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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Signs a Taste of Vietnam Pho

At the basement of Midpoint Orchard, we will get to see a humble Vietnam Pho tucked at the corner of corner of the building. Just like many other "hole in the wall" eateries, the stall looks simple with functional furnishing. However behind the stall, its manned by a couple who is deaf. Despite the communication barriers, this couple took up the challenge and set up the F&B business.

Signs a Taste of Vietnam Pho
The menu is pretty straight forward with Pho Noodles, spring rolls, Vietnamese Smoothies and drinks, compact and similar to most pho stall we have here. Diners will need to pen down their orders on the dining chit and pass back to the counter, thereafter once the food ready, it will be served to our table.

No doubt Vietnamese Spring Roll is my Must Order in every Viet cuisine, I didnt had the chance to try it as there is no room for them, reason being I'm dining alone, thus I had the simplest bowl of Pho with Sliced Beef Ribeye Pho and extra topping of sliced beef ribeye.

Vietnam Pho
The bowl of pho tasted authentic and without any use of MSG. It was light and refreshing with onions, beansprouts and hints of herb taste. Squeezing the juice from the wedge of lime seemingly enliven the taste. Sliced beef were tender and broth was tasty, dabbed these sliced beef into the chilli for some spicy kick.

Sliced Beef Ribeye Pho - $6 & Extra Topping of Sliced Beef Ribeye $2
Sliced Beef 
The only disadvantage here perhaps maybe the limitation of seating and phone reception. Other than that food is commendable and definitely worth a return.

It is a definite dining experience I had here and I can strongly sense their strong passion from the service rendered, trying their best to serve each meal.

Signs a Taste of Vietnam Pho
Location: Midpoint Orchard B1-07, 220 Orchard Rd Singapore 238852
Operating hours: 11am to 9pm or 10pm daily

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

6th Avenue Wanton Mee

Most of us should have heard of this old school Wanton Char Siew Noodle in 6th Avenue but not for me until recently I saw one of my friends commenting on it.

It was an early Sunday morning that we visited the place and I was amazed by the number of orders in front of me. The lady has a unique way of taking down order by writing them on the glass panel of the stall using a marker, making sure no orders are missed out.

Stall of Wanton Mee
It is just not an usual plate of Wanton Mee but pack full of old school taste from its springy noodle to tossing them in the hint of deep flavoured chilli but not very spicy.

Wanton Mee - $3.50
Char Siews are lean and moist without being too oily. As for the Wanton, I would say that the minced pork were pretty well season.

Wanton Mee - $3.50
Every Wanton Mee order is accompanied by 3 Wantons in the soup. Minced pork meat was well seasoned and wrap nicely in the dumpling skin. Not only the noodles tasted old school, the soup that comes along in a small bowl had given me a good reminiscent of my childhood.

Wanton in Soup
Only 4 dumplings in a bowl and biting on these dumplings gave a refreshing crunch with the diced water chestnut as ingredients as well as the springy shrimp that was wrapped within.

Shrimp Dumpling Soup - $4
Although we are early on a Sunday morning, we had a good wait of about 20- 30 minutes, thus to avoid disappointment or long waiting time, it will be best to go there early. I have not tried their mushroom noodle as well as chicken feet noodle, thus I will be back again for more!

Rating: 3.5 / 5

6th Avenue Wanton Mee
Location: Good Good Eating House, 24 Sixth Ave 276481 Singapore

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