Chinese Food, Home-cooked Recipes

Dragon Boat Festival

The Dragon Boat Festival, also known as duan wu jie in Chinese, is a traditional holiday that commemorates the life and death of the famous Chinese scholar Qu Yuan (Chu Yuan). Okay, so who was this guy and what he did? I did a little more research on this special occasion.

Apparently, this Chinese scholar, who committed suicide by jumping into the river after tying himself with big rock on the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, was one of the advisors of Chu Kingdom. Jealousy was the main reason, people did not like him, talked bad about him and king did not take his advice in the end. It was pretty much like our current lives as well. These people are just everywhere at anytime.

And, so how does it related with the dragon boat? I just did a little bit more searching and found out many fishermen tried to rescue him, but the body is never found. Fishermen worried about fish would eat his body, they threw food into the river to feed the fish and they tried to scare fish away by splashing the water with their paddles and beating the drums on the long narrow boats. Well, that is the drums, boats and paddling, where does there dragon come from?

Well, Chinese always believe there is water-dragon under the river or sea. One of villagers poured the rice wine into the river and the drunken water-dragon appeared floating on the river. Woah!

To celebrate this date which Chinese people make “zong zi”, the glutinous rice wrapped with bamboo leaves. The ingredients used to make the glutinous rice dumplings are varied from egg, beans, dates, fruits, sweet potato, walnuts, mushrooms, meat to full plain or vegetarian.

Being away from home and it has been years my aunt stopped making the glutinous rice dumplings. With my CEO’s mother handmade and the hot Chinese tea, make my dinner perfect for both visual and taste bud satisfaction.

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Koon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731.

It was sunny and hot day to walk out for lunch and it was too boring to eat around our office, so we ended up somewhere nearby, not too far away from our location. It is a franchise Bak Kut Teh’s restaurants, Koon, which can be found in several locations in Singapore. I ordered the Singapore Braised Meat Rice for myself and the rest of them tried the Signature Sesame Oil Chicken.

It came with few pieces of the braised pork belly, braised half boiled egg, some salted vegetable, braised peanuts and half piece of the fried tau pok (beancurd) on top of the white rice in a small porcelain bowl. The well braised pork belly were quite fatty as usual and it melted in my mouth easily. With the braised meat’s sauces, the soft peanuts and the salted vegetable mixed well with the white rice.

It could be one of the good choice of dish if you do not want to eat bak kut teh at this restaurant. Besides, braised half boiled egg, you can change it to salted egg too.

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Wan He Lou

Address: 65 Maude Rd, 208347, Singapore.

My colleague shared the lobster porridge promotion from this Chinese restaurant which is located nearby our office in our girls’ group chat late April. The promotion ended in May. Since most of us were busy during that period, we finally made it one day just before the promotion ended, to try the signature dishes together. I invited other team members of one of my projects to join us too.

It was a normal lunch gathering for the girls cum celebratory lunch for the project team which I thought it was ended in April. However, the project did not close by then, it was dragged until June due to several defects and delayed of handover processes. I adopted the idea of treating the team after a completion of a project from my previous job.

With a group of 9 people, we got to enjoy additional dishes which for free.
Lobster Porridge

It was a little disappointed with the presentation of the lobster porridge. Everyone was asking where was the lobsters. They have de-shelled the lobsters and cooked with the porridge. The cooking style was not my favourite type, however, the taste was good, mainly because of the broth was sweet and delicious.

Fried Gyoza

The porridge promotion came with side dishes. One of it was the fried gyoza, the chives dumplings . It was a bit dry and salty to my preferences.

Fried French Beans

It was cooked in a typical Chinese style, fresh and well tasted when ate together with the porridge.
Then, the fried chicken wingettes were also part of the promotion.

It was well marinated, crispy when it was served and generous in portion, at least it was more than 9 pieces for 9 of us 🙂 I was not able to remember whether the chicken wingettes were the additional free dishes for a table more 6 people. However, the cereal prawns definitely were free for a table more than 6 people.

It was nicely presented, medium big sized prawns and yes, no extra prawns on the plate. It was exactly 9 of them coated with the crispy cereal. Again, the prawns were fresh and well cooked. And, last but not least, the tofu. It was a bit shocked to see the artificial green coloured tofu with so much starch.

We were not able to distinguish the meat in this dish was real chicken or crab meat, or it might be vegetarian meat. Overall, it was a great lunch on that afternoon. It was heavy rain when the food was served, the porridge warmed up the day.

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Handmade Noodle

Handmade Noodle Ban Mien, Kapitans by Koptiam Foodcourt, 10 Tampines Central 1,  #05-05/06/07 Tampines 1, Singapore 529536.

One of my favourite stalls in the Tampines One’s foodcourt during my days working at Tampines. The handmade noodle is always long queue during the lunch hours, even during the weekends. I joined the queue when I visited the food court today.

The noodle is cooked al-dente and the ingredients are generous so far, no complaints even after about a year or so I did not eat it. There are many choices to choose from their menu and you can combine with different type of meats.

