Friday, August 14, 2020

Old World Bakuteh (老世界肉骨茶) - Pork Ribs Soup@ Yishun Block 747 [Singapore] #oldworldbakuteh

There was apparently some hype about a bak kut teh stall near my flat and since the weather was so cooling yesterday; i decided to pay it a visit during lunchtime. 

Old World Bakuteh - what would you have thought is the specialty here? I assumed it was bak kut teh and happily ordered pork ribs soup. Wrong! I realized after i was done with the meal that specialties appear to be the unique fried porridge and fried mee sua! Maybe next time.

Let's focus on bak kut teh here. At S$6.00 a bowl (not including rice), there wasn't a pork loin version which i personally prefer as the premium meat is usually a lot more tenderer. 

However, this non-premium option didn't disappoint with meat that easily fell of the bones and it wasn't tough. In fact, i found it to be fattier than expected. Only grouch was that there were just too many bones and it was hard scrapping out the meat with my poor chopstick skill.

Soup is the primary determinant to a good bowl of bak kut teh and while i am a fan of Singapore style bak kut teh; this was just peppery to me. Compared to my favourite Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (Havelock), this was just pepper soup without that additional oomph to set it apart from the rest. Oh well, still acceptable on a rainy day. 

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Address
747 Yishun Street 72, 
Within Hiap Hoe Eating House, 
Singapore 760747

Pricing
Pork Ribs Soup - S$6.00

Thursday, August 13, 2020

BBQ Boneless Chicken Leg with Cheese Fries from Smokin' Joe @ Yishun Park Hawker Centre [Singapore] #yishunparkhawkercentre #smokingjoe

There are two western food stalls at Yishun Park Hawker Centre and i always thought that Shaker Lakers is the more famous one. Point is, Smokin' Joe has an equivalent rating on Google but with double the reviewers! And i don't usually see a queue whenever i am there because they issue you with the 'pager' thing upon payment.

With a few chef-recommended dishes to choose from, i narrowed down to BBQ Boneless Chicken Leg, with a top up to cheese fries, as it was the cheapest. I was thinking then that if the food is good; maybe i can consider ordering the more expensive ones in the future.

Frankly, it didn't visually appealing but looks are nothing if the taste is sucky. I took a bite of the garlic bread; garlic intense which i enjoyed although the interesting part was the infused grilled and smoky aroma that i thought was irresistible! p.s. on a side note about the mashed potato, Alex said it's the best he ever had.

I expected more from the cheese fries. Maybe i just have cheap taste as i prefer the cheese fries from KFC (even though i have not had it for quite a long time). The ones from Smokin' Joe were drenched with cheese that were more fluid than melty and no, i wasn't impressed. Loves the fries though for its crunchiness.

Now on the meat. One word; amazing! I have had plenty of grilled chicken at hawker centres before but i have never had one that tasted like it belongs to a michelin-starred restaurant! Moist, tender texture that spoke length of the chef's mastery experience in controlling charcoal fire and marination was herb based with a unique flavour that i couldn't quite pinpoint! Guess i would checking out Smokin' Joe's other offerings in the near future!

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Address
51 Yishun Avenue 11,
Yishun Park Hawker Centre,
#01-37, Singapore 760350

Map

As above.

Website

Menu
As above.

Pricing
BBQ Boneless Chicken Leg - S$8.00
Top Up to Cheese Fries - S$1.00
(10% discount if you pay via the Tuck Shop app)

Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Blanco Prawn Noodle House (月蘭亭大蝦麵) @ Jalan Kayu [Singapore] #jalankayu

In usual circumstances, i would be lazing around at home on Sunday morning but this particular day; i was already on a double-decker bus towards a place that i had not visited ever since i scrapped my car! 

A familiar sight. The row of shophouses along Jalan Kayu that brought back nice memories from around 15 years ago when i first got my driving license. Back then, the area was more known for the roti prata and given its proximity to Yishun; it was a great, chill-out place at night for my friends and i.

