Saturday, February 25, 2012

A Lunch of Chewy Noodles and Dumplings

We were on our way to Hong Hu Express for their guotie but got distracted by this newish-looking stall next to it.

A PRC Chinese lady came up to us, showed us the menu and the deal was sealed when I saw the below.

It had to be authentic stuff. Moohehehe.

Beef Noodles in Home Style ($4.50) came in a light beef broth with pieces of beef that had hints of spice (chili, szechuan peppers). But what was my favourite part of the dish were the wide ribbons of handmade noodles. They were QQ and had a lovely bite and texture. Should do bak chor mee with this! :p

Don't leave without trying the Wanton with Chili Oil ($4). This version was different in that there were no prawns and the skin was not the usual yellow wanton wrapper. Instead, the skin was like chee cheong fun while the filling was minced pork with a tiny bit of ginger. Splashed with black vinegar, chili and soy sauce (I think), these wantons were appetising.

The Dumplings (Dry; $4) were also nice- sufficiently tasty pork and chives filling, with a rustic slightly thickish skin.

Ok I love the translation of this dish 酸辣粉- Sichuan Hot and Sour Powder ($4). It wasn't powder but you can't quite fault the direct translation of 粉. Pity this spicy dish lacked depth and dimension.

I was looking forward to the Noodles with Fragrant Minced Pork ($4) but it turned out rather pedestrian. Defintely toss in chilli oil and vinegar.

Now to return to try their dishes with rice.

Jiu Li Xiang
Fortune Centre
190 Middle Road

Chew On This: Chinese food goes well with...Chinese beer! Here the only beer they serve is Harbin- a rather light and refreshing brew. Good for spicy food and in this crazy heat these days. 干杯!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Grazing at Golden Mile Food Centre

And so here's what we also had for dinner in addition to the claypot rice.

Hokkien Mee. Was rather dry but hungry souls slurped up every strand. LOL.

Chicken Rice. The chicken was so so but the rice was pretty good! Fragrant with garlic and ginger.

Hor Fun. Lots of minced garlic made this extra fragrant. :)

The popular Chili Mee. Savoury element in the chili sauce here. Overall, it wasn't too bad but mind the queue at meal times.

A soup version was also available...essentially prawn noodles soup. Moohehe. Unfortunately the stock was rather sweeeeet (rock sugar?).

At the end of the night, my heart and stomachs still vote for the claypot rice! :D

Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road

Chew On This: I didn't go around snapping photos of the stalls or getting their names/prices as different parties went to get different dishes. Just eat lah! :p

Sunday, February 19, 2012

One Pot Wonder

Feeling hungry (no surprise there) and needing to chow down after a long hard week, I found myself with 3 friends and quite a few more dishes at Golden Mile Food Centre.

But moo-re about what we had in the next post.

This post is dedicated to the one pot that made me smile that evening.

The Chicken Claypot Rice (from $5 onwards. this is the $10 portion) was really yummy! The rice is cooked from scratch and takes about 20 minutes.

It turned out robust and flavourful with 2 types of lup cheong, crunchy cai sim and chunky pieces (not bits) of chicken. I particularly like the chicken- tender and with a very sexily s-moo-th texture.

Portion was also generous. I would be happy to have this pot all to myself! Moohehe.

Yew Chuan Claypot Rice
Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road
Closed: Thursdays

Chew On This: The rice is first cooked over the gas stove then finished over charcoal fire!

Monday, February 13, 2012

3-Day Work Week Kway Chap Stall

A 9 to 5 job is bullshit. It might have existed years ago but in today's world, it is almoost extinct.

Recommended by Carrie Kan, I'm now reading The 4-Hour Work Week. While that is in progress, check this kway chap stall that operates only 3 days per week! Yes, many would certainly die for a 3-day work week. Moohahaha.

The Kway Chap is very good. Though I would have preferred the smooth, silky sheets instead of this floury, rough version, as a whole it was still worth the 15-min queue.

Chewy, springy pig skin and intestines that appealed with a robust flavour without any offensive odour usually associated with innards.

The braised pork belly is well flavoured with the braising sauce. We also ordered the tau kwa, tau pok, lor neng, tau kee. Dip the morsels into a tangy spicy chilli sauce for oomph.

Total cost for 4 pax was about $20.

Now to read up on that 4-day work week...

Xing Yun Kway Chap
Tampines Round Market & Food Centre
Blk 137 Tampines Street 11
Opens: Fridays to Sundays (and I don't think they open till late)

Chew On This: If you need another bowl of kway or want additional eggs/tau kwa etc, head straight to the front of the queue and tell the aunty/uncle. Don't re-queue! #justsaying

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Rustic & Delicious Thai Food

We were like little elves dropping off pressies and made a pit stop for lunch. Being at Golden Mile aka "Little Thailand", Thai food was quite the obvious choice and what a satisfying Thai lunch we had!

