Chinese

Chinese

Featuring ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Kok Sen Restaurant, Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo (People's Park Complex Food Centre), Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat Corner, Ah Hua Teochew Fishball Noodle, Famous JB 101 Firewokz (Bukit Batok), TungLok Signatures (Changi City Point), Ding Tele, Hua Fong Kee Roasted Duck, Quan Ji (Amoy Street Food Centre)
Benjamin Sim
Benjamin Sim

With hae mee you should always get the dry version. I bucked the trend and reaped what I sowed. :( Shun Li has two opening hours- one in the morning and one for the supper crowd (think 1:30am) This is comforting and nostalgic! There are better options out there tho~

Toa Payoh heartlanders have it good. If you happen to stay in the 120+ block area of TPY Lorong 1, you’ve no shortage of good food at reasonable prices. The dark horse is the roasted pork belly (Siew Yuk). I can mildly taste the five spice and the skin still retains a crunch. Hua Fong Kee is definitely an underrated gem of a neighbourhood eat.

Kok Sen is closed for 2 weeks from 1 March 2021 for renovations. So we braved the Friday dinner crowd for its Tze char fare. This claypot dish was one of their signatures, and we saw it on every table around us! They use fish/sotong paste to fill their vegetables (chilli, capsicum and brinjal) and stuff their tau pok. Being a more Hakka YTF kinda guy, it lacked the meaty bite of minced pork for me. The 汁sorta compensates as it definitely adds to the umami! Overall Kok Sen is the cheapest thing to eat along Keong Saik, but it‘s a little pricier for Tze Char.

Made the mistake of coming here on 元宵节. We queued a whopping 1.5hrs long as they didn’t take reservations! 😭 The food was good, but not great enough to repeat the long wait. This crispy roast chicken comes with pepper salt and homemade chilli 🌶 a real blast to the Chinese wedding dinners of yonder years. Skin’s crisp but not oily, meat’s tender but not too dry. Better than your usual chicken rice fare.

Variety is the spice of life! Most Tze char places offer only a seafood rendition of the time-honoured yam ring. JB101 gives you 3 options (pork, seafood and chicken). The chicken version is filled with kung pow chicken! Not bad but not anything out of the ordinary. The yam ring itself lacked the flakiness of a 芋饺, and could have been slightly over-fried. I need more cashew nuts in this too.

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Some places smother the dish with a salted egg yolk sauce. JB101 employs a salted egg yolk batter, which is deep fried to a crisp! It’s definitely lighter and less calorific. I couldn’t taste much baking soda in the batter which is a plus! The sotong bites could have been a tad meatier. Still better than most gastro-pub calamari. Goes great with beer needless to say. Am glad that they have an in-house watering hole on the same premise (reaches for that San Miguel tower)...

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You’ve got to give the 粗米粉a good mix with the broth. Otherwise the melted butter won’t homogenise! The Hua Diao wine accent was a nice touch and the broth was light. Almost like fish soup! The creaminess isn’t too overpowering- nowhere near the salted-egg crab standard. I suppose the best crab dish in their menu atm.

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A good substitute for your staple 咕咾肉. The five-spice marinade is light and tangy. Not too overpowering or bitter. The meat has a crustiness from its deep fry, but is still quite tender. Probably one of the more keto-friendly dishes in their menu. Will order this again!

While still a decent dish, there’s probably a reason why the CC isn’t a 招牌unlike their pepper crab or crab bee Hoon. $85 for a whole crab is the going rate these days for the Sri Lankan variety. The sauce could have had more spice! Otherwise, there probably are fans of its goopy consistency. Fried Mantous are separately charged.

The longest queue for fried carrot cake between the Whampoa markets belongs to this stall. I can see why! The 粿is cut into smaller pieces, hence the larger surface area for charring! That adds crisp and smokiness. Get the white version and taste the difference. The auntie behind the wok has quick hands! Once you are in front of the line you won’t have to wait more than 5-7mins for a steamy plate of fried carbs. Great for morning-afters!

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I was here at 8am On the first Saturday of 2021. It was windy and rainy...and there was NO QUEUE. There are many Teochew fishball noodle stalls around. Some tout handmade fishballs. This one...less artisan, more value for money. The common man’s meepok/kway teow. Get the $4 and you have a wantons, sliced pork, fish and pork balls. The sole powder game is strong in the soup! I would recommend kway Teow/mee for the contrasting textures!

Some say this is the OG. There are 2 日日红stalls within People’s Park Center FC. Both have similar standards IMO. Cheaper than your food court 麻辣香锅. $23 of food could feed nearly 3 pax! The level of spiciness has probably been toned down. 中辣is a good point to start for most of us!

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I can eat Nasi Lemak 3 times a day for a month.

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