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Value for Money

Value for Money

Featuring Rakki Bowl, Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, New Station Snack Bar, Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice, Washoku Goen (VivoCity), Haig Road Market & Food Centre, Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre, Lim Hokkien Fried Mee, Strands & Grains, Lay Eng Lor Mee
Jason Wong
Jason Wong

Located in the same coffeeshop as the popular Geylang 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee, this new-ish stall dishes out bowls of decent and affordable minced pork noodles with just the right amount of sauciness and pig liver that’s blanched only to the point of being springy and tender. Would definitely return again to this place in my hood when the BCM cravings hit.

Ho Kee Signature Noodles
396 East Coast Road
Singapore

Taste: 3/5

1 Like

What drew me to this place was the relatively affordable prices around the Boat Quay area in a slightly more upscale "kopitiam"-style environment that serves as a front for hidden restaurant/bar The Dragon Chamber.

My plate came with a a generous portion of chicken smothered in what seemed like oyster sauce, over a bed of noodles. Accompanying that were a few stalks of blanched greens, slightly stale lard croutons and a bowl of wanton soup which tasted quite strongly of MSG. All in all, fairly average and decent for its price considering the location.

Taste: 3/5

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Marinated for at least 2 days so that the meat is suffused in that funky prawn paste salty and sour flavour all “har cheong gai” afficionados love, the massive slabs of succulent chicken are twice deep-fried in variations of batter to achieve a shatteringly crisp and web-like outer coating that lends itself to a highly satisfying crunchiness. The flavoured rice and potent chilli sauce on the side are perfect accompaniments to the star of the dish as well.

Taste: 3.5/5

5 Likes

I like the fact that the chicken wasn’t swimming in an overly creamy, cheap tasting sauce and was still piping hot, crunchy and coated in chunks of unctuous salted egg. This would easily give the more famous stalls a run for their money.

Taste: 3.5/5

3 Likes

I should have tried this "tze char" stall a stone's throw from my office much earlier, because this black pepper beef rice capped with a beautifully oozy fried egg was saucy, fiery and generously portioned. Will definitely be back to try their other dishes very soon.

Taste: 3.5/5

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At this price point I don’t even care that this is average at best. A huge serving of deep-fried smashed chicken alongside rice and even a bowl of soup will guarantee you leave feeling full and satisfied, particularly with that lively green chilli sauce.

Taste: 3/5

2 Likes

I attribute its popularity to how value for money it is, because whilst satisfactory, the Signature Wagyu Truffle Don is fairly average. But that’s just my opinion.

Taste: 3/5

2 Likes

I suspect the free flow of cabbage soup and achar(pickled vegetables) is one of the main draws at this venerable institution in Katong Shopping Center, because the chicken rice is nothing to shout home about. I seem to recall a time when the standard was higher, but my most recent visit yielded slightly tough chicken and rice that could have been more flavourful.

Taste: 3/5

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Plugging away at this nondescript coffee shop along Changi Road is the brother of the owner of the more famous Kim’s Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee. Having learned the craft from his sibling, he eventually set up his own stall which has seen multiple changes in location before settling in Hock Choo Eating House. Fans of a drier style of Hokkien mee will definitely dig this. The noodles are imbued with maximum flavour from having soaked up a richly umami broth made from pork bones, chicken, dried anchovies and sweet corn, which partially makes up for the lack of wok hei. What sets this Hokkien mee apart is the use of crispy fried ikan bilis as a garnish, adding a welcome crunch to the gloriously slurpy mess. Worth a visit if you’re in the hood.

Taste: 3.5/5

8 Likes

I tend to avoid “cai png” because you can almost always get food that’s just as affordable, prepared fresh and not dripping with oil within the same coffeeshop. Mix Box Cafe however does an acceptable version with a large variety of visually appealing dishes to choose from. I got the chicken cutlet which was well-seasoned and came topped with a sweetish sauce along with aromatic curry leaves. When i saw my primary school favourite of luncheon meat and potato I picked it straight away and had no regrets – meaty cubes of processed meat and soft potato will always be comfort food. Make sure to take generous heapfuls of the rich sambal and cut chilli in dark soy sauce which they provide at the side of the counter.

Taste: 3/5

2 Likes

Well-cooked rice that went well with a generous portion of tender chicken chunks swimming in a lightly spicy and savoury sauce dotted with the crunch of diced onion and the zing of dried chilli. Surprisingly decent lunchtime tze char from an obscure canteen inside the 3rd floor carpark of AZ Building. Would visit again for the food, and also to take refuge from the unbearable heat of coffee shops in the area.

Taste: 3/5

2 Likes

Not a bad pad see ew, but it could be improved with stronger seasoning, an egg mixed into the frying and more chicken instead of fish cake.

Jai’s Thai Vientiane Cuisine

Taste: 3/5

4 Likes

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