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I suffered from “grab-a-phobia” when I was young. It’s a condition in which the sufferer has a fear of the claws of a chicken feet clamping the face when attempts are made to eat the fleshy palm part. At least, that’s what I named my phobia 😂😂😂 I got over it some years later and after that, dimsum wasn’t dimsum without an order of “feng zhao” or “Phoenix Claws” (it’s the romanticised name for steamed chicken feet).
However, the tastiest version for me, isn’t found in a Chinese restaurant but at a humble hawker stall that happens to also be one of my all-time favourites for wanton mee.
“Joo Chiat Ah Huat Wanton Noodle”, stall #01-04 at Dunman Food Centre, does one that’s terrifically delicious. I have witnessed customers ordering only that to enjoy on the spot or as takeaway.
The style of preparation at this stall involves frying the chicken feet before braising which makes the skin flavourful and puffs it up for extra texture. The sauce is thinner than the usual thick, unctuous sort of midnight-coloured braising liquid but it is wonderfully aromatic with garlic, ginger and sesame oil. Shown above is the $3 serving and it is good for two persons to share. There is the option to have it with noodles too.

The communal place was a very nice place w card games for big groups. I really liked the flaming pork ribs, but the salmon miso was slightly underwhelming. They seemed to be short staffed so customers may need to be more patient during peak hours. But otherwise it was a lovely experience.

First time to Katsuya and was blown away by the quality. The menu featured how the Chef was trained in Tokyo and the philosophy behind Katsuya - quality, clean, freshly made food. The pork Katsu was delicious, as was my wagyu Katsu - so tender and juicy. Will definitely come back again!

PRICE: $6.50

WAITING TIME: Real fast on a weekday late afternoon

PARKING: Parallel parking lots right outside and across the road

- Place is small but not tiny
- Coffee by Common Man Coffee Roasters
- I was okay with the milk in this cappuccino. Didn't get me gagging like the other cuppas.
- Iced black ($5.50) was not acidic, he likes it

We were awed by the welcome drink mocktail ($8++)! Such a pleasure for the palate 👍 The coffee lemonade ($8++) was pale in comparison. My taste buds said: do not try to marry coffee and lemonade.
Both miso salmon $20++ and yuzu butterfly chicken $18++ gave us pleasant surprises. The salmon and mashed potato in the former were so delish and the latter had a sweet, aromatic yuzu flavour in it! Nice!👍👍
Will be back!

Both Kazan guy don and unagi don ($16.80++) were tasty and generously portioned. The only improvement I hope to see is for the restaurant to provide miso soup or a small salad or some pickles along with their dons.

eng’s has so many outlets across the island now but I always still come back to this branch, they never fail to disappoint!

Don't be fazed by the queue snaking out of the basement of Katong Shopping Centre. While the moist chicken is excellent and comes doused in a savoury sauce and topped with fried garlic bits, it is really the unusual complimentary sidekicks that people are queuing for. Each portion of Chicken Rice ($5) comes with free flow achar and a big bowl of soup cooked with love. The soups change from time to time, but standouts include the chicken cabbage carrot soup and the lotus root peanut soup.
Photo by Burppler Jasmine L.


Both rare, one with truffle fries and another with mashed potato. Both sides were great!

Steaks were awesome, though we expected it to be a lot less chewy. Seemed better the last 2 times we were here!

$30.90 is really worth it for 2 steaks though!

A little on the salty side and dry, this tortilla had obviously been sitting out for too long. Thankfully the flavour partially made up for its shortcomings.

Taste: 3/5

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Homeground Coffee Roasters
Address: 475, Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682
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