Mian Mian 麵糆

Mian Mian 麵糆

Yummy noodles in all forms, but not coming from Hawker Centres.
Siming T
Siming T

Located within Food Junction, the Putian Heng Hwa Cuisine stall served up some of the familiar dishes such as the Heng Hwa Fried Bee Hoon (S$6.80).

At this price point, the portion appeared to be quite big. Plus, the wait time was relatively fast, so I was able to have my meal shortly after ordering. Even though most of the ingredients were nicely plated on top of the vermicelli, it was a pity that they tasted bland, because they were like merely blanched before serving, so they did not carry much flavour which should have come through if everything was fried together.

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Brunch was quite interesting at Neon Pigeon. While they have a menu with some mix of Japanese and Western mains, the most intriguing item on their list was The Duck Confit Ramen (S$20.00), which had limited servings available daily.

When the staff served the noodles, the first impression I got was more like Ramen in thick gravy (think Lor Mee), but at the same time the ingredients felt luxurious, with sliced Foie Gras and pink duck meat beautifully plated on top of the noodles. Digging in, I was excited by the flavours of the respective items, but I was also fascinated by how everything came together so well: rich but not too cloying.

Of course, one might not be full eating this, because the portion was not hearty (probably good things should also be taken in moderation), but that also gave us the perfect excuse to order more mains or appetisers for sharing.

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The Le Signature Trio Shrimp Ramen (S$19.90) came with a rich shrimp broth (just look at the colour) and a combination of fresh big prawns, prawn dumplings and handmade Ebiko prawn paste.

Among all, I liked the handmade prawn paste the most because it also had prawn roe mixed in for that unsuspecting “burst” in every bite. On the other hand, I was a little apprehensive in ordering this again, not because it was not nice, but more of the overall satisfaction being unable to match with the price.

Lately, Xiang Dessert and Food, otherwise known as Xiang Hao Chi (饗好吃), had become my regular haunt to pick up some Taiwanese flavours. Apparently, other than their range of desserts that was always chosen as my afternoon pick-me-up, another item that had become my comfort food was their Taiwanese Crispy Chicken Chop with Minced Pork Noodles (S$7.80).

The noodles would usually be slightly springy and nicely seasoned with the minced meat and its gravy poured over. Though there were options to how the fried chicken chop could be flavoured, I would always go for their salt and pepper seasoning for that more authentic feel. Did I also mention that the pickled cabbage and the Ramen egg were also like icing on the cake, and for that price point I thought the overall portion was actually quite affordable?

Of course, the Upper Thomson belt had no lack of good food, but for some Taiwanese treats, this place deserved a shoutout.

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When the Laksa Supreme was served, I must admit that I was not impressed with what was in front of me, especially when it costed S$12.80 for a bowl of Laksa.

Even though the Laksa gravy looked like cream of pumpkin soup, it actually tasted like Laksa (phew!). Interestingly, the Supreme version had cuttlefish balls, quail eggs and raw cucumber sticks, ingredients that we seldom see with Laksa, alongside the Tau Pok and prawns. And since the chilli paste was served by the side, it might be better if they had some chopped Laksa leaves to garnish this dish for that distinct fragrance.

Would I order this again? Well, only if I wanted a Laksa fix very badly and I could not find better options within the vicinity.

One Canton came across as somewhat close to a Hong Kong Café, but I was a tad confused when they also had things like Teochew Porridge.

Anyway, I was pleased with the richness of the soup in this Shrimp & Pork Dumplings Tomato Soup Noodles. By using rice noodles, the pairing went well with the overall flavours. Did I also mention that their dumplings were quite plump too?

So at S$9.80 for a bowl of noodles, it was not too bad a meal, except that I probably would not slurp down too much of that soup, as compared to a pork broth for instance.

A delightful bowl of rice noodles that came with beef slices, beef balls and a very tasty clear beef broth. I was almost fooled to believe that the Signature Australian Beef Boat Noodle (S$7.90) was actually Pho, but I thought maybe there was a bit more greens in the latter. And then I realised that the resemblance was only made possible because of a “No Chilli” option that I had selected from the ordering kiosk.

Beverages were also available at a fifty-cent discount when purchased together with the main.

To cater to customers who had dietary restrictions against beef, go for their Chicken Dry Noodles (S$8.90 for Small) with Normal noodles. This choice of noodles was perfect to balance with the garnishing of the noodles, which for some reason reminded me of the Malaysian “kecap” taste.

Along with the noodles were a significant portion of grilled chicken which was sufficiently juicy. And if you could take beef, the staff would provide a small bowl of their beef broth for additional warmth and comfort.

And, as of what I last understood, Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles was Halal-certified at their Tiong Bahru Plaza outlet, so I believe with this outlet also getting the stamp of approval soon, our Muslim community would also get to experience the taste of Lanzhou.

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Along the row of shops in Mongkok, Tongue Tip Lanzhou Beef Noodles claimed their space to serve some good stuff to their customers.

I said this not because I was invited to a Burpple Eatup here, but because it actually took me a while to discover flavours close to what I missed from Taipei (I can share more about this Taipei place separately... I digressed). The restaurant served six main dishes including this Signature Beef Noodles (S$8.90 for Small), and each item would also be available in 8 forms of noodles; the one in the photo was the Flat noodles.

What I really liked about this dish was that the beef broth was quite light but very tasty indeed. The tender beef slices came in thick sizes so it made the presentation more impressive. Most importantly, I had a great time savouring the flat noodles which had a thick, chewy texture which I would always fall for.

With a S$4.00 top-up, they would throw in a braised egg, side dish and a canned drink that were self-service, perfect for those who liked some variety above the carb-heavy meal. However, my opinion was that the top-up was entirely optional because the noodles would already account for the satisfaction.

After this Eatup, I shall look out for their other outlets at Tiong Bahru Plaza or Chinatown Point to try the same dish, this time with Small Flat noodles instead.

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KARA’s own version of a chilled (凉拌) Mala meal was quite an interesting dish for me, because I would not expect to find a Chilled Mala Chicken and Noodles (S$19.00) behind those frozen yoghurt dispensers.

Having said that, the dish had almost everything in there, from noodles to pulled poached chicken thigh meat to homemade pickles to sliced cucumbers to roasted peanuts. What was really missing was the anticipated Mala’s numbing and spicy kick, maybe because they had held back from splashing the food with lots of their self-concocted chilli oil.

To raise the game instead of going for this 小小辣 (very mildly spicy) combo, give the friendly staff a request that you needed more spicy kick, especially if you were mindful like me about their price point.

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Simple joy of having beef noodles came from this bowl of Braised Marbled Beef Noodle (S$10.90), and the best taste for me would be made of authentic braised beef broth and La Mian, with slices of beef lined up on top. Much as the actual serving looked quite different from the menu (because they gave a very generous portion of broth), it was the taste that mattered more.

Another point to note was that the braised beef broth would usually be on the salty side, so either you sip the soup with the floating bits of pickled vegetables, or you order a drink to quench the thirst from the food itself.

Tsuru-koshi opened their new outlet at Millenia Walk, and I bet the office workers around the vicinity would be totally pleased with their deliciously chewy Udon.

And for just S$9.50 my tummy was filled with their Kakiage Udon, which was served with Bonito fish broth. Even though the soup was on the lighter side, it was really not bland at all. In fact, I enjoyed flipping my bowl over to empty the whole bowl of soup at the end of it!

The Kakiage was fried perfectly to the shape of a ball, but I did secretly wish that the oil could be dabbed away, for it did make a low-cost lip gloss every time I tried biting the fritter.

First world problem: What to eat for the next meal?

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