Allures of Ang Mo Kio

Allures of Ang Mo Kio

Featuring The Pine Garden (Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10), Ang Mo Kio 628 Market & Food Centre, Rasa Sayang Western Food, El Carbรณn (Ang Mo Kio), Brew & Co., Eng Kee Bak Kut Teh (Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre), Monday Coffee Bar, Buk Chang Dong Soon Tofu (Ang Mo Kio), Apiary (Jubilee Square), Sambae
Hong Keat  Chiang
Hong Keat Chiang

Starting the week (and month) right with this ๐——๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐˜† ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ ($6) from @brewandco.sg . I liked that the aesthetically pleasing beverage had a robust-tasting coffee, but the matcha was very faint.

๐‘ฉ๐’“๐’†๐’˜ & ๐‘ช๐’
Blk 716 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6, Unit 01-4030
Singapore 560716

The ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป๐˜€ ($6.50) looked deceptively ordinary, but grains of rice were masterfully fried -- they didn't clump together and carried a slight hint of wok hei. The sambal was immaculately infused into the rice, making it ferociously fiery. The prawns, fresh and crunchy, were good too.

Definitely a must try!
@sambaesg

๐’๐š๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ž
Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 560721

Back at Sambae again. Having been mightily impressed with its sambal stingray on my first visit, I picked the ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น ($7.50) this time. While the onsen egg could've been more molten, the sambal, once again, was the undisputed star. The fresh and chewy sotong rings were made more delicious by the savoury and spicy sambal, which instantly makes anything paired with it taste infinitely better.

๐’๐š๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ž
Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 560721

I also ordered the ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ป ($4.90), which was chunks of fried chicken doused with a creamy white sauce. The chicken was very crispy outside, yet juicy inside. Together with the sweet, tangy sauce that amped up its deliciousness, it was absolutely addictive.

The items I tried were unparalleled, and diners in groups are also not left out with the sambal stingray, sotong and lala ($12 to $19 each) available for sharing. Iโ€™d definitely return to @sambaesg for sure!

๐’๐š๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ž
Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 560721

We are all familiar with rice bowls of Japanese origin (e.g. pork katsu don) or protein bowls targeted at the health conscious (e.g. sous vide chicken breast grain bowl), but BBQ seafood rice bowls? The sambal stingray or sotong rice bowls from Sambae are so innovative I swore I had to try them.

I was immediately drawn towards the ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—•๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ข๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—˜๐—ด๐—ด ($7.50). The centrepiece was obviously the large slab of grilled stingray, generously slathered with sambal and topped with onions, with pickled cucumbers on the side.

The spectacular sambal โ€” sweet, savoury and not overly spicy โ€” accentuated the flavours of the fleshy and smokey stingray, with the dash of lime providing a sour tang. The molten egg, when mixed with the rice, created a creamy carb that was immaculate. The salad with sesame dressing, served separately, was good too, but was a mere afterthought. This rice bowl was stupendously scrumptious!

๐’๐š๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ž
Blk 721 Ang Mo Kio Ave 8
Singapore 560721

The highlight instead was the ๐—•๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฃ๐—ถ๐—ด ๐—ง๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜€ ($7). A generous portion of palatable porcine was swimming in a pool of black braising gravy. The fork-tender pork, infused with all the goodness of the gravy, tasted phenomenal. The textural contrast between the meat and gelatinous skin was also excellent. Probably the best pig trotters Iโ€™ve ever had!

The interminable queues at this stall are a testament to its popularity. Thereโ€™s no question that Iโ€™d return, and no prizes for guessing which item Iโ€™d order.

๐„๐ง๐  ๐Š๐ž๐ž ๐๐š๐ค ๐Š๐ฎ๐ญ ๐“๐ž๐ก
Blk 341 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Unit 01-04 Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre
Singapore 560341

What I like about Eng Keeโ€™s ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐—ž๐˜‚๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ฒ๐—ต is that it wasnโ€™t overly peppery. The soup possessed a clean-tasting sweetness that was very comforting. With five sizeable pieces of pork ribs inside, the $7 price tag is considered cheap. Each piece was tender and flavourful, though nothing to rave about.

๐„๐ง๐  ๐Š๐ž๐ž ๐๐š๐ค ๐Š๐ฎ๐ญ ๐“๐ž๐ก
Blk 341 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Unit 01-04 Teck Ghee Court Market & Food Centre
Singapore 560341

Another of my favourite items here is the ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ($1.20 per pc). It came as a rectangular block, with a crispy skin encasing a soft, fluffy radish centre. Freshly fried, it possessed an alluring aroma and its taste was redolent of ๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ (dried shrimp), which boosted its flavour considerably.

