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Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Chicken Rice

Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice has a number of outlets on the island. The stall is easily spotted through the glass display with rows of chicken carcasses hanging neatly.

Stall of Tong Fong Fatt

Throughout the years, they gained some media coverages and was awarded.

Awards of Tong Fong Fatt

Here's our portion.

Our Order

Chicken is smooth and tender soaking up with some flavoursome soy sauce. Besides the sweet nature of the succulent meat, the secret of being popular among the diners is perhaps the use of this fragrant sauce. 

Tender and Smooth Chicken

The sauce is light and distinct. The chicken was decked up with slices of cucumber and garnished with coriander.

Yummy

The rice did not disappoint too. It was fluffy and fragrant, with the right amount of greasiness. 

Fluffy Rice

The soup is light and fragrant with some sweet taste. I had it added with coriander to perk up my meal.

Soup

No doubt that the chicken rice tasted not bad, the price is on a steeper side. While there are so many chicken rice stalls available, there are bound to have better ones out there with a pocket friendlier pricing. 

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Tong Fong Fatt Hainanese Chicken Rice
Location: 
Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-24, Singapore 270020



Monday, October 3, 2022

Yan Ji Seafood Soup [Media Invite]

Have you heard of the famous Seafood Soup humble hawker stall in the Former Woodlands Food Center? I still remember those days when I travelled there just to have this umami-filled soup. 

Yan Ji Seafood Soup was established in 1984 and its first seafood soup stall is located at the former Woodlands Food Center.

Just recently in September, Yanji Seafood Soup opened a new outlet in the bustling Bedok Central to commemorate its four decades of soupy goodness. The man behind all this is actually Mr Chia Tok Whee, the current second-generation owner who took over his late father's business to fulfil his father's dream of expanding their family heritage dishes across Singapore. 

Food Hub

Diners get to choose from a menu of 6 items with:

  • The Premium Seafood Soup ($32),
  • Crayfish Seafood Soup with Dory, Batang or Red Grouper ($14/$16/$18), 
  • Red Grouper Seafood Soup ($14), 
  • Batang Seafood Soup ($12), 
  • Dory Seafood Soup ($7.50/$9.50)
  • Deep Fried Prawn/Ngoh Hiang ($8). 

Add-ons include abalone ($4), scallop ($2.50) fish maw ($2), Batang Fish Slices (5 slices for $6) and Red Grouper Slices (4 slices for $6).  

Yan Ji Seafood Soup

The homemade deep-fried Prawn Rolls aka "Ngoh Hiong" was painstakingly made from scratch. Minced meat and prawns were mixed together with other ingredients. Afterwards, they were wrapped under the beancurd skin, forming a roll and deep fried. 

Deep Fried Prawn Rolls  五香虾枣 - $8

Pulling out a segment of the Prawn Roll and we can see the chopped pieces of chestnuts with the minced meat. With the crispy wrap and its sufficient hints of 5 spice powder dipping into the house chilli sauce, it's so yummy.

Ngoh Hiong

The Dory Seafood soup is Yan Ji's best seller. It has slices of dory fish, prawns and minced pork. The soup base is very flavourful and packed with a good sole fish taste. The natural sweetness from the minced meat, seafood, mushroom and tomato produces robust flavours of seafood soup. 

Dory Seafood Soup 多莉鱼海鲜汤 - $7.50/$9.50

Their rich and flavourful broth is slow-cooked for up to 6 hours, using premium seafood ingredients. 

Crayfish Seafood Soup (Dory) 虾婆海鲜汤(多莉鱼)- $14

Besides the soup that caused my addiction, the next culprit in line is the mass of finely minced meat that contained a unique flavour.

Minced Meat

Every order is cooked individually, with the right amount of broth with precise timing and heat control. 

Let's have a bowl of this

Each and every ingredient used is premium and with quality uncompromised. The prawns used were fresh, plump and succulent. 

Yanji Seafood Soup is also located in Marsiling Mall Hawker Center, 21 Marsiling Lane. and 219 Jalan Besar.

Fresh Prawn

Thank you Mr Chia of Yan Ji Seafood Soup and James for the Invite. 

Yan Ji Seafood Soup
Location: Foodhub @ Bedok, 209 New Upper Changi Road 01, Singapore 460209
Operating Hours: Monday to Sunday: 11am-9pm

Sunday, October 2, 2022

Grab That Chick

Grab that Chick specialises in Fried Chicken by Kofuku Ramen. They are located in the industrial estate. With their cheeky logo and suggestive name, its hard to miss out the stall despite being in the industrial building.

Grab That Chick

Grab that Chick (GTC) is selling a wide range of western dishes on their menu and the Platter selection is only available at the Bukit Batok outlet.

Menu

If you are dining in groups, the platter is a good choice you might want to look into. They offer 3 kinds of the platter and we had the larger one. The platter is only available from 5 - 9.30pm.

The GTC Platter C is interesting served with 

- 2 kinds of Burgers  (Original / Grilled Tangy Orange / Korean Spicy)
- 6 Pcs of Fried Chicken  (Original / Grilled Tangy Orange / Korean Spicy / Mala)
- Grilled Sausage
- Luncheon Fries
- French Fries
- Fried Tau Kwa
- Satay 6 Sticks (Pork / Chicken)
- Mussels (Garlic / Arabita Style)
- Coleslaw 
- Cucumber Pickles.

