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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Hwa Yuen Porridge

This stall has been around in business for many years and till today, it still serves bowls of heartwarming porridge.

Hwa Yuen Porridge

The Cantonese style of porridge has a smooth consistency and was enjoyable. Every mouthful was easily swallowable and it was not gluey. The mixed pig organs porridge not only consists of pork and organs but also cuttlefish slices.

Mixed Pig's Organs Porridge - $4

The Pork Porridge comes with a good mixture of pork, liver, lean meat as well as pork balls.

Pork Porridge - $3

Bowls of Porridge are cooked based on order and the plain porridge was already cooked beforehand. Therefore whenever the customer order, the stallholders will just place in the ordered ingredients and start blending it in with the porridge.

Pork Porridge Ingredients

Besides having porridge, one can order sides like Chee Cheong Fun (CCF). It was smooth and comes with small portions of minced pork and sprinkled generously with sesame seeds.

CCF

Overall, being a true blue Singaporean, such simple and straight forward breakfast is nothing more than comfortable to me. I will not mind having such traditional Cantonese Porridge frequently with so many varieties around.

Rating: 3 / 5

Tiong Bahru Hwa Yuen Porridge
Location: 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-74 Tiong Bahru Market, Singapore 168898
Business Hours: 7.30am – 10.30pm (Daily) 


Friday, January 8, 2021

Ah Ma Chi Mian 阿嬤吃麵

The legendary Ah Ma Chi Mian has a few branches and this is their latest branch located in Parkway Parade. This heritage brand is inspired by the founder's grandmother. They pledge that they not only want their customer to fill their stomach with the food but also want them to bring smiles on their face.

Ah Ma Chi Mian

The bundle deal comes with 2 bowls of speciality noodles, soup and one bowl of Yuan Yang.

Bundle Deal - $14

As for a minced pork lover, the style of soup totally floats my boat. Soup was loaded generously with minced pork, elevating the level of sweetness in the soup. Pork liver texture was perfectly prepared and it resembles as good as eating Foie Gras.

This Teochew BCM is served in its unique style with fried anchovies topped the noodles. 

Noodle and Soup

The Yuan Yang is a mixture of both their meatball and popular handmade Teochew Fishballs. The meatball is fresh and flavourful. On the other hand, the fishball texture is smooth and malleable. The balls here are toasted in their traditional homemade sauce coupled with a handful of greens, spring onions and fried pork lard. If you love the traditional flavours, this speciality bowl is the best of selection.

Speciality "Yuan Yang"

Overall, if you are looking for traditional Teochew BCM, you can try out their noodles at the mentioned outlets below.


Rating: 3.5 / 5

Ah Ma Chi Mian 阿嬤吃麵
Location:
Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road S449269

Other:

Woodlands Mart

768 Woodlands Ave 6 01-30/31 S730768

Located within KOUFU Foodcourt

Opening hrs: 0700-2200 (Mon-Sun)

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Waterway Point (West Wing)

83 Punggol Central 02-20 S828761

Located within COOKHOUSE by KOUFU Foodcourt

Openings hrs: 0730-2130 (Mon-Sun)

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84 Hougang Coffeeshop

684 Hougang Ave 8, 01-967 S530684

Opening hrs: 24hrs (Mon-Sun)

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Toa Payoh HDB Hub

500 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh Centre 02-30 S310500

Located within KOUFU Foodcourt (above NTUC supermarket)

Opening hrs: 0730-2130 (Mon-Sun)

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Monday, January 4, 2021

Teppei

Thank you pal for taking the effort in making an advance booking a few months back for Teppei. The Omakase Dinner costs $100 per pax and due to the pandemic, the original space-constrained restaurant had to shrink from a seating of 22 to 12 pax. 

Interior of Teppei

Kicking off the Omakase meal with the scallop mousse. The texture was like pudding and accompanied by some sweet tasting creamy sauce sprinkled with some flower as food garnishing.

Scallop Mousse

Next on their menu, we have a small piece of Sweet Potato Tempura.

Sweet Potato Tempura

Since the seatings surround the kitchen, while enjoying my current dishes served, we get to see how the kitchen staff prepare and plate the food.

Plating

Each and every small plate was done meticulously. After which, it will be served to us directly via another server who will give us a clear explanation of what the dishes is made up of.

Plating with Flower

This Braised Lotus Root Tempura that was served two with slices of yellowtail fish decorated by a striking yellow flower.

Lotus Root Tempura

One of us don't eat raw and instead of having Yellowtail fish Sashimi, the fish is served cooked.

