The Days After Surgery

In my previous post, I mentioned that I took a bus to Our Tampines Hub, two stops from Changi Hospital for lunch. Before that, I asked the nurse if there is any food that I cannot eat after the surgery. The nurse said, no. I would like to share pictures of the food that I ate after the surgery and some of the events that happened during this one week of resting at home.

Yong Tau Foo

I ordered the yong tau foo without noodles. For additional noodles, it will cost another 50 cents. I was thinking I just needed a quick late lunch and went back home for a good rest. I targeted to focus on protein than carbs during this period.

Address: Jia Le Yong Tau Foo, 495 Tampines Ave 5, #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.

I was too tired after my shower, and I went to sleep after I submitted my hospitalization leave. I slept for two hours and by the time I woke up, it was evening time. I settled down by ordering zi char at the hawker centre nearby.

Hong Kong Fried Noodles

I love eating Hong Kong fried noodles, so I ordered them from the zi char stall here. It was my first time trying the zi char stall here. There are many comments about this zi char stall but I did not think further. After trying it, personally, I would prefer the zi char stall called the Tong Garden Seafood at Tampines Street 43’s Everyday Come Eating House or the Jia Le Xian Zhu Chao at Tampines Street 45. However, I think it depends on the chef that cooks it.

Address: 419 Seafood, HDB 01-, 419 Tampines Street 41 (S)520419 Singapore 520419 Tampines Street 41, # 104, 520419.

After dinner, I took my antibiotic pill, showered, and made a phone call to my aunt to tell her all went well before I headed to sleep. I did not really drink a lot of water that day but my poo was dark in colour. I wondered for a while. It could be the body waste from my surgery.

Homemade Kaya Butter Toast

I bought a loaf of wholemeal bread, butter and a small bottle of kaya from the Fairprice supermarket to make my breakfast. I made it almost every morning. To make it looks like that is selling in the drink stall, I added an extra piece of butter in the middle of the bread. I did not toast my bread. I am unsure if this is still considered a healthy food because of the ingredients used to make kaya butter bread. I should reduce my sugar intake.

Homemade wanton soup

I am pretty good at making wanton soup and I made some too. I can have the wanton without adding noodles to the soup. Making wanton soup at home is quick and easy. Also, I need more protein for my recovery.

Making cold soba at home

On the second day, I took my antibiotic after my morning brunch. It caused me to feel sleepy and I took an afternoon nap. Occasionally, I felt pain around my wound and another part of my upper body. I maintained my carb intake and tried to focus on protein intake. However, I must remind myself about the sugary food.

Economic fried beehoon

Some articles say that I can eat eggs and some say cannot. I am unsure which one is true. An egg is a source of protein too, however, I think, the egg yolk might not be good for someone after surgery. Besides that, in Chinese belief, it is not good to take soy sauce or dark soy sauce after surgery because it would cause the wound darker. It is too late for me to undo what I have eaten. I added soy sauce when making wantons too. On the third day, I walked to the wet market, I wanted to have some walks and sun. Besides that, I wanted to buy fish for dinner. I had fried beehoon for breakfast which I think was a wrong choice because of the usage of dark soy sauce and sugar. On top of it, there were a fried egg and vegetarian goose. But, they were delicious food.

Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.

Salted bun

I think I did not follow much of what I should not eat after surgery. I ate a salted bun that I bought from the same coffee shop on the same morning. Although it is not deep fried or oily, I think I should not eat heaty food too. However, I loved this salted bun, and it is very nice compared to the salted buns from Eastlink food court at Tampines Interchange, U-taste at the Tampines Interchange and Dough Culture at Tampines Mall.

Address: Everyday Come Coffee Shop 天天來咖啡店, 477 Tampines Street 43, #01-190, Singapore 520477.

Home-brewed black coffee

I paired the salted bun with black coffee and ate with Hugo (the soft toy in the background). Hugo has been my breakfast-lunch-dinner buddy since day 2 because I was alone at home. I made my home-brewed black coffee using the coffee powder from Suzuki, a local brand in Singapore. I bought it from Fairprice supermarket.

Home-cooked yee mian with vegetables, egg and sliced gingers

An article mentioned that eating gingers have a variety of effects on the skin that may contribute to improved wound healing. So, I added some sliced gingers to my noodles. I cooked with egg and vegetables. I think I need to eat more leafy and green vegetables. Again, I grabbed Hugo to eat with me while watching some drama. It was quite boring at home alone and eating alone.

