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.

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.

Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee

It was recommended by few bloggers and some ex colleagues worked at Jurong East before this. I didn’t manage to try with them when I went over to Jurong East. It is getting rare for me to travel to Jurong East lately and recently, I took a trip down to the West to work on something. I went to search for the hawker centre where this Thai wanton mee is located by myself but got lost after a wrong turning.

There was no queue at all during my visit at the hawker place around 2.00PM. It comes with small, regular and large size. I chose the regular sized noodle. It is dry, springy noodle and didn’t have any sauce on it, yet I managed to mix all the ingredients together.

The portion of $5 for regular which is said to be extra ingredients didn’t seem to be a lot, maybe it has more sliced of char siew or more wanton inside the little bowl of soup, there are two dumplings. It has Chinese sausage and two fried dumplings. That is all for a regular.

The noodle is good and delicious even it does not have sauce on it. Maybe it is already tossed with some special sauce beforehand. Their soup is very salty, they should tone down the taste. I did try to enjoy each strand of noodles and paired it with the ingredients to find out the reasons why people liked it so much and itt is so good that famous Thai wanton noodle bar SabX2 in Bangkok has put up a sign stating they are not affiliated.

Personal opinion, I will not think it is a Thai wanton mee that one must try or even travel far to try it. It has few branches, Jurong East, Ang Mo Kio and Kovan. I probably will give it a miss if there is a queue for this stall.

Address: Soi 19 Thai Wanton Mee, 130 Jurong Gateway Rd, #01-211, Singapore 600130

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.

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.