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!
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.
Ambience: Al Fresco under tents. There are mozzies so please be prepared.
Location: 511 Guillemard Road #01-52 Grandlink Square (Facing river at far corner opposite Little Vietnam) Hours: 5-11pm (Daily)
Discovered another hidden gem today while I was looking for undiscovered food places in Geylang area during lunch today. This whole coffeeshop belongs to one owner and apparently their curry rice is quite popular too. But let’s focus on the roast meat stall first. 😉
Ordered my standard char siew and siew yoke rice as that is my benchmark to test for good roast meats. Siew yoke’s skin was crackling and the meat was tender while the char siew had lightly burnt ends and half fat proportions. Rice was little but I was ok with it as I didn’t wanna eat too much for lunch. The roast meats were charcoal roasted and really yummy. There goes my diet, damn.
This is another hawker operating for prolly more than 20 years already. They used to be from the corner coffeeshop at the end of Lor 27 Geylang diagonally opposite Ho Kee Pau. I remember driving mum there to have our favourite fish soup and braised pork leg on weekends and usually the place will be packed with regulars. Moving to this current location may be a lot cleaner and neater, but rental is very high as I was told. Nevertheless I’m glad I found them through my staff Ray, and would like to introduce to you guys one of my top ranking fish soup places.
They are those rice-with-soup porridge specialist. The soup looks clear and deceiving but their fresh sliced fish soup is so damn good, you’ll be hit by the yummy fish flavours once the soup touches your tongue! Check out their braised pork leg or braised duck also! Very nice with steam white rice!
Order first at the counter and then find a seat. Food will be served.
Someone recommended me to go try the Penang Assam Laksa at Geylang Lor 25A. This restaurant used to be at Lorong 15 but moved here and I reckon it’s the silly rental cos the traffic at Lor 15 is a lot better.
So I parked at the open carpark just on the left after turning left to Lor 25A and then walk a little nearer to Paya Lebar MRT. The place is located along the shophouses, somewhere in the middle. I was there at 10pm so no one was eating there.
Ordered their famous Penang Assam Laksa, big bowl is $4 while the small one is only $3. Portion is quite big. Very tasty and sourish, a tad spicy, full of minced fish, definitely worth the $4.
Then I ordered the Shanghai Chicken Claypot also. $6 only. Quite nice. Tasted like the Sesame Oil Chicken but with herbal taste to it. Not bad.
Bill came up to $12.40… I think they forgot to put in another glass of homemade barley drink. But I paid the amount anyways lah. 🙂
Overall the food is pretty good. I would go back again to eat the laksa.