Where in Singapore can you get a bowl of lor mee with a braised chicken wing, braised meat, fish cake, ngor hiang and a whole braised egg for only $2?
The answer is in a stall in Geylang East Food Centre called 278 Lor Mee.
While most lor mee disappoint with gravy that is either not thick enough or having too strong herbal smell, 278 lor mee has a fine balance of thick starchy gravy with a characteristic herbal taste yet not masking the fragrant aroma of dark soy sauce. The savory gravy blends so well with the smooth noodles and crispy beansprouts, the lor mee is simply mouthwatering. The chicken wing and egg are so well-braised, they make you want to come back for more.
So come down to Geylang East Food Centre and have a bowl of delicious 278 lor mee today.
278 Lor Mee
Geylang East Food Centre
Blk 117 Aljunied Ave 2 #01-14
Closed on Tuesdays
Update 30/12/2007 - This stall has closed down
Monday, August 27, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Situated opposite Bedok Camp and in a sharp corner, Bedok Food Centre is better known as Bedok Corner Food Centre. When I was working in Simei four years ago, I used to patronise it for dinner frequently. Nothing can be more satisfying than a plate of sumptuous fried hokkien mee and a bowl of refreshing cheng tng after a busy day at work. And indeed Bedok Corner Food Centre has the best fried hokkien mee and the best cheng tng you can ever find in Singapore.
Don't be disappointed if you see a long queue in front of Bedok Corner Hokkien Prawn Mee, these people have good taste, just like you. The noodles are unique in that they are slightly more soupy than the usual fried hokkien mee. With every bite, you can experience the irresistable taste of prawn and pork rib soup and the lingering fragrance of dark soy sauce and pepper. The sweet chilli complements the delicious noodles so well that it makes you crave for another plate. And when that happens, think twice, cause you will have to queue all over again.
Complete your fabulous dinner with a bowl of Ye Lai Xiang cheng tng which I will introduce in my blog another day, so stay tuned.
Bedok Corner Hokkien Prawn Mee
Bedok Corner Food Centre
1 Bedok Road
Stall No 29
Friday, August 24, 2007
The race to win the title of Singapore's best wanton noodles has narrowed down to two contestants, Fei Fei Wanton Noodles versus Hong Mao Wanton Noodles. Coincidentally or not, they are situated at close proximity to each other in Joo Chiat. Hong Mao Noodles opens only in the morning and finishes selling after lunch whereas Fei Fei Noodles opens the whole day and has a franchise in the opposite coffee shop. At this point in time, you should be able to judge who is the more deserving winner. Since this post is on Fei Fei Wanton Noodles, I shall not digress any further.
Fei Fei Wanton Noodles is characteristic in that it does not come with soup, unless you order an extra bowl of wanton soup. But after you finish your noodles, you can bring the bowl to the owner and she will fill it up with piping hot wanton soup. The noodles are smooth and has a special egg taste. The chilli is extremely spicy and has a tinge of pepper in it. The dumplings are tender with a distinct smoky aroma. Ask for a normal bowl of wanton mee with an extra bowl of wanton soup which cost only $4.50 and you will get a whole lot more value for money.
Indeed Fei Fei wanton noodles is one of the best in Singapore. If you have a craving for wanton noodles in the middle of the night, you can drop by its franchise which is open 24 hours.
Fei Fei Wanton Noodles
62 Joo Chiat Place
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Welcome to Downtown East, a place where people remember for its Wild Wild Wet, Escape Theme Park and Costa Sands resort but few heard of the small Halal steamboat restaurant there. Mention the name Qiu Lian and everyone will think of the famous handmade noodles with delicious broth and special chilli but little is known about the steamboat restaurant set up by the same owner. Put the two together and you get Downtown East Steamboat. For only $16 with no service charge and no GST, you get to enjoy a Halal steamboat buffet in the comfort of an air-conditioned restaurant. Gone are the days of having to perspire profusely while cooking your steamboat or having to keep buying drinks from the drinks stall to quench your thirst, Downtown East Steamboat provides free flow ice water and lemonade.
The steamboat pot comes in two compartments, so you can choose to cook your food in both chicken soup and tom yam soup. Enjoy a wide spread of meat eg chicken, beef and mutton; seafood eg prawns, flower crabs, sliced fish and shellfish; yong tau foo and vegetables. While waiting for the soup to boil, you can help yourself to a variety of cooked food eg fried noodles, fried rice, fried chicken wings, chicken nuggets, fish fingers, tea eggs, mixed soup etc. Dip your food into the special chilli sauce, made from chilli padi, for a savory experience. Complete your wholesome dinner with ice cocktail jelly and four flavors of ice cream for dessert. So what are you waiting for? Bring your friends and family down to Downtown East Steamboat today.
