Food That I Liked In Tampines

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.

JOFA Meepok

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.

References

All the addresses of the stalls that I mentioned above:

  • Jia Kee: 144 Tampines Street 12, Singapore 521144.
  • L32 Handmade Noodle: 10 Tampines Central 1, Food Tempo, Singapore 529536.
  • Mee Hoon Kuah @Tampines Hub: Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, 495 Tampines Ave 5, Singapore 529649.
  • Jia Le Yong Tau Foo: #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.
  • Roasted Chicken & Pork, Food Park Tampines West: 823A Tampines Street 81, Singapore 521823.
  • JOFA Meepok: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-38, Singapore 520824.
  • Rumah Makan Minang, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, #B1-47A, 528523.

Singapore Hawker Food – Part 5

I have been trying to blog differently recently by having a theme. To support local Singaporean hawker food, I set up a new theme called Singapore Hawker Food, tried out the local food shared by Singaporeans on social media and shared my opinions. I am sure you are the same as me, would like to know the views from a non-food blogger’s or Youtuber’s point of view.

I am glad that one or two people are willing to eat with me so that I can try different food and give more food reviews. I wish we could continue to try more food together and share our thoughts. Also, I am happy whenever we are together enjoying our food.

I may be active on Instagram and Facebook Page, and I try the food by myself without getting sponsorship or partnership. It is purely based on my opinions and preferences. No offences.

Dunman Road Char Siew Wan Ton Mee

I visited the Dunman Food Court twice but did not order any food. I walked around and found a few stall opened, while the rest were closed during weekend. Hence, I decided trying some food here with my friend. The queue at the wanton mee stall was quite long but moving fast.

The chilli paste is quite spicy according to the lady who took our order. So, we told her to put the chilli at the side of the plate. When I mixed the noodles together with the chilli paste, the whole plate of noodles was spicy and slightly flavourful. I am unsure whether chilli overpowered the sauce. I loved the egg noodles texture; I believed it is handmade because of the size of the noodles. Lastly, I loved the soup too.

Address: Dunman Food Centre, 271 Onan Rd, #02-19, Singapore 424768.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee

It is located at Foch Road; it is not the same stall as another shop with a similar name at Jalan Besar called Authentic Mun Chee Kee King Of Pig’s Organ Soup. There is a history between these two shops. They originated from the same family but subsequently went their own ways. Both shops serve a similar kind of food.

My preference is Cheng Mun Chee Kee because the soup matches my taste bud. I can go with and without rice for a bowl of soup. My usual ingredients include lean meat, meatballs, beancurd and a generous amount of salted vegetables. The amount is always generous, and the price is reasonable. The soup serves with some Chinese parsley too.

I tried their other dishes, such as the steamed minced meat. It has salted fish added to the minced meat making it more flavourful. Another dish that my friend always eats (because she does not eat pork) is sesame oil chicken. The aroma from the sesame oil is pretty strong, and the chicken is well-marinated and tastes delicious. It is suitable to eat with white rice.

Address: 24 Foch Road, Singapore 209263.

Satay Solo

Bedok Food Court, this Malay stall sells a delicious mutton satay at the same place. However, the satay serves at night only. The mutton satay is well-marinated and serves in its perfection. The meat is still juicy and tender, and the same goes for beef satay.

Address: Bedok Food Centre, 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572.

Mui Siong Minced Meat Noodle

Mui Siong Minced Meat Noodle at Koufu Tampines St 44. I saw it in Instagram posts. Today, I dropped by to give it a try. I liked the noodle texture and gave generous portions too. I ordered the special meatballs noodle with slightly sweet yet peppery pork soup for the dry version. So far, it is my next best BCM noodle after Dalian Minced Meat Noodle.

Address: Koufu, 478 Tampines St 44, 01-221, Singapore 520478.

Ayam Panggang, BBQ Riverside

On the day I wish to eat rice, and I happen to be at Tampines Mall Food Court, the ayam panggang (grilled chicken) dish from BBQ Riverside is one of my choices. I liked their grilled chicken which is tender and well-marinated. The kicap manis (sweet soy sauce) mix well with the curry sauce. Sometimes, it is a little bit sweet for my taste bud. Besides the grilled chicken, it includes a fried egg and some cabbage.

It is a pretty balanced meal with a bowl of sweet corn soup.

