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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), NTUC Foodfare (The Clementi Mall), Terry Katong Laksa (Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre), Mian Wang 1971, Bedok Beef Kway Teow (Changi Village Hawker Centre), Hong Xing Li Hainanese Chicken Rice (Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre), Seng Hong Coffeeshop
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

I only realised that I may have been 'cheated'/paid wrongly halfway through the meal upon comparing what I ordered to the menu. A 7 piece Yong Tau Foo Set (With noodles/rice/kway teow) would have costs $5.60 according to the menu but I'm not too sure why I was charged the Yong Tau Foo (9pcs) instead. :/

Yong Tau Foo Dry (7pcs) ($6.30)
Anyways, my contained 1 tomato, a bunch of golden mushrooms, a bunch of green vegetable, 2 pieces of tofu with fish paste, a slice of eggplant and a piece of bitter gourd with fish paste. A spicy fiery orange chili sauce and sweet dark red 'chee cheong fan' (hoisin) sauce can be found at the counter. The fish paste found within the ingredients were definitely not the freshest and I felt that the one found in the tofu was a tad too little. I didn't think any particular ingredient stood out which made the entire dish unremarkable and insipid. Nevertheless, it was a decent bowl with a generous serving of kway teow. The soup provided at the side was not too bland either though my dining companion said that it was just ordinary. Overall, if the price of this was meant to be $6.30, I would definitely not recommend as there are a far greater variety of dishes that can be found at more affordable prices. It's great for a filling meal though.
Price: 5/10
Taste: 5/10
Overall: 5/10 (Have it only if you really feel like eating Yong Tau Foo at Foodfare)

Picture of their menu can be found at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B50Ro_egEMI/?igshid=fwiv7tyysh46

Do note that this is for their outlet at Wilkie Edge, in the middle of Little India, Bencoolen and Dhoby Ghaut MRT.

XO Minced Meat Noodle ($5)
This was a wetter version than usual and came with sliced mushrooms, minced meat, fish cake slices, 1 large meatball, bits of lettuce and 1 fried dumpling. Their fried dumpling was sinfully satisfying as it was very crispy but also drenched in oil, every bite oozed out bits of oil. I particularly like their thick oblong shaped meatball which was moist and juicy on the inside. Their soup was thankfully not just salted water and was packed with flavour, slightly pepperish and garnished with scallions and some fried onions. I ordered mine with chili which was definitely spicy but I think I'll ask for more in future. Overall, not the best I've tried, but definitely a decent bowl of noodles though I'm not too sure where the XO comes from.
Taste: 8/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5er8WEAwQ9/?igshid=mrr9732i0j0m

(Decided to try this stall after seeing a long queue)

A generous portion of rice was given which was not too oily. My cut of white chicken was slightly dry and tough whilst the roasted chicken was moist and tender. I love their chili sauce which was spicier than normal. Their ginger sauce was decent as well but nothing out of the ordinary. The highlight of the meal got to be their soup though which had a distinct taste of red bean and as I later saw, indeed had several at the bottom of my bowl. My bowl had a slice of carrot as well.

Overall, it was a decent plate of chicken rice but portion of chicken was really little for $6. I highly recommend the other chicken rice stall, Chicken Head Chicken Rice #01-18 instead.
Taste: 7/10
Price: 6/10
Overall: 6.5/10

Lettuce, onions, tomatoes, few pieces of grilled chicken topped off with loads of mayonnaise and a squeeze of lemon juice. The grilled chicken was well-seasoned and flavourful whilst the lemon juice helped to cut through the mayonnaise provided. However, I felt that more could be added into their salad considering the price paid and no, not just more mayonnaise (I would actually request for it to be taken out if I order this again). For one, the portion of grilled chicken provided seemed far too little.
Hence, I was overall quite disappointed and feel that the grilled chicken salad at Collins Grill & Bento is comparatively much better. 
Price: 6/10
Taste: 5/10
Overall: 5/10 (Average at best)

Cheesy Broccoli & Corn: Cheese was sort of like a lighter version of nacho cheese in that it was more watery and the flavour was more subtle; Good if you are looking for something slightly healthier than the typical nacho cheese topping, bad if you're just looking for satisfaction
Coleslaw: Average, loaded with mayonnaise
I think this burger got its name from its really thick beef patty which was thankfully not dry. It wasn't the most flavourful but was definitely decent considering the price paid. A hearty portion of bacon was placed on top which provided a nice crunch but the bacon unfortunately lacked flavour. The sesame-seed buns were thick, buttered but could have been fluffier as it seemed kind of stale, definitely not to the point of tasting like cardboard but it definitely did not taste fresh as though preservatives were added to make the bun. The burger was loaded with sauces as well, I think it's mayonnaise and cheese, not sure if it's the same sauce as the one used in the broccoli but there was a hint of tangy BBQ sauce which worked really well in the burger.
Overall, for the amount of beef given, this was quite value-for-money if you're looking for a burger fix, but definitely do not expect high quality burgers.
Taste: 6.5/10
Price: 8/10
Overall: 7/10 (Worth trying for a more affordable place to get your burger fix)

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4ND6dJgd4O/?igshid=1f8nxl2i1cvlp

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

Singaporean foodie & baker IG: @thankgodforf00d

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