There is a stall that I wanted to try but cannot make it because it opens on weekdays and closes early too. Some food bloggers suggested this fish soup stall at Jalan Berseh food court.
There is a queue before the stall starts selling at 11.30AM. These people would sit around the food stall, and form the queue. The queue moves quite fast after that.
I do not really like fried fish, however, this stall did not have any other option on the menu. It consisted of both fried fish and fresh sliced fish. It came with a bowl of rice. I was not impressed by the fish meat but they were fresh. The amount of fish was generous for a small bowl.
I liked the soup. It was flavourful yet not too strong. It has the unique taste of fish soup. It is definitely different from the standard fish soups out there. The colour of the soup was a little milky without adding milk. I did not recall they asked if I wanted to add milk. The soup went well with the white rice.
There were some vegetables too but they did not have beancurd, a slice of tomato or seaweeds in the soup. Some other stalls added these ingredients to the fish soup too.
Address: Berseh Food Centre Stall 44, 166 Jln Besar, Singapore 208877.
The classic old-school plain chee cheung fun can be one of the good choices for breakfast in Singapore. However, I did not always see it available everywhere. I would like to share these stalls that I found in the Singapore hawker centres that served decent chee cheung fun.
A rice noodle roll is a Cantonese dish from Guangdong Province. The rice noodles themselves have little flavour. Usually, it serves with sweet sauce, soya sauce, and some chilli paste. Also, they will add vegetable oils to ensure the chee cheung food are not sticky.
It is different from the Hong Kong-styled chee cheung fun.
Hong Lim Food Centre
Address: 153 Traditional Cuisine #01-53, Hong Lim Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross St, Singapore 051531.
Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre
Address: #02-183 Chee Cheong Fun. Pork Dumpling. Yam Cake. Nonya Dumpling, Bukit Timah Market and Food Centre, 51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 588215.
It is a cafe located at one of the HDB blocks in Pasir Ris that serves chee cheung fun too. The cafe has plenty of Malays eating there. Although Google did not mention that it is a Halal cafe, I think they have the Halal sign, therefore, the Malays are visiting the cafe.
I visited the cafe during the morning time and ordered a plate of chee cheung fun with a cup of hot teh-c kosong (tea with evaporated milk without added sugar).
In my previous post, I mentioned that I took a bus to Our Tampines Hub, two stops from Changi Hospital for lunch. Before that, I asked the nurse if there is any food that I cannot eat after the surgery. The nurse said, no. I would like to share pictures of the food that I ate after the surgery and some of the events that happened during this one week of resting at home.
Yong Tau Foo
I ordered the yong tau foo without noodles. For additional noodles, it will cost another 50 cents. I was thinking I just needed a quick late lunch and went back home for a good rest. I targeted to focus on protein than carbs during this period.
Address: Jia Le Yong Tau Foo, 495 Tampines Ave 5, #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.
I was too tired after my shower, and I went to sleep after I submitted my hospitalization leave. I slept for two hours and by the time I woke up, it was evening time. I settled down by ordering zi char at the hawker centre nearby.
Hong Kong Fried Noodles
I love eating Hong Kong fried noodles, so I ordered them from the zi char stall here. It was my first time trying the zi char stall here. There are many comments about this zi char stall but I did not think further. After trying it, personally, I would prefer the zi char stall called the Tong Garden Seafood at Tampines Street 43’s Everyday Come Eating House or the Jia Le Xian Zhu Chao at Tampines Street 45. However, I think it depends on the chef that cooks it.
Address: 419 Seafood, HDB 01-, 419 Tampines Street 41 (S)520419 Singapore 520419 Tampines Street 41, # 104, 520419.
After dinner, I took my antibiotic pill, showered, and made a phone call to my aunt to tell her all went well before I headed to sleep. I did not really drink a lot of water that day but my poo was dark in colour. I wondered for a while. It could be the body waste from my surgery.
