Good Food in the Year 2019

As we just wrapped up the Year 2019, let me pick up my favourite top 5 food that I ate last year, and it worth the try. It goes without ordering as below:

Werner Oven, Joo Chiat. (Closed)

It is an authentic German cuisine recommended by an ex-colleague during one of the farewells last year. The location is a little bit harder to reach, but it worth the trip. I liked their pork knuckle and sausages. Basically, it is the meat platter below.

Easy Noodles Bar, Foch Road. (Closed)

Chicken Roulade, minced meat rolled inside a chicken breast, I think. Everything was meaty. It comes in two portions, nicely grilled, still tender, and delicious. Nikujaga is my favorite of all the dishes we ordered. Japanese beef stewed with vegetables, and the stock was sweet and tasty. According to Sethlui.com, they use grain-fed Angus beef, which marinated with shoulder, mirin, and sake. The meat was tender and easily melted in my mouth.

Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, DUO.

Hitsumabushi regular set. Each live unagi is first skewered and grilled over a hot charcoal grill. After being charred for about 15 minutes, the eel is brushed with a secret house-made gravy made from ingredients such as soya sauce and brown sugar. The eel is then flame-broiled to retain its juiciness, while the flavours develop. Each portion features a bed of rice topped with thickly-sliced pieces of Japanese unagi. A small pitcher of dashi broth, a plate of pickles, and a plate of condiments containing strips of seaweed, chopped spring onion, and freshly grated wasabi came with the prized unagi donburi. I get to experience how to grate the Japanese horseradish myself. Too much work on it.

The Coconut Club, Ann Siang Rd.

The basic nasi lemak is superb. It gives half a chicken if you asked for breast meat, and I think it is the same goes to a drumstick. The sides are very generous too. You can compare this nasi lemak with those set A or B. It is 7x more expensive!!! And it is 7x more satisfied.

LeNu Taiwan Beef Noodle Restaurant, Bugis.

I tried it once at the Jurong branch and during that visit, I ordered the garoupa fish with perserved vegetables. I recommended other friends to try it at the Bugis branch and that was my second visit. She took the mala style while I chose pickled vegetable soup base for the noodle. The noodle texture is al-dente, ingredients are generous, hope they can improve the soup base a bit more, that would be great.

For next year, I hope I can explore more good and healthy food and share it with everyone. Happy New Year.

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.

Eminent Frog Porridge

Perhaps this is my first entry about frog porridge. In Singapore, frog porridge is quite famous among the Chinese. My friend recommended me to visit this restaurant situated at Geylang when I asked for a suggestion for a good location to have frog porridge as dinner. In Geylang, you can find a few different restaurants selling frog porridge too.

Usually, they sell in an odd number of frogs (so far, based on my experience in two other stalls). Two of us ordered two frogs, and we got one free. Next, we chose our favours for these frogs, one cooked with kong pao style (fried dried chili sauce) and herbal chicken essence. They added a bottle of chicken essence into the herbal soup. Guess, it made it pretty worth the price.

I quite liked the kong bao style because the sauce paired perfectly with the plain porridge. Usually, people will mix the sauce with the porridge. Of course, the porridge looked dark because of the sauce, but it tasted delicious and tasty. The soupy chicken essence style was my first time, and it is a good idea. But, the porridge did not go well with the chicken soup because of its strong herbal taste.

The plain porridge pot is quite significant for two persons. It would be great if a third person is joining us or take away the leftover for another day.

Address: 323 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389359.

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