Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Keng Eng Kee Seafood (KEK) 瓊榮記海鮮 in 2016 @ Alexandra Village [Singapore]

It definitely wasn't my first visit to Keng Eng Kee (known affectionately and simply as KEK to its regulars) and you may check out my first review here.

Generally, I wasn't too impressed with what we had but decided to go along with my brother in law, who suggested KEK as our family makan place in early May, for one reason; i failed to try their signature Mingzhu roll back in 2015!

Claypot Pork Belly
Tagged as highly recommended on the first page of the menu, i knew i had to order it despite the reservations from the rest of my family members. With small pieces of salted fish which i personally dislike, it was just way too salty for me! Without plain rice, the taste was overwhelmingly savoury. 

Marmite Chicken
Sweet and totally enticing, this was one chicken dish that looked like our conventional sweet and sour pork yet tasted a notch better! p.s. might be a little too sweet for some.

Hot Plate Beancurd
Normal but necessary as the little girl brat (Jovyn that is) has to have her beancurd. You don't see her quite chubby; she can survive on rice, tofu (any variant) and soup. 

Sambal Kangkong
I hate to have sambal kangkong that lacks the spiciness and thankfully, this plate wasn't the case and managed to have my head dispensing peals of sweat in no time. One improvement would enhance the experience; crispy pork lard! 

Salted Egg Crab (Dried)
Mum had been lamenting that she have not had crabs for quite a while and she's a big seafood lover! We did confirm on salted egg crab although it still took us a while to deliberate between the wet / dry version. I am inclined with dried as the salted egg flavour is usually more intensive and heng that i opted for that!

This was one of the better salted egg crab in recent times with a well balanced sweetness-saltiness and i totally loved it when my tongue tasted the graininess of the salted yolk! I thought the sauce could have been thicker so that i can pour it over the plain white rice for a more satisfying experience.

Mixed Platter
Decided to go with the mixed platter as my family members hadn't tried the prawn rolls before even though i had mentioned before in my review that mom's version was better. As expected, they weren't keen on the prawn rolls. As for the youtiao, they were nothing to scream about.

Now on the Mingzhu Rolls, i didn't like it. The flavour was strangely traditional tasting (my poor grasp of vocabulary deters me from describing it better) and i felt like it was something that our grandparents would like. Despite having prawns and hams as ingredients, the taste was quite similar to a snack i have had before in a vegetarian restaurant.


Block 124, Bukit Merah Lane 1, 
#01-136 [Near Alexandra Village Hawker Centre] 
Singapore 150124

As above

Opening Hours (Daily) 
12noon - 2.30pm 
5pm -10pm


Click here.

Claypot Pork Belly - S$15
Marmite Chicken (M) - S$18
Hot Plate Beancurd (M) - S$15
Sambal Kangkong (M) - S$12
Salted Egg Crab (Dried) - S$68 a kilogram
Mixed Platter (S) - S$26
(NO GST and NO Service Charge)

Additional Information
For my first review (which included other dishes) of KEK, please click here.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Shiok Curry Chicken from Fu Xiang Kitchen (福翔咖哩雞) @ Food Junction Kitchen [Sembawang Shopping Centre]

With so many food establishments within and surrounding Sembawang shopping centre, it's quite hard to imagine that i would normally step into Food Junction Kitchen for my meal instead. 

I would make a beeline for stall no 2, which housed the Fu Xiang Kitchen that served Chinese, almost tze char style, cuisine. In my virgin visit, the first dish on the menu banner, curry chicken (tagged as number 1 customer choice and must try) attracted my attention and i knew then i had to give it a try. 

Other items on the menu are worth a try; especially when you have a few people with you and prefer to have the variety. For me, i don't enjoy the boiled potato and sharing the dish with my mom / Alex seemed too little; hence, i would make it a point to order another dish.

Emperor Cream Sauce Chicken
My second time digging into this; the first time round was much better. The deep fried chicken cubes in this case could have benefited from a deeper creamy infusion. Texture was also too tough and mum had a hard time sinking her dentures into the lightly-flavoured chicken.

