Sunday, 29 September 2013

Hock Heng You Tiao 福兴油条 (Tanglin Halt Food Centre)


Hock Heng You Tiao 福兴油条 is a stall located at Tanglin Halt Food Centre specialising in deep fried dough fritters. This stall is located two units away from No. 1 Western Food 驰名西餐The Hungry Bunny recommended this stall since I was at Tanglin Halt Food Centre. 
Hock Heng You Tiao sells a variety of deep fried dough fritters such as You Tiao, Salted Hum Chim Peng (Hum Jin Peng), Butterfly Bun and Lotus Paste Hum Chim Peng. 
Everything at Hock Heng You Tiao are freshly made! You may have noticed from the photos above, the owner was kneading, rolling and folding the dough preparing the next batch of Hum Chim Peng and You Tiao. After which, his daughter would help to deep fry them. The owner's wife also helps out at the stall. Each item at the stall costs only $0.70. 
Savory (Salted) Hum Chim Peng $0.70
Savory (Salted) Hum Chim Peng $0.70
I bought a Savory (Salted) Hum Chim Peng $0.70 to try out when I was there. I must admit that it sure was good. The Hum Chim Peng was soft, chewy and fluffy. I especially love it when I reach the part which was savoury. 
Having tried this out, I decided to purchase some home. 
Butterfly Bun $0.70
The Butterfly Bun $0.70 was fried with sesame seeds which gave it an extra fragrant. It is similar to You Tiao except for the fact that it had a different shape and was sweeter in taste.

Anyway, my advice would be to have these deep fried dough fritters on the spot after buying. It is best eaten when it is freshly fried. Those that I bought home and ate the next morning became a tad too tough on the outside. Nevertheless, Hock Heng You Tiao is worth a try. 

Hock Heng You Tiao 福兴油条 (Tanglin Halt Food Centre)
Blk 1A Commonwealth Drive
#01-11 Tanglin Halt Food Centre 
Singapore 141001
Opening Hours: Tue to Fri to 4pm to 830pm
                         Closed Sat to Mon


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Saturday, 28 September 2013

Subway Singapore: Fresh Deals For The Week (till 3 Oct 2013)

Source: Subway Singapore

Subway Singapore: Fresh Deals For The Week (till 3 Oct 2013)

- Valid till 3 October 2013
- Flash or print coupon to redeem
- Valid at all outlets except US Naval Base
- Valid for whole day except 3 -inch flatbread coupon that is valid until 11am daily
- Not valid with other discounts and promotions
- While stocks last

Friday, 27 September 2013

Daily Fresh BBQ Chicken Wings 夜鲜烧烤鸡翅膀 (Chomp Chomp Food Centre)

Chomp Chomp Food Centre (Hawker Centre) is located at located at Kensington Park Road, Serangoon Gardens. The nearest MRT station is Serangoon and you would need to take a 10-15 minutes bus ride to reach this Food Centre. 
The structure of Chomp Chomp is narrow with little walking space. In terms of ventilation, it is pretty bad. The low roof which keeps the smoke from the various barbecue stalls in, leads to a warm environment. You are bound to smell and work up a sweat when eating at this food centre. 
Unlike other Hawker Centre, Chomp Chomp is relatively small with just 36 stalls and limited seating capacity. It a challenge getting seats especially if you are with a big group. In the day time, most stalls are closed in Chomp Chomp. It springs to life only in the evening (5pm) when the stalls start opening for business and customers start flocking in. Despite these shortcomings, Singaporeans like myself love this place. It is a food paradise with a wide variety of affordable local delicacies!