I still can feel slight discomfort on and off throughout the whole day. No major issues with my health, wound, or my diet. I still needed to take an afternoon nap after my lunch. I tried to do something different on the fourth day because I have been limiting my activities in the past few days.

Avocado with egg toast

Finishing the avocado that I bought some time ago with an egg. I made the toast using the air fryer. The egg white was not fully cooked but I do not think I should air-fry it longer than 10 minutes. Maybe, I need a bigger piece of bread so that the egg is right on top of the bread. The egg yolk was still rummy when I bite on it.

I took a shower to remove the waterproof plaster that covered my wound as per instructed by the nurse. I could do so on the fourth day. Nothing happened after the plaster was removed. I went out to explore another neighbourhood, Serangoon.

Char kway teow

Cheat day food. I am not supposed to eat char kway teow because it is oily and cooked with dark soy sauce. It came with prawns too. Some myths mentioned that having chicken and seafood slows down wound healing. I took two pieces of prawns with some eggs. The char kway teow is a bit spicy. I think it is best not to eat any spicy food for a week. I broke the rule. I did not encounter any bad experiences after eating the noodles. Days after that, I did have a little discomfort but I am unsure whether it is related. I did not feel pain in my wound area.

Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.

Three-layer coffee

Three-layer refers to the three layers of coffee, evaporated milk, and palm sugar syrup. The drink is usually served cold. The differences in density among these three ingredients give the appearance of three layers of colour. I shall avoid sugary sweets and sugary drinks.

Address: NAN YANG DAO 南洋岛, Blk 262 Serangoon Central, #01-85, Singapore: 550262.

Ice-cream

I am not sure if ice cream is allowed as the website that I used to check what I can eat after surgery mentioned that I can eat plain ice cream. What is plain ice cream? I think it may refer to vanilla ice cream. I have two more chocolate cones inside my freezer. I need to keep it for another time.

Address: 15-2 Jln Riang, Singapore 358987.

I failed my fourth day of recovery with plenty of carbs and food that I should not be eating. They did no good for my recovery. I skipped dinner on the fourth day. I ate something light before I took my medication and went to bed. It took me a while before I fell asleep too.

The fifth day was not pleasantly good, I did not have enough rest the night before. I dreamt a lot through the night and was unable to catch some quality sleep. After I woke up from my sleep, I went to check my emails and re-sent the leave application to my HR as an update. I did not go back to rest immediately. Instead, I planned to go out for lunch. I travelled out to the Bedok area and tried to have some slow walks around the area as part of my exercise. My working exercise did not affect my recovery at the moment.

Zhong Xing Ban Mian

A little disappointed with the ban mian that I ate at Bedok Interchange Food Center. I ordered the dry version which I should not have, yet the sauce was not up to the taste. Compared to the L32 Handmade Noodles, this stall needs to improve its sauce for the dry version. The soup was salty, it should go well for the soup version. I tried a little bit of the chilli paste for a taste. It needs improvement too. For the carbs portion, it was generous, and they served with plenty of anchovies, minced meat and a cooked egg. I would prefer the egg to be placed in the soup.

Address: Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, 208B New Upper Changi Rd, #01-46, Singapore 462208.

Duke Bakery

I went to buy a loaf of bread from the Duke Bakery as I was around the area, so why not? I chose cranberry walnut bread. It would be my breakfast for the coming days because the wholemeal bread was going to finish.

Home-cooked chicken soup

With the remaining ingredients that I have, I cooked a bowl of chicken soup again without noodles. The shredded chicken from the chicken soup was then added with seasonings so that I could wrap it with my sandwiches. From the picture below, it looked dry and unappetizing. I cooked the shredded chicken with onion and parsley for quite a long before I off the stove, hence, the sauce dried up. Still, it went well with my plain sandwich.

On the sixth day, my medication would finish and I did not need to look for breakfast or brunch to eat before taking medication.

Initially, I planned to return to work on the sixth day so that I could work on the deployment work, however, due to a change arrangement, my DevOps team would not be in the office for me to work on it. Therefore, I dropped the plan to work in the office. I continued to work at home to clear up some of the emails and backlogs. Since I skipped breakfast, I decided to go out early to get my lunch and I could take my medication after that.

