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Friday, March 5, 2021

Ah Lim Jln Tua Kong

Jln Tua Kong's noodle is one of my comfort food during the weekends many years back. I used to visit the place where they are located in a coffeeshop whereby we have to wait for at least 30 minutes for a bowl of noodles. 

We went to the smaller coffeeshop for a no queue and a quick fix for our breakfast.

Stall of Noodle

From what I had remembered, the chilli of Jln Tua Kong's noodle was what leads to the Constance stream of the patrons. I ordered the small portion at $4.50. Comparing the price and the portion, we would have expected more in quantity elsewhere. The noodles consist of ingredients such as minced pork, lean pork, fishball, fishcake and meatball accompanied by pork lard. The noodle was good as they do not clamp together.

Mee Pok - $4.50

Unlike the smaller portion, this larger portion is loaded not only with more ingredients but also prawns.

Mee Kia - $6.50 (Big)

I find that the taste was pretty normal and was more eager to tried the place I used to visit. If I do have more time to spare, I don't mind queuing up and get a taste of it.

Rating: 3 / 5

Ah Lim Jln Tua Kong
Location: 
324 Bedok Road, Kwek Seng Huat Eating House, Simpang Bedok, Singapore 469493.

Monday, March 1, 2021

Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice

We all hear a lot about the popular chicken rice from Katong Shopping Center. The stall is located in the basement of the shopping centre among the stalls in an eating place.

Eating Place

The lunch crowd was there and after ordering, we have to wait for our number to be called to collect our order.

Chicken Rice Stall

The rice was cooked with yellow ginger and stood up in its colour. 

Meal for 2

The chicken was poached and tender but bland. It was topped with shredded carrot, coriander stalks and fried garlic pieces. 

Two Pax Chicken - $11.80

Beansprouts were balanced too and topped with 2 pieces of mock abalone, sprinkled with salted fish bits.

Salted Fish Beansprouts - $5.40

At the point of the visit, they were serving Peanut Lotus Root Soup. There are a few variations of soup depending on the time of visit. It ranges from cabbages soup, ABC soup and other kinds of healthy homely soup.

Peanut Lotus Root Soup

The set meal comes with a generous serving of Achar (pickled vegetables). It's free flow and popular among the diners. This homemade achar consists of pineapple, onions, cucumber and chilli.

Achar

Overall, the portion was indeed generous with add ons like the unlimited flow of homemade soup as well as Achar. The meal is value for money but if we are talking about the main chicken rice dish, I find that the taste of the rice does not pack the kind of fragrant that we usually receive from a plate of chicken rice.

Rating: 3 / 5

Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice
Location:
 865 Mountbatten Road, Katong Shopping Centre, #B1-85/87, Singapore 437844

Sunday, February 28, 2021

Sarawak Delicacy Laksa & Kolo Mee

The craving for Sarawak Kolo Mee has always been there since having my first bowl many years back. The queue in Bedok North Street's coffee shop is not a surprising sight for many and some might even need to wait up to an hour for their order. 

Stall Front

In order not to make the trip wasted, I had ordered an additional bowl of noodle. Oh No, my belly is getting rounder...

Dishes Ordered, $5 per bowl

The main reason for my trip is none other than their staple Kolo Mee. Springy noodle that is tossed in a mixture of shallot oil, pork lard, accompanied by a handful of minced meat and char siew meat. I enjoyed the in-depth flavour and sweetness from the bowl.

Kolo Mee 哥罗面 - $5

Comparing to the former bowl, the difference is an additional add on of Soya Sauce to the Kolo Mee. This is a popular version of the Kolo Mee Ordered and if you don't want to go for the plain Kolo Mee, this is one of the closest choice.

Soya Sauce Noodles 酱油香面 - $5

In general, I'm not a laksa lover but I was torn between the Kolo Mee and their signature dish, Sarawak Laksa, ending up I have to order both of them. Luckily, I did not make the wrong choice. The bowl of laksa comes in two sizes, $5 or $7 portion. The main ingredients used were fresh prawns, bean sprouts, shredded egg and lots of shredded chicken. The style of Sarawak Broth given was a light creaminess and good consistency of coconut milk, rather comforting to the stomach.

Sarawak Laksa

The Sarawak Laksa Beehoon is great on its own but it will be perfect if you add in the given dollop of Sarawak Belachan. The black looking paste looks simple on its own but it packed a good punch of prawn flavours which reminds me of prawn paste used in preparing prawn paste chicken.

Sarawak Laksa Beehoon 砂拉越加沙米粉 - $5


My travel down to the Eastern Part of Singapore is worthwhile. I don't mind returning back to the same place for a bowl of Kolo Mee again should I have any cravings for it.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Sarawak Delicacy Laksa & Kolo Mee
Location:
 Blk 204 Bedok North Street 1, 01-435, Singapore 460204

Friday, February 26, 2021

Cafe Bakeaholic

Thanks to the pal for the spontaneous meetup and we drove all the way to check this out. The Bakery was opened by the daughter of Hong Kong TVB Actor Benz Hui. The cafe was located in a mixed commercial and residential area of a freehold property at Springside walk.

Cafe Bakeaholic

The menu is rather limited on the board. However, if you want a full menu, they have a digital copy by scanning the QR code.

Entrance and Scan your Menu with their QR code

Looking through the glass cabinet, there wasn't much pastry or cakes to choose from. Variety is rather limited at the time we went but its still best to check out what they have in their menu.

Counter 

Catching up with a friend over glasses of latte while we spend our time under the cooling environment over a hot weekend.

Matcha Latte & Latte - $7 Each

Sharing a slice of Hojicha Swiss Roll over some talks on a hot weekend afternoon under the air-conditioned cafe. Besides selling in a slice, they do sell in whole too. There are other flavours of swiss roll like matcha, chocolate and sesame too.

