Thursday, 25 January 2018

Teochew Meat Puff 潮州香饼 (Pasar Malam - Street Market)

Teochew Meat Puff 潮州香饼 is a very popular pasar malam stall in Singapore. It does not operate at a permanent physical location as it roams around Singapore, making it presence felt at certain pasar malam locations. 
As such, fans of this stall are updated on its location through its Facebook Page. It has over 7,500 followers on its page. I guess by MOF's standard, this would mean that it is a ''Facebook influencer''! (pun intended)
The teochew meat puffs come with different varieties such as oyster, crab, octopus, prawn, scallop and vegetable. The popular ones are the oyster and prawn versions. 
If you are a frequent visitor of pasar malam, you would probably have seen this stall before. It is fairly easy to spot it as it would be the stall with the longest and slowest moving queue.  
The reason main reason why the waiting time is long is because each puff is made freshly upon order. It is important to take note that each meat puff takes about 45 seconds to handmade and 10 to 15 minutes to cook. Also, most people in the queue are ordering minimally two meat puffs. Some order five meat puffs! These add up to the waiting time. 

Just to illustrate the waiting time, during non-peak hours at 2pm on a weekday with a queue of 6 persons in front, the waiting time can be around half an hour. During peak period, evening time, a queue of 12 persons will easily mean a waiting time of at least 1 hour! I have even heard of people waiting for 2 hours! 
It is not an easy job making the meat puffs and cooking them in the sweltering heat. I really salute the owners for their effort in ensuring each handmade meat puffs are perfectly made and cooked in the heat.

So how was the meat puff? It was huge. The outer layer was crisp while the inner layer was filled with moists minced pork meat and mushrooms, lots of Chinese parsley and the filling of your choice. This is best shared among at least 2 persons! I would certainly order this again if the queue is less than half an hour long! 

Lastly, a video of how the meat puff is made! 

Teochew Meat Puff 潮州香饼 (Pasar Malam - Street Market) 
Opening Hours: 1pm to 10pm daily during event days
Tel: 9879 9874

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Huat Kee Kway Chap 發記馃汁 (Yishun)

Huat Kee Kway Chap 發記馃汁 is located in a coffeeshop at a quiet neighbourhood in Yishun. Although it is not located near the MRT station, this Kway Chap stall is relatively popular. 
This stall is so popular that they nearly alway sell out their food way before closing time. When I visited on a weekday, they started closing the stall at 11.10 am! Yes, that is how popular they are. 
Although we visited at 10.30am, which is no considered a peak period, we had to wait more than 30 minutes for our food. I cannot imagine the waiting time on weekends.
The broth of the  kway teow, which was light brown, had a tasty and savoury taste. Also, there was a distinct herbal flavour.
We ordered quite a few items to accompany the kway chap. The items were accompanied by a rich and savoury flavoured gravy. Also, the pork belly were tender and soft. I enjoyed dipping them into the homemade chilli which added a refreshing tangy twist to the items.

If you intend to try this, do remember to come early!

Huat Kee Kway Chap 發記馃汁 (Yishun)
333 Yishun Street 31
Singapore 760333
Opening Hours: Thu to Tue 6.30am - 2pm (they sell out way earlier)
                          Closed on Wed

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Monday, 18 December 2017

Hock Lee Fishball Noodle (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre)

Fishball Noodles (dry with no chilli) $3.50
If you are working around Bugis area and are looking for a good breakfast, give Hock Lee Fishball Noodle a try! This stall is located at Albert Centre Market and Food Centre. It opens only in the morning and start selling their noodles at 6.30 am onwards.
 So what is so unique about Hock Lee? Well, it sells handmade fishballs, not factory-made fishballs.
The fishball noodles comes at different prices, ranging from $3.50 to $5. There is always a short queue at this shop, but they clear them quite fast. Another point to note is that although the shop closes at 12 pm, sometimes they sell out by 11 am. So if you are an office worker, it is nearly impossible to try this during lunch time as they would be closed by then. 
Fishball Noodles (dry with no chilli) $3.50
The Fishball Noodles (dry with no chilli) $3.50 came with 6 pieces of fishball. The star of this is definitely their handmaded fishballs. The fishballs, of different sizes as they were handmade, were firm and springy, and slightly smooth!
Fishball Noodles (dry with chilli) $3.50
As their signboard mention about their special chilli, I had to give it a try. Hence, on another occasion, I ordered the Fishball Noodles (dry with chilli) $3.50. Personally, I thought that it was just average. Maybe it was because I felt that there was too much chilli oil. I prefer the version without chilli. 

To conclude, this is worth a try! Priced at $3.50, you get 6 pieces of fishballs along with noodles. That is effectively $0.50 for each piece of fishball and the bowl of noodles! Definitely worth it!

Hock Lee Fishball Noodle (Albert Centre Market & Food Centre)
270 Queen Street 
#01-02 Albert Centre Food Centre
Opening Hours: Tue to Sun 6.30 am - 12 pm 
                           Closed on Mon

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