Homemade Kaya Butter Toast
I bought a loaf of wholemeal bread, butter and a small bottle of kaya from the Fairprice supermarket to make my breakfast. I made it almost every morning. To make it looks like that is selling in the drink stall, I added an extra piece of butter in the middle of the bread. I did not toast my bread. I am unsure if this is still considered a healthy food because of the ingredients used to make kaya butter bread. I should reduce my sugar intake.
Homemade wanton soup
I am pretty good at making wanton soup and I made some too. I can have the wanton without adding noodles to the soup. Making wanton soup at home is quick and easy. Also, I need more protein for my recovery.
Making cold soba at home
On the second day, I took my antibiotic after my morning brunch. It caused me to feel sleepy and I took an afternoon nap. Occasionally, I felt pain around my wound and another part of my upper body. I maintained my carb intake and tried to focus on protein intake. However, I must remind myself about the sugary food.
Economic fried beehoon
Some articles say that I can eat eggs and some say cannot. I am unsure which one is true. An egg is a source of protein too, however, I think, the egg yolk might not be good for someone after surgery. Besides that, in Chinese belief, it is not good to take soy sauce or dark soy sauce after surgery because it would cause the wound darker. It is too late for me to undo what I have eaten. I added soy sauce when making wantons too. On the third day, I walked to the wet market, I wanted to have some walks and sun. Besides that, I wanted to buy fish for dinner. I had fried beehoon for breakfast which I think was a wrong choice because of the usage of dark soy sauce and sugar. On top of it, there were a fried egg and vegetarian goose. But, they were delicious food.
Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.
I think I did not follow much of what I should not eat after surgery. I ate a salted bun that I bought from the same coffee shop on the same morning. Although it is not deep fried or oily, I think I should not eat heaty food too. However, I loved this salted bun, and it is very nice compared to the salted buns from Eastlink food court at Tampines Interchange, U-taste at the Tampines Interchange and Dough Culture at Tampines Mall.
Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.
Home-brewed black coffee
I paired the salted bun with black coffee and ate with Hugo (the soft toy in the background). Hugo has been my breakfast-lunch-dinner buddy since day 2 because I was alone at home. I made my home-brewed black coffee using the coffee powder from Suzuki, a local brand in Singapore. I bought it from Fairprice supermarket.
Home-cooked yee mian with vegetables, egg and sliced gingers
An article mentioned that eating gingers have a variety of effects on the skin that may contribute to improved wound healing. So, I added some sliced gingers to my noodles. I cooked with egg and vegetables. I think I need to eat more leafy and green vegetables. Again, I grabbed Hugo to eat with me while watching some drama. It was quite boring at home alone and eating alone.
I still can feel slight discomfort on and off throughout the whole day. No major issues with my health, wound, or my diet. I still needed to take an afternoon nap after my lunch. I tried to do something different on the fourth day because I have been limiting my activities in the past few days.
Avocado with egg toast
Finishing the avocado that I bought some time ago with an egg. I made the toast using the air fryer. The egg white was not fully cooked but I do not think I should air-fry it longer than 10 minutes. Maybe, I need a bigger piece of bread so that the egg is right on top of the bread. The egg yolk was still rummy when I bite on it.
I took a shower to remove the waterproof plaster that covered my wound as per instructed by the nurse. I could do so on the fourth day. Nothing happened after the plaster was removed. I went out to explore another neighbourhood, Serangoon.
Char kway teow
Cheat day food. I am not supposed to eat char kway teow because it is oily and cooked with dark soy sauce. It came with prawns too. Some myths mentioned that having chicken and seafood slows down wound healing. I took two pieces of prawns with some eggs. The char kway teow is a bit spicy. I think it is best not to eat any spicy food for a week. I broke the rule. I did not encounter any bad experiences after eating the noodles. Days after that, I did have a little discomfort but I am unsure whether it is related. I did not feel pain in my wound area.
Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.
Three-layer refers to the three layers of coffee, evaporated milk, and palm sugar syrup. The drink is usually served cold. The differences in density among these three ingredients give the appearance of three layers of colour. I shall avoid sugary sweets and sugary drinks.
Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.
