Zichar @ Woodlands Waterfront Park

So after dating WJ for 2 years, we finally picked up our lazy asses to check out woodlands waterfront park for our casual weekend stroll. (4-5 bus stops from his block) It’s not that easily accessible (far from the train station) but its reachable by public transport for those in the area. I think this is probably one of the places you will think about and never figure that there is actually a full-fledged zichar restaurant serving up steaming hot dishes by the waterfront!

It was already close to 8pm when we reached so there weren’t any good photos with the scenery. Will leave that for the next time I guess 🙂

The Zichar Restaurant was located right smack in the middle of the jetty and honestly it had a great view overlooking the surrounding waters and the straits of Malaysia – which was just opposite at a distance away.


Har Cheong Kai – Our favourite!


BBQ Sambal Stingray, Sambal Kang Kong





The food hits home with a strong local flavour, and were priced quite decently like you will expect from any zichar store. This place is also great for families and gatherings with friends with its well-lit and easy going environment. Really glad we checked it out so at least now we have more hang-out spots in the neighbourhood. Folks in the area, do check it out!

The deets:

  • Restaurant: Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant
  • Address: 6A Admiralty Road, 757445



Recipe – Fall lattice cinnamon peach pie (From scratch)

Hola! Have been neglecting this blog quite a bit for the past few months, but its time to refresh this space with some updates of what I’ve been up to recently 🙂

Today’s recipe will be a classic summer peach pie given a fall twist with the addition of cinnamon into the pie filling. For the pie pastry, I used food.com’s Homemade Pie Crust Recipe which has had some great ratings! You can tweak the portions according to how much pie pastry you need.



For 2 pie crusts:


  • 2 cups all purpose flour, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 5-7 tablespoons of cold water


  1. Put flour into a mixing bowl with the butter.
  2. Using a pastry cutter, cut the butter into the flour.
  3. add salt and water.
  4. Mix until dough is formed.
  5. Roll out on flat surface.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees until brown.


For 6-8 servings


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 4-1/2 cups sliced peeled peaches
  • Pastry for double-crust pie (9 inches)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  1. In a large bowl, combine sugars; add peaches and toss gently. Cover and let stand for 1 hour. Line a 9-in. pie plate with bottom pastry; trim even with edge. Set aside. Drain peaches, reserving juice.
  2. In a small saucepan, combine the cornstarch, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt; gradually stir in reserved juice. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in lemon juice and butter. Gently fold in peaches. Pour into crust.
  3. Roll out remaining pastry; make a lattice crust. Trim, seal and flute edges. Cover edges loosely with foil. Bake at 400° for 50-60 minutes or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Remove foil. Cool on a wire rack.

This recipe all in all worked out perfectly for me and will be my go-to pie recipe in the future. The crust is easily manageable for pie-beginners. I will describe the crust as firm and buttery with texture, and the filling moist, sweet and flavourful. Wonderful combination. (You can cut the sugar if you opt for a less sweet pie) And of course, rave reviews from fellow family and friends mean that this recipe deserves a big thumbs up!

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