Breakthrough Cafe

It is located at the People Park Centre, opposite the Chinatown Point. It is easily accessible and located as it is facing the side of the Singapore State Court. It opens in the morning for dim sum as breakfast and serves lunches before it closes around 4pm, according to my colleague.

Four of us walked to this restaurant for lunch and we decided to share the dishes together.

We tried the pig trotters, it is not my favourite at all especially the amount of fat on top of the meat. So, I take half of the egg soaked in the vinegar. This sauce is rich in collagen and said to be protein-rich and helps with muscle strengthening and repair. No doubt it is one of the warm to your heart dishes.

My favourite is the sesame oil chicken topped with shredded fried gingers. According to two of my colleagues, they said to make these shredded fried gingers need a lot of effort and time to prepare and cook. The sauce is nice to mix with rice and the amount of meat inside this little claypot is generous enough for us to share.

The sesame oil chicken always sells fast and it would be good if you can be there early for lunch to avoid this dish being sold out.

The less promising dish is the curry fish with assorted vegetables. The sauce is a little diluted. All of us agreed that this curry needs more santan (coconut milk) to make them taste richer and the sauce thicker. They wish to make more pineapples too. However, the portion looks generous and a lot of vegetables.

My colleague recommends us to try the egg tarts as well. It is a Hong Kong style egg tart which sells like a hot cake.

Address: 101A Upper Cross Street, #01-02A-C, People’s Park Centre, 058358 Singapore.

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.

DePizza

The Nasi Lemak Pizza, a locally inspired, nasi lemak favor pizza. You can try this pizza at DePizza, which situated next to the Singapore River at Raffles Place. The restaurant is on the second floor facing the Singapore River.

The pizza comes with sambal paste as the sauce base of the thin crust pizza. So, it is a little bit spicy for some of the people. It topples with cucumber slices, some chicken meat, slices of an egg, and some anchovies.

According to a food blogger, the homemade sambal sauce was impressive, that is quite okay. The blogger mentions that “the fragrance of the pandan and coconut cream was also strong enough to cut through the denser cheese.” I did not entirely agree with it because I did not get the taste of having some coconut cream together with sambal paste. (Reference: https://sethlui.com/depizza-singapore-fusion-pizza-singapore/#ixzz661WzpCKA)

I am not sure whether the cheese has overtaken the pandan and coconut cream smell. Besides that, the waiter took very long to serve us the Nasi Lemak Pizza. I think they need to improve their services a lot.

We ordered the mushroom-based pizza that is most likely is a vegetarian Additional order is the truffle fries. The texture of the fries is quite hard, maybe it deep-fried too long. It did not taste good, and it was such a waste with truffle on top of the fries. Maybe, if you can find a pizza crust from the supermarket, you can do it yourself at home.

This experience made me recall the days when I was in Tasmania, where I bought the pizza dough and made my pizza. If I can find the thin pizza crust from the supermarket, I am sure I can try to make a pizza with my oven. It is because the ingredients used to make these pizza seem to be simple, just like the mushrooms pizza below. I quite like this pizza as compared to the Nasi Lemak pizza.

Address: 35A Boat Quay, Singapore 049824

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.

Fu Lin Bar & Kitchen

Today’s lunch is a little further from the working place; we traveled to Telok Ayer to try the yong tau foo. My colleague says this yong tau foo is different than the normal ones in the food court because of their unique sauces. Since I have not eaten yong tau foo for quite sometimes, I suggested trying there.

The Fulin Bar and Kitchen at Telok Ayer is very crowded, and it is not easy to find a place for a large group. So, I would suggest you go with a small group. Soon, after we got our seats, we queued to get our meal. The lunch menu goes by the basic six pieces of yong tau foo; you can add rice or noodle, and you can have it with soup based or dry sauce.

For myself, I ordered six pieces of my favorite yong tau foo and added a bowl of noodles. The stall offers a single type of noodles, and I do not see other types of noodles available, or the cashier did not ask what types of noodles I want to order. Besides that, it seems like the default version is dry.

Most of the yong tau foo is fried stuff and a handful of vegetables. Below is what I have picked. Well, I cannot even recognized them now 🙂 Mainly, they are brinjal, bitter gourd, beancurd puff, etc. Then it topped with their special sauce.

The dry noodle uses the same special sauce, which contains some minced mushrooms and minced pork. The sauce is not salty, tasted just right, but it is starchy and slightly oily. It is not a good pairing when I have both fried food and starchy sauce.

Address: 127 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068596.

Chic-a-boo

A fried chicken fast food chain by Aston. It offers some tender fried chickens, burgers, sides and set meals. In the set meal menu, it offers a combination of fried chicken and fish. Although, it may look odd walking into a fried chicken fast food chain and order the fried fish, the combo gives customers an option of instead just having fried chicken only, customers can choose to have 1 piece of fried fish.

I did not order this combo set, I ordered the 2-pieces fried chicken. On the menu, it is stated that we cannot choose which part of the chicken we preferred. It is all by your luck, maybe or what the kitchen can do is preparing the fried chickens with randomly picking up them from the tray or they can also go by its fried chickens’ weight? Hey, who is so free to weight them.

The set meal comes with a bottle of your preferred soft drink or mineral water, then 2-pieces of fried chicken which cannot choose the preferred parts and 2 preferred side dishes. I chose the potato wedges and I found that Aston’s potato wedges are nice than Chic-a-boo’s ones. But, I thought they should have used the same type of potato wedges or same suppliers. The coleslaw is just nice, not a really great one too. I was too full to finish up the coleslaw, anyway.

In my next visit in the future, I would love to try the chicken burgers which come with 2 favours to choose from, the black pepper or the chicken mayo. From the picture I took from my colleague who ordered the burger, it looked so promising with the thick fried chicken meat. At least, I get to eat all the meat without having to think about which part of the chicken I am eating.

Let us look at the size of the bun and the size of the fried chicken meat. It is a huge comparison, is it? I can try this burger anytime as Chic-a-boo has several outlets in Singapore.

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.