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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金海湾香港烧腊 – Geylang, Singapore


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. 😉

Stall within coffeeshop
Yummy roasted meats
See how much roasted meats on the rice!!!
Look at the well defined layers!

Taste:

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.

Price:

$4.50

Portion:

Above average. Quite a lot of meat!

Service:

Order at stall and served at table.

Waiting Time:

5 mins.

Rating:

5/5.

Location:

1 Geylang Lorong 25, Golden Bay Eating House

Hours:

11am to 9pm

Hong Qin Fish And Duck Porridge (鸿勤鱼粥鸭粥) – Geylang, Singapore


Shop front
Boss cooks the food himself inside
They have a variety of braised items too!

Braised Pork Leg! Yums!
I ordered fish slice with fried bones. If not the soup would be clearer. But still yummy!

Intro:
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. 

Taste:

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!

Price:

From $4.

Portion:

Average.

Service:

Order first at the counter and then find a seat. Food will be served.

Waiting Time:

5-15mins. Peak hours are cray cray.

Rating:

5/5.

Location:

134 Geylang East Avenue 1

Hours:

Daily 6am to 3.30pm

Fried Carrot Cake @ 49 Sims Place


Back to my favourite eating place at Sims Place Hawker… tried out this carrot cake stall before and went back to feature them.

The humble little stall at the corner in the middle rows... middle age couple running the place. Lady is preparing the plain carrot cakes by cutting them into smaller pieces by pushing into a mould cutter which the man is doing all the frying.
Mum loves the white version which is original Teochew style. Loads of egg is added into the frying.
This is the Singaporean black version. I like the black version cos it has sweet sauce added into it and after frying it has a very nice burn taste... and this stall does it very well.

Rating: 5/5

Taste: Very nice. The carrot cake is homemade. That makes the carrot cake a lot nicer and different from the rest of the stalls.

Portion: Above average.

Price: $2.00 a plate only…

RTE: Yes!!!

Location: 49 Sims Place #01-30 (middle row furthest from the carpark & toilets)

Penang Food Restaurant


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.

Address of the restaurant
Address of the restaurant

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.

The black sauce is prawn paste. Adds damn good flavour to the assam laksa!
The black sauce is prawn paste. Adds damn good flavour to the assam laksa!
Ah ha, there you go for the noodles. Their noodles apparently is a little more chewy on the texture. Quite nice.
Ah ha, there you go for the noodles. Their noodles apparently is a little more chewy on the texture. Quite nice.

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.

Shanghai Claypot Chicken... Love the sauce... so I ordered a small bowl of rice... hehe...
Shanghai Claypot Chicken... Love the sauce... so I ordered a small bowl of rice... hehe...

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. 🙂

Bill
Bill

Overall the food is pretty good. I would go back again to eat the laksa.