Located at Joo Chiat Road in the midst of several famous tze char restaurants, this small restaurant is often overlooked. When I walked past it tonight, I noticed several people having seafood hor fun and decided to give it a try too.
As a plate of Fei Lao seafood hor fun costs $5, more expensive than in other tze char restaurants, I really had very high expectations in mind. Fortunately it did not disappoint.
Surrounded with savory gravy, the mouthwatering kway teow is spectacularly fried with an irresistable charred fragrance, I finished all of it at one go, mouthful after mouthful. Delightfully embellished with generous servings of fresh prawns, sotong, fish, lean meat and pig liver, this sumptuous hor fun is definitely worthwhile for its price.
This is undoubtedly one of the most delicious seafood hor fun in Singapore. If only the gravy is less oily and more flavorful, perhaps it would be the best.
Changi Lor 108 Fei Lao Seafood
229 Joo Chiat Road
Update 21/3/09 - This stall has shifted to:
Bedok North St 4
Monday, January 28, 2008
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Having heard about the cheap and delicious nasi lemak in Tanjong Pagar Food Centre, I was disappointed to know that it was sold out when I went there for lunch a fortnight ago. Fortunately I had the opportunity to try Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak when I was there today.
A plate of nasi lemak, which comes with pandan-flavored rice, a fried chicken drumstick, a slice of egg omelette and two pieces of otah, costs only $2.50. Colored light green with pandan flavoring, the fragrant rice is extremely tasty with the delightful aroma of coconut milk and is well-complemented by the impressive sambal chilli. The huge fried drumstick is exceptionally crispy, tender and finger-licking good. The otah is also savory and spicy.
Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak is indeed fantastic and value-for-money. Please do not miss it if you are having lunch at Tanjong Pagar Food Centre but be prepared to queue.
Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak
Tanjong Pagar Food Centre
Blk 6 #02-43
Friday, January 25, 2008
Not to be mistaken for the prawn noodle soup stall in Amoy Street Food Centre with the same name, The Old Stall in Tanjong Pagar Food Centre sells fried hokkien mee. Run by a couple who are in their 70s, this stall must have been around for a very long time, hence its name.
I ordered a plate of $3 fried hokkien mee which comes in a reasonably satisfactory portion, served with fresh prawns, sotong and fish cake. Coated with an irresistable layer of savory gravy, the delicious noodles are more wet in consistency than the usual hokkien mee but not overly soggy. The novel use of chye sim complements the flavorful taste of the noodles. The chilli paste is sweet and spicy, accentuating the delightful fragrance of the noodles.
This is definitely more of the more outstanding fried hokkien mee in the City. Try it for yourself if you go to Tanjong Pagar Food Centre for lunch.
The Old Stall Fried Hokkien Noodle
Tanjong Pagar Food Centre
Blk 6 #02-05
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Having reviewed and recommended Bee Kia seafood hor fun as the best in Singapore, I received comments from some readers that its beef hor fun is even better. Some readers even commented that it is more delicious than the famous Geylang Lor 9 beef hor fun.
When I went there for lunch today, I ordered a plate of beef hor fun which costs $4, $1 less than Geylang Lor 9. Expertly fried with a distinctive charcoal aroma, the sumptuous kway teow is thoroughly coated with mouthwatering gravy that is filled with the flavorful essence of black beans, chilli paste and black pepper. Those who feel that Geylang Lor 9's beef is too overly tenderised will be delighted to taste the generous slices of beef that are tasty, well-marinated and tender to the right consistency.
After trying the beef hor fun from both Geylang Lor 9 and Bee Kia, I still like the one from Geylang Lor 9 better because its gravy is more savory and irresistable. Nevertheless I still feel that Bee Kia's seafood hor fun is the best in Singapore.
Bee Kia Seafood Restaurant
Blk 1 Balestier Hill Shopping Centre
12pm to 11pm
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Although I patronise Redhill Food Centre frequently, I did not notice this inconspicuous prawn mee stall until I saw it being featured on the Singapore Best Food Online Directory. After all, Khoon Kee sells both prawn mee soup and fried kway teow, it is hard to imagine how it can be good in either. Only after I tried its prawn mee last week that I realised I was very wrong. Its prawn noodle soup was very delicious, even better than Jalan Sultan and Whitley Road in my opinion.