Address: Kopitiam Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5, #04-27/28/29, Singapore 529510.

Li Yuan Mee Pok, Bedok

A Japanese fusion mee pok that I tried at the Bedok branch. It was a dry version of mee pok with shoyu and chilli sauce. I can request without chilli sauce. Also, I tried the dry mushroom with minced meat during the second visit.

The bowl consists of springy mee pok noodles, abalone slices, pork balls, lean pork, minced pork, pork lard, and two fatty pieces of Japanese chashu. While mushrooms with minced meat do not have the Japanese chashu. Their mee pok is springy and cooked al-dente.

It had a little bit of vinegar taste when I ate the mushroom with minced meat. The noodles have too much sauce so I have to drain off some of the sauce from the noodles. I prefer the drier version.

I will visit again but not when it needs to wait for 45 minutes.

Address: 760 Bedok Reservoir View, 01-337, Singapore 470760.

Chef Kang’s Noodle House

I did not have additional comments about this plate of wanton noodles. It is as good as the Weng Kang Ji Wanton Noodle at Golden Mile Food Centre, but the latter uses different sauces for their dry version. If you are keen to find out more about Weng Kang Ji Wanton Noodle, refer to the below link.

Address: 11 Lor 3 Toa Payoh, Block C Jackson Square, Singapore 319579.

Mandarin Hainan Chicken Rice (文华海南鸡饭)

In my previous post on Singapore Hawker Food Part 4, I mentioned that I would like to try this stall to compare it with the roasted chicken and pork stall at Food Park in Tampines West. I managed to head down to Ang Mo Kio to visit my cousin’s house, and I dropped by the Mayflower Food Centre located next to the Mayflower MRT station. Google’s review of this stall is quite low, and it has 3 stars only.

My opinion is the rice was nice and fragrant. The soup was nice too. The roasted chicken and roasted pork were on average only. I think maybe barbecue pork (char siew) is better, I could not remember now. I did not manage to try their char siew on that day.

This stall does not have a mix of the three items set. It could be more expensive compared to the Food Park at Tampines West. Check out the link below for part 4 to know more.

Address: 162 Ang Mo Kio Ave 4, #01-11, Singapore 560162.

References

Rumah Makan Minang

It is a restaurant that serves good Indonesian food according to my Indonesian friend who brought me to one of the branches a few years ago. On Chinese New Year eve, I visited the restaurant at the Our Tampines Hub with my friend for lunch. There was a short queue before my turn to order food.

Halal Indonesian restaurant specializing in reasonably priced Minangkabau cuisine, namely Nasi Padang and Beef Rendang.

I ordered less rice and picked a vegetable with a portion of the signature beef rendang. The beef rendang was cooked with spices and I liked its aroma. It was tender, and they cut the beef into smaller pieces before serving me.

Overall, it is pricey to eat Indonesian food but I think beef rendang is worth the price. Another highlight is the sambal Belado Merah – Minangkabau style sambal that is very spicy, even my Indonesian friend said the same. It is not free sambal.

Address: Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, #B1-47A, 528523

Bedok Food Centre

In total, I have visited the food centre about three times, twice at night and once in the afternoon. I would like to share my food reviews at Bedok Food Centre. The journey from my house to the food centre is about 25 minutes by bus or I can choose to take MRT and change bus too.

During my first visit with my friend, I did not manage to try the famous dessert stall, Ye Lai Xiang’s ch’ng teng because they closed at night. We ordered some non-spicy food to try because my friend cannot take spicy food.

Green Sky Fried Kway Teow

I would recommend trying it, although it is not as best as some others in the city, it is still good with some wok hei (heat from the wok). The fried kway teow is slightly wet, still flavourful, it is not the oily type that after eating for a while I feel jelak (sick of eating). A reasonable portion of ingredients, we opted out cockles for that night.

We shared the fried carrot cake from the same stall too. We ordered the white version and asked to put aside the chilli paste for us. My friend did not take much chilli, but I enjoyed the chilli paste very much. If I were eating it myself, these two plates are my full load of carb of the day.

Satay Solo

We ordered the beef and mutton satay. I could not recall whether the cost per stick is how much, somehow, I think the recent visit on Nov 2021, the price has been revised. Still, it is a good try. On the left is beef and on the right is mutton. Both are tender, it is not until juicy type, but at least it is not dried.

There are some other stalls selling satay too, maybe I shall try to compare the food quality and tastes.