341 Beach Road Pho

I ordered the beef pho. Eating beef is a good source of protein that good for my after-surgery recovery. I added some lime juice into the soup, and of course, I tried the original taste too. The soup is tasty and mild. I prefer something stronger. Even adding the lime juice did not greatly enhance the flavour. Unlike another Vietnamese stall that I liked, this stall gave onions and beansprouts only. It did not have other greens that usually come with it. It is fine because I did not eat all the vegetables used in Vietnamese food. There were about 5-6 pieces of medium-sized beef with a generous amount of pho.

Address: Luk Lu Eating House, 341 Beach Rd, #01-06, Singapore 199567.

This eating place was quite crowded so I did not spend a lot of time finishing up my bowl of noodles and made a move to another place. I went to Golden Mile Food Centre for more options. I thought I wanted a second round before I went back but I decided just to take away a cup of coffee from this stall called Kopi More.

Kopi More

It was just for a try. I am not fancy about its way of preparing the coffee and the price for a cup of coffee from this stall is more expensive than other stalls in the same food centre. I waited patiently for my kopi-o-kosong, coffee without milk and sugar. My review is the coffee tasted like a double espresso without any sugar. It was really strong and I was not able to finish it immediately. I took it home as I have a meeting to attend.

Address: Golden Mile Food Centre #B1-49, 505 Beach Rd, 199583.

I attended the meeting with a few of my colleagues with a cup of strong coffee. I could stay awake while listening to my colleagues. I complained a lot after that. Then, another colleague asked me why I attended the meeting when I was still on hospitalization leave. My colleague told me to go rest and not to work. I listened to the advice.

Home-cooked fish and broccoli

Both are good sources of protein and vitamins that are good for my after-surgery recovery. I steamed the fish and broccoli.

On the seventh night, I dreamt a lot again but they were not really something important to remember. Lately, the dreams were about completing tasks or events. I did not sleep early too. I stayed alert even at 12AM.

Green Bean Soup

For dessert, I ate green bean soup. Green beans contain some of the vitamins that I needed after surgery such as vitamin B, iron and zinc.

Two more days before I resumed working, I intended to travel out to get my lunch instead of cooking at home. I chose to have a bowl of fish soup for my recovery. There is a stall that I wanted to try but cannot make it because it opens on weekdays and closes early too.

Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup

I do not really like fried fish, however, this stall did not have any other option on the menu. It consisted of both fried fish and fresh sliced fish. It came with a bowl of rice. I was not impressed by the fish meat. However, I liked the soup. It was flavourful yet not too strong. It went well with the white rice.

Address: Berseh Food Centre Stall 44, 166 Jln Besar, Singapore 208877.

After lunch, I went for a walk around this area, and I found there were two other food courts nearby that have some stalls with good ratings or reviews. I hope to try them one day and add my reviews to my blog. I was supposed to have dinner around the same place too but I was tired and sleepy after lunch.

I headed back home for a rest, and I took a nap. I did not know why recently I would feel sleepy in the afternoon. I needed a nap. I was hoping that on the day I back to the office, I would be able to skip napping and stay alert.

Having soup base food for this week seemed to be something that I looked forward to the most. I ordered the pig organ soup from the Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup too for dinner.

Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup

On this visit, I was able to order a side dish because a friend joined us for dinner. We ordered the minced meat with chestnut. I did not stay long at this stall because I wanted to drop some of the IT books at Hackerspace SG. Also, I needed to rest more and did not want to stay out late.

Address: Cheng Mun Chee Kee Pig Organ Soup 正文志记猪什汤大王 , 24 Foch Rd, Singapore.

So far, I have made chicken soup at home and eaten fish and pork soups at the food court. Next, I would try the beef and mutton soups too. If you have any good recommendations for Chinese-herbal-style beef or mutton soups in Singapore, especially on the east side, please leave me a comment. For the time being, I would prefer to avoid the Malay style of mutton soup.

On my last day of hospitalization leave, I cooked one pot of soup for lunch and dinner by having some different ingredients for lunch and dinner with the same soup. However, I put the same ingredients such as tofu and green vegetables for both.

For lunch

For dinner

Thank you for reading it until the end. That is all about my food and my days after the surgery.

