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.

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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.

Kelly Jie Seafood

Back in February this year, my friend from Perth, Australia came to visit Singapore after her family trip to Japan. We met up at Kelly Jie Seafood is formerly known as Melben Seafood which is located at Toa Payoh. It is her friends’ recommendation to try their crab here.

Seriously, I did not really go for branded restaurants to eat crabs. Since, it was a recommendation, I just followed with my friend’s craving. It was my first visit to Kelly Jie Seafood.

Being the first time visit, I opened up for any recommendations from the restaurant and we chose to try their signature chili crab. I myself always do not think Singapore chili crab is anything nicer than a black pepper crab and sometimes, I do feel that a steamed crab is always a good way to eat.

Besides that, we ordered lobsters cooked with buttery sauce and a plate of fried mantao (little buns) which can dip the sauces.

Overall, I prefer the lobsters over the crab probably also because I did not like the crab’s starchy sauce. The dish got cold very fast under the air-conditioned room and it made the starchy sauce even worse.

The service was a little slow on the day I visited the restaurant. I have no ideas whether it was due to Chinese New Year period or the restaurant simply has so many people eating there. It was crowded and noisy. My friend and I did not manage to spend a quality time chatting there and decided to finish the food and back to her hotel.

Address: Blk 211, #01, Lor 8 Toa Payoh, 11/15, Singapore 310211.

Hand In Hand Beijing Restaurant

You can enjoy a Chinese cuisine at reasonable price and nice ambiance at
Hand In Hand Beijing Restaurant which is located at Jalan Besar. It is quite near to the Jalan Besar Downtown MRT station and easily accessible by cars and public transportation.

My colleague introduced the malaxiangguo dish which is off the menu for this restaurant. For those who do not know what is it, it is a spicy stirred fry pot with a lot of different ingredients. In some places, the ingredients are based on your selections, it can be a combination of vegetables and meats. Usually, for this dish, the cook puts some of the peppercorns which are spicy and numbing together with the chili oils and dried chili to stir fry the ingredients. It has different level of spiciness and different cooks have different level of spiciness too.

For the first time, we tried with little spiciness because we have a colleague who cannot too spicy. It turned out to be quite decent level of spiciness and it went well with other dishes we ordered that day.

To balance out, the other two dishes were fried vegetable and self-hand-made spring roll with minced meat. I am not able to find out what is the English name of this vegetable but yes, it is delicious especially when it cooks with garlic. The portion is generous and it is more than enough for a table of four persons.

Last but not least, the hand-made spring roll with minced meat. This dish is slightly to its plain taste, yet, it goes well with shredded cucumbers and lettuce. The portion of the meat was too much and we were given 6 skins to wrap. Perhaps, they should allow us to refill so that we can have more wraps. In that case, we can omit the white rice.

This restaurant serves xiao long bao as well, but we did not order for this visit. There are various types of xiao long bao and other dumplings in their menu. It is also one of the good to try dishes.

Address: 143 Jln Besar, Singapore 208859.