Ang Mo Kio Central S11 Food Centre has many delicious food eg BBQ seafood, western food, lor mee and ban mian. Recently I discovered that its curry chicken noodle is very tasty too.
For only $3, you get a large bowl of sumptuous noodles with generous pieces of white chicken. Delightfully thick with a distinctive coconut milk fragrance, the mouthwatering gravy complements the noodles very well. The steamed chicken is extremely fresh and tender.
If you are a curry lover, you must have noticed that there is a recent increase in curry chicken noodle franchises in neighborhood food centres. Ang Mo Kio Curry Chicken Noodle is certainly the most impressive of these.
Ang Mo Kio Curry Chicken Noodle
Blk 450 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10
S-11 Food Centre
Monday, June 30, 2008
Friday, June 27, 2008
If you have visited Serangoon Gardens before at night, you would not have missed the brightly-lit signboard of Pow Sing Restaurant with its crimson-red chicken mascot. What is more well-known about Pow Sing is its famous chicken rice that is supposedly very expensive.
I ordered a chicken rice set meal which comes with a plate of steamed white chicken, a bowl of rice and a plate of pickles. Thoroughly coated with savory chicken broth, the delicious rice is extremely fragrant and flavorful. Delightfully thick and spicy, the special chilli sauce complements the rice very well. The steamed white chicken is fresh, tender and tasty.
The sumptuous dinner costs around $9 in total, inclusive of lime juice and service charge. The prices are definitely comparable to other famous chicken rice restaurants eg Five Star and Boon Tong Kee. For the quality of the food and the comfort of dining under air conditioning, I am certainly willing to pay that price.
Pow Sing Chicken Rice
65 Serangoon Garden Way
Monday, June 23, 2008
Located at Alexandra Village Food Centre, Leon Kee is better known for its ba kut teh (herbal pork rib soup). I wouldn't have noticed its claypot big prawn noodles if not for a reader who mentioned that it has one of the best prawn mee in Singapore.
Served piping hot in a claypot, a bowl of Leon Kee prawn noodles costs $5. In case you are wondering if it is worthwhile to pay the price, the delicious prawn mee comes with one and a half gigantic prawns which will probably cost at least $8 for other famous big prawn noodles. Brimming with the concentrated essence of prawns, the mouthwatering soup is the thickest of all the prawn mee soup I have ever tasted. The enormous halved prawns are fresh and sweet and complement the tasty noodles very well.
Yet to try Leon Kee pork rib soup, I was already very impressed with its claypot big prawn noodles. If you too are a prawn mee lover, do make a trip down to Alexandra Village and try it for yourself.
Leon Kee Claypot Big Prawn Noodles
Alexandra Village Food Centre
Blk 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-18
Thursday, June 19, 2008
The best ban mian (handmade noodle) in Singapore used to be Qiu Lian Ban Mian. However, over the past few years, with the opening of multiple franchises, its impressive standard seemed to have deteriorated tremendously. Recently, after reading about the ban mian at Changi Airport Terminal 2 Staff Canteen which some bloggers described as the best in Singapore, I decided to go and try it for myself.
Finding the well-concealed Staff Canteen at Terminal 2 was no easy task. It was located at Level 3M and I went into a few wrong lift lobbies and staircase exits before I finally found it.
A bowl of He Jia Huan ban mian costs $3 for public and $2.20 for staff. Topped with generous servings of ikan bilis (fried anchovies), the delicious ban mian comes with a small saucer of chilli sauce. The thick and savory gravy complements the smooth noodles very well. The highlight of the ban mian is the exceptionally spicy chilli sauce made with fresh chilli padi that burns incessantly in the mouth.
I couldn't help noticing the similarities between He Jia Huan and Qiu Lian Ban Mian eg the texture of the noodles, the taste of the soup and the quality of the chilli sauce. Overall I didn't feel that He Jia Huan ban mian is the best in Singapore but it is certainly delicious and definitely worth a try. Happy searching for Terminal 2 Staff Canteen.
He Jia Huan Ban Mian
Changi Airport Terminal 2 Staff Canteen
Saturday, June 14, 2008
There is a heartwarming story behind Lau Goh Teochew Fried Carrot Cake at Zion Riverside Food Centre. This stall is run by a partially-deaf man who takes your order by reading your lips. Over the years, he has been working hard to perfect the art of frying carrot cake and making Lau Goh one of the best in Singapore.
Lau Goh's fried carrot cake comes in the white version (fried with light soya sauce) and the black version (fried with dark soya sauce). My friend who is a fan of this carrot cake recommended the black version.
I ordered a plate of black fried carrot cake which costs $4. Well-fried to a delightfully crispy consistency, the delicious carrot cake is thoroughly coated with fried egg and a layer of sweet soya sauce and chilli.
