Friday, May 29, 2009

Inspirasi Mee Soto

Open only after 11am daily, Inspirasi Stall at Bedok Interchange Food Centre has one of the best mee soto in Singapore. Even before the shutters are drawn, there is already a queue in front of the stall.

I ordered a bowl of mee soto which costs $2.50. The magic of Inspirasi mee soto lies in the special gravy which is irresistably savory and spicy. Some people have commented that the gravy is too sweet for their liking but I feel that, together with the fantastic sambal chilli, the gravy is certainly the best that I have tasted so far.

If you are a fan of mee soto, you must not miss Inspirasi mee soto that is not only outstanding but value for money.


Inspirasi Stall
Bedok Interchange Food Centre

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Chuan Bee Lor Mee

With famous food like Outram Park fried kway teow, Tuck Kee crayfish hor fun, Ah Heng and Heng Kee curry noodles which have been featured on local food blogs and forums, Hong Lim Market is certainly a food paradise in Singapore. Today I decided to try Chuan Bee lor mee which was recommended by some food lovers.

I ordered a $3 bowl of lor mee which comes with braised meat, fish cake, fried fish, fish nuggets and fried yam balls. Though thick and savory with a herbal tinge, the gravy seems to be lacking in flavour and does not complement the noodles well enough. I especially like the special fried yam balls that are sweet and crunchy and the fried fish that is fresh and tasty.

While the lunch time crowd at Hong Lim feel that Chuan Bee lor mee is one of the best, it certainly did not live up to my expectations. As taste is subjective, do come down and try it for yourself.


Chuan Bee Lor Mee
Hong Lim Food Centre
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street #02-55

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Xing Ji Curry Pork Rib Noodle

During my teenage years, my father used to buy this curry pork rib noodle from Tampines Round Market for my breakfast every Sunday morning. I have been wanting to blog about it but it was either sold out or closed for holiday during the last two times when I was there.

Last weekend, I deliberately woke up early to make sure that I get to taste Xing Ji curry pork rib noodle. When I was there at 830am, there was already a long queue and I had to wait for around half an hour to get my noodles.

A bowl of curry pork rib noodle which costs $3 comes with several pieces of pork rib and potato. Soupy in consistency, the curry gravy is filled with the delightful aroma of coconut milk and a special flavour that blends very well with the ee mee (thin egg noodle). The pork ribs are remarkably fleshy, tender and tasty.

As featured on Where The Queue Starts 2, Xing Ji also has wanton noodle. But the curry pork rib noodle is one dish that is almost unique to Xing Ji and certainly worthwhile queuing up for. Be sure to go there early before it gets sold out.


Xing Ji Curry Pork Rib Noodle
Tampines Round Market & Food Centre
Blk 137 Tampines Street 11 #01-35
Closed on Wednesdays

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Tian Tian Dao Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle

Recently I found out about two neighborhood fried hokkien mee stalls with similar names: Tian Tian Dao at Ang Mo Kio and Tian Tian Lai at Toa Payoh. I decided to start by trying Tian Tian Dao first.

Open only after 3pm, this stall is well-known for its long queues during dinner time. When I was there at 6pm, I was lucky to find no queue but soon as I placed my order, the queue started forming.

A plate of Tian Tian Dao fried hokkien prawn noodle which costs $3, is served with prawns, sotong and fatty meat. The noodles are well-fried with a delightful charred aroma and topped with sambal belacan chilli.

Overall Tian Tian Dao impresses with its special sambal belacan that is extremely spicy and savory. It is one of the more delicious neighborhood fried hokkien mee that is certainly worth trying.


Tian Tian Dao Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle
Chong Boon Market & Food Centre
Blk 453A
Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 #01-219
Singapore 561453

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow

After a while, all good fried kway teow seem to taste the same, except for Tiong Bahru fried kway teow that keeps me coming back for more. This is the third time I have tried this fried kway teow in Tiong Bahru Market and it has been consistently outstanding so far.

For only $2, you get a satisfactory plate of fried kway teow topped with fish cake and fresh cockles. Impressively fried to a semi-wet consistency, the mouthwatering kway teow is coated with a thin layer of sweet and savory gravy with a distinctive charred fragrance and a subtle tinge of garlic.

A fantastic fried kway teow is one that makes you want to have it mouthful after mouthful without asking why. Tiong Bahru fried kway teow is just that. Reasonably priced at $2, this is certainly the cheapest and most delicious fried kway teow that I have tasted in Singapore.


Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow
Tiong Bahru Market & Food Centre
30 Seng Poh Road

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Heng Heng Prawn Mee Soup

When I visited Dunman Food Centre last weekend, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the famous Eng's Wanton Mee which had disappeared recently, had not closed down after all. Instead it was relocated to the basement of Dunman Food Centre. Although I was very tempted to try its super spicy wanton mee again, I reminded myself that I was there to try Heng Heng prawn mee soup.

I ordered a bowl of pork rib prawn noodle which costs only $3. Topped with several pieces of pork ribs and sliced prawns, this prawn noodle is certainly value for money. When I tasted the soup, I was immediately reminded of Joo Chiat prawn mee. Considering the close proximity of the two prawn noodle stalls, I really doubt if the similarity is merely coincidental. The mouthwatering soup, which is concentrated with the delightful sweetness of prawns and the subtle fragrance of fried onion and pork lard, really brings out the "old school" flavour that is missing in most prawn mee nowadays.

Regardless of whether it is related to Joo Chiat prawn mee or not, Heng Heng prawn mee soup is certainly worthwhile trying. If you are a prawn noodle lover like me, do not miss this delicious prawn mee with a traditional flavour.


Heng Heng Prawn Mee Soup
Dunman Food Centre
Onan Road
Singapore 424768

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee

When I went to Old Airport Road Food Centre for breakfast last week, I was surprised to see a very long queue in front of Xin Mei Xiang lor mee when there is hardly any queue for the other stalls. There must be something special about this lor mee that keeps its customers wanting to queue for it.

I ordered a $4 bowl of lor mee which was topped with such generous servings of fried fish (take a look at the photo) that I could hardly contain my delight. The thick and mouthwatering gravy complements the noodles really well, giving every strand a thorough coat of irresistable flavour. Besides my favorite fried fish, this fantastic lor mee also comes with ngor hiang, braised meat and braised egg.

The winning factor of Xin Mei Xiang lor mee has to be its special fried fish. Like the rest of the customers, I certainly don't mind queuing up for half an hour just to have a taste of it.


Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee
Old Airport Road Food Centre
Blk 51 #01-116
Closed on Thursdays