Formerly located in Changi Village Food Centre prior to its renovation last year, Sri Bistari is well-known for its ayam penyet (smashed fried chicken) which is one of the best locally. However it seemed to have vanished since then and in its place, appeared a number of imitation stalls with similar names. Today when I was walking along Joo Chiat Road, I was surprised to find Sri Bistari again and decided to enter the restaurant to try its ayam penyet.
The ayam penyet set, which comes with a plate of fried chicken, a plate of chicken rice and a bowl of soup, costs $4.90.The chicken rice is remarkably fragrant and goes very well with the special chilli paste. The fried chicken is cripsy, tasty and juicy.
Not a big fan of fried chicken, I felt that the standard of Sri Bistari ayam penyet seemed to have gone down over the years. Nevertheless it is still one of the more delicious in Singapore.
Sri Bistari Changi Village Famous Ayam Penyet
102 Joo Chiat Road
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Monday, May 27, 2013
When I went to Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill at NEX shopping mall for dinner last weekend, I was surprised to find out that the steak and prawn combo costs only $13.50.
Hot Tomato Cafe & Grill
23 Serangoon Central Mall
Thursday, April 25, 2013
I remembered that a few years ago, the food court at the basement of Roxy Square used to be quiet most of the time, except in the evenings when people come for its famous Parkway Parade Steamboat and on Sundays when Christians from nearby churches come for lunch after service. But today when I was there, I was surprised to see a long queue in front of this stall, Qiu Rong Handmade Noodles.
Hence I joined in the queue and ordered a bowl of ban mian with prawns which cost $3.50. Just in case you are wondering why my serving looks so huge, I have requested for an extra $0.50 of vegetables to be added.
What distinguishes Qiu Rong from the other handmade noodles is the quality of its soup. Filled with the natural sweetness and delightful essence of meat, the flavorful soup goes very well with the smooth handmade noodles. The generous servings of minced meat and green vegetables are very tasty and fresh.
Certainly my idea of a healthy meal, Qiu Rong handmade noodles is definitely worth trying if you are around the Katong area. They also serve a variety of other dishes eg fried dumplings, Fuzhou fishballs, ABC soup, lotus soup etc.
Qiu Rong Handmade Noodles
Roxy Square II
Friday, April 5, 2013
Often enticed by the distinctive aroma whenever I walked past the Chicken Hotpot in Square 2, I finally succumbed to the temptation of trying it last weekend.
We ordered the couple set (which comes with a small signature chicken hotpot, a small spicy shrimp hotpot and 2 drinks) for $33.80++. Topped with thick savory sauce, the chicken hotpot is served with pieces of chicken, capsicum, onion and chilli. Initially the sauce tastes too salty and too concentrated to be consumed on its own but as the waitress starts adding stock to dilute it, it gradually becomes a flavorful and fragrant soup that is extremely pleasing to the taste buds.
We also saw customers ordering extra items eg instant noodle, mushrooms, vegetables etc, to add into the soup, something that we will try next time.
After service charge and GST, we paid around $42 for the dinner, inclusive of 2 plain rice not included in the couple set. Although neither cheap nor value for money, I will still recommend you to try Chicken Hotpot if you haven't, especially if you have a liking for food with strong and unique flavours.
Novena Square 2
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
One evening when I had a sudden craving for fried rice, I came across this cze char (Chinese cooked food) stall in Pasir Panjang Food Centre and decided to order its seafood fried rice.
A plate of seafood fried rice from Meng Kee costs only $3 and is served with small shrimps, char siew and egg. Expertly fried with a distinctive wok hei aroma, the rice is remarkably fragrant and flavorful. The fried rice is served with a special chilli paste that is extremely spicy. While other cze char stalls try to reduce cost by using mock ingredients, Meng Kee is very generous with its serving of fresh shrimps.