I visited Chomp Chomp on a Thursday night at 730pm thinking that since it was a weekday, there would not be many people. Well, I was wrong. Chomp Chomp was packed with people! It was difficult getting a table for four person. We had to strategically position ourselves (like vultures) at certain tables, hoping to 'secure' a table. It was nearly 20 minutes later, before we got a table for four. Do remember to take note of your table number. This is because you would need this number when ordering as all the food (including drinks such as sugar cane) would be served to you at your table. As for payment, some stalls would collect payment upon order while some stalls would collect payment only upon serving the food at your table. Some customers maybe concerned about this, but I have never encountered any instances where by the food was not served after payment.
There were at least three barbecue (BBQ) Chicken Wing stalls at Chomp Chomp Food Centre. We ordered ours from Daily Fresh BBQ Chicken Wings 夜鲜烧烤鸡翅膀 which was located next to Chomp Chomp Hai Wei Yuan Seafood BBQ 忠忠海味园BBQ海鲜烧烤.
BBQ Chicken Wings (5 pieces for $6)
Each piece of BBQ Chicken Wing from Daily Fresh BBQ Chicken Wings cost $1.20. In fact, all the BBQ Chicken Wing stalls in Chomp Chomp sell their chicken wings at the same price. 
BBQ Chicken Wings (5 pieces for $6)
BBQ Chicken Wings (5 pieces for $6)
The BBQ Chicken Wings from Daily Fresh BBQ Chicken Wings were tender and succulent. I love the charred parts especially those near the tail end of the wings. Like most people, I preferred to squeeze the lime over the chicken wings to give them an extra zest. Having said that, I am of the opinion that the BBQ Chicken Wings were good, but not fantastic. The natural flavour was not brought out and it lacked the fragrant aroma which is the hallmark of a well-executed piece of BBQ Chicken Wing. The chilli sauce provided was quite good and played the perfect role as a dipping sauce, enhancing the overall taste up a notch.  

Daily Fresh BBQ Chicken Wings 夜鲜烧烤鸡翅膀 (Chomp Chomp Food Centre)
#01-03 Chomp Chomp Food Centre
20 Kensington Park Road, Serangoon
Singapore 557269


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Thursday, 26 September 2013

Egg Story: Free Old Chang Kee Curry Puffs Giveaway

Source: Egg Story
Egg Story: Free Old Chang Kee Curry Puffs Giveaway
'Like' Egg Story's Facebook page and receive 4 FREE Old Chang Kee Curry Puffs. After that, PM them your *mailing address and *email address with your *full name. 

- While stocks last

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Subway Singapore: Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) Day (26 Sept 2013)

Source: Subway Singapore
Subway Singapore: Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) Day (26 Sept 2013)
Enjoy a free 6-inch sub when you order a 6-inch sub and a 22oz soft drink

- Valid on 26 September 2013 from 9am to 9pm
- Valid at all Subway Singapore outlets except US Naval Base, Singapore American School annd Changi Terminal 2
- Valid for 6” subs only
- Free sub must be of lesser or equal value
- Maximum purchase of 2 subs per customer.
- Not valid with other discounts or promotions

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

No. 1 Western Food 驰名西餐 (Tanglin Halt Food Centre)


No. 1 Western Food 驰名西餐  is a popular stall which serves Chinese old-school style western food. This stall is located at Tanglin Halt Food Centre, a relatively ulu place (for me). I did not know about this stall until I read it about it on The Hungry Bunny, who highly recommend this stall (Thanks for the recommendation!).
No. 1 Western Food is operated by Mr Ong Choon Chiang, who is now 68 years old, with his wife (it is no mean feat to stand for hours and cook at the age of 68 in front of the hot grills and wok of oil). He first started selling western food more than 40 years ago before the days of McDonald's and Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).  In 1981, he shifted to Tanglin Halt Food Centre and has continued to ply his trade at this food centre till today. No. 1 Western Food is one of the more popular stall in this food centre and is well-known among residents in Tanglin Halt for its crispy Chicken Cutlets. A key differentiation / USP (unique selling point) is his very own special (secret) sauce which I shall elaborate on further below.
Special Sauce
This unique tomato-based barbecue special sauce, whipped by Mr Ong is added onto all the food served. Whether it is Chicken Cutlet, Chicken Chop, Pork Chop, Lamp Chop, Beef Steak or Fish & Chips, this special sauce is added on top! This special sauce is what made it stand out among other western stalls. It is no surprise that the recipe for this sauce remains a secret (During past interviews with The Straits Times interview, Mr Ong did not divulge any details of the ingredients other than the fact that it was made of tomato.).


Pork Chop and Chicken Chop
On certain days, they can sell as many as 100 plates of Chicken Cutlet. This explains why there are so many pieces of Pork Chop and Chicken Chop at the side of the gas griddle.
I ordered Pork Chop and Chicken Cutlet on two different occasions. In the photo above, you can see that my pork chops are being cooked on the gas griddle.

