Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup

There is a stall that I wanted to try but cannot make it because it opens on weekdays and closes early too. Some food bloggers suggested this fish soup stall at Jalan Berseh food court.

There is a queue before the stall starts selling at 11.30AM. These people would sit around the food stall, and form the queue. The queue moves quite fast after that.

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 but they were fresh. The amount of fish was generous for a small bowl.

I liked the soup. It was flavourful yet not too strong. It has the unique taste of fish soup. It is definitely different from the standard fish soups out there. The colour of the soup was a little milky without adding milk. I did not recall they asked if I wanted to add milk. The soup went well with the white rice.

There were some vegetables too but they did not have beancurd, a slice of tomato or seaweeds in the soup. Some other stalls added these ingredients to the fish soup too.

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

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.

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.

Dynasty Fried Porridge

The black version of Hokkien mee is KL, Malaysia style. I seldom eat the dark version compared to the white version of Hokkien mee (Singapore version) because of the thick dark sweet soya sauce. Also, it is hard to find a good place that offers a good wok hei (wok heat) Hokkien mee in Singapore.

I craved for a plate of Hokkien mee recently, and Google brought me to this stall located at Foch Road, near Lavender. I was not there alone so there were two plates of different noodles in my Instagram post below; the fried roasted pork egg noodle and the KL style Hokkien mee.

The ingredients of the Hokkien mee are mainly pork slices, some green vegetables and pork lard. I cannot recall if there are any medium-sized prawns included.

The dark sweet sauce was slightly too much and it got thicker when the noodles started to get cold because of the pork lard oils. This is the only point that affects the overall rating for this plate of noodles.

Address:

Singapore Hawker Food – Part 1

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.

IKEA Almond Croissant

My recent visit to IKEA with my cousins brought me to the snack section at level 1 IKEA Tampines. I used to think that the hotdog is the only thing worth getting from here. However, my cousin shared that their spring rolls and curry puff are nice too. Then, I saw many people queueing for the pastries. I wondered whether it is nice. So, I gave it a try and I liked it. The price is reasonable, IKEA is not any artisan croissants shops, and I think it is very much worth getting it if you do not mind the brand.

Weng Kang Ji Wanton Noodle

Recently, I saw people introducing this new wanton noodle stall at Golden Mile Food Centre. It comes with 3 middle-sized wantons. It is almost the size I used to make at home. I quite like the wantons because the taste is natural. Others may say it is less flavourful. The wanton noodle, self-made char siew (barbecue pork), and exceptional sauce help balance the taste.

But one thing I do not get is the chilli paste, which tastes quite similar to ban mian chilli paste, which is paired with wanton noodles. Personally, I do not find it a good match. The pickled green chillies will do. Next time, I will try to go with the barbecue pork (char siew).

The char siew is generous and a good mix of fat and lean meat. With the thickness of the meat compared to other wanton noodle stalls, this stall wins. It is proportionate to the money that I paid for the noodle. However, my plate of char siew is quite chao ta (charred). It is pleasant to eat la with the caramelised flavour, but it is not healthy.

The noodle looks slightly thicker than usual egg noodles. While others say the noodle texture is QQ (chewy), I think I would prefer it to be a little bit al-dente. The noodle did not turn soggy, suitable for a slow eater like me.

Lastly, the soup is obviously different from the usual plain soup. It looked cloudy and did not taste much, but no complaints.

Overall, it is something good to try. It is not something that I must go back here for my wanton noodle craving.

Address: 505 Beach Rd, Golden Mile Food Centre, #B1, 29, 199583.
Google Link: https://goo.gl/maps/WNeGykKnJSz2sAva7

Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway

Its new branch opened in Tampines 201C. I went to try it on one of the less busy Friday for lunch. The queue during lunchtime was quite long, and we waited for 30 minutes for the noodles to be served. I tried again after 2 months, but the queue subsided and shorter waiting time.