Besides its outstanding and value for money fried rice, Meng Kee also has a wide variety of cze char dishes eg its signature fish head steamboat, seafood soup, hotplate beancurd, fried vegetables etc. This stall is a definite must-try when you are at Pasir Panjang Food Centre.
Meng Kee Seafood Fish Head Steamboat
Pasir Panjang Food Centre
Saturday, February 2, 2013
Located in Albert Centre Food Centre in Bugis, Ma Bo lor mee must be one of the cheapest and nicest lor mee in Singapore.
Priced at only $2.50, a bowl of lor mee comes with ngor hiang, fish cake, braised meat, braised egg and fried fish nugget. Delightly thick and savory, yet not overly starchy, the gravy coats the noodles very well. My only grouse is the strong flavour of spices in the gravy which can be overwhelming at times.
As evident by the long queue in front of the stall, Ma Bo lor mee is a must-try if you are a fan of lor mee. Besides the traditional lor mee, Ma Bo also has fried fish lor mee, chicken cutlet lor mee and laska.
Ma Bo Lor Mee
Albert Centre Market & Food Centre
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Located in Chong Pang Market and Food Centre in Yishun, this stall serves one of the best seafood hor fun in Singapore.
Reasonably priced at only $3 when most hor fun in coffee shops & hawker centres are going for at least $3.50, Hoe Kee seafood hor fun is served with fresh prawns, sotong, lean meat and vegetables. Expertly fried with a delighted wok hei fragrance, the delicious hor fun is coated with thick savory gravy filled with concentrated seafood essence.
This is certainly one of the most impressive seafood hor fun that I have tasted in Singapore. Besides hor fun, Hoe Kee also serves a variety of outstanding cze char dishes. The ones that I strongly recommend are spicy hotplate seafood beancurd, spring onion ginger venison and oyster sauce kailan. Come down to Chong Pang Food Centre and try it with your family.
Hoe Kee Seafood Stall
Chong Pang Food Centre
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Always with a long queue on Sunday morning, I was very reluctant to try Yong Seng Teochew Fishball Noodle whenever I went to Hougang 105 Hainanese Village Centre for breakfast. Today I finally had the chance to try it when I was there at 3pm and didn't have to queue.
I ordered a bowl of minced meat noodles which costs $3. Topped with tasty servings of minced meat, pig's liver, fish ball and meat ball, the noodles are well-cooked to a remarkably springy consistency and coated with savory gravy.
The standard of a Teochew noodle is determined by a combination of 3 factors: (1) the texture of the noodle (2) the flavour of the gravy (3) the quality of the ingredients. Yong Seng Teochew Fishball Noodle is one of few in Singapore that has got all 3 factors right.
Yong Seng Teochew Fishball Noodle
Hainanese Village Centre
Friday, November 2, 2012
Hidden in a far corner of Upper Changi Road North, beside Changi Chapel and Museum, is an al-fresco cafe with lovely ambience and delicious food named The Bark Cafe. Even though I lived in the East, I didn't even know that it existed until a friend brought me there some years ago. Since then, I have occasional cravings for its signature crayfish hor fun and fried chicken wings and this led me to drive there on a weekday evening for dinner. Parking is free and readily available at the open space just in front the cafe.
Well-known for its fusion concept, the Bark Cafe serves Western cuisine like steak, fish and chips, burgers, salad, soup as well as local favorites like hor fun, fried rice and mee goreng. The signature crayfish hor fun, which may seem rather exorbitant at $17.90, comes in an enormous portion that is satisfactory for two. Expertly fried with a remarkable wok hei fragrance, the hor fun is coated with thick savory seafood gravy and topped with fresh crayfish, prawns and sotong. The specialty chicken wings, priced at $15.90 for 6 pieces, are extremely cripsy and juicy.
Overall, the Bark Cafe impresses me with its tranquil dining experience and its outstanding crayfish hor fun. If you are looking for a romantic place for dinner away from the hustle of the city, I strongly recommend the Bark Cafe.