Lotus Root Tempura (Fried)

The Blue Fin Tuna Series, Otoro that literally melts in your mouth.  It was served in Aburi form, fatty and flower for fragrance. I was rather impressed that the dish was actually served in an ice bowl and this sashimi was decked up with seaweed strips.

Sashimi

Don't eat Sashimi? Well, the kitchen has got you prepared with Unagi together with Seaweed strips. Since they are under the same group as Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant, the quality of Unagi here just won't go wrong.

Unagi

The minced tuna was rich in flavour and was rolled up with some roes, tempura bits and spring onion in sushi form. 

Negitoromaki

While the non-raw version of the maki did not contain minced tuna.

Replacement for Negitoromaki

The Hiroshima oyster was beautifully served with seaweed balls. Oyster is huge and juicy.

Oyster

For the option of not taking raw Oyster, they have given an abalone alternative. Style of toppings are similar to what we have for Oysters.

Abalone

Prepare for some surprises, the chef actually does feed you right on the spot into your mouth via the spoons. For this, if there is no diet constrain, you will be fed with a spoon of uni, scallop and yummy shrimp roe.

Uni, scallop, shrimp roe

The frozen orange was unique. Size of the orange was mini with its top portion slit off.

Frozen Orange

The food was Creamy based and stuffed with squid, abalone, codfish and miso paste sauce.

What's inside the Orange?

Special small dishes 

Homemade roasted beef with sushi rice and seaweed.

Homemade Roasted Beef

This was my first try of Monk Fish Liver. It has a melting texture and an iodized natural taste with its natural sweet flavourings.

Monk Fish Liver

For the ones who do not take raw food, Monk Fish Liver is prepared in its fried form.

Fried Monk Fish liver

This crunchy roasted Kyoto grasshopper that is coated in sweet sauce is said to be a common breakfast item in some parts of Japan. It does not taste as bad as what was initially on my mind. I was hesitant to eat this grasshopper initially but eventually, I had overcome my fear. Well, well its tasted like crispy small crabs (those tidbits you got from the Japanese Tidbits stall).

Crispy Grasshopper

Its a fusion of the western and the Japanese style Wagyu beef. The crackling texture of the taco with the chopped bits of marinated beef and chilli powder was not a bad combination too.

Wagyu Beef Taco

In between the dishes, we were served with a portion of Persimmon.

Persimmon

Main Dishes

Here come the filling and biggest portion dish. 

Ikura with Crab Uni Don and a dallop of wasabi.

Ikura & Crab Uni Don

If you like raw, the sashimi don won't go wrong together with the uni and egg roes.

Sashimi Don

One of us preferred cooked food and ordered the Wagyu Beef Fried Rice. It was served in the sizzling hot plate in which the temperature of the food was maintained.

Wagyu Beef Fried Rice

Everything good has to come to an end. Moreover, our stomachs could not hold any more food. There are various flavours of ice cream to choose from.

Yuzu Ice Cream

Besides having the Yuzu Flavour, you can also enjoy Calpis flavour too whereby such flavour is quite rare from the mainstream Japanese Restaurant.

Calpis Ice Cream

All in all, the food quality standard is there and definitely worth the money spent, not to mention the creativity and efforts put in by the kitchen staff. The service was impeccable. Though it may be serving in small portions but summing up all the dishes with the main, it had actually filled our stomachs. 

For dinner reservation, the waiting list might take up 1 to 2 months. It will be better to plan in advance if you are doing a meal there. So if you are bringing someone for a special occasion, it will be best to make plans in advance.

Rating: 4.5 / 5

Teppei
Location:
 1 Tras Link, 01-18 Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867

Friday, January 1, 2021

Ayam Taliwang SG Restaurant

One day as we drove past Pasir Panjang Road, we noticed this Ayam Taliwang SG Restaurant that claimed to have the hottest chicken on the planet. The name "Ayam Taliwang" has filled me with memories of my trip to Lombok and its in the "To-Eat" list while being there in Lombok. 

Considering the crowd on a Saturday, there were not many customers. Perhaps for this pandemic period, it will be more convenient for customers to grab them via food delivery orders.

Shop Interior

Service is friendly and when you enter the restaurant, you will notice that on the left side of the wall, it explains the history of Ayam Taliwang Senggigi Lombok in summary.

The History of Ayam Taliwang

Ayam Taliwang's menu was rather standard, besides the set menu, it has noodle, fried rice, side dish, soup and appetisers, which makes up of about 17 items on the menu. Initially, I wanted to order their Avocado Juice (Jus Alpukat) but it was not available during my visit. In the end, we ordered the Lime Juice (Jus Jeruk Nipis).