I am not sure if ice cream is allowed as the website that I used to check what I can eat after surgery mentioned that I can eat plain ice cream. What is plain ice cream? I think it may refer to vanilla ice cream. I have two more chocolate cones inside my freezer. I need to keep it for another time.
Address: 15-2 Jln Riang, Singapore 358987.
I failed my fourth day of recovery with plenty of carbs and food that I should not be eating. They did no good for my recovery. I skipped dinner on the fourth day. I ate something light before I took my medication and went to bed. It took me a while before I fell asleep too.
The fifth day was not pleasantly good, I did not have enough rest the night before. I dreamt a lot through the night and was unable to catch some quality sleep. After I woke up from my sleep, I went to check my emails and re-sent the leave application to my HR as an update. I did not go back to rest immediately. Instead, I planned to go out for lunch. I travelled out to the Bedok area and tried to have some slow walks around the area as part of my exercise. My working exercise did not affect my recovery at the moment.
Zhong Xing Ban Mian
A little disappointed with the ban mian that I ate at Bedok Interchange Food Center. I ordered the dry version which I should not have, yet the sauce was not up to the taste. Compared to the L32 Handmade Noodles, this stall needs to improve its sauce for the dry version. The soup was salty, it should go well for the soup version. I tried a little bit of the chilli paste for a taste. It needs improvement too. For the carbs portion, it was generous, and they served with plenty of anchovies, minced meat and a cooked egg. I would prefer the egg to be placed in the soup.
Address: Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, 208B New Upper Changi Rd, #01-46, Singapore 462208.
I went to buy a loaf of bread from the Duke Bakery as I was around the area, so why not? I chose cranberry walnut bread. It would be my breakfast for the coming days because the wholemeal bread was going to finish.
Home-cooked chicken soup
With the remaining ingredients that I have, I cooked a bowl of chicken soup again without noodles. The shredded chicken from the chicken soup was then added with seasonings so that I could wrap it with my sandwiches. From the picture below, it looked dry and unappetizing. I cooked the shredded chicken with onion and parsley for quite a long before I off the stove, hence, the sauce dried up. Still, it went well with my plain sandwich.
On the sixth day, my medication would finish and I did not need to look for breakfast or brunch to eat before taking medication.
Initially, I planned to return to work on the sixth day so that I could work on the deployment work, however, due to a change arrangement, my DevOps team would not be in the office for me to work on it. Therefore, I dropped the plan to work in the office. I continued to work at home to clear up some of the emails and backlogs. Since I skipped breakfast, I decided to go out early to get my lunch and I could take my medication after that.
341 Beach Road Pho
I ordered the beef pho. Eating beef is a good source of protein that good for my after-surgery recovery. I added some lime juice into the soup, and of course, I tried the original taste too. The soup is tasty and mild. I prefer something stronger. Even adding the lime juice did not greatly enhance the flavour. Unlike another Vietnamese stall that I liked, this stall gave onions and beansprouts only. It did not have other greens that usually come with it. It is fine because I did not eat all the vegetables used in Vietnamese food. There were about 5-6 pieces of medium-sized beef with a generous amount of pho.
This eating place was quite crowded so I did not spend a lot of time finishing up my bowl of noodles and made a move to another place. I went to Golden Mile Food Centre for more options. I thought I wanted a second round before I went back but I decided just to take away a cup of coffee from this stall called Kopi More.
It was just for a try. I am not fancy about its way of preparing the coffee and the price for a cup of coffee from this stall is more expensive than other stalls in the same food centre. I waited patiently for my kopi-o-kosong, coffee without milk and sugar. My review is the coffee tasted like a double espresso without any sugar. It was really strong and I was not able to finish it immediately. I took it home as I have a meeting to attend.
Address: Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-49, 505 Beach Rd, 199583.
I attended the meeting with a few of my colleagues with a cup of strong coffee. I could stay awake while listening to my colleagues. I complained a lot after that. Then, another colleague asked me why I attended the meeting when I was still on hospitalization leave. My colleague told me to go rest and not to work. I listened to the advice.
