Tuesday, August 04, 2020

Fishball Minced Meat Mee Pok Noodles from 644 Hougang Teochew Fishball Noodle Stall @ Broadway Food Centre [Yishun Block 414]

It has come to my attention that my craving for noodles has intensified recently and this phenomenon can be noticed from my recent posts on char kway teow, hokkien mee, wanton mee, ramen etc.

Last Saturday was no exception. A breakfast meetup with my mom and elder sister at Yishun 400 plus neighbourhood centre, and no surprise; i decided to check out the fishball minced meat mee pok from the above stall which commanded quite a decent queue.

My bowl of fishball minced meat mee pok; seven years ago, i actually blogged about a fishball noodle stall, (which i enjoyed) but from the look of the signboard, i guess this is a new stall. 

What do you look out for in a bowl of noodles? Personally, it depends on what kind of noodle dishes. When it comes to local noodle favourites like wanton mee, fishball noodle etc; the noodle ranks the highest whereas the rest of the ingredients play a complementary role. 

Remembering how amazing the noodle from the previous operation was; this fell a bit short of expectations. While it was well cooked and coated nicely with the tomato sauce, the overall flavour skewed towards the bland side with normal tasting fishballs, fishcakes and minced pork that didn't particularly stand out.

Teochew fishball noodle usually exhibits a unique style that i find irresistible but this stall fails to reflect that style; rendering it to just any normal fishball noodle stalls spread out all over Singapore, albeit one that's slightly better than the average. For classic Teochew style fishball noodle stalls, check out Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle (潮州鱼丸粿条面).

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Address
Block 414, Yishun Ring Road, 
Broadway Food Centre,
Singapore 760414

Menu
As above.

Pricing
Fishball Minced Meat Mee Pok - S$3.00

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow (福记鲜蛤炒粿条) @ Berseh Food Centre [Jalan Besar, Singapore] #BersehFoodCentre

Berseh Food Centre is one of those places that i passed by a few times while on public transportation yet never quite got around to trying the food stalls there. Things are now different with COVID-19 and i actually specially made a trip down last Sunday just to check it out. 

With stalls spread over two levels, i had already researched on what i should try for lunch but given the limited stomach capacity, i zeroed in to char kway teow, fried oyster and oyster cake. A pity that fried oyster stall is opened only in the evening  and the oyster cake commanded a wait of more than 30 minutes! 

Guess i would only be able to indulge in the noodles from Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow (福记鲜蛤炒粿条). If i had known that the oyster cake has such a long wait; i would have ordered it before i queued up at the char kway teow stall.

My plate of char kway teow (with an extra egg) after about 10 minutes. The aroma was enticing and i couldn't wait to dig in! Note that i didn't ask for extra sauce but from the look of it; maybe i should! 

As expected, it wasn't as sweet as i would have wanted it and the wok hei, while in existence, wasn't impressive. What i did like was that the operator would take quite a bit of water from the container of fresh cockles and mix it into the noodles; resulting in a nice, cockle-rich flavour infused into the noodles. 

There appeared to be more of the eggs; when i usually ask for an extra egg, it didn't feel that ther was much more. hm.... perhaps the operator didn't mix in the eggs thoroughly in the wok? Well, i shouldn't be complaining.

Cleaned up except for the 3 cockles at the side. Pity it didn't quite warm the cockles of my heart. For those wondering if there was any pork lard; i didn't find any.

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Address
166 Jalan Berseh, #01-16,
Berseh Food Centre,
Singapore 208877

Facebook Page

Pricing
Char Kway Teow - S$3.00
Extra Egg - S$0.50

Saturday, August 01, 2020

Aburi-En - 3-Kind Buta Combo Jyu with Pork Belly, Loin and Jowl @ Orchard Central [Singapore] #aburien

Now that i can't travel at all, even my friends have noticed that i am blogging more about food in Singapore. It isn't that bad of a thing actually since that was a key theme in my earlier days and the little red dot is filled with hidden gems!

Aburi-En wasn't that hidden with at least six branches spread across Singapore and while i am subtly aware of its existence, there wasn't much of a push for me to try its food until a friend suggested having dinner there.

Specializing in grilled rice bowls with interesting chestnut pork as their signature meat, i was stuck in a dilemma; should i go with their chef's recommended pork loin, popular pork jowl (cheek) or pork belly, the part i usually like?

Well, we all had the donburi which came in individual bowl for each of us; hence, i don't understand the need to pass us plates since we wouldn't be sharing our food. Answer to be given later.

Okinawa Berries Shiquasa - a non-alcoholic drink made of a citrus fruit said to "gave people in Okinawa its fame for longevity", berry syrup and soda; this was too sourish for my liking and i didn't read the part beforehand that it was mixed with soda as i am not a fan of carbonated drink.

The key word on the promotional tabletop placard was 1 for 1. 

3-Kind Buta Combo Jyu - to be honest, time passes so quickly when you have great company! I didn't even realize we almost waited for 30 minutes for our food! Solving our dilemma on whether we should have either pork loin, pork jowl or pork belly; this 3-kind combo is a godsend.

Wait, where's our rice?! I was craving badly for carbohydrates as i had restricted their intake during breakfast and lunch! There were so much meat; the rice (said to be the top quality nanatsuboshi rice from Hokkaido) was actually hidden underneath. 

