Penang Char Kway Teow – Bedok, Singapore


This is truly a hidden gem tucked in between so many stalls with so many pictures of food hanging all over the place. Was here for lunch after doctor’s for Diana and I noticed this old uncle do not have that many orders like the other stalls in this coffeeshop. I told Diana that I had a feeling that the food might be good. So I approached the stall.

Mr Leong, the old uncle who retired being a crane operator is 77 years old this year and have been operating this stall for over a year. This is a very scary sight because at this age, he should be happily retired and living his life. There could be a lot of factors to consider but I’m leaning towards happy and positive thoughts… maybe his passion for cooking supersedes everything. So ya, here he is answering my questions and the first thing I asked him was,”Uncle, if I had to eat one thing, what would you recommend. He pointed the Penang Char Kway Teow. I told him ok let’s do it. $3 one plate. Reviews below:

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Stall
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The aroma already passed my test!
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Soft and nice
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For $3 there’s a lot of ingredients
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Burp! #worldcleanplate
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Uncle Leong

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: No doubt about it, very close to authenticity. Not overly salty, flavour just right. Wok hei controlled well without the burnt taste. Even Diana said it was good!

Portion: Good size for $3!

Service: Self-service

Ambience: Coffeeshop

Price: $3.

RTE: Definitely! I got a feeling the Char Beehoon is also good!

Location: Block 418 Bedok North Avenue 2, Epic Haus Coffeeshop.

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没问题什锦肉脞面 (Assorted Minced Meat Noodles) – Compassvale, Singapore


Intro:
Was taking a break the other day and came across this food court. As there were nothing much that interest me, I decide to give this minced pork noodles a try.

Secret to great tasting noodles!

Taste:

The bowl of goodness comes with 2 very fresh shrimps, sliced fishcake, 2 fishballs, pork slices and pork lard. The noodles are very different; eggy, supple, and very yummy. Not your regular alkaline tasting HK noodles. Really love the texture of it! Fishballs are really nice and soft too!

Price:

$3.50 (Noodles), $3 (Fishball soup 8 balls)

Portion:

Average.

Service:

Self-service

Waiting Time:

5-10 mins.

Rating:

4.5/5.

Location:

267B Compassvale Link Happy Hawkers

Hours:

6am to 12pm, 6pm to 12am.

SERI SATAY – EUNOS, SINGAPORE


Intro:

Since I’m bed ridden these days I might as well write more. I promised some customers to write more on halal foods and here it is. I have been patronising this satay stall for many times now especially when BLACK&INK started cos it’s just opposite at Eunos Hawker Centre. Check out my reviews below.

The stall
The friendly Abang
My usual order of 5 x mutton and 5 x tripe
Damn yummy mutton
Somehow this tripe caramelises on the outside, damn good
All tables should be left like this. Plates empty. #worldcleanplate

Taste:

I love the authentic taste of this satay, the taste I grew up with. I believe this recipe has been passed down from generations. And the way they BBQ it is just awesome. A little burnt here and there and not overcooked. Damn yummy especially the tripe! So tender!

Price:

$0.60 per stick only. Very affordable compared to so many places.

Portion:

Good size per stick.

Service:

Served at table. The bro taking orders very friendly.

Waiting Time:

10-20mins. Depending on timing.

Rating:

5/5.

Location & Contacts:

Blk 4A Eunos Crescent, Eunos Crescent Market & Food Center

AH HOE MEE POK – CLEMENTI, SINGAPORE


Intro:Read about this interesting Japanese family in Clementi who started partnered with Ah Hoe Mee Pok to open 2 outlets. Going there you’ll definitely need to drive that’s why I only manage to visit them only now thanks to Uber. So the story in summary is Father quit from his regular job and decided to learn from the original Ah Hoe Mee Pok owner by working 6 months for free. So now they have 2 stalls operating at different hours to cater for their customers. Block 710 is managed by the daughter which opens much earlier and block 713 is managed by the brother while the father now oversees everything. As I only knew about 710, that’s the stall I visited.

Th Stall
Their latest fusion noodles
My order of mee pok dry $4
After finishing the noodles still got so much ingredients! Next time must order extra noodles!
My bowl of Miso Mee Kia. $6. See how the pork lard is finely cut and fried to perfection? Yums!
Love how mee kia soaks up the miso sauce. Yums!
Every bowl should be left like that. #worldcleanplate
Reina took this pic with me without knowing who I was.

Taste:

Taste wise is pretty classic. Not really a Mee Pok fan but at least the flavours were there. Would add a little more vinegar for my taste. The miso version which I tried weeks later was really yummy. I chose mee kia this time round and love how the miso sauce soaks up in the noodle.

Price:

$4 for the Mee Pok, $6 for the Miso 

Portion:

Above average. Noodles standard but ingredients really a lot. See pic.

Service:

Self-service.

Waiting Time:

5-15mins. Depending on timing.

Rating:

4.5/5.

Location & Contacts:

Blk 710 Clementi West St 2

Tel: 87421341

Hours: Opens daily 7am to 4pm, Sun closes at 3pm
Blk 713 Clementi West St 2

Tel: 87421341

Hours: Opens 6am-2pm, 5pm-9pm. Sat & Sun closed.

