Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Chye Lye Ah Ma Mee Sua : a hearty choice

The stall is started by Mr Ong Chye Lye and he has another noodle stall at Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre serving Lor Mee and Prawn Mee since 2016. This stall is likely to have the longest queue in this food centre. There was a queue as early as 11 am and I joined it. I waited for about 10 minutes before ordering. I ordered the mee sua ($4) added $1 for extra ingredients. The auntie that took my order asked, "Do you also want to add mee sua for $0.50?" I did not want it. There are also Ma Ma Sheng Mian ($4.50) and Mee Tai Mu Soup ($2.80) on the menu. Each bowl is cooked upon order.

It was a bowl of hearty mee sua served with ingredients like meatballs, sliced pork, thick slices of liver, stewed mushrooms, prawns and a poached egg. It was topped with finely sliced then fried ginger, spring onion and coriander with a dash of Chinese wine to enhance its flavor and fragrance. Those large meatballs were quite tasty but the liver was a little powdery. The texture of mee sua was just right and it did not turn soggy even after soaked in the soup for a while. It actually tasted like a confinement dish and I did not taste any MSG in it.

I have tried the Kidney Mee Sua at Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup which was also as good though are quite different in taste. 

This is a homely dish that every Ah Ma (grandma) would be likely to cook at home, it is simple and satisfying as well as a healthier alternative for lunch and dinner.

676 Woodlands Drive 71 #02-21 Kampung Admiralty Hawker Centre SINGAPORE 730676
Operating Hours: 10.00 am to 3.00 pm / 5.00 pm to 8.30 pm (Closed on Sundays)

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Beef Up : Halal-certified Taiwanese food

This stall is started by Jeremy, Ronald, and Rohaizzatd using a recipe from Jeremy's mother who is a Taiwanese. This is probably the only halal-certified Taiwanese food in Singapore. It is located at Grains & Hops Food Court Bistro in the industrial area of Toa Payoh North. I ordered the Beef Noodle ($6.50/$8.00) and I was asked to choose between the 2 different types of handmade noodles, the thinner type and the broader type like those noodles at the ban mian stalls. I also ordered Chicken Cutlet Rice Set ($7.00) and Chicken Bits ($3.00). I was asked to choose between Black Pepper, Seaweed and Plum which I opted for Seaweed. I am not adventurous enough to try their Braised Chicken Lu Rou Fan, which is different from the traditional Lu Rou Fan that is using the pork belly.

I was not informed that I will have to look out for the number on LED panel and match it against the number on the receipt for collection. I actually waited at the counter for a bit before realizing it. I waited for close to 25 minutes before the Beef Noodle was ready. I was told to come back later for the Chicken Cutlet Bento and the Chicken Bits. I waited for another 10 minutes or so and it is still not ready. I chatted with another customer that has also waited quite long for her order. There was only 2 of them manning the stall, one was doing the cooking and the other was attending to the customers. 

Those beef chunks were a bit too lean thus it did not taste as soft as I liked it. My dining companion used to work in Taiwan and he felt that the Beef Noodle has a certain resemblance to what he used to eat there. He said, "It is quite nice. It would be even nicer if the beef is slightly fattier." 

The Chicken Cutlet Rice Set was quite disappointing. The chicken cutlet tasted quite bland. My dining companion, said, "I would expect them to sprinkle some chilli powder like how it usually served the chicken cutlet in Taiwan." He also said, "They are using the normal rice and not the more expensive pearl rice." It was served with pieces of carrot and cucumber together with preserved radish that did not have much taste. 

The Chicken Bits have already turned cold when it was served. It tasted equally bland as I could not taste the seaweed seasoning that it was supposed to have.

I do not think I liked it enough to come back again soon.

Block 978 Toa Payoh North #02-01 SINGAPORE 319001
Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 8.00 pm (Closed on Sundays)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Traditional Famous Prawn Mee : Lor Mee

I used to eat this with my late Grandpa at one of these usual makan places near Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre. I could not quite believe how time has flown and he has been gone for 7 years. Grandpa always ordered their Prawn Mee as he did not like the Lor Mee. This is one of the few places that are still around. I have not been eating here regularly ever since the passing of my dearest Grandpa. I could not even remember when was the last time. 