From the same stall, I managed to try their Nasi Rawon and Ayam Penyet. Many Google reviews recommended Nasi Rawon. It is my first time trying the Nasi Rawon, I did not know how does it taste. My review is based on my first impression and how I preferred the food to be.

The paru is acceptable, but not until I would say, wow, nice. Maybe, I seldom eat paru, so my comment is not very accurate. The sliced beef is tender; I wish they could give me more compared to paru. The beef tenderness is not as good as the Hajah Maimunah’s beef rendang. The stars of the dish are the bergedil and sambal sotong. Both are flavourful and delicious. Sambal sotong is one of my favourites.

Next, after I Googled the black sauce, it is black keluak nut, one of the main seasonings. I think it is a little bit bland, and it is not spicy, which I believe is one of the non-spicy Indonesian foods. The sambal on the right is quite spicy; I almost finished all of it.

Lastly, the ayam penyet looks a little bit pathetic. The drumstick is relatively small, and there is one small piece of tofu and tempeh as side dishes. What is missing here? I think it is the bergedil. I do not know if all stalls will give bergedil as part of ayam penyet, but it is good to have one.

I would recommend to go for Ayam Taliwang for ayam penyet. It is one of the best ayam penyet in Singapore.

Ye Lai Xiang – Dessert

Yes, it is dessert time. Ch’ng teng is not my favourite. I just wanted to try it since many people recommended it, and I did not try it during the night visits. Again, sweet dessert is not my favourite. This dessert is delicious in terms of the ingredients given in this bowl. All the sweetness might be coming from the ingredients themselves. But I think they still put sugar syrup or sugar into boiling it.

There is one nasi ayam (chicken rice) stall here, having a very long queue. I think I will give it a try next time if they open during my next visit. I hope it is a good one because both PM Lees visited the same stall.

Address: 1 Bedok Rd, Singapore 469572.

Tampines Mall Kopitiam Food Reviews

I have been staying at Tampines for almost my entire life in Singapore. I started working in Tampines and stayed at Ang Mo Kio for half a year before moving to Tampines, staying closer to the office. I feel fortunate that recently Tampines brought in a lot of good food from the city.

The recent Tampines Mall Kopitiam food court renovation closed some old stalls and re-opened many new stalls. I would like to share my reviews about the Kopitiam food at Tampines Mall.

Although I may be active on Instagram and Facebook Page, I try the food myself without getting sponsorship or partnership with anyone. It is purely based on my opinions and preferences. No offences.

Riverside Indonesia BBQ

Ayam panggang (grilled chicken) is one of my favourites at this stall. Another dish that I will order is the ikan panggang (grilled fish) with thick kicap manis (sweet soy sauce). It comes with white rice, a small portion of curry vegetables, and a fried egg. For dine-in, they serve a bowl of vegetable soup which is nice too. The picture above is the takeaway version without the soup. I used to eat at the food court during dinner time.

The grilled chicken is tender, juicy and well tasted. I have to add on, sometimes the doneness is not really well maintained, and over-grilled. I love it is lightly charred. It goes well with their sweet sauce.

The curry vegetable is quite overcooked for my preference. I like it to be more solid, but I think it is still OK to accept it. Do try their sambal at the food counter. I always take plenty of the sambal to go with the fried egg and rice. It is wallet-friendly, generous portions, and delicious food that I can find in Tampines Mall food court.

Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/t1UoLiuWx7K8j18e8

Fish Soup

Lately, I often get this fish soup as my lunch whenever I visit Tampines Mall Kopitiam. It is the only stall in the food court where I will get my lunch because I am trying not to eat rice in the afternoon. During my recent visit, a male cashier at the counter did not seem to remember my order correctly. End up, I got a bowl of fish soup with milk.

Hjh Maimunah Mini

A family-run business restaurant opened its stall at Tampines Mall Kopitiam. It makes short my journey to the city if I want to eat good traditional Malay and Indonesian food. The Jalan Pisang branch is listed as Michelin Bib Gourmand. I tried their chicken set with 2 sides. I chose ayam masak merah and 2 types of vegetables. They offer ala carte too. I received a comment saying the beef rendang is the best.

