Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Tim Ho Wan 添好運

Tim Ho Wan - the world's cheapest 1 Michelin Star restaurant from Hong Kong has finally arrived in Singapore after much anticipation!

Even though it has been 2 months after opening, the long snaking queue lines at THW are still going strong everyday! Makan Boy and I went down yesterday night (Monday) at about 7.40pm and queued for nearly 30mins before we were allocated a table. As like any other popular restaurants, bigger groups got to wait way longer. Do take note that you won't be given a table even if it's your turn, unless all your guests are present.

The menu is very straightforward and in no way fancy.

No photos, no short descriptions, but who cares about whether the menu is glossy anyway!

Arguably the most coveted bun right now in Singapore, each customer can only order 3pcs of these!

Baked Bun with BBQ Pork - 3pcs ($4.50)
The famed Baked Bun with BBQ Pork is one of their 'Big 4 Heavenly Kings' in the eatery and it's a MUST to order this. Aterall, this is very much the bun that brought THW from an eatery to a Michelin restaurant so if you visit THW and not try it... oh well.

Happiness ooozing out =D
The bun has a crumbly texture on the surface and very tender, smooth interior just right beneath. As pictured above, the layer of the bun is pretty thin! This makes everything inside oooze out (almost like liu sha bao). The BBQ pork has a right balance between sweet and saltish flavour and the meat was easy to bite. We left it for a while to eat the other dishes and felt it tasted best when piping hot!

IMHO, this is the kind of bun that brings delight to customers and make them fall in love at 'first bite' hahhaha.  

Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver ($5.50)
Another one of their 'Big 4 Heavenly Kings' is the Vermicelli Roll with Pig's Liver.

Vermicelli roll dissected
Vermicelli roll is also known as Chee Cheong Fun in Singapore and this is the first time I've heard and eaten one with pig's liver in it. I am not a fan of this dish because the combination is just weird to me.. but the sauce and the roll is still of pretty good standard.

They have BBQ pork, shrimp, beef and vegetarian options as well but it would definitely got to have more than 3 rolls on the plate in order for me to feel justified about the price. I'm not an expert in eating vermicelli roll but this dish is definitely not one which I would have chosed to be under the Big 4 in THW.

Steamed Egg Cake ($3.80)
Super light and fluffy sponge cake.
Alot of air in it.
I have mixed feelings towards their steamed egg cake. First, I must applaud them for making the cake super super super super fluffy. It's by far the most fluffy steamed cake I've ever tried. You press the whole cake down and it bounces up to the same height. BUT. It's also super super super light in taste. Good for the elderly I guess, but I felt it was very "uhhh.." after a few mouthfuls of it. No taste how to make any further impression leh? And the more you look at it.. the more it looks like our Fa Gao/Fa Kueh/Huat Kueh/Prosperity cake. Again.. I don