Menu

The set menu serves with steam rice, corn fritters and spicy sour soup. Chilli was served in a sauce and was not mixed onto the plate. The seasoning of the chicken thigh was yummy and I love the corn fritters that come with the set.

Unlike the usual practise in Indonesia where food often comes cold, Food in Singapore like this is served warm/hot.

Taliwang Chicken Thigh (Ayam Taliwang Peha) - $9.30 

If you are drinking the soup, you may want to get prepared at the first spoonful as the spiciness really choke me during then. 

Chicken Thigh

The set's portion and presentation were exactly the same as the non-spicy version just that the chicken thigh was coated with a chicken thigh that is coated with spiciness. Also, the chilli was served on the plate instead.

Taliwang Chicken Thigh (Ayam Taliwang Peha) - $9.30 (Spicy) 

With such level of spiciness, it really can do justice to its name saying that its the "hottest chicken on the planet".

It's Fiery Hot!

Lightly battered Fried Squid was perfectly deep-fried to its golden perfection. We enjoy the freshness of the squid with light crisp coated in its exterior. For a more spicy kick in enjoying this side dish, you can deep into the green chilli provided.

Deep Fried Squid (Cumi Goreng Taliwang) - $6.60 

For those who enjoy spicy Indonesian food, this is the closest taste you can get for Ayam Taliwang in Lombok.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Ayam Taliwang SG Restaurant
Location: 
440 Pasir Panjang Rd, Singapore 118782
Website

Thursday, December 31, 2020

Kampong Chicken Eating House

Kampong Chicken Rice is known for its healthier choice compared to the normal chicken rice as it contains lower fat and lowers cholesterol level. Kampong Chickens are said to raised differently from the chicken and are fed with corns. Not only that, they are freely running around instead of staying inside the cages.

Kampong Chicken Eating House

I have been passing this place for several times but never have the chance to make an arrangement down for the chicken rice. Our visit here was impromptu as we were around the corner and cracking our minds on what to have for dinner.

Kampong Chicken Eating House

To my surprise, the kampong chicken served was yellowish in colour. This was beyond my expectation as it was the first time I never had such colour Kampong Chicken. 

Half Chicken - $13

It was said that the used of yellow ginger had made the colour to be more vibrant. The chicken meat was tender and perfectly seasoned with sesame oil and light soy sauce. 

Chicken

The texture of the rice was grainy, not too greasy and fragrant. The style suits me and on top of that, the soup that was served was to my flavour too. Soup was milky in color and sweet tasting with its ingredients.

Half Portion of Kampong Chicken & 2 Bowls of Rice - $14.40

Overall, Kampong Chicken Rice tastes not bad but I still prefer the Kampong chicken Rice from its competitor for their sauces tasted better.

Rating: 3 / 5

Kampong Chicken Eating House
Location:
  247 Outram Rd, Singapore 169047

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Lengkok Bahru Fishball Noodles

Used to patronised this old school Fishball Noodles stall when I was working in that area. Almost after a decade, this coffeeshop still maintains its rundown and rustic interior, without any modern renovation like most coffee shops in Singapore. However, its outlook and environment do not deter its patrons from visiting, in fact, the coffee shop is still bustling as ever and finding a seat is still an issue. The humble coffee shop has just 2 stalls, the Fishball Noodles stall and a drink stall that sells traditional steamed bread and beverages.

Fishball Noodles Stall in the Coffeeshop

Looking at the man who manages the stall, it was no longer the uncle that I'm familiar with. Hoping that I still get the old school childhood taste of the noodles, I tasted the bowl of soup first. I was disappointed as the taste was totally different from what I used to have.

The medium portion I had was filled with minced meat, fishcakes, meatball, fish dumpling and fishballs beside Kway Teow noodles.

Noodles - $4 (Medium)

The taste of noodles was no longer the one I have recalled. The chili taste was bland and overall the noodles were rather dry.

Ingredients

For those who have a bigger appetite, you can order the bigger portion of $5, however, the biggest portion may not even satisfy your hunger.

Noodles (Big) - $5

Though it's meant to be traditional in taste, I find that it's rather disappointing waiting for half an hour for a mediocre bowl of noodles. I still prefer the old school fishball noodle taste by the previous owner.

Rating: 2.5 / 5

Lengkok Bahru Fishball Noodles
Location: Block 58 Lengkok Bahru Singapore 150058
Nearest MRT Station: Redhill (EW18)