After a while, taken out from the gas griddle and grilled over an electric grill before being served.
Pork Chop $5
The Pork Chop $5 consisted of 2 pieces of pork chop served with baked beans, slices of cucumber and tomato, and fries. The special sauce was added on top of the pork chop.
Pork Chop $5
Pork Chop $5
Although the two slices of Pork Chop were quite thin, they were quite well executed. The exterior of the pork chop was slightly crisp and had a slight hint of smokey aroma (probably both were achieved because the pork chops were put onto the electric grill just before being served). The pork chop was not tough and was well marinated (you have to try the part of the pork chop without the sauce to taste the original flavour).

As for the special sauce, it was addictive and well...special. It had a fine balance of delicately sweet and salty with a hint of tomato flavour. It made a whole world of difference to the taste if you were to add it on the pork chop. The sauce goes very well with the fries and cucumber too! I had a great time dipping them into the sauce.

The Pork Chop was quite decent and worth a try.
On another occasion, I ordered the famous Chicken Cutlet. My chicken cutlet was deep fried in the wok filled with oil at the extreme right of the above photo.
Chicken Cutlet $5
The Chicken Cutlet $5 consisted of a piece of crispy breaded chicken cutlet served with baked beans, slices of cucumber and tomato, and fries. The special sauce was added at the side. I was greedy and requested for more sauce.
Chicken Cutlet $5
Look at how thick the Chicken Cutlet is!
Chicken Cutlet $5
The Chicken Cutlet coated with a thin layer of bread crumbs on the outside was so crispy. The interior was incredibly juicy, tender and tasty (even without the special sauce)! I tried hard to recall, but can't remember when was the last time I tasted such a tasty chicken chop. The Chicken Cutlet was perfectly executed; the flavours and moisture were all locked in! I must emphasis that I have not eaten such a delicious piece of Chicken Cutlet before and this is really out of this world, in a league of its own. I was glad that the special sauce was not added on top of the Chicken Cutlet as it allowed me to savour the original flavour of this piece of Chicken Cutlet. This Chicken Cutlet is the best I ever had in a hawker centre! It is a must order! As for the sauce, it did not go wasted as I dipped all my fries into it! Shiok!

I can't believe that I have not heard of this stall before (so much for being a foodie. But well, its never too late!). Price wise, it was reasonable! If you have not tried this, I would highly recommend for you to try this soon. Do note, unlike most western stalls, this one is self-service. During peak hours, you can expect to wait (queue) for more than half an hour. During my visits, I noticed that some customers would order and come back later to collect their food.
ps: Tanglin Halt Food Centre is about 10 minutes walk away from Commonwealth MRT station.

No. 1 Western Food 驰名西餐 (Tanglin Halt Food Centre)
Blk 1A Commonwealth Drive
#01-13 Tanglin Halt Food Centre 
Singapore 141001
Opening Hours: Monday, Wednesday to Sataturday 4pm to 930pm
                         Sunday 1pm to 930pm
                         Closed on Tuesday


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Monday, 23 September 2013

Burger King: 1000 Free Whopper Burgers at BK White Sands (27 Sep 2013)

Source: Burger King
Burger King: 1000 Free Whopper Burgers at BK White Sands (27 Sep 2013)

- Valid only on 27 September 2013 from 130pm
- Present 11B or come in No.4 uniform to redeem free Whopper Burger
- Valid at BK White Sands
- While stocks last

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Tian Xin Wanton Noodle 天心云吞面 (Coleman Street)

