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Monday, February 19, 2018

Whole Earth

Whole Earth was founded in 2003, is the first and only Peranakan-Thai Vegetarian in Singapore.They are the only plant based restaurant in Singapore to be awarded the inaugural Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016, thus it is hardly that Vegetarians out there will find them unfamiliar.

Whole Earth

Interior was modernly furnished, giving a clean and neat environment. On the other hand, service is good and did not disappoint.

Lemongrass (Hot / Cold) - $6
Since Chinese New Year is around the corner, we ordered their Yu Sheng and enjoyed the session.

Prosperity Yu Sheng - $48 
If you were thinking where are the "Yu" in the plate. Here's the mocked salmon and abalone.

Mock Abalone and Salmon
Like any other restaurants that offers Yu Sheng, the staff will open up the individual ingredients and before mixing into the plate, she will say out of the words of blessing and meanings that each ingredient represent. This is the first time I'm having Vegetarian Yu Sheng and it looks quite interesting with Dou Miao included.

Here's the aftermath of tossing
Brown Rice is just too mainstream for us and we had ordered the Signature Olive Brown Rice to complement the rest of the dishes ordered. Fragrant and delicious, without being too oily.

Signature Olive Brown Rice  招牌香叶炒糙米饭 - $11 (Small)
Tofu comes in triangular form, deep fried to perfection with crispiness on the outside and sily smooth interior. These tofu was tossed in fragrant oats, curry leaves and chilli padi. Also one of their classic bestseller.

Crispy Golden Oats 招牌黄金香脆麦片豆腐 - $17
A delicious mixture of vegetables that includes egg plant, long beans, lady's fingers and petai bean in Sambal Sauce. This is also one of the recommended dish by the restaurant.

Penang Sambal King 娘惹招牌叁巴菜王 - $17
Nutritionally prepared with wolfberry and angelica root "dang gui" herbs in perfect harmony of broccoli and monkey head mushroom. This species of mushroom contains health-enhancing properties such as antioxidant, anti-inflammatory effects and beneficial effects on brain -boosting functions.

Enchanted Forest 招牌焖汁兰花猴头菇 - $23
The dish has a sensational texture and highly addictive in its tangy sauce as well as refreshing pineapple chunks. If I didn't know I am having vegetarian food, I might be fooled by its appearance and taste that it is the actual meat. A must try!

Thai Sweet & Sour Delight 泰式招牌酸甜特色- $18
Overall, the price maybe on the high side but it is still worth a visit if you want to enjoy some great taste of plant-based food. Definitely I will recommend Whole Earth if someone is looking for quality vegetarian food.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Whole Earth
Location: 76 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079331

Monday, February 12, 2018

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle

People staying in Toa Payoh probably know Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodles as one of the popular eats. With its popularity, it is common to wait about 30 minutes of more. I had patronized Lai Heng many years back when they were still located elsewhere.

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle
Their orders were so much that they have make the queue system digitalised. Once your order is ready, the running number will be displayed on the panel and you can make your collection.

Wait for your number
I'm not prepared for a churning stomach in the morning thus I ordered the soup Bee Tai Mak version that is also one of their recommendations. The fried sole fish had given a good taste to the soup.

Bee Tai Mak Soup - $5 (Medium)
 On top of that the generous slices of fragrant Chinese mushroom had also enhance the noodle taste. Ingredients like bean sprouts, mock abalone, seaweed, minced meat and liver were included too. 

Scoop for the Ingredient
If you prefer the dry version, it is best to go for chilli version but in this case, we did not include the it as we prefer not to. Ask for extra chilli if you can take spicy.

Yellow Mee Dry - $6 (Big)

Ingredients on Dry Bowl
I find that their standard dropped and is it really worth the wait now? Though we can find alternatives that are better than Toa Payoh Minced Meat Noodle, Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle still have a group of supportive fans around as I realized not long after my order, Mee Kia and Mee Pok had been sold out and there were still 20 over orders in the queue right after mine.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle
Location: Blk 51 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-62, Singapore 310051

Friday, February 9, 2018

Green on Earth

We have always passed by this eatery that is located up on the hill but had never been there. Previously before the vegetarian took over, I remembered it was a Cze Char place and till one day it was never there, we still yet to visit the place. However thanks to the Vegetarian colleague who gets hook to the Mala there and thus giving me a chance to visit this place.

The place looks modern than I have expected. The place was neatly furnished with round tables and since it is on top of a hill, its rather airy.

Interior and Shop Front
Besides having Mala Pot, there are other varieties of food available like claypot rice and steam boat.

Vegetarian Menu
It was my first time having vegetarian Mala, the items displayed may seems ordinary but overall, the Mala Pot depends on the spicy blend we had.

