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Ye Boi I’m really, really annoyed that the two of the most acclaimed Teochew porridge places are both in the west, which means that getting those late night Teochew comfort food urges sorted is pretty damned hard. So when I happened to be in the Wild West Of Singapore at night, I immediately made the most out of that opportunity and headed straight to Ye Lai Xiang. In all honesty, I’m glad the munchies drove me to Ye Lai Xiang, because boy I was missing out. Comforting bowls of Teochew porridge were backed up by piquant plates of Teochew comfort classics. The braised big intestines that were thoroughly cleaned and slowly braised in a sapid sauce, and were a delish delight to down. The preserved vegetables were nicely acidic, zingy and quite literally mouthwatering. The sour qualities of the veggies got my saliva glands running at full output capacity and ready to receive all the fabulous food that was inbound to my stomach. The meatballs were, as expected, rustic, simple yet remarkably redolent. Tender, juicy and superbly satisfying to chew on, the meatballs were a ball of a time. The ultimate winner of the night was doubtlessly the stellar otah. Large chunks of fish are suspended within the orangey-brown block of deliciousness. It was mildly spicy and remarkably rich thanks to all the coconut milk that went into its formation, and the fragrance was fantastic. Of course, the taste was even better, and each bite of otah was deliciously divine. If you’ve been stranded in the Wild West and you’ve got the midnight munchies, fret not cause your friend Ye Lai Xiang is here to take good care of you.
Teochew Muey ($6 Per Pax) Never knew Teochew muey can be this yummy until I first dined at Ye Lai Xiang. As the restaurant name goes, “fragrance when night falls”, I wondered was it because of the night rain or the strenuous exercise I did before dinner that made this so yummy! Love today’s lala (clams) - fresh and juicy in light curry; also not forgetting its very crunchy French beans that goes so well with the rice porridge!
Teochew Porridge Totally satisfied my teochew muay cravings here. That bitter gourd was so good we braved the 15 min queue just to order a second round! The steamed fish was the other highlight for me, while all the other dishes were as good as I hoped for them to be. Loved how big and bright the stall is, and how fast the queue moves. Don't be daunted, it's worth the wait. All this for around $15 for two.
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✨The Refinery 🇸🇬✨⁣ ⁣ How about some Wagyu Tartare ($15) and a bowl of grilled salmon don ($12) for you? 😍⁣ ⁣ I was pleasantly surprised with the wagyu tartare as they added satay sauce to the tartare. Interesting choice of sauce and it elevated the flavor of the beef. 😌😌 However, my lunch buddy didn’t like the satay sauce so it really depends on your taste preferences. 🤪🤪⁣ ⁣ As for the grilled salmon don, no complaints about the grilled salmon and rice but would prefer more sauce/seasoning on the rice. ☺️☺️ ⁣ ⁣ 🍽 is at 115 King George's Ave, 02, 208561⁣ ⁣ 🕰 Mon-Thurs 12-3pm / 6-11pm ⁣ 🕰 Fri 12-3pm / 6-1am ⁣ 🕰 Sat 11-4pm / 6-1am ⁣ 🕰 Sun 11-4pm ⁣ ⁣ Overall Rating: 3.5/5⁣ Things that I loved: The ambience & pocket friendly prices. 😌🤩⁣ ⁣ #burpple ⁣
Iced Mocha Can’t really go too wrong with some chocolate coffee to usher in the weekend, it’s Friday Friday gotta get down on Friday
An oldie but goodie 🤤 Being around for some 4-5 years now says heaps, considering the volatility and high turnover rates of local cafes; and that @therefinerysg’s signature Refinery Gyudon’s been on the menu since day 1 shows just how reliably good this is. Each grain bowl comes topped with truffle shimeji mushrooms, tare marinated beef, pickled daikon, garlic chips, and an onsen egg. Very simple ingredients, with flavours and textures that balances out, it’s essentially a more modern take on the classic time-proven gyudon. If anything I found the rare sauce a wee sweeter than I’d prefer, but really there isn’t much to pick on with this grain bowl.
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For Affordable Quality Ramen Westies, look out for this hawker ramen joint on Toh Guan Road. Be sure to try their Bonito Chasiew Ramen ($4.50) that sees two big pieces of cha siew stewing in an umami-licious yet clean-tasting and light broth. Also good is the En Signature Kara Miso Ramen ($6) that's generous in portion and rich in flavour. Complete the meal with an egg add-on for fifty cents. Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua
Bonito Chashu Ramen (with additional egg) Pretty much a hidden gem within the West; located deep within Jurong East at Toh Guan Food & Drinks Centre along Toh Guan Road at Blk 282A; a short distance away from IMM mall, En Ramen serves up different styles of ramen at pretty affordable prices — all well below $10. While the more popular options would probably be their ramen offerings featuring Miso and Tonkotsu Shoyu broths, the Bonito broth offerings are a pretty option considering how they are not common finds especially at a stall in a coffeeshop. Really enjoyed the umami broth here; clean tasting and light, the broth is rather appetising without the richness of a typical Miso or Tonkotsu broth. Coming with ramen noodles that carries a bite, the ramen also comes with Cha Shu that carries a good meaty bite without the porky stench; pretty delicious and generously sliced. Adding the egg for an extra 50 cents, the egg comes with a molten yolk; no doubt falling a bit short of the more flavourful marinated eggs that some joints serve up, but still pretty on point considering the type of place it is. Given how the entire deal was, En Ramen is a spot we would certainly not mind having in our own neighbourhoods; good quality and wallet-friendly ramen — so much so that it's actually a good eat to have any day (this item is just $4.50 by default without the egg) — certainly somewhere which we would most likely return to especially if in the area.
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Bonito Chashiu Ramen I love their spicy ramen, but don't sleep on their bonito broth! Super affordable at $4.50 with two big pieces of Chashiu, what more could you ask for? Tastes better than some of those ramen chains out there.
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