Even in the dying embers of its operations (last day on 8th May), Cheong Fan Paradise does not compromise on its quality. Like battle-hardened soldiers protecting their country from much stronger invaders, and knowing that death is imminent, @cheongfanparadise will go down in glory, fighting to the very end.

๐‚๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ง๐  ๐…๐š๐ง ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž
Blk 5023 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2
Singapore 569526

It is with great sadness when I read that Cheong Fan Paradise, a hawker stall opened by a former head dim sum chef at Shangri-La's Shang Palace, will be closing due to manpower issues. Having attained cult status withย its two to three hour-long queues during its peak, it has become one of my favourite chee cheong fun stalls. I dropped by for one last hurrah.ย 

Silky smooth sheets made from rice flour drizzled in a scrumptious sweet-savoury sauce is what I've come to expectย from Cheong Fan Paradise. The chee cheong fun slid down my throat effortlessly and the fillings were stellar as well. The fresh and crunchy prawns in the ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป ($4.50) and the meaty bits of char siew in the ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—™๐˜‚๐—ป ($3.80) were exceptional.

๐‚๐ก๐ž๐จ๐ง๐  ๐…๐š๐ง ๐๐š๐ซ๐š๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ž
Blk 5023 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2
Singapore 569526

The wildly popular Seng Kee ๐˜ฃ๐˜ข๐˜ฌ ๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ has a second outlet at Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park. Good news, because there are hardly any queues here; I once queued almost an hour at its original stall in Serangoon Gardens. Even better news, the original chef is stationed here, with his kids running the original stall.

Those in the know will order the soup version because the best thing about Seng Kee is its stupendously scrumptious soup boiled with pork bones and dried sole fish. The ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€ ($5) came with all the typical bcm ingredients like minced pork, sliced pork and pig's liver, but my favourite item remains the braised mushrooms. Beautifully braised, they were juicy and flavourful.

Despite being out of the way, I'd come here for my @sengkeebcm fix in the future because it saves me at least 30 minutes of queuing time.

๐’๐ž๐ง๐  ๐Š๐ž๐ž ๐Œ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐จ๐ฆ ๐Œ๐ข๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ ๐๐จ๐ซ๐ค ๐๐จ๐จ๐๐ฅ๐ž
Blk 5023 Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2
Singapore 569526

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Pleasantly surprised to discover that Monday Coffee Bar, located in a secluded part of Ang Mo Kio, is on Burpple. We went for the 1-for-1 Pastry & Beverage deal, where the choice of pastry includes a small selection of croissants, blondies and cakes supplied by Edith Patisserie.

This wasย our first time having blondies (similar to brownies), which were tiny, but were packed full of flavour. We loved the ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ for its earthy notes, and the ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ผ๐—ผ๐˜€ ๐—•๐—น๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฒ for its chocolatey profile. We found the texture too hard, though, but weren't sure if they were meant to be like that.ย 

The coffee beans are supplied by Dutch Colony if I'm not wrong, and the medium-bodied ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ผ possessed delicious nuttyย tones. The ambrosial ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ ๐—Ÿ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ, emitting the fragrance of brown rice, was mesmerising. Definitely a cafe I'd return to, even if there's no Burpple Beyond deal.

๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ ๐‚๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž ๐๐š๐ซ
Blk 421 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
Singapore 560421

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Shinjitsu Ramen, located in a kopi tiam in a (somewhat) inaccessible part of Ang Mo Kio, has been in the news recently for its $5.90 ramen that comes with one whole chicken leg. However the ๐—ง๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ผ๐˜๐˜€๐˜‚ ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ($10.90) caught my attention instead.

Consisting of 4 slices of chashu, black fungus, one large piece of seaweed and one ajitama, it was indeed sumptuous. A similar bowl at a typical ramen joint would cost at least $18 before taxes.

The tonkotsu broth was rich and flavourful, and it certainly heightened my expectations. The noodles had a nice, firm texture while the black fungus, usually served as tiny pieces at ramen joints, came in one big piece here, so I was pleasantly surprised.

The chashu could've been more tender and the egg yolk more molten, but at this price point, you can hardly find a better bowl of ramen.
@shinjitsuramen

๐’๐ก๐ข๐ง๐ฃ๐ข๐ญ๐ฌ๐ฎ ๐‘๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ง
Blk 332 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Singapore 050335

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