Lai Wah Restaurant

Last Thursday, I went out for dinner at Lai Wah Restaurant. The restaurant located at Bendemeer Road. It was recommended by my friend to visit here for Cantonese cuisine. Together with two other ladies, we headed to the restaurant at 7pm after I received my freelance payment and completed the formality. 

We ordered three dishes and a plate of noodles to share. Two of the dishes were my favorite; the yam ring and pork ribs. We asked for the recommendations from the waitress. In my assumption, she simply suggested us to order the salted egg crispy squid. She added the salted egg crispy squids were delicious and unique. Well, I was not convinced, but we were fine to try it. Instead of going for white rice, we ordered one of their fried noodles that turned out to be fried hor fun with venison.

Overall, the dishes were just all right. It was not the best Cantonese cuisine so far. However, it able to maintain some of the traditional Cantonese dishes such as the yam ring, consider pretty good. The yam ring’s texture was a little hard, but the taste was quite close to those I tried in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

The pork rib is a common dish in Cantonese restaurants. Some restaurants try to suit some customers’ requirements and change the pork rib to pork chop with the same cooking style.

The fried hor fun with venison looked great on other people’s photos when I googled it from my mobile phone. Another waiter suggested us to try it because I mentioned that I wanted to try fried hor fun. When the waiter served the fried hor fun with venison, I felt a little disappointed. The fried hor fun flooded with starchy black sauce; it tasted normal. I will not be recommending it to you for trying.

Lastly, the salted egg crispy squid can give a miss too. 

My friend told me that this restaurant is an old brand in Singapore. The restaurant packed with people, especially during the Chinese New Year. I do wish to revisit the restaurant to try other dishes, some of my favorite Cantonese dishes. If you have tried it before this, do recommend some dishes that you will like me to try.

Address: Lai Wah Restaurant, Block 44 Bendemeer Road, Singapore.

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.

Ho Kee Pau

A Chinese traditional dim sum house in Singapore which is located at Lorong 27, Geylang, Singapore, opens from morning and late night. It is conveniently located nearby Aljunied MRT and easily accessible by public transportation.

Simple setting and spacious, I went there for dinner recently with three others on one of the weekdays. It was not crowded and we ordered a lot of different types of dim sum, both steamed and fried types. Our table was full of little plates of dim sum.

Seriously, I have no ideas if this is good idea for having a full table of food for dinner. No warnings were given I think about the number of food we ordered and how big the portion would be.

We used to eat at Swee Choon at Jalan Besar and we thought size and quantity of dim sum were similar. It proved us wrong. Let us see the big bowl of porridge, it is century egg porridge with additional of a normal chicken egg. Too many eggs right! It is quite delicious and I loved the texture of the porridge, it is Cantonese style. What do I mean? Well, if you ever tried a silky smooth porridge before, you will know the fineness and smoothness of the porridge is different than the Teow Chew style.

Next, I pretty liked the fried beancurd skin with prawn, it is crispy and yet it is not too oily. The size is just nice as compared to the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. You can see the difference of these two fried food on my picture on the bottom right. The darker colour fried items are the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. I believed the ingredients are the same with the normal sui kow’s skin dumpling.

Sometimes, we like to eat cheap and big in size dim sum to make our money worth. However, it does not mean we enjoy the food at all. I would prefer dim sum comes in a regular or small size because every single bite of it is meat and more meat. It is not recommended to eat so much at one time and unable to enjoy the rest of the food.

Overall, the dim sum here is cheap, big in portion, worth for the money if you are meat-goer and just want to eat until full without burning your wallet. I personally like Swee Choon and Wan Dou Sek for dim sum.

Address: 43 Lor 27 Geylang, Singapore 388176.

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

Sakae Sushi Collagen Hotpot

In my most recent food discoveries, I booked the Singtel x HungryGoWhere’s offer for a 50% discounts from Sakae Sushi. The offer valids for their collagen hotpot set. From their menu, the chicken collagen soup based costs $10++ and they have other 3 types of soups. For ingredients such as meats and vegetables, there is not many varieties and they do serve selected seafood.

This set meal offers did not allow me to choose any ingredients which include this two fish paste with Tobikko, chicken, tofu and enoki mushroom. Other ingredients, you can order ala-carte from the menu.

