Fu Lin Bar & Kitchen

Today’s lunch is a little further from the working place; we traveled to Telok Ayer to try the yong tau foo. My colleague says this yong tau foo is different than the normal ones in the food court because of their unique sauces. Since I have not eaten yong tau foo for quite sometimes, I suggested trying there.

The Fulin Bar and Kitchen at Telok Ayer is very crowded, and it is not easy to find a place for a large group. So, I would suggest you go with a small group. Soon, after we got our seats, we queued to get our meal. The lunch menu goes by the basic six pieces of yong tau foo; you can add rice or noodle, and you can have it with soup based or dry sauce.

For myself, I ordered six pieces of my favorite yong tau foo and added a bowl of noodles. The stall offers a single type of noodles, and I do not see other types of noodles available, or the cashier did not ask what types of noodles I want to order. Besides that, it seems like the default version is dry.

Most of the yong tau foo is fried stuff and a handful of vegetables. Below is what I have picked. Well, I cannot even recognized them now 🙂 Mainly, they are brinjal, bitter gourd, beancurd puff, etc. Then it topped with their special sauce.

The dry noodle uses the same special sauce, which contains some minced mushrooms and minced pork. The sauce is not salty, tasted just right, but it is starchy and slightly oily. It is not a good pairing when I have both fried food and starchy sauce.

Address: 127 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068596.

Lai Wah Restaurant

Last Thursday, I went out for dinner at Lai Wah Restaurant. The restaurant located at Bendemeer Road. It was recommended by my friend to visit here for Cantonese cuisine. Together with two other ladies, we headed to the restaurant at 7pm after I received my freelance payment and completed the formality. 

We ordered three dishes and a plate of noodles to share. Two of the dishes were my favorite; the yam ring and pork ribs. We asked for the recommendations from the waitress. In my assumption, she simply suggested us to order the salted egg crispy squid. She added the salted egg crispy squids were delicious and unique. Well, I was not convinced, but we were fine to try it. Instead of going for white rice, we ordered one of their fried noodles that turned out to be fried hor fun with venison.

Overall, the dishes were just all right. It was not the best Cantonese cuisine so far. However, it able to maintain some of the traditional Cantonese dishes such as the yam ring, consider pretty good. The yam ring’s texture was a little hard, but the taste was quite close to those I tried in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The pork rib is a common dish in Cantonese restaurants. Some restaurants try to suit some customers’ requirements and change the pork rib to pork chop with the same cooking style.

The fried hor fun with venison looked great on other people’s photos when I googled it from my mobile phone. Another waiter suggested us to try it because I mentioned that I wanted to try fried hor fun. When the waiter served the fried hor fun with venison, I felt a little disappointed. The fried hor fun flooded with starchy black sauce; it tasted normal. I will not be recommending it to you for trying.

Lastly, the salted egg crispy squid can give a miss too. 

My friend told me that this restaurant is an old brand in Singapore. The restaurant packed with people, especially during the Chinese New Year. I do wish to revisit the restaurant to try other dishes, some of my favorite Cantonese dishes. If you have tried it before this, do recommend some dishes that you will like me to try.

Address: Lai Wah Restaurant, Block 44 Bendemeer Road, Singapore.

88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist

I do not have any ideas why this is so famous. Yes maybe it is one of the best shops selling barbecue pork and roasted pork that most people liked. However, many times I felt their sauce is overdosed with sugar and to some point it tasted a bit salty too.

Still grateful to have tried both of them including the wanton noodle next to it. They are using same char siew (barbecue pork) from this roast meat shop for the wanton noodle. 

I guess both hawker stalls are from the same owner because the helper from the roast meat stall collects the cash when I ordered the dried wanton noodle. I wish to try again the wanton noodle for the one last time, before I am leaving Lavender, Singapore. Will keep updated this post.

The hawker stall is located at Tyrwhitt Road, right opposite of the Chinese temple and not far away from the famous Chye Seng Huat Hardware Cafe.