Mee bakso is an Indonesian noodle soup dish consisting of bakso meatballs served with yellow noodles and rice vermicelli. In this bowl of mee bakso, there are plenty of cabbage and green vegetables with four medium-sized meatballs. The clear soup is a bit plain, but thankfully the fried shallots help to bring up some flavour. I wish they could slice the cabbage into smaller chunks.

Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/UQKoGHGqKdF1Fu3D6

Koo Kee Yong Tow Foo Mee

I like to eat yong tau foo and I would not feel hesitate to try out this stall too. It has been here for many years but I did not recall trying it before. The Google review and rating is pretty bad. So, let me check out the reason why. From Google searches, this brand starts in 1954. Their flavoured soup is made up of soya beans and ikan bilis (anchovies), and a bowl of speciality egg noodles with fragrant minced chicken meat toppings. If you want to get a set meal, a plate of Kang Kong with fermented bean curd sauce for a balanced meal. 

I ordered the normal set that comes with fishball, bean curd, bean curd skin and bean curd puff, all stuffed with fish paste.

The noodle is a little plain to my liking although I saw they added not only oils but other sauce to mix with the egg noodles. Maybe, I need to go with the chilli or sweet sauces to make it tasty.

Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/TxCXSsYHWYcWMxUE6

Stalls That Have Been Closed

There are some good stalls that have been closed and I wish that they will return one day or I can find them somewhere else.

Black Pot Ramen with Fried Fish

The soup was prepared in a black pot that consisted of the noodles, vegetables and half of the hard-boiled egg. There was some minced meat inside the soup too. All the meats were deep-fried and sometimes it could be quite dry because they re-heated it by re-frying them.

Besides, I can choose the meat, fish, chicken and pork, I can choose the type of noodles or go with rice. There were a few noodle selections you can choose from. The level of spiciness of the soup can be adjustable, I just need to inform the cashier when placing the orders. you can tell how spicy you want for your soup.

I pretty much liked their ramen, it was a chewy type, and that was why they called it QQ noodles. The glass noodles were a good choice too.

Stalls that have been closed, and I think it is fine to keep them in this post as a reference. It may have other branches in Singapore that one may go there to try their food.

Lixin Teochew Fishball Noodle

This fishball noodle stall has a few branches in Singapore. Based on a Google search, the stall has operated since the 1970s by using a pushcart and their first stall at Bendemeer Road Hawker Centre. After going for months of renovation, I tried their fishball noodle at the Tampines Mall food court for the first time. Tampines Mall food court brings in a few new brands into Tampines. I hope I can cover a review for each of them one day.

They offer set meals for two people. It comes with two bowls of noodles of your choice, a fish cake, 6 fish balls, 6 fish dumplings and a plate of fish sticks.

They have dark sauce dry noodles on their website, but Tampines’ branch did not offer a similar option. Their chilli paste is said to be homemade. I find it has a bit light taste, and it is sweet. The noodles were cooked al-dente and added pork lard. Next visit, I would like to try the dark sauce.

The fish cake and fish dumplings are great in texture. Do note that not many fishballs stalls’ in Singapore offer fish dumplings on their menu. Although it is an average fish dumpling, it wins stalls that do not come with fish dumplings.

However, personally, I dislike the fish sticks because it is not crispy type. I expected it to be a crispy fish stick, giving a different kind of eating experience. Also, it is oily.

The fish cake tastes a little plain, the healthier kind, I guess. I do not know why it needs to put lime juice on it. So, I did not add any to the fish cake. I ate it plain with the mee pok. Meanwhile, the fishballs are bouncy, it looks like pretty fresh. Fishball is bigger than the usual size. Personally, I think fishballs or fish dumplings can order for more.

I revisited the stall and ordered the fish dumplings with mee kia. The standard of the fish products is maintained. However, the mee kia was soggy. This time the concoction for the sauce is not improved yet and it looked starchy. It made the whole eating experience unappetizing. I am looking forward to seeing their staff’s improvement.

Google link: http://www.lixinfishball.com/home/

Good Food in The Year 2020

The year 2020 has been a hard year to many of us because of the COVID-19 virus that hits the whole world. Singapore experienced a 3-month long circuit breaker, and during that time, we limited our outdoor activities such as dining at restaurants or food courts, attending events or functions. Most of us started to work from home and learned to make home-cooked food. We glad that Singapore moved into Phase two after three months, and we are allowed to dine-in with a maximum of five people in a table. Fast forward, we are in the last month of the year now, I would like to share a list of good food that I get to try this year. It is not something expensive, but it is something that I feel it cooked with heart and taste.