The above pictures are the ingredients of the set meal for myself. I am not too sure that it is a portion of 1 person or two persons. I was having it all by myself for lunch. Their usual price states at the HungryGoWhere’s website is $32.50.

Worth for the price?

In my opinion, it depends. If the price is at the 50% discounts, yet it is something worth to try as it is cheaper than any other eat-all-you-can hotpot buffet outside. However, I’m limited to chicken and fish paste which I think it does not cost much.

The chicken cubes are not marinated and tasteless when it cooks with the collagen soup. Yea, what to expect right? The chicken does not go well with wasabi, so the only sauce I can dip with the meat is soy sauce. There is no ways to find chili padi or chili paste in a Japanese restaurant.

Then, the fish paste with Tobikko. Cooking them in the hotpot is fun by making my own fish paste ball into the soup. However, the fish paste tends to be too soft. I guess it is because of not enough real fish paste.

Am I full after that?

Of course, I do! With the whole collagen soup… Sound crazy. Well, I did not finish the whole pot of soup, it is crazy. The soup tends to turn salty when it cooks longer and the mushroom and tofu do filling up my stomach. Therefore, I did not order extra ingredients.

But, I ordered an unagi sushi from their menu. It costs $4.39++. Each different sushi is differentiated by coloured plate.

The unagi sushi is served by one of their waiters instead of delivered by the “little train” on top of the sushi belt. It looks perfectly stunning on the plate with my background and a small drop of teriyaki sauce on the plate.

How does it taste?

Unagi itself with the Japanese rice are good, just too much sauce. I think, it would be great to go without the extra sauce too because everything turns to be quite savoury. I ate this before began my hotpot.

Generally dining experience was good, quiet corner and private. The taste of the food maybe need to adjust a little bit. Their hot or cold green tea are not free of charge and they charged at different price for hot and cold green tea. Other than that, they do serve other drinks and alcohol.

I still find it weird to have hotpot next to the sushi belt, although, at the other side of the restaurant, I can see someone having their teppanyaki.

Address: 80 Marine Parade Rd, #B1-84B C Parkway Parade, Singapore 449269.

Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen

It is famous with its tagline, “Volcano Ramen”.

I think this is one of the best ramen restaurant in Singapore, at least, I saw a few food bloggers have been writing about it and shared their experience having the “volcano” ramen.

For the first time, I tried it at JEM, Jurong East, Singapore’s branch with my colleagues during the lunch time. The lunch crowd during my visit was just normal, no waiting time was required and the waitress was readily to serve us.

Their menu has quite extensive selection of ramen with the normal Shio and Shoyu are in the list and other specialty ramen to be chosen if you want to try something different especially the advertised “volcano” ramen.

Myself, for the first time visit, I go for its original recipe, I ordered the Shoyu based soup with ramen, char siew, pickles, half of the onsen egg and beansprouts.

I really have a question about the ramen sold in any restaurants in Singapore. How come if I choose to order a charshu ramen, it always just come with a piece of meat only? It is in a rare case it will have more than one unless, we choose to have more meat.

I wanted to say it is a basic ramen which we can find it anywhere, I mean the noodle itself is really basic, no thick no thin, and definitely it does not look like handmade. The level of springiness of the noodle I cannot really remember.

The pork broth is thick, rich and slightly salty to my taste but I think it is just right for anyone else. Just with a piece of meat, I did not feel full and have to almost finish up the soup to make my stomach. It is not a good idea at all.

For other colleagues who ordered the Ishiyaki Ramen or Hot Stone Roast Ramen which is the “volcano” ramen, there is a set of instructions to follow before start eating the ramen. While waiting for their noodle to be done, the table was served with free flow hard boiled eggs, just similar to another ramen restaurant I visited before. I, myself took one.

This is the scene of preparing the “volcano” ramen where the free flow broth is served too. The waitress poured the broth on to the bowl of ramen before covered it with a cone shaped lid. While the hot stone is hot, it will “cook” the ramen.

It has a timer for them to cook until it is best served and the bowl of noodle is good to serve for two persons unless you are a very big eater!

Address: JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Rd, #03 – 09, Singapore 608549.

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.