Address: 153 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207566.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup

There is once I saw a blog entry by the Singapore food blogger, says that this pig organ soup is one of the famous ones in Singapore. It is also onne of my favorite places for lunch since I am working nearby this place.

It warms and fills up my stomach each time I visited this place for a bowl of soup. I did not go for the pig organs, I order the lean meat and meat balls. Sometimes, I will have beancurd too, just like the picture above. The soup comes with salted vegetable and Chinese parsley.

The broth is really appetizing and full of nutrition I guess since all the ingredients cook through the same pot. This is a picture I took from another writer, http://explodingbelly.com who wrote about this place too. The picture of how this place looks like.

Image: http://explodingbelly.com

It is reasonable priced, generous amount, you can choose your ingredients and size of the bowl. It occupies two shop lots so it is quite spacious and can be quite crowded during the lunch time. 

Other food offers by them are vegetarian vegetable, rice wine chicken, and the Minced meat patty. I did try the chicken and minced meat patty. If not mistaken there are 2 types of minced meat patty.

Image: http://explodingbelly.com

Address: Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 , 24 Foch Rd, Singapore.

Ho Kee Pau

A Chinese traditional dim sum house in Singapore which is located at Lorong 27, Geylang, Singapore, opens from morning and late night. It is conveniently located nearby Aljunied MRT and easily accessible by public transportation.

Simple setting and spacious, I went there for dinner recently with three others on one of the weekdays. It was not crowded and we ordered a lot of different types of dim sum, both steamed and fried types. Our table was full of little plates of dim sum.

Seriously, I have no ideas if this is good idea for having a full table of food for dinner. No warnings were given I think about the number of food we ordered and how big the portion would be.

We used to eat at Swee Choon at Jalan Besar and we thought size and quantity of dim sum were similar. It proved us wrong. Let us see the big bowl of porridge, it is century egg porridge with additional of a normal chicken egg. Too many eggs right! It is quite delicious and I loved the texture of the porridge, it is Cantonese style. What do I mean? Well, if you ever tried a silky smooth porridge before, you will know the fineness and smoothness of the porridge is different than the Teow Chew style.

Next, I pretty liked the fried beancurd skin with prawn, it is crispy and yet it is not too oily. The size is just nice as compared to the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. You can see the difference of these two fried food on my picture on the bottom right. The darker colour fried items are the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. I believed the ingredients are the same with the normal sui kow’s skin dumpling.

Sometimes, we like to eat cheap and big in size dim sum to make our money worth. However, it does not mean we enjoy the food at all. I would prefer dim sum comes in a regular or small size because every single bite of it is meat and more meat. It is not recommended to eat so much at one time and unable to enjoy the rest of the food.

Overall, the dim sum here is cheap, big in portion, worth for the money if you are meat-goer and just want to eat until full without burning your wallet. I personally like Swee Choon and Wan Dou Sek for dim sum.

Address: 43 Lor 27 Geylang, Singapore 388176.

Late June Kaohsiung Trip

I just came back from my first visit to a Chinese country and this trip is to Kaohsiung, Taiwan. It was a four days three night trip with a group of colleagues and their family. The flight departed from Singapore in the early morning at 6.00am on Thursday. I went to the airport earlier with thought I can spare some private time at the Jewel Changi. Well, it was really private and quiet as most of the stalls were closed. Huh, it was not a 24-hour mall at all. What a miss!

Well, Pikachu is going to have its dance shows coming soon at Jewel during weekend, maybe I can plan a trip down to Jewel to catch some good pictures and watch the show.

Back to my trip, I hope I can quickly write up all the 4 days, unlike my Busan-Seoul solo trip last year which I did not manage to write all about it. I will try to keep it simple with more pictures because I did not manage to get the names in English and I do not write Chinese. Yep, bear with me if my pictures come without description.

