Geylang Bahru Market: Hui Wei Ban Mian

Many online foodies recommended to try the ban mian from the stall called Hui Wei Ban Mian which is located at Geylang Bahru Food Market. The signature chili ban mian is a little soggy, missed out the chewy texture of what a noodle should be. The noodle soaked up the quite salty sauce quickly. I am not sure whether the ban mian or mee hoon kueh will have a better texture than u-mian.

The onsen egg is good, the ingredients are generous and the chili paste is spicy, it gave some kick when mixed with the noodle. I believed the saltiness of the sauce came from the minced meat. The soup is also salty which I think it needs some improvement to it. It maybe goes well with soup based noodle but I am not sure too because I did not try their soup based noodles’ selections. They offer variety types of noodles, from meat to seafood, both spicy and non-spicy.

I always think the soup based should be tasted with light sweet of the essence from the seafood and meat cooked during the preparation of a bowl of noodle.

The queue is quite long during lunch time, however the lady takes the orders while queuing so it saves some time from there.

Address: 69 Geylang Bahru, #01-58, Singapore 330069.

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Din Tai Fung

The Steamed Chicken Soup from Din Tai Fung is one of the good recommendations of dishes to order from this restaurant. I searched online for the ingredients to boil this chicken soup. The ingredients are quite simple, they are one whole chicken, Shaoxing wine (Chinese rice wine), scallions (just need the trimmed ends) and fresh ginger.

My colleague tried to boil this soup before but unsuccessfully to get the right taste from the recipe. Does anyone try to boil the same soup before? Mind to share your experience?

It is a real chicken soup made of fresh ingredients and tasted well, not oily but it is slightly strong with ginger taste. The chicken meat is not overly cooked which I think it is boiled separately from the main soup based.

Rocku Yakiniku

Rocku Yakiniku, 201 Victoria Street, #04-06 Bugis+, Singapore 188067.

I saw the Eatigo’s promotion for the Japanese charcoal grilled buffet with 50% discount for weekday’s lunch. The promotion did not include drink. The promotion ended in 30th June. I found it quite good for my team gathering and suggested it to my boss to bring the team for a quarterly gathering. Unfortunately, the booking through the Eatigo cannot be done because of limited quota allocated per day. Although, we cannot make it for team lunch, my colleague and myself went on our own on one of the weekdays.

Upon arrival, we saw a big crowd of people in the restaurant, we wondered whether they were closed for event or something. I approached the waitress and told her about my booking. We were served shortly after that.

Unlimited meat replenishment, from beef, pork to chicken but need to pay extra for salmon and prawns. I do not recommended to go for salmon as it could be hard to grill on this kind of surface. The salmon might be quite sticky on the surface and it would be wasted. 

Our first round of meat consisted of pork, beef and bacon. We did not order the chicken 🙂 The fire is hot and easy to grill and then, we started to add more meat and placed more orders for meat and mussels. The meat did not really marinated but it is still nice tasted. However, I found the bacon was slightly salty. I think it is common. There are sauces at the bar for us to dip with the meat. Besides that, we grilled some mushrooms and vegetables which we can get them from the bar too. Selection of vegetable is quite limited.

Somehow, after the first round of mussels, the next order for more mussels came late and we got 3 plates in the end. So it became mussels feast for the 2nd last grilling session before we wrapped up our lunch with last round of grilling the beef and pork.

Other sides dishes from the bar which I took was the chawanmushi, fried noodle and edamame.

Overall, it is quite worthy to try for the charcoal grill which limited to 80 minutes per session and I think they do not really check the timing during our visit, but they will ask us to pay the bill before end of the session. Without the promotion, this buffet is quite expensive with limited selection and quite poor services because of big crowd especially when the tour groups are in the restaurant.

Koon Bak Kut Teh

Address: 119 Lavender Street, Singapore 338731.

It was sunny and hot day to walk out for lunch and it was too boring to eat around our office, so we ended up somewhere nearby, not too far away from our location. It is a franchise Bak Kut Teh’s restaurants, Koon, which can be found in several locations in Singapore. I ordered the Singapore Braised Meat Rice for myself and the rest of them tried the Signature Sesame Oil Chicken.

It came with few pieces of the braised pork belly, braised half boiled egg, some salted vegetable, braised peanuts and half piece of the fried tau pok (beancurd) on top of the white rice in a small porcelain bowl. The well braised pork belly were quite fatty as usual and it melted in my mouth easily. With the braised meat’s sauces, the soft peanuts and the salted vegetable mixed well with the white rice.

It could be one of the good choice of dish if you do not want to eat bak kut teh at this restaurant. Besides, braised half boiled egg, you can change it to salted egg too.

Shabu Shabu at Ramen Champion

Ramen Champion – Shabu shabu promotion, The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, 03-89, 059817 Singapore. 

When there is a free lunch, people will definitely make their way to attend the event regardless of where they are and what they are doing. It was a word shared by my friend last time. However, I received a different remark when I organized a farewell gathering.

