Sunday, June 13, 2021

169 Hainanese Chicken Rice (169 海南鸡饭), Chinatown Food Centre

169 Hainanese Chicken Rice (169 海南鸡饭), Chinatown Food Centre

This stall used to be called Super Mummy Hainanese Chicken Rice. For some reasons a couple or so years ago, they changed their name to 169 Hainanese Chicken Rice (#02-169 Chinatown Complex Market and Food Centre, 335 Smith Street). They've always had a sizeable queue going on which was a major deterrence but it didn't look that bad today.

169 Hainanese Chicken Rice (169 海南鸡饭)

This was poached ji wei (鸡尾) with chicken livers. A heart came with those livers too. And if you hadn't yet been clued in, they don't do roast/fried chickens, only the white ones.

169 Hainanese Chicken Rice (169 海南鸡饭), Chinatown Food Centre

Their 鸡尾 had a nice meat to bone ratio. That and also maybe because of the mediocre rice which I've recently had from Margaret Drive Chicken Rice, I found this a lot more satisfying. Really dug the flavour from the sesame oil on the rice, those creamy livers and pretty tender chicken. Pretty sure the chicken would have been also more enjoyable if I didn't have to take away but I take what I can get for now.

169 Hainanese Chicken Rice (169 海南鸡饭), Chinatown Food Centre

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Western Hut, Havelock Road Food Centre

Western Hut, chicken cutlet

These guys had mentioned on their social media that their chef was the person that used to be at No. 1 Western Food at Tanglin Halt. While I recalled that it was an old couple that was running the stall there, the guy at the kitchen here (#01-09 Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre, 22A/B Havelock Road) was a young chap. They're located just next to Du Du Cooked Food.

Western Hut, chicken cutlet

This was their chicken cutlet with aglio olio pasta. Tasted like the same flattened chicken thigh with a crispy breading that didn't have excessive grease. Reminded me of the schnitzel from Marché if you could believe it. It was also an opportunity for me again to understand their sauce which I noticed this time round to contain cinnamon. Still don't think much of that sauce so I summoned my hot sauce on standby.


A few days later...

Western Hut, chicken chop

Tried their chicken chop. Pretty decent with a light crisp on the skin side. It was salted sufficiently that I didn't need their sauce. I'll see if I can get more coleslaw if I don't want the beans or even the fries the next time.

Western Hut, Havelock Road Food Centre

Friday, June 11, 2021

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, Keong Saik Road

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, Keong Saik Road

We've been wanting to try Foong Kee's (6 Keong Saik Road) roasted meats but this place has been one of those that had been out of sight and out of mind which we had somehow never gotten to visit. Until now after reading that they're closing up for good so we came over to join the queue over the weekend. That queue was long. The wait was well over an hour before it was our turn to order.

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, duck

Got some roasted duck which was pretty good. For some reasons, the breast meat was more tender than those on the drumstick.

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted,  char siew

It seemed that they had only one cut for their char siew which was 不见天  - the secreto cut if you would. Meat was tender and layered with fat. But the roast wasn't as well done as I had been imagining. Some parts of the char siew needed more caramelization so only the ones with the burnt ends were tasty.

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, roast pork

Roast pork was very good. The cracking was crispy and not hard while the layered meat and fat were moist and tender.

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, wanton

Foong Kee also had wanton that was worthy of the 云吞 name. It was indeed like swallowing clouds. The dumplings were light, nicely flavoured and could almost be considered fluffy. Strange as the word fluffy might sound for something that was smooth and wet. What's more, that almost ethereal smoothness was paired with crunch from water chestnuts. 

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, char siew sauce

What killed it for us was their sweet char siew glaze which was packed separately as a dip. Worked with all the roast meat which we had gotten with its caramelized sweet savouriness. Their chilli sauce looked ordinary - a sweet lime-y concoction which packed a respectable heat that many others don't. One could suspect with all the chilli seeds in the sauce.

