Ho Kee Pau

A Chinese traditional dim sum house in Singapore which is located at Lorong 27, Geylang, Singapore, opens from morning and late night. It is conveniently located nearby Aljunied MRT and easily accessible by public transportation.

Simple setting and spacious, I went there for dinner recently with three others on one of the weekdays. It was not crowded and we ordered a lot of different types of dim sum, both steamed and fried types. Our table was full of little plates of dim sum.

Seriously, I have no ideas if this is good idea for having a full table of food for dinner. No warnings were given I think about the number of food we ordered and how big the portion would be.

We used to eat at Swee Choon at Jalan Besar and we thought size and quantity of dim sum were similar. It proved us wrong. Let us see the big bowl of porridge, it is century egg porridge with additional of a normal chicken egg. Too many eggs right! It is quite delicious and I loved the texture of the porridge, it is Cantonese style. What do I mean? Well, if you ever tried a silky smooth porridge before, you will know the fineness and smoothness of the porridge is different than the Teow Chew style.

Next, I pretty liked the fried beancurd skin with prawn, it is crispy and yet it is not too oily. The size is just nice as compared to the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. You can see the difference of these two fried food on my picture on the bottom right. The darker colour fried items are the fried beancurd skin with dumpling. I believed the ingredients are the same with the normal sui kow’s skin dumpling.

Sometimes, we like to eat cheap and big in size dim sum to make our money worth. However, it does not mean we enjoy the food at all. I would prefer dim sum comes in a regular or small size because every single bite of it is meat and more meat. It is not recommended to eat so much at one time and unable to enjoy the rest of the food.

Overall, the dim sum here is cheap, big in portion, worth for the money if you are meat-goer and just want to eat until full without burning your wallet. I personally like Swee Choon and Wan Dou Sek for dim sum.

Address: 43 Lor 27 Geylang, Singapore 388176.

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Werner Oven

It has been a while since my last food review shared on 3rd March. Today, let me share another restaurant locates in Joo Chiat, Singapore. The authentic German cuisine restaurant at one of the quiet street in Joo Chiat area, the Werner Oven.

A little bit history of this German restaurant, it is run by Auntie Nancy and the restaurant is named after her husband, Werner Hochbaum, a German man. There is a framed old newspaper featuring Auntie Nancy and her husband at the main entrance of the restaurant which did not have many fancy decorations and it looks a little old school. Okay, it is vintage. The restaurant is the first German bakery in Singapore, opened in year 1988. Ahha, around the same age as me.

I visited the restaurant with a group of 12 colleagues for a farewell dinner. It was a large group of people and I think the restaurant did not really cater for such a crowd. So, we were first sitting together in a row of tables in front of their counter. And, because we were too crowded (and noisy), they moved us to another side of the restaurant. It did not improve much but at least, we were at one corner.

The service is expected to be slow, judging by the waiters and waitresses working there are aunties and uncles, maybe they are family members or relatives. For such a crowd, our food served slow too and I did not get to take many pictures before we just too hungry for food.

As the video I watched earlier before I started writing, Auntie Nancy described about the unique of German bread is sourdough, a multigrain, no fat, no sugar. It is exactly what I loved. I tried their pretzels, served hot, which I tasted it was slightly salty to me but it is crunchy from the outside, soft inside. They served with a few of pretzels which I am not sure whether it was part of our orders.

Photo by Burpple, Kel Song.

While some like it, some do not.

We waited for a while more, they served us with two bowls of soup. Yes for a crowd of 13 people, having two bowls of soup look like we are not afford to have each person a bowl. However, I think it is just nice for trying and it is one of the good try of the Beef Goulash Soup. It is appetizing and nice. We wanted to order more soup but they finished the soup before we could re-order. Again, I forgot to take its photo but I google one which is perfectly taken by another blogger.

The serving for food is really slow, even they served us the homemade, smooth and buttery mashed potatoes and sauerkraut, a pickled cabbage, we also wanted to finish them before the platters were served. Because the
sauerkraut is a sour tasted, we did not eat it without our platters.

And, finally, the main Schlachtplatte, the platters were served. That is the only 1 picture I took for that night and the platter consists of a pork knuckle, 4 large homemade sausages, Kassler and meatloft. It is often served with sauerkraut and mashed potatoes. This platter is for 4 persons which I think it is just nice for us because we ordered other side dishes as well.

Overall, I am satisfied with this platter and loved the mashed potatoes. I did not try much the sauerkraut, just a bit to go with the sausages.

Kasseler in German cuisine is the name given to a salted (cured) and slightly smoked cut of pork similar to British gammon. It can be either hot or cold smoked. Pork necks and loins are the most often used cuts although ribs, shoulders and bellies can also be used.

We tried the fried calamari which is done perfectly good.

It is a little pricey for the platter, however, judging by the portion and the taste, it is still a good try, if not, you can try for a smaller version of pork knuckle or farmer sausage which is good for a portion of one person.

Address: 49 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427773.

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.

Wen Dao Sek

My friend from Malaysia came to Singapore with his relatives for holiday and my friend called me up for a meet up on that weekend. I brought my friend to have brunch at the 126 dim sum house, Wen Dao Sek at Geylang.

I picked up my friend from the Chinatown and I brought my friend to take public transportation. The dim sum house is conveniently reached by bus, so we took a bus ride to the mentioned location. I gave a chance to my friend to enjoy the Singapore’s public transportation.

Many of my Malaysians friends drive to everywhere in the city back in Malaysia. It is quite rare for them to take public transportation because it is still not conveniently reaching the destination without wasting a lot of time.

Back to the dim sum house, it was not my first visit here. We ordered a few different dim sum to try out and I did not particularly recommended any dim sum to try. We ordered a bowl of century egg porridge with some steamed dim sum and fried stuff too.

The food took quite some time to serve even though there was no crowd. Lucky, we were not too hungry and we were able to spare our time talking about our lives while waiting for the food. Then, they served us the century egg porridge. The porridge smelt great with the fried garlic spread on top of the porridge with fried onion and spring onion.

I was surprised to see the big century egg in the porridge. I started to dig into the porridge and mixed the toppings together. The porridge was quite salty and peppery for my taste.

Address: 126 Sims Ave, Singapore 387449.

Rocher Beancurd House

Rocher Beancurd House, Geylang, Singapore.
After the dinner, we went to the next shop to have our desserts. There was a short queue when we reached. So, I took this picture when we were queuing. They won an award before this.


It is great to have a bowl of warm, smooth and silky Tau Foo Fah (beancurd). The sweetness level is just right, no need to tell, less sugar or something. Some patrons stop over by the roadside to by this Tau Foo Fah. They sell other snacks as well, if you pass by this area, you can drop by and try. They do have other branches.

Address: 745 Geylang Road, Singapore.
Rating: 3/5. Good, silky and warm beancurd in town that is good for breakfast and after meal desserts.