Hawker Hops

Hawker Hops

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Wei Zhi Chiang
Wei Zhi Chiang

This stall in 409 AMK Market and Food Centre is super popular among people living around the area. I’ve always passed by on the way to work and was finally early enough today to join the queue to try 😂

I initially wanted to get dry mee pok, but was super tempted by an uncle digging into his bowl of dry mee tai mak! For $3.50, the portion is great. You get your noodles with fishballs, braised mushrooms, minced pork and fish cakes in soup.

I like that they don’t use as much vinegar in their sauce mix. They use more pork lard and chili, and the result was fragrant and satisfying, without the sauce being too overwhelming. Soup was flavourful as well.

📍Mei Sheng Kway Teow Mee
Blk 409 AMK Market and Food Centre

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Was looking forward to try this, but pity it didn’t impress. Broth was thin and could be a lot more flavourful, especially since it’s Penang prawn noodles. They were pretty generous with the ingredients and they do have quite a number of other noodle options. Skip this, maybe those might be better!

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Old-school style noodles here at Meng Boon Fishball Noodles. There’s kway teow, yellow noodles, mee tai mak, mee kia and mee pok to choose from. Our mee kia was tossed in a chilli-ketchup sauce that had a tinge of vinegar. Not really the kind of sauce that I like my bcm in, but still pretty decent.

Out of the soup’s ingredients of pork slices, minced pork, fishballs, fish cakes and fries fishballs, the fried fishballs were the most enjoyable with its soft centre. Pork were unfortunately overdone ☹️

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Started our day with breakfast at YY Kafei Dian! Had their classic kaya butter toast, half boiled eggs, a hot cup of teh and the popular economic bee hoon. The toasts are fluffy soft with a light crisp all around, but we always thought they could do with a much thicker spread of kaya for better ratio. My favorite kaya toast is still from Yakun!

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Since we were in the area yesterday, I had to get a packet of one of my fav abacus seeds - and dig in right away in the car.
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They’re housed in the same coffeeshop as 88 Roast Meat’s Tyrwhitt outlet, and also serves up carrot cake, char kway teow, hokkien mee and oyster omelette. Texture of the abacus seeds is a lot more chewy, and fried in with minced pork and mushrooms. Seasoning is a little different from the usual ones but I love it, and the chili packs quite a shiok punch! Prices have increased by 50 cents across the menu since we last came. It’s quite hard to catch aunty in action recently though. So far, I think the evening timing is the best bet 😂

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I haven’t tried the original Old Airport Road one so it’s hard to compare, but pity that this didn’t impress ☹️ Felt that the flavour of the stock didn’t really get to come through and it wasn’t very evenly fried. Theirs is the more dry type of hokkien mee, but the texture of the noodles was tad mushy. Hope it’s just consistency issues and will be better soon!

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This was our favourite dish during lunch here at the new Get Together Coffeeshop. The cheong fun was soft and smooth but not mushy, and even had a nice slight chew to it. Sauce wasn’t too sweet and the char siew came in a good portion to go around! Would get this again next time - they have Plain, Prawns, Mushrooms and You Tiao fillings too.

Dumplings were big and nicely crunchy with a well seasoned filling, but pity that the noodles and soup didn’t fare as well for us. The noodles are more thin with quite a strong alkaline taste, and lacked a bite to it. Soup had a nice flavour but was a little too salty on its own.

Have been wanting to try this Ah Lim Mee Pok that has a stall in Bugis MRT (along the walkway of Downtown Line). Unfortunately thought it was pricey and quite mediocre ☹️ Noodles were decently springy, but their chili sauce mix leaned more bland.

Stumbled upon this gem of a mee hoon kway spot that’s just a short walk from Jurong East MRT! It’s accessible via the bridge on the back, tucked in Vision Exchange. It’s more pricey a bowl at $6 for the dry version without the big meatball you see here, though it did have quite a bit of topping and includes an egg in the side soup. The soup version is at $5. They do have the other noodle options too, like ban mian and you mian.

Didn’t have this with their homemade chilli as my throat was a little sore then, but I tried a little of it and it was quite fiery! Some of the mhk pieces were a tinyyy bit doughy but they were really impressive in general. They were done just the way we like our mhk to be, with a great chew and just the right thickness! Comes with minced meat, crunchy ikan bilis, meatballs, crab stick and my favourite mani chye. Would definitely have this again if I’m in the area.

PS. Didn’t know there’s so many food options here in Vision Exchange, will come back to try more out!

📍JY Lam Eating House
Vision Exchange
2 Venture Drive #02-45

There are 2 kway chap stalls here at Holland Drive Food Centre and we tried out Blanco Court’s first! Unfortunately thought it was quite average, though the intestines were well cleaned. The flavour of their broth and braised items leaned to a lighter end. Might want to skip on the salted vegetables as they were a lot saltier than the usuals.

Reached at 8am but they already had a very very strong queue going! Glad to be back again at Ah Hua for their signature mee tai mak that’s tossed in a shiok pork lard oil mix + a side of handmade fishballs, veggie rolls, meatballs and her giao. Always satisfying!

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