Chinatown

Chinatown

I know tourists love visiting our Chinatown but local as well, especially when it comes to foods! Explore Chinatown with me as I share all the foods I have here in this list.
Khaw Han Chung
Khaw Han Chung

Sofi, the owner of Pasta Brave has recently moved her Sofi Cafe to this new place behind Maxwell Food Centre, housed under The Scarlet Hotel.

The margherita made of tomato, mozzarella and basil in 12” oven thin crust. A perfect add-on to any kind of occasions.

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A takeaway kiosk in Chinatown Point, serving affordable pasta with customisation.

What the crab featured Singapore local taste of black pepper crab. The black sauce was rather overwhelming for me with its taste, making the meal rather tasted everything black pepper.

Thankfully they added tobiko to it, which at least giving some chewy bites. The pasta used is the penne in squid ink. Which rather bland because of the overwhelming black pepper sauce.

I guess I will give this a miss and try others instead next time.

They started as a home based business for around one year, before setting up their physical store at Havelock II.

Their store here was at the basement of Havelock II, which is pretty off access to the public outside. You will only know them either you have followed them or you were here passing by the basement.

I actually don’t know they have opened a physical store here until I was there for lunch, and upon this shop there.

A very small shop behind the pillar of the building. You really hard to spot them so you really need to go through every corner at the basement to find them.

They have lots of egg tarts selection which you could check it out on their website. They shared they will prepare most of them everyday here and you could possible walk in to purchase any of it. But to be safe, you could preorder online for delivery or self pickup here.

For the assorted box of 6 at $14.90, you can choose 6 different flavours of egg tarts. I gotten the original, yam & purple potato, savoury ham & mushroom, refreshing mango, lychee champagne and earl grey.

Among all of them, I prefer more for the yam & purple potato and original. Yam & purple potato really has it rich taste of both yam and purple potato mixing together, and topped with ginko nuts. The original of course featured the rich custard vanilla filling with signature flaky on the outside.

The rest was still refreshing especially for the lychee champagne and mango, but my colleague told me it feel like some artificial taste that they don’t really like.

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Hidden at the back of Hong Lim Food Centre on the 1st floor, you will find this noodle stall serving their house made noodle.

The hong kong mee got its chewy bite taste and pair well with the soup. There’s also pieces of meatballs and ikan bilis, together with lots of veggies. $4.50

There are a few Taiwanese foods stall around Chinatown and this is probably the most hidden one.

Located at the basement of Havelock II, you will find them at the corner serving authentic Taiwanese foods.

Was craving for some 盐酥鸡 so gotten this rice set. Sadly it was a bit too dry for me, but at least the flavours are still there.

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As the cold weather continue these few days, I was looking for some warm soup to try.

So I came back to this stall to try their mala noodle. I guess I was underestimated it, as it get super spicy until I start sweating half way through.

Their handmade noodle remain the star here, together with other ingredients such as the fish cake and vegetable.

Sadly the pieces of prawn was disappointing as it undercooked, couldn’t taste the meat as they dissolved upon eating them.

I still remember trying to make order for his satay when it still operating at Pearl Hill, and was told the waiting list has booked until next year.

Surprisingly in the twist, he settled down with his own shop along Smith Street. Not sure what’s happening but at least I’m glad I could no longer need to join the waiting list.

But I really don’t know why, it seems the publicity for it suddenly turned very quiet. It even closed down all the associated social media for his new Satay shop in Chinatown. So technically you couldn’t find much information about the shop, except other people who have visited this place.

I came and visit on weekday night and there wasn’t even crowd or queue, with just one table occupied. So it is very easy to grab a seat now, probably also due to the latest safety measure for allowing only the fully vaccinated people to dine in.

His signature Hainanese satay is definitely a must, with minimum order of 10 sticks. You could catch him in action barbecuing the satay sticks.

The satay set comes together with pieces of rice cubes, cucumber/s and onions. I totally understand why people would love his satay, as it marinated with spices and secret ingredients. Most importantly you would find block of fats in between every stick, with thin layer of crisp that was so juicy! Each stick cost $1.10

The satay sauce can be order separately if you looking to get more of it.

Beside serving their signature coffee and drink, they also served some pastries from Nuage Patisserie as well.

Danish is one of the item that available in store here. So you could enjoy your morning with their coffee and some pastries as well.

This is truly a hidden cafe as they are located at level 3 of the Blk 333 Kreta Ayer commercial building.

So you might totally miss out this place if you weren’t here specifically for their coffee.

They used to be operate from their mobile carts since 2017, before opening this physical place. So you could expect some decent coffee here.

Gotten the mocha with oat, and I enjoy the bitter taste with its milky flavour.

We are back to dine in and hopefully there won’t be any heightened measures anymore after this.

Revisit this place and trying their signature nasi lemak for the fried curry chicken wing.

Was surprised with the portion of chilli sauce given and definitely love it, when mixing them with the lemak rice.

Their fried curry chicken wing was very interesting, giving it different taste overall on the meat itself. I go for the set 2 which comes with the curry vegetable and egg. $4.50

While they don’t serve any proper meal here, their bacon grilled cheese is a perfect to order if you just looking for something to fill up your tummy.

Comes in 2 piece of cheese melt, stuffed with bourbon bacon jam on sourdough. The sourdough was crispy but wasn’t too hard to bite. The cheese melt perfectly with the bacon jam as well. $13

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Coming back once again to try their Taiwanese Braised Pork Rice Bowl. Came in a small bowl but full of braised porks. I really like the softness and juicy. $6.90

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Distance never stop me from hunting for good foods around the world, but limited by COVID-19 now.

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