Burp Kitchen & Bar

Soon after my return from my holiday trip back to KL, Malaysia, I was called to join the farewell lunch of my colleague. His last day was at the end of March, and many people wanted to farewell him too. We worked from home, so we met for a slightly longer lunch at Bedok Reservoir.

The little cafe has a good rating on Google reviews. It has 4.2 stars, and many people give it 4-5 stars. Since I could not book Refuel cafe, I booked this cafe for a table of four people.

Grilled sausage platter

We ordered the platter as an appetizer. It consists of grilled beef and pork sausages mixed with green vegetables. It is pretty crunchy on the skin. The portion is large, but I do not think it is worth ordering because, with the same price, I could eat other food such as chicken wings. Their recommendation was fiery chicken wings.

Smoked Salmon Carbonara

I am not a real carbonara fan, but this carbonara pasta is light and easy to eat. Besides the smoked salmon on the side, the linguine was cooked with some bacon strips. It was not too creamy or too oily to eat.

The portion is good for one person or sharing. I think it is one of the recommendations too. We ordered another plate of paste, too, for sharing.

Grilled Unagi Aglio Olio

I find it unique, so I ordered this pasta to try it. Usually, Aglio olio goes with bacon and prawns. This cafe offers unagi at a reasonable price that I think is a must-try.

It is pretty flavourful; the taste is more toward Japanese style with bonito flakes, some chilli powder on the side, and cheese on another side.

Beefy Three Cheese

The waitress recommended we try the Hog. However, one of my colleagues did not eat pork, so we decided to try the beef burger. It turned out to be a generous beef patty and an amount of cheese. The flavour was not very strong, but it was still decent. I like their chips.

Good for sharing

During this Covid-19 period, food sharing can be a concern to everyone. I do not mind sharing good food together as long as we practise good personal hygiene whenever and wherever we go to. By doing that, we can try more food together, just like today.

I wish to bring my loved ones to visit this cafe one day. I think there is plenty of food we can try together for few times. They serve cocktails at night, if I am not mistaken.

Free half a waffle

It is their promotion; we spent above $50 and got half a waffle with ice cream. The dessert was ordinary. It was a Tuesday afternoon, so there was no crowd during our visit. The service was good, and the waiters were attentive to our requests. I am keen to return one day for dinner.

Address: 740 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3165, Singapore 470740.

Singapore Hawker Food Part 4

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.

Fu Zhou Oyster Cake

I might look quite expensive for a piece of fried delicacy. The oyster cake stuffed with lots of minced meat, and some oysters. It is full of meat actually. The last time I tried it was in year 2017 at Maxwell Food Centre. It is rare to see it everywhere. I bought a piece of oyster cake back home, and guess what, the brown bag absorbed most of the oil. Even, I did not eat it immediately, it remains crispy from the outside.

Address: Bedok 85 Market, 85 Bedok North Rd, #01-39, Singapore 460085

Prawnaholic 虾的传人

With a Google rating of 4.1 stars, this prawn noodle stall is one of the prawn noodles stalls that I would visit again because of its prawn soup. I am not fancy about the noodle portion that is large. I liked their effort to make this bowl of prawn noodles different from the traditional prawn noodles in Singapore. IMHO, it is as good as 4.5 stars.

Overall, it is an excellent bowl of prawn noodles. What I liked the most was the prawn soup. It is thick, not too strong tasting. It is something that I do not feel jialat after having the whole bowl of noodles. Also, I liked the torched pork belly. Other ingredients include 2 medium-big prawns and a meatball. For vegetables, they gave beansprouts and kangkung. If I were to visit it again, I would ask for fewer noodles.

Address: 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-12, Singapore 519614.

Jia Le Yong Tau Foo

Huge portion for a bowl of curry yong tau foo with bee hoon. The curry is delicious, tasty, and pretty authentic for a Chinese curry style. The taste is closer to the Malaysian style. If I am ordering the same food again next visit, I will go without the additional noodle and would love to try the other ingredients too.

They offer clear soup yong tau foo as well, and I tried it on one of the Sundays as my lunch. I think clear soup is made of the soup used to cook the ingredients, and the flavour goes into the soup.

So far there are no Google reviews yet for this branch at Our Tampines Hub. IMHO, it is a 4-star food. The only thing about this stall is the waiting time to get the food prepared sometimes can be quite long.