A $3 bowl of Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee comes with two big prawns and a piece of pork rib. The mouthwatering gravy is delightfully flavorful with the irresistable essence of seafood, complementing the tasty noodles really well. Extremely fresh and easily de-shelled, the large full prawns are fleshy and sweet. The pork rib is tender and well-marinated.
Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee is indeed one of the less well-known but more impressive prawn noodles in Singapore. It is a definite must-try for all prawn mee lovers.
Khoon Kee Tasty Prawn Mee
Redhill Food Centre
Blk 85 Redhill Lane #01-58
Closed on Tuesdays
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Tanjong Pagar Food Centre is famous for its nasi lemak and lor mee. When I went there for lunch today, I was disappointed to find out that the nasi lemak was sold out but fortunately, the lor mee was still available.
After queuing for around 10 minutes, I got my $3 bowl of Soon Heng lor mee which comes with a generous variety of ingredients ranging from ngor hiang to fish cake, fish nuggets, deep fried wanton, braised meat and my favorite, braised egg. I seem to notice a trend that modern lor mee which contains fish nuggets, tend to omit the conventional braised egg but it is something I really look forward to when eating lor mee.
The savory gravy is sufficiently thick in consistency, giving the delicious noodles an irresistable coat of delightful flavour and yet not too sticky for the throat. The tasty ngor hiang, tender braised meat, deep fried fish nuggets and satisfying braised egg complement the noodles extremely well.
Certainly impressive and value-for-money, Soon Heng lor mee is definitely one of the best lor mee in the city.
Soon Heng Lor Mee
Tanjong Pagar Food Centre
Blk 6 #02-21
Monday, January 14, 2008
I became a fan of curry noodle ever since I found Ah Heng Curry Chicken Noodles in Hong Lim Food Centre. Hence when I saw Hock Hai Chicken Curry Noodle in Maxwell Food Centre, I did not hesitate to give it a try. With fresh steamed chicken displayed in front of the stall and a huge pot of enticing curry gravy, I certainly had very high expectations of Hock Hai curry mee.
I ordered a $3 bowl of curry noodles which comes with several pieces of chicken, a piece of potato, a few slices of fish cake and some tau pok. Coating the noodles impressively, the delicious gravy is spicy and savory but somewhat deficient in the thickness of coconut milk. The steamed white chicken is fresh and tender but not as tasty as it appears on display.
For curry mee lovers who prefer curry gravy that is thick and rich in coconut flavour, Hock Hai curry mee may not appeal to you. But for those who prefer the gravy to be less concentrated and more healthy, do come down to Maxwell Food Centre and try Hock Hai Chicken Curry Noodle today.
Hock Hai (Hong Lim) Chicken Curry Noodle
Maxwell Food Centre
12 Murray Street #01-50
Saturday, January 12, 2008
There are two peculiar features about Nam Sing Fried Hokkien Mee in Old Airport Road Food Centre. First is its irregular opening hours as it seems to be always closed when I was there in the late afternoons and evenings. Secondly, it does not use sambal chilli. Upon hearing this, hokkien mee lovers like me will invariably exclaim, "How can fried hokkien mee taste good without sambal chilli?!"
After reading its great reviews online, I finally had the first-hand experience of trying it when I went there for lunch today. Served on paper plate and topped with freshly cut red chilli, a plate of Nam Sing Fried Hokkien Mee costs $3. The magic of the mouthwatering noodles lies in the skilled way it is fried. Extraordinarily springy in consistency, the delicious noodles are exceptionally fragrant and flavorful, yet not overly soggy or oily. The freshly cut red chilli accentuates the outstanding flavour of the noodles, every mouthful is simply irresistable. Though complemented with fresh prawns and sotong, the noodles are so fantastic, you can eat it on its own hence there is no need for sambal chilli at all.
