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鑫鑫 Xin Xin Claypot Rice – Hougang, Singapore

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I reckon I’m reviewing too much on Hougang foods but no pian leh, recently around this area a lot and Hougang is where I grew up in. Came to know Xin Xin from a network of F&B bosses and went there support. Founded by 2 graduates who decided to try hawker business and started this traditional food line in 2018.

What I like about this stall is that the 2 young gentlemen gave up their comfortable office jobs to do something which most graduates wouldn’t even consider a bit. At the same time, using charcoal to cook the rice will definitely taste better, not forgetting it’s time consuming and thrice the price of gas. We should encourage such Young Hawkerprenuerships so that our generations below us will get to taste authentic traditional foods like this charcoal claypot rice.

Check out my reviews in the video below and let my video do the talking:

YouTube: https://youtu.be/lfaIURDZRqo

Taste: 🍳🍳🍳🍳🍳 (Would love more salted fish)
Portion: 🍳🍳🍳🍳🍳 (Big portion!)
Service: 🍳🍳🍳🍳🍳
Price: $13 for double portion.
Ambience: Hawker Centre
RTE: Yes, whenever the crave comes in!

Go check it out and let me know if you like this stall too by commenting below! Please remember to subscribe and like my YouTube channel, IG and FB (@eatwithroy) pages too so that I can reach out more to help the hawkers and small business community! Stay tuned for my next yummy video!

Add: 209 Hougang Street 21, #01-62 Market & Food Centre, Singapore 530209
Tel: 98313121
Hours: Refer to maps link below 👇
Location: https://maps.app.goo.gl/v4Nw8wRx27n4ijQ4A

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[FOOD TASTING] Samsara Gourmet – Novena, Singapore

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I apologise for not writing much lately as I was pretty swarmed with work as I do not have any part-timers helping me since school reopened. At the same time, I was planning for my upcoming coffee pilgrimage and food trail in Medan and Sumatra. Updates will be more frequent on my Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/eatwithroy/) so if you guys like, can follow me there.

Recently I was invited for a hosted dinner at Samsara Gourmet, a hidden gem serving excellent authentic Canton cuisine at reasonable prices, with a head chef formerly from Tunglok Group. This humble 50-seater restaurant with a private room is owned by Ms Violet Lee, who was Miss Singapore in the 1980s, came back to Singapore after spending more than 2 decades in China building an empire.

After much checking out online, Samsara Gourmet is seriously out of the radar in the social media circle although fellow bloggers like Maureen (www.misstamchiak.com) and Derrick (www.sgfoodonfoot.com) have written on them some time ago. Location could be a factor and also lack of publicity, which is why I am writing this blog entry. The food here is so awesome that I really need to share it here.

Frontage. Simple reno.

Vegetarian Abalone Lou Hei. As mentioned in my instagram post, the veg are cut daily and really fresh and refreshing. An alternative to the regular sugar coated ones. The sauce is also made in house, a very nice rendition to the Lou Hei.

Vegetarian Platter. The mock char siew in front was really good, the middle mock goose with shrooms fillings was delicious and the top mock kidney was really crunchy and tasty. Great starter dish!

Fish Maw Soup. Served in individual bowls of $8 if I am not wrong. Full of ingredients, fish maw and chinese mushrooms sourced from HK and hand carried back. I didn’t even put any vinegar and white pepper which I usually do.

Samsara Gui Fei Chicken. Meat was very tender and skin was so smooth, it was pretty hard to kiap with my chopsticks. A must-order!

Pumpkin Prawn Ball is also another winning dish. Love how the sweetness of the pumpkin coated the large de-shelled prawns. Lovely!

Pork Knuckle Mee Sua was so good, I wish there were more. The mee sua is not clumpy and really delicious. Pork knuckle was really tender with the skin jellyfying in your mouth! Another must-order!

Claypot Chicken Rice. Wow this really wraps up the night. Rice was cooked to al dente, chicken was boneless thigh meat and very tender. Chinese sausage (Wing Wah) and mushroom were hand carried back from Hong Kong. Missing this quite a bit!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Truly authentic Canton food. They can also cater for vegetarian options. Really good.

Portion: Good.

Service: Very attentive. I hope it’s not because the boss was there.

Ambience: Nice and pretty chill.

Price: Considering the quality, very reasonable. At least much better than my reunion dinner at another restaurant.

RTE: Definitely!

Location & Hours:

Add: 38 Irrawaddy Road, #01-05, Singapore 329563 (On the right side of the lobby of Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre @ Novena)
Tel: +65 67343138
Hours: Mon-Fri: 9am – 9pm, Sat: 9am – 6pm, Closed on Sun & PH

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/cDvZw1JtNRS2

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Samsara-Gourmet-1519293228391002/info?tab=overview

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百勝菜馆 @ Macau City, Macau

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Was brought to this place by my friends in Macau, which I don’t think I would try in the first place. I would have come across this place as it is situated at the 手信街 of Macau City, but I might not have gone into the place and try the food because I would have thought it’s just another claypot rice place. But there are a lot more stuff than claypot rice.  Nested in the middle of the old alley, the eatery has a lot of history behind that place… I was told that that street used to be a place for prostitutes during the olden days and the ladies would try to attract the men from the windows of the 2nd storey. Ha!

手信街... they close this street on Sundays so no vehicles can come in and people can walk freely.

Spotted an art shop doing artistic spray painting... very nice traditional architecture.

The restaurant... They cook the claypot rice in front of you.

Menu... for the rice only...

Cooking on the spot after order is placed. Rice is a mix of 3 different rice and all semi-cooked.

When the semi-cooked rice is about to be cooked, ingredients will be added to cooked together. They give a lot of ingredients... maybe because my friends are regulars. ;P

Ground floor was full hence we had to sit upstairs... very very steep and narrow flight of stairs...

We were seated in the middle... to my left is one big table and 2 smaller tables... behind is the toilet which I heard is yucky... More menu is on the walls

On my right is one big table shared with 2-3 families...

First up was sharks fin chicken soup. I didn't eat the sharks fin 'cos of protecting the sharks reason... but had the soup instead. The soup really don't look appetizing at one glance... but the taste is so good, you definitely want a 2nd helping!

Sesame oil chicken... nice.

Abalone veg and mushroom... lovely...

Salted fish minced meat kai lan... nice...

Pork Rib Claypot Rice... Ok... must put more sauce.

My number 1 choice... beef egg calypot rice... very nice.

My 2nd choice. Very common in SG. Chicken mushroom and chinese sausage... they didn't use salted fish which I thought would taste better with it. But still good nevertheless.

Eel Claypot Rice. Don't really fancy eels like that other than in teriyaki sauce... But, the eel is fresh and quite tasty actually.

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Food is really good. You can see the rice is really of good quality also.

Portion: Slightly above average.

Price: Didn’t pay for it but claypot rice is like HK$35-$45 and the soup is like HK$80. So you see, it’s pretty affordable.

RTE: Yes I will provided I have stomach space. 😉

Location: 手信街 of Macau City. Please note there’s another 手信街 in Taipa. So must be specific when you tell the cab driver.

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