GTC Platter C - $69.90

While specializing in Fried Chicken, their 6 pcs of chicken on the platter said it best. Their Original Fried Chicken is crispy and flavourful not to mention the Grilled Tangy Orange and Korean Spicy Sauce Coated Fried Chicken.

Yummy Fried Chicken

I love that refreshing citrus taste from the Grilled Tangy Orange Fried Chicken. The Korean Spicy Fried Chicken had sesame seeds sticking to it and the spicy level to me was moderate.

Flavoured Fried Chicken

Despite having items fried on the platter, items were not greasy and remained crispy. These fried items are best to go with some beer and their menu is offering it too.

Sausage, Luncheon and French Fries

While the mussels were served separately on a metal plate, diners get to choose them to be served in Aribata or Garlic Style. 

Mussels

Since we were quite hungry that night, we had ordered the Fried Chicken Pasta for sharing too. In case you love to have something non-platter and pasta, such a dish might be of your choice especially if you are missing some pasta and want to try out their Fried Chicken.

Fried Chicken Pasta - $8.50

Thank you Lao Niang Agency and Grab that Chick for the invitation.

Grab That Chick

Location: 1 Bukit Batok Crescent #02-39 Singapore 658064 (Wcega Plaza)
Operating Hours: Mon - Sat: 11am to 9.30pm
                             Sun & PH: Close

Location: 61 Tai Seng Ave #B1-02 Singapore 534167 ( Nam Wah Coffeeshop)
Operating Hours: Mon - Sat: 11am to 9pm
                             Sun & PH: Close

Location: 120 Lower Delta Road #01-15 Cendex Centre S169208
                 Mon - Sat: 11am to 830pm
                 Sun & PH: Close

Saturday, October 1, 2022

Holy Cow Creamery

 Holy Cow! With two outlets in Yishun and Lavendar, this Creamery served handcrafted ice cream at a pocket-friendly price since 2014. Their creative and wide range of ice cream flavours is quite impressive to me.

Holy Cow

We chanced by this Creamery while we were in Yishun after a meal and decided on a dessert place.

Holy Cow Creamery

Over at the counter

Furnishings and decorations in the creamery were rather simple, plastered with bricks and wooden panels wallpapers.

It does for me. How about you?

Holy Cow Creamery offers a good range of ice cream with its classic, Premium and Epicure ranges. 
With one scoop at $3.50 and double at $6.50, it's quite a reasonable price.

Range of Ice Cream

Ice Cream texture was creamy and smooth. The level of sweetness works well for me. 

Attacking the Ice Crema Soon

Double Scoops of Ice Cream will cost $6.50 with Premium ones at an additional dollar. The Sea Salt Matcha caught my eye as I thought such a combination of Green Tea with hints of sea salt is rather special. The natural bitterness of Matcha added with salt was not too bad as a whole with sweetness other than the ice cream. 

My Orders

While the Creme Brûlée is also a premium selection among all the flavours. This French Classic dessert with caramelised sugar and biscuits is likewise addictive. 

Sea Salt Matcha & Creme Brûlée - $6.50 +$1 + $1

The classic Strawberry Milk is made of Japanese Milk and was light in taste which suits my style while the Hazelnut Crunch has a pleasant nut fragrant with Nutella swirls with caramelised biscuits in it.

Strawberry Milk & Hazelnut Crunch - $6.50 + $1 (Premium)

There are two types of waffles to choose from, Golden Waffle with Maple Syrup or Charcoal Waffle with Homemade Salted Caramel sauce. It was topped with 2 scoops of ice cream, the Classic Ondeh Ondeh that contains Gula Melaka, pandan & Coconut. The taste was easy going for the taste buds without being too coconutty. 

2 Scoops with With Waffles at $6.50 + $1 + $3 

Rating: 3.25 / 5

Holy Cow Creamery
Location: 292 Yishun Street 22, #01-291, Singapore 760292

Friday, September 30, 2022

Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow

Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow is one of the popular stalls in Ghim Moh Road Market and Food Centre draws a long queue. If you want to grab a plate of Fried Kway Teow, patience and time will be required as it commands at least a 45 - 60 minutes wait. 

Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow

For all you know, this stall is managed by an old couple whereby the husband will do the frying while the wife will manage the orders.

The uncle cooks every order plate by plate diligently. The packed full of Wok Hei CKT was generously loaded with eggs, beansprouts and ingredients like vegetables and Chinese sausages were included.

Char Kway Teow - $4 / $5

If you are a cockles lover, this plate of CKT might disappoint you. Not only that their cockles are tiny, but they also do not allow adding of cockles too. Other than this downside, in terms of flavours and value for money, they do hit on the spot. 

Yummy

The stall does not open daily and sells out quite fast. Do check before heading down.