Apart from the initial shock of not finding rice, i was enamored by the mouth-watering aroma of freshly grilled meat and the beautiful sight of the charred bits on the meat! Bet they would be delicious! 

Rice in sight! My friend claimed that's not enough rice for the meat we had although i think it was alright without realizing that the depth was frankly rather shallow. 

Those stack of plates are necessary; you need to put all your meat (comprising two pieces of pork loin, three pieces of pork belly and four pieces of pork jowl) on it for ease of eating! So, is this combo the best of all three pork worlds (namely, the loin, the jowl and the belly)?

They were lip-smacking good but there were preferences of course, with jowl being the least favourite for its harder texture and saltiness. Loin was tender but the best had to be the pork belly; sinfully fatty and most flavourful! 

The rice was definitely insufficient as it played a darn important role in balancing the meat flavours and you know what's best about it? It was infused with the yummy aroma of grilled meat! 

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Address
181, Orchard Road,
#01-16, Orchard Central,
Singapore 238896
(Above Somerset MRT Station)

Other Branches
As above.

Website

Order List
As above.

Pricing
Okinawa Berries Shiquasa - S$5.80 (original)
3-Kind Buta Combo Jyu - S$18.00
(Subject to GST and Service Charge)

Thursday, July 30, 2020

McDonald's Banana Pie - Seriously Worth a Purchase! #mcdonaldsbananapie

Just the other day, i made a relatively proud proclamation to a friend that i had not dined at McDonald's for quite a while but that's no longer the case when Jovyn insisted on having McChicken for brunch and i couldn't resist ordering a dessert that's only available for a short period of time.

McDonald's Banana Pie! 

From the outside, it doesn't look any different from the crunchy apple pie that we were familiar with. I do enjoy the classic apple pie from McDonald's but i am really more a banana lover; not sure if it is linked to my Chinese zodiac of monkey.

The crust was definitely the same as the apple pie but the oozy yellow filling with chunky, saccharine bites of banana was downright delicious! While a pie cannot be compared to our local fried banana (or goreng pisang), i must say i might actually prefer this over the rest of the fried banana stalls now that Lim Kee, my favourite banana stall at Maxwell hawker centre has closed down for good

It didn't have that artificial flavour that some of the limited edition pies from McDonald's have and wasn't cloyingly sweet. A pity that Jovyn is more interested in the crust than filling. Well, taste buds might change when she is older; as i did with dried mushrooms and yam paste. 

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Availability
From McDonald's for a limited time only. 

Pricing
Banana Pie - S$1.40

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Singapore's National Day - What's In The Singapore Together Pack? #ndp2020

Singapore's National Day Parade would be carried out in an entirely different format this year due to the ongoing pandemic and even the backpacks that are normally distributed to attendees of the parade are now given to all Singaporean / Permanent Resident (PR) households.

The thing is; this Singapore Together Pack wouldn't be delivered to your house. You have to collect it from Community Centres / Clubs (CC) assigned to your postal code; check for your designated collection centre by visiting the website here

There are a total of 20 designs for the tote bag and i was super happy with my HDB block design that's named "My Home" and created by Mr Mohamad Fadhil Bin Abdul Jalil from the Metta Welfare Association. 

Not sure if you can see from the second picture but the tote bag has a velcro strap to deter theft! In addition, there's also a pouch for you to keep loose change or items. I wouldn't be surprised that come national day on 9 August, we would see an entire parade of citizens carrying the tote bags!  

What else is included? I was expecting useless stuff like tons of vouchers with short expiry dates. Well the vouchers are still there in the form of e-discount coupons that can be found on this website; at least we can reduce paper wastage. Hm... what about the above pack with 4 red stickers? 

Turn around to read the instructions! With so many of us holding on to a smartphone, it's good to know that the planning committee has decided to do away with the lousy quality torches and in its place are red filter that we can paste over the handphone's torchlight! 

Temporary tattoos and iron-on stickers; i was actually thinking of putting the tattoos on Jovyn but she said we should only do it during national day. Can't argue with that. For the iron-on stickers, i don't think i have any use for them. 

A commemorative fridge magnet! Now, i love fridge magnets as they do a wonderful job in sprucing up a plain looking fridge! Whenever i travel, i would make sure i get a fridge with the name of the place i visit. Only problem is that i sometimes travel to a few places and it's not sensitive to buy one for each place! I do love a decorative fridge but i only have that one two-door fridge! 

I think most people would agree with me; in these pandemic days, the most precious and useful things are the bottles of hand sanitizer, packs of both reusable and surgical masks and the box of digital thermometer. I know where my iron-on stickers would go to now! 

A can of Yeo's chrysanthemum drink (lower in sugar)! To me, Yeo's my favourite local beverage brand and every lunar new year, this would be the brand i seek to buy although we are also more health conscious now and would consider non-sugar beverage like Pokka's Oolong Tea. 

Scan for hidden message! Of course i am not so observant; someone shared on social media and it piqued my curiousity too! 

Guess we would only know the secret on National Day; can only hope the servers don't crash even though i am not likely to remember unless someone shares it again then! A high likelihood, i bet.

Other items included a pack of biscuits from another reputable local brand; khong guan! There's also a handheld Singapore flag. For the state flag, it's not included as a default but the lady who handled my collection did ask if i would like to have one. 

Why would i reject? 
I am proud to be Singaporean! 
Majulah, Singapura! 

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