The Bark Cafe
1000 Upper Changi Road North
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
Of the many restaurants open at the relatively new Katong 112 shopping mall, the one that caught my attention was Suki-Ya Japanese Restaurant which has hotpot buffet for lunch and dinner. Reasonably priced at $16.90 for lunch and $20.90 for dinner (additional $2 on Friday to Sunday, public holiday and eve of public holiday), my partner and I decided to try the dinner buffet to see if it is truly value for money.
Given a choice of 2 out of 3 soup bases (shabu shabu, sukiyaki and kimchi) for the hotpot, we opted for shabu shabu and kimchi. Beside a free flow of meat (beef, pork and chicken), the dinner buffet comes with a variety of vegetables, mushrooms, fish and meat balls, beancurd etc. We were most impressed by the freshness of the meat especially the sliced beef which is extremely tender and tasty. It was only at the end that we realized that we had a total of 9 plates of meat between the two of us.
Having read some unpleasant reviews of other outlets of the restaurant, I must say that Suki-Ya at Katong 112 left us a very good impression. Not only is the service staff efficient and attentive, the food is delicious and worth every dollar paid. Do come down to Katong 112 with your family and try it for yourself.
112 East Coast Road
Sunday, September 2, 2012
On a Saturday evening when Shunfu Mart Food Centre appeared dark and almost deserted, I was surprised to see a queue forming in front of Huat Heng Fried Prawn Mee. Curious to find out what is so special about this prawn mee, I decided to join the queue and try it for myself.
A plate of Heng Huat fried prawn mee which costs $3 is served with prawns, sotong and lean meat. Fried to a semi-wet consistency with a delightful wok hei aroma, the noodles are coated with tasty seafood gravy and go very well with the savory chilli paste.
Certainly one of the better fried Hokkien mee in Thomson and Bishan, Heng Huat is a definite must try if you live around there.
Huat Heng Fried Prawn Mee
Shunfu Mart Food Centre
Blk 320 Shunfu Road
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Although there are quite a number of stalls selling zi char (Chinese cooked dishes) in Alexandra Village Food Centre, Jin Pai Zi Char appears to be the most popular. With its comprehensive menu printed in large size and pasted in front of the stall, most people will automatically stop to take a look. Having a wide variety of ala carte cooked dishes at very affordable prices, it took me a while to decide what I wanted to have.
I ordered a plate of kai lan beef rice which cost $4. Served with generous servings of tender beef and crispy kai lan fried with oyster sauce, this dish is indeed delicious and value for money. I love the sambal belacan chilli paste which goes very well with the beef and the rice.
Besides kai lan, the tasty rice sets also come in other combinations eg ginger and spring onion, black pepper, dried chilli, bittergourd with black bean sauce, sweet and sour, sambal etc. If you do not like beef, you can choose to have chicken, pork or fish instead. Come down to Jin Pai Zi Char and savour the impressive variety of dishes available. However be prepared to wait as the queue can be quite long during peak hours.
Jin Pai Zi Char
Alexandra Village Food Centre
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Friday, July 27, 2012
Five years after I started this blog, I finally wrote my first post on satay bee hoon. Best described by Wikipedia as a dish of cultural fusion between Malay and Chinese, satay bee hoon consists of rice vermicilli topped with chilli-based peanut sauce, similar to the one served with satay.
While I patronize Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Food Centre frequently, today is the first time I tried Centre Satay Bee Hoon. A plate of satay bee hoon which costs $3 comes in a satisfactory portion of vermicilli served with cuttlefish, cockles, prawn, lean meat and kangkong. Remarkably sweet and savory, the thick satay sauce coats the bee hoon very well. The fresh cuttlefish is extremely tasty and crunchy.
Centre Satay Bee Hoon also has another branch in Sembawang Hill Food Centre which is how I came to know about it. After trying both stalls, I honestly can't tell the difference between the two. But I must say that they serve one of the best satay bee hoon that I've tasted in Singapore.