The Black Olive Rice ($5) had lovely salty bits that were almost like chai poh (preserved radish) and a good smoky aroma from the wok. The condiments of young green mango, onions (its astringency was surprisingly good with this dish), cashew nuts and savoury curried pork all went very well with the salty, smoky flavours of the olive rice.

Talking about rice, this has got to be the most under-rated dish ever- steamed white rice and a fried egg. All that yummyness in the yolk makes this nature's best sauce! :p

Also good to order here is the Thai Red Beef Curry ($8 for small). I like the very fresh fragrance of the spices. Long beans and small cubes of pineapple balanced out the richness.

This Phad Thai ($5 for small) was a little strange for me but no less tasty. There was a sweet ketchup-like depth to it that I haven't come across in other phad thai. Good for those who don't take spicy food or prefer a sweet tinge.

Tom Kah Kai ($7 for small) by default of its name is supposed to be a chicken soup. But we requested for the seafood version which made this like a bit of a creamier version of seafood tom yum soup. The tangy, spicy, perky flavours were perfect to jolt the taste buds and salivary glands into over drive. Lots of lemongrass, galangal, chilli and I think, limes.

The food here has a rustic, delicious appeal. This cow will be back to try the udder dishes!

Sin Lai Lai Snack House
Golden Mile Complex

Chew On This: Interestingly, they do have a couple of Chinese dishes too. So for those who want both Thai and Chinese food, you know where to go. (:

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Obolo's Valentine's Day Offerings for Your Lah-ling

I woke up one Saturday moo-rning and found myself staring at the above plate at Obolo's new premise at 112 Katong. It was my first meal of the day it what a sweet treat it was. The cakes from left to right, were the New York Cheese (creamy yet light), Noisette (rich with crunchy textured bits) and Mango Passion Cheese (delicately perfumed with passion fruit).

The Kiss Macaron was dense and chewy with a nice deep chocolate flavour from the 70% dark chocolate couverture ganache made using Cacao Barry’s Origine Rare Saint Domingue. For alkies, moohehehe, ahem, the Champagne Macaron rocks like sweet alcoholic cream!

Just for Valentine's Day, these 3 of Obolo's best selling cakes come in heart shapes. Each costs $31.03 (including GST), weighs 500g and is good for foursomes to orgies 6 people.

Like chocolate? Try the Death by Chocolate ($18 for 2 pax). But just don't expect a molten lava oozing out from the Molleux Au Chocolat. Else you'll be digging and digging in disappointment. LOL.

Happy Valentine's!

Thanks to BeateRunway for asking me along and to Obolo for not sueing hosting this cow. :p

112 East Coast Road
112 Katong
Tel: 6636 1073
Opens: Daily 10am-10pm

Chew On This: With this new flagship at 112 Katong, Obolo serves up savoury wraps, sandwiches, salads and brunch options too!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Pretty Good Jap-Italian Pastas

While the debate on yu sheng's origins is still in the air, I think Yomenya Goemon is quite smart. It does not argue if noodles were first invented in Japan or Italy or China. Instead it proudly serves pasta with Japanese, and Italian flavours.

The Shabu-Shabu Boiled Pork & Jap Veggies ($12.90 is dressed in a sesame sauce. Very savoury and a tad too salty for me taste buds. The chopped spring onions are refreshing and cut through this dish nicely.

I like the Cuttlefish Ink & Karasumi Dried Mullet Roe ($13.50). It was dark, garlicky and with a flavour of the sea.

And since it was the 15th day of CNY aka Chap Gor Meh, we lo hei-ed the pasta! Moohahaha.

The Genovese ($12.90) with shimp and avocado was yummy in a fragrant pesto sauce. Creamy avocado. Mmmmm. :)

For an interesting bite, try the Roast Duck Pizza ($17.90). There is an element of Chinese roast duck flavours here with plum sauce and hoisin. The crust is chewy and a little like Japanese bread. The only thing is I wished there was more meat! The duck skin had a layer of fat which provided much flavour but alas, also made the pizza oilier.

But no worries as there is a salad bar to provide crunch and a refreshing break from the carbs and oil. Salad bar is optional and can be added in for a few dollars. Note, one serving only. Not buffet hor.

Here's my bowl with cherry tomatoes, lettuce, Japanese cucumber, corn kernels, alfafa sprouts, tofu and sesame seeds.

I like that their portions of the pasta are large and the pasta is cooked just right! Firm with a good bite. Nomnomnom.

Yomenya Goemon
5 Changi Business Park Central 1 (with other outlets at CityLink Mall, 313@Somerset among others)
#01-28 Changi City Point
Tel: 6636 4816
Opens: Monday to Thursday & Sunday 11.30am-9pm
Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays 11.30am-9.30pm

Chew On This: Yomenya Goemon has over 2500 outlets in Japan!