I totally agree with the reviews that Nam Sing is one of the best fried hokkien mee in Singapore. That probably explains why it can afford to have irregular opening hours and do without sambal chilli. Come and try it for yourself today.
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee
Old Airport Road Food Centre
51 Old Airport Road #01-32
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
There are many stalls with long queues in Hainanese Village Food Centre at Lorong Ah Soo but the one with the longest queue is Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak. I was certainly curious about what is so special about this nasi lemak that makes so many people want to queue for it, so I decided to give it a try today.
A plate of Yi Liu Xiang nasi lemak which comes with ikan bilis (fried anchovy), a slice of egg omelette and a fish fillet costs only $2.10. The delicious rice is reasonably flavorful with the distinctive aroma of coconut milk. The savory chilli sauce blends remarkably well with the fragrant rice. And the special ikan bilis is extremely crispy and tasty.
Although, in terms of quantity, Yi Liu Xiang nasi lemak is value for money, it pales in comparison with other famous nasi lemak eg Selera Rasa, International etc, in terms of quality.
Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak
Hainanese Village Food Centre
Blk 105 Hougang Ave 1 #02-30
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Monday, January 7, 2008
Located in Old Airport Road Food Centre, this stall is best remembered for its delicious fried kway teow that is served on banana leaf. Often discouraged by the long queue, I finally had the chance to taste it today when I went there in the late afternoon.
For only $3, you get a plate of Lao Fu Zi fried kway teow that is absolutely mouthwatering. Extraordinarily well-fried with dark soya sauce and sweet sauce, the delicious kway teow is coated with a flavorful essence and a distinctive charred aroma, every mouthful is simply irresistable. If you are a shellfish lover like me, you will be delighted as the tasty noodles are complemented with generous servings of fresh cockles.
This is indeed one of the best fried kway teow in Singapore. Whether or not the banana leaf accentuates the flavour of the kway teow is debatable but this fried kway teow is no doubt very impressive.
Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow
Old Airport Road Food Centre
51 Old Airport Road #01-12
Thursday, January 3, 2008
Located at the ground storey of Golden Mile Food Centre, Haji Kadir is well-known for its soup tulang (mutton bone marrow soup). Never a fan of soup tulang, I decided to try its mee kuah instead. Mee kuah is an Indian noodle dish that is characterised by its red gravy made from chilli paste, tomato puree and food colouring and is served with cabbage, peas, potato and a fried egg.
A bowl of Haji Kadir mee kuah costs $3.50, slightly more expensive than other mee kuah. Bright red in colour, the savory gravy is irresistably sweet and spicy with the concentrated essence of mutton and combined flavours of spices, complementing the delicious noodles. Unlike other mee kuah that come with stingy pieces of mutton, Haji Kadir mee kuah comes with generous servings of mutton that is extremely tasty and satisfactory. My only dissatisfaction is that the gravy is not spicy enough, lacking in the flammable ability to scorch the taste buds.
Nevertheless this is one of the more impressive mee kuah I have tasted in Singapore. Do come down to Golden Mile Food Centre and experience it for yourself today.
Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road #B1-13-15
12.30pm to 1.30am
Closed alternate Wednesdays
Tuesday, January 1, 2008
Just as there are two famous curry mee in Hong Lim Food Centre, there are two famous prawn noodles, both located on the second storey. The first, Ah Hui Big Prawn Noodles, failed to leave a lasting impression, so I went to try the second, The Old Stall Famous Hokkien Prawn Mee today.
I ordered the $5 bowl of prawn noodles with pork ribs. The first thing that catches my attention is the light-coloured soup which seems devoid of dark soya sauce. Even so, the unique soup is very flavorful with the sweet essence of fresh prawns and pork ribs. The delicious noodles are well-complemented by the tasty halved prawns and tender pork ribs.
This is one prawn mee that is not to be missed if you are having lunch at Hong Lim Food Centre. It may not be the best but it is certainly worth a try.
The Old Stall Famous Hokkien Prawn Mee
Hong Lim Food Centre
531A Upper Cross Street #02-68
Closed on Thursdays