In terms of culinary standard, Lau Goh Teochew fried carrot cake is certainly fantastic. But in terms of ingredients, it would be perfect if it comes with shrimps. I remembered when I was a child, I loved the carrot cake from Tampines which was fried with plenty of shrimps. But with the rising costs of ingredients, it has become extremely rare to find carrot cake fried with shrimps today. Nevertheless, if you are a fan of carrot cake, you must not miss Lau Goh Teochew Fried Carrot Cake.
Lau Goh Teochew Fried Carrot Cake
Zion Riverside Food Centre
86 Zion Road
Stall No 26
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
There are a few stalls in Hainanese Village Food Centre at Lorong Ah Soo that are well-known for their long queues especially during weekends. I have previously tried and introduced Yi Liu Xiang Nasi Lemak during my last visit there. Today I decided to try the famous Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee.
Indeed value for money, a bowl of $3 lor mee comes with an fabulous variety of ingredients like ngor hiang, fried wanton, fish cake, braised duck and braised egg. The delicious gravy is savory and complementary to the noodles but not overly sticky or starchy. I was most impressed by the fried wanton which were filled with abundant crunchy chestnut. The shredded braised duck serves as a healthier alternative to the usual braised fatty meat. If you feel that lor mee can never be complete without braised egg, you will be delighted that this lor mee comes with one whole braised egg which I usually save for the last.
One of the more delicious lor mee in the heartlands of Singapore, Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee just lacks the distinguishing factor present in other famous lor mee eg Bukit Purmei. Nevertheless, this value-for-money lor mee with generous servings of ingredients is still worthwhile queuing up for.
Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee
Hainanese Village Food Centre
Blk 105 Hougang Ave 1
Closed on Mondays
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Described by some food bloggers as one of the best fried kway teow in Singapore, I was disappointed to find it closed during the last 2 times when I was there. I finally managed to try Hill Street fried kway teow for lunch today after waiting for around 20 minutes.
A plate of savory fried kway teow, topped with cockles, pork lard and slices of Taiwanese sausages, costs only $2.50. The delicious kway teow is slightly wet in consistency and coated with thick flavorful gravy. The pork lard pieces accentuate the delightful fragrance of the fried kway teow, every mouthful is indeed heavenly.
This is certainly one of the more fantastic fried kway teow in Singapore. Do come down to Bedok South and experience it for yourself today.
Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
Blk 16 Bedok South Road #01-187
Closed on Mondays
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Better known for its famous pies, I was surprised to know that Don at Far East Square also has crab bee hoon. Tempted by the posters pasted outside the restaurant which read "Crab Bee Hoon with Sri Lankan crab for only $16", I decided to try it for myself.
Somewhat reminiscent of Uncle Leong's crab bee hoon, Don crab bee hoon is the soupy version that is served in a claypot. Brimming with the concentrated essence of crabs and a gentle tinge of spices, the mouthwatering gravy is exceptionally savory, giving every strand of bee hoon a delicate coat of irresistable flavour. The medium sized crab is indeed fresh and tasty with robust flesh that is sweet and appetizing.
Compared with Uncle Leong's famous crab bee hoon which costs at least $30, Don crab bee hoon is smaller and less costly priced at $16. But it is definitely sufficient to satisfy one's craving for crabs.
Don - Your Personal Pie Club
25 China Street
Far East Square
Sunday, June 1, 2008
Despite being a wanton mee lover, it took me quite a while to try Guang Zhou Wanton Noodle even though I frequently patronise Tanglin Halt Market for lunch. Maybe because there were already two stalls namely the duck noodle and laksa featured on Makansutra, I really didn't expect the wanton mee to be so fantastic too.
A $3 plate of wanton mee comes with a satisfactory portion of noodles topped with generous servings of char siew and a bowl of savory wanton soup. The two distinguishing factors of Guang Zhou wanton mee are its special chilli sauce and its exceptionally fresh char siew. Splendidly cooked to the right consistency, the mouthwatering noodles are thoroughly coated with a layer of flavorful chilli sauce that is irresistably spicy. The crimson char siew slices are remarkably fresh and tasty, the best I have ever tasted in wanton mee. The impressive dumplings complement the noodles very well and the savory anchovy-flavoured soup readily extinguishes the scorching flames of the spicy chilli.
Guang Zhou is undoubtedly one of the best wanton mee in Singapore, along the likes of Hong Mao, Fei Fei and Koka wanton mee. Calling all wanton mee enthusiasts, come down to Tanglin Halt Market and try it for yourself if you haven't.
Guang Zhou Wanton Noodle
Tanglin Halt Market
Blk 46 Commonwealth Drive