Straits Chinese Restaurant is the oldest Nonya Restaurant in Singapore. It is by no means easy to look for an authentic Nonya cuisine and I must agree that their Nonya food is pretty authentic and tasty.
This restaurant is extremely popular with tourists and you will get to see bus loads of tourists being sent here for lunches and dinners.
They offer a good selection of appetizers, mains and desserts to cater to individuals’ palate.
Appetizer to go….
Keropok (Prawn Cracker) – Great start for the meal. Goes extremely well by dipping it with the sambal belacan.
Sambal Belacan – Star of the meal. Trust me, it is going to blow you off. It can go well with the white rice on its own too.
Hee Peow Soup – Fish maw with meat ball and fish cake.
Kuak Pedas – Hot & Sour Seafood Soup comes with prawn, squid and straw mushroom.
Ayam Buah Keluak – A type of nut cooked with chicken and braised in thick tamarind gravy.
Sambal Sotong – Sweet based tomato-rish sambal, really power and taste different from the usual sambal sotong that we are used to having.
Babi Pong Teh – Nonya style slow braised pork. The pork is tenderliciously good.
Otak Otak – Generous chunks of fish with each mouthful.
Nonya Chap Chye – Mixed vegetables, (primarily cabbage) stir fried with black fungus and tossed with glass noodles.
Chendol – Sinfully good and highly recommended. 👍
So, if you are craving for a good nonya food, do give this restaurant a try!
Have you had any solid and power Mee Hoon Kueh? Where to find such store?
Mee Hoon Kueh (hand-torn noodle) or commonly known as 麵粉粿. Sometimes it is also commonly referred to as 板麵. It is another one of those comfort food that we can find easily in any hawker stall.
Basically, it is noodles torn into pieces by hand & cooked in anchovies-based soup top with minced pork, fried anchovies, fried shallots, egg and served with red cut chilli on the side.
Some variations could see with mushroom or seafood item.
What makes this dish tick? To me, I would think the soup base is a key in the ingredient that makes a good bowl of Mee Hoon Kueh.
Having said that, it will also depend on individual taste buds to ascertain a good bowl of Mee Hoon Kueh as well.
So far, there is this particular stall selling Mee Hoon Kueh (實里達生麵, 麵粉粿) at Blk 226 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre that is perpetually spotted with long snaking queues each time I am there.
Well, I decided to jump on the queue and to see for myself on how good it can be since there is always a long snaking queue. There must be a reason for it and the only way is to experience it the hard way. 😂
This is the end product after much fanfare. Unfortunately, the Mee Hoon Kueh has sold out by the time the queue reaches me. 😥
I had no choice but to settle for the next best option which is the 生麵. You will need to top up an extra dollar for the fried anchovies if you need additional. It comes in 3 sizes; small at $3, medium at $4 and large at $5.
It certainly looks good on the appearance. For a small bowl at $3, I must agree that it is value for money given a pretty decent size prawn that comes along with it.
Soup is tasty too though I feel there could be another better one out there somewhere as I cannot really get the umami out of the soup.
Will I revisit this stall again? Hmm…if there is no queue, I don’t mind. However, if there is a long snaking queue, I might probably take a rain check. 😊
Frankly, I am not one who is especially excited when it comes to hot pot as I am not really a huge fan of it. There are many different variations when it comes to hot pot eating. (I am sure you will know what I mean 😉)
Well, there is this traditional stew pot place in Paya Lebar Square, Chicken Run which I find their hot pot is really good though and thought you guys should give it a try if you have a chance to do so.
From its name, you may just think of it like some place selling fried chicken or chicken related stuff until you step in to check their menu.
They do offer a variety of food items other than just hot pot.
Chicken Laksa Pot – oh their laksa soup base is just so good and of standard too.
Mushroom Pot – a great dish for non-meat eaters. Soup base is awesomely tasty. Good to gulp it down with a bowl of steaming rice.
Beef Pot – beef lovers will love this stew beef pot. The beef is cooked to tender perfection.
You may also go to their self-service fridge to pick up ala-carte food item to add on to the various soup base.
They do offer appetizers and other ala-carte items on their menu as well should you choose to add on to the feast.
Stirfry Baby Spinach – this is one recommended vegetable item that I personally like.
Wu Xiang a.k.a Ngoh Hiang – deep fried minced pork roll in beancurd skin. Another champion dish.
So, next time when you have the urge or feel like having hot pot for a change, do give this place a try. 😉
Yearning for some good authentic Taiwanese cuisine?
I chanced upon this restaurant at 112 Faber Drive, Lee’s Taiwanese. Usually I am very particular when it comes to Taiwanese cuisine as I am not really a big fan of it. Well, for Lee’s Taiwanese, I must admit that this is one place that I will highly recommend if you are yearning for a good Taiwanese food.
