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Amoy Street Food Center

Amoy Street Food Center

Featuring Amoy Street Food Centre, Coffee Break (Amoy Street Food Centre), Big Bowls Project (Amoy Street Food Centre), Chop Chop Biryani & Meats, J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff (Amoy Street Food Centre), Rayyan’s Waroeng Upnormal (Amoy Street Food Centre), James' Quesadilla & Brunch (Amoy Street Food Centre)
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

Amoy Street Food Center

Rayyan's Waroeng Upnormal #02-86
I was attended to by a warm and lovely lady who took the time to explain the different dishes that they sell. As I ordered this right after ordering from another stall, I had gone to collect my food while this stall was preparing my order. Unbeknownst to me, she had kindly brought my plate over to my table! Really grateful for her friendly service!

Honey Glazed Char-grilled Boneless thigh penyet ($6.50)
- Sliced carrots, cucumbers, bits of corn, cherry tomato
- Boneless char grilled chicken cubes with green pepper, onions, white sesame seeds, bits of diced red chili
- Deep fried crumbs
- Sambal chili
- Brown grated coconut atop rice
- There's an option to add a fried egg @ $0.80

Great sweet and slightly savoury sambal that has a very direct spice
Brown grated coconut atop the rice was subtly sweet and fragrant
Honey glazed char grilled chicken was a flavour bomb - sweet barbeque sauce atop tender chicken. Will recommend mixing all the sambal with the rice as the sambal was really flavourful. I think they could have offered to give more grated coconut though so as to actually provide a sustained depth of flavour to the entire bowl of rice.
Note: The pieces of diced chili was really spicy and I ate one too many of it as my mouth was burning nearing the end of the dish, causing me to desperately gulp down my drink to numb the spice.
Price: 7.5/10
Taste: 8/10
Overall: 7.5/10 (Modernised Ayam Penyet stall)

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1S2Ibeg6m2/?igshid=zjfviiajp3i6

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Amoy Street Food Centre

Coffee Break
(Drink + Toast gives $0.50 discount)
Hojicha Tea Latte ($4.80 + $0.50 for ice)
The top was very frothy. Overall, it had a nice creamy aftertaste and the hojicha fragrance was strong and refreshing. I personally quite liked the sweetness level as well (though some may find it slightly too sweet), giving me the much-needed sugar rush for the day.
Price: 8.5/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 9/10 (Definitely a worthy substitute for major coffee chains)

Earl Grey Toast ($3.50 for premium flavour)
- 4 pieces of triangular-cut toasts with generous portions of earl grey cream and butter
- Strong earl grey fragrance on a toasted wholemeal bread
- Felt that the bread could have been thicker to provide a more fluffy texture when biting into it
Price: 6.5/10
Taste: 7.5/10
Overall: 7/10 (Worth trying if you're looking for something different but I would stick to the traditional toasts available at the food center)

Amoy Street Food Center 05/08/19
Big Bowls Project #02-90
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 1130H - 1430H
Sat-Sun: CLOSE
Mentaiko Salmon with baby spinach ($9.50 + $0.50)
First thing that hits you when you open the lid is the heavenly smell of the mentaiko sauce. My bowl contained 1 really thick slab of salmon with a thick layer of mentaiko sauce on top, together with baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, Japanese cucumber and a beautiful onsen egg garnished with white sesame seeds and what seems like bits of bonito flakes. The mentaiko sauce was very umami and creamy, very delicious. Unlike the one at Chirashi King Kong, the salmon here was cooked all the way through but not over-cooked, remaining moist and tender.
This would definitely be the healthier option but for the more satisfying option, I would still go to Chirashi King Kong for their serving of truffle rice.
Price: 9/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 9/10

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Amoy Street Food Center 05/08/19
James' Quesadilla & Brunch #02-79
Opening Hours
Mon-Fri: 0700H - 1600H, 1700H - 1900H
Sat-Sun: CLOSE
Pulled Pork Burrito ($5)
Came loaded with green and purple cabbage
The burrito layer was thin with a moist and slightly sour interior. I think some sort of tomato salsa was added. It was very juicy to the point that the bottom of the burrito became moist. I'll definitely choose this over a Subway as it tastes cleaner and is more affordable.
You can add their sriracha sauce for a spicy kick/pleasant burning sensation down your throat or the honey mustard for a sweet tangy contrast.
My gripe would be that the pulled pork was not tender nor very flavourful. However, when eaten as a whole, it paired well with all the other elements.
Price: 8.5/10
Taste: 8/10 (Definitely one of the better 'Healthier Choice' meals you can find at a Hawker Centre)
Overall: 8/10

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Amoy Street Food Center 05/08/19
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff #01-21
Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 0800H - 1600H
Sun: CLOSE
Michelin Bib Gourmand 2016, 2017, 2018

