Taste The Joy – January 2020

I want to start writing my food blog differently this year. Besides writing the review for each food, I will try to share some of the delicious food that I eat each month and give a little summary review of each meal. This blog will be short and straightforward. Let me get started.

Lotus Root Soup – Koufu, Tampines

The above picture is the delicious lotus root with pork ribs and peanuts that I bought from the Koufu food court, next to the Tampines Bus Interchange. It is a Cantonese style of soup. It is light, healthy, and nutritious.

According to traditional Chinese medicine beliefs, a healthy body needs a balanced in yin and yang. Lotus root soup helps to improve the ‘yin’ in the body.

According to traditional Chinese medicine beliefs, a healthy body needs a balanced in yin and yang. Lotus root soup helps to improve the ‘yin’ in the body.

Nasi Lemak – Qiji, Tampines Hub

When it comes to Qiji, I guess most of us will think about their signature meals such as nasi lemak. From their menu, you can choose a different set of meals and other side dishes.

The picture above shows one of the set meal that comes with a crispy fried chicken, a fried egg, a piece of otah, anchovies and peanuts. The portion is reasonably good, and the fried chicken is worth for a mention here. The fried egg is not oily. Although the otah looks a bit small in portion, overall, this set meal is still quite filling.

Good Food in the Year 2019

As we just wrapped up the Year 2019, let me pick up my favourite top 5 food that I ate last year, and it worth the try. It goes without ordering as below:

Werner Oven, Joo Chiat. (Closed)

It is an authentic German cuisine recommended by an ex-colleague during one of the farewells last year. The location is a little bit harder to reach, but it worth the trip. I liked their pork knuckle and sausages. Basically, it is the meat platter below.

Easy Noodles Bar, Foch Road. (Closed)

Chicken Roulade, minced meat rolled inside a chicken breast, I think. Everything was meaty. It comes in two portions, nicely grilled, still tender, and delicious. Nikujaga is my favorite of all the dishes we ordered. Japanese beef stewed with vegetables, and the stock was sweet and tasty. According to Sethlui.com, they use grain-fed Angus beef, which marinated with shoulder, mirin, and sake. The meat was tender and easily melted in my mouth.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, DUO.

Hitsumabushi regular set. Each live unagi is first skewered and grilled over a hot charcoal grill. After being charred for about 15 minutes, the eel is brushed with a secret house-made gravy made from ingredients such as soya sauce and brown sugar. The eel is then flame-broiled to retain its juiciness, while the flavours develop. Each portion features a bed of rice topped with thickly-sliced pieces of Japanese unagi. A small pitcher of dashi broth, a plate of pickles, and a plate of condiments containing strips of seaweed, chopped spring onion, and freshly grated wasabi came with the prized unagi donburi. I get to experience how to grate the Japanese horseradish myself. Too much work on it.

The Coconut Club, Ann Siang Rd.

The basic nasi lemak is superb. It gives half a chicken if you asked for breast meat, and I think it is the same goes to a drumstick. The sides are very generous too. You can compare this nasi lemak with those set A or B. It is 7x more expensive!!! And it is 7x more satisfied.

LeNu Taiwan Beef Noodle Restaurant, Bugis.

I tried it once at the Jurong branch and during that visit, I ordered the garoupa fish with perserved vegetables. I recommended other friends to try it at the Bugis branch and that was my second visit. She took the mala style while I chose pickled vegetable soup base for the noodle. The noodle texture is al-dente, ingredients are generous, hope they can improve the soup base a bit more, that would be great.

For next year, I hope I can explore more good and healthy food and share it with everyone. Happy New Year.

Favourite Hawkers Food in the Year 2019

I get to explore quite a bit of the hawker food this year and I spotted a few good ones that I always return to the stalls whenever I am around the area.

Juan Yi Handmade Noodle, Tampines Hub.

The stall locates in the Tampines Hub’s food court at level one. I liked their mee hoon kway because it was ‘hand-teared’ instead of machine-cut. This bowl of noodles comes with an egg, vegetables, meatballs, and some anchovies. Then, it served with fried garlic and fried onion. Their soup is quite tasty. Do try their handmade chili sauce, garlicky in away.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup, Foch Road.

For the rainy day, I ordered the soupy lean meat, meatballs, and tofu soup with a bowl of rice from the Pig Organ Soup stall was a most fabulous treat. You can choose your ingredients, as many as you like. The porky soup mixed with so many different parts of a pig, making it very nutritious.

Thiam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice, Changi Village Hawker Centre.

The wanton noodle comes with char siew, wanton dumplings in the soup, and some green vegetables. I must say this is a good one you should try if you want to eat wanton noodles when you are at Changi Village Hawker Centre. I have not tried their chicken rice yet.

Jin Hua Fish Soup, Hong Lim Food Court.

The best-sliced fish soup so far because of the soup based and the generous among of sliced fish. There is no additional cost for changing the noodles to yee mee or adding milk into the soup, that usually other stalls may charge extra 50 cents. I do not mind visiting the same stall twice a week.

Bai Nian Yong Tau Foo, People’s Park Food Court.

I pretty like to eat Yong Tau Foo because of the number of ingredients that I can pick up. Usually, it comes with six pieces. In People’s Park Food Court, the Yong Tau Foo sells differently. There are no selections except for the type of noodle, and I liked this stall because of the combination offered; it comes with ingredients stuffed with the fish paste and prawn paste.

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?