Mala Selection
Unlike for Yong Tou Foo, for Mala, everything goes by weight. The heavier it gets, the more you have to pay for it. Selection here includes mushroom, black fungus, Tofu, Brocolli , Cauliflower, Button Mushroom, Mock Meat Balls, Crab Meat and others.

Selection of Mala
Interior was pretty simple and plain, without fanciful decorations which kind of illustrate the nature environment.

Simple and Nice
There are a plenty of seating to choose, from inside the shop, to dinning on the wooden planks and the concrete. It was kind of laid back to dine in "nature".

Garden Feel
I'm not very use to dining on top of wooden planks as it is kind of disturbing when someone walks pass with all the squeaking noises produced by the planks. Luckily the place was not too crowded on a week day and there was not much customers sitting closer to our tables.

Dining Area
Before having the spicy food, we had prepared ourselves with some icy cooling drinks.

Wheat Grass & Lime Juice
Finally our Mala Xiang Guo is ready to served with rice. There is a choice of white or brown rice and the spicy level. Chilli, together with roasted peanuts, pepper corns and coriander enhance the taste. However if you are talking about numbness in the dish, I would say its still within our capacity.

The healthier choice of having brown rice. Luckily it was well cooked and hardness was medium without being too grainy.

Brown Rice
Having the fried mushroom as sides was in fact a very good choice. The batter coated over the mushroom was thin and crispy and the bite into the soft mushroom was heavenly. The taste of these were enhanced by the paprika powder.  Addictive!

Fried Mushroom
With the friendly service and variety of food, it is most likely I will be back again for other kinds of vegetarian selection.

Rating: 3 / 5

Green on Earth
Location: 2 Phoenix Rd Singapore 668156

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Heng Huat Boon Lay Boneless Duck Noodles

Those residing in the West could have probably heard of this popular Boneless Duck Noodles in Boon Lay Village Hawker Centre. Although I have known of its existence over the years, I could not remember that I have ever tasted their duck noodles. Most of the time, they were already sold out when I was there. Thus during the last round, we took much effort and arrive the place around 7am. That was not really early as queues were already formed up on such early Sunday Morning.

Boneless Duck Noodles Stall
For the soup version, we all like about it herbal soup taste that brings up the bowl of noodles besides their generous ingredients.

Duck Noodles in Soup - $3.50 (Small)
I would say this is a value for money portion with owner not only generous with its serving of crunchy bean sprouts on the noodle but also the amount of noodle and duck meat. The braised sauce in the bowl is not starchy and in fact the experience of having the duck noodles were pretty delightful.

Duck Noodles Dry (Small) with Braised Pork - $4.50
The duck meat is known for its succulency and does not bring along any gamey taste. I had tuck the handful of beansprouts aside to reveal the chewy and soft duck meat with some braised meat add on at additional cost.

Duck Noodles Dry with Braised Pork - $4.50
The braised meat is also another worthy item to comment on. It has the kind of traditional braised taste and each layer of the belly meat was so distinctive. Best of all, it was not oily.

Adding on Braised Meat
So its popularity speaks truly based on the taste and experience I had from the bowl of Boneless Duck Noodles.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Heng Huat Boon Lay Boneless Duck 
Location: 221B Boon Lay Place, #01-140 Singapore 642221

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

216 Coffee Shop ~ Mee Hoon Kway

This is the hidden gem in the district that many of them are speaking of. If you are in Choa Chu Kang area in the morning and thinking hard of what to eat, perhaps you may try this Mee Hoon Kway Stall that everyone has been raving for.

The Stall 
I heard that you can wait as long as 1.5 hours just for a bowl of it. Luckily, I had my orders within 30 minutes. Instead of serving the orders to our tables, the auntie will shout out the order number waiting for customers to turn up at the stall to collect. I find that this manual way of shouting out was quite tough as she has to handle the cooking as well as the pick up.

What's your order number?
Situated at the same Coffee Shop just beside Hong Kiat Seafood Restuarant, you will find this Mee Hoon Kway Stall situated in a secluded place in the Coffee Shop.

216 Coffee Shop
Believe that they have hand made the Mee Hoon Kway from scratch.With many recommended on their dry version of Mee Hoon Kway, I had mine in dry version with soup separated in a bowl.

Mee Hoon Kway Dry
Mee Hoon Kway is worthy to mention as its texture was smooth and I enjoyed the chewiness I had while biting on the Kway. Besides beingin the sweet black sauce that level up its taste, the use of fried shallots, spring onions and fried anchovies also gave a boosting taste to the bowl of Mee Hoon Kway. Ingredients include vegetables, minced meat, button mushroom and mushroom.

For those who prefer the soup version can order Mee Hoon Kway in Soup, and of course the soup here taste better than the dry version for most of the ingredient taste had been brought into the soup itself.

