Saturday, October 14, 2017

Five Star Fast Food - Roti Prata

Plain Prata ($0.80 per piece)
Happy Deepavali!

Just in time to share a local favourite of all races in Singapore - the Roti Prata. It is an art often mastered by our Indian counterparts. At the Taman Jurong Market Food Centre, the aroma of pan frying roti prata never fails to lure us when we arrived. Often we would turn to each other and smiled, "Prata?"

The Indian pancake was always crispy on the outside, fluffy and moist within. Never oily. We like their syrupy fish curry that’s a little spicy and alluringly piquant. It's hard to resist not making space for at least 1 piece of their prata!

The stall is at level 2. The sight of a short queue, tall carton trays of fresh eggs and lingering aroma will lead you.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

稳稳白米粉, Woon Woon Pek Bee Hoon - Chomp Chomp

Crayfish Platter (S, $27)
Crayfish + Prawn + Sliced Fish + LaLa

At the set of a glorious sun, a plate of luscious seafood in savory broth was presented. The drag of a long day, i'm grateful to finish the quiet evening this way, at the weekday Chomp Chomp. The beautiful orangey broth immediately whet the appetite, and pick-me-up!

Fresh, crunchy pork lard is my favorite. But we were busy slurping in the sweet broth. And working to undress the 4 crayfishes and prawns. Even the casual Snakehead fish slices taste fresher than most others. The vermicelli were missing the wok hei, but being lesser fired, it absorbs the broth oh-so-well!

Plan your weekends here. You'll be glad a meal at Chomp Chomp doesn't always have to be heavy with hokkien mee and bbq wings.


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Chocolate Origin

Dark Gelato Cup (1 scoop at $4.50)

Video of viscous chocolate syrup, and knife cutting sleeky through layers of sponge-like chocolate cakes. It freezes our footsteps at the stall.

For a start, we shared their chocolate cuppa lava cake ($5.50) between us. It was gratifying. The warm chocolate cake sits on top of a thick layer of good vanilla ice-cream. You break through them, tasting the bitter dark and cool vanilla together; the warm lava oozing. (picture)

On our second trip, we had their dark chocolate gelato. A dessert that is subtly sweet, and all you remember is its perfected bitterness after finishing the entire scoop by yourself.

That video is intriguing, Chocolate Orgin. We are coming for your chocolate cake next.

Friday, September 29, 2017

实里达, Seletar Sheng Mian. Mian Fen Guo

Stall #01-05

It's near 2pm. Yet the perpetual queue at this mee hoon kway stall in Toa Payoh Lor 8 Food Centre continues! If such common food commands a wait, it can't be a walkover.

Sheng Mian, soup ($3)

True enough. The hawker offers some good chewy handmade noodles and mee hoon kway. So good, the mee hoon kway is sold out. Will surely make an effort to come back early for it. Besides the usual ingredients of minced meat, raw egg, anchovies and vegetable, the minimum order includes 2 good sized fresh prawn too!

For the rare occasion, i actually enjoy their ultra flavorsome broth, with Ric being the only one complaining today. He finds the taste too heavy for our liking, preferring their springy noodles tossed over black savoury sauce, chili and shallot oil instead.

This is our virgin visit to the Lor 8 food centre. And i hope to cover some of the interesting stalls here; that is if we don’t crumple to the bee hoon kway again! It’s tough. This stall has now overtaken my favourite, the He Jia Huan Ban Mian at Jurong West.

Sheng Mian, dry ($3)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Babas Peranakan, 娘惹小吃

Stall #02-225

We are the early birds, no? But it was already hustle and bustle at this back lane stall in the Chinatown Market and Food Centre. The fried omelet and fried chicken racks were already emptied! It was no surprise. Quoting the uncle behind us, "This is always long queue. Everyday. Everyday it's like this."

The Teochew Baba hawker serves a delicious twist of Chinese Peranakan fare. Spices and dried shrimps were prominent in the vegetables and curries we ate. And everything was freshly cooked. When we reached the front of the line, the fried chicken was just up, from the hot wok.

I can eat this every day.

Long beans, Sambal Goreng, Ayam Goreng ($4.50)

Sayur Lemak, Sambal Brinjal, Fried Bittergourd with Fish Paste ($3)

Saturday, September 16, 2017

YUSMAR Aneka Selera

Lontong ($2.50), Nasi Lemak ($2.50)

$2.50 dishes are hard to come by these days. And it has to taste good. In the lift at the Taman Jurong Market Food Centre, we heard a family asking one another if they want mee rebus or mee siam. That gave us the idea to go for some Malay cuisine this breakfast.

