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I get extremely excited when I find a place that serves great food at great prices . I feel that the whole world should know :)
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A good variation from the usual prawn Claypot tang hoon ( vermicelli) is this beancurd Claypot tang hoon.

You can the same tasty vermicelli cooked in a myriad of aromatics , white peppercorns and spring onions and nice juicy pieces of pan fried beancurd.

This is the only place I can find this Claypot beancurd variation and the vermicelli is cooked till perfection every time - neither too greasy Nor too dry - just the right balance .

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Crispy pieces of battered fish in a sweet and Savory basil sauce - very addictive.

You can opt to add on a fried egg ( which is done so beautifully ) with a flowy yolk .

One of my choice options for value for money thai food in town .

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These prawn cakes are soooo huge .

Fried till a nice crisp exterior and juicy interior -
Best prawn cakes I have eaten in a long while .

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This plate of Penang char kway teow was full of Smokey wok hei with a good peanut fragrance ( presumably from peanut oil ). Fried with pork lard , this elevated the aroma of the fish .
You will be pleased that only fresh prawns are used - or rather 1 fresh prawn was used 😂 - that makes it still better than 2 frozen prawns 🍤.

One of the better Authentic Penang char kway teows cooked by a Penang born Chef.

Good to know that standards are always consistent too 😀

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Back to stirling seafood for my partner’s favourite Yang chow fried rice (with Super wok hei ) from this hidden secret at stirling Road .

Definitely no Amuse bouche served here but the menu did amuse me 😀

The Claypot tofu , har cheong chicken, empress chicken with preserved vegetables , spinach with three types of egg are the perennial favourites.

And of course the fried rice 😊.

Life’s simple joys

Thanks to burpplers - I got to know the 2.30 black soy milk and hazelnut pancake deal before the day ended.

I got my pancake steaming hot because it was freshly made - crisp on the outside and soft and moist on the inside. The hazelnut chocolate feeling was not too sweet and laden with little crisp of what tastes like corn flakes 😊.

Funny that I walked past me Bean at Raffles Place 2 times this morning and there was no fan fare about it . It almost seems like this deal is for the those “in the know”. Except for a quiet 🤫 board standing at the mr bean outlets - there seem to be no effort to promote this pretty value for money deal - why huh ? New way of marketing 🤣

I particularly liked the black soy milk . I found it more aromatic than the usual soy milk and in a way smoother too. Hope it stays on the menu for some time 😊

Indeed life’s simple joys !

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Preserved vegetables and lean meat la Mian in broth

This bowl of la Mian was served in a well cooked broth that was light and yet surprisingly tasty .

The preserved vegetables added a nice crunch and a very slight sweet and Saltish tinge to the noodles while each strand of lean pork was well marinated and cooked to the right bite .

The handmade noodles were so smooth and well made - I would say even better than what you might get at chain la mian restaurants these days.

A very well balanced meal and served piping hot - everything just tastes better .

At 3.00 , this was very affordable .

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Situated at a hidden corner of Alexandra village food centre is this Heng hwa / pu tien stall that serves up no fuss pu tien food .

The heng hwa bee hoon was moist , tasty and most importantly non greasy at all .

Paired with their home made chilli vinaigrette, this bee hoon made a comforting and light meal .

At 3.50 , this was extremely affordable as compared to the upclass putien Chain of restaurants .

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Wei xiang kitchen
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I have a love and hate relationship for fu yong egg. Love because what’s there not to love about egg, char siew and prawn . Hate because almost all the fu yong egg dishes I have eaten so far are greasy beyond greasy - the look of the egg dish and the oil residue on the serving plate just turns you off .

Wei xiang kitchen does it best . The egg is fluffy without and moist without being greasy . Now - how did they do that ? 🧐

For 6 dollars and with a generous amount of real char siew ( not the fake char siew mind you ) and mini shrimps , this huge and delectable serving of fu yong egg is so value for money .

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Good Old Kou Lou Yok
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This has got to be my choice place to get my sweet and sour pork fix .

The sweet and sour pork here is better and more authentic than many of not all of the Cantonese restaurants I have tried so far.

Good quality cuts of pork are used and the pork is fried till perfection with just the right coating of a thin layer of flour - so crisp and so aromatic .

The balance of the tomato sauce is also spot on - not too sweet and with a good tangy- ness . Better still, a generous amount of fresh juicy ( not canned ) pineapple slices , cucumber slices , ripened tomato wedges and capsicum slices are incorporated .

Unlike many stalls out there that tend to give a smaller portion and worse still , poor cuts of meat when you order the sweet and sour rice set , this stall doesn’t discriminate even if you had ordered the sweet and sour pork as a rice set .

Copious amount of crisp pork and just a right amount of sauce ( not the drowning your rice type 😖 of gravy) served with good quality rice.

At 4 dollars , this fresh and hot meal wins my heart every time .

Blk 19 Toh Yi Drive
Coffee Shop ( next to 7 eleven )
Kueh / chee cheong fun stall

Very very very very very good yam cake

Have you ordered yam cakes and left completely disgusted with an a purple coloured “ flour cake” loaded with msg and artificial colouring ?

That’s the reason why I only get my yam cakes from this place.

In a discreet coffee shop at Blk 19 toh Yi drive ( just next to 7-11), there’s a humble stall with a lovely motherly lady owner Who has been selling high quality yam cakes , chee cheong fun , rice dumplings and her home made “Hae bee bian “ ( made with ikan billis ) for the past 21 years.

It is a short walk from Bukit Timah Hawker centre and I am Glad that I able to come visit her stall this morning. She still remembers me as the lady who made the almond paste for her 😊 ( our secret pact 🤣🤣🤣)

The yam cake is so jam filled with yam - you sometimes wonder how she can even cover her costs. It is served at the right temperature - neither too hot or too cold and that speaks a lot about the owner’s knowledge about food . Kuehs like yam cakes when served too hot , disintegrates easily and is sticky and when served too cold , doesn’t bring out the flavour .

As if the yam cake on its own wasn’t already heavenly enough , she goes the extra mile in serving her home made “ Hae bee hiam” which is uniquely made without Hae bee alongside her yam cake. With an additional touch of sweet sauce ( and not a huge gallon like what most stalls do outside ), this yam cake is really the best yam cake in Singapore 😊 ( alongside the standards of le Tian Tian at Bukit Timah plaza ) - only that this is more affordable .

What’s more , I like the morning vibes of sitting in a coffee shop and the sight of families coming together for breakfast leisurely is just such a joy .

You should also give her rice dumplings and her Chwee kueh a try because they are all good 😊 but the champion is still the yam cake and as I type this , I am contemplating ordering another huge piece 🤣 after walloping one . The auntie was indeed so sweet by offering me an additional chee kueh as an appreciation of our friendship 😊

You will be pleased to know that within the same coffee shop is also a stall specialising in breakfast bee hoon ( both white and brown ) and breakfast noodles which has a huge following and a stall selling pretty good chicken rice :)

The coffee shop is comfortable to sit in because it is airy and clean and the best way that I would like to spend each morning ( if only it is was nearer to where I live ) 😊

Lovely. Morning vibes 🤗 !

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I am missing the glutinous rice from “Niu Che shui famous glutinous rice” ever since the stall owner passed on .

But gladly, I have this now 😊

I dream of food .

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