Home-cooked fish and broccoli
Both are good sources of protein and vitamins that are good for my after-surgery recovery. I steamed the fish and broccoli.
On the seventh night, I dreamt a lot again but they were not really something important to remember. Lately, the dreams were about completing tasks or events. I did not sleep early too. I stayed alert even at 12AM.
Green Bean Soup
For dessert, I ate green bean soup. Green beans contain some of the vitamins that I needed after surgery such as vitamin B, iron and zinc.
Two more days before I resumed working, I intended to travel out to get my lunch instead of cooking at home. I chose to have a bowl of fish soup for my recovery. There is a stall that I wanted to try but cannot make it because it opens on weekdays and closes early too.
Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup
I do not really like fried fish, however, this stall did not have any other option on the menu. It consisted of both fried fish and fresh sliced fish. It came with a bowl of rice. I was not impressed by the fish meat. However, I liked the soup. It was flavourful yet not too strong. It went well with the white rice.
Address: Berseh Food Centre Stall 44, 166 Jln Besar, Singapore 208877.
After lunch, I went for a walk around this area, and I found there were two other food courts nearby that have some stalls with good ratings or reviews. I hope to try them one day and add my reviews to my blog. I was supposed to have dinner around the same place too but I was tired and sleepy after lunch.
I headed back home for a rest, and I took a nap. I did not know why recently I would feel sleepy in the afternoon. I needed a nap. I was hoping that on the day I back to the office, I would be able to skip napping and stay alert.
Having soup base food for this week seemed to be something that I looked forward to the most. I ordered the pig organ soup from the Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup too for dinner.
Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup
On this visit, I was able to order a side dish because a friend joined us for dinner. We ordered the minced meat with chestnut. I did not stay long at this stall because I wanted to drop some of the IT books at Hackerspace SG. Also, I needed to rest more and did not want to stay out late.
Address: Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 , 24 Foch Rd, Singapore.
So far, I have made chicken soup at home and eaten fish and pork soups at the food court. Next, I would try the beef and mutton soups too. If you have any good recommendations for Chinese-herbal-style beef or mutton soups in Singapore, especially on the east side, please leave me a comment. For the time being, I would prefer to avoid the Malay style of mutton soup.
On my last day of hospitalization leave, I cooked one pot of soup for lunch and dinner by having some different ingredients for lunch and dinner with the same soup. However, I put the same ingredients such as tofu and green vegetables for both.
Thank you for reading it until the end. That is all about my food and my days after the surgery.
It is a famous lor mee stall at the Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. It has a branch at 406 Tampines Street 41. The stall name is Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee. The Google reviews show it has 3.5 stars.
Lor Mee Background
Lor mee is a Hokkien noodle dish from Zhangzhou served in thick starchy gravy. The thick gravy is made of corn starch, spices, meat, seafood and eggs.
There was no queue when I placed my order. They offer the basic lor mee and add-on ingredients. I decided to add on some fried popcorn chicken. Other ingredients include a half-hard-boiled egg, some beansprouts, and shredded meat. The vinegar, parsley and minced garlic are must-have for lor mee. If you do not like vinegar, you can opt-out. It is the same goes for chilli paste.
The cashier asked me whether I wanted to mix the noodles, they have the yellow noodles and vermicelli (bee hoon). I opted for mixed noodles so that the vermicelli can absorb some of the sauces.
If I crave for lor mee, this stall definitely is my choice in Tampines. I guess there are not many lor mee stalls in Tampines too. The other famous lor mee is Ma Bo Lor Mee which has fewer add-on ingredients than Old Airport Road lor mee.
Address: 406 Tampines Street 41, #01-07, Singapore 520406 (Wu Fu Coffeeshop)
Other lor mee stalls in Tampines that I found from Google Maps.
Jue Shi Lor Mee (3.9 stars) at #01-45, Our Tampines Hub Kopitiam.
137 Lor Mee Prawn Mee (3.8 stars) at 137A Tampines St. 11, #01-09, Singapore 522137.
Ma Bo Lor Mee (4.1 stars) at 216 Bedok North Street 1, #01-76, Singapore 460216.