Brisk business at stall #02-99 helps Ric decide on them. Every of their dishes are at $2.50. It's a steal. Notice the correction plasters over their price menu? Yes, they were selling at $2 previously!

On this cold and wet morning, our favourite has to be their piping hot Lontong! And fresh fried chicken wings on the nasi. Nothing fanciful. Just authentic food that satisfy.

Mee Rebus ($2.50)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

韩江, Hung Kang (Bedok) Fish Soup

Sliced Fish Soup ($4.50), Rice ($0.50)

Just when we thought the Blk 16, Bedok South Hawker Centre holds no more surprises for us, it presents a significant queue at this late lunch hour.

Without a doubt, it is a satisfying bowl of fresh Batang fish soup. We actually emptied the bowl, slurping in many chunks of dried sole fillet (flat fish) found within! The real surprise here is their side dish of stewed duck. Savory meat aside, i ladled on the dark braised sauce lavishly and finished the whole bowl of rice!

Stewed Duck ($3.50)

Monday, September 11, 2017

阿嬷老字號, Ah Mah Homemade Egg Sponge Cake

Egg Sponge Cake, original ($8)

The silly man couldn't resist the aroma of freshly baked cakes when he passes by Ah Mah's outlet at the Bukit Panjang Shopping Mall. Especially when he was told the wait is only 20 mins.

Nostalgia? No. The egg sponge cakes we used to have are much sweeter and drier. They can be kept for days, and are definitely not fresh baked. These are the atas version. Taste of really nice eggy aroma with each bite, without the lingering sweetness of overdose sugar in your mouth.

We could have this everyday. If someone could offer a more economical sale, of an equal product.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

牛车水 祖传肉骨茶

Stall #02-124

While we hurried our steps towards famous food stalls in the Chinatown Market and Food Centre, whiff of delicious cooking often hits us. This hidden (by the column) bak kut teh stall is one. I often enjoy its herbal aroma and witness customers lugging trays of their purchase from the stall. Tonight we came specially for them.

Braised Pork Leg ($5)

It was as good as it gets. The meat falls off the ribs, the savoury pork trotters were tender and almost boneless! Superb value for the generous serving. The salted vegetable adds a delightful crunch to the all-meat meal. We wished the herbal soup can be less salted, else it was good. Made a mental note to return for their vinegary pork trotters ($6) too!

After meal, we immediately does a pack away for Dad.

Bak Kut Teh ($4)

Salted Vegetable ($1)

Saturday, August 26, 2017

安记, An Ji

Sauced Fish Head ($13)

Chinatown Market and Food Centre is the place to go for cheap Song fish heads. As much as i'm looking forward to the famous fermented black bean sauce fish heads of An Ji (#02-194), Ric misread the menu, so we ended up with the sweeter 'sauced fish head' instead of the briny 'black bean sauce fish head'.

I was disappointed. But the presentation was impressive - the fish seared with crispy pork lard in orangey sauce. It was pretty. And the fish head was absolutely fresh, the generous gelatin was most pristine. I ate until it was too much even for me, a fish lover.

The bitter gourd dish showcases the prowess of good Cantonese cooking. It was smoky, savory and rustic. The ribs were falling off the bones. We are returning for more.

Bitter Gourd Pork Ribs ($8)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle @ Balestier Rd

Big Prawn Noodle (Standard, $12)

This is Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodle from the old Long House food centre at Thomson. Despite our many visits to the old Long House, they were always for the famous boneless braised duck rice. And it's not hard to understand why, after our taste of the prawn noodle today.

For the higher prices charged here, we expected more. Their standard prawn noodles at $5-7 does not offer sweet prawns. The big prawns at $12 are tastier, but not exceptional. The gentle broth left us wanting, since we are expecting a much robust sip.

On a kinder note, the prawns are definitely fresh and properly de-veined, making it easy to eat. The fresh fried shallots and pork lard bits are good effort.

Prawn Noodle (large, $7)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

BURGS!


Do we even need an introduction to the hottest burger joint in Singapore now! Yes, this is Burgs at the Golden Mile Food Centre.

The Classic beef burger totally stole our hearts! and palate. It was thick, juicy and full of flavors! This is one of those rare instances which i don't want to share my food with Ric. Haha. The Seoul fried chicken was most beautifully deep fried and marinated, but i rebuff sweet mains. And the coleslaw was little in this one.