Rating: 3.25 / 5 

Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow
Location: Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-19, Singapore 270020

Thursday, September 29, 2022

Heng Hua Restaurant 兴化美食

Xing Hua cuisine is one of my favourite cuisines and just recently I came across some social media posts about such cuisine, thus it leads to my cravings. One of us suggested heading to Yishun Heng Hua Restaurant for a try as she find that the food is pretty decent there. 

We order a set meal for two at $32 which includes:

1)  Herbs-Food Prawns in Bamboo Shoot 药膳竹筒虾
2)Deep Fried Slices of "Tenggui Fish" 炸马鲛鱼
3)Braised Bean Curd with 豆皮芥兰
4) Lor Mee / Mee Sua / Bee Hoon
5)  Free Dessert 赠送甜品

as well as some other dishes to share among us. Xing Hua Restaurant is tucked at the far end corner of the HDB block.

Heng Hua Restaurant

Those who enjoy herbal soup may enjoy this dish. The number of prawns given was generous and the size of the prawn was relatively big. The natural-tasting soup in the Bamboo Shoot has a good subtle seafood taste in its light herbal taste.

Herbs-Food Prawns in Bamboo Shoot 药膳竹筒虾

I'm glad that they have this in their set menu. The fish is deep fruit to golden perfection and you can dip them in the homemade sauce with garlic. 

Deep Fried Slices of "Tenggui Fish" 炸马鲛鱼

A sweet gravy drenched on the pieces of braised bean curd and stirred fried with Kai Lan, slices of carrot and button mushrooms.

Braised Bean Curd with Gailan 豆皮芥兰

The White Lor Mee is also one of Xing Hua's Cuisine Staple Food to order. A version of Chinese La Mian soaked in a flavoursome broth and not as starchy as our traditional braised Lor Mee style. It was a comforting bowl of food especially when it was a wet day. The Lor Mee had included some crispy Pork Belly and vegetables in it. 

Lor Mee 卤面

The set meal includes a free dessert and it was white fungus with red date. It was refreshing and not so sweet. What a good ending to our meal.

Free Dessert 赠送甜品

The Stir Fried Sliced Yam is one of the classic Xing Hua Cuisines. These yams were fried and had a crisp exterior. They were then coated in a thin layer of sweet savoury sauce. While you bite down these blocks of yam, the internal was soft and fluffy. Quite addictive!

Stir-Fried Sliced Yam 酥炒香芋 - $10 (Small)

Of all Xing Hua Cuisine's Noodles, what I usually like most will be their Bee Hoon. The ingredients include crunchy peanuts, vegetables, clams, fried tofu puff, seaweed, prawns, pork belly and Chinese mushrooms. No doubt this plate of Bee Hoon was homely, but I still find that the taste was lacking and ruined somehow by the strong raw taste of the Bee Hoon.

Bee Hoon 米粉 - $4.50

The feel of ordering this dish is like having some Chinese banquet but in fact, we were in a coffee shop. The chicken was deep fried with crispy skin and was served with some crackers.

Deep Fried Chicken 香红烧鸡 - $12 (Small) 

Another staples from the Heng Hua Cuisine is none other than this popular chinese dish we had from Cze Char Stall. The Heng Hua's will usually include Lychee in this dish to differentiate their cuisine from others.

Heng Hua Sweet & Sour Pork 兴化荔枝肉 - $10 (Small)

Another Cze Char dish was ordered! The Fried Hor Fun with sliced fish was tasty and the overall taste was rather decent. The Hor Fun had a subtle Wok Fried taste.

Fried Hor Fun with Sliced Fish 鱼片河粉 - $5 (Small)

Perhaps my tastebuds were already spoilt by our Chained Xing Hua's restaurant in Singapore and had taken that as a benchmark. Nonetheless, in this neighbourhood, Heng Hua Restaurant still deserves a talk as their menu is rather extensive with a good list of Authentic Heng Hua dishes we can hardly find here.

Rating: 3 / 5

Heng Hua Restaurant
Location: 
 Block 748, Yishun Street 72, #01-212, Singapore 760748
Nearest Station: Yishun (NS13)

Wednesday, September 28, 2022

63 Laksa

While queueing up for the stall next door (Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow), we took notice of this laksa stall and decided to give it a try. The stall is absolutely clean and neat. The guy who manned the stall is friendly too.


63 Laksa Stall

While it's not common to have a bowl of food for less than 3 bucks in a Hawker Center nowadays, this bowl of Laksa actually did it by keeping the price low. 

The laksa broth was coconutty with standard ingredients similar to the Sungei Road Laksa like fish cakes, bean sprouts, thick bee hoon and hum (cockles). The Laksa is suitable for those who cannot take spicy. On the contrary, if you love to have additional spiciness, you can ask for more dollops of sambal chilli.

Here's what to order

What's a bowl of Laksa without these fresh blood cockles? They are plum and juicy which is a plus point especially if you are a Hum Lover. 

Laksa & Hum

No doubt the portion of the small bowl maybe too little for some, you can top up your bowl of laksa with Otah or even order additional bowls. The Otah is decent but a bit on the dry side. The spiciness level of Otah is acceptable too.

Otah

Rating: 3 / 5

63 Laksa
Location:
 Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Rd, #01-20, Singapore 270020