There was just another person in front of me when I was there for lunch, the queue was much longer when it reached 12 pm. It used to have 2 sizes to choose but there is only left with a single selection at $4 and I added $1 for extra ingredients like the braised egg, braised meat, and fried fish nuggets. When it was placed on my tray, the nice chap that took my order pointed at one of the bottles of dark sauce, said, "This is the vinegar." I was wearing a headphone then and he still made an effort to inform me. 

The braised sauce though flavorful but was a little runny, it was enhanced by adding the vinegar, minced garlic, chilli paste, and red cut chilli. The flat yellow noodles were nicely cooked to the right texture. 

This might not be the best Lor Mee but the familiar taste is so alluring. I was missing my Grandpa terribly when eating this alone and there is still a lingering emptiness since his passing.

Block 338 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 #01-1639 SINGAPORE 560338
Operating Hours: 8.00 am to 2.00 pm

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Carrot Cubes : by a new generation hawker

Claire Huang, the owner of this recently opened stall in a coffee shop at Ang Mo Kio, serving 4 different types of carrot cake. There are the choices of traditional White Carrot Cake ($3/$4), Black Carrot Cake ($3/$4), Hottie Carrot Cake ($4/$5), and Bacon & Cube carrot cake ($5/$6). The Hottie Carrot Cake is served with Thai chilli and the Bacon & Cube is the fusion version with the addition of bacon cubes. I am not adventurous enough to try either and so I stick with the regular black carrot cake. Claire took my order with a welcoming smile. There was just another customer in front of me even though it was the lunch hour. 

Claire's father is a supplier of handmade carrot cakes to the other stalls for more than 20 years. It is those big metal trays of carrot cake that you often see in some carrot cake stalls. 

I waited for just a while for it to be ready. When I handed it to me, Claire said, "Be careful, it is hot." I usually like to have my black carrot cake with coffee so I ordered one to go along. I was excited to taste it but the first bite was slightly disappointing. The homemade black sauce is a bit too sweet to my liking. I could taste the saltiness but it did not come from the preserved radish (chai poh) which I could not taste much of it. The texture of the carrot cake was soft though. It did not turn out to be "very good" as mentioned by a prominent blogger. My Facebook friend tried the white carrot cake, he felt that the flavor and saltiness were fairly light and he would prefer those pieces of carrot cake covered in egg with more minced garlic and chai poh added. 

Claire is still new in the trade and to give it more time, she will make the improvement. We should support the younger hawker and it is definitely encouraging to see a new generation hawker striving to do her best to preserve the hawker culture. 

Block 339 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 FoodPark Coffee Shop SINGAPORE 560339
Operating Hours: 7.30 am to 5.30 pm (Daily)

Monday, February 11, 2019

Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup : kidney mee sua

I have heard about their signature Kidney Mee Sua but have not been in that part of Singapore to try it. I was near there recently and managed to drop by for lunch. It is located within walking distance from Kembangan MRT. I was there for an early lunch and was told to go over to the shop next to it to order. There was a lady at the counter beside the menu board, busily taking orders.

I have already made up my mind to try their highly raved Kidney Mee Sua. The lady that was taking my order asked, "Do you want it with just the kidney?" I replied, "I want it with liver too." I was asked to take a seat as it will be served to the table later. While waiting, I ordered a Luo Han Guo Herbal Drink for $2.00. The mee sua was brought over by a man and the same lady came by a little while later to collect $5.50 as payment. 

It consists of a substantial portion of mee sua with ingredients like the kidney, liver and also pieces of lean meat. The mee sua was not mushy even after soaked in the soup for a while. The soup was light with a slight herbal taste. The kidney and liver were cooked just right too. I actually enjoyed this simple yet comfort dish. Their signature Black Chicken is another must-try dish and I would have ordered it if I was not eating alone. 

This is a popular place for supper as they operate till 4 am daily. 

467 Changi Road SINGAPORE 419887
Operating Hours: 11.00 am to 4.00 am (Daily)