I think it is rare to find Sam Kan Chong (pork ball noodles) in Singapore. Mostly, the hawker stalls serve the minced meat bak chor mee here. Last month, I went to Chinatown Food Complex for lunch. The food court is big. I tried to walk to a different area of the food court, not too far from where my colleague was seated.
Then, I saw a picture that looked like the pork balls that I used to eat in Kuala Lumpur. I tried to search the stall name on Google and found it is really serving the KL-style pork balls noodle in Singapore.
I am delighted to find one here but I am not sure about its tastes. The stall runs by an uncle, and no queue at the time I made my order.
However, I still needed to wait for quite a while for him to prepare the noodles. He did not ask if I want to add chilli to my noodles. By default, the sauce does not have chilli; it is the same style as those in Kuala Lumpur.
By the photo itself, it looks authentic. The sauce is a savoury black sauce, and it goes well with my kway teow. It comes with 3 pieces of pork balls and sausages. From Google reviews, the pork balls are said to be imported from Kuala Lumpur on weekly basis.
Overall, it is delicious yet it is expensive too because it is a rare gem in Singapore. It would be good if the uncle can consider not using disposable bowls and chopsticks.
Address: 335 Smith St, #02-118, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore.
I bumped into Zermatt’s Youtube channel, and one of his videos was recommending a restaurant at City Square, Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It is located nearby Malaysian Immigration. So, I think there should be quite a lot of Singaporeans trying the food here.
I did a google search and found a few bloggers shared their views on this restaurant in the years 2017, and 2018. Google rating is 4.1 stars. The brand started since the year 1936.
At the first glance at its menu, it looks quite expensive for a bowl of noodles. However, I think I have to factor in the cosy environment; eating in an air-conditioned restaurant. Also, the noodles are made of 100% duck eggs and chicken eggs with wheat flour. It is the quality of the noodles that count. Next, the portion of the meat, I think it is generous too.
It comes with a customizable ordering app, and the serving is quite fast. It uses the robot to deliver the food to the table. The sauces seem to be quite similar to those that I can find in Singapore. I feel it lacks Malaysian authentic wanton mee taste if it is mixed with chilli and so on.
It is my opinion based on the Youtube above. Whether I will try it one day, I think it depends.
Address: Johor Bahru City Square, Lot J6-07, J6-07A, J6-08 & J6-08A, Level 6, No. 106, 108, Jalan Wong Ah Fook, 80000 Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia.
Recently, I revisited the restaurant at Our Tampines Hub, Singapore for lunch before I headed out to the city. It has a new item on its menu when I visited the restaurant with my friend. It is spicy mala beef noodles in a dry version. It comes with a small bowl of soup.
I gave it a try without giving high hope that it would turn out great because I still preferred their traditional soup base or the thick gravy. I ordered the medium spicy level. It turned out just normal spiciness. For those who like spicy food, maybe, extra spicy is the better option.
I hope I get the right photo of the soup base Blanco Court Beef Noodles, sliced beef, and its side dish. It has a generous serving of meat with pickled vegetables. I do not recall the name of the side dish, but, I think it should be you tiao with stuffed meat.
Google rating is 4.0 stars for the branch at Our Tampines Hub.
This blog entry compiles all the food that I liked in Tampines. My preference is subjected to my own taste buds, budget and location of the stalls or restaurants. It may and may not be the best food in Tampines.
One of my favourites is the fish soup noodles from the Jia Kee zi char stall at Blk 144. It is located not far from the Tampines Round Market. I tried other fried noodles before, and they tasted okay. Only these fish soup noodles always bring me back to the stall.
For the yong tau foo soup or curry soup base, I think the stall at Our Tampines Hub Kopitiam, Jia Le Yong Tau Foo. It is a handmade kind of yong tau foo.
There are two ban mien stalls in Tampines Central that I liked most, one is at the Tampines One Food Tempo, L32 Handmade Noodle stall. Another one is at Our Tampines Hub Kopitiam food stall.
