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Gladys Tan
Gladys Tan

I first heard of Hokkien Man Hokkien Mee when news of a former three Michelin-star French restaurant sous chef opening a Hokkien Mee stall at Toa Payoh made headlines last year. One year on, I finally popped by to try the famed Hokkien Mee and surprisingly, there was no queue during weekday lunch hour. I ordered the $6 portion which comes with a very generous serving of prawns (there are actually 3 prawns!), pork belly and squid. The prawns are sizeable, fresh and crunchy, and the squids are not overcooked and are still very tender. The noodles are definitely on the wetter side, soaking up the flavourful stock that is infused with the sweetness of the seafood and pork. The chilli is not super fiery, but it adds a savoury edge to the noodles. The strong flavours did get a little jelak for me towards the end of the meal, but an extra squeeze of lime juice would have taken care of that easily. Overall, this is a pretty good plate of Hokkien Mee that is slurp-worthy!

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My family has been patronising Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice at 229 Jalan Besar ever since I was a kid and that has been my go-to curry rice fix for as long as I can remember. Recently, Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice has been popping up all over my social media feed and I decided to check it out after reading the raving reviews online:)

We ordered pork chop, braised pork belly, curry prawns, curry sotong, chap chye (braised cabbage) and rice for 3 pax and it amounted to $38. The first thing that struck me is that the curry is definitely less gooey and spicier than the one at Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice. Loo’s curry is aromatic and it definitely packs a punch for people who are looking for a spicy kick, but personally, I prefer the curry at Scissor-Cut as there is a slight sweet undertone that balances the strong flavours of the curry.

The curry prawns are very pricey at $3 per piece, but it is my favourite dish of the day. The prawns are really big and succulent, and they go well with the savoury and spicy curry. The curry sotong is not overcooked and I like that it is soft and tender.

The pork chops are coated in biscuit crust, deep fried and drizzled in a tomato-based sauce. To be honest, I felt that the pork chops are not exceptionally crispy or tender, and are rather normal tasting. Having said that, the tomato sauce is not bad as it has just the right amount of sweetness and it does not overpower the pork chops.

The braised pork belly is not the melt-in-your-mouth kind of pork belly, but I actually enjoy the fact that it has a good bite without being tough. It also has a good meat to fat ratio and is not too oily. The chap chye (braised cabbage) is very soft and tender and goes well with the curry rice, but it pales in comparison with the one from Scissor-Cut which really brings out sweetness of the cabbage.

Overall, I think the appeal of Loo’s Hainanese Curry Rice lies in its aromatic and spicy curry as well as its seafood dishes, which are usually not the focus of traditional curry rice but in this case are surprisingly well executed. Having said that, my soft spot for Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice remains as the flavours are more to my liking:)

Over the weekend, we headed down to Ginger for their á la carte dinner buffet ($58++ per pax) and the newly renovated botanical theme restaurant is so pretty:) Great atmosphere aside, there are quite a number of hits among the dishes served and my favourites include Chilli Crab with mantou, Kam Heong Crab with Spring Onion, Penang Laksa, Singapore Laksa, Crispy Lamb with Thai Green Sauce, Salmon with Saffron and Seafood Ragout, Sate Lilit (minced seafood wrapped around lemongrass) and Durian Pengat🤤 There is a good mix of Western and Asian cuisine, and I’m super full by the end of the meal even though I didn’t try everything on the menu. Satisfied!

The Sour and Spicy Shredded Chicken ($4) is quite an addictive appetiser as it is refreshing, fragrant and savoury. A great match with the spicy noodles!

The Braised Pork Rib Noodles ($6.50) and Braised Pork Intestines Noodles ($6.50) is quite a decent bowl of noodles packed with spice - I opted for 中辣 (medium spicy) and it was spicy but not overbearing. I felt that the flavour of the soup can be a little more robust to give it more oomph, but nonetheless it’s still not bad. The pork ribs are tender and the pork intestines have a good texture, albeit a slightly porky aftertaste.

