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Hawker/Kopitiam Finds!

Hawker/Kopitiam Finds!

Featuring Beach Road Prawn Mee Eating House, Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle (Serangoon Garden Market), Yaowarat Thai Kway Chap (Kovan), Parklane Zha Yun Tun Mee House, Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee (Old Airport Road Food Centre), Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, 109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo, 136 Hong Kong Street Fish Head Steamboat (Joo Seng), South Buona Vista Road Famous Teochew Boneless Duck Rice, Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice (Upper Thomson)
Pearlyn Chua
Pearlyn Chua

Along Circular Road, you'll spot this snaking queue for 109's ytf! Don't be intimidated by the long queue cos it moves fairly fast.

Pick minimum 6 pieces and tell them how you want your ytf to be done - soup, dry and laksa. They also sell fried rice and fried chicken wings! Do note that their dry version isn't your usual dry ytf, drowned in sweet and chili sauces. Theirs is ladened with a light brown gravy, looking really similar to that of lormee!

The gravy is savoury and rich in taste, but not overly salty! It's smooth (no clumps of starch) and not very thick. I could sip on it! It coats every strand of my kwaytiao so perfectly. Usually kwaytiao clumps into a huge mess in such gooey base. But guess what? I could pick up each strand of my noodles, slurping them up happily. THE GRAVY AND KWAYTIAO IS LIKE A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN! ❤

Their tofu tastes fresh (both the square and triangle ones) and soft. I'm loving this place and i can't wait to visit them again. *TIP* they've seats available on the 2nd storey! airconditioned 😉

Price point: My bowl of 7 pieces + noodles, dry version, costed $5.80. Pretty acceptable given the location!

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Served to your table with a small wood plank below it. It has charcoal that's burning from within. The soup's boiling and there's lots of wongbok (looking like they've been cooked for some time, soft and have absorbed all the goodness of the broth), chunks of red grouper, seaweed. Dive deeper and you'll find big pieces of yam (OMG MY FAV IN THIS POT)!

The soup is addictive, exuding the light ginger taste. It tastes almost as thou some carnation milk has been added, but no. It's pure goodness boiled for a long time i guess! I also found some small bits of preserved vege in the soup (those added to congee). They're totally not stingy with the ingredients. This costs $25 and soup is refillable! But, i find that the refilled broth tastes much lighter, probably as the fish and vege werent boiled continuously in it. Again, the chilli dip in light orangey red lits up the taste of the fish.

ANOTHER MUST ORDER HERE. If you're in a group of 3 or 4, just go for the medium one at $30! I enjoyed sipping on the soup even under the hot weather. Try it &i hope you'll like it as much as i do!

A whiff of its slightly sweet gravy makes me drool. Give the egg a poke and stir it in with the rice noodles!

It has strong wokhei &every spoonful has a good amount of minced pork and crunchy chopped vegetable stems. The gravy is on the thick side, coating each mee tai bak mega well. As it's largely flavoured with dark soya sauce, it can get alittle sweet after multiple spoonfuls. Add alittle of the vinegar chilli (the one in orangey red colour) to the noodles AND WOAH, REFRESHING CHANGE! You'll be able to help yourself to another serving.

The claypot mee tai bak in small serves 1-2 and costs $5! A MUST ORDER i would say &sth different from the yellow hokkien noodles!

Looks pretty similar to the one at Farrer Park whereby they've a huge pot of zhupcai, curry chicken, braised pork belly and some other ingredients (really like a mixed rice stall).

Their braised pork belly melts in the mouth! But i expected it to be better - rich in that soy sauce goodness, yet has a chewy top layer of skin. I do find their curry to be more runny compared to the original store. Their lalas are pretty plump and fresh, tossed in bean paste.

The food was not bad but aint special too. Price point was fair; braised pork, zhupcai &lalas for $4.20.

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The aunty at the stall is really friendly &cute! My lunch kaki went to reserve the ingredients at around 11am. She heard that the dishes get sold out real fast! So we've got sotong, taupok, braised eggs, intestines, braised belly, taugwa &fish cake!