For chicken rice, I think the hawker stall at Tampines West is the most worthy when it comes to a trio combination of meats. If not mistaken, it serves with white rice. [Note: I tried the chicken rice before Malaysia announced the export ban of fresh chicken].
The chicken rice at the U-Taste shop near the Tampines MRT station is nice and economical too. However, over the years, the portion became lesser for a basic $2.00 chicken rice. Now, I am not sure if it still sells at the same price.
Another chicken rice stall at Block 505 is nice too, however, the portion of the chicken meat was reduced. I think it could be due to the limited fresh chickens in Singapore due to the export ban from Malaysia.
From the Google reviews’, this stall has 4.4 stars. I liked its noodle texture; cooked al-dente with a good mix of chilli paste and vinegar. The ingredients are much the same as normal BCM except it does not have the pork livers that I do not eat that much too. Overall, it is pretty delish, fulfilling and worth a try. IMHO, for this bowl of noodles during my visit deserved a 4.5 star.
Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-38, Singapore 520824.
Economic Fried Bee Hoon
I would go to four places to get my fried bee hoon in Tampines. They are nice, economical, well-tasted and the right portion. First, two were the stalls from the nearby hawker stall where I used to stay for 6 years. First stall at the Everyday Come Coffeeshop. My usual ingredients are egg and vegetarian goose. I asked the vegetarian goose to be packed separately; it will not become soggy after getting home.
The second stall is not far away from the first coffeeshop, located at Henly Huat Coffeeshop. It is the mixed rice stalls that sell the fried bee hoon in the morning. The bee hoon goes with my preferred dishes.
The other two stalls are nearby to where I am currently staying, and I will pass by when I am on the way to work. The economic bee hoon stall at block 505 adds beansprouts into the noodles making it stands out among others. The stall name is called Holland Village Economic Bee Hoon. The fourth stall is at the bus interchange, U-taste.
Rumah Makan Minang
Just a few days ago, I shared with my aunt my favourite nasi padang and its dishes. So far, I still prefer the beef rendang from this restaurant. The second option I will go for Hjh Maimunah at Kopitiam, Tampines Mall.
I will update you more when I come across any delicious food in my neighbourhood.
All the addresses of the stalls that I mentioned above:
Jia Kee: 144 Tampines Street 12, Singapore 521144.
Hong Kong wanton noodle differs from the local Singapore/Malaysia wanton noodle. Even, Singapore and Malaysia have slight differences in the sauce mixture.
The noodle is thinner and sticky than usual wanton noodles. The texture is still quite al-dente. But, I had a hard time eating the noodles. It did not appear to be springy or mushy to me.
Usually, Hong Kong-style will not add chilli sauce to the noodles. For some Hong Kong wanton noodles, there is some alkaline taste. It did not taste bitter to me, maybe the alkaline level was not high.
The wanton size is always bigger than usual but it is not as big as those in Hong Kong. Also, Hong Kong-style wanton usually consists of prawns. These wantons are fresh, crunchy and well-tasted. I think it still can be better.
I am not a great fan of egg tarts or Portuguese egg tarts. Occasionally, I will get one or two for a tea break in the afternoon. Recently, I got to try the egg tarts from two different famous shops in Singapore.
SL II Muffin
It is located at Hong Lim Food Centre, Chinatown Singapore. I loved their egg tarts because the filling is soft and the sweetness level matched my tastebud. The size is average, and its price is reasonable. I noticed that the egg tarts colour is lighter than in other shops. Besides egg tarts, they sell coconut tarts and various types of muffins.
Tai Cheong Bakery has branches islandwide, and I bought the egg tarts from Tampines One. Similar to SLII Muffin, the filling is soft and not sweet. The size is bigger than average, and of course, it costs more compared to neighbourhood bakery shops. However, I did not prefer the crust from Tai Cheong.
Address: 10 Tampines Central 1, B1-24, Singapore 529536.
Wan Dou Sek
When it is popping hot from the oven, the crispy pastry as the base with smooth filling egg tarts is one of the good ones at Geylang. It comes in an average bite size.