Foong Kee Traditional Charcoal Roasted, Keong Saik Road

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Super Shiok Basmati Nasi Lemak, People's Park Complex Food Centre

Super Shiok Basmati Nasi Lemak, People's Park Complex Food Centre

We noticed Super Shiok Basmati Nasi Lemak (#01-126B People's Park Complex Food Centre, 32 New Market Road) the last time we were in the area and made a mental note to check them out. No idea if they are related to Super Shiok Nasi Lemak.

While their nasi lemak looked run of the mill at first glance, it wasn't. I noticed that there were ikan bilis that were cooked with the basmati rice as they were scooped out of the cooker - rice which still had residual coconut cream in some parts. The coconut flavour was relatively light though. There's the standard ikan bilis and peanuts to go along and more ikan bilis in their sambal. Fishy indeed. Light on the salt too. Sambal was sweet, had light heat from the spice and was also tangy; those and the flavour of onions were what I detected. 

Super Shiok Basmati Nasi Lemak, People's Park Complex Food Centre

The other items were so so. Otah was boring because it wasn't particularly flavourful from the fish nor was it spicy. There's chicken luncheon meat which I shouldn't have gotten on hindsight. The thin omelette was fragrant from the onions inside them. Chicken wings no longer had any crisp by the time I got home but there was a pleasant light turmeric flavour on the skin which was lightly salted along with meat that was relatively tender and moist.

Wednesday, June 09, 2021

Banana prata with fish curry from ABC Food Corner

banana prata

The pratas must have been squished either during packing or on the way back so the bananas oozed out and smeared their natural fruity sweetness over the prata. Also loved the warmth from the mild heat in the belly from the fish curry. From ABC Food Corner

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

Soon Heng White Bee Hoon (順興炒白米粉), Havelock Road Food Centre

Soon Heng White Bee Hoon (順興炒白米粉)

This 白米粉 shop (#01-03 Havelock Road Cooked Food Centre, 22A/B Havelock Road) took over the unit that used to be Soon Heng Hong Kong Style Charcoal Roast just next door to Havelock Turtle Soup. Are they the same people? 白米粉 for some reasons have trended in the recent years no small thanks to a certain Sembawang White Bee Hoon which has since expanded to a multi branched White Restaurant.

Soon Heng White Bee Hoon (順興炒白米粉)

If you're thinking that this was another clone - well they are and they aren't. They are because the stall capitalized on the 白米粉 name which draws attention by association. It has nothing to do with White Restaurant. They aren't because their flavour was also different as far as I can tell. I was hoping that it'll be more intense from the seafood.

Soon Heng White Bee Hoon (順興炒白米粉)

The gravy wasn't as flavourful. Not that it tasted bad. It didn't. It was certainly also not like the original Sembawang white bee hoon. Prawns were not fresh. Their sambal looked potent but it's not as scalp prickling as I had imagined. Made the bee hoon taste better though.

Soon Heng White Bee Hoon (順興炒白米粉), Havelock Road Food Centre

Monday, June 07, 2021

Dumpling (水饺) noodle with chicken claws (凤爪) from Xing Yun (幸運) Wanton Mee

Xing Yun (幸運) Wanton Mee, Beo Crescent

Xing Yun (幸運) Wanton Mee was another stall that I've mistakenly assumed for being nameless - like the nameless Beo Crescent curry rice just a coin's toss away. Google as of now lists this stall as Lucky Wonton Noodles - not to be mistaken for Lucky Wanton Noodle at Tanjong Pagar. 

Have been wanting to come back for their noodles since the last time. I didn't realize that it had been five years since until now.

Xing Yun (幸運) Wanton Mee

The noodles survived transit, albeit a slightly shorter one, better than the one from Hui Ji did; but I did notice that the proprietor had blanched the noodles in cool water before bagging it. Noodles had a nice aroma from the 猪油 but their 猪油渣 was no longer fresh. Those chicken claw didn't remind me of wet pork floss today. They were slurp off the bone tender and if not for the lack of intensity from the braising sauce, could have rivalled proper dim sum restaurants. 

With five 水饺 plus the 凤爪, I thought it was reasonably priced at five bucks.

