Thursday, 20 July 2017

Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 胜记香菇肉脞面 (Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre)

 Fish Maw Noodles (Soup) $10, Minced Meat Noodles (Dry) $4.50
Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 胜记香菇肉脞面 is a popular minced meat noodles stall. Its unique selling point is and most popular dish is in fact another dish; Fish Maw (鱼鳔) Noodles. It is indeed surprisingly that a hawker stall would sell fish maw as it is considered a luxury item that is more commonly sold at a restaurant. This stall has been so successful in this dish that most people who patronise the stall would not hesitate to order this dish. 
The stall has been in operation for more than 30 years. It used to be located at Eunos before moving to Changi Road and eventually to its current location at Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre. When we visited this stall on a weekday afternoon at lunch time there was a queue of 8 persons. The queue was slow moving as each dish was cooked individually. This was also one of the few stalls where there was a perpetual queue. 

We ordered the Fish Maw Noodles (Soup) $10 and Minced Meat Noodles (Dry) $4.50. 
 Fish Maw Noodles (Soup) $10
If you are visiting Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle, you have to order their signature Fish Maw Noodles (Soup) $10 since this is a dish that is not available at other hawker centres.
 Fish Maw Noodles (Soup) $10
The Fish Maw Noodles (Soup) $10 was filled with lots of ingredients. There were lean meat, minced meat, pork liver, braised mushrooms, egg, beansprouts and 3 slices of fish maw! They were so generous with the fish maw and braised mushrooms. If you have cooked and ate fish maw at home, you would know that choosing and buying one of good quality is hard and costly. Cooking it is another art of its own. If you buy one of lousy quality you risk making the whole dish fishy. This stall executed the fish maw extremely well. The fish maw was not fishy and did not make the soup tasted fishy! *Claps*  

The soup was robust and tasty with a natural sweetness. Moreover, it had a unique smokey fragrance in it and the bites of dried fish sole enhanced the taste of the soup. No wonder most of their customers ordered the soup based version.
 Minced Meat Noodles (Dry) $4.50
The Minced Meat Noodles (Dry) $4 (also known as Bak Chor Mee) was quite unique as the sauce used was a concoction of dark soya sauce (instead of vinegar), mushroom sauce with chilli. The serving of ingredients was also very generous. There were many slices of lean meat, pork liver and minced meat. There were also lots of beansprouts at the bottom along with fried pork lard and  dried sole fish. What I liked most was the amount of braised mushroom given. Most minced meat noodles stall no longer cook and provide this, even if they do, they would just provide 3 slices. 

If you are at Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre, do give their Fish Maw Soup Noodles dish a try. Its real good! 

Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 胜记香菇肉脞面 (Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre)
49A Serangoon Garden Way
#01-36 Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
Singapore 555945
Tel: +65 8439 0434
Opening Hours: Tue to Sat 7.30am - 1.30pm
                         Closed on Sundays and Mondays


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Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Loco Loco (Northpoint)

Salted Egg Yolk, Ondeh Ondeh, Oreo, Chilli Crab
Loco Loco a newly opened stall located at the basement one of Northpoint is well-known for its Churros. This is in fact the first permanent stall as all along, it had operated in the form of pop up stalls in pasar malams and bazaars
What is even more interesting is that Loco Loco is opened by a young lady who is currently studying Business Management at SMU! 
The churros menu. There are a total of 5 variety of churros! They even sell the localised flavour such as Ondeh Ondeh and Chilli Crab Churros!
They also offer other items such as Scotch Eggs and Thai Milk Tea. We went during the first week as there was a 1 for churros promotion. It was so crowded! We were told that the waiting time was at least 45 mins. By the time we received our churros, we heard the staff telling other customers who were ordering that the wait timing is at least 1.5 hours!
Look at the smile on his face!
The churros were made on the spot from scratch and then fried. Hence the long waiting time. Glad that they did not compromise on the quality despite the crowd..

teamwork
Anyway jokes aside. I think these are the two founders of Loco Loco. The lady is Crystal Cheng while the guy is called Zi Yao.
Coating the Cinnamon sugar after deep frying them.
Oreo Churros (with chocolate sauce), Chilli Crab Churros
The Oreo Churros $5.50 came with a choice of sauce (chocolate, white chocolate or caramel). I was told the the Chocolate sauce was not too sweet hence I went for that option. Taste wise, I thought that it was just average.

The Chilli Crab Churros $5.90 consisted of original churros with chilli crab sauce. The chilli crab sauce was the bomb! Paired with the churros, it was out of the world! A must try!
Salted Egg Yolk Churros, Ondeh Ondeh Churros
The Salted Egg Yolk Churros $5.90 consisted of original churros with salted egg yolk sauce. The sauce was lacking in salted egg taste.

As for the Ondeh Ondeh Churros $5.50 consisted of original churros coated with cinnamon sugar and sprinkled with coconut flakes with gula melaka sauce. I had high expectations for this as I heard so much about it and was expecting to experience the ondeh ondeh taste. But I was left disappointed.
Ondeh Ondeh Churros, Salted Egg Yolk Churros
Another photo.

Forgive us, we were bored, so we took too many photos and even a video. 

Overall, the Churros were all served warm and crispy on the outside as they were just fried. On the inside they were soft and chewy. Hence, be sure to eat this immediately as it would not be crisp once it cools down. No prizes for guesssing, my favourite is the Chilli Crab Churros which is a must try! 

Lastly, a video to of the stall and how the churros are fried!

video

Loco Loco (Northpoint) 
#B1-41 Northpoint 
930 Yishun Avenue 2 
Singapore 769098 
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:00pm
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Thursday, 25 May 2017

632 Yishun Wanton Noodles

Wanton Mee $2.50
632 Yishun Wanton Noodles is another stall in Yishun that is quite popular. It is located in a coffeeshop at a quiet neighbourhood in Yishun. The only tell tale sign of its popularity is the queue at this stall.
As the name of the stall suggest, it sells Wanton Noodles, which most people orders. The second most popular dish is the Chicken Feet Noodles. One unique item available is the Spinach Noodles.  
The stall opens daily from 6am and the stall would typically close slightly after 10am when they have sold out their food. In fact it is quite ridiculous, I have visited on two weekends and on both occasions, their dumplings noodles and pork ribs noodles were sold out at 8.30am!

On weekdays, they close at around 1pm (will be earlier if they have sold out their food).
Wanton Mee $2.50
Their most popular dish; Wanton Noodles was really value for money. At $2,50, it was served with a generous serving of mee, char siew, vegetables and 3 wantons. There were pieces of chestnut in the wanton which provided helped provided a crunchy dimension. 

Taste wise, it was pretty decent. You really can't find fault with this dish when it cost only $2.50. In fact, my personal opinion is that it taste pretty good and was quite filling considering the price tag. 
Chicken Feet Noodles $3.00
As for the Chicken Feet Noodles $3.00, it was served with 2 pieces of braised chicken claws, 2 pieces of mushroom and a very generous serving of mee.
Chicken Feet Noodles $3.00
Taste wise, while the chicken claws taste pretty decent, it was a waste that the mushrooms were dry and not fragrant. Else, this would have been a very good dish.

A tip, instead of ordering this mee kia noodles, you can consider ordering kway teow/horfun! Somehow, it taste way better =).

632 Yishun Wanton Noodles
632 Yishun Street 61
Singapore 760632
Opening Hours: Daily 6am to 1pm (or till sold out)
                          Closed on 1 weekday every fortnight 


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