Hojicha Swiss Roll - $4.80

Quite interesting combination, "Croffle". If you enjoy having croissant and waffle, you will enjoy this like I do. Enjoy the croffle together with the not so sweet scoop of chocolate ice cream or any available flavour at your choice.

Maple Croffle (Croissant Waffle) - $5.50

Being the only cafe in the area, one can visit Bakeholic for a dessert fix or if you want to take have a picture with Benz Hui, you can find him in the restaurant and ask for a picture.

Rating: 3 / 5

Cafe Bakeaholic
Location:
The Brooks II #01-12 & 13, 25 Springside Green, Singapore 786015

Website

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

HJH fatimah Corner

We came to know of this stall when social media start posting about their food on Mee Rebus. I went down one of the weekends mornings and was surprised by the long queue. The stall was located in one corner of the coffee shop facing the hawker centre and open car park.

Stall of HJH Fatimah Corner

Payment can be done through self-payment by this machine, coins and notes.

Payment Machine

Let's try the Mee Rebus recommended by the netizens. Perhaps we have high expectation and the plate of Mee Rebus was just a common one for us. Nothing much to comment about and perhaps why there was not much people ordering Mee Rebus too. Most of the common dishes ordered will be their Nasi Lemak, Lontong and Mee Goreng.

Mee Rebus

We ordered some finger food like chicken wings and fish fillet. The taste was ordinary when we thought that the chicken wings that would be tasty in its marination.

Finger Food

Overall, food from fatimah corner was pretty common, nothing much to rave about.

Rating: 3 / 5

HJH fatimah Corner
Location:
 221 Boon Lay Place, #01-170 Singapore 640221

Friday, February 12, 2021

Al Borgo

We managed to find an authentic Italian trattoria in Bukit Timah Road. Al Borgo which means "the village" in Italian offers authentic italian menu with home-style dishes served in a warm and comfortable cosy setting.

We were slightly early for dinner and waited for the restaurant to open.

Al Borgo

Upon opening, we were ushered into the restaurant by the friendly staff.

Table

Interior was nothing hipster or fanciful but a typical and down to earth decorations like what you will see from an old-style eating place with paintings.

Homely Decorations

We are not here for any wine and instead, we ordered a bottle of sparkling water to share.

Sparkling Water - $7

This is the part where I like about dining in an Italian restaurant ~ we are always served with baked bread and I enjoyed dipping them with vinegar and olive oil.

Bread

The rocket salad whets my appetite for more. Fresh Portobello Mushroom was mixed with the rocket salad with shaved parmesan cheese, cherry tomatoes, pork neck and drizzled with fragrant truffle oil.

Insalata di Portebello - $23

The main trip to Al Borgo was actually the reason for a plate of Pappardelle. I have been in a search for a decent plate of Pappardelle and realised that not every Italian restaurant does serve such type of pasta.

Pappardelle comes with beef ragout, porcini mushroom in Al Dente done with light cream sauce. The portion was adequate for an individual or perhaps, if you are ordering other dishes, this will be good for sharing.

Pappardelle Alla Boscaiola - $25

The main course Italian dishes we had most of the time were either pasta or pizza and this was the first try having beef steak. The medium doneness charcoal-grilled beef was served with vegetables and roasted potatoes decked up by rocket leaves.

Charcoal Grilled Special Beef of The Day - $38

Unlike the usual Beef steak we have, I find that the Italian style has its own unique way of preparation. Despite the Charcoal Grilled Flavours from the meat, the beef had herb taste permeating its meat and if the style floats your boat.

Yummy

While the saying goes, don't skip the dessert before leaving an Italian restaurant. Here we go, grabbing the basic classic Tiramisu and tuck it into one corner of our stomachs. 

Classic Tiramisu - $10.50

A cup of latte that goes well with the classic Tiramisu has made a complete dinner.

Latte - $7.80

Overall, the food was within expectation. I do not mind making a return visit for its other home-style Italian dishes.

Rating: 3.5 / 5

Al Borgo
Location:
 383 Bukit Timah Road, #01-02 Alocassia Apartments Singapore 259727

Friday, January 29, 2021

Chai Chee Pork Porridge

It's my turn now after hearing so much about this Chai Chee Pork Porridge that is located in the Eastern part of Singapore. There are two stalls, one located in Fengshan Market and Food Centre and the other in Tampines Round Market and Food Centre. I went to the latter as it was more convenient for me. 

There was no queue lining up in front of the stall like others in the Food Center as upon ordering, diners were given a buzzer but the wait was far more than expected, from 30 minutes to 45 minutes as they have literally missed out our orders. They offered a variety of porridge, from Century egg, fish, chicken to pork porridge. 

Waiting for your turn

So how did these bowl of pork porridge entice its patrons? I'm sure it got its own fan base. The texture was not watery but rather a smooth consistency with a creamy-like look. It was indeed appetising and together with its natural sweetness from the meat, it does give a slight nod in our head, kind of agreeing with the length of the queue in the hawker centre.

Pork Porridge - $3.50 + $0.50 Egg

Though smooth and creamy in its texture, it was still slightly grainy. Overall, such a bowl of porridge is stomach warming and approved by the heartlanders in the Eastern region of Singapore.

Delicious Minced Pork Balls

If you were to ask me, was it worth the wait as compared to Sin Heng Kee and Johor Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge? Honestly, I will still prefer the latter and Sing Heng Kee in terms of the old school taste if we were to compare among their pork porridge.

Rating: 3 / 5

Chai Chee Pork Porridge
Location: Tampines Round Market and Food Centre, 137 Tampines Street 11, #01-39  Singapore 521137