I am not here for roti pratas though; i heard of this famous prawn mee noodle eatery and was there to check it out! The name sounded familiar and upon a search on this blog; i realized i had blogged about a Blanco Court Prawn Mee; like same, same yet different. 

Roaring business and we were lucky to secure a table as a family was just about to leave upon our arrival. Timing was about 10.30 am; not the expected peak breakfast / lunch timing!  p.s. it's non-air-conditioned. 

Prawn Noodle - order at the counter and wait for your food to arrive. Waiting time wasn't insane and this bowl of prawn noodle came after an acceptable 10 minutes. 

Took a sip of the broth; the most important thing in any soup-based prawn noodle, at least for me. The strong flavour of prawns satisfied me (as well the bits of crispy pork lard) although i was also looking forward to a heightened seafood sweetness which was, sadly, not found.

Noodle was okay and the prawns were decent; none of which stood out from others in the competitive food industry. I was hoping for the normal bee hoon and the one given was like a version in between bee hoon and thick bee hoon. 

Leaving the prawns and a few mouths of broth for the last! 

Still feeling a bit empty? Order wu xiang (Ngoh Hiang, 五香) in the same eatery; it was the same arrangement at Blanco Court Prawn Mee but this one at Blanco Prawn Noodle House tasted way better! 

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Address
235 Jalan Kayu 
Singapore 799459

Map

As above.

Operating Hours
7am to 4pm 
Closed on Tuesdays

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Prawn Noodle - S$6.00 

Monday, August 10, 2020

Bismi Briyani - Lamb Chop Briyani @ Yishun Park Hawker Centre [Singapore] #yishunparkhawkercentre

Despite graduating with a diploma of marketing, i continue to be drawn by the various marketing tools adopted by businesses; the one that i fail miserably is that of visual appeal. 

An eye-catching signboard accompanied by mouth-watering pictures is often the deal breaker and that's exactly what happened when i was at Yishun Park Hawker Centre again this afternoon; instead of hokkien mee, i decided to have Bismi Briyani for brunch! 

No queue and i managed to secure my plate of Lamb Chop Briyani in no time! 

The rice with a brownish tinge was interesting and i can't wait to dig into the pickled vegetables (comprising of cucumbers, onions etc). I was, however, greatly disappointed with the portion of the meat. Well, it should have been expected since lamb is more expensive than mutton. 

Texture for the lamb was extremely tender and flavorful; most importantly, the meat didn't get stuck in between my teeth like mutton! Very little meat in my opinion which means i had to resort to rationing so that i would at least have meat in as many spoonfuls of rice as possible.

Loved the pickles vegetables although i thought they were chopped a bit too finely. To me, the cubed shaped acar at the now defunct Hassan Rabit Mutton Dam Briyani at Ayer Rajah Hawker Centre was the best so far! Rice was strange; although it was infused with spices and herbs, it didn't quite taste like good, old basmati. 

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Address
51 Yishun Avenue 11, 
Yishun Park Hawker Centre,
 #01-05, Singapore 768867

Map
As above.

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Lamb Chop Briyani - S$7.00
(10% discount if you pay via the Tuck Shop app)

Sunday, August 09, 2020

A Stroke of Bad Luck on National Day - Scalded by Hot Coffee!

Happy National Day! Yes, it's Singapore's 55th birthday and although we remain guarded against COVID-19, i had a celebratory steamboat lunch with two friends who had known me for about 26-27 years! Alas, it could have been more enjoyable though. 

Don't get me wrong; it was a great meetup. It's just that an unfortunate incident happened right at home before lunch and it had to do with a mug of boiling hot coffee. Clumsy me accidentally toppled the mug and the content not only stained my documents and dirtied floor; it also resulted in injury. 

To my thigh! This was taken a few minutes after i scalded myself as i was busy trying to save my computer from being damaged! As you can see from the picture, the skin had reddened and appeared to be peeling off. 

Within a few minutes, blisters started appearing. While the burn was uncomfortable, i found the pain to be quite manageable; either my tolerance was high or that i could have been in shock. 

