Tuesday, 23 June 2020

Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles 海南星洲牛肉粉 (Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre)

Beef Noodle (Dry) $5
Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles 海南星洲牛肉粉 has been operating for close to 70 years. The stall used to be located at Cuppage Centre before moving to its current location at Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre.

 Tip: Visit during off-peak hour as the queue is known to be slow moving.  


The beef noodle is served in either dry or wet version for $4 or $5.

Beef Noodle (Dry) $5
This bowl of Beef Noodle (Dry) $5 came with generous slices of beef meat.

Beef Noodle (Dry) $5
I felt that the slices of beef were overcooked as they were on the tough end and not as tenderised (or melt in the mouth) as what I hoped for. Thankfully, the dark, rich, gooey sauce made up for it. The sauce was not salty and had hints of beefy flavour. The sauce complemented the beef slices and thick bee hoon well. 

The bowl of accompanying cloudy brown soup was tasty with hints of beefy flavours too. 


Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles 海南星洲牛肉粉 (Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre)
22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh
#01-06 Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre
Singapore 310019
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 8.30am to 3.30pm
                           Closed on Mon
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Monday, 4 May 2020

Old Long House Popiah 老長屋薄餅 (Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre)

$1.60 Popiah
The origin of Popiah was believed to be from the Fujian Province in China. It is also known as the Spring Roll as it was made and eaten during Spring period when the farmers harvest their vegetables. 

In Singapore, the older generation would understand the significance of Popiah as it was a household dish in the past. Popiah would be eaten during significant occasions and provided a good bonding opportunity. 
Old Long House Popiah 老長屋薄餅 is located at Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre. This stall is located at a corner of the hawker centre and its not hard to find it as it is located along the same row as Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles and Lai Heng Cooked Food Stall. 
The Popiah is sold for $1.60 each.
Each piece is freshly made upon order.
$1.60 Popiah
This $1.60 Popiah from Old Long House Popiah stall at Kim Keat Food Centre is surprisingly delicious. The popiah was tightly packed and full of ingredients. Despite its plain and boring appearance, each bite was accompanied with little burst of flavours and texture. There was a crunch with every mouthful too!
$1.60 Popiah
Another look at ingredients in the popiah.

This is one of the best popiah I have eaten. Give it a try!


Old Long House Popiah 老長屋薄餅  (Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre)
22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh
#01-03 Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre
Singapore 310019
Opening Hours: Wed to Sun 6am to 2pm
                           Closed on Mon, Tue
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Friday, 24 April 2020

Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle 潮洲魚丸粿條面 (Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre)


Fishball Noodle (Mee Pok Dry) $3.50
If you are a fan of old school style fishball noodle, you got to visit Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle 潮洲魚丸粿條面 at Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre. Do take note of their opening day and hours if you intend to visit as they can be closed between 3 to 4 days in a week.
It is hard to miss this stall as it has the longest queue in the entire hawker centre.
The fishballs are handmade early in the morning.
The fishball noodle are sold at $3.50 per bowl. Each extra piece of fishball would cost $3.50! 
Fishball Noodle (Mee Pok Dry) $3.50
This is the $3.50 dry version Fishball Mee Pok with chilli. The sauce consist of a mixture of ketchup and chilli sauce with pork lard. The mee pok was perfectly cooked and was soft yet springy. What drew the crowd was the handmade fishballs. The fishballs were huge in size and bouncy. It does not taste like those you get at most other fishball stalls where you would taste more flour and salt.

Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle 潮洲魚丸粿條面 (Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre)
22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh
#01-20 Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre 
Singapore 310019 
Opening Hours: Wed to Thu, Sat/Sun 8 am to 1.30pm 
Closed on Mon, Tue, Fri


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Friday, 3 April 2020

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 来興香菇肉脞面 (Toa Payoh)


Kway Teow Noodles (Dry) $5
Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 来興香菇肉脞面 is a very popular bak chor mee stall in Toa Payoh. They used to be located at Blk 51 but have shifted to Blk 73 in late 2018. Their relocation is good news for most foodies as it is now walking distance from Toa Payoh MRT station and Interchange.
Do not be deceive when you visit the stall and notice that there is no queue. They have adopted a queue system where you would be given a number after ordering and making payment. There is a sign next to the stall showing the number when the food is ready for collection.

