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Alexandra Village Food Centre

Alexandra Village Food Centre

Featuring Alexandra Village Food Centre, SweeT.Rex (Alexandra Village Food Centre), Shanghai La Mian Xiao Long Bao 上海拉面小笼包 (Alexandra Village Food Centre), Tiong Bahru Lien Fa Shui Jing Pau (Alexandra Village Food Centre), Ajisen Ramen (Bukit Panjang Plaza)
Sean Chen
Sean Chen

Kumamoto Ramen
Adapted from http://www.japan-tour.jp/en/kumamoto-ramen/kyushu/kumamoto/ramen/8025 and tasteatlas.com/kumamoto-ramen respectively,
1) Kumamoto ramen is a dish that consists of thick, strong noodles served inside a rich soup made with pork bones. Garlic is a key feature, with garlic chips, as well as garlic oil used in the recipe.
2) The broth is not as oily as the one found in Hakata ramen, making it suitable to those who aren't used to strong-tasting broths. This ramen is also known for the inclusion of fried garlic chips and sesame oil.

As usual, I tried the broth first and surprisingly, this broth had barely any flavour compared to the ramen I had at Volcano Kazan. It was less rich with no garlic chips and I am sure, no garlic oil present in the ramen. If there was any garlic used in making this dish I truly could not identify it. The noodles were similarly firm and slightly more springy which I prefer while the egg was slightly more runny and custard-like. However, it was similarly flavourless. My next surprise came when I was trying their char shu (2 slices). It was even tougher than the previous ramen hence I'm quite thankful that it was cut into bite-sized portions. The best item here would be their kakuni (braised pork belly) which had a good ratio of meat to fat, was tender and had a strong, robust flavour. Unfortunately, as the broth was utterly disappointing, I found this to be even less satisfying than the previous ramen.
Taste: 5/10

Chijimi (6pcs)
'Korean-style scallion pancakes'
All I can say is I think I've had enough surprises from here...It had absolutely no flavour. Felt as though I was eating starch mixed with oil and the occasional hint of vegetable. Strongly do not recommend, you'll probably need all their vinegar to finish this.
Taste: 2/10

More pictures at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4y8MjrHgOm/?igshid=1qnis5mgz0mwk

Note: Expect to wait at least 10min for their souffle pancakes

First time trying souffle pancakes and definitely did not disappoint. I love how it just melts in your mouth. Batter was slightly eggy but not complaining. Firm on the outside whilst light and creamy on the inside, probably the lightest thing I've ever eaten.
Price: 9.5/10
Taste: 8.5 (Without comparing to other souffle pancakes, it is really simple, satisfying and delicious as it is)
Overall: 9/10 (Must-try if in the area, especially since the next most affordable one is probably 2x more expensive)

Picture of their stall and menu can be found at: https://www.instagram.com/p/B4XhdSEgyDT/?igshid=vc5lzscu68ph

My dining companion actually commented that they used to had more mushrooms and dried shrimps in their filling. Similar to @ieatishootipost's review though, their skin is indeed not sticky or gooey, but thick and chewy. It goes really well with their sambal chili. No ratings as I'm not entirely sure what makes a good crystal dumpling/shui jing pau.

Stew Beef & Tendon Fire-pot ($8)
Apart from the beef and tendon, sliced radish, carrots and celery are added as well. The stew was flavourful, rich and had a thick consistency. While the tendon was on the softer side, without much bite/chew to it, the beef was generally very tender. Overall, this is a great dish to warm you up on a rainy day and will go very well with a bowl of rice. (Additional $0.50)
Taste: 9/10 (Very comforting and satisfying)

(Part 2 of 2)
I've no regrets ordering this again as I feel that they've managed to balance the sourness and spiciness of this dish. The wanton skins are also silky and paper-thin, barely wrapping the generous portions of meat within.
Taste: 9/10 (Will gladly come back for this as well)

(Part 1 of 2)
I've actually ordered from this stall before, trying their pan-fried dumplings ($6 for 10) and XLB ($5 for 7) as well. However, their most memorable dish previously were their szechuan spicy wanton ($5 for 10). Hence, ordered that this time together with their Zha Jiang Mian / La Mian with Fried Bean Sauce ($3.50) to try.

This was very flavourful with huge chunks of meat and firm springy noodles. Tasted a hint of parsley at times as well. Do add their chili sauce which helps to cut through the rich but greasy minced meat drenched in bean sauce. The portion is quite decent as well for the price.
Taste: 9/10 (Really love this, will order again)
Price: 8.5/10
Overall: 9/10 (Must-try from this stall)

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