Address: #01-32 Hawker Centre @ Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 529649.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/i6hgdP79yqjcgwDB8

Roasted Chicken & Pork, Food Park Tampines West

A decent one with crispy roasted pork skin. It is something good to worth for the price, value for money. I might be paying more if ordering it at other hawker stalls, but the quality and taste surely be different. More comments are below in the Instagram photograph.

I may want to compare it with the stall at Ang Mo Kio, Mayflower Market and Food Centre.

Address: 823A Tampines Street 81, Singapore 521823.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/ibKMM5VBXdoWukcS8

Xing Ji Wanton Noodle, Tampines Round Market

Revisit Tampines Round Market and the wanton noodle stall, Xing Ji. You may think it is shredded chicken with mushroom and noodles. Actually, It is wanton noodles without char siew. All in one bowl except char siew (barbecue pork).

Address: 137 Tampines St. 11, #01-35, Singapore 521137.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/owiBP55wMj6Sfc2x5

Dynasty Fried Porridge

I came here to try the KL-style Hokkien Mee after logging for it for quite a while. I do not eat KL-style Hokkien Mee that often, or it was not my favourite when I was in Malaysia. It turns out to be a good experience having a plate of noodles that taste similar to those that I can get in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It uses a lot of pork lards to cook it because after a while, when the noodles get cold, the taste and the thick noodles turn to be quite jelak (sick of eating it).

They offer other types of zi char dishes, and it is actually famous for its fried porridge. My preferred fried porridge will be at Bedok, but I do not mind trying this version to make a comparison in the future.

Address: 30 Foch Rd, #01-02, Singapore 209276.

Fish soup at Tampines EastLink Food Court

I order these fish soup noodles whenever I head to the Tampines East Link food court. It is one of my favourites food in this food court. It is not the best fish soup in Tampines; however, I love their generous ingredients and add seaweed.

Address: 8 Tampines Central 1, #01-18, Singapore 529543

The Noodle Memories

The stall runs by two youngsters and serves a pretty delicious ban mian in Chinatown. The dry version looks pretty similar to KL-style ban mian because they added shredded wood ears. The missing ingredients are probably shredded mushrooms or the mani cai.

They did not use chilli paste in the black sauce, and their chilli paste did not look similar to KL ban mian’s chilli paste. I think it would be great if they have it.

Address: Hong Lim Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross St, Singapore 051531.

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, this bowl of noodles during my visit deserved a 4.5 star.

Address: 824 Tampines Street 81, #01-38, Singapore 520824.

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.

Singapore Hawker Food – Part 3

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.

Coffee Break

I tried their breakfast set as well; I ordered the kaya butter toast with a cup of hot drink.

Address: Hong Lim Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross St, Singapore 051531.

Ah Fatt Fishball Noodle

Noodle is al-dente, surprisingly. I liked it. It is a dry version, so I expected it to be in a mix of chilli sauce, oil and vinegar. The mixture’s taste is typical; the amount of the sauce is just right to cover the mee pok. Sometimes, when I order the dry noodle, the sauce tends to be flooded in the bowl. The soup is a little salty, so I left one side.

The fishballs are nice, bouncy and fresh. The fishcake is a little hard compared with the fishball. I do not know whether the fishballs or fishcakes are handmade. On another visit a long time back, I ordered fishball noodles. It consists of four fishballs, one fried fishball, a few tiny slices of fishcakes, and some minced pork.

Address: Hong Lim Food Centre, 531A Upper Cross St, #02-10, 051531.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/7PFi3jQbs4MDcv8s5

Kang Le Fried Prawn Noodle

The thick bee hoon and yellow noodle are used for cooking the Hokkien mee. I like the level of wetness of this plate of Hokkien mee where I could see little broth at the bottom of the plate. The top part is dry yet flavourful. It is full of wok hei (the heat from the wok). The ingredients are pretty standard across all stalls. It comes with medium-sized prawns and squids. I liked the chilli paste that was used to mix with the noodle. “It is superb”, said the auntie.

Address: Changi Village Hawker Centre, 2 Changi Village Rd, Singapore 500002.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/X3wbdA5Shxtkw7Le7

Soi 19, Thai Wanton Noodle

I ordered a bowl of regular and large in size. I am sure you can differentiate the normal and large from the picture above. A large wanton noodle comes with char siew (barbecue pork), two slices of Thai fish sausages, two fried wantons and another two wantons in a bowl of peppery soup.