I visited during lunch time on weekdays and slightly more than half an hour during each visit. Each time, the mee pok was already sold out!
Bee Tai Mak (Soup) $5
I saw many people ordering the soup version and decided to give it a try. Boy, I had no regrets. The $5 Bee Tai Mak (Soup) tasted way better than the dry chilli version.
Bee Tai Mak (Soup) $5
The bowl of Bee Tai Mak came with slices of braised chinese mushroom, lean meat, minced meat, bean sprouts, seaweed, liver, pork lard and even mock abalone. This whole combination provided different combination of taste and texture to the dish. The pork lard and beansprouts gave it a crisp and crunchy dimension while the mushroom provided the soup with so much flavour. 

This is one of the best soup bak chor mee I have tried. 
Kway Teow Noodles (Dry) $5
The $5 Kway Teow Noodles (Dry) came with similar ingredients as the soup version. The bowl of soup that accompanied it tasted drastically different from the soup version of minced meat noodle. 
Kway Teow Noodles (Dry) $5
The taste of the dry minced meat noodle was average. The sauce and chilli did not combine well with the ingredients. The chilli was just very spicy and lack the fragrance. As a result, the taste of the chilli overwhelmed the other taste of the ingredients and the sauce.

Go for the soup version! That is the food to try out!

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 来興香菇肉脞面 (Toa Payoh)
Block 73 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 #01-611 
Singapore 310073 
Opening Hours: 8 am to 4 pm 
Closed on Wednesdays



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Sunday, 19 January 2020

ENG's Wantan Noodle (Vivo City)

I have heard so much about ENG’s wanton noodle before but not given it a try as it is located away from where I stay.

Ironically, in a twist of events, the recent dispute between the founder's son and business partner over how the original stall was run resulted in them splitting. Which led to Eng’s Wanton Noodle expanding aggressively across the island.

This happened when the business partner decided to exit the business and transferring the lease to the chief executive of Lao Huo Tang (老火汤), who decided to bring Eng’s wanton noodles to the heartlands to make it more convenient for customers to grab a bite instead of going all the way to Tanjong Katong Road.

If you are still confused, ENG's Wantan Noodle is managed by Lao Huo Tang while ENG'S Char Siew Wantan Mee is by the founder's children. By now, you may have noticed ENG's Wantan Noodle appearing in many heartlands. Besides Vivo City, they are also at many other locations such as Westgate, Bukit Panjang, Eastpoint Mall, AMK Hub and 287 Tanjong Katong Road, Northpoint City, Causeway Point and Tiong Bahru Plaza.

Their menu at Vivo City is limited as the unit space is small. They sell only Wanton Mee, Wanton, Ngoh Hiang, Oyster Sauce Vegetable and Drinks. The pork lard is free flow. The outlet at Northpoint sells Toast and Soft Boiled Eggs too.

This is the large version of the dry Wanton Mee which cost $5.50. The wanton noodles was cooked perfectly. The texture, springiness and taste of the noodles was spot on. It was good enough such that you can keep slurping only the noodles and not feel jelak (sick of eating).

The Fried Wantan $3 did not stand out. The filling and taste was typical of the fried wantan you can get elsewhere.

The $6 Fried Ngoh Hiang was average too. As a Teochew, I may have been too particular about this dish and am too used to having chestnuts in my Ngoh Hiang (which provides a crunchy bite).

Taste wise, I was expecting to be wow. Although I was not wow, I must say that the taste of the wanton mee, specifically, the noodles was above average. Surprisingly, considering how fast the business has expanded. I can foresee myself coming back just for the Wanton Mee again and again.

ENG's Wantan Noodle
#B2-26A VivoCity
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585



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