Do try the dry ban mien which give you a different taste of eating ban mien. Of course, their soup based ban mien is always a good choice especially during a rainy day.

I added the chilies paste into my dry noodle which gave me an extra kick. Their chili paste is a must to try and when I mix it with the thick dark soy sauce, it gave a good blend. You may want to adjust the level of spiciness because the thick dark soy sauce is sweet.

Old place, old taste. I am glad to finish my brunch with full satisfaction.

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Hutong Lot 10

Hutong, Lot 10 Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hutong is an high class, air-conditioned and well-maintained food court in the KL city. It is located at the Lot 10 Shopping Center, it is just next to the Iseten Japanese supermarket. It is decorated with old decoration and display items and it is using all the old style’s tables and chairs. They are the famous stalls which you can find it around KL city. well-known eatery. Even I mentioned “high class”, the price of the food here is inexpensive when compared the price with other food court in the city.

My aunt wanted to eat the Penang fried kway teow with egg and the minced meat noodle from the Soong Kee Noodle for lunch, therefore, we went out to the city with the MRT, a little bit adventurous with her on the Saturday’s afternoon.

The stall which sells this Penang delicacy located opposite to the Bak Kut Teh stall. You cannot miss this stall when you are coming down from the side escalator as you can see some delicious pictures of the fried kway teow on the wall. If you wish to try the fried noodle with duck egg, they do offer it with additional cost. The fragrant from the fried noodle and the chili’s spiciness give a good kick. If you do not wish to eat spicy, you can tell them no chili.

Although I am not sure they are originated from which famous stall in Penang city, the cook does a good job. I guess the cook who prepared my plate of fried noodle is not a local, however, he has a good skill and with the fresh ingredients like cockles, middle sized prawns and bean sprout and the “wok hei” (heat from the wok), the fried kway teow still as good as those in Penang.

Next, we tried the minced meat and beef balls noodle from the Soong Kee noodle. You can find the original Soong Kee noodle stall in Petaling Street, the Chinatown in the KL city. I quite like their noodle cooks al-dente and it is not oily after mixed with the minced meat. More importantly, they add vegetable into the bowl of noodle which is rarely found. The taste is well-maintained, not overly done and it is not salty. The beef balls are handmade, springy and firm.

Again, I guess the workers are not local but they are trained and monitored by their local masters who eventually helped out to prepare my bowl of noodle with extra minced meat. My set of noodle comes with a bowl of four beef balls, a plate of vegetable and a cup of hot Chinese tea.

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Chuan Chuan Le

Address: 64 Horne Road, Singapore 209072.
It is a fusion Chinese cuisine, specializing in BBQ, according to the website after a Google search. They serve Sze Chuan food too. We were there for dinner on the March 14th, after the weekly run for our upcoming marathon in April.

One of our colleagues suggested to try the food here and we walked down to Horne Road from the office. The restaurant opens until late, 4 am in the morning, however, they begin their business in the evening time. Since, it is a BBQ restaurant, it is reasonable to open at late hours.

Unable to recall the name of the dish. However, the dish is delicious, tasted well, not over-cooked, not too oily and most importantly, it is not too spicy although the dried chilies on the surface seems a lot. The best thing is it is not too oily, where the amount of chili oil controls the taste of the food quite well. It consists of generous amount of chicken meats, vermicelli and bean sprouts.

Then, we ordered two other dishes. The hot plate tofu, which I hardly do it myself at home and a plate of vegetable. The hot plate tofu serves with the Chinese sausage, not the dried Chinese sausage, just to be clear. It is quite unique in a way. Other ingredients are quite normal which are small sized prawns, vegetables and sliced mushroom. Overall, it is well tasted, just a little a bit oily.

Lastly, we added on the grilled enoki mushroom with chilies and garlic. A simple dish with minimal ingredients and yet, it is tasted good too. I can try to make this at home one day.

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Ming Chung Restaurant

Address:  67 Maude Road, Singapore 208348.

Since I began my half marathon’s practice with three other guys in my company, I was able to enjoy some good food for dinner at different locations, after the run. As the practice usually took place in the evening for an hour, by the time we started our dinner, it was usually around 10pm. The locations of our dinner were usually just nearby our office.

For this time, we went to a Heng Hua cuisine. If you are wondering what is Heng Hua. According to Google search, it tells me they are minority dialect from Putian, Fujian province in China. 

One of its signature dishes, the fried mee sua. It was well cooked and well tasted,  topped with peanuts and seaweed. They gave generous amount of ingredients, with some prawns, sliced meat, and green vegetable. For this cuisine, ingredients such as seaweed, clams, or other seafood are its main ingredients. 

Since seafood is their main ingredients, I am pretty sure, they know how to cook good dishes with seafood. We ordered the Fried Clams to share among us. Although the clams are small in size, they are fresh and well tasted. It is a good choice, delicious and worth to try.