Mee Hoon Kueh (麵粉粿) @ Blk 226 Ang Mo Kio Food Centre

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. 😊

Chicken Run @ Paya Lebar Square

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. 😉

Harry’s Bar & Dining

I have always seen Harry’s outlet in the past but did not really find time to step in to one of their outlet to have a go at their food options.

It was only till I realize that one of the love dining privilege offered by AMEX that prompted me to seriously consider their dining options.

Well, I must say food quality is pretty good and different outlets offer slight variation in their food menu.

Harry’s Signature Wings – a good appetitizer to begin with. The flavor comes with their own spice and the tobasco sauce gives it a spicy sourish kick.

Sriracha Buffalo – Sriracha Chilli Jam, another great version of the wings. Certainly leaves you fingers licking good.

Beer Battered Fish & Chips – white fish fillet, coleslaw, mushy peas, spiced fries. Pretty tasty and comes with a decent fish portion.

Seafood Spaghettini “Mee Goreng” – Singapore styled fried noodles, crispy squid, tiger prawns, white fish fillet. Uniquely localized dish, could be seasonal menu.

Prawn & Seaweed Aglio Olio – Tiger Prawns, Seaweed and Freshly Cut Chilli. I just love their Aglio Olio. All tine favourite for pasta dish.

Chicken Parmigiana – Breaded Chicken, Honey Baked Ham, Tomatoes, Olives. The portion is really huge. Good for sharing.

Beef Rendang with Basmati Rice – Beef Rendang, Coconut, Archar, Papadum. This is another awesome surprise. Beef were tendering good.

Chicken Tikka Masala – Tandoori Chicken, Pita Bread, Masala Curry. This is equally delicious as well especially when you soak the entire pita bread inside the masala curry. Sinfully good. 👍

Pork Katsu Rice – Australian Bangalow Pork, Japanese Curry, Carrot, Potato, Basmati Rice. Interesting fusion of Japanese with Indian cuisine. Didn’t know this combination can be a champion too.

Sausage Burger – Italian Pork Sausage, Bacon, Egg, Onion Jam, Gherkin, Sriracha Mayo, Honey Mustard. This is uniquely different from the usual burger we use to have.

Harry’s Jazz Burger – Wagyu Beef Patty, Bacon, Double Cheese, Button Mushroom, Onion Jams comes with flavoured fries.

Another food option for you to consider. Value for money with the love dining privilege. 😉

Fret not for those not on love dining privilege. They do offer 1 for 1 lunch specials from Sun to Thu until 3pm.

Lee’s Taiwanese @ Faber Hill

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.

Try it and let me know your thoughts. 😊

Starscafe @ Copthorne King’s Hotel

I have always been searching for nice cafe food within the Copthorne Group other than my usual haunt at Cafe 2000.

In the past, the dining offer was not applicable at Starscafe. With the revision of their program beginning of 2018, the ala-carte dining benefit is now extended to cover Starscafe.

I have always wanted to try it out but the relatively steep food prices held me back previously. Now, I am glad that I am able to do so with the dining offer. 😊

This is a nice cozy cafe setting with just 8 dining tables in total.

They offer a good variety spread of menu item ranging from Appetizer, Soup, Gourmet Sandwich, Western Favourites, Ocean Fresh, Pasta, Penang Signatures, Snacks to Desserts.

I will certainly be more than willing to try each of the menu category in time to come.

Lobster Bisque – Smooth and creamy soup of French origin based on a strained broth of crustaceans

Cream of Duo Mushroom Veloute of shiitake and button mushrooms

Crispy Fried Platter – Combination of spring roll, money bag, chicken wanton served with Thai Chilli sauce

Grilled Chicken Satay (1/2 dozen) with traditional condiments and spicy peanut sauce

Roasted Half Spring Boneless Chicken – marinated with fresh herbs, garlic, boiled potatoes and light pepper cream sauce

Fish and Chips – crispy fried breaded John Dory with mesclun salad and french fries

Grilled Halibut Fillet – Denmark Halibut served with lobster coulis, salmon roe, seasonal vegetable and cheese stick

Kway Teow Thng served with fish dumpling, sliced pork and shredded chicken with flat rice noodle in a superior broth

Prawn Hor Fun – Wok fried flat rice noodle with prawn, egg & seasonal vegetable in a savoury gravy

Baked Apple Crumble with vanilla ice cream

Warm Chocolate Lava Cake with vanilla ice cream

Overall, food quality is good and comparable to Cafe 2000. So, if you are looking for a cozy and quiet ambience to pamper yourself, you may consider to visit Starscafe for your next visit.

Affordable & Good Steak at iSteak Diner

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!

Try it and share your thoughts with me. 😊

Cheap and Good Hainanese Chicken Rice

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. 😉

Power Mee Goreng

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. 😉

Teochew Braised Duck

There are many different types of braised duck out there. I am one who is especially particular when it comes to duck eating. It has taken me a long while for me to find a solid braised duck. I do not go for any type of braised duck and I am extremely selective about it.

When I was in my younger days, there used to be a braised duck stall in the old Commonwealth Market Hawker Centre that I used to frequent. Unfortunately, this stall is no longer in sight as the owners have gotten on in age and their children do not wish to continue with it.

The duck gravy is the key deciding factor and that will be what is attracting to me. I like the duck gravy to be watery based instead of starchy based version and preferably served with a bowl of steaming white rice instead of braised rice.

Fortunately, there is one such stall, Ah Seng Briased Duck Rice in Serangoon Garden Market that I find selling really solid Teochew Braised Duck.

