Japanese Bak Chor Mee – Ah Hoe Mee Pok @ Clementi

Category : Local Singapore Food

Nested in a quiet little coffee shop @ Blk 713 Clementi West Street 2 is a mee pok stall.

Yes, you may say “Mee Pok only what, what’s so special?”

Well…nothing much I suppose, just that this very local Singaporean dish is being cooked and served by Japanese.

So explains the title, Japanese Bak Chor Mee 😉

Because Ah Hoe Mee Pok is dished out by Japanese aka non local, their mee pok is not exactly the same as the ones we’re used to having.

Ah Hoe Mee Pok @ Clementi 1

I can’t really pinpoint exactly what, though the 1st thing that struck me was that there’s no vinegar. So their mee pok doesn’t have the sourish vinegar punch.

And yes, I do love my mee pok with extra vinegar. So I’m a biased critic when it comes to missing vinegar. I guess that’s why I find Ah Hoe Mee Pok Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle @ S$4 a little sweet.

Ah Hoe Mee Pok @ Clementi 2

But then, all is not lost. Ah Hoe Mee Pok texture is spot on in its elasticity and chewiness. Aka Q-ness is just right.

The mushrooms are tender and well seasoned though their meatballs are a little tough.

I like their soup too.

What sets Ah Hoe Mee Pok aside is also its addition of abalone slices to its noodles. Their abalone slices are sweet and chewy without entering the rubbery state, which is common when it comes to abalone.

Ah Hoe Mee Pok @ Clementi 3

Final verdict, I don’t mind having Ah Hoe Mee Pok once in a while for a change. Maybe I could also try their other dishes too, if I (ever) get into the mood of shelling them… 😛

Ah Hoe Mee Pok @ Clementi (View in Google Maps)
713 Clementi West Street 2
Singapore 120713
GPS: 1.3042074,103.7598933
https://www.facebook.com/ahhoemeepok/

Lunch
11:30am – 2:30pm

Dinner
6pm – 9pm

Closed every Saturday




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Spices Café Peranakan Buffet @ Concorde Hotel Singapore

Category : Buffet, Local Singapore Food, Promotions

Peranakan food isn’t a cuisine type I’m particularly familiar with, and hence not my 1st choice when it comes to food.

So it was really a rare opportunity, for me personally, when our team decided to lunch at Spices Café @ Concorde Hotel Singapore, to experience Peranakan food, buffet style.

Peranakan Buffet @ Spices Café serves up a very different variety of food, compared to other hotel buffets I’ve tried.

Firstly, the usual cold seafood section is absent. No salad either and in its place is a do-it-yourself fruit rojak section. Very interesting~

And (sadly) no cakes either. In its place are local delights like Bean Curd, Putu Mayam, a wide variety of Nonya Kueh and a do it yourself shaved ice machine, with a variety of toppings to customize your very own Ice Jelly and Ice Chendol.

What really got me excited were these little glasses of durian pengat, which instantly brought me back to Rendezvous Hotel and their yummy durian pengat.

I love and miss Rendezvous Hotel’s durian pengat. Alas the higher the expectations, the harder the fall…luckily I only took 1 durian pengat to start off with.

Moving on to the other sections, I enjoyed Spices Café’s Popiah & Kueh Pie Tee. It’ll be even better if the chef could spread more brown/sweet sauce for the Popiah 🙂

Being a huge fan of satay and otah, I personally have very high standards for these 2 items. So not surprisingly, Spices Café Peranakan Buffet’s version falls short, from my point of view. Especially their otah.

However, their main dishes section won me over with quite a few yummy dishes that made me go back for more!

Spices Café’s Lembu Rendang is especially tender and flavourful without any 羊骚味 (I tried translating this online and I almost laughed my head off because it was translated as Sheep Grievance). My best effort translation will be sheep-y, like fishy…Sorry guys~

Spices Café’s Babi Buah Keluak is also superbly marinated and stewed to perfection, tenderness.

Last but not least, the hugely popular Udang Asam. Thumb Up! The prawns are actually black in colour. And they are absolutely delicious. I would have gotten a 2nd helping if they weren’t flying off the plate so fast 😛

Dining Promotion @ Spices Café
For your information, we were there to enjoy the OCBC Credit Card Promotion where 1 dines free with every 3 paying adults.

