Friday, 22 June 2018

Ivy's Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup 海南药材羊肉汤 (Pasir Panjang Food Centre)


I never though that I would set foot in Pasir Panjang Food Centre due to its ulu (i.e. out of the way) location. One day, when I had the opportunity to visit the food centre, I spent a consideration amount of time searching the internet and even walking around the stalls 3 times. All this so that I can make the most out of this trip and eat the best food. 
Herbal Mutton Soup with Mee Sua and Egg 
Since I was there during the day time, there were limited choices. In the end, I settled for Ivy's Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup 海南药材羊肉汤. This was a risky choice and the type of dish which "you would either love it or hate it". Also, it is an extremely hard dish to execute as evident from the number of such stalls in hawker centres, food courts, coffeeshop or even restaurants. 
As its name suggests, the stall specializes in Chinese style Herbal Mutton Soup, to be more specific, Hainanese style. The owner of the stall, Max has been running the stall for 9 years and it was previously located at Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre at Toa Payoh Lorong 7. 
Menu
 There were other dishes available such as tendon, lamb shank and tulang soup.
Herbal Mutton Soup with Rice $10.50
I settled for the the Herbal Mutton Soup with a bowl of rice $10.50. The Herbal Mutton Soup was served in clay pot. This was a smart tactic as it ensured that the ingredients and the broth were kept warm for a longer period of time. You would not like to drink your soup cold do you? Soup lovers will understand this. 
The Herbal Mutton Soup very well executed. As you can see from the photo and video, many different types of ingredients such as wolfberries, red dates, dang gui, black fungus, tau pok and beancurd skin were added. I love the flavourful, rich and robust herbal broth. Moreover, the mutton meat and ribs were tender and more importantly, had no pungent gamey taste. This was because Max had marinated the mutton with fermented red yeast and seared them in oil during the preparation stage.
Herbal Mutton Soup with Mee Sua and Egg $11
I went back again on another occasion as this was just too good. This time, I tried the Herbal Mutton Soup with Mee Sua and an egg $11. The broth quality was the same as my first visit. The inclusion of the Mee Sua was a good idea as the silky mee sua had soaked up and was coated with the broth. May be on my next visit, I should just dump my whole rice into the broth! 

Oh boy, I had no regrets eating this! This is the best mutton soup ever! Definitely a must try! If you are someone hates the gaminess taste in mutton, you should give this a try!

Ivy's Hainanese Herbal Mutton Soup 海南药材羊肉汤 (Pasir Panjang Food Centre)
121 Pasir Panjang Road 
Stall 14, Pasir Panjang Food Centre 
Singapore 118543 
Tel: +65 8452 3094 
Opening Hours: Mon to Sat 11.30am to 9pm 
                          Closed on Sun


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Wednesday, 6 June 2018

Day Night Fried Kway Teow 日夜炒粿條 (Bukit Merah Central Food Centre)

Fried Kway Teow $4
Fried Kway Teow is a popular local dish which most Singaporeans can resonate with. Despite the fact that this dish comes along with unhealthy calories, we all love it and indulge it frequent! 

There are two fried kway teow stalls in Bukit Merah Central Food Centre. Day Night Fried Kway Teow 日夜炒粿條 is the more popular one judging from the queue. Despite the queue at this stall, the turn over is fast. 
These days, it is a common practice for hawkers to divide and literally count the number of ingredients given. I would have preferred for the Chinese sausage (lap Cheong) to be fried together with the ingredients to extract its fats and flavour into the noodles. 
Fried Kway Teow $4
This plate of Fried Kway Teow $4 was delicious. It was fragrant and flavourful with a good balance of sweet and savoury. It would have been perfect if wok-hei was infused in it. The small pieces of crisp pork lard at the side provided even more flavour with each bite.

Day Night Fried Kway Teow 日夜炒粿條 (Bukit Merah Central Food Centre)
#02-41 Bukit Merah Central Market & Food Centre
163 Bukit Merah Central
Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: Daily 10am to 4pm
                          Closed on Thu


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Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Lan Xiang Handmade Noodles 兰香面粉粿•板面 (Bukit Merah Central Food Centre)

You Mian $3.50
If you have followed FoodieFC posts on Facebook or Instagram, you would have noticed that I eat Handmade Noodles (followed by Bak Chor Mee) frequently. Whenever you go, whether it is hawker centre or a food court, you will always find at least one stall selling Handmade noodles. In most case, it is cheap, tasty and healthy (unless the soup is laden with MSG and you finish it) dish.
I am glad I found another handmade noodles stall in Bukit Merah area that suits my taste. It is Lan Xiang Handmade Noodles 兰香面粉粿•板面 which is located at Bukit Merah Central Food Centre. The lunch time queue at this stall would be the best proof to this. There would always be a queue of at least 5 to 10 persons long.
You would not need to worry about long waiting time as the two person team is well-oiled. The lady would go down the line, taking orders, taking out the noodles and collecting the payment. The man would cook the noodles juggling several stove at one time. You should be able to savour the noodles within 10 minutes after ordering.
You Mian $3.50
What makes this stall stands out among the rest is their noodles. It is not a secret and obvious that some handmade noodles stalls order their noodles from factories.

Lan Xiang Handmade Noodles makes the handmade noodles themselves.Their noodles are of a thicker size compared to those that I have ate elsewhere.
Prawn You Mian $5

I have tried both You Mian $3.50 and Prawn You Mian $5. The you mian was springy, soft and flavourful. As for the soup, it was clear, robust, sweet and more importantly, it was not salty! Moreover, the minced meat was well flavoured and marinated! A very satisfying bowl of handmade noodles.
Tom Yam You Mian $4.50

Although they also sell Tom Yam handmade noodles, most people order the normal version of handmade noodles.

Lan Xiang Handmade Noodles 兰香面粉粿•板面 (Bukit Merah Central Food Centre)
#02-06 Bukit Merah Central Market & Food Centre
163 Bukit Merah Central
Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 11am - 8pm, Sat to Sun 11am - 3pm


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