Chai Chee Nasi Lemak (1978) – Hougang, Singapore


Not to be confused with any outlets at Chai Chee, this stall is located at Hougang and originates all the way back to 1978. I’ve grew up with this ever since I moved to Hougang in 1986. Currently managed by 2 brothers, whom I believe is the 3rd generation. 

Chai Chee Nasi Lemak not only specializes in Nasi Lemak as the name suggests, but also very good Nasi Padang dishes and classic Mee Rebus, Mee Siam and Lontong. I just love how they retain the authentic taste over the decades although it’s tough to retain the price. ;P Anyways it’s about blardy time I wrote about them and their commitment to good traditional food!

 

Stall front
  
Dishes at 8am… yes they run out pretty fast!
  
The 2 brothers… guess which one is the older one? 😉
  
One of my favorites, Mee Goreng, with sides of your choice. Right about of spice, awesome taste!
  
Another of my favorites, Nasi Lemak. I love my nasi lemaks with these fried fish which were fried till so crispy, you can literally consume everything. Yums to the max!

Rating: 5/5.

Taste: Malay cuisine over decades, can’t go wrong. The queue will affirm that. 

Portion: Average

Service: Self-service. 

Ambience: Coffee shop

Price: Reasonable

RTE: Always!

Location: Block 322 Hougang Avenue 5. Hours: 5am to 1pm, while stocks last. 

Tai Dong Teochew Duck Rice 大中潮州卤鸭饭 – Sims Place, Singapore


I’ve been frequenting this Sims Drive  Market and Food Centre for the longest time, especially before I moved to China and I had a car. To be honest, this food centre is a little troublesome to get to ‘cos there’s only one bus number 64 that reaches there. If take MRT, you’ll have to walk like 800m to get there and perhaps another 800m to walk back. So I was there one day running some errands and I decided to visit my old stalls of Teochew Kuehs and fried carrot cake (search under ‘sims place’ on eatwithroy.com) 

I was checking out the front rows if there were any new stalls and there I spotted this very familiar duck rice stall. Was greeted by the couple whom I always call Big Brother and Big Sister in teochew. Was totally surprise to see them as I’ve not seen them for ages! They used to be at circular road just beside Kiliiney Kopitiam and have since moved here due to rental hikes. For those who were my colleagues or those who were working at Raffles Place 10-20 years back, you’ll know them. The couple is doing well but traffic there could be better. Like I said before, accessing there is a challenge and youngsters nowadays mostly go for airconditioned places only. Whatever it is, I’m happy I found them, and now I know where to get my Teochew braised duck fix!

 

Stall front
  
For one person, with additional gizzard and egg. $5.80
 
Rice is how Teochews like it, a little on the dry side, and a must to shower it with the braised sauce! Soup looks clear but really nice, tasted like salted szechuan veg with many ducks scalded in it before.
  

I kid you not, I believe the meat is more tender than last time at Circular Road! Meat is braised through in and out, very rare nowadays!
 
See how the sauce soaks all the way inside the gizzard. Damn good lah!
  

Chilli sauce typical teochew style using vinegar to cut the fattiness and enhance the taste!

Showing my respect for good food and no wastage

Rating: 5/5. 

Taste: Over 2 decades of culinary perfection, I cannot describe anymore how this wins me over everytime. The sauce is just full of spices and flavour, some may say it’s a little salty but you’re suppose to eat with your rice… If not salty enough, the duck wouldn’t taste good. All I can say this version is the best so far I tried from them. 

Portion: Average

Service: Brought to table. 

Ambience: Hawker Centre, big fans, good natural lighting, lots of pigeons scavenging but will fly if humans nearby.

Price: $5.80. All depends on what you order. They have duck liver and pork belly too. 😉

RTE: Planning in process…

Location: 49 Sims Place #01-04 (Directly opposite block 52). Hours: Daily 8am to 1-2pm, while stocks last. 

Ah Huay Hokkien Mee (阿花福建面) – North Bridge Road, Singapore


After my Beef Kway Teow indulgence, I went on walking westwards venturing the whole stretch of shops and eateries towards Crawford Lane area. Saw a lot of old neighborhood shops and chanced upon an old coffeeshop Heap Seng Leong. In there, there’s only one Ah Huay Hokkien Mee stall managed by an old lady. I didn’t know what to expect but went ahead to order a plate from the old granny. 

 

Frontage
  
The little stall on the left
  
Big plate!
  
 
Ingredients are cut on the spot whenever a order comes in. Old granny in the background.
   
BURP!!!


Rating
: 4/5. 

Taste: Not fantastically good but you can feel old granny frying the plate of goodness from her heart like frying for her grandchildren. Very homely taste. Ingredients are cut in the spot too! Go support old granny if you’re around that area!

Portion: For $3 this is a big plate! 

Service: Old granny is little slow so please be patient. You have to tell her what you want. She can whip up Hokkien Mee, Fried Kway Teow, noodles soups, etc. Converse with her in dialects will be ideal. I spoke in teochew and she speaks pretty well too.

Ambience: Old and everything seems to be on standstill here. Interesting marble top tables, poor lighting. 

Price: $3.00 only. Damn worth it. 

RTE: I wanna return on my next Food Trail Tuesday to try her char kway teow! 🙂

Location: Block 10 North Bridge Road. Hours: Mornings till late afternoon I believe.