Crispy Curry Chicken Puff ($1.40)
- Very delicate, flaky and buttery pastry; It is quite oily though
- Curry was slightly spicy but very aromatic and fragrant with chunks of potato
- There was a bit of chicken but not much
I've tried the one at Old Airport Road before (Wang Wang Crispy Curry Puff #01-126) which has a similar layered texture but I can't say I can compare the 2 at this point as it was pretty long ago. Also, don't think it would be fair to compare it with Old Chang Kee's famous curry puffs as well seems it would be akin to comparing an apple to an orange. Old Chang Kee's version has a much thicker pastry shell, stuffed with more ingredients including a hard boiled egg.
Taste: 8.5/10 (Good snack at anytime of the day)

See more at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B1DdbnaASW2/?igshid=v7k0v2y67gxr

Chop Chop Biryani & Meats
This stall promotes its 'Siu Yoke Biryani' hence its kind of obvious which meat to choose but they do have a variety of options
Base (Additional Base +$1): Biryani Rice, Sesame Noodle, Garlic Baguette
Meat (Additional Meat +$1.50): Siu Yoke, Salted Egg Chicken, Pork Masala, Char Siew, Tau Kwa Goreng, Sotong
3 Sides (Additional Side +$0.70): Molten Egg, Pineapple Salsa, Spiced Chickpea, Pappadum, Lady's Finger, Cabbage Thoran

Biryani Rice ($5.50)
- Roasted Pork Belly, Molten egg, Lady's finger, Cabbage thoran
- Curry itself was not too spicy, tasted very clean, not the rich creamy kind
- Rice had bits of star anise, was overall very fragrant
- Love the crackling of the pork belly, High meat-to-fat ratio; One of the more lean cuts of pork belly I've tried
- Lady's finger was soft and mushy
- Molten egg had a slightly runny yolk
Definitely an above average briyani without being overly greasy or rich
While the curry was not overly spicy, by the end of the dish, I had beads of sweat forming so you may want to ask them to cut down on the curry if you can't take spice or do not want to sweat.
(Just my personal opinion, I think this stall intentionally makes it dishes healthier by cutting down on the cream they used in their curry and the amount of oil in their dishes to accommodate to the office crowd here because its definitely the 'cleanest' biryani I've had thus far)
Price: 8.5/10 (Very worth it IMO)
Taste: 8/10 (Above average briyani)
Overall: 8.5/10

More photos at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0p495ogx2X/?igshid=rvhemumglgq5

Ah Seng (Hai Nam) Coffee
Kopi O Kosong ($0.80)
- Strong, smooth and fragrant
Price: 10/10
Taste: 9/10
Overall: 9.5/10 (I think its kind of obvious where to get good traditional Nanyang Coffee...)

Butter Kaya Toast ($1.80)
- One of the most fragrant kaya I've ever had
- Significant amounts of butter was used
- Bread was well toasted all-around
Price: 10/10 (Cheapest I've seen thus far, especially for the quality given)
Taste: 10/10 (No joke, wanted to order more, best thing I had there)
Overall: 10/10

Bake Of
A bakery known for their muffins and apparently, their western-style breakfast in the morning as one of the owners was a Chef in Italian and French restaurants for 14 years (Adapted from the Straits Times, https://www.straitstimes.com/lifestyle/food/stuffed-from-5-brunch).
Scone ($1.70)
- Comes with a bit of raisins
- Dense, slightly dry; Could have been more fluffy, buttery and moist
Definitely not the best scone I've had, better to try some of their other baked goods which they are known for
Taste: 5.5/10

Mama's Boy Mac & Cheese
This stall serves a variety of unique Mac & Cheese flavours including Korean, Butter Chicken and Lemak Chili Padi. All their bowls comes with a crunchy bright orange topping as well.

Truffle ($10.50)
- 'Signature cheese blend, sauteed mushrooms with truffle oil'
- Hearty cheesy flavour and robust truffle flavour throughout the entire dish
- Crunchy topping provided a contrast in texture but was lacking in flavour; As the topping was very fine, quite easy to choke on it as well if you take large spoonfuls (Happened to me a few times)
- Mushrooms could have added more flavour to the dish as I felt the cheese overwhelmed it
Overall, after awhile, the dish can get overly-rich and the flavours gets quite dull and monotonous. If ordering this, may be good to opt for their spicy version to balance out the richness of the cheese. Quite a sizeable portion given due to how rich it is; A classic comforting bowl of mac & cheese with a nice truffle aroma.
Taste: 6/10 (Would not get this as can get quite 'jelat' and flat but may try their other selections)

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B0pbFi8gpEL/?igshid=53sg4hs3rgmf

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