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.

信记牛肉面 Xin Ji Beef Noodle – Hougang, Singapore


Alright this was something I promised to review yesterday. Chanced upon this stall cos I was there for brekkie and picked mum up. A little rare to find Beef Noodle specialty stalls in neighbourhood coffee shops. Managed to speak to the boss cos I was the first customer and he mentioned that his soup base is using only pure beef and bones. True enough he scooped up and showed me. And it tasted like it too cos usually with MSG or the flavoured powder, I’ll get thirsty after half an hour. A hidden gem indeed.

Rating: 4.5/5.

Taste: Soup was really nice but not overly rich which usually is caused by adding those pre-mixes. The tendons were to die for! So soft and tender! Beef brisket could use a little more time as I prefer mine to be more tender. Tripe was shioks along with other items. Chilli wise they had chinchalok which I thought was pretty detailed. Thumbs up for the effort!

Portion: Pretty ok.

Price: $8. Not cheap but all clean foods are not cheap anyways haha!

Service: Self-service.

Ambience: Renovated coffee shop.

RTE: Yes I would return to eat!

Location: 309 Hougang Avenue 5 Goh Lim Hua Eating House

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MR LORBAK (卤肉先生) – Ubi, Singapore


I chanced upon this little stall within a coffeeshop when I was there for my regular chicken rice fix. You can read more about it and my number one ranking Prata stall here (https://eatwithroy.com/2016/04/13/ubi350/.)

The stall started in Feb this year at Bedok but moved to Ubi in April, and have been building momentum since. Especially so after Seth (Seth Lui) and Maureen (Miss Tam Chiak) have written about it. The owner of this humble stall is William, age 31 this year, with a number of years in the F&B scene, decided to drop his corporate life to share his grandma’s recipe with all of us! How great art thou! 😂 I always love tradition home recipes! 😬 Check out the pics and review below:

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Pork belly was tender and the fatty parts just melts in your mouth. Sauce was not salty with rice, I must say it’s just nice. Sides were not bad, love all but would like the tau pok to be a little more softer.

Portion: Average. I can never get enough of pork belly lah so I wished I could have the option to buy more next time!

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Coffeeshop

Price: Pork Belly Rice Set ($3.50) comes with a braised egg and black fungus. Sides are $0.50 each type per portion. Very affordable!

RTE: Hell yeah!!!

Location: 350 Ubi Avenue 1, UBI 350 Coffeeshop

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/oLtdc7BBNrq

麵記食閣 – Hougang, Singapore


Sorry for not writing much lately cos most quick updates are done on my Instagram account @eatwithroy. You guys can follow me there too. Work has been tiring cos a lot of stuffs to do at the beginning and hope operations will smooth out soon.

Wanted a nice local brekkie yesterday and I thought I should visit a coffeeshop which I haven't visited for the longest time. The coffeeshop has renovated and there are many stalls there now with pretty impressive offerings. However, they have adopted the self-service mode and everyone has to queue to get their food. Gone are the days when you can order and find a seat. So it's quite tough for one person to find a seat during peak periods, hence have to share table. I waited for like 15 mins as there were some orders before me:



Rate: 4.5/5.

Taste: Got the old school taste and although it looks plain, it's very tasty! Love the suppleness of the noodles. Damn yums!

Portion: $4 portion is good.

Service: Self service

Ambience: Coffeeshop

Price: $3 or $4

RTE: Definitely

Location: 703 Hougang Ave 2, MTF Coffeeshop
Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/fAfZpkT53wR2

Deanna’s Kitchen – Toa Payoh, Singapore


I first came to know Denise through Instagram and she told me about her plans to set up a Prawn Noodle stall and some more a halal one! I thought the idea was interesting and told her I’ll definitely be there when she opens.

So today is the day she started her dream. And as promised, I was there to lend her my support. See my reviews below and please support young hawkerprenuers and support local!

Congrats on your opening!!!
Prawn Noodles with Crayfish $12.50
Denise fries her own shallots, which makes a whole lot of difference to the taste!
Cray cray cray crayfish!
Prawns are left in their shells to lock in the sweetness!
Got Kang Kong and bean sprouts. Those don’t like bean sprouts better tell her in advance not to put!
#worldcleanplate #damnyummylah #morebrothplease
So considerate got wet towels for me cos need to deshell the prawns
Denise and me

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: If I can invent a new word, it would be ‘Sumami’… which means Super Umami. The broth is really really good and I really hope she keeps up the standard. Imagine this is not even using any pork bones. Really old school recipe which everyone should try!

Portion: Average

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Hawker centre.

Price: Starts from as low as $3.50 to $12.50.

RTE: Yes!!

Location: 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #02-25. Check out their website for opening hours.

Contact: http://deannaskitchen.net. Instagram @denisedeanna. Tel: 96675500