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Singaporean Treats

Singaporean Treats

Featuring The Carving Board, Zai Shun Curry Fish Head, ENAQ Restaurant (Jurong East), River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles, Ah Hoe Mee Pok (710 Clementi), Curry Times (Westgate), He Ji Porridge (Maxwell Food Centre), Yuhua Village Market & Food Centre, Old Street Bak Kut Teh (Westgate), West Coz Cafe (YewTee Point)
Cassandra Q
Cassandra Q

Not quite the coffeeshop prices I was expecting (this was $19 nett), but the steak is significantly heftier and finished so nicely! Here, you get to choose the doneness of your steak - we chose medium and it turned out really juicy. For the sauce, we had the rosemary brown sauce, which was tasty but a little too starchy. The fries were very average. The highlight of the platter is the steak.

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The gravy for the chicken was my fave part. It had shallots in it which added a really nice fragrance to the curry. If I had to nitpick, I'd say that the curries here would do better with a little more heat in them, but the depth of flavour won me over. The rice was delicately spiced and very fluffy, and the portion of chicken (the breast meat might be a tad dry) was more than enough. If you prefer something more tender, you need to get the mutton briyani which is so soft and comes in an equally flavourful curry. Try the mutton murtabak as well!

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This must be the meepok that is most generous with its toppings! At just $5 (it also comes in a smaller $4 portion), there were meatballs, sliced pork, minced pork, mushrooms and three tender slices of abalone. The meepok was wonderfully al dente, nicely coated in chili sauce and vinegar. No clumps of noodles at all. The sauce was sweeter than the usual meepok, but I liked that the vinegar wasn't too pungent and overpowering. The pork was lean yet tender; no grisly bits were found in the mince as well. The coffeeshop isn't the most accessible by public transport, but it's worth a visit. There was a queue at lunchtime but you can order in advance via their website. Also, if you are planning a meepok party (and honestly, why not?), they offer delivery too (min. order of $40 and delivery charge of $10). Catch Ah Hoe Mee Pok here: http://japanesemeepok.getz.co

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I can't believe I've never shared about prata in all my 3 years of Burppling! This one is my fave right now. I love how it's so crisp but also very fluffy and chewy on the inside. Best eaten on the spot so you'll be glad to know that ENAQ renovated their restaurant recently and it seems a lot airier. ENAQ's prata is served with a piquant sambal with ikan bilis (I love em) that adds such depth of flavour when eaten with the curry. The half eaten state of my food when photographed is testament to just how tasty it was. This was also after inhaling a huge plate of Nasi Goreng. No regrets~ $1 per a plain prata.

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This was an amazing plate of Nasi Goreng, packed with LOADS of crisp, salty ikan bilis! I love how Nasi Goreng has random bits of vege thrown in and this one had chye sim, cabbage and carrot. It was super duper fragrant, the grains were nicely separated and it wasn't mushy or too dry. Best of all, this was not in the least bit oily. Only $4.50 for one generous serving of deliciousness. 😋😋😋

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The noodles here are super springy! This is a rather small plate of noodles, but it's generously topped with meat and vege and comes with a piping hot bowl of 3 wontons. It's also quite yummy but I'd recommend ordering something extra to fill up on. This coffee shop is really quaint and it seems like the drinks stall still toasts its bread (the old school brown kind!) using charcoal. Can't wait to try it!

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Read raving reviews of the curry fish head from West Coz... But this was disappointing. :( the fish head had very very little meat, and was extremely fishy! The curry was really delicious but even the strong spices couldn't mask the nauseating fishiness. :(

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The soup was tasty but not overly concentrated, which I liked but those who like their soup to be almost bisque-like will be disappointed. The pork ribs were meaty and tender, and the prawns were fresh and have conveniently been partially shelled. I wish they would set up a stall in the west! 😩

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Growing up, I didn't really fancy traditional snacks like kueh. How I've missed out!!! There are a couple variations of Mee Jiang Kueh - the thin and crispy ones, and the thick and spongey ones. This one is of the thick and spongey variety, but unlike some kuehs that develop a tough, plasticky texture when cooled, this one stays soft and fluffy while retaining a good bite. The best part though, is the filling! The peanut filling is fresh and fragrant, and I love the crunchiness of the crushed peanuts and sugar mixture. The coconut filling is also delicious, and really moist! Nothing like the dehydrated, fibrous stuff that you choke on. As you can see, the kuehs are generously filled, and it's always a mess to eat. But I'm not complaining. ;) #hawkerpedia

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If we could taste memories, my secondary school days would undoubtedly taste of Tong Fong Fatt's chicken rice. Tender chicken slices served in a special soy-based gravy, and eaten with rice and lots and lots of chilli and garlic. *BURP*

My secondary school's campus was undergoing major renovations, so we took over the old RJC campus at Mt. Sinai for two years. Ghim Moh Food Centre was just a stone's throw away, and this fast, tasty, filling, and inexpensive option (everything a student could dream of!) quickly became my staple during those years. Save for the rare occasion where we tried to be adventurous with our meal choices, my friends and I would have this chicken rice for lunch before every CCA practice. The CCA committee even had it delivered straight to school when practices became too hectic i.e. during SYF or concert season (I was in the Chinese Orchestra!). CCA may have been pretty intense, but it infused my favourite memories with the most delicious flavours, and the fragrance of chicken oil and gravy. For that, I'll be forever thankful. #hawkerpedia

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(Blk 254 Jurong East St 24) This mee soto only costs $2 and comes with beansprouts and a whole chicken wing (the drumlet's hidden beneath) that's been stewed till fall-off-the-bone tender. The broth is also really flavourful and tasty!

I really love fish curries because unlike other meat curries, there is a nice tanginess to them that makes them extra appetizing. The downside is that some fish curries don't taste as rich (which is what curries should be, right?). But this wasn't a problem with THIS fish curry. It was tangy like I like it, but also really flavourful. Best of all, while it packed a good kick, it wasn't oily at all. This was also $7.90++ and came with rice. :)

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