Centre Satay Bee Hoon
Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Food Centre
Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
Closed on Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Although I have lived in Singapore for more than three decades, I realized that there are some food centres that I have not been to. One of them is Jalan Batu Food Centre in Mountbatten. When I was there on a Monday evening, most of the stalls were closed and I had little choice but try the chicken rice from Wang Lao Wu Chicken King.
I ordered the chicken rice set which costs $4.50 and it comes with a plate of steamed white chicken, a plate of oyster sauce vegetables, a bowl of rice and a bowl of soup. Well-cooked to the perfect texture, every yellow grain of rice, which is thoroughly coated with chicken essence, is remarkably fragrant and flavorful. The special chilli paste is thick and savory and goes very well with the rice and chicken. The steamed white chicken is fresh and tender, while the oyster sauce vegetables are crunchy and tasty. The soup is one of the most delicious that I've tasted before.
Overall, I was very impressed with Wang Lao Wu Chicken King chicken rice. Despite strong competition from various famous chicken rice stalls all over Singapore, Wang Lao Wu Chicken King has indeed distinguished itself with its outstanding and value for money chicken rice.
Wang Lao Wu Chicken King
Jalan Batu Food Centre
4A Jalan Batu
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Having read about this famous fish soup stall with long queues during lunch time, I was both happy and surprised to find no queue when I was there on a rainy Thursday afternoon at around 130pm.
I ordered a bowl of fish soup with instant noodle which costs $3.50. Incredibly value for money, I counted more than ten pieces of fish, certainly the most that I have ever found in all similarly priced fish soups in Singapore. In addition, the thick pieces of fish are remarkably fresh, tender and fleshy. However, what I found mediocre, was the quality of the soup itself, somewhat lacking in seafood essence and aroma.
If you are a fan of cheap and good fish soup like me, you must not miss Fresh Fish Seafood Soup in Sembawang Hill Food Centre. Its outstanding fish will definitely leave you wanting to return for more.
Fresh Fish Seafood Soup
Sembawang Hill Food Centre
590 Upper Thomson Road
11am to 230pm
Closed on Mondays
Sunday, June 3, 2012
Haven't been updating this blog for quite some time, I finally found something that is worthwhile recommending. Four Seas located at Albert Centre Food Centre has one of the best seafood hor fun in Singapore.
A plate of seafood hor fun which is very reasonably priced at $3.50, comes with prawns, sotong, lean meat, chicken, fish and egg. I seriously can't think of any other hor fun that is more value for money.
What I love most is the irresistable gravy that is incredibly flavorful and yet not oily and goes very well with the well-fried hor fun with the wok hei fragrance. The ingredients are extremely fresh and tasty.
If you are craving for delicious seafood hor fun, hesitate no longer. Come down to Albert Centre Food Centre in Bugis and try it for yourself today.
Four Seas Fried Mee & Rice Fried Hor Fun
Albert Centre Food Centre
270 Queen Street
Saturday, March 10, 2012
Although I was never a fan of cakes and pastry, this lychee martini cake from Pine Garden's Cakes at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 left me with such a lasting impression that I wanted to return for more.
Topped with a fresh lychee, a piece of lychee martini cake, which is reasonably priced at $2.50, comes with smooth sponge cake layered with fragrant cream and filled with small lychee pieces coated with martini. What I enjoyed most about this lychee martini cake is its irresistible sweetness that leaves a lingering aftertaste on the taste buds.
Besides its famous lychee martini cake, Pine Garden also has many other specially created cakes eg brandy cherry cake, baileys chocolate crunch cake, mango passionfruit cake etc. Check out its website at http://www.pgcake.com/
Pine Garden's Cakes
Blk 529 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10
Saturday, January 28, 2012
It took me 3 tries before I decided to recommend Yong Heng Fried Hokkien Mee. More often than not, I dismissed it as not good enough eg broth too sweet, noodles too wet, chilli too ordinary etc. But when I tried the branch in Changi Village Food Centre, I was finally impressed to blog about it.
