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Hawker Food

Hawker Food

Featuring The Carving Board, 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist, Top 1 Home Made Noodles (Beauty World Food Centre), Ah Hoe Mee Pok (710 Clementi), Terry Katong Laksa (Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre), Mian Wang 1971, Bedok Beef Kway Teow (Changi Village Hawker Centre), Seng Hong Coffeeshop, Mei Feng Roasted Chicken Rice (West Coast Market Square 726)
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

Opening Hours
Thurs-Tues: 1030H-2030H
Note: Closed every Wednesday

Sliced fish hand made noodle dry ($5)
The sauce is just 10/10, sweet and savoury with the chili not being overpowering. The addition of ikan bilis (Fried anchovies) provided a nice crunch to the dish. The noodles were thick and chunky served with a generous serving of pork and fish slices mixed with crunchy green vegetables. A very satisfying meal complemented with an extremely flavourful fish broth.
Taste: 9/10 > 9.5/10 (When considering the fish soup served alongside it)

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(With 3 croutons served in a mug)
Thick consistency, could be creamier and have a stronger mushroom fragrance but better than average
Taste: 7.5/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2g11tTgb7V/?igshid=47krads6yrd1

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Operating Hours (As per their menu):
Tues-Fri: 1700H-2230H (Last order at 2200H)
Sat-Sun & PH:1630H-2230H (Last order at 2200H)

Salad had a refreshing lemon vinagrette dressing, very tangy. Black pepper sauce had a subtle black pepper aftertaste and wasn't too thick. I think it was a nice touch of adding caramelised onions to the steak but more would have been preferred as I didn't think it significantly added any flavour to the dish.Overall, the steak was cooked beautifully and is one of the better steaks I've tried, comparable to restaurants that specialise in them.

Wedges (Tried from another bowl) are really good. Lightly salted, crisp on the outside, slightly moist and really fluffy on the inside. Food hack: Add the wedges into the mushroom soup.
Taste: 8/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B2g11tTgb7V/?igshid=47krads6yrd1

Bedok Beef Kway Teow #01-45
Beef Kway Teow Dry ($4)
The Kway Teow had a thick gravy coating it, which from what I read online means that it is the Hainanese version, something like lor mee. Personally, I prefer the Teochew-style dry kway teow which simply comes with some chili and sesame oil. The soup/beef broth was flavourful but definitely not as thick or strong as the one at Maxwell.
Taste: 6/10 (It's a good bowl of noodles but I personally do not like the thick gravy and I think the soup can be improved)

Mei Feng Roasted Chicken Rice @ West Coast Market Square 726 27/07/19
Originally wasn't going to write a review on this stall but honestly, to all the Westies, this stall serves up some legit roast chicken.

The STAR of the meal, the roasted chicken, was extremely moist, tender and succulent. The skin, while moist and slightly soggy was sinfully delicious, a thin layer of fat beneath it melting in your mouth with every bite. After my meal, I kind of regretted not ordering more roasted chicken and thinking of it now just makes me crave for more. If I could, I would have gladly ordered half a roast chicken just for myself. So for the Westies, if you have not tried this, you're missing out. And for the rest of Singapore, truly worth giving their roast chicken a shot, just don't make the same mistake as me :)

Taste: 9/10
Price: 9/10 (Sorry, forgot how much most of the dishes cost)
Overall: 9/10

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0vSHucg6wg/?igshid=thtogj9yriy1

A stall in Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre that is helmed by a really nice man who says he has been in the business for ~10 years now. Each bowl of laksa costs $3.50 with cockles. You have the option of adding sambal chili which he will place in your spoon. Key selling point of the stall is that they have no added msg, sugar nor evaporated creamer. Felt that the portion size was slightly small.

