Junction 8... Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to show some appreciation to your dad who has been slogging hard to pro...

Junction 8: Father's Day Food Guide


Junction 8...

Father’s Day is just around the corner and it’s time to show some appreciation to your dad who has been slogging hard to provide the best for you. Since my dad doesn’t really like fanciful surprises, I’ll be treating him to his favourite cuisines but where? If you have been following me closely on my Mother’s Day post, you will know that I’ve celebrated it with my mum at Junction 8 because of its accessibility and variety. Same goes for my dad, we will be celebrating Father’s Day at Junction 8 but I will be featuring five new places according to my dad’s preference.

My dad is very particular about the food he eats (because he’s a chef himself), and so I had to pick the restaurants very carefully. For this Father’s Day, I have decided to plan a food trail for him at Junction 8 where he gets to eat his favourite Chinese and Japanese food, as well as others that he has never come across. If you have yet to make any plans, this Junction 8 Food Guide might give you some inspiration!

Junction 8 has a variety of food options and you’ll bound to find one that your father likes!

1) Osaka Ohsho
Many of you might have already heard about the popular Osaka Ohsho who is known for their causal ambience and irresistible dumplings. Established in 1969, Osaka Ohsho has since added and modified many Japanese-Chinese dishes, garnering them a steady following of not only Japanese diners but locals as well. If you are looking for decent and affordable Japanese food, this is the place to go! My dad was singing praises of the gyoza at Osaka Ohsho.

Where to find them at Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place #02-34/35/35A

My dad really likes the Char Siew Ramen! The broth was rich, flavourful and sweet. The noodles were very springy. Egg was melty and the char siew was tender. For the price you are paying, the portion is huge and very value-for-money!

My parents didn’t quite like this because they felt it was too salty. Honestly, I beg to differ. The fried tofu wasn’t over-fried (not too oily) and it was very crispy. The teriyaki and mayonnaise sauce complemented the fried tofu very well. I ate all of them in no time!

This is my dad’s first time trying a Japanese Curry Omelette Rice and you know what, he likes it a lot! The curry was aromatic, flavourful and not overly sweet. Omelette was soft and fluffy and it goes so well with the Japanese curry. Chicken was well-marinated with teriyaki sauce but I thought it was a little too tough for me. Other than that, full points for this delicious Japanese Curry Omelette Rice! A must-try!

Always leave the best for the last! The gyoza is definitely the reason why so many people visit Osaka Ohsho and why they are named by many as a gyoza specialist. When we walked into the restaurant, I noticed that every single table has at least one serving of their gyoza. We ordered and was very impressed. The gyoza was so good that the whole family was fighting over for it. We ordered another portion to satisfy our cravings. The skin wasn’t too thick and the fillings were well-proportioned. I love the slightly burnt texture of the gyoza. Very addictive! You will definitely regret if you never order this!

2) Nando's
If your dad is a big meat eater, Nando’s is the place you need to bring him to. I am always shocked about the portion they serve here. Also, Nando’s has recently introduced a brand new flavour – Mango & Lime which complemented very well with each other. The sweet-sour combination will definitely open up your appetite!

Where to find them at Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place, #01-51 Singapore 579837

Just look at the sumptuous spread we had at Nando’s the other day. We all had a good food coma. My parents aren’t exactly into Western food but they were impressed with some of the dishes. In frame, 3 Chicken Wings, Sweet Potato Chips, Caesar Side Salad, Meat Platter, Grilled Chicken Cataplana and Chicken Wrap. Our favourites were the Meat Platter (which my parents went back for it again without me) and the Sweet Potato Fries.
Mango & Lime Espetada
The meat was well-marinated, with a balanced flavour of mango and lime. It was tender and very juicy. They also have a range of different types of sauces for you to choose from. If you can take spicy, go straight for the hot sauce. I’ll probably stick to the mild one! The portion was also huge (as you can see in the picture) and I could hardly finish half of it! 

3) Polar Puffs & Cakes
How can you celebrate Father’s Day without a cake? With so many different cake stores around, which one should you go to? You can try Polar Puffs & Cakes because they have a healthier range of “Lesser Sugar” cakes which are equally tasty. You can almost find Polar Puffs & Cakes anywhere in Singapore. Known as a familiar and well-loved presence in food-appreciating Singapore, Polar Puffs & Cakes has 30 outlets and bistros, along with over 80 expanding distribution through petrol stations and convenience stores. 

Where to find them at Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place, Basement 2 Singapore 579837

The “Lesser Sugar Cakes” were launched during Christmas last year and has since been a very popular choice among consumer, especially the Mango Fruit Cake at the back of the picture. Since my dad loves the Mango Fruit Cake, I bought him the same one this Father’s Day. It wasn’t overly sweet and the fruits were really fresh. You can eat a few more slices because it wasn't jelat! If you are looking for a healthier cake, you can go to Polar Puffs & Cakes!

4) Ding Tai Fung
Ding Tai Fung has definitely made a name for itself internationally, with so many different franchise all around the world. It is also a very popular establishment in the eyes of many people (one of them is my dad). The queue outside Ding Tai Fung is always so long that you have to wait almost a good 30-40 minutes before you can get a seat inside. I waited for almost half an hour the other day with my parents and the wait was definitely worthwhile. My dad was super happy! We tried a lot of dishes that day but I have selected a few 'Must-try' dishes at Ding Tai Fung below. If your dad loves Chinese food, this is the place to go!

Where to find them at Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place, #01-41 Singapore 579837

Fried Prawn Dumplings
The Fried Prawn Dumplings were really tasty. It was crispy and they were very generous with the prawn fillings inside it. It goes very with the home-made sauce.

Fried Rice with Pork Chop
Finally got my hands on the highly raved-about Fried Rice with Pork Chop from Ding Tai Fung. Many people were singing praises of this dish. The fried rice has a strong wok hei and egg flavour. Very aromatic. The pork chop was well-marinated and tender.

Steamed Pork Buns
Similar taste and flavour to their Xiao Long Bao except that the skin is harder. The pork fillings are still on point!

Xiao Long Bao
The reason why we ate at Ding Tai Fung! No wonder so many people are willing to queue just to taste their Xiao Long Bao. The skin was not too thick and the proportion of the meat inside the bun was just right. The broth or juice inside the Xiao Long Bao is to die for. Just order the bigger portion (10 pieces) and you won’t regret it.

Prawn Siew Mai
This is not the usual Siew Mai you find outside. Below the prawn lies a pork ball that tasted exactly the same as their Xiao Long Bao. Prawns were fresh and crunchy!

5) The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
One of the few places I rely on to get my coffee and tea cravings fixed. This is also one place my dad loves to visit. Recently, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf has launched two new sparkling teas – Swedish Berries and Mint Lime, along with the existing Passion Fruit flavour till 9 August 2017 to combat against the scorching hot weather in Singapore. My dad tried one and immediately fall in love with it. They were very refreshing! #choosetosparkle #CoffeeBeanSG

Where to find them in Junction 8: 9 Bishan Place, #01-34, Singapore 579837

Don't they look very pretty? Especially refreshing in hot weather like this!

We all unanimously agreed that the Swedish Berries was the nicest out of the three! It was not as sweet as the other two and the flavour lingers in the mouth. I believe your parents will like this! So, chill and spend some quality time together over some good teas this Father’s Day!

Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)

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