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..

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!


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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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Hai Xian Zhu Zhou 海鲜煮粥 (Yishun) 2nd Post

Tom Yam Pork Koka Noodles with Egg $3.50
Hai Xian Zhu Zhou 海鲜煮粥 is popular stall located at a coffeeshop called Choh Dee Place in Yishun; along Yishun Street 21. The expected waiting time is at least 30 to 45 minutes on a weekend morning.
Hai Xian Zhu Zhou's popularity is due to its Koka Instant Noodles dishes which is available with pork / chicken / seafood and/or tom yam flavour. They also offer other variety of dishes such as crispy noodles, mee sua, ee mian and porridge, but these are not as popular.
The prices of the dishes (menu) are listed in Chinese on the left of the stall.
Seafood Koka Noodles $5.50
This is the Seafood Koka Noodles which cost $5.50. It was pretty pricely for instant noodles that sold at a coffee shop. If you add an egg, it would cost an additional $0.50. It was served with a variety of seafood such as cuttlefish, sliced fish and prawns, and vegetables.

The addition of the prawns added a bright vibrant colour to this dish. There were a total of 3 prawns. They were big and fresh, and enhanced the taste and sweetness to the soup. As for the fish, it was just average while the cuttlefish added texture to the dish. The Koka Noodles was cooked just right; not too soft and not too hard, and the noodles was springy. Overall, this was a very decent dish. It is worth indulging in this every now and then despite the price.
Pork Koka Noodles with Egg $3.50
This is the Pork Koka Noodles with Egg $3.50. It consisted of vegetables, sliced lean pork meat, minced meat and an egg. The soup was not as tasty or sweet compared to the seafood version. Nevertheless, it was quite a decent dish considering that the main ingredient is instant noodles.
Tom Yam Pork Koka Noodles with Egg 
This is the Tom Yam Pork Koka Noodles with Egg, another popular item judging from the number of people eating this dish at the coffee shop.It also consisted of vegetables, sliced lean pork meat, minced meat and an egg. The Koka Noodles was cooked just right. As for the Tom Yam soup, if it was slightly less spicy, it would have been perfect. This would be quite a good comforting dish for a rainy day.

If you are a fan of Instant Noodles, you should give this a try. Instant Noodles has never tasted so delicious! While its possible to cook a similar dish at home, you would need some effort (e.g buying fresh ingredients from the wet market, boiling the broth with chicken/pork bones for hours). 

Hai Xian Zhu Zhou 海鲜煮粥 (Yishun)
#01-472 Choh Dee Place
Blk 233 Yishun Street 21
Singapore 760233

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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Kim Dae Mun Korean Food (Concorde Hotel)

Spicy Beancurd Soup (Soondubu Jjigae) 순두부찌개 $7.50
Kim Dae Mun Korean Food is located in Concorde Hotel; previously known as Le Meridien Hotel. If you are wondering where is Concord Hotel, it is located along the Orchard Shopping Belt, in between Dhoby Ghuat (Plaza Singapura) and Somerset (Orchard Plaza) MRT stations.

As it's name suggest, Kim Dae Mun Korean Food specialises in serving Korean cuisine. They order quite an extensive variety of dishes ranging from soup, meat, rice, ramen and side dishes. In a short time span of 4 years, the eatery has shifted located 3 times times; from the food court at level 1 to level 2 and then back to another standalone bigger unit at level. I doubt they will move further as the sitting capacity that they have now is huge!
The kitchen and counter is manned by Koreans. This is the Ahjumma who always takes the order at the counter. After taking the order, she would always relay the order to the kitchen through a mike.

Although there is always a queue, they are perfectly trained to handle the crowd. They moved with clock work precision. I waited just 10 minutes and the food was ready. Upon collection of the food, customers could choose between kimchi, anchovies or cucumbers as sides.
Spicy Beef Soup Set $8
The Spicy Soup Set is one of their most highly raved dish online. This time round I ordered the version that comes with beef; Spicy Beef Soup Set $8. The set consisted of a big bowl of spicy beef soup served with a bowl of rice and a side dish.I chose anchovies.
Spicy Beef Soup $8
The Spicy Beef Soup Set was filled with generous amounts of ingredients such as slices of beef, beancurd, vegetable, Korean (thick) vermicilli, spring onion, egg and onions. The soup was spicy and tasty - not salty (I doubt MSG was added). The combination of soup with rice was perfect. In terms of the price, it was reasonable considering the quantity and taste of the food.
Bibimbap 비빔밥 $8
The Bibimbap 비빔밥 $8 was served in traditional stone bowl.
Bibimbap 비빔밥 $8
This is the Korean's version of mixed rice, that comes with a variety of vegetables, an egg, rice, meat (in this case I had beef) and the hot chili pepper paste (also know as gochujang).
Bibimbap 비빔밥 $8
Give it a good mix to ensure that each grain of rice is well coated with  the hot chili pepper paste. With each mouthful, you would be able to to experience different texture and taste due to the assortment of vegetables (some are crunchy whereas some are soft).
Spicy Beancurd Soup (Soondubu Jjigae) 순두부찌개 $7.50
This is the Spicy Beancurd Soup (Soondubu Jjigae) 순두부찌개 $7.50. It comes in two versions, with or without the spiciness.
Spicy Beancurd Soup (Soondubu Jjigae) 순두부찌개 $7.50
Personally, I thought that the taste was just average. It was spicy but lacked flavour.
Tender Sliced Beef $10
The Tender Sliced Beef $10 is their most expensive item on the menu. This dish is also highly raved about.
Tender Sliced Beef $10
The beef was well marinated and tasty. However, certain pieces were hard and tough. At $10, I thought that the price is on the higher end (i.e. not so value for money).

