Friday, January 29, 2010

Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow

Formerly located at Jago Close along East Coast Road, Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow has shifted to Tanjong Pagar Food Centre, bringing competition to the already famous Tanjong Pagar Fried Kway Teow there.

I ordered the $3 plate of fried kway teow which is served on a banana leaf with a generous variety of ingredients such as prawns, cockles, fish cake and Taiwan sausage. Well-fried with a subtle charred flavour, the tasty kway teow is savory and fragrant, not overly wet or greasy.

Comparing the two fried kway teow, Katong (Peter)'s is the salty type whereas Tanjong Pagar's is the sweeter type. Also Katong (Peter) uses the normal thick kway teow whereas Tanjong Pagar uses thin kway teow. Come down and try both to decide which one you like better but be prepared to queue with the lunch time crowd.


Katong (Peter) Fried Kway Teow
Blk 6
Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Singapore 081006

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Marine Parade Ginseng Mini Steamboat

Located in the recently renovated G8 Food Court opposite Parkway Parade Shopping Centre, this new stall has 6 different mini steamboat sets (chicken, pork, mutton, beef, prawn and fish) priced at only $5.50 each ($6 with a bowl of rice). You get to choose from 3 types of soup bases (chicken, tom yam or spicy hot).

My favorite is the chicken mini steamboat set which comes with a plate of lean tender chicken and a plate of miscellaneous ingredients eg fishball, prawn ball, crabmeat, hotdog, beancurd, egg, vermicelli, vegetables etc. The chicken soup is clear and flavorful with a subtle tinge of ginseng.

Compared with Old Hong Kong Mini Steamboat at Marine Square Food Court, the ginseng chicken soup from Marine Parade Mini Steamboat seems to be less impressive but it easily makes up for the deficit with its fantastic sambal chilli sauce which goes so well with the fresh ingredients. Bring your family down to Marine Parade and try it for yourself today.


Marine Parade Ginseng Mini Steamboat
G8 Food Court
5 Marine Parade Central

Sunday, January 17, 2010

House Of Tau Sar Piah

Having featured Loong Fatt as the most well-known tau sar piah in Singapore, I feel compelled to blog about House Of Tau Sar Piah in Balestier because I like the tau sar piah from the latter better.

As taste is often subjective, I shall first share some objective differences between the two.
1. Loong Fatt's tau sar piah costs $0.70 whereas House's costs $0.50 (sweet) or $0.60 (salty).
2. Loong Fatt is closed on Sundays but House is open.
3. Loong Fatt's tau sar piah is non-vegetarian whereas House's is made using pure vegetable oil hence suitable for vegetarians.

Now I shall share the subjective differences. Served in a smaller portion than Loong Fatt's, House's tau sar piah is just sufficient for a light snack. The fragrant crust is less thick and more robust and goes very well with the red bean filling which is soft and flavorful.

Just as I prefer Leung Sang's egg tarts to the famous Tong Heng's, I feel that House's tau sar piah tastes much better than Loong Fatt's. Come down to Balestier and try both to decide for yourself.


House Of Tau Sar Piah
529 Balestier Road

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Old Hong Kong Seafood Mini Steamboat

Used to be well-known for its signature trolley noodle trolley noodle, Old Hong Kong at Marina Square Food Court now has mini steamboat sets at very affordable prices.

For only $6.80 inclusive of rice, you get to choose one of the following sets ie seafood, chicken, beef or pork with either ginseng chicken or tom yam soup.

When I was there last week, I decided to try the seafood mini steamboat with ginseng chicken soup. The first thing that impressed me was the flavorful soup filled with the irresistable sweetness of chicken and the distinctive fragrance of ginseng. The seafood set comes with fresh prawns, cuttlefish, fishballs, meatballs, hotdog, crabmeat, mushroom and a variety of vegetables.

If you are a fan of steamboat but not keen to indulge in the pricey buffet type, Old Hong Kong Mini Steamboat is just the ideal choice for you. Plus you get to dine in an air-conditioned restaurant which makes it even more value-for-money. When I returned a few days later to try the chicken mini steamboat, I must admit that it is just as fantastic.


Old Hong Kong Seafood Mini Steamboat
Marina Food Loft
Level 4
Marina Square Shopping Centre

Update 1/8/2010 - This stall has closed down.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Whampoa Prawn Noodle

Closed on Sundays and often sold out before lunch on the other days, I finally managed to try Whampoa Prawn Noodle when I was there for breakfast last Friday.

I ordered a bowl of $3 prawn noodle which is served with sliced prawns and sliced lean meat. Topped with fried spring onion and pork lard, the delicious soup is irresistably savory and fragrant with a distinctive traditional flavour.

No big prawns, pork ribs or other fanciful gimmicks, Whampoa prawn noodle is the typical "old school" style prawn mee that will certainly touch your heart.


Whampoa Prawn Noodle
Blk 91 Whampoa Dr #01-39
Closed on Sundays