Truth to be told, I am the kind of person who will pick out the peas from my fried rice😅 Having said that, I could not resist trying out the Noodles with Peas and Meat Sauce ($5.50), aka 豌杂面, from 好滋味鸡公煲 at PLQ’s KopiTime food court after 聪生家 gave the stall a raving review in one of their vlogs on Paya Lebar. On a side note, 聪生家(SG Chengdu Family) is a YouTube channel by a couple from Chengdu who is currently based in Singapore:)

The noodles did live up to my expectations! I like that the level of spiciness is customisable - since this is my first visit, I opted for 小辣 (lowest level of spiciness) which turned out to be a really mild and comfortable level of spiciness (i.e. no sweaty forehead or swollen lips). Although it is not very spicy, the soup remains full-bodied and flavourful, and it goes very well with the minced meat and peas. Whatever I dislike about peas is well concealed in the delicious soup and it is a very comforting bowl of noodles. Looking forward to trying out the other noodles on the menu and I will probably opt for 中辣 (medium level of spiciness) next time!

For sides, we went with the recommended Firecracker Chicken ($12), aka 辣子鸡. I like that it is not oily and the chicken bits are tender on the inside and crunchy on the outside. The dry chilli looks intimidating but it’s actually not very spicy - sinful but addictive:P We also ordered a few skewers and my favourite is the Pork Belly Enoki ($3) - I like the explosion of mushroom juice when you bite into the pork belly.

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My family has been patronising Middle Road Pork Ribs Prawn Mee since I was a kid for their Mixed Pork Organ Noodles ($5 for large). The noodles comes with a generous serving of pork slices, pork ribs, pork skin, liver, heart, small intestines and prawn in a robust soup. The ingredients are cleaned and cooked well (no weird taste) and the meat is tender. Im particularly impressed that the liver is not overcooked and retains its crunchiness. This is legit comfort food for me - never fail to slurp up every bit of goodness!

Tucked within an unassuming foodcourt at Sultan Plaza is Try Fresh XO Seafood Noodles, a stall that serves umami-packed seafood noodles. XO Seafood Bee Hoon Soup ($8.90) comes with a rich soup base that is thoroughly infused with the sweetness of clams, prawns, squid and cuttlefish, as well as the fragrance of XO. I was a little apprehensive about the Salted Egg Seafood Bee Hoon ($8.90) but it turned out to be a pleasant surprise - the salted egg did not overpower the flavourful sauce, it adds a nice dimension to the wok hei and goes well with the deep fried lard cubes. The noodles used in both dishes is somewhat between thin and thick bee hoon, and it’s pretty light and springy. I wished they were a little more generous with the amount of seafood though - the seafood ran out before the noodles did:P Nonetheless, this is one delicious seafood noodles treat!

Have been eyeing the latest addition to the Jalan Besar dim sum cluster, Sum Dim Sum, for a while and I finally had the chance to pop by with my family yesterday:) We ordered 9 of our favourite dim sum dishes and it amounted to $56.7 for 3 pax, which is reasonable. I’m usually a bigger fan of the steamed items but the fried items are surprisingly good. The Pan Fried Carrot Cake ($4.50) is very fragrant and soft, and the Fried Prawn Roll in Beancurd Skin ($4.50) and Deep Fried Yam Dumpling ($4.50) are very crispy and addictive. Overall, the food is pretty decent, the environment is pleasant and the service is good:) Happy with this find!


I have not tried many noodles from LeNu Chef Wai's Noodle Bar but so far, the Pork Wanton in Chilli Vinaigrette Dry Noodles ($9.90) is my favourite! The thin la mian noodle is tossed in a delicious sauce that is vinegary, spicy and slightly numbing. I love the sprinkle of fried garlic bits that adds fragrance to the dish. The noodle comes with 5 wantons that are big and meaty. The portion is huge, which is really worth it given the reasonable price. I topped up $3.40 to add an appetiser and a drink of my choice. The Chilled Black Fungus with Minced Garlic is crunchy, refreshing and appetising. So satisfied!

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Malaysia Chiak! is a relatively new foodcourt at City Square Mall that specialises in Malaysian hawker fare and I must say that I really like the wanton mee ($3.50) there! The springy noodles are tossed in a lardy dark sauce that is super fragrant, and it goes so well with the wantons and char siew. The char siew has a good balance of fats and lean meat and it is not too sweet. Easily my favourite food there:)

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