Curry Chicken

Star of the show; i must also remind you that Mom can cook a mean pot of curry chicken and i usually ask her not to cook as i have a tendency to over indulge in the unhealthy, fat-laden fare! This would be a great substitute when the craving strikes and even mom agreed this was yummy. 

The two pieces of chicken were fresh and had supposedly soaked in the rich gravy for a period of time. The spiciness only spiked a few seconds after you bite the tenderly soft chicken meat yet it was shiok to the max! Eat it with rice and a can of root beer! 


604 Sembawang Road, Level 2,
Food Junction Kitchen, Stall 2,
Sembawang Shopping Centre, 
Singapore 758459

Basic Menu
As above

Emperor Cream Sauce Chicken - S$9.00
Curry Chicken - S$5.90
(NO GST and NO Service Charge)

Beijing Lu Pedestrian Street (广州北京路) @ Guangzhou [China]

Lu (路) is translated to street or road and to add a lu when there's a street is a misnomer frowned upon by strict "English" speakers. Nevertheless, this didn't dampen our enthusiasm to check out the street in our last day of the Guilin trip! 

The guide had been raving about it since the start of our trip and i was looking forward to the visit despite my initial reservations that it could have been ballooned out of proportion. And i did feel a tad disappointed to alight at a street that didn't seem to be as prosperous as claimed to be. 

By prosperous, i am referring to the apparent lack of people. If the street was really claimed to be "the" place for people to shop, then the above sight on a Saturday afternoon was in my opinion quite a surprise.

Five long hours were given for us to explore the street and meetup shall be at the place of disembarkation; the iconic building that housed Guangdong's department of finance at the meeting point of Beijing road and Guangwei road. 

Attention-seeking facade of a shop undergoing renovation; i am quite interested in the eventual product since it claimed to have a dim-sum museum! 

Dinner wasn't provided as the Guangdong province boasted many delicacies. According to our tour guide, it would be a shame to put us through a normal tour-package meal when we have so many choices! 

There's one thing i regretted not doing; purchasing a Chinese-language travel guide book from the reputable Xinhua bookstore. In addition to being economically priced, these Chinese guidebooks offer a lot more information than English ones. For my Taiwan trip, i actually relied heavily on Chinese travel guidebooks.

My initial feedback about the lack of people was thrown out when we crossed Zhongshan 5th Road; as you can probably guess, the road we had walked right at the beginning still allowed vehicles to enter. 

The above was a street solely for pedestrians; similar to the Zhengyang Pedestrian Street (正阳步行街) in Guilin city. What caught my attention was the towering trees along the way though. 

I love greenery, especially in urban areas and was incensed when there was a suggestion to chop down all the trees along Orchard Road to improve the shopping experience! 

Given the facing of the main signage, i presumed we had started from the end of Beijing street. Oh well, wouldn't have much of a difference for this post anyway.

Another thing that stood out; the glass panels on the floor that looked down into an underground floor / basement. Want to make a guess on lies beneath?

Shockingly, it's the remnants of a street that dated all the way to the Tang dynasty (from 618 to 907 AD) - the above was just one of ten layers and these ancient cobblestone streets (overlayed on top of each other) were only found in 2002. 

Now to more modern findings; the opening of a jewelry store attracted big crowd right in front. This was the Zhou Liu Fu Jewelry store that i mentioned before in Day Seven.

Interestingly, the famous Chow Tai Fook (Zhou Da Fu) which inspired Zhou Liu Fu was placed directly opposite. The competition in China can be so brutal but as the saying goes, it's just business. 

A model decked in noticeable reflective panels was standing outside Zhou Liu Fu to hype the crowd for its grand opening. Guess he was trying to emulate the shimmering of diamonds. 

越秀書院 - located in one of the side roads, this was said to house a lot of schools in the past, some with history that spanned a few centuries. I wrongly assumed it was a lane filled with bookstores and didn't venture further.

