Triangle. (2 chicken stock and 1 Tom Yam) Like the actual
Bermuda Triangle, almost everything that went into those pots to cook, would disappear into our stomach. Sadly except
for those meatballs (shrimp, beef or chicken), they had magnetic field problems which our stomachs repelled. (Explanation later!) 

Alright, I called this the cross between the kimchi and the coleslaw. The vegetables were sliced thinly (not exactly string-
thin but still thin!) and had that unique Thai style dressing. (A little more spicy than the sauce.)

We ordered a few rounds of ingredient to add into our 'Bermuda Triangle'. Although the variety was not a lot, it was
counter-balanced by the freshness of the ingredients. 

Time for the meatballs part. Seeing this picture was enough to make me wanting to puke. Not sure why but these
meatballs left the most memorable impression for us. We ordered too many of them and ended up for the last half an
hour, we had plenty of meatballs in the pots. I myself ate more than 10 of them and totally did not want any more to
appear in front of my eyes.

A final group shot after the steamboat buffet.