I ordered a $4 plate of fried hokkien mee which comes in a very satisfactory portion. Well-fried with a remarkable wok hei flavor and a slightly wet consistency, the delicious noodles are thoroughly coated with thick savory gravy concentrated with seafood essence. Although the noodles are so tasty that you can eat it with just the sweet chilli paste, they are served with fresh prawns, sotong, meat and egg.
What makes Yong Heng fried hokkien mee more outstanding than most others is the superior broth that it uses. It also has other branches in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Vivocity etc. Do give it a try if you haven't.
Yong Heng Fried Hokkien Mee
Changi Village Market and Food Centre
Blk 2 Changi Village Road
Sunday, January 8, 2012
Although the words "fried kway teow" and "healthy" may sound contradictory when used together, Heng Huat Fried Kway Teow in Pasir Panjang Food Centre serves one topped with generous servings of green vegetables and fried with no lard.
I ordered a $3 plate of fried kway teow and was impressed by the crunchy pieces of fresh chye sim that cleverly add a healthy component to the otherwise unhealthy dish. Well-fried with a remarkable wok hei flavour, the noodles come with the usual egg and juicy cockles but lacking in fish cake, Chinese sausage and lard.
If you are a health-conscious foodie who craves for fried kway teow, this one from Heng Huat will make you feel less guilty after eating. However I personally prefer my fried kway teow to come with plenty of lard and sweet sauce instead.
Heng Huat Fried Kway Teow
Pasir Panjang Food Centre
121 Pasir Panjang Road
Closed on Sundays and Public Holidays
Monday, December 26, 2011
Even though there are a few stalls selling soya beancurd in Old Airport Road Food Centre, only Lao Ban Soya Beancurd had a queue when I was there at 8pm on a Saturday and the queue seemed perpetually long.
After queuing for more than 10 minutes, I got my bowl of original soya beancurd which costs $1.50. My first impression when I tried the beancurd was that it seemed to taste like soya pudding instead because it does not come with syrup and it is so soft and smooth that it "dissolves" effortlessly in the mouth. Unlike the typical soya beancurd, it has a unique malt sweetness that lingers on the taste buds.
I believe the reason why Lao Ban soya beancurd is so appealing to the crowds because it is so special and different. However, if you are a fan of traditional soya beancurd like me, Lao Ban will probably not impress you enough to return for more.
Lao Ban Soya Beancurd
Old Airport Road Food Centre
51 Old Airport Road, #01-127
Friday, December 16, 2011
Having been out of action for two months, I am finally back to try the famous Xi Xiang Feng yong tau foo in Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Food Centre which has a long queue when I was there at 515pm.
With a wide variety of steamed and deep fried dishes, vegetables and beancurd whose prices range from 30 cents to 1 dollar per piece, I chose 6 pieces of yong tau foo to go with noodle and laksa gravy which cost $4.20 in total.
I was most impressed with the special laksa gravy that is remarkably thick and flavorful yet not overly concentrated or spicy. In terms of the yong tau foo, I like the steamed homemade meat ball best. The sweet sauce is fragrant and savory and goes well with the yong tau foo.
Although it is slightly more expensive than some neighborhood yong tau foo, I have to agree that Xi Xiang Feng is one of the most delicious in Singapore. If you haven't tried it before, come down to Ang Mo Kio central and decide for yourself.
Xi Xiang Feng Yong Tau Foo
Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Food Centre
Blk 724 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6
Closed on Sundays
Saturday, October 15, 2011
The odds of finding two delicious home made noodle within a month must be very low. Yet, soon after featuring Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle in City Plaza, I came across Top 1 home made noodle in Chinatown.