The noodle is springy, dry, not oily, and does not have extra sauces left in the bowl, so I suggest that you quickly mix it with the chilli flakes and fish sauce before it turns drier. The noodle is well coated with their seasonings that I think it is good to go without extra fish sauce. But, the fish sauce will give a different flavour.

They give a generous amount of green vegetables, making this wanton noodle healthier than the Chinese-style wanton noodle.

Address: Jurong East Central, BLK 134, Singapore 600134.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/y9MG9ofVmMe3Hb778

Bai Nian Dou Fu

I am unsure if the People’s Park Food Complex stall is still available. But, their popularity at the food court here, I do not think they have moved out. I love to eat yong tau foo; it is healthy food. This stall has several people queueing during lunchtime to buy their famous yong tau foo. It comes in a small or big bowl. The yong tau foo ingredients are fixed, but you can add more ingredients by paying extra money. They serve one type of noodles only, the vermicelli. Also, they do the yong tau foo in soup based. There is no dry version.

Address: People’s Park Food Complex, 32 New Market Rd, Singapore 050032
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/cvj8tzZcGD2ZrPPi6

Green Sky Fried Kway Teow

Fried Kway Teow is quite good and full of wok hei. It is so surprising that it is located at the Bedok Food Centre. 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.

Address: No. 1, Bedok Road, #01-14, Bedok Food Centre, 469572, 469572.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/SkfKWmVbbsbFWkK87

Old World Bah Kut Teh & Fried Porridge

The hawker stall is located at 204 Bedok North. It is pretty nearby at the Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre. It has another stall at T-Space Tampines, near the IKEA. However, the stall at T-Space Tampines is not selling bah kut teh. I think there is no need to go to Bedok North’s stall if I do not have the bah kut teh.

It is sliced pork porridge. The fried porridge is smooth and thick, just like Cantonese porridge. It is my first time trying fried porridge, so it is pretty interesting to see porridge in dark colour. It is a fried porridge, so the porridge is filled with wok hei.

The portion and ingredients are generous, and I added yao tiao after getting the food. I dipped it into the porridge. The taste is good and flavourful. The you tiao is a softer type, so it is easier to absorb the taste. There is a peppery taste presence; maybe they added too much. The saltiness level is a bit overwhelming, but it is still acceptable. I did not manage to take a photo of the you tiao.

I ordered a bowl of plain dry mee sua. There is a strong oyster sauce taste compared to fried shallot oils. The taste is lighter than the fried porridge. It helps to balance both dishes.

They have other side dishes on their menu. I ordered a bowl of meatballs. These meatballs are the same as those serving in Singapore’s minced meat noodle (bar chor mee). The soup base for the bowl of meatballs is using the peppery bag kut teh soup. Again, I think it is still too much pepper. I think it is suitable to drink it during the winter time.

After the entire meal, I felt thirsty and wanted some drink to wash down the taste from my mouth. Overall, it is still worth trying occasionally.

Address: 204 Bedok North Street 1, #01-393, Singapore 460204.

Refuel Cafe

The content of this post was created before Singapore went back to the no-dine-in period starting from 16 May 2021 to curb the increase of the Covid-19 cases.

It’s Friday evening, after a long day of work, troubleshooting the problem, and nagging. We rewarded ourselves with a decent dinner together at a cafe near Bedok reservoirs. My colleague recommended it, and this place is always hard to get a table during peak hours. Since my colleague wanted to try it, so decided to make a reservation at 7pm to meet up for dinner. And, I can try their food too!


After settling down, I got myself an iced tea, the Fuel Iced Tea. The drink is quite suitable for my preference that is low in sugar. With lemon and lime slices, the iced tea was refreshing. I was trying not to be fancy and choose a healthy meal with a bowl of salad, Salmon Avocado.

The toast on the salad is slightly soft. I’m fine with it, and I think it would be nice if the crust is harder. The avocado portion is enough for 1 toast only, so I paired it with salads and smoked salmon. My order came fast as most of the ingredients are ready-made. While my friend has to wait a little longer for another salmon dish because there was a pick-up order too before our turn.