Tian Xin Wanton Noodle 天心云吞面 is a stall specialising in noodles located in Sidewalk Eating House which is located at Excelsior Shopping Centre along Coleman Street. In fact, this Eating House is located just next to Funan Digital Mall, facing the Central Fire Station along Hill Street. 
Sidewalk Eating House was packed with hungry office workers during my visit on a weekday lunch hour. This was probably so due to the many offices located nearby. 
Frankly, I had no idea what to eat and decided to just go for one with a queue (Singapore mentality tsk tsk). Hence, I settle for Tian Xin Wanton Noodle 天心云吞面 as there was about 10 people in the queue (the longest queue at the Eating House). I ordered the Minced Meat Noodles aka Bak Chor Mee. The Minced Meat Noodle was available at $3.50 or $4.50. As usual being a glutton, I ordered the $4.50 version. 
I seldom see any stall providing so many different type of condiments. Normally, the stall owners would add it for you themselves to control the quantity. 
Minced Meat Noodles $4.50
The Minced Meat Noodles $4.50 was served with a bowl of soup, similar to what you can get elsewhere. For my noodles, I ordered Mee Pok; flat yellow noodles. 
Minced Meat Noodles $4.50
Minced Meat Noodles $4.50
I was pleasantly surprised by the big bowl of Minced Meat Noodles which was filled to the brim. They were extremely generous with the ingredients and noodles. I should have ordered the $3.50 version (you have been warned). Despite the generosity, it was an average bowl of Minced Meat Noodles. It was a pity the Mee Pok was overcooked and had lost its springiness, and the sauce (including vinegar) was not flavourful enough. 

Undeniably, I must admit that this stall is reasonably price. In addition, the service provided was good. The Auntie was friendly; she would ask if you want certain items and always had a smile. Judging from the long queue, this seems to be one of the more popular stall.

Tian Xin Wanton Noodle 天心云吞面 (Coleman Street)
Coleman Street
Sidewalk Eating House
Excelsior Shopping Centre


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Saturday, 21 September 2013

Popeyes Singapore: Free Bonafide Chicken at Suntec New Outlet (till 30 Sept 2013)

Source: Popeyes Singapore

Popeyes Singapore: Free Bonafide Chicken at Suntec New Outlet (till 30 Sept 2013)
Free Bonafide Chicken with any combo meals purchase

- Valid till 30 September 2013
- Limited to 1 redemption per transaction
- Valid at Popeyes Suntec City outlet, #B1-146
- Flash image to redeem

Friday, 20 September 2013

Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks: 1 For 1 Seafood Tempura at IMM (till 30 Sept 2013)

Source:  Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks
Shihlin Taiwan Street Snacks: 1 For 1 Seafood Tempura at IMM (till 30 Sept 2013)

- Valid till 30 September 2013
- Valid at IMM outlet only
- One receipt per transaction only
- Receipt must be presented prior to ordering
- The management reserves the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Qiu Lian Ban Mee 秋莲板面 (Toa Payoh Central)

Handmade Noodles has always been my comfort food since my secondary school days when I had to have my lunch outside whenever there was extra lessons (remedial) or ECAs (now called CCAs). I was first introduced to this hot, soupy bowl of noodles aka handmade noodles by Qiu Lian Ban Mee 秋莲板面 which was then a popular stall chain with long queues. I wonder how many experience first started with Qiu Lian Ban Mee too? Kee Chiu (raise your hands)? 

Fast forward to today, Qiu Lian Ban Mee 秋莲板面 does not seems to be as popular and there are similar many competitors. If you have noticed, in most hawker centres, major coffeeshop and food court, there would definitely be at least one handmade noodles stall which speaks a lot about the demand. Of course, part of it is attributed to the fact that the owner of the coffeeshop and food court might have specifically stated that they are looking for a handmade noodle operator as they would want a variety of food to be sold. 
As the Qiu Lian Ban Mee stall at Bishan Blk 504 S11 coffeeshop had closed, I had to get my craving satisfied elsewhere. Hence, I visited the Qiu Lian Ban Mee's 秋莲板面 stall located in Super 28 Coffeeshop at Blk 184 Toa Payoh Central. As it was a weekday lunch, the coffeeshop was filled to the brim. There was a queue of about 7 persons long at Qiu Lian Ban Mee. Normally, the queue at handmade noodles stall gets clear quite fast. However, in this case, I had to wait for slightly over 30 minutes before I could land my hands on my bowl of noodles. 

The main reason was because there was only 1 person operating this stall. She was took the orders, prepare the ingredients, cook and collect the cash from customers. 
The Qiu Lian Ban Mee's menu which is the nearly the same at all other coffeeshops.
You Mian $3.50
As per SOP (Standard Operating Procedure), I ordered a bowl of Yu (You) Mian $3.50. 
You Mian $3.50
It was quite a decent bowl of handmade noodles. The broth was tasty and flavourful. Another positive aspect was that it was not salty. The you mian were well cooked, soft and fragrant. The other ingredients (egg, vegetable, pork) in it were pretty standard for a bowl of handmade noodles. 