The duck meat is tenderly good and you do not get a strong duck taste with the five spice aroma. Importantly, it is value for money. Literally termed as cheap & good.

They also comes with a complete range of add-on sides like braised pork belly, pig skin, duck gizzard, duck liver, tau kwa, tau pok, braised egg, cabbage & pig stomach soup.

I love their duck liver and not to forget other favourites of mine like tau kwa, tau pok & braised egg. Usually these are my standard add-on sides whenever I were to dine there.

Their cabbage is also perfectly stewed until softens which can melt in your mouth type.

Needless to say, a bowl of steaming white rice is definitely a must with the gravy pouring over it for the perfection.

Do note that the stall is closed on Sundays.

Recently, I found another similar type of braised duck with the watery based gravy at Alexandra Village Food Centre.

Stall name is Teochew Braised Duck Rice. Their version is almost similar to Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice and equally champion as it is to my liking.

They do offers add-on sides like tau kwa, duck liver, braised egg, braised pork and intestine. Not to mention, their power garlic chilli with vinegar.

Their braised duck & pork are so tenderlicious as well.

Thier braised intestines are as power too.

Likewise, it is always best to down a bowl of steaming white rice with lots of duck gravy splashing on it. I always like mine flooding with gravy. 😋

Do note that they are closed on every Thursdays and Fridays unless it falls on a public holiday.

Different individuals have their unique preference when it comes to duck eating. Well, if you are like me, do give it a try if you happen to be around the vicinity and let me know what you think after trying. 😉

Authentic Indian Cuisine

Indian cuisine is another one of my favourites. Simply love the Indian spices with the dishes. There are a lot of places offering authentic Indian food. Personally, I have a couple of joints that I like to go to.

First being Muthu’s Curry. Usually, I would go to the outlet in Suntec City though they have other outlets in Dempsey Hill and Race Course Road.

Muthu’s Signature Fish Head Curry

Muthu’s Chicken Chukka – Boneless chicken cooked with onions and seasoned with chef’s spicy chili sauce

Chicken Chettinadu – Boneless chicken in a spicy gravy made from ginger and garlic

Squids Sambal – Squids prepared in a base of chilli and tomatoes

Mutton Vindaloo – Spicy gravy of mutton cooked with potato until meat is tender

Bindi Masala – Ladies finger cooked with a paste made from tomatoes and onions

Aaloo Gobi – Potato and Cauliflower cooked together with cumin seeds and other spices

Masala Prawn – Tiger prawn cooked with chili, tomato and an array of spices

Fish Tikka – Fish cubes marinated in mustard oil and spices is cooked until tender

Malabar Fish Curry – A non spicy fish curry finished with a dash of coconut oil

Dum Biryani Mutton – Long grain basmati rice cooked with meat and mint served with Raita (yogurt salad) and chicken gravy

Chicken 65 – Chicken pieces marinated with yogurt, Indian spices and deep fried until crisp

Biryani Rice – Fragrant basmati rice cooked with cashew nuts and 2 vegetables

Butter and Garlic Naan

Next joint will be Curry Garden. They have outlets in Punggol Ranch, HillV2 and Turf City. Most of the time, I will go to the HillV2 outlet as it is nearer to my place.

Mutton dum Biryani

Fish Tikka

Chicken 65

Mutton Vindaloo

Prawn Masala

Garlic Naan

The food offered are almost similar in nature with some differentiation in presentation but all of them taste really good.

Another joint worth considering will be Bombay Dining at Pasir Panjang. I have been to this restaurant a couple of times. The food is nice, authentic and importantly value for money as well. This restaurant offers a different fusion of cusines as it serves North Indian, Indo-Chinese as well as Mexican.

Mutton Sheekh Kebab – an extraordinary minced lamb kebab combined herbs with indian spices cook in tandoor

Fish Masala – fish cooked in a mildly spiced sauce

Goan Prawn Curry – a popular traditional hot spicy dish

Mutton Dum Biryani – marinated lamb with dum basmati rice, herb and spice

Butter and Herb Naan

Washing it off with a cup of Masala Tea – a traditional indian tea

Another joint worth considering will be none other than The Banana Leaf Apolo at 54 Race Course Road.

Hot & Sour Vegetable Soup – Hot & spicy soup cooked with vegetables and herbs

Vegetable Kholapuri – Assorted vegetables gently cooked in tomato gravy enriched with onion

Biryani rice with vegetables – Flavoured basmati rice served with two types of vegetables

Apolo Mutton Dum Biryani – Long grained basmati rice cooked with Indian spices and nutton cubes in dum style (steamed over charcoal)

Mutton Masala – Mutton cubes simmered gently in thick indian gravy

Chicken Tikka Masala – Grilled chicken pieces cooked to perfection with onion

Butter Chicken – Grilled boneless chicken cooked in butter based onion and tomato gravy

Fish Malabar – Boneless fish cubes cooked in simmering thick coconut gravy

Fish Tikka – Marinated fish cubes grilled in tandoor pot and served with mint chutney

Seafood Naan – Indian flat bread stuffed with seafood coupled with Indian curry ingredients

Garlic and plain naan – Leavened Indian flat bread gently cooked in tandoor pot.

One other more joint that is worth considering, Samy’s Curry at Dempsey.

Samy’s Signature Curry Fish Head

Gobi 65 (Cauliflower)

Curry Mutton

Mysore Mutton

Black Squid

Butter Chicken

Masala Chicken

Fish Tikka

Fish Cutlet

Briyani Rice with Veg

Butter & Garlic Naan

So, if you are one of those who enjoys spicy food, I would recommend that you give it a try and share your experience with me. ☺