The portion looks decent, and this is a bowl ban mian with meatball and prawn ball, one each. I can say it is a deluxe bowl for any normal ban mian. The noodle portion seems lesser than usual. If it goes by how many grams, I guess it is the same, if not more. The mee hoon kway is obviously thicker.

From the bird’s view of my bowl of noodles, I have too many ingredients. It comes with a small bowl of soup with an egg. I forgot how the soup tasted. I guess it should be something that I can accept.

While mixing the noodles, I noted that it gave fried minced garlic. No wonder it is such a fragrance. Then, it did not use dark soya sauce. The sauce used for the dry version seems unique, unlike typical sauce. There is a mixture of fried garlic oil with a special concoction. Light and acceptable.

The chilli paste is not the usual ban mian chilli paste, and it is not what I like. I noticed that the Google review of the Tampines branch is low. Some of the replies from the seller seemed to be unpolite, rude and did not put effort to make things look positive. While one can have good cooking skills, PR and marketing skills are crucial in the F&B industry. Hope it will get improved.

Address: 201C Tampines Street 21, #01-01, Singapore 523201

Old Amoy Chendol

I am unsure why its name is Old Amoy called New Amoy Chendol or Amoy Chendol. My first visit to this hawker stall at Chinatown Food Complex was in July on one of the weekends. It was raining on that day I visited the stall. It was so fulfilling to have a bowl of iced dessert on a rainy day.

Revisited after about two months. It was a hot sunny day, so it was really a thirst-quenching after a heavy lunch. It consists of gula Melaka, a must ingredient for a bowl of cendol. So, it is pretty sweet for me, who tries to control my sugar intake.

Google review rated 4.6 stars, which I think is worth dropping by and getting a bowl of cendol if I am at Chinatown Food Centre during the weekend but not consistently.

Address: Chinatown Food Centre, 335 Smith St, #02-008, Singapore 050335.
Google link: https://goo.gl/maps/kF4Loiwc16sBgwsR8

FATTY ENG HOKKIEN MEE

It was located near the market where I used to stay at Tampines Avenue 9, Block 477 Everyday Come Coffee Shop. During the circuit breaker, I ordered a takeaway for lunch. First time trying this stall, and the Hokkien noodle quantity is quite generous. They used a thinner version of the bee hoon where thick bee hoon is usually used. However, the second time I ordered the same noodle, the stall cooked with the thinner bee hoon. Guess it is the trick for this stall.

The thinner bee hoon absorbs the gravy quicker than the thicker bee hoon, making it more flavourful, in my opinion. It makes the Hokkien mee look drier, and some people may not like the drier version. One can cook the noodle wetter or drier using the thick bee hoon. Depending on your preferences, you can check with the stall if they can cook according to your liking.

You may wonder why no prawns. I almost wanted to scold the cook, but after mixing the noodle with the chilli paste, two fresh medium-sized prawns appeared together with some squids and some tiny sliced pork belly.

The taste is good, wok hei is there, and chilli paste is mixed well with the gravy. The noodle portion is a lot more than I can eat sometimes. I wish that I could ask for fewer noodles with more ingredients.

The missing part of this noodle is pork lard.

Address: 477 Tampines Street 43, Singapore 520477.

IPOH TUCK KEE SON

I bumped into a post from a food blogger introducing the Ipoh Tuck Kee Son’s stall at Jalan Besar. It is a zi char stall at the kopitiam at Hoa Nam Building, Jalan Besar. It is located opposite the famous pig organ soup and wanton noodle at Foch Road.

It was quite a long queue before our turn to place an order. And another round of waiting to get it served. Thankfully, it is considered good, and I liked the wetness of the noodle after mixing it with the runny egg yolk. Then, a generous amount of pork lards. It would be better if I eat it hot from the wok to get more of the wok hei taste because after mixing it a few rounds, the noodle gets cold a bit, or I should not be mixing it much.