Xing Yun (幸運) Wanton Mee, Beo Crescent

Sunday, June 06, 2021

Duck kuey teow from Kim Kitchen Braised Duck

Kim Kitchen Braised Duck, duck kuey teow

I've gotten rice and noodles from Kim Kitchen Braised Duck before - that's not including occasional take away of their braised goods (like braised duck meat, pig intestines, eggs and tau kwa) as supplements when I sometimes tar pow radish cake from Heng Heng.

Kim Kitchen Braised Duck, duck kuey teow 

Had their duck kuey teow to go for lunch a couple of times recently. Added intestines, egg and tau kwa. Love the no gloopy sauce and excuse the bad English. There's just enough of the spiced braising liquid to flavour the kuey teow as it was all absorbed into the rice noodles by the time I got home. Pretty satisfying for a princely sum of $5.

Kim Kitchen Braised Duck, Beo Crescent Market Food Centre

Saturday, June 05, 2021

Hui Ji Fishball Noodles (輝記魚圓麵), Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Hui Ji Fishball Noodles (輝記魚圓麵)

I'm generally wary of tar pow-ing noodles home. It's common sense that most don't travel well especially when one is concerned with texture and these things inevitably soften or get soggy from the sauces/condensation in packaging. Once in a while, I hope against hope. Been wanting to try Hui Ji Fishball Noodles (輝記魚圓麵) (#02-44 Tiong Bahru Food Centre, 30 Seng Poh Road) for a while and that has only managed to happened during this HA when I didn't have a choice but to get them to go.

Hui Ji Fishball Noodles (輝記魚圓麵), mee pok

This was mee pok with some extra ingredients I added from their yong tau hu shelf. Didn't enjoy it much. The yong tau hu items were okay - just a little generic tasting so I didn't think there was much to write home about. What really bothered me was that the noodles had gotten too soft even for a short transit. Did not travel well at all. There's chilli inside but I also detected some sort of sweetness in the noodles.

What was nice though were the bits of fried lard. Darker brown than usual and very fragrant. 

Hui Ji Fishball Noodles (輝記魚圓麵), Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Friday, June 04, 2021

The Coco Rice, Tiong Bahru Food Centre

The Coco Rice, Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Noticed this stall (#02-58 Tiong Bahru Food Centre, 30 Seng Poh Road) a few weeks back. They're relatively new and riding on the trend of nasi lemak dyed with rice dyed blue from butterfly pea flower powder.

The Coco Rice, nasi lemak

Tried their nasi lemak sets with tempeh/tofu/lady's finger and fried chicken leg. Aside from the chicken leg, the other ingredients were quite run of the mill. The chicken was well flavoured and the meat was juicy even. Very similar to the fried chicken leg from Hammee's but if I had to choose I'd say Hammee's was a little better.

The Coco Rice, nasi lemak

Thought the rice could do with more coconut flavour. Tasted something else faint in it which I couldn't identify. Otah didn't taste like the regular mousse-y type grilled in banana leaves and didn't have much heat from their spices. Had texture more akin to fishcake. Not a fan of their sambal which was tangy, sweet and a little spicy at the same time. If I had to choose between this and Super Shiok, I'd pick the latter.

The Coco Rice, Tiong Bahru Food Centre

Thursday, June 03, 2021

Chinatown Fried Rice, Chinatown Food Centre

Chinatown Fried Rice

I have noticed Chinatown Fried Rice (#02-010 Chinatown Food Centre, 335 Smith Street) a few times previously while searching for Chinatown Special in futility because the latter doesn't exist anymore. Decided to give them a try and lo and behold! It tasted very much like Chinatown Special. Down to the hae bee hiam, little planks of luncheon meat and a very similar looking/tasting sambal. While it is not visible in the picture above, the fried rice also featured little diced chunks of prawns. Just like Chinatown Special.

Anywayyys, a little bird who was a customer from back in the People's Park days told me that this is the same owner. He had closed the Chinatown a couple of units away and opened this. Name is a little generic and less mysterious than "Special" but who gives a Skaven's rat's ass eh? Their hours are Monday-Thursday from about 10am to 1pm. Not open on public holidays.

