EAT

EAT is a local Singapore food outlet serving local traditional food such as minced pork noodles with mushroom (“Bak Chor Mee”) also famously known as BCM, fishbal noodles, laksa and many others.

You can find their food outlets in some shopping malls around the neighbourhood. I had tried this food outlet for twice before this visit at City Square Mall at Farrer Park recently to collect my race pack.

As mentioned they serve local Singaporeans’ food and one of my local favourites is the fishballs noodle. As usual, I will go for the set meal which I think it is quite worthy to order.

It comes with 3 big fish balls and some slices of fish cakes, fresh fish balls, springy and thick egg noodle and a bowl of clear soup which has all the essence from the fish and meat. The fish ball is made of yellowtail fish according to their website. Their set comes with a cup of coffee or tea of your choice.

A closer view of their thick mee pok (egg noodles) which I feel the texture is thicker than the usual one and it was still springy when I tried it. I took quite a while before start digging into the noodles and mixing with the sauce which include some chili and vinegar.

It is pretty standard sauce in Singapore if you go for dry version of noodle. If you do not want to add chili, I would recommend you try their soup version.

Address: 180 Kitchener Road, B2-K5/K5A/K6 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539.

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Wanton Fu

Famous with its slogan, “special homemade hot chili sauce and wantons”. I visited Wanton Fu a few times as it is located ARC 380, near by my current office and not far from the Bendemeer MRT. Simple setting, the shop is quite packed with people during the lunch time.

This is how the chili sauce that they mentioned in their banner. Their label is extra spicy. In my personal opinion, it is hot and spicy chili sauce, a good mix for dry type of wanton noodle.

Usually, I will order the dry wanton noodle. The noodle is not the normal wanton noodle, the handmade noodle is slightly thicker and they cooked it al-dente and not soggy even we eat slowly.

The noodle quality and quantity remain same as compared with older pictures I took previously. The tiny sliced char siew (barbecue pork) laid on top of the noodle while the three small sized wantons at the bottom of the noodle. With green pickled chilies and fried garlic mixed with their homemade chili, fill up my stomach. Besides that, there is a free flow of pork lard too.

Additionally, I tried their fried wantons too. The fried wantons are the same as those served in the bowl of wanton noodle.

Overall, the wanton noodle is not something exceptional good in my personal opinion. I liked their different style of noodle, thicker and handmade. Most of the bloggers recommended to try the fried ngoh hiang.

Address: 380 Jln Besar, #01-09 ARC 380, Singapore 209000.

Chinese New Year Celebration

The second year I spent my Chinese New Year’s celebration with a bunch of great people from my workplace. It was full of laughter, good food, great people and awesome entertainment. This year, we changed from lunch catering to BBQ dinner at our office’s balcony.

The celebration started at 5.00 PM, slightly late because of the HOD meeting before that. First and foremost, we started with the lou hei (prosperity toss), a Chinese tradition which we practice since young in Malaysia and Singapore. Thanks to my HR and Admin’s team who prepared the loh hei’s ingredients

Shortly after the lou hei, we continued our feast with the dinner we bought from some zi char stall before we started to grill our wagyu beef at the balcony. The weather was still hot and the sun has not set yet, so we started with some light meal and of course playing games, such as mahjong, cards and etc. The BBQ session started shortly after the sun was about to set. We have to do it quick before there was no lights at the balcony.

Then, I did not join the birthday celebration and the gambling session back in the office. I missed some fun I believed!

The whole session ended around 10.30PM and we all headed for second round which I joined too but decided to leave earlier at 11.45PM to go home for a rest for Saturday’s gathering. Now, I am a little a bit regret for joining, knowing that alcohol is bad for myself. Moving forward, I have to be more discipline and control my food intake.

Geylang Bahru Market: Hui Wei Ban Mian

Many online foodies recommended to try the ban mian from the stall called Hui Wei Ban Mian which is located at Geylang Bahru Food Market. The signature chili ban mian is a little soggy, missed out the chewy texture of what a noodle should be. The noodle soaked up the quite salty sauce quickly. I am not sure whether the ban mian or mee hoon kueh will have a better texture than u-mian.

The onsen egg is good, the ingredients are generous and the chili paste is spicy, it gave some kick when mixed with the noodle. I believed the saltiness of the sauce came from the minced meat. The soup is also salty which I think it needs some improvement to it. It maybe goes well with soup based noodle but I am not sure too because I did not try their soup based noodles’ selections. They offer variety types of noodles, from meat to seafood, both spicy and non-spicy.

I always think the soup based should be tasted with light sweet of the essence from the seafood and meat cooked during the preparation of a bowl of noodle.

The queue is quite long during lunch time, however the lady takes the orders while queuing so it saves some time from there.

Address: 69 Geylang Bahru, #01-58, Singapore 330069.

Din Tai Fung

The Steamed Chicken Soup from Din Tai Fung is one of the good recommendations of dishes to order from this restaurant. I searched online for the ingredients to boil this chicken soup. The ingredients are quite simple, they are one whole chicken, Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine), scallions (just need the trimmed ends) and fresh ginger.

My colleague tried to boil this soup before but unsuccessfully to get the right taste from the recipe. Does anyone try to boil the same soup before? Mind to share your experience?

It is a real chicken soup made of fresh ingredients and tasted well, not oily but it is slightly strong with ginger taste. The chicken meat is not overly cooked which I think it is boiled separately from the main soup based.

Wen Dao Sek

My friend from Malaysia came to Singapore with his relatives for holiday and my friend called me up for a meet up on that weekend. I brought my friend to have brunch at the 126 dim sum house, Wen Dao Sek at Geylang.

I picked up my friend from the Chinatown and I brought my friend to take public transportation. The dim sum house is conveniently reached by bus, so we took a bus ride to the mentioned location. I gave a chance to my friend to enjoy the Singapore’s public transportation.

Many of my Malaysians friends drive to everywhere in the city back in Malaysia. It is quite rare for them to take public transportation because it is still not conveniently reaching the destination without wasting a lot of time.

Back to the dim sum house, it was not my first visit here. We ordered a few different dim sum to try out and I did not particularly recommended any dim sum to try. We ordered a bowl of century egg porridge with some steamed dim sum and fried stuff too.

The food took quite some time to serve even though there was no crowd. Lucky, we were not too hungry and we were able to spare our time talking about our lives while waiting for the food. Then, they served us the century egg porridge. The porridge smelt great with the fried garlic spread on top of the porridge with fried onion and spring onion.

I was surprised to see the big century egg in the porridge. I started to dig into the porridge and mixed the toppings together. The porridge was quite salty and peppery for my taste.

Address: 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449.

Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan

Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-14/15, Whampoa Makan Place, Singapore 320091.

I saw the online reviews about the fish head steamboat places in Singapore and I wanted to give a try for some of them. I was thinking whether I should try the fish head steamboat all by my own without asking other people to join me, however, two of my colleagues wanted to try too, I suggested to try the fish head steamboat at Whampoa Market, Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan.

It is located at the morning food court side, the same stall opens in the morning, selling the fish balls noodle. In the online review, it says there is an hour long queue, so we did not go there early after working hours. We arrived at the stall around 7.30PM, most of the people are seated to wait for the fish head steamboat to be served.

Lucky, we did not need to wait long, our fish head steamboat was served. We added the braised duck and salted vegetables are the sides to go along with white rice.

Generally, the fish is fresh, generous portion with plenty of vegetables and yam. I have no ideas if the taste of the soup is meant to be slightly unpleasant, unlike the usual sweet fish soup I tried somewhere else.