Default picture from the Kaohsiung International Airport. The airport is not big at all and nothing much within the complex. We did not spend too long at the airport after clearing the immigration and waited some of them to get their sim cards for their mobile phones. There is a Family Mart convenience store and foreign currency exchange there at the arrival hall.

Our organizer has arranged the airport transfer, so the coach was waiting for us outside at the parking lots. Shortly, we headed to our hotel, The Lees Boutique at Wufu 1st Road, Xinxing District.

Since we arrived earlier than the check-in time, we did not manage to load our luggage into our hotel rooms. We left the hotel and headed to our first activity of the day. We planned to play for half a day at E7Play which is located at Lingya District, Sanduo 1st Road. We headed there by using Uber. In Taiwan, they are using Uber, there is no Grab.

Before the game started, my group had our first Taiwanese lunch at Dan Dan Hamburger, a fast food chain which is originated from Kaohsiung. We tried some of the set meals and it shared among 5 people. One of the meals we tried was the mee suah. It is quite delicious, peppery and starchy, even without putting the chilies sauce, it is already well tasted and quite filling for myself with a drink.

Then, we hit the games within this complex. It was kind of shocked when our driver said “huh, anything nice to play there?” 😅 Well, I ended up learning well with anyhow throw the darts, anyhow roll the balls down the lawn and anyhow play snooker.

After few hours later, finally we prepared ourselves back to the hotel to wash up and get ready for our night event, the buffet dinner at Hi-Lai Harbour. It is located at the level 43 of the Hi-Lai Grand Hotel, Chenggong 1st Road, Qianjin District. One of my colleagues took a nice picture of the sunset facing the sea from our tables.

The buffet dinner on the weekday is quite affordable and area is quite crowded too. The selections of food are good and always replenished. I loved their roasted beef and ham, Sashimi section and their soups. The seafood is one of the recommended dishes too and you can find different types of seafood available at the counters. Free flow for drinks, any kind of drinks basically and they served a great range of desserts too.

After a great dinner, it is always nice to spend some time walking around before heading back home. So, our first night, we went to Shinkuchan night market. It is a place where we started to crazily shopping around for beauty products and etc. I tried to look for clothes and shoes but in vain. It is not my style and quite limited outlet. I was a little disappointed because I thought it was something like those in Myeongdong, Seoul or the night markets in Bangkok, Thailand.

After the shopping spree, we walked back to hotel. It was a tiring night because I did not really sleep for the day before the departing time. The hotel bed was waiting for me! One thing I wanted to share, probably it was something that I did not know why, the air conditioner in the hotel was not really cold during the night even we lowered to 24 degree.

It is summer, so warm and yet the air-cond did not able to help to cool down ourselves. I am not sure if this is an unique thing about Taiwan that they do not on the air-cond in such low degree even during summer season. Are they used to it already or is it something to do with environmental concern?

Old Chang Kee

On the Raya day, I went out to Bugis and stopped by at Old Chang Kee in Bugis Junction to get a curry puff. It has been very long I did not eat their curry puff and they are selling few other favours too, one of it I saw was the nasi lemak puff. It does look odd to me to give myself a try. So, I decided to try their chicken puff, away from the traditional curry puff. For something non-spicy, this chicken puff definitely is a good choice. Inside the puff, it is filled with generous ingredients and the savoury taste of the sauce made it tasted good.

And that made me think of the days when I was working in Tampines and I walked across to the Century Square to get a pack of chicken porridge as my breakfast.

Finally, I did that this morning, I bought a pack of chicken porridge with a bag of yaotiou. It is a traditional Chinese breakfast to have porridge in the morning. I felt it was a blessing that Old Chang Kee still selling porridge. It is only available in the morning and always selling fast.

This time, I did not get it from the same old place at Century Square. They have moved since after Century Square renovated. Now, they are at the Tampines MRT station, conveniently located next to the MRT station, along with Cheers at the traffic light.

This is definitely one of the good choices for big and economic breakfast of a day. Do be there early to get your porridge as it is selling fast at times.