[Food Review] Two Chefs Eating Place 双厨菜馆 (Commonwealth)

ADDRESS
116 Commonwealth Crescent
#01-129
Singapore 140116
This is the only photo I have, unfortunately.
This is the only photo I have, unfortunately.


In clockwise direction starting from the top:

  • Golden Mushroom Beancurd 金针菇豆腐 ($8)
  • Deep Fried Oat Prawns 麦片虾 (Medium Sized $20),
  • Vegetable with Egg, Salted Egg and Century Egg 三蛋时菜 (Small Sized $8),
  • Butter Ribs (Medium Sized $12)

    Summary:

I would most likely not come back here again. The butter ribs did not live up to the rave and were too tough sometimes, but I appreciated the unique concept. I enjoyed their oat prawns which were fragrant, tender and crispy all at once albeit a tad too salty for my liking. People who like their food sweet and salty (重口味) would most probably enjoy visiting this place. Compared to other zichars that I have tried before, this stall’s flavors tend to be on the heavier side.

Location: 3/5 

Either take Bus 105 from Commonwealth MRT and alight 2 stops later at Blk 39, or walk there. It’s a walkable distance. At least Commonwealth is sort of central.

Taste: 3/5

There were hits and misses and the stall is pretty overhyped. Too savory for my liking. They probably added quite a bit of MSG because I felt pretty thirsty afterwards.

If I were to order again, I would order the oat prawns and golden mushroom tofu, and try their drunken cockles and some other dish.

Service: 3.5/5

Not particularly good, not particularly bad, nothing much to mention about. We were 3rd/4th/5th in the queue and we arrived at about 8pm (!). We waited for about 15-20 minutes before getting a table.

Ambience: 3.5/5

Compared to other hawker experiences elsewhere, this place is a tad stuffier than most, especially if you sit in the centre or closer to the stall. A bit cramped. But great if you sit further away from the stall, especially the tables which are closer to the open air.

Price: 4/5

We paid $50 for our 4 dishes and 4 bowls of rice. That came up to $12.50 per person for 4 dishes, excluding drinks which were also normal hawker food pricing. Decent.

Overall: 3.4/5
✮✮
[Would likely not come back again unless someplace near/at Commonwealth]

Top 5 Emotional Quotes from ‘I Wrote This For You’

THE WAY GLASS BREAKS

This is the song I only sing when you’re sleeping.

These are the words I say when you can’t hear me.

This is the way I look when you can’t see me.

And you will never know.


THE TRUTH IS BORN IN STRANGE PLACES

“Joan of Arc came back as a little girl in Japan, and her father told her to stop listening to her imaginary friends.
Elvis was born again in a small village in Sudan, he died hungry, age 9, never knowing what a guitar was.
Michelangelo was drafted into the military at age 18 in Korea, he painted his face black with shoe polish and learned to kill.
Jackson Pollock got told to stop making a mess, somewhere in Russia.
Hemingway, to this day, writes DVD instruction manuals somewhere in China. He’s an old man on a factory line. You wouldn’t recognise him.
Gandhi was born to a wealthy stockbroker in New York. He never forgave the world after his father threw himself from his office window, on the 21st floor.
And everyone, somewhere, is someone, if we only give them a chance.”


Don’t talk to me like you know me. Talk to me like you love me.


THE TRANSLATION SERVICE

And when I asked you how you’d been I meant I missed you more than I’ve ever missed anything before.


THE BARGAIN

He gave me that night back and this time, I told you the truth. We talked and held each other till the sun came up. And as I went to hell, the devil asked me if it was worth it. I said yes. Yes it was.


THE GLASS TOWER

Until you are no longer the pictures that chase me down a flight of screens each night.
Until the part of me that you first touched, forgets.


I couldn’t convince you that the blue you see is the same blue that I see. But maybe that’s how lovers know they’re meant to love; they see the same blue. And they both know it.


This isn’t me missing you. This is me missing the me I used to be. This isn’t me.


Things just break sometimes. Maybe we should blame that third person we became, that personality we shared together. Maybe it’s their fault because you’re a good person and I think I’m a good person too.
We just weren’t made for this.


From Sad Songs by Lang Leav

“Once there was a boy who couldn’t speak but owned a music box that held every song in all the world. One day he met a girl who had never heard a single melody in her entire life and so he played her his favorite song. He watched while her face lit up with wonder as the music filled the sky and the poetry of lyrics moved her in a way she had never felt before.
He would play his songs for her day after day and she would sit by him quietly—never seeming to mind that he could only speak to her through song. She loved everything he played for her, but of them all—she loved the sad songs best. So he began to play them more and more until eventually, sad songs were all she would hear.
One day, he noticed it had been a very long time since her last smile. When he asked her why, she took both his hands in hers and kissed them warmly. She thanked him for his gift of music and poetry but above all else—for showing her sadness because she had known neither of these things before him. But it was now time for her to go away—to find someone who could show her what happiness was.

. . . . . .

Do you remember the song that was playing the night we met?
No, but I remember every song I have heard since you left.”

-Lang Leav

Some Memorable Notes

Taken from ThoughtCatalog

  1. If it feels wrong at the beginning, it probably won’t get better.
  2. Relationships aren’t hard. If it is hard, you are probably with the wrong person.
  3. If she threatens to leave, help her pack her bags.
  4. Always hold hands when talking about the hard stuff. It helps to keep the negative emotions in check & shows you care.
  5. If it’s broken, fix it. If you’ve lost count of how many times it’s broken, or the cost of repair far outweighs the initial outlay, throw it away and move on.
  6. Just because you liked the friend-version of someone doesn’t mean you’ll like the relationship-version of them.
  7. Don’t disparage your SO behind their back.
  8. Just because you love each other does not mean that you’re good together long-term.
  9. Just because someone doesn’t love you the way you want them to doesn’t mean they don’t love you with all they have.
  10. Be the man or woman you would want your future or current child dating.

A List of Things I Bought This Summer

1) Topshop Denim Shorts ($50) /NEED BUT MAY NOT HAVE TO BE THIS EX/

2) H&M Black Bandage Skirt ($3) /NEED/

3) H&M Grey Tank Top ($12) /NOT A NEED BUT A GOOD STAPLE/

4) Ticket to The Deep at Artscience Museum ($12)

5) Ticket to NUS Life Science Museum ($9)

6) IKEA Food ($10+20)

8) Karaoke at Teoheng ($6)

9) Windowsill Pie and Bento ($15)

10) Rachel’s Present ($9)

8) Hard Liquor ($9)

9) IKEA Bunny ($3) /WANT/

10) Timbre’s Duck Pizza and Hoegaarden ($17)

11) ASOS Wallet ($18) /NEED/

12) G2000 Blue Formal Shirt ($23) /NEED/