Mee Hoon Kueh Soup
One advise would be coming here earlier in the morning to beat the crowd and thus you do not have to wait too long.

Rating: 3.25 / 5

216 Coffee  Shop ~ Mee Hoon Kway
Location: 216 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, Singapore 689477

Monday, February 5, 2018

Hong Kiat Seafood Restaurant

Dining at Hong Kiat is a different feel from other Cze Char Place in Singapore as I find that the environment feels abit nostalgic and has less feel of being in Singapore. I had heard of this place quite sometimes back by my colleage and hasn't had the chance to visit till now.

Though place may seems abit old and run down, there are still many person patronizing for their dinner.

Hong Kiat Seafood Restaurant
There was quite a fair bit of items on the menu and comparable to others. There was many kinds of pork ribs to be served but we got the salted egg version. Its a tad spicy however I quite enjoy eating it as the sauce was generous and it smelled good.

Salted Egg Pork Ribs - $12 (Small)
 French Bean was cooked together with minced mean and a little of chilli. It was not too oily. Love the biting crunch from the beans.

Fried French Bean - $10
This dish was highly recommended by the service staff and she mentioned that its not available in menu and in order to get it prepared this way, these baby Sotong has to be very fresh. This dish was served over a flame and soaked in light soy sauce. It was not spicy in the initial part however as you continue to get more, you will get a taste of its spiciness.

Steamed Baby Sotong - $15
This is something that I have always been looking forward to. Nutritional Beancurd came in a square shape. Its wobbly and can be prepared in 3 different ways, with vegetables, preserved radish or in Thai Style. We had it topped with preserved Radish and the dish was delighting without having the toppings too salty.

Homemade Beancurd (Veg, Preserved Radish, Thai Style) - $10

With words of mouth, I find that the Cze Char here is not too back and it wont be my last time here visiting.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Hong Kiat Seafood Restaurant
Location: 216 Choa Chu Kang Ave 1, Singapore 689477

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Lawa Bintang

The Nasi Lemak Stall, Lawa Bintang, in Tampines Industrial Park was the talk of the town sometimes back last year. They have make the conventional Nasi Lemak by giving a twist into a fusion dish that attract so many die heart fans queuing up despite of its secluded location that requires much effort travelling down. Nevertheless, if you enjoy having lobster, I bet you will find this worth your effort to uncover this hidden gem in the industrial.

Stall Front

Nasi Lemak Menu
The highlight of Lawa Bintang is perhaps the Lobster Nasi Lemak as you will notice that almost every table, Lobster Nasi Lemak is their mandatory order.

Wait for your call
Eating Nasi Lemak with fusion has been make interesting by Lawa Bintang. Besides having the Lobster dish, diners has the choice of Nasi Lemak with Grouper / Yellow Tail Fish, Sotong Goreng / Grilled, Barramundi, Smoked Duck, Salmon, soft shell crab or even prawns grilled or with salted eggs. The idea of incorporation seafood into Nasi Lemak is fantastic and I would say that its very bold to have it done. By seeing the crowd lining up patiently in front of the Stall, you know that this idea works for the family business! For those who are not susceptible to the fusion idea and still prefer traditionally prepared Nasi Lemak, its also available at $4 with Chicken Wing.

We topped our portion of Lobster Nasi Lemak with Bagedil and chicken wings. The Lobster was covered by a generous layer of cheese flavoured with herbs and Cajun spices. Simply love this fragrant and creamy layer of cheese.

Lobster Nasi Lemak - $22 (Bagedil & Wings are add On at Separate Cost)
This has not only given another dimension on a Nasi Lemak Dish but also brings out the tasty fresh and succulent crustacean taste!  This lobster was decked on a bed of White Fragrant Long Grains (Basmati Rice) coupled with their spicy chilli sauce, fried egg, anchovies and peanuts. Basmati Rice was a healthier choice used and every grain is packed with the rich aromatic taste of coconut milk. This was my first time having Nasi Lemak with Basmati Rice and felt that it was a perfect choice as rice is almost grease-less though it may be lacking some bit of moisture as compared to our original rice. Another noteworthy item would be their yummy chicken wing that was deeply marinated, fragent and sinfully juicy.

Another view of Lobster Nasi Lemak
Chicken wing is of larger in size cost $1.50 while bagedil at $0.50. Till date, it is the most expensive Nasi Lemak I ever had but if you ask me if its worth a try, my answer is yes.

Chicken Wing
Finding the large Sotong interesting, most probably I will make a return for its Nasi Lemak. Do remember to be early as most of the time they do sold out before the stated closing hours.

Rating:  4 / 5

Lawa Bintang
Location:  9008 Tampines Street 93 Singapore 528843 Tampines Street 93, Singapore 528843