You know, as usual, when all the hype was going on, I will not join the hype. So here I am after so many years, then I finally got the chance to check this place out. But it was during one of the days when I have transport and a fellow foodie @hiamjio to show me where this is.
We went there around 10pm so no more crazy crowd and we got seats easily. Ordered a couple of their famous dishes and started whacking!
Was invited for a media tasting recently at this place which I believe many people have not heard of. I was however curious to find out how different it is from the Pulau Ubin cuisine from the ones I grew up with. Nah, I wasn’t from Pulau Ubin, just that my nanny’s brother lives there, and I stay with them during the school holidays. Yes he still lives there. ;P
When I arrived at Gumajia after closing the coffee bar, I was greeted with the group of bloggers there. Very family style, with kids some more, definitely my first time encountering this mix. The table was not big enough to accommodate everyone (we had more than 10 pax on a big round table), wasn’t really comfy but tried to blend in lah.
Check out some of the food that I’ve tried while some were wiped out and I don’t have the opportunity to savour them.
Taste: Love the taste and originality in flavours.
Service: One particular staff was very friendly and helpful. The rest are pretty ok.
Ambience: Nothing avant garde. Typical tse char style.
Price: Listed on pics. No GST and srv
RTE: Mum will love this!
Location: 45 Tai Thong Crescent.
Hours: Daily 11am to 10,30pm (Mon-Fri 2.30pm to 5.30pm break)
A friend had cravings for fish head steamboat one of the weekends and I remembered seeing some sort like that kinda stall in Defu Lane, not far from where I live. So we took a drive to check out the place around 5pm and was delighted to find the coffee shop within this industrial place opened. Apparently this stall is part of the Hao Xiang International Pte Ltd, which owns quite a number of tse char stalls around Singapore.
Found a nice table under the fan, and placed our orders.
Taste: Very good, the steam boat is very teochew style of using sour plums and yams in them to make the soup taste awesome. Chicken was awesome, long bean too. Yummy!
Service: Maybe because we were early, service was good and attentive. 🙂
Ambience: Coffee Shop.
Price: Total damage was S$47.60. Very affordable!
Location: 4 Defu Lane 10 Singapore 539185. Tel: 8589 4882.
Celebrated my mother’s birthday recently at this place together with my brother’s family. Been here only once and this visit was only the second time. It has been around for a very long time and each time I come, it is always so crowded. This stall is actually within a food court and during dinner times, usually the crowd is there for the tse char only. Check out the yummy pics and comments below:
Taste: Yummy and good.
Portion: Slightly above average.
Service: Not too bad, even when it’s crowded.
Ambience: Food got has aircon, that’s all that matters… ;P
Price: Total damage was only $91.50 for 4 adults and 3 kids. Very reasonable. Cash only.
Location: 623 Elias Road, #01-01 Elias Mall, Singapore 510623. Tel: 6582 3158
Tse Char (煮炒) simply means ‘Cook & Fry’ in dialect. In other words, these stalls offer dishes that are cooked to the style and taste of the locals. There are many tse char stalls in Singapore and Malaysia, normally found in a coffeeshop or a food centre, each with their own way of cooking the pre-fixed menus, which also can be adjusted when ordering. Totally flexible!
This stall I’m gonna write about is located at a coffee shop near where I live. Really dunno the name of the stall but this is a new stall, maybe a couple of months old, but I decided to try it with my mother as they have BBQ seafood as part of their menu! Not many tse char stalls have this choice! Check out what we ate for 3 pax!
Overall Rating: For the price, this tse char stall is really value for money and taste is pretty good. Love the sambal chilli!
Ok finally broadband is stable… a lot of backlogs for the food that I’m suppose to review. This one is yet again at block 112 Bishan St 12. Tried the other stuff already so must try the Tse Char stall cos I noticed quite a lot of people eating. So I order a classic Sweet & Sour Pork Rice to taste how good this basic dish can be.
Taste: It was better than expected. Such good sweet and sour pork is quite hard to come by especially when it’s crispy outside, tender inside and the taste is just right.
Price: $4.50. Not as cheap like some other places but the quality is worth it.
Was here for a quick dinner one night and found a little gem over here. This Tse Char stall of an old coffee shop apparently was featured in the newspapers before. Since I was the only person eating, I ordered only 2 dishes.
Taste: Very nice and very good wok fire which adds to the taste. Will be back to try their specialty tofu and assam fish head.