Every ingredient feels like they're homemade. The fishcake is really soft and yet BOINGBOINGG (aka QQ) 😋 The braised egg is like those japanese ramen eggs with molten centre (溏心)! Taupok is stuffed with some chopped cucumber, carrot &minced meat. The taugwa is sooooo well braised; infused with all the essence of the gravy! This is the perfect pairing with plain porridge!

All these + 2 bowls of porridge for $18. Pretty affordable i would say!

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Fish Maw Soup, Fish Maw Soup with Noodles: $10/12
(The $12 one comes with a full piece of fried sole fish!!)

First sip of the soup would hit you with the sweet &savoury scent of the sole fish! It's deeply infused into the soup, alongside about 3-4 thick pieces of fish maw, egg, pork slices, minced pork &liver. This is sooo satisfying and imo, goes best with kwaytiao in it! Sad that they ran out of it when i visited on a Saturday afternoon.

Their meepok dry was clumpy and texture wise wasnt great. Tai Hwa's noodles + Seng Kee's soup would be out of the world thou!!

Was having dire cravings for Ya Wang! But oh, train tickets to jb are sold out for the weekends (thanks &no thanks to the upcoming festive)! I recalled trying this really awesome herbal roast duck at a potluck in office just last month. I thought it's from DXE after trying a few pieces of the duck breast! Only to realised that it's actually from YaLoh! (Yes, it's that good &caught my liking at such a blind tasting)

Compared to Ya Wang, the duck exudes a more prominent roast fragrance which i absolutely adore! Herbal gravy wise, it's alot less salty and on the sweeter side. Meat near the bones can be a teeny bit more chewy. So i would say the DXE's one has a better texture overall, but this is definitely enough to get my herbal duck cravings fixed! $13 for a quarter duck! &Oh, the soup is light and has some root vegetables in it!

(Maybe I'll trying requesting for just duck breast next time! COS I LOVE BREAST MEAT!) 😅

One of my favourite prawn mee places in SG! ♡

Had the jumbo prawn mee ($11.80), and pig tail + prawn mee ($5.80, small). The small portion certainly isnt small at all! It's a normal portion of noodles with quite a few chunks of pig tails!

The soup is just as good as the past few times i had it. Not overly sweet/rich, making you have one spoon after another! You just can't stop! Most important of all, no thirst after the meal - MSG FREE (i guess?).

Both the jumbo &normal prawns are fresh &firm to the bite. I don't need lobster noodles, this is perfect enough for me..


Affordable coffeeshop food is quite a rare find in CBD! But circular road is littered with some of these pocket-friendly lunch options. This dry mee sua ($4) has a substantial amount of noodles &ingredients. The ikan bilis were extra crispy. Right amount of vinegar too!

Icing on top of the cake? The uncle is really friendly &humourous. Makes queuing in the warm afternoon alot more bearable.

It's located at a coffeeshop beside De Yi Secondary School.

The porridge tastes pretty smooth and flavoursome but sadly, turned watery while we're eating halfway through. 粥出水了..

Also felt rather thirsty after eating. But their fish porridge is commendable. They use mackerel fish instead of the cheaper snakeheads! I've never had mackerel porridge before &i would say it's quite a wise choice to use this fish cos of it's sweetness and firm texture (wouldn't get disintegrated easily!)

The egg noodles and bright red charsiew just reminds me of the old school wanton mee! The flavour of soy sauce was bright and yet not too salty.

On a whole, it's just a classic but at a price of $4.50 for the small plate. Medium's at $5.50


They've crayfishes, prawns, chicken available as toppings for your ipoh horfun. Featured is a Prawn &Chicken combo, with additional vegetables.

Love how gooey the gravy is, coating the kwaytiao so nicely and giving it a smooth slurpy texture. Chicken is tender and the prawns are fresh &meaty!

For all the kwaytiao fanatics out there!


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