Additional dish of the night, we ordered the squid. It is so garlicky and matched with the light soy sauce. The chilli paste added some fried garlic, and I felt it became garlicky. The entire dish seemed like eating garlic. The noodle was delicious, and I could not wait any longer to finish it up before it got colder.

Address: 27 Foch road (Hoa Nam Building, #01-02 51 Kopitiam, 209276.
Google Link: https://goo.gl/maps/btnNxieYftUiZX6d7

BGain Food Court, ARC380

The food court revived, and I saw it is getting more popular lately, with some stalls getting good food reviews from the public. I visited this food court after seeing Youtube’s video introducing the Hakka noodle.

Pang’s Hakka Noodles

Pang’s Hakka Noodle serves Hakka noodles and yong tau foo. I like the yong tau foo, it is nice, but the soup is oily. I believe the yong tau foo consists of the mui heong salted fish. They gave chilli paste at the side of the bowl. I did not remember in KL, do the Hakka noodle stall puts chilli paste.

Happy Congee

As recommended by the public, I ordered the char siew (barbecue pork) chee cheung fun for a try. I did not order the Cantonese porridge as recommended because I had a bowl of Hakka noodles. I agreed that the chee cheung fun is smooth and soft. I liked the chilli paste and light soy sauce that used to pair with the chee cheung fun. They did not separate the chilli paste from the chee cheung fun, mixing the chilli oil with soy sauce on the side. I pretty liked the taste.

Food that yet to try

Er Jie Curry Puff

They offer homemade savoury, crispy curry puffs with a few different combinations. The main branch is in the basement of the Golden Mile Tower at Beach Road. They have opened another stall at ARC380. When I was at ARC380, I was told that plenty of people was waiting for the curry puffs, and some of them bought many packets of curry puffs. It seems to be quite delicious. It has a rating of 4.1 stars in Google reviews.

Xiao Long Bao

It seems quite nice and quite several people ordering it during my visit. I hope they have a small portion for me to try as a side dish instead of the day’s main meal.

Food that you can skip

It sounds a bit cruel or bad; there is one of the food items in this food court that I would not recommend trying. It is the pan-fried bao with pork filling. As mentioned, the bao is plain, and the chilli paste did not go well with the bao. If you are looking for a similar kind of pan-fried bao, I recommend you try the Hand In Hand restaurant, which is located at Jalan Besar.

Address: Bgain @ Lavender Food Court, 380 Jln Besar, Singapore 209000.

Ipoh Tuck Kee Son

I have been longing some of the zi char dishes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. While browsing the Instagram, I bumped into a post from a food blogger introducing the Ipoh Tuck Kee Son’s stall at Jalan Besar. I shared the post in my Facebook’s feed and some of my tech friends wanted to join me for a try together.

Set to have dinner together on one of the Wednesdays sometimes back in April, we took a corner table at a kopitiam at Hoa Nam Building, Jalan Besar. It is located opposite of the famous pig organ soup and wanton noodle at Foch Road.

It was quite a long queue before our turn to place an order. And, another round of waiting to get it served. So, the question is it nice? Let see the photo of the food.

Thankfully, it is considered good, and I liked the wetness of the noodle after mixing it with the egg yolk. Then, a generous amount of pork lards. It would be better if eating it hot from the wok to get more the wok hei taste because after mixing it few rounds, the noodle gets cold a bit, or I should not be mixing it much.

Additional guest of the night, we ordered the squid. It is so garlicky and matched with the light soy sauce. The chili paste has added some fried garlic, and I felt it became so garlicky. The entire dish seemed like eating garlic. The noodle was delicious, and I could not wait any longer to finish it up before it got colder.

At the same kopitiam, there is another stall selling the pao fan. I am unsure how famous the stall is, however one of my friends said it was delish. I wish I could try it one day and share my review. As for Ipoh Tuck Kee Son, it has a 4.0 stars in Google rating.

Address: 27 Foch road (Hoa Nam Building, #01-02 51 kopitiam, 209276.
Google Link: https://goo.gl/maps/btnNxieYftUiZX6d7

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