Just a structure; i never waste the photographs i took even if i don't really quite recall what it was all about. For readers, just treat it as part and parcel of the post title. Thanks!

真功夫 - a fast food restaurant originating from China that prided itself in steamed Asian cuisine. The aforementioned information was taken from the Chinese wikipedia even though my first thought was more for a sports-related establishment given its signage and mascot. 

Modern buildings and shopping complexes were located along the streets - this kind of bored me as i prefer ancient looking walkways and streets with shops selling traditional wares. 

Kiosk selling popcorn and candy floss in the middle of a busy street - the rent is likely to be exorbitant and i couldn't fathom on the demand for popcorn! Isn't that more applicable in movie theaters?! 

Now coming to the food street and there were so many to choose from! 

Some were takeaway outlets and i had a hard time deciding as i have to consider both my dad's preference and also the limitation of our stomachs.

One thing for sure - i wouldn't buy any Bee Cheng Hiang bak kwa, a Singapore outfit with a presence in China, as it has so many branches in Singapore! 

My consideration was the above but decided against it given the unhealthiness with too much seafood; i would have gone for it if i am alone but with dad tagging along, it's best to choose a "healthier" meal.

Tiger Prawn Vietnamese Restaurant -  voted number 3 restaurant (out of more than 5,500) in Guangzhou, the queue appeared to be a killer and dad wasn't the kind who queues for food. Strike off. 

Too healthy for me and i am selective when it comes to fishball noodles. 

Eventually cast our vote for Kao Mei Noodles Restaurant (巧美面家) for a traditional bowl of wanton noodles! I should have ingested more wantons as they were so generous with the fillings! For my review, click here

Time for digestion; and just in time to see a dog taking a dump. Be careful when you walk along the streets in China as there could be the occasional "bomb" scattered all over the place. 

Strolled to the side roads while ensuring we know how to get back to the main street, we chanced upon Chinchilla Eden! 

Even though i am not so much into pets nowadays, i used to be quite successful in breeding chinchillas and had five kits in total. There was a lot of dilemma with regards to breeding (responsibility, ethics, financial etc) and i decided to stop as i am still an animal lover at heart,

Coming to the end of the 440-meter long pedestrian street - as Guangzhou is a modern city with a comprehensive transportation network, i am rather keen to explore the city as a free and easy traveller, especially when my Chinese can still make it. 

Other sights as above; at this point, i suddenly felt a pain in the abdomen and i knew it's time for me to find a place to purge out the unwanted. I hate to have this kind of feeling as i am particular when it comes to the cleanliness of toilets and we have all heard of horror washrooms in China. 

The best toilet was found in Grandbuy Department Store! I couldn't quite remember why (likely the cleanliness) but there must a reason why i keenly took the photograph after i exited the building. 

Thinking this was a new building for the Buddhist order, it didn't dawn on me that it was an extension for the ancient Grand Buddha Monastery that i blogged about earlier. 

Local food souvenirs - in the past (and when i am with my mom), this would be a must-enter. Having bought on quite a number of occasions, i came to the decision that not many people welcome the food and it's best to save your money! 

Night view of Beijing pedestrian street - to be honest, nothing caught my fancy and i was just going through the routine of entering one shopping centre to the next. My dad was also yawning non-stop and i thought i might as well stop by a cafe and do some web surfing! 

I know for a fact that Pacific Coffee has WiFi and happily purchased a coffee (or was it green tea latte) to hog the seats for the next hour. 

Saw this placeboard when i exited the coffee cafe; durian pizza?! That sounded quite disgusting to me although to be fair, i am the type of people who like durians only in its original form! 

Walking back to the meetup point.

Guangdong's department of finance building was quite a sight at night - we were not the first to arrive and nor were we the last! 

While waiting for the rest of our tour mates, i sat at the stairs leading to the department of finance building and knocked myself at the head; i should have rest at the convenient 80 90 coffee right in front! At least i still have WiFi! 


Beijing Street, Guangzhou City,
Guangdong Province, China