信记牛肉面 Xin Ji Beef Noodle – Hougang, Singapore


Alright this was something I promised to review yesterday. Chanced upon this stall cos I was there for brekkie and picked mum up. A little rare to find Beef Noodle specialty stalls in neighbourhood coffee shops. Managed to speak to the boss cos I was the first customer and he mentioned that his soup base is using only pure beef and bones. True enough he scooped up and showed me. And it tasted like it too cos usually with MSG or the flavoured powder, I’ll get thirsty after half an hour. A hidden gem indeed.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Soup was really nice but not overly rich which usually is caused by adding those pre-mixes. The tendons were to die for! So soft and tender! Beef brisket could use a little more time as I prefer mine to be more tender. Tripe was shioks along with other items. Chilli wise they had chinchalok which I thought was pretty detailed. Thumbs up for the effort!

Portion: Pretty ok.

Price: $8. Not cheap but all clean foods are not cheap anyways haha!

Service: Self-service.

Ambience: Renovated coffee shop.

RTE: Yes I would return to eat!

Location: 309 Hougang Avenue 5 Goh Lim Hua Eating House

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Don Lechon – Geylang, Singapore


Wah writing on this is not gonna help my dieting plans but I had it weeks back and this is a sure winner with most of my foodie friends and readers here. Was invited to check out Don Lechon, located at the back of Grandlink Square which is not easy to spot unless you walk inwards, and I was quite impressed with the food and passion in it!

Lechon, which means ‘Roasted Suckling Pig’ in Spanish is of Spanish origins. As Phillipines used to be under the ruling of the Spaniards, there are many dishes in today’s Filipino cuisine that are of Spanish origin. I have always a keen interest to know more about Pinoy cuisine after being exposed to some of the dishes like Lechon, Chicken & Pork Adobo, Asado and confectionery from the famous Goldilocks, like Polvoron, Mamon and my favourite, Ensaymada… I love cheese and everyone knows! Haha…

Ok back to Don Lechon, this quaint eatery has already a following as around the area lives many fellow Filipinos and this is truly comfort food for them. While they can cook many other items at home like Sinigang (Sour soup) and Kare Kare (Meat Stew), but the use of lechon in them makes a smoky difference! Started by a native Pinoy, Kris, who was originally from Manila and have been in Singapore for more than 8 years already. Going into this food business have always been his passion and to be honest, the food is really yummy and they do have dishes for one pax to groups. So to my Pinoy friends and readers in Singapore, you prolly know about this place already but you may wanna visit them soon!

Eatery front
Chopped Lechon ($9.50). Crackling skin of a suckling pig, this is very close to our Chinese Sio Bak or even the suckling pig itself. Damn yummy!
Yummy Lechon
Sauces to go with your Chopped Lechon. The darker one is a little sourish which goes damn well with the crispy pork. The other one is made from blood, a little acquired for me.
Lechon Kare Kare($7.50). Lechon is used in this peanut based dish as a stew and goes damn well with rice. Traditionally there should be a lot of spare parts including feet of pigs and cows. Thank God this is Lechon. 😉
Lechon Sisig ($9.50) – My favourite dish by far cos of the lime and chilli peppers used inside. You definitely need a plate of white rice for this!
Lechon Sinigang ($11.50). Big portion for this and great for those who needs more food like me. Lechon chunks are used inside and really awesome with rice. Sourish and savoury, how can you go wrong with that?
Lechon Paksiw ($6.00). Paksiw to me is like a stew and in this case, lechon is used as the meat base and simmered with vinegar and perhaps fish sauce. Very appetising dish.
Bopis ($5.50). This beef lungs dish has Spanish origins. Actually quite nice and spicy, sauteed in onions, chillies and tomatoes. Again you need rice for this!
Interior. No seats. All dining outside the shop.
Kris and me. Wish him all the best in his business!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Pretty authentic. All the meat bases are of Lechon cos Filipinos do not waste their food. Extra food are usually used in other dishes so there is no wastage! You know it’s good when you can see so many Pinoys frequenting this place! Really love some of the dishes here and will be heading back for more soon!

Portion: Average. Please note that there are Rice Meals prices and Ala Carte prices. Ask if not sure.

Price: Affordable. Ate others before and pretty ex.

Service: Good!

Ambience: Al Fresco under tents. There are mozzies so please be prepared.

RTE: YES!!

Location: 511 Guillemard Road #01-52 Grandlink Square (Facing river at far corner opposite Little Vietnam) Hours: 5-11pm (Daily)

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Pddv6hos2Jm

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El Spice Bistro – Jalan Besar, Singapore


This is another hidden gem I have yet to write about which I reckon they ought to have some attention. Started by 3 young men who reminds me of myself when I first started my business at 25. What’s being offered here are Mexican and Northern Indian cuisine (As the name suggested). An interesting mix and totally affordable. Check out the pics and comments below:

Flat lay of our spread.
El Spice Wings ($8.80). Flavour is good but can be spicier.
Chicken Tikka ($9.80) Love the flavour of spices and yogurt. Comes with a little mint sauce for smearing then you put in your mouth.
From Left To Right:
Aloo Gobi ($7.20) – Nicely spiced cauliflower and potatoes.
Fish Curry ($12.80) – This one is my favourites!
Butter Chicken ($11.20) – Love this one a lot. Rich and flavourful! Yums!
Potato Bread ($3.60). Very interesting way of baking these breads and not bad on its own actually!
Carbonara Pasta ($9.90) – Interesting way of using spiced chicken cooked in creamy sauce.