Lee’s Signature Rice
Taiwanese Signature Beef Noodle
Braised Beef Shanks
Pan-Fried Chives/Cabbage Pork Dumplings
Braised Minced Pork Rice
Crispy Chicken Chop
Braised Intestine Mee Sua
Pork Chop Noodle
Chicken Chop Noodle
Their chicken chop tastes really good with their salt & pepper spice. Not to mention their braised meat rice too. 👍
They do offer Western selection as well for those who are not so keen in trying out their Taiwanese cuisine.
Quesadillas is one of their popular menu item too.
There are times when I have sudden cravings for beef steak. At the same time, I do not want to spend a tidy sum just to satisfy this craving.
You can always find one such western food outlet near where you are. Being a fussy eater, I am quite particular when it comes to beef steak dining.
There is this place, iSteak Diner where I really enjoy going for their beef steak. It is really affordable and good. Best part, you can have the beef steak well under $20.
NZ Striploin 250g Cut – the medium rare striploin is nicely & juicily done. You can choose to go with mushroom or black pepper sauce. Every order comes with 2 sides and they offer a wide selection of sides to choose from.
NZ OP Rib Steak 1Kg Medium Rare. This is the all awaited communal sharing dish. Meat eaters, this is for you! 😎
Non-beef eaters, fret not, you can go for other mains like pork, chicken, lamb or fish.
I love their starters too.
Chicken Popcorn – I must say this is one of those champion chicken popcorn that I ever had. The batter is just so tasty with the tender juicy chicken.
Calamari Rings – the crispy batter is one of its kind. Superbly awesome. You need to experience it for yourself.
Gourmet Sausage – 4 different types of sausages (one of them is a spicy sausage) that goes well with the mushroom sauce. A must for sausage lovers.
Pepper Fish Fillet – Well, there is nothing much to shout about it. Just normal grilled fillet with pepper sauce.
Lemon Pepper Chicken – something unusual, tastes great especially with the slightly charred skin.
Honey Ginger Chicken – pretty unique in its taste too.
Beef Burger with add-on mozarella cheese and sauteed mushroom.
Seafood Aglio Olio – Nothing much to shout about. There are better ones elsewhere.
Overall, food quality is there and importantly value for money!
Hainanese Chicken Rice is commonly associated with Singaporean and Malaysian cuisines, although it is also popular in Thailand & is considered as one of the national dishes of Singapore.
You can easily find chicken rice in many chinese coffee shops, restaurants and street hawker stalls, and also in chain restaurants such as Boon Tong Kee, The Chicken Rice Shop and Wee Nam Kee.
There are many different versions of chicken rice depending on individual preference. Some like it for the rice fragrance, some for their soup base, some for the tenderness of the chicken meat while some for the condiments like ginger and chili sauces.
Prices per plate also ranges from $ to $$$$$ depending on where you dine.
I managed to find this particular cheap and good stall at one of the coffee shop, Gourmet Street at 22 Sin Ming Road selling at $2 per plate.
The stall name is called 记得来 literally translated as “remember to come”.
The rice is fragrant coupled with the tenderness of the chicken meat. Their ginger and chili sauces are equally champion too.
Best part of it, the cabbage soup that they serve is also super tasty and delicious. You can also request for additional soup refill and they are generous with that.
All this for a decent $2 a plate. What more can you ask for?
Go and have a try if you happen to be near that area. 😉
Mee Goreng as it is commonly known, a direct Malay translation which literally means Fried Noodle.
There are many different types of mee goreng varieties that you can find here depending on individual’s preference and taste buds.
For me, I am extremely particular when it comes to eating mee goreng. In my opinion, a champion mee goreng will be none other than the Indian-styled type which traditionally comes cooked in dark red spice sauce with mutton bits as condiments. I must agree that it is very hard to find such authentic ones out there. Sellers usually substitute with cheaper alternatives condiments like potato, tomato, chye sim (green leafy vegetable), cabbage, green peas or tau kwa (bean curd).
So far, I have managed to source out 2 such stalls with my above requirement.
First stall being, Five Star Fast Food which is located on the 2nd floor at Taman Jurong Hawker Centre.
The mee goreng comes with generous serving of “visible” minced mutton bits and goes extremely well especially by topping it off with a sunny side up egg with the runny yolk wobbling from side to side.
Look at that mouth watery plate of mee goreng. Aren’t you already salivating just by staring at it?
Next stall would be none other than Al-Sheik Mee Stall at Adam Road Food Centre.
Looks almost similar in comparison to the first stall and tastes equally power. Only difference is that their minced mutton bits is not as “visible”. Overall, the experience is still there.
Have a go at both stalls if you have the chance to do so and let me know your thoughts thereafter. 😉