I ordered a bowl of prawn ban mian which costs $3. Topped with prawn, minced meat, mushroom, vegetable and fried anchovy, the homemade noodle is smooth and tasty. Filled with delightful seafood broth, the soup is remarkably sweet and flavorful.
Certainly better than the home made noodle from Poon Nah City, what Top 1 lacked is a special chilli paste to go along with the noodle. Nevertheless it impresses with its outstanding seafood broth. Come down and try it for yourself.
Top 1 Home Made Noodle
Bukit Timah Branch
Beauty World Centre
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Monday, September 26, 2011
I came across this stall named Cai Li Fish Head Steamboat in Blk 90 Whampoa Drive Food Centre one day when the more famous one in Blk 91 Whampoa Drive Market was closed and was surprised to find that its fish head steamboat is just as good, if not better. Hence I returned today to try its seafood soup.
A bowl of seafood soup which costs $4, comes with 3 medium sized deshelled prawns, a few pieces of sotong and several huge chunks of fresh fish. Unlike the bland broth which other stalls use for their seafood soup, Cai Li's winning point lies in its superior quality soup which is indeed as thick and flavorful as the one it uses for its fish head steamboat. And unlike cheapstake ingredients eg fish cake, fish balls, crab stick which other stalls use for their seafood soup, Cai Li uses fresh fish, prawn and sotong which I am willing to pay slightly more for.
Impressed by its outstanding fish head steamboat and seafood soup, I will definitely return for back. However Cai Li is a relatively small stall with few helpers hence its service can sometimes be rather slow, so please be prepared to wait.
Cai Li Fish Head Steamboat
Blk 90 Whampoa Drive
Whampoa Drive Food Centre
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Whenever I have the craving for delicious porridge, I will think of Zhen Zhen in Maxwell Food Centre. Unfortunately, Zhen Zhen only opens in the morning and the queues are invariably long. Recently I found this porridge stall inside a coffee shop along Upper Serangoon Road well-known for its curry rice but I was impressed by its porridge instead.
A bowl of pork porridge from Sin Chie Toke Huan costs $2.50 (add $0.50 for egg) and comes with sliced lean meat, minced meat balls and pig liver. Remarkably soft and silky in consistency, the piping hot porridge is fragrant and flavorful. The minced meat balls are very well-marinated with a delightful tinge of pepper.
The key to an outstanding porridge lies in two factors: its textile and its taste. But although it sounds simple, many porridge that I have tried seem to get one or the other wrong. Sin Chie Toke Huan has got both right, hence this is one porridge that you must definitely try.
Sin Chie Toke Huan
1018 Upper Serangoon Road
Closed on Tuesday
Saturday, September 3, 2011
When I was taking photos of the Hari Raya bazaar in Geylang Serai, I stumbled upon Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle inside a coffee shop on the 5th storey of City Plaza. Surprised to see many people ordering from this stall when I didn't even know that this coffee shop exists, I couldn't resist but try it myself.
Upon seeing the wide variety of home made noodles eg prawn, fish, clam, abalone etc that Poon Nah City has and the thick chilli paste that it sells, I immediately noticed the striking resemblance between this stall and China Whampoa Home Made Noodle in Whampoa Drive Market.
I ordered a bowl of prawn ban mian which costs $3 and was served within 15 minutes. Topped with prawns, minced meat, vegetables and sliced mushroom, the home made noodle is thick and tasty and the piping hot soup is filled with delightful seafood essence. The special chilli paste is remarkably spicy and burns inside the mouth.
Although I have to admit that Poon Nah City home made noodle is one of the best in Singapore, I still prefer China Whampoa home made Noodle as the latter comes with more flavorful soup and deshelled prawns. However Poon Nah City home made noodle is open till 830pm on Monday to Saturday hence there is ample opportunity for you to come down to City Plaza to try it.
Poon Nah City Home Made Noodle
810 Geylang Road