Rating: 4.2/5.

Taste: There were more hits than misses definitely and the foundation is there for greatness. Just have to keep up and improve the standards.

Portions: Average.

Service: Very good.

Ambience: Little cafe at the lobby of boutique Noble Hotel

Price: Affordable.

RTE: Yes!

Location: 407 Jalan Besar, Singapore 209012. Located within Noble Hotel. Tel: 96197386.

鸿运茶餐厅 (Hung Wan Restaurant) – Shenzhen, China


Hung Wan Restaurant is a Cha Can Ting I frequent when I was staying in Shenzhen, China. The best thing about this place is, it is just below the regular spa I frequent too. So can order their food up and eat while I was watching TV program or having a foot massage! Awesome lifestyle back then and missing it definitely.

Hung Wan I believe are owned by Hong Kongers and they have gone through renovation recently and the interior designing was done by Millwork Interiors based in HK too. Very excellent work done, with a vibrant and energetic design giving the restaurant a younger and fresher look. Check out the pics below:

Store front
Interiors
Lovely Milk Tea
Cha Can Ting fried drumsticks are usually quite yummy
My fav fried maggie with pork chops!

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Not bad. Tasted better but nice enough to curb my cravings. A bit on the oily side though.

Portion: Average.

Service: Slow… Cos 24hrs… lesser staff?

Ambience: Smoking now disallowed inside aircon areas but still you get some assholes smoking inside.

Price: Total about SGD$12.

RTE: Yeah if I’m visiting that spa again.

Location: 2003 Jintian Rd, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518048

深井华香鹅快餐店 – Futian, Shenzhen, China


Shenjing is famous for it’s roast goose in Hong Kong but you don’t have to travel there just to look for good roast goose. Many have learnt the trick of roasting good goose and they are all over HK and Guangdong province of China. One of which, was pretty near my Shenzhen office at Huaqiangbei area, the electronic city of Shenzhen.

The eatery is very very small and usually super crowded during lunch hours. The weird thing is, their meals are not cheap there as compared to some RMB$15 ones along the same road. But people would queue up and pack or dine in. So I gave it a try, and was lucky to find a table.

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Store front
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Left only 1 goose, sold out pretty fast so have to wait for second batch if late.
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See how small the place
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Soup of The Day or 例汤. Usually some veg thrown in with the greasy goose bones.
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Char Siew and Roast Goose Platter (RMB68)
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Goose Liver (RMB4)
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Char Siew too lean for me

Rating: 4/5.

Taste: Roast goose not bad. The skin is the key factor. Very yummy. Flesh is tender. Char siew is typical lah, lean and a bit chewy cos of the tendons.

Portion: Average.

Price: As above on the pics.

Service: Fast and poor.

Ambience: Small, crampy and loud.

RTE: Tapao maybe. Will ask the runners to tapao next time.

Location: 93 Huafa N Rd, HuaQiang Bei, Futian Qu, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China, 518000. Hours: 9.30am to 9pm daily. Tel: +86 755 8376 3344 (Check stock or orders)

Lucky Poh Hong Kong Noodle & Rice (幸運寶香港麵飯) – Ghim Moh, Singapore


Spotted this stall the other day and swear that I’ll be back to try their wanton noodles. Reason? I saw Pork Collar char siew. Then I thought it could be part of a special order or something, hell no! It’s the char siew they use for their noodles!!! Maituliao, Lim Peh is back here to check it out. To my surprise, it’s better than I thought!!! Found out also they have been operating for more than 20 years! See comments below!

Rating: 5/5

Taste: I seldom give wanton noodles full rating but this plate of noodles won me over. Noodles were supple and springy, sauce is blended nicely balancing the sweet and savoury, the pork collar char siew was heavenly (can be a little more charred will be best) and last but not least, the wantons… normally only fatty minced meat right? This one has shrimps in them! No shit, shrimps! So much effort!

Portion: Noodle portion a bit little for me lah cos so delicious right! Big eaters please ask for ‘Ma Dai’, which means double the noodles!

Calories: 511

Price: $4

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker Centre

RTE: YEAH!

Location: #01-22 Ghim Moh Market. 7am to 2pm (Closed on Mon)

Haji Daliman Korner – HarbourFront, Singapore


Another #sglegendaryhawker. My go to place for Gado Gado, an Indonesian style salad. Now managed by a young chap but food quality is still there. I’ve included another new informative tab on calories per serving, for my friends who are also watching their food intake!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Still loving how the peanut sauce blends nicely with the lontong/bean sprouts/tofu and fish keropok! Shioks!

Portion: Good size

Price: $3

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker Centre

RTE: Whenever around the area!

Calories: 660

Location: #01-33 Seah Im Food Centre (Opp Harbourfront Centre)