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Featuring A.S. Seafood Soup (Bedok), Song Zhou Luo Bo Gao (Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre), Enak (Bedok South Market & Food Centre), Xie Kee Hokkien Mee (Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre), Lim Hokkien Fried Mee, Hong Xing Handmade Fishball • Meatball Noodle (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre), Koh Brother Pig's Organ Soup (Tiong Bahru Market), New Eastern Kim Tee 新东方 (Old Airport Road Food Centre), Guan Kee Fried Carrot Cake (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre), Chun Sheng Yuan Eating House
Jayson Yeo
Jayson Yeo
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Live Prawn Noodles ($8)
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The definition of what “Live” is supposed to mean. Each bowl of prawn noodles at Kallang Cantonese Live Prawn Noodle (#01-83) located at old airport road food centre is made fresh to order as the smiley lady stall owner will fish out the live prawns (scroll right) and drop it in boiling water. Fret not though as the prawns are not cooked in the same broth as the soup. Any livelier and you’ll have to catch it yourself! This no frills prawn mee does not complicate with fish cake or pork slices though there are other options of adding pork ribs, pig tail or shrimp wontons. I especially love the texture of the prawns here.

Yong Tau Fu set ($5.80)
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Bai Nian ytf may not require introduction but new on their menu is my favourite fried chicken wings! You can either get it from ordering their set or a plate of 4pcs costs $6. The chicken wings were rather crispy with a decently flavourful coating but as it was not fried on the spot, the flavour was definitely not at its best. The ytf items have changed again since I last had it. The addition of fishcake was rather disappointing and a few of the brown pieces shrunk significantly in size. Just not the Bai Nian i used to know anymore 😭.

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Glutinous Rice ($2)
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Stopped by this stall @chinatownmarket and spotted the tray of glistening glutinous rice that was too hard to pass up on. Also available were the traditional yam cake, chee cheong fun, soon kueh and png kueh. The glutinous rice was decent but couldn’t compare with this fluffy version i had eons ago from a different stall at the same hawker centre. The latter had closed due to the stall owner’s old age with nobody to take over and thus an excellent recipe was lost. Yam cake here is of a firm texture. I prefer wobbly kind from childhood days.

Pig Organ Soup ($5)
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Probably one of the cleanest tasting pig’s organ soup I’ve had as the soup was very clear vs the usual kinda chock full of pork bits but this doesn’t mean any compromise in the flavours as the soup was still a pleasure slurping down! Especially loved the doneness of the liver slices and how they bothered to slice open the intestine and scrape the insides clean before serving it. Service at its peak at a hawker stall!

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Nasi Ambeng ($7)
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Woot! New stalls popping out at Goldenmile Food Centre! @nenekleng serves up nasi ambeng with a wide variety of dishes to select from. Loving the accompanying 2 types of chilli too. The chicken goreng I pick was topped full of crispy crumbs that’ll leave you wanting more. Definitely want to try the other dishes when I’m back as the beef rendang looked delicious too!

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Penang Fried Kway Teow ($5)
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Sprouting a rather long queue at the popular Albert Court Food Center, this Penang Fried Kway Teow stall seems to be rather new and is run by younger hawkers. I love the portion and the kway teow had a decent flavour to it. The plate was also chock full of ingredients like cockles, chinese sausage, egg, bean sprouts and prawns, stir-fried with lots of lard bits. The downside of this dish was its lack of that fiery wok hei found in penang style fried kway teow and even our local version. I couldn’t find any chared/blacked noodles burnt from the wok flame. We left the calories to be better spent elsewhere midway through this dish.

Char Kway Teow ($4)
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Back at Heji located in a coffeshop along Beach Road to try their char kway teow after I was suitably impressed with their fried hokkien mee. Wow, again smitten by their plate of char kway teow which was just full of wok-hei and the right amount of seasoning. The plate came with cockles, sliced fishcake, some vegetables and chinese sausage slices. They could be a tad more generous on the ingredients but overall, this plate of CKT is definitely worth salivating over and worth the calories!

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Wonton Noodles ($5)
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@FattyThaisg is really elusive, tucked away in a coffeeshop along Beach Road. My 1st attempt was met with a “closed for renovations” and my 2nd attempt was met with “only left char siew”. The stewed pork rice was not available. Tried this anyway and yes, the noodles were al-dente and carried a nice flavour though a tad dry. The char siew was also juicy and tasted like char siew as opposed to some wonton noodles shop which just uses red dye on their dry slab of pork. It was disappointing not to have tried the wontons because I don’t think that for $5, it is worth the effort to make another trip down as the noodles just doesn’t pack that kind of oomph and the quantity of the ingredients doesn’t justify the hefty price tag.

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Chicken Rendang ($6)
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For really affordable Peranakan fare at wallet friendly prices and hearty portions, Charlie’s Peranakan Food at situated at Goldenmile Food Centre does just that with a decently long menu list of the usual suspects like Babi Ponteh, Beef Rendang, and Nonya Chap Chye. There are also other more unique dishes like the Purut Ikan and the Sayur Nanka. The chicken rendang had a really tasty curry gravy that was savoury with a mild tang and the chicken drumstick meat was just fall off the bone without the feeling of being overcooked. At this price point, I’ll definitely be back to try other dishes!

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Chicken Feet Noodles ($3.50)
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Several new stalls have opened at Goldenmile Food Centre which means more options for me! This wonton mee stall was sporting a queue and hit my dinner craving. I decided to order the chicken feet noodles because the impatient me devised a plan to add wonton to my order. This way, I get the best of both worlds at one go. I was a little skeptical seeing how the chicken feet wasn’t braised till a dark shade of black and the wonton looked seemingly larger than most other stalls (which I suppose is a good thing?). Rather disappointingly, the noodles lacked the springy bite, the wonton didn’t have enough of that five spiced flavour and the chicken feet was missing the intense braised gravy and instead felt more like chicken feet which has been double-boiled in soup. The only upside was that the accompanying soup was really delicious and not just brine accompanying the wontons.

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Hokkien Mee ($4)
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Was supposed to try the famed Fatty Thai wonton noodles along Beach Road but sadly the stall was closed for renovations. Thankfully, the other stalls located within the coffeeshop were open and each with its own fans dining to the tune of duck rice, claypot rice and hokkien mee/ char kway teow. I decided to try the hokkien mee at He Ji. The smallest $4 portion is sizeable and I love the yellow noodle to thin bee hoon ratio very much. There was just enough chup so that it does not clump up and the sambal chilli packed good heat that paired really well with the noodles. I would rival this plate of goodness to other more famous hokkien mee stalls in town! Definitely want to go back and try their carrot cake and char kway teow. The CKT in particular appeared on many tables when I went there for lunch!

Ho Liao Nasi Lemak Chicken Leg Set ($4)
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This stall at chinatown food centre totally threw me off course my initial lunch plan. I just can’t seem to resist nasi lemak stalls. Even more so when this place is named Penang Jiak Ho Liao. The otah is an addon. I love the rice and the runny egg. The chicken was well cooked and coated with a fragrant rempah and felt rather similar to coconut club’s rendition except that it was missing the finesse and the chicken skin could be tastier but overall still an acceptable find to satiate nasi lemak cravings

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