I tried their pancake too, which is quite a big portion, and it is good for sharing. Unfortunately, I did not manage to take a photo when it was served.

Address: 744 Bedok Reservoir Rd, #01-3029, Singapore 470744.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/fFgB5tX1xXXV8Ju46

SHAO

Facebook recommended me to the restaurant called SHAO 燒 that located at Frankel Ave, somewhere near Siglap, east side of Singapore. I shared the post with a few friends, and they asked to arrange a meet-up to try the food. We set as a group of five people, we headed down to the restaurant on one of the Fridays.

The restaurant is located opposite a row of terrace houses, and it indicates the area is a relatively “atas” neighbourhood. When I reached the restaurant after 7.00PM in the evening, the crowd started their dinner. I could see some tables brought their own wines and liquor to the restaurant. Some reviews said that there were no extra surcharges for bringing your own alcohol.

We were at Shao to try the signatures crabs such as the Teow Chew Chilled Crab, and Marinated Chilled Crab. Also, we tried few other signature dishes such as Drunken Cockles*, Grouper Claypot in Teow Chew Style*, Pan-fried Spain Iberico Pork*, and Dry Cooked Pig Intestines with Chilli. Those dishes that I marked with * are their signature dishes.

The above two photos are the Teow Chew Chilled Crab, and Marinated Chilled Crab. Personally, I loved the marinated chilled crab because of the sauce. It was appetizing with the little chilli padi and vinegar. We wanted to order the other signature crab dish instead of the Teow Chew style. However, the waitress told us it needed to wait for quite long to cook.

The drunken cockles is another cold dish, sprinkled with plenty of fried garlic, and it was quite delicious, and it has a strong fragrance. Meanwhile, we chose our fish, the grouper for the fish soup, and it cooked in Teow Chew style. The sweet soup cooked with the soft beancurd and vegetables that included tomatoes. These dishes are those that I liked. The other two dishes, the Pan-fried Spain Iberico Pork, and Dry Cooked Pig Intestines with Chilli somehow disappointed us because it did not taste as good as what we expected. It was lightly flavoured.

I am not a fan of intestines. I tried one of these pig intestines because it was fried ones; it would not go too wrong after eating it. However, I did not like the taste, but it was quite crunchy. Besides that, we ordered two bowls of white rice, served in a small bowl, and the rice’s texture for that two bowls was not quite well-cooked.

We were wondering whether most people eating in this restaurant did not order white rice, but go for the “pao fan”, a traditional dish of Teow Chew that simmered rice and ingredients in a broth, slow-cooked over five hours. If you have been here, please share with me your experience and if you have ordered pao fan during your visit, do share with me how does it taste.

Address: 117 Frankel Ave, Singapore 458232.
Google Link: https://goo.gl/maps/1UgqK1gUSYCitEyU6

Bedok Interchange Food Court

Singapore entered Phase 2 on 19th June 2020 and people can start dine-in outside with smaller group of people. This is the second time I dined outside, at a food court after 3 months away due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With a friend’s recommendations, I got to try a few snacks sold at the Bedok Interchange Food Court that is located next to the Bedok Mall.

Bedok Chwee Kuah

Bedok Chwee Kueh is one of the snacks that you may want to get along with your main meal. I’m little unsure whether it was the steamed water or it was oily that laying at the bottom of the chwee kueh. I knew that frying the preserved turnip may require some oils in the recipe, but I did hope it was steamed water from the chwee kueh. The texture is soft. According to my research online, rice flour contributes to the softness of the cake. It goes well with the fried preserved turnip. Additionally, you can add chilli paste on top of the chwee kueh.

Song Zhou Fried Carrot Cake

Song Zhou Fried Carrot Cake is one of the snacks that you may want to get along with your main meal.  I was there to try out their black version which is most people would order after recommended by a friend. The carrot cake is soft, the black sweet sauce is thick, and with egg and fried preserved turnip (chai po).

Jit Seng Satay

Jit Seng Satay is one of the snacks that my friend wanted to eat during our visit. 10 sticks of chicken satay with satay sauce and cubed cucumber. It is missing the Malay ketupat and onions. I know that not all people will eat with it. It cost 60 cents per stick, I cannot comment on whether it is cheap or worth for a try next time. We ordered it because it has been a while both of us did not eat satay.

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.

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