Handmade noodles is my type of comfort food. I can eat it everyday and this is normally the food I would go for when I am at a new coffeeshop or food court. Somehow, it seems to be a safe choice for me. Nevertheless, I have encountered my fair share of stalls which sells horrible handmade noodles. 

ps: AMK Curry Puff is located just next to this Qiu Lian Ban Mee stall! In case, you have not heard of this yet, AMK Curry Puff is operated by the ex-owner of Tip Top Curry Puff (Ang Mo Kio). The owners of Tip Top Curry Puff sold off their business 2 years back. The minority shareholder owner started AMK Curry Puff as being the minority shareholder, they had little influence in the sales of Tip Top Curry Puff. Hence, after Tip Top Curry Puff was sold off, they started AMK Curry Puff and continued in what they were passionate about - selling and making delicious curry puffs! 

Qiu Lian Ban Mee 秋莲板面 (Toa Payoh Central)
Blk 184 Toa Payoh Central
Inside Super 28 Coffeeshop 
Singapore 310184

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Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Marche Movenpick JEM: 1 For 1 Breakfast Promotion

Source: JEM
Marche Movenpick JEM: 1 For 1 Breakfast Promotion

- Valid from Monday to Friday from 8am to 11am
- Valid for a limited period only
- Valid at Marche Movenpick JEM
- Not valid with any other promotions or discounts
- Complimentary breakfast will be of equal or lesser value

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Wang Cafe: 1 For 1 Hot Kopi or Teh (18 Sept 2013)

Source: Wang Cafe
Wang Cafe: 1 For 1 Hot Kopi or Teh (18 Sept 2013)

- Valid on 18 September 2013 
- Flash WangCafe Facebook page to redeem
- Choice of hot kopi, kopi-o, kopi-c, teh, teh-o or teh-c
- Limited to 1 redemption per customer
- While stocksa last
- Not valid with other promotions, offers or discounts
- Complimentary drink must be of the same or lower value than the purchased beverage
- The management reserves the right to amend the terms & conditions without prior notice

Monday, 16 September 2013

Sin Ming Roti Prata (Sin Ming)


Sin Ming Roti Prata is a stall tucked away in a corner of a coffee shop along Sin Ming road. This stall is located across the road from LTA office. Although it is not prominently located, it has garnered quite a following. Many have raved that Sin Ming Roti Prata is the best prata stall. In addition, I know of some who would drive down specially just to satisfy their prata cravings. Hence, upon hearing all these, I just had to check this out.
Sin Ming Roti Prata does not only sell pratas. They also sell Nasi Briyani, Nasi Goreng, Mee Goreng, Mutton and even Curry Fish Head. Nevertheless, their prata seems to be more popular. 
Plain Prata $0.90, Egg Prata $1.50
I ordered a Plain Prata $0.90 and an Egg Prata $1.50. I had to wait for around 15 minutes as there was several customers ahead of me. The pratas are made freshly and cooked on the spot upon order which is something that I appreciate. Nothing beats freshly made and freshly cooked prata!
Plain Prata $0.90, Egg Prata $1.50
How was the prata? The exterior of the Plain Prata was slightly crispy while the interior was soft and chewy. I was disappointed at the lack of crispiness and also felt that it was too chewy. The shiokness of the crispiness and soft combination was lacking. As for the Egg Prata it was similar, lacking in the crisp factor. The fish curry was good, but not fantastic.

I like my prata crispy, so well this is not for me. For me, I would still prefer having my prata from the Prata Place. Somehow, I did not feel satisfied with the prata from Sin Ming Roti Prata. If you prefer a less crispy (soft) and chewy prata, then this is for you! Its a matter of personal preference. 

Which type of prata do you prefer? Crispy or soft? 

Sin Ming Roti Prata (Sin Ming)
#01-51, Jin Fa Kopitiam,
Blk 24 Sin Ming Road 
Singapore 570024
Tel: 64533893
Opening Hours: 6am - 7pm daily


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