EAT

EAT is a local Singapore food outlet serving local traditional food such as minced pork noodles with mushroom (“Bak Chor Mee”) also famously known as BCM, fishbal noodles, laksa and many others.

You can find their food outlets in some shopping malls around the neighbourhood. I had tried this food outlet for twice before this visit at City Square Mall at Farrer Park recently to collect my race pack.

As mentioned they serve local Singaporeans’ food and one of my local favourites is the fishballs noodle. As usual, I will go for the set meal which I think it is quite worthy to order.

It comes with 3 big fish balls and some slices of fish cakes, fresh fish balls, springy and thick egg noodle and a bowl of clear soup which has all the essence from the fish and meat. The fish ball is made of yellowtail fish according to their website. Their set comes with a cup of coffee or tea of your choice.

A closer view of their thick mee pok (egg noodles) which I feel the texture is thicker than the usual one and it was still springy when I tried it. I took quite a while before start digging into the noodles and mixing with the sauce which include some chili and vinegar.

It is pretty standard sauce in Singapore if you go for dry version of noodle. If you do not want to add chili, I would recommend you try their soup version.

Address: 180 Kitchener Road, B2-K5/K5A/K6 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539.

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Wanton Fu

Famous with its slogan, “special homemade hot chili sauce and wantons”. I visited Wanton Fu a few times as it is located ARC 380, near by my current office and not far from the Bendemeer MRT. Simple setting, the shop is quite packed with people during the lunch time.

This is how the chili sauce that they mentioned in their banner. Their label is extra spicy. In my personal opinion, it is hot and spicy chili sauce, a good mix for dry type of wanton noodle.

Usually, I will order the dry wanton noodle. The noodle is not the normal wanton noodle, the handmade noodle is slightly thicker and they cooked it al-dente and not soggy even we eat slowly.

The noodle quality and quantity remain same as compared with older pictures I took previously. The tiny sliced char siew (barbecue pork) laid on top of the noodle while the three small sized wantons at the bottom of the noodle. With green pickled chilies and fried garlic mixed with their homemade chili, fill up my stomach. Besides that, there is a free flow of pork lard too.

Additionally, I tried their fried wantons too. The fried wantons are the same as those served in the bowl of wanton noodle.

Overall, the wanton noodle is not something exceptional good in my personal opinion. I liked their different style of noodle, thicker and handmade. Most of the bloggers recommended to try the fried ngoh hiang.

Address: 380 Jln Besar, #01-09 ARC 380, Singapore 209000.

Aston Specialities

It has been long time I did not visited Aston. I think the last vist was somewhere in late November last year to celebrate my aunt’s birthday at the Suntec City. This time I visited the branch at City Square, near Farrer Park MRT station.

The queue on Friday’s lunch on the day I visited the branch was quite long and it was quite crowded with working people, families and students as well.

It took us a while to come to our turn to place order at the counter before they lead us to our table. While waiting, I was unable to decide whether I want to eat the salmon with 2 side dishes or spaghetti with salmon. Then, I saw their new promotion, the chicken confit set which comes with 2 side dishes too. However, when it came to my turn to place order, the chicken confit was sold for the day. Wow!

So, I settled down with just the basic char-grilled chicken with garden veggie and potato wedges as my side dishes.

The char-grilled chicken completes with mushroom sauce on top of it makes my lunch so completed. The chicken chop is slightly over-grilled where I saw some burned bites. However, other part of the chicken meat is still tender and juicy.

The poached garden veggie is completely over-cooked until it is too soft for me. Probably, this is suitable for people who prefer to eat soft broccoli and carrot.

Lucky the potato wedges saved my day, it is definitely cannot go wrong with processed food.

Nectar

It is a Singapore owned dessert bar serving yogurt parfaits with toppings. My visit at City Square recently brought me to try their daily made yogurt. It comes in 3 different sizes, Grand, Moyen and Petit.

I ordered the cone based with chocolate chips as its topping. It is a bit messy as the chips are not sticky on the yogurt and it dropped while I was enjoying the yogurt.

Yogurt did not melt fast so I still could slowly enjoy it while carefully ate each of the chips without dropping. If you do not want the mess, it is recommended to go for plastic cup based.

Address: 180 Kitchener Road, #02-K14 City Square Mall,
Singapore 208539.
Open: 11am to 10pm daily.

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.

Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan

Address: 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-14/15, Whampoa Makan Place, Singapore 320091.

I saw the online reviews about the fish head steamboat places in Singapore and I wanted to give a try for some of them. I was thinking whether I should try the fish head steamboat all by my own without asking other people to join me, however, two of my colleagues wanted to try too, I suggested to try the fish head steamboat at Whampoa Market, Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan.

It is located at the morning food court side, the same stall opens in the morning, selling the fish balls noodle. In the online review, it says there is an hour long queue, so we did not go there early after working hours. We arrived at the stall around 7.30PM, most of the people are seated to wait for the fish head steamboat to be served.

Lucky, we did not need to wait long, our fish head steamboat was served. We added the braised duck and salted vegetables are the sides to go along with white rice.

Generally, the fish is fresh, generous portion with plenty of vegetables and yam. I have no ideas if the taste of the soup is meant to be slightly unpleasant, unlike the usual sweet fish soup I tried somewhere else.

Mrs. Pho

Address: 221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218459.
This is the second branch of Mrs. Pho, the Vietnamese cuisine restaurant. It is called Mrs. Pho House. With the nice decorated interior of the restaurant, it tends to go on slightly above medium class price range and choices of food. Here, the menu is different, however, the basic ones which you can find at the Beach Road are there. This branch serves more dishes which are good for those who want to try more Vietnamese food with a big group of people.

We went to the Rangoon’s branch for the Feb 5 free pho’s offer. The portion of the pho, the sliced meat and vegetable and the food quality remained same even it was free. It has no different between the two branches.

The soup broth is delicious, sweet and not oily. Again, if you like adding the lime juice, it gives extra kick. I like their original broth.

We specially ordered it to try, just nice for four of us, it is the Vietnamese mini pancakes with prawns. It is quite uniquely tasted for me.

Additionally, we order the Vietnamese crepe to try. It is simple delicious and the portion is very generous. It consists of meat, either chicken or pork which is well marinated, wrapped with Vietnamese style crepe, made mostly of eggs. Besides meat, they put plenty of beansprouts and onions. Dip it with the sauce, it is nice and well tasted.