Downtown East Steamboat
1 Pasir Ris Close Downtown East
#01-03A Singapore 519599
Closed on Mondays
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Please allow me to introduce, what I feel is, the BEST WANTON NOODLES I have ever tasted in Singapore. Situated in an old coffee shop along Tembeling Road, Hong Mao Wanton Noodles is always so popular, the waiting time is hardly less than forty five minutes. However, don't let this discourage you because once you sink your teeth into those delicious noodles, you will understand why the long wait is so worthwhile.
First of all, the chilli is so spicy and unique, it blends impeccably with the noodles and leaves a lingering taste in your mouth even hours after eating. Secondly, the irresistable dumplings, which are made from seasoned minced meat, exude a savory fragrance with every bite. Thirdly, the soup, which is brewed from fresh anchovy, is so tasty, it completes the unforgettable experience of having Hong Mao wanton mee and makes you want to return for more.
Enough said, drop by Hong Mao Noodle House today but remember to bring along a book or PSP, to pass time while waiting. Enjoy your noodles.
Hong Mao Noodle House
128 Eating Corner
Open in the morning until 1pm
Closed on Mondays
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Situated in a Kopitiam within walking distance from Heartland Mall, this stall, run by a couple, sells the best and the cheapest Western food you can find in a neighborhood coffee shop. I first came across it two years ago when I saw almost everyone in the coffee shop eating Western food, even though there were four other stalls. Ever since then, I fell in love with it and never fail to patronise it at least once every fortnightly.
My favorite is the chicken chop. For only $4.50, you get a thick and generous piece of chicken topped with delicious mushroom sauce. The chicken is tender, well-marinated and well-grilled with a smoky aroma. I usually prefer to have my chicken chop with rice, salad and baked beans but you can always ask for bread and fries instead. Even though business can be extremely good during dinner time, the service is always prompt and the quality is consistently great. For steak lovers out there, you can enjoy the sirlion steak or black pepper steak at only $5.50.
Eddy Western Delights
Blk 210 Hougang St 21
Closed on Thursdays.
Friday, August 17, 2007
To all food enthusiasts who feel that love for crabs is an expensive affair, don't despair. Never again will you have to deny the chance to indulge in crabs anymore. There's a small eatery along Upper Thomson Road which serves various crab dishes at affordable prices. And it's called Crab Shack.
Try the delicious crab baked rice at only $6.50 and enjoy the taste of fragrant rice mixed with mouthwatering cheese, fresh crab meat and sliced crab sticks. If you prefer noodles, try the crab spaghetti with thick savory sauce and generous chunks of fresh crab meat at only $7.50. Or enjoy the 2-piece steamed flower crab value meal at only $5.95. Crab Shack also serves a variety of irresistable side dishes including crab croquette, crab au gratin, tempura prawns and fried mushrooms, mostly below $5.
So to all crab lovers out there, do not hesitate anymore. Drop by Crab Shack at Upper Thomson Road for dinner today. Or visit its second outlet in Bestway Building along Shenton Way.
227 Upper Thomson Road
Crab Shack in the City
12 Prince Edward Road, Bestway Building
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Whenever I have to think of a romantic Western restaurant to bring my loved one for a special dinner, Mariners' Corner Restaurant is always the first to come to my mind. Situated inside Maritime House which is well-hidden within the HDB flats of Cantonment Park, this restaurant serves the most affordable and the most delicious Western food I have ever tasted in Singapore.
If there is one dish which I have to recommend, it will be the sirloin steak with grilled lobster set which costs only $18. The steak is tender and juicy and the lobster is delicate and mouth-watering. Top up $3.50 and you will enjoy free flow salad bar, garlic bread, soup of the day, ice cream and coffee or tea.
Enjoy a memorable dinner with your loved one under the cozy ambience of candlelight and soothing music of sentimental love songs. Experience the nostalgic feeling when you dine in the dim lighting, surrounded by wooden walls, tinted windows, beautiful paintings and checkered table cloths. In addition, the experienced staff are friendly and approachable, and never fail to make you feel comfortable at all times.
What is even more worthwhile mentioning, is that every time upon leaving the restaurant, I feel the satisfaction of having a sumptuous dinner and a lasting impression which no other restaurant can give.
Mariners' Corner Restaurant
120 Cantonment Road
#01-02 Maritime House
Tel: 6224 9928