We were also informed that there is an ongoing promotion for senior citizens, which explains why the restaurant was filled with seniors. We thought there was an event going on 🙂

Spices Café Peranakan Buffet @ Concorde Hotel Singapore (View in Google Maps)
Concorde Hotel Singapore
100 Orchard Road
Singapore 238840
GPS: 1.300618,103.842224
+65 6739 8370 or +65 6733 8855 Ext 8133
spices.chs@concorde.net
http://singapore.concordehotelsresorts.com/dining_spices_cafe.php

Lunch
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 2:30pm
Adult: $33++
Child: $16++ (3 – 12 yrs old)
Senior Citizens: $24++ (above 55 yrs old)

Afternoon Tea
Sat, Sun & Public Holiday: 12pm – 4:30pm
Adult: $35++
Child: $17++

Dinner
Mon – Thu: 6:30pm – 10pm
Adult: $52++
Child: $20++

Fri, Sat, Sun, Eve of Public Holiday & Public Holiday: 6:30pm – 10pm
Adult: $56++
Child: $20++




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Redhill Food Centre – Hua Kee Chicken Rice

Category : Local Singapore Food

A while back, some of my friends asked, why don’t I blog about food that’s not nice. If I recall correctly, I replied saying because it’s not nice so no need to share, aka share the good stuff.

Thinking back now, another reason will be that it takes a lot of time & effort to blog, at least for me. So if it’s not nice, do I really want to spend time & effort on it when there are so many other things to blog about?

Today once again I was asked to blog about food that’s not nice. I guess it’s because on both occasions we had food that was highly recommended, yet it was just not up to par. And on both occasions we spent time & effort to wait/queue for the food.

Of course everything is subjective, what we find nice, others may not and vice versa.

So don’t believe a word I say, as what I’m saying is only my opinion, based on my experience. Sounds familiar?

Today we headed down to Redhill Food Centre after a friend discovered that Hua Kee Chicken Rice was crowned the Number 1 Chicken Rice in Singapore.

We queued for 40mins with around 20 people queuing in front of us. We ordered half chicken with 5 plates of rice costing $15.50.

Tasting the chicken by itself, all of us were unable to identify what the sauce resembles. Definitely no chicken taste. Only plus point is, the meat is tender.

The rice looks and tastes almost like normal white rice.

Chilli is average, tastes like any other chicken rice chilli.

The best part of the meal is the clear soup that comes with the meal. It is topped with spring onions & tastes like chicken, albeit oily.

Conclusion

The famous Redhill Food Centre’s Hua Kee Chicken Rice is a disappointment. We will not be returning again, much less queue up for it. Makes us wonder though, why the long queue? Guess we’re just not tasting what’s appealing to them? Shrugs

Hua Kee Chicken Rice (View in Google Maps)
Redhill Food Centre
85 Redhill Ln
Singapore 150085
GPS: 1.287351,103.818363

Closed on Monday & Tuesday

 




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Hock Sin Kee Tze Char @ Alexandra Village Food Centre

Category : Local Singapore Food

I got to know about Hock Sin Kee Tze Char Stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre from the Channel 5 TV series – Makan Places Lost & Found hosted by Gurmit Singh, co-hosted by Hossan Leong.

Hock Sin Kee was originally from the Old Margaret Drive Hawker Centre. Hossan Leong’s turf when he was younger.

Hock Sin Kee Tze Char Stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre is run by an old couple & I had their salted fish fried rice previously which left me very satisfied.

What really amazed me was the sweet & sour pork with rice that my colleague ordered. She said that the uncle actually prepared the dish from scratch!! Are you scratching your heads? =P

When I say from scratch, what I meant is that the pork was still pink in colour when the uncle started preparing the sweet & sour pork dish. Everyone at the table was impressed on the freshness of the sweet & sour pork upon hearing this.

So I decided to try out the sweet & sour pork with rice ($5) this time round. And true enough, I saw the uncle whip out strips of pinkish pork right in front of my eyes.

Frankly speaking, I’m not an expert on how good sweet & sour pork is as I seldom order this dish. Hence to be fair, I can’t really comment much except that the uncle gave quite a generous portion and it was really fresh.

Personally I was a little disappointed that the sweet & sour pork wasn’t crunchy/crispy which I thought was the norm for sweet & sour pork. Is it not? Oh well, my colleague did say it was nice the last time she had it. So I’ll stick with her verdict 🙂

Alexandra Village Food Centre (View in Google Maps)
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Singapore 150120



Pasir Panjang Food Centre

Category : Local Singapore Food

Now our new default lunch venue is Pasir Panjang Food Centre in the spirit of having a highly efficient lunch transaction =P Pasir Panjang Food Centre is better known for their array of BBQ Seafood stalls that operates in the evening. I used to come here for cheap & super delicious BBQ stingray & BBQ fish until my favourite stall closed down. Life was not the same ever since…*sniff*

Haha…ok ok, enough drama. I was surprised that they actually have quite a wide range of Singapore Local Food choices in the afternoon and it was fairly crowded with queues forming after noon.

