Herbal Brew – Ghim Moh, Singapore


Hawkers who are relentless in their offerings always inspire me. Better still, fall, pick up and reinvent.

Kenny used to operate this stall as an Italian pasta place but realise the spending power in Ghim Moh is not high and as usual manpower is seriously hard to find. So he revamped the whole stall into a Herbal Soup stall and business definitely improved from what I witnessed. At least this stall, he can manage it himself.

Love the steam minced pork with pumpkin ($2.50), a different approach to the usual style. He also offers brown rice ($0.80) which was very apt for me. Soup wise is pleasant. Not as rich as what I’ve tried before but was good enough for the $4.50 price tag. Different soups have different purposes, so go try it and let me know if you liked it too.

Herbal Brew
Add: 20 Ghim Moh Road #01-53 Ghim Moh Hawker Centre

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Chai Chee Nonya Foodstuff – Bedok, Singapore


We have zillions of such snack and kueh stores in the neighborhoods in Singapore but this one is a little more special. They actually have makeshift seats and tables for customers dining in. Chai Chee is not short of coffeeshops cos there are already 2 full sized ones round the corner but this one is always crowded. And I found out the reason why. See my food pic below for answer.

Only $3 including coffee!


Rating: 4/5.

Taste: The fried beehoon and mee was good. Made me wanna eat more but my will power was stronger. Coffee lacks punch but it’s prolly only $1 or less. They have chee cheong fun, yam cake, carrot cake, lor mai kai, sometimes mee siam, etc. Neighbourhood gems like these keeps inflationary prices away. Love them!

Portion: Normal.

Price: $3 with my kopi-c kosong.

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Messy. Eat house in a shop kinda concept.

RTE: Yes will tapao cos opposite of cafe only

Location: Block 25A Chai Chee Road #01-473

Heng Huat Fried Prawn Mee × Prawn Mee Soup – Sin Ming, Singapore


This stall has been around ever since Shunfu Mart renovated. Moved from their origin place at Lakeview, this stall has quite a following. And I learnt that this uncle has been a hawker since he was 19 years old and now he’s 65. Respect. So I decided to give it a try by order both the prawn noodles and the fried prawn mee.

Rating: 4/5.

Portion: Normal

Price: $4 for fried, $3 for dry.

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker Centre with very tight seating. My tummy was rubbing on the table.

Taste: Dry version has an old school taste to it with ketchup. Soup that came with it looked rich but tasted not too rich. I would prefer a little more umami richness to the broth cos that will affect the taste for the fried one as well. Fried one is well fried with the eggs fried in from the beginning to create the broth that simmers the noodles. By right the noodles should be good on its own but you need to mix in the sambal and squeeze the lime to get the taste they created.

RTE: Given the limited time I have, I’ll come if I’m around the area.

Location: 320 Shunfu Rd, #02-09, Singapore 570320
Hours: 10am-1.30pm, 5-8pm. Closed on Thu.

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)

Li Xin Fishball Noodles – Tai Seng, Singapore


Having my dinner here just and decided to write this post on the spot. The Fishballs here are really nice and soft so here goes my reviews:

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Rating: 4/5. Non-Halal

Taste: Fishballs damn nice and soft. Noodles on the other hand is cooked to very soggy. Don’t really like the texture, not springy at all. But the crispy lard chunks are really nice.

Portion: Below average.

Service: Could be better

Ambience: Within Food Republic, Aircon food court. The tables in between Toast Box and Food Republic has a bad foul smell from the rubbish bins.

Price: $4.00 noodles with 5 Fishballs

RTE: Yeah when I have the craving.