The state a few hours later; three large water blisters and it felt a bit like water balloons with the liquid swooshing around as i walked. Jovyn came over and thought i had purposely put plasters over the burn! It did feel leathery even though i could continue my daily exercises without much discomfort. 

Two blisters broke when i was jogging though. Let's just pray that the conditions improve tomorrow and it would be a better day as in addition to scalding myself; i also had the "luck" to shatter an empty glass bottle at home this morning. 

The Seafood Rice Cracker Peanut Snack from Don Don Donki @ Singapore #dondondonki

Is there anything you would specifically look for when you are at Don Don Donki Singapore; the equivalent of Japan's Don Quijote? In the past, my must-purchase was the freshly baked sweet potatoes.

It's a different story now and it has to do with my trip to Hokkaido in 2017. Back then, we opted for self-driving and given the long distance, munching on snacks is a necessity and the one snack we continuously bought was this seafood peanut snack from 7-11 convenience stores! 

Coated in thick batter with four different flavours, crab, squid, bonito and shrimp, i was so in love with it that i bought 20 packs on my second last day in Hokkaido, rummaging through at a few 7-11 to get as many as i could. 

Imagine my happiness when i finally found the snack at  Don Don Donki Singapore! 12 bags were immediately put into my basket and since then; it became a frequent companion whenever i am watching movies / dramas. p.s. it was said to go very well with beer! 

For the purpose of illustration as i usually just eat from the bag. While it's not uncommon to find such snacks in Singapore, this particular brand won me over with the 4 seafood flavours that were just too addictive! I believe i am not the only one with such adoration for the snack as it periodically goes out of snacks at Don Don Donki

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Purchased From

Pricing
S$1.90 for the 50g pack

Additional Information
Smaller packs are available at about S$5.50 for a pack of five (totaling about 115g). Price differential is quite minimal but with so much packaging, i always opt for the larger packs. 

Friday, August 07, 2020

Kalsom Kuih Muih Curry Puff (Epok-Epok) @ Yishun Park Hawker Centre [Singapore] #currypuff #yishunparkhawkercentre

Just two days ago, i wrote about Bon Appetit Hokkien Prawn Noodle and how i am always intrigued by one-dish stalls. Another one that took the cake at Yishun Park Hawker Centre is a stall that appeared to sell only curry puffs!
As i frequently jog past the hawker centre as part of my usual running route and the stall faces Yishun ring road, i couldn't help noticing that it's constantly closed! Hence, since it was open for business on the day i had hokkien mee, i decided to just go ahead and order despite the already full stomach.

The variety was relatively wide even for curry puffs and you can find beef rendang, beef, mutton, chicken, potato, sardine and vegetable. Pricing (ranged between S$1.50-S$2.80) might be considered high for epok-epok (the Malay term for curry puff) but you have to take into consideration the size! p.s. the two puffs on top of the display in the picture are cushions.

To put it in perspective, let us have a visual comparison with my iPhone XR. The usual Malay style epok-epok is way smaller but compared to Chinese curry puffs, the puffs here were longer in length (about palm-sized) yet flatter in height. To me, size does matters in curry puffs as i tend to overindulge when they are pint-sized.

Potato Puff - my apology for not taking a picture of the insides; by the time i realized, i was already down to my last piece! There were in fact many diced potatoes within and the flavour was not as spicy as i expected. The folded parts were crispy but the rest of the puffs were more flaky pastry like. In summary, it's something i would order again if the stall were ever open for business when i am there. 

Sardine Puff - i generally don't crave for sardines but when it comes to epok-epok, there's a high chance i would give it a try. Recognized by the red dot on the puffs, the filling was generous and it remained wet which i thought was quite a feat since it could easily tear through the thin pastry shell. 

Taste wise, i absolutely love this! It was spicier than the potato puff yet the taste, combining spiciness, sweetness and the fishiness from sardines, was way more shiok! It helped that i got to indulge more with the bigger size! Yum yum! 

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Address
51 Yishun Avenue 11, 
Singapore 768867

Map

As above.

Website

Pricing
Potato Puff - S$1.50
Sardine Puff - S$1.50

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