Breakthrough cafe, Chinatown

My office is nearby the centre of the Chinatown, Singapore. This restaurant is located near the Chinatown MRT station, not far from the OG. I would recommend you to try the sesame oil chicken. The chicken is served in a small claypot with a generous amount of chicken and shredded fried gingers. According to my colleague, it is not easy to make the shredded fried gingers, it requires a lot of efforts and time. The sauce goes well with white rice, and you will not mind having extra rice too. The sesame oil and ginger did not overpower each other tastes. The price is reasonable and pocket friendly. Make sure that you are there early if you want to order the sesame oil chicken, it is always fast selling.

mouth restaurant, maxwell road

Just right before the circuit breaker began in Singapore, I met up with few friends for a farewell dinner at this Chinese restaurant located not far away from the Maxwell Road food court. It is just a walking distance from the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. I would recommend you to try their spring chicken and the duck. Both are delicious and worth to order. The spring chicken was well marinated, tender and juicy. I loved the minced garlic on top of the chicken. The duck served in two styles, the skin was wrapped with some vegetables in a popiah skin, while the meat cooked with other ingredient and served in the form of porridge. Other dishes that I would recommend is the barbecue pork. Unfortunately, I did not take a picture of the duck, so I cannot show the crispiness of the duck skin.

Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant, Tanjong Pagar

It was my first visit to this Indonesian restaurant. My colleague asked for lunch together, and I accepted the offer. I suggested trying Indonesian food as I hardly get to eat it alone. This restaurant is located nearby my colleague’s workplace at Tanjong Pagar MRT. I would recommend trying their beef rendang, the squid and you must order their sambal as well. They do offer set meals, so if you like to try another combination of dishes, you can consider it. For our first visit, we ordered ala-carte, so the bill came out to be quite expensive, including drinks. However, the food is really delicious, and my colleague ordered take-away for some dishes to bring home as dinner.

OmoteNashi Dining Gosso, BOAT QUAY

If you are looking for a good yakitori restaurant, I would like to suggest you this Japanese yakitori restaurant situated at Boat Quay. It was my random visit to this restaurant on one of the weekend outings after the circuit breaker. Together with a friend, we ordered the grilled eel (unagi), chicken and shiitake mushrooms. Additionally, we ordered a Chicken Nanban bento set and calamari to share. I loved their yakitori, tasted good, but the long waiting time for them to serve the yakitori did not dampen our appetite on that evening. The longest wait was the eel, but it worth for the wait. Next, I loved their calamari too, from the taste, the texture and the crispiness of the batter. The overall price is reasonable.

Izakaya 95, Punggol

I went to Punggol Settlement for a walk but did not manage to go into Coney Island for a walk because it was quite late. So, I dropped by the nearby eating place to check out any nice deals. Without much Googling for the best restaurant, I picked up Izakaya, a Japanese restaurant situated at level 2. The reason why I chose this restaurant was that it has some sea view and faced the greenery.

Food wise, I tried a few dishes from their menu, and personally I would recommend Kagoshima black pork belly with teriyaki. If you like calamari, their deep fried squid legs with chilli powder looked okay, but it was a bit chewy for me. Overall dining experience is good, and the food is well tasted, delicious, generous portion, and quite satisfying.

I hope these restaurants are something that you will look forward trying in Year 2021. I will continue to write more food reviews. Thank you for your support, and Happy New Year!

Minang Kitchen

Address: 1 Venture Avenue #07-07 Big Box, 608521.

My colleagues stationed at Jurong client’s side recommended me to try this Nasi Padang from the Minang Kitchen which is located at the Big Box, one of the pretty authentic Indonesian food in Singapore.

We went to this restaurant during the lunch time peak hours and I saw a little queue at the counter and there was plenty of seats available. Do not need to worry about the seats as the restaurant can cater big crowd of people.

My colleague recommended me to try their beef in which I, myself also thought the beef should be great one. I ordered the beef which was tender and delicious, tofu with Tempe and telur dadah. My colleague added, it served best chili, the green one is said to be nicer, spicier and hotter than red one, so I took both with white rice.

They serve dendeng, an Indonesian dried sliced meat, preserved with sugar and spices and dried through the frying process. It is a Minangkabau cuisine, so I guess that is how the restaurant named after.

 

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