Some ex-colleague gave me a jealousy remark after she has gotten to know the gathering was held days after her last day of service, as though I was the one who decided the date for the farewell gathering. First of all, it is none of her business because she left the company and the gathering was not planned for her too. It was supposed to be held in late April but it was brought forward and I did not think I need to explain more so I ended the conversation with the ex-colleague immediately after the remark.

Neither I would control people’s jealousy toward us nor how much you want to eat for that night, it was a buffet style shabu shabu in a Japanese ramen shop. If I am not mistaken this restaurant sells quite good ramen too and I ordered a bowl of noodle to try as well during my visit.

Free flow of meats, comprises of chicken, beef and pork of your choices, you can choose your soup base too. My table ordered 6 tray of each meat with other additional seafood ingredients picked from the bar such as clams, crabs and prawns. During my visit, the crabs and prawns are not fresh enough, clams are quite fresh.

Besides meats, they do offer vegetables and various types of mushrooms. They are quite fresh and always replenished by their staff. The drink is not included in the buffet so you have to pay additional cost if you want to get their drink as well. The buffet does not come with desserts means it does not serve ice-cream, something that Sukiya does offer.

Since we are quite large group of people and they have other customers who either went for the shabu shabu or normal meal, sometimes, their services then to be slow and not too attentive to our request for additional meats and noodle, replenish our soup.

Overall, it is worth for the money especially I bought the ticket through fave with discounted price for visit during the weekdays. The wide food varieties and quiet ambiance in the Japanese restaurant make it worth for revisit in the future when they have the same promotion again.

Hutong Lot 10

Hutong, Lot 10 Shopping Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Hutong is an high class, air-conditioned and well-maintained food court in the KL city. It is located at the Lot 10 Shopping Center, it is just next to the Iseten Japanese supermarket. It is decorated with old decoration and display items and it is using all the old style’s tables and chairs. They are the famous stalls which you can find it around KL city. well-known eatery. Even I mentioned “high class”, the price of the food here is inexpensive when compared the price with other food court in the city.

My aunt wanted to eat the Penang fried kway teow with egg and the minced meat noodle from the Soong Kee Noodle for lunch, therefore, we went out to the city with the MRT, a little bit adventurous with her on the Saturday’s afternoon.

The stall which sells this Penang delicacy located opposite to the Bak Kut Teh stall. You cannot miss this stall when you are coming down from the side escalator as you can see some delicious pictures of the fried kway teow on the wall. If you wish to try the fried noodle with duck egg, they do offer it with additional cost. The fragrant from the fried noodle and the chili’s spiciness give a good kick. If you do not wish to eat spicy, you can tell them no chili.

Although I am not sure they are originated from which famous stall in Penang city, the cook does a good job. I guess the cook who prepared my plate of fried noodle is not a local, however, he has a good skill and with the fresh ingredients like cockles, middle sized prawns and bean sprout and the “wok hei” (heat from the wok), the fried kway teow still as good as those in Penang.

Next, we tried the minced meat and beef balls noodle from the Soong Kee noodle. You can find the original Soong Kee noodle stall in Petaling Street, the Chinatown in the KL city. I quite like their noodle cooks al-dente and it is not oily after mixed with the minced meat. More importantly, they add vegetable into the bowl of noodle which is rarely found. The taste is well-maintained, not overly done and it is not salty. The beef balls are handmade, springy and firm.

Again, I guess the workers are not local but they are trained and monitored by their local masters who eventually helped out to prepare my bowl of noodle with extra minced meat. My set of noodle comes with a bowl of four beef balls, a plate of vegetable and a cup of hot Chinese tea.

Chuan Chuan Le

Address: 64 Horne Road, Singapore 209072.
It is a fusion Chinese cuisine, specializing in BBQ, according to the website after a Google search. They serve Sze Chuan food too. We were there for dinner on the March 14th, after the weekly run for our upcoming marathon in April.

One of our colleagues suggested to try the food here and we walked down to Horne Road from the office. The restaurant opens until late, 4 am in the morning, however, they begin their business in the evening time. Since, it is a BBQ restaurant, it is reasonable to open at late hours.

Unable to recall the name of the dish. However, the dish is delicious, tasted well, not over-cooked, not too oily and most importantly, it is not too spicy although the dried chilies on the surface seems a lot. The best thing is it is not too oily, where the amount of chili oil controls the taste of the food quite well. It consists of generous amount of chicken meats, vermicelli and bean sprouts.

Then, we ordered two other dishes. The hot plate tofu, which I hardly do it myself at home and a plate of vegetable. The hot plate tofu serves with the Chinese sausage, not the dried Chinese sausage, just to be clear. It is quite unique in a way. Other ingredients are quite normal which are small sized prawns, vegetables and sliced mushroom. Overall, it is well tasted, just a little a bit oily.

Lastly, we added on the grilled enoki mushroom with chilies and garlic. A simple dish with minimal ingredients and yet, it is tasted good too. I can try to make this at home one day.