Monday, July 14, 2014

順發, Soon Huat Bak Kut Teh


Because of the story of Soon Huat - an imprisoned gang member turned Christian, and because we share the common faith, we decided to be extra critical of the brothers when we visit them today. Only then, it would be just. Of course, we kept our fingers crossed for them.

Food was served. And in God's full glory, we savored sincerity in their dishes and earnest service with brave smiles...!

Bak Kut Teh ($5.90)

Food prices were deliberately kept low and competitive. Extra efforts in all ways possible - Ginseng slices found in their strong herbal broth; added Pig's liver, fried beancurd skin and straw mushroom to the Bak Kut Teh soup, and generous handful of fried cuttlefish and ladyfinger vegetable to the dried version!

To pick a bone from an egg, we say they should moderate things a little for purist customers who may find these a tad overwhelming.

You don't have to be here in support of prisoner rehabilitation, you can visit simply for the cause of good food. They deserve your anticipation.

 Dried Bak Kut Teh ($6.90)

Braised Knuckles ($6.90)

Fried Dough ($1.20), Braised Tow Pok ($0.80)

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Crosta Pizza Delivery @ Crawford Lane

Latine Pizza, fresh Rucola packed separately ($24.20)

Ric returns to the waiting car as i catch the strong whiff of Crosta Pizza's wood fired cooking for their pizza, quite unmistakably. It smells deliciously wonderful.

Albeit the miserly seafood portion on their Capri (mixed seafood) pizza, ingredients used were fresh and rather top notch. I enjoyed their Latine piled with gorgonzola blue cheese and fresh tasting rucola rocket.

That being said, we would only patronize again if they are having a 50% deal.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Supper Time @ Newton Circus

Grilled Chicken Wings ($1.30 x3), Oyster Omelet ($5)

Like any average Singaporean, our visit to the Newton Circus Food Centre can be more than 10 years back. Yes. Because the food centre has been known as a tourist trap for its touts and exorbitant prices. But with rising food cost all over the island, a meal here matches your spending in any air-conditioned food court.

There goes our prejudice. And welcoming us into the alfresco dining was an air of expectation and excitement - where we get to see polite touting activities and people-watch interesting group of tourist. Ignore the touting of tourist items like the expensive BBQ Seafood; choose your own seating, walk around and place your order from any preferred food stalls with clearly displayed price list. Enjoy yourself!

And we did have a good time, soaking up the vibrant vibe about the place.

While the inner courtyard offers several repeat of BBQ seafood, chicken wings, fried noodles and oyster omelette stalls with similar pricing, we decide on Hup Kee Fried Oyster, 合记炒蠔煎 (Stall 73) and R&B Express (Stall 72) for their grilled chicken. Fairly good food!

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tom Yum Kungfu @ Serangoon Gardens

Lemongass drink, Thai Tea, Thai Milk Tea

Famous for operating Thai Mookata steamboat in the evening, Tom Yum Kungfu kickoff with economical set lunches which come with a choice of Thai signature drinks and one side of either the Tom Yum soup or Popiah. We suggest you get the Popiah.

Tom Yum Soup

Thai Fried Chicken with Pineapple Rice (Set Lunch C: $9.90)

For a Mookata restaurant, it was great that fresh seafood remains their main ingredients in their day cooking and food wasn't overly salted. But we suspect that food has been pre-cooked as most were serve cooled. The Thai-Chinese noodle, Rad Na is something special and enjoyable while we wolfed down the Pineapple Rice.

It was great comfort in this quiet afternoon (something very different from their night buzzing) as we relax in the playing of Thai songs. Working to finish the Basil Chicken which tastes like stir-fried minced chicken, without the basil, is another thing. 

Basil Chicken (Set Lunch A: $7.90)

Kungfu Seafood Rad Na, Thai-Chinese Noodle with Popiah (Set Lunch B: $8.90)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

道记, Toh Kee - Number One Roast


Toh Kee is undoubtedly legendary in Singapore.

They are definitely one of the oldest stall in People's Park Complex Food Center; famous for classic Cantonese-style roasted meat cooked in an antique brick lined oven! and staying popular among their dieheart regulars - the hawker charges high, with prices starting from $4; so it seems their customer base don't grow.

Referring to their price list, we were charged an extra of $1 today, making a total bill of $12, and we don know why?

Twin Mixed Roasted Meat Rice, Char Siew + Pork Ribs ($6)

Roasted Duck Rice ($5)

The roasted duck is sweet and juicy but served on without crispy skin; so there ain't reasons for guests to make a sweltering trip down Chinatown, paying extra bucks for it. The char siew and pork ribs were ordinary; dry and tough - even one of the Chinatown uncle sitting with us is complaining; another table didn't finish his meat. 

We guess their roasted pork belly might be good; several customers were asking for it and being told it was sold out. We included.

So we were finally at the legendary Tok Kee today.

发记, Fatt Kee - Fried Bee Hoon & Charcoal Boiled Porridge


TV appearances never fail to send the masses to inconspicuous little stalls; even when it has been weeks ago where Channel 8 featured the Queen Street Market and Food Centre on their Tuesday Report - Where We Connect 3 《生活气场3》, today's queue seems longer than usual.



The documentary spoke of their charcoal boiled peanut porridge, and the fried vermicelli by the 86 year old Cantonese Granny! And indeed you should. These are the 2 jewels of the stall.

I am much looking forward to return for their vermicelli, and to pack some home! It tastes different and is especially delectable. The porridge tastes just as special, albeit being much watered down.

Together with some thickly good local coffee from their next door - Hang Kee - 唐记茶室, we were like back to old times Singapore...!   

Fried Bee Hoon ($1), Chee Cheong Fun ($1), Yam Cake ($1), Rice Dumpling ($1.80)

Charcoal Boiled Peanut Porridge ($1)