Sunday 17 February 2019

Yoogane - A Curious Tale of the Missing Tteokbokki and Potato Slice

Two days ago my wife and I went to the Yoogane outlet at Nex for dinner.

We made use of the 50% discount for reservation via eatigo + our $10 voucher from eatigo for this meal.

I guess the dinner crowd is not in yet or simply people are not patronising because including us, only about 5 tables were occupied.

All I can say is going to this place was a wrong choice.

Picture in menu

In reality

We ordered a 1 - 2 pax Charcoal Fire Chicken Galbi set which costs $20.90 and added a rice and noodles as sides.

After the dish arrived we were really surprised. It looks nothing like the picture in the menu.

The fact that there is only one piece of yellow and green bell pepper is not an issue since we don't eat that anyway.

But after we overcame our initial surprise we realised the tteokbokkis and potato slices shown in the menu are missing in our dish.

So I enquired with the waitress who was very helpful as she took a ladle and began digging into our dish seemingly to look for the ingredients.

Finally after a few rounds of digging, she seems satisfied that we were telling the truth.

And in what seems like an afterthought, she told us that the picture in the menu is for 5 - 6 pax and the portion for one person is 1 - 2 tteokbokki and potato slice each.

(we were thinking if that's the case, isn't that blatantly trying to mislead customers by placing the 5 - 6 pax portion picture in the 1 - 2 pax menu page?) 

(i guess picture is really for illustration only but still...)

Anyway I told her okay but that still doesn't explain the missing items. Thankfully she agreed on that and told us she will get the kitchen to prepare the missing items and give us 'MORE' pieces. Yeah!

Our missing items finally came after 10 min.

It is a grand total of 2 pcs of tteokbokki and 2 pcs of potato slices.

Yeah we finally got our missing tteokbokki and potato.

But wait. Didn't the waitress said she will give us more? So if 'more' means 2 pcs of tteokbokki and 2 pcs of potato slices, what does it means by 'normal' portion?

We didn't want to think too much so we hurriedly finish our food and went off.

The surprise doesn't ends here.

When we made payment at the counter, we found out that our order for the noodle side dish was taken wrongly.

Anyway since they said the price for the 2 noodles is the same we leave at that because my annual quota for MSG has been exceeded after eating at Yoogane.

We have to get some drinks. At another place. Anywhere but Yoogane.

In summary

Food: 5/10
Service: 5/10
Price: 2/10

Would I go back again? Probably not.

I can't imagine paying $20.90 for that kind of food portion and I can't accept dishonest / misleading practices.

On a side note, if you wish to register for eatigo and get the voucher, you can refer to my post here.

Wednesday 13 February 2019

New Year, New Car

Hello everyone. It's a new year again.

Here's wishing everyone and your loved ones a Happy Lunar New Year!

Just a quick update for this week.

Over the weekend wifey, baby M and I went to the show room to check out some latest car models as my current COE is expiring next month.

On hind sight I should have started my car shopping earlier due to a reason which I will give below.

Prior to the show room visit, I have narrowed down my choices to two models:

1) Kia Cerato
2) A certain European brand starting with 'S'

Taking option 1 would mean less financial obligations and easier on the wallet for me. I also do not have to touch my investment portfolio.

Taking option 2 would likely involves me drawing down a certain percentage from my investments which would translate to lesser passive income for me from this year onwards and this is something I am very reluctant to do.

However the allure of driving a conti car for the first time is the reason why it is among my options in the first place.

Anyway my original intention was just to take a look, get a package price and decide later. However as we sat down with the SE for the discussion on the price and 'freebies' package, he was able to meet all my requests.

So in the end I decided to book the vehicle with him on the spot.

And my impending new ride is....

2019 Kia Cerato EX
(rims are of another design from this pic)

I am glad I chose the easier on the wallet option. In this way my investment portfolio remains intact, only downside is that I will have lesser cash for deployment.


Best bang for buck car in the market now in my opinion
Nice design for both exterior and interior
Easy on the wallet


Lead time of 3 months and above
Not so nice rims for the EX variant
(Probably will change them after getting my ride like what I did for my current one.. Haha)

And now it's a waiting game for the COE as I chose the 6 bids non-guarantee COE.