Chinatown Fried Rice, Chinatown Food Centre

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Rat's tail noodles from Ah Xi Prawn Crackers

Ah Xi Prawn Crackers 老鼠粉 lou shi fun

No rats were involved in rat's tail noodles (老鼠粉). Don't recall having gotten any breakfast from Ah Xi Prawn Crackers before but I've tar pow-ed lunch a few times. Here's a breakfast to go with luncheon meat, hash browns, braised pig's skin and a fried egg (hidden below with the rat tails). Not a fan of the brand of luncheon meat they are using. Their pig's skin were kind of chewy - not as tender as I had imagined. Chilli's the spicy and sweet kind.

They're open early for breakfast and have a bunch of other items as well commonly found in economical noodle and cai png stalls. Not exactly the most memorable but very serviceable food in the hood.

Ah Xi Prawn Crackers, Beo Crescent Market Food Centre

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Cheesy Beef Quad Stacker from BK

Burger King, Cheesy Beef Quad Stacker

If Burger King is still using their "flamed grilled" ads for their products, they should be ashame of themselves. It's been a very long while since I've tasted "flame grill" in their food. Definitely not in this quad stacker which felt.....hollow - without even much flavour coming from the beef. No char grill aroma for sure. Just cheesy. They did something similar years ago.

Anything that isn't Ultimate Angus for their beef burgers these days have become subpar even when compared to McD. But you'd have to pay more for those. This "better" quality used to be the baseline standard in the past. How far the King has fallen.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Nasi lemak from Lee Wee & Brothers

Lee Wee & Brothers, nasi lemak

Decent tasting but not fantastic nasi lemak from Lee Wee & Brothers. About the same price as Crave if my memory serves. They're both a little different from each other and I can't say for sure which one I like better. What I think Lee Wee can do much better is their chicken cutlet box which is the option I normally pick because I'm not usually a wing person and their fried prawns usually look sad. That chicken cutlet been sitting out there for a bit and there's no more crisp left to it. Would also be nice if they actually found some way to prepare fresher ikan billis kacang instead of packeted ones that they throw in with each box.

Squid otah was not bad though.

Nasi lemak from Lee Wee & Brothers

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Coke - coffee, caramel and chocolate......

Coke

So I came across these at 7-11 too and the cat got killed. The one with caramel tasted like Kopiko with a bit more caramel. I know it's probably not saying much but I didn't think there was much else I could describe. The one with chocolate was the nicer one of the two because of the light chocolate flavour which kinda differentiated it from the Kopiko/caramel/Coke combination of the first. I'll not be getting them again though. 

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Another take out from Margaret Drive Chicken Rice

Margaret Drive Chicken Rice

We've done take out from Margaret Drive Chicken Rice a number of times. I'm detecting inconsistencies with the standards of their rice. We had this to go before the lunch crowd came in so they were just about finished with the preparation to start service when I made the order.

Margaret Drive Chicken Rice, chicken

The chicken had just been taken out of their cold water bath. Chilled and tender but it was never at the standards of the old Sin Kee. Still nice though.

Margaret Drive Chicken Rice, cucumbers

I asked them to leave out the coriander and they left out the spring onions as well for some reasons. But we were given a lot of sliced cucumbers.

Margaret Drive Chicken Rice, rice

Today's rice was substandard even for this particular stall. I could tell from the texture that they were slightly undercooked because of the extra graininess. I expected that a professional who believed in their craft would not have let something like that slip and would rather tell a customer to wait rather than rush something that needed a bit more time. 

Friday, May 28, 2021

Sour plum Oreos

sour plum oreos

Came across these sour plum flavoured Oreos in 7-11. So I thought why the hell not. 

Sour plum Oreos

Apparently some sort of limited edition flavour for Spring. They're packed in fives.

Sour plum Oreos

The first taste from the cream was sweetness before the wave of sour plum flavour swept across. Tasted like the cream had sour plum powder. 

Sour plum Oreos

Works with milk too.