Laksa ($3.50)
- Comes with prawns, fishcakes, cockles (Option to remove them), chopped rice noodles

Laksa was quite thick and creamy with a distinct coconut milk fragrance (without being overpowering). When paired with the cockles and the sambal chili, the laksa was enjoyable to drink though certainly, it was slightly spicy. 
Overall: 7/10 (Worth trying if in the area)

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/Bz8C6H7gPiw/?igshid=112nj8ao13qbs

Roasted Pork Char Siew Rice + Char Siew ($7)
- Sambal was sweet but spicier than most, numbing sensation on tongue; Do not go crazy on the sambal
- Char siew had a strong caramelisation all around and a melt-in-your-mouth tender bite. Every single piece of char siew was well caramelised and the pieces of char siew here were fattier than other stalls making it much more satisfying and sinful
- Roasted pork here must have been the best out of all the roast meat stalls I have tasted in SG thus far. The skin truly had a biscuit-like crust and a good proportion of tender meat and fat meant that immediately after the satisfying crunch from the skin, the meat and fat would melt in your mouth
- Generous sweet sauce coated every grain of rice complementing the saltish flavours of the meat really well
Price: 7/10
Taste: 9.5/10
Overall: 8.5/10

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BzKG-tmgNpm/?igshid=17c17frsb1zv3

Fu Yuan Handmade Dim Sum
This store is run by 1 man who tirelessly hand makes every single dim sum he sells. You can tell as when he is not busy serving customers, he will be by the side making the dumplings.
Char siew pao
- Starchy gooey sweet char siew filling
- Prefer to have more chunks of char siew
Tried the da pao and liu sha pao as well and both were really well-made, with the inside of the da pao being drenched in pork fats and the salted egg filling oozing out of the liu sha pao. My only gripe would be that this shop sells paos which are thicker than usual but other than that very affordable and good quality!
(Spent $8.40 for 2 char siew pao, 1 da pao, 3 liu sha pao, 1 tray of chicken's feet)
Overall: 8/10

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByfXGipgCz6/?igshid=19qv3q9z5lin4

Miso Minced Meat Noodle Dry ($6)
- Came with 2 slices of char siew, 2 meatballs, beansprouts, chunks of minced meat and a generous portion of pork crackling 
- The noodles were drenched in their sweet miso-based sauce, making this bowl of noodles wetter than usual bak chor mee
- As a generous amount of sauce was provided, every slurp of noodles coats your entire mouth with the lovely sauce, making it hard to stop eating
- Slices of char siew were very tender with both the meat and fat melting in your mouth
- Meatballs were small but hearty and meaty
- They offer a $10 char siew option where they provide you with more slices of char siew; you should definitely order that if you are not ordering a side of dim sum like I did!
Price: 8/10
Taste: 10/10
Overall: 9.5/10

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/ByfXGipgCz6/?igshid=19qv3q9z5lin4

Steamed Kaya Toast + Kopi O Kosong; Coffee black without sugar ($2.60)
- Very fluffy steamed bread
- Good layer of kaya which was subtly sweet and fragrant
- Slice of butter was far too thin and did not provide that creamy mouthfeel
- Coffee was fragrant
Overall: 6 5/10

Additional Notes: While the bread was truly surprisingly fluffy, apart from it, felt that the kaya bread was only average and not worth travelling to the shop for it. Even if you do live in the area, think that there are a lot of other good food stalls nearby at ABC Brickworks Food Centre and Alexandra Food Centre.

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(Late post)
Sambal Belachan Pork Belly Hokkien Mee + Salted Egg Calamari ($7.50)

Wanted to add salted egg calamari to the hokkien mee and was told that it would cost an additional $3 so I told the owner if it was possible to give me less and hence, made a foodie mistake...

Added $2 worth of salted egg calamari instead. Totally regret it.

Review
- Hokkien Mee was wet and flavourful by itself; Worth ordering on its own if you're just craving some Hokkien Mee
- Sambal Belachan pork belly added another dimension in terms of flavour but overall, I feel it can be replaced by copious amounts of their sambal chili instead
- Salted egg calamari complemented the hokkien mee really well; Umami, crunchy and delightfully thick pieces of deep-fried sotong :))

Overall,
- Ask for additional sambal chili on the side as it goes really well with the hokkien mee
- Get the salted egg calamari instead of the pork belly if you have to choose one
- Do note that the location is really obscure; located in the heart of bukit batok neighbourhood within a tiny food court (3-4 stalls) found beneath a HDB block
Price: 7.5/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 8/10

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