Location: BreadTalk IHQ at Tai Seng

Loving Hut Singapore – Joo Chiat, Singapore


I had a dinner meeting cum CNY reunion with my charity group at this place sometime in Feb and it was my first time in a pure vegan restaurant in Singapore! I dunno if their other outlets are still around but this one definitely has a very nice feel to it, despite the sleazy neighbours. Check out the food we ate below:

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Outside

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Done by designers from Indonesia
Done by designers from Indonesia
3 cup chicken with rice - Quite good and very tasty.
3 cup chicken with rice – Quite good and very tasty.
Crispy Oyster Mushroom -  So good we ordered two portions!
Crispy Oyster Mushroom – So good we ordered two portions!
Sweet Potato Fries - Also ordered 2 portions!
Sweet Potato Fries – Also ordered 2 portions!
Teochew Dry Noodles - This one not bad and big portion!
Teochew Dry Noodles – This one not bad and big portion!
Napoletana Penne - Didn't try this but looks good.
Napoletana Penne – Didn’t try this but looks good.
Forgot what is this drink but refreshing!
Forgot what is this drink but refreshing!
Grilled Burger - So so only.
Grilled Burger – So so only.
Burger comes with salad and fries
Burger comes with salad and fries
Special order of Vegan Raw Fish for Lou Hei!
Special order of Vegan Raw Fish for Lou Hei!

Overall Rating: 4/5. I’m not a vegetarian and definitely not a vegan but I do understand what the Loving Hut Worldwide is trying to achieve. Nevertheless, they have come a long way and are present in many countries so far. So if you’re thinking of having some organic healthy food, pop in to this place and enjoy a change in the regular oily and meaty food! A great place for gatherings too!

Location: 229 Joo Chiat Road #-01-01 Singapore 427489. Tel: 6348 6318 for reservations.

老街肉骨茶 (Old Street Bak Kut Teh) – Upper Paya Lebar, Singapore


I was looking for a place for lunch one of the early afternoons around Paya Lebar area when this super loud signage caught my attention. So I went in and found a table at one corner. Although it is named Old Street, this joint has the latest gadgets for their Order Management System! I was so impress with the iPads on every table and patrons can order their foods at the comfort of their table! Check out my review below:

The loud signage I was talking about...
The loud signage I was talking about… Quite cool right?
iPad order management system
iPad order management system
I'm impressed!
I’m impressed!
Wah this set looks worth it! At $8.50 you get a bowl of bak kut teh, you tiao, soy bean curd and a bowl of rice!
Wah this set looks worth it! At $8.50 you get a bowl of bak kut teh, you tiao, soy bean curd and a bowl of rice!
Side dishes!
Side dishes!
After adding your orders, this message pops up to let you know your order has gone through.
After adding your orders, this message pops up to let you know your order has gone through.
For the tables not along the walls, you pull this out to order!
For the tables not along the walls, you pull this out to order!
This is at 12.15pm...
This is at 12.15pm…
Help yourselves with the condiments and sauces...
Help yourselves with the condiments and sauces…
Traditionally, bak kut teh is usually accompanied by brewing a pot of chinese tea... Check out the tap for topping up the water by the side....
Traditionally, bak kut teh is usually accompanied by brewing a pot of chinese tea… Check out the tap for topping up the water by the side….
I was expecting a small bowl of bak kut teh prolly with 3 miserable pieces of pork ribs/bones. But there was 4 pieces with 2 rather meaty ribs. Soup was really wholesome and peppery, love it!
I was expecting a small bowl of bak kut teh prolly with 3 miserable pieces of pork ribs/bones. But there was 4 pieces with 2 rather meaty ribs. Soup was really wholesome and peppery, love it!
You tiao (doughsticks) are served hot and fresh! Awesome selling point!
You tiao (doughsticks) are served hot and fresh to go with your soup! Awesome selling point!
Braised small intestines. Really nice and good portioning! - S$6.50
Braised small intestines. Really nice and good portioning! – S$6.50
Soy bean curd is smooth and silky!
Soy bean curd is smooth and silky!
My damage...
My damage…

Overall Rating: 4.5/5. Although it is a little on the pricey side with GST, the food is really of good quality and taste. It would be cheaper if I wasn’t alone. Nevertheless, thumbs up and would revisit soon!

Location: 129 Upper Paya Lebar Road.