Did you know that their hotplates items are cooked with water instead of oil? Yes, you heard me right!

I will certainly be back at Kim Dae Mun Korean Food to try out other dishes. I have been wanting to try their ramen. Their food is quite the tasty and authentic. Moreover, it is now no longer tough to find seats!

Kim Dae Mun Korean Food (Concorde Hotel) 
100 Orchard Road #01-03D
Concorde Hotel And Shopping Mall 
Singapore 238840 
Tel: 9112 5910
Opening Hours: 11am to 8.30pm
                           Closed on Mon

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Monday, 23 January 2017

Teck Sing Restaurant 德星茶餐室 (Malaysia, Johor Bahru) 2nd post

Curry Prawn in Indonesia Style 印尼虾 RM 30
Teck Sing Restaurant 德星茶餐室 is a well known Chinese restaurant offering delicious food at affordable prices. It has several signature dishes, it's most famous signature dish is the Teck Sing Paper Wrapped Chicken.

Teck Sing competitor is just next door (at the left of the restaurant) called Bamboo Restaurant which also specialises in serving paper wrapped chicken. Years ago, Bamboo Restaurant's version was more popular. However over the years, the standard has dropped. Currently, Teck Sing's paper wrapped chicken is more popular among the locals and Singaporeans. 
Paper Wrapped Chicken 德星药材纸包鸡  RM 26
Teck Sing's signature Paper Wrapped Chicken 德星药材纸包鸡 aka Yao Cai Ji now cost RM 26. It used to cost just RM18 four years ago! The eatery uses kampung chicken which is wrapped in  a few pieces of thick superior paper and baked for several hours with various Chinese herbs. The chicken was incredibly fresh, soft, tender and juicy. It was so fork tender; the flesh fell part from the bones easily. So delicious and delectable! One of the best Yao Cai Ji I have ever had. A must order!
Kang Kong with Sambal Chilli RM10
The Kang Kong with Sambal Chilli  RM10 was very well executed. It was well-cooked and the Kang Kong was still crunchy. The Kang Kong with Sambal Chilli strangely was more sweet than spicy with the fragrance of garlic and shrimp. Despite that, this dish was so savoury and delicious that we polish it off within minutes. This is a common dish that is available at most eateries and yet Teck Sing has proven that their cooking technique is still one of the best.
Curry Prawn in Indonesia Style 印尼虾 RM 30
Another dish that we tried was the Curry Prawn in Indonesia Style 印尼虾 RM 30. Cooked in a claypot, it arrived pipping hot with several huge prawns in curry broth! The prawns were fresh as they were easy to deshell. Moreover, the meat was firm, succulent and sweet. The curry broth was spicy, fragrant and milky. It is best accompanied with plain rice! 

Teck Sing Restaurant 德星茶餐室 (Malaysia, Johor Bahru)
1 Jalan Sutera Satu, Taman Sentosa
80150 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Tel: 07 334 7025
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm

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Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Ah Hua Kway Teow 亚华粿條(Malaysia, Johor Bahru)

Kway Teow RM16
Ah Hua Kway Teow 亚华粿條 is a Teochew kway teow soup eatery located 10 minutes walk from the causeway. In fact, it is near Hua Mui Coffee Shop and Hiap Joo Bakery
You can find Ah Hua Kway Teow 亚华粿條, by looking out for the big signage "Restoran Sekee". It is essentially the only stall operating in this coffeeshop/restoran.
Inside, there is a big seating capacity which can easily fit in 40 customers. When I visited on a Tuesday morning at 10 am, it was not crowded. There was less than 10 customers.  
There was just 2 person manning the stall. The lady took the orders, prepare the ingredients and cook them. Once the food was ready, a man would then deliver it to the table and collect the money. 
What caught our attention was this. The broth and ingredients were cooked over the charcoal stove! Wow, I really wonder how she manage and control the heat!
In terms of product offerings, it is simple. Just 2 sizes (i.e. small bowl for RM8 and big bowl for RM16). Of course you can choose the type of noodles and whether it should be dry or wet version etc.
Kway Teow RM16
Since I rarely visit Johor Bahru these days, I went for the RM16 (big) soup version. For the RM16 version, customers can choose for more ingredients or oysters. I chose more ingredients. 

When the bowl of kway teow arrived, I was surprised... because of the food presentation. The ingredients were were presented neatly. Noodles and meat slices were underneath. Liver slices were placed at one sie while kidney slices were on the other side. It was even topped with a piece of seaweed, that was placed at the top of the pile of kidney. 
Kway Teow RM16
The Kway Teow RM16 was served with lots of kidney and liver slices, lean meat, minced meat, kway teow (noodles), pork lard, shallotand topped with seaweed. She was really very generous with the ingredients. There was more than 6 thick slices of kidney!

The kidney tasted difference from those that I had before. There was no yucky after taste and it was jelly like. Normally, when you cooked kidney soup, the flavour would overwhelm any other flavour in the broth. But for this version, it did not happen. Having said this, I must say that the broth was disappointing. Although it was cooked in pork bone over a charcoal stove, it was quite bland tasting, with just a mild-sweet flavour. Also, I had expected a smokey fragrance as it was cooked over a charcoal stove.. but that was clearly missing. I guess I had my expectations too high.

I noticed that most people ordered the dry version which comes with lots of orangey sauce. Maybe I should have ordered the dry version instead! (anyone ate that before?)

Ah Hua Kway Teow 亚华粿條(Malaysia, Johor Bahru)
Restoran Sekee 司機
30, Jalan Segget, Johor Baru Town
80000 Johor Bahru
Opening Hours: Sun to Thu 8 am - 2.30pm
                         Closed on Fri and Sat, and alternate Thu

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