The Classic for repeats. And we are definitely coming back for their Teriyaki Chicken burger ($5.50) which got sold out during our queuing!

The Classic - Beef Patty, Caramelized Onions, American Cheese, Pickled Green Chilli ($4.50).

Seoul Fried Chicken - Korean style fried Chicken, Homemade Coleslaw ($5).

Sunday, August 13, 2017

肥佬, Fei Lou Porridge

(#01-116)

Come dinner time, there are always 2 long queues in the Telok Blangah Crescent Market and Food Centre. One belongs to the char kway teow, and the other at Fei Lou here.

Their bountiful items on the yellow board might make you feel lost. Well, you just have to get what the guys in front are ordering!

Boneless Fried Chicken Wings ($1.20 each), Porridge ($1), Fried Bee Hoon ($1)

Steamed Chicken ($6)

Primarily it's the boneless fried chicken wings! and steamed chicken that makes it to everyone's table. They have this classic 'fried shallot oil with spring onions' dip for their steamed chicken. I find it most nostalgia.

The scalding hot porridge and savory fried vermicelli are the carbo to indulge. Occasionally, we will have their herbaceous braised chicken feet with peanuts! Get you a photo of it soon.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Our Pokemon Go Journey

12 Sept 2016

We were never virtual gamers. Today we celebrated our levelling up to level 39 playing Pokemon Go. Another 5 million XPs to reap before ascending to the final level, we can finally go easy.

Our journey starts slow on 6 Aug 2016. The memorable photo on top marks our beginning - when we were still amateur and catching mons with low combat power. And when Ric had refused to play =)

(This post is dedicated to Ric, who walks the miles for us, evolving decisively, catching accurately, watching the roads for me and evolving the mons bravely when I dare not look on.)

7 Oct 2016

- Bagged the rare Snorlax and Lickitung minutes apart, while travelling along Bukit Merah View!
- Near missing our first Chansey at Marsiling MRT station! On a morning ride to work.
- Our first Lapras jumping on us along Punggol Rd, towards the waterfront!


     
22 Nov 2016, Woodlands Ring Rd (Snorlax)      22 Dec 2016, Bukit Batok Central (Muk)     09 Jan 2017, Woodlands Ave 4 (Rhydon)

- Always exhilarating meeting the larger mons. Although many can be evolved from baby mons, meeting and fighting the full grown is fun.
- I was actually afraid of the ugly Muk.


21 Nov 2016                                                                        24 Nov 2016

- Farming Charmander candies on Mount Faber.
- Completed our GEN 1 pokedex on 20 Nov 2016 when Aerodactyl was caught at Bukit Panjang. Another one at Hort Park days later.


9 Dec 2016                                                                         13 Dec 2016

- Dashing out every night when Machop starts a small nest in the neighborhood garden. And grow to love this cute little guy. He and Dratini remains our favorite till today.
- When an error occurred during play, we get fun pictures. See a fist clenched Machop on my foot?


6 Jan 2016                                                                           27 Jan 2016

- During the Fire event, caught our first wild Charizard (with AA moveset!) at Jurong West.
- Chasing Lapras during the Water event! Rhyhorn, Geodude and Omanyte during the Rock event.
- One Sunday morning, Aerodactyl decides to appear in my path.


4 Feb 2017                                                                           24 Feb 2017

- Never dream of meeting Ms Chansey again until she starts spawning more often during the pink Valentine's event in 2017. We ventured into unknown grounds to get many her!
- Finally meeting the naughty, giggling Gengar in the same month too.


25 Mar 2017

- GEN 2 pokemons were released in Feb 2017. We filled up our pokedex fast within 2 days, leaving Unown to be most unpredictable.
- Beat the jam when we spotted the creature unexpectedly in Changi Village. Turned the corner to Leuchars Rd, walked the dark path with an exciting crowd to nab it!
11 May 2017

- Ampharos was last to enter our GEN 2 pokedex.
- She stood at the end of the Woodlands Waterfront, and made me ran on waters to reach her!


27 Jul 2017                                                                         08 Aug 2017

- Legendary birds were introduced in July. Doing just 1 raid per day, we were lucky to bag them all.
- The new gym system that started in June also encouraged us to begin active gym guards and defense.


- Our tally at level 39.
- 40, we are coming.