There’s nasi padang, nasi lemak, rojak, porridge, thai food, curry rice, hokkien prawn noodles, healthy char kway teow, fishball noodles, bak chor mee, chicken rice & the mixed vegetables rice I had today.

I noticed that queues usually form in front of the curry rice & mixed vegetables rice stalls. I’ve tried the curry rice previously and was unimpressed with their curry gravy. Their dao pok (dark porous soft beancurd absorbing rich soy sauce based gravy) was very nice though. Sorry, forgot to take photo.

I’ve also tried the bak chor mee and it was fairly average. I had high expectations due to the accorlades displayed at the stall. I’ll most probably not eat it again too.

So I returned to the mixed vegetables rice stall again today which was running low on options as we were slightly late today, 1230pm. My usual options are no longer available so I decided to try their sotong/squid which was printed on their signboard.

And of course the sotong was absolutely delicious which was why I blogged about it. The sauce is very rich and slightly spicy. It goes very well with my porridge. The sotong is very tender and chewy. The texture was just nice. The ordinary looking cauliflowers invoked the “Reminds me of home cooked food” feelings. Nice! I’ve found new dishes that I liked. Happy! 🙂

I mentioned healthy char kway tiao earlier right. Someone ordered that to our greatest surprise. Can you see that little green at the bottom of the char kway tiao? The default healthy char kway tiao was meant to be completely covered with greens.

This plate of “healthy” char kway tiao was modified to remove the sea of greens with extra cockles, eggs & beansprouts. The feedback was “Not bad” with the modification haha…so depending on whether you want the healthy or the original char kway tiao, just let the hawker know 😉

Note: I noticed that many patrons of the mixed vegetables rice stall order their whole steamed fish. I’ve even heard folks saying they’re ok to wait for the fish to be ready so I guess the fish should be quite good.

Pasir Panjang Food Centre (View in Google Maps)
121 Pasir Panjang Road
Singapore 118543



Cheap & Good Prawn Noodles in Pasir Panjang

Category : Local Singapore Food

Seeing that the weather is very cooling today, after the morning rain, we decided to walk the distance to the delicious pork ribs prawn noodles stall – 肥仔排骨虾面. I don’t have the exact address of the pork ribs prawn noodles stall so I’ll just have to do my best to describe it.

The pork ribs prawn noodles stall in Pasir Panjang is housed in the coffeeshop at the cross junction of Pepys Rd & West Coast Highway. It’s beside the Golden Agri Plaze, opposite the Currency House. There’s a little URA coupon carpark in front of the coffeeshop if you drive.

肥仔排骨虾面 is one of the best pork ribs prawn noodles I’ve eaten so far. Its soup base is thick and flavourful, very important. Their big prawns are very fresh and fleshy. Like my colleague says “The texture in the middle of the prawn doesn’t gets sand-y.” It’s tender & juicy all the way.

The chilli is just nice & the boss uses pork lard which adds the extra oomph to the flavour. Bean sprouts & fried onions are also included so if you don’t like them, do remember to mention to exclude.

The challenge of going to肥仔排骨虾面 for lunch is that they cater to the morning crowd. In other words, they tend to run out of prawns and/or the different noodles towards lunchtime. And they are usually sold out around 1pm. So we have to set off at 11am to ensure that we get to eat something.

Like today, they’ve run out of pork ribs and the “normal” prawns. They also don’t have the white flat noodles (guo tiao) that I like. So we ended up eating big prawn yellow noodles at $6 a bowl.

No complains there as it’s the 1st time I’ve gotten to eat PRAWN noodles ever since I was introduced to this place by my junior more than a year ago. It has always been pork ribs noodles. Everytime I patronise the stall, the 1st thing they say is “We’ve run out of prawns, is pork ribs ok?”

So, if you happen to work in Pasir Panjang, 肥仔排骨虾面 is a must eat!! Just remember to be early.

They are opened for breakfast & early lunch and closed on Sundays.

肥仔排骨虾面 (View in Google Maps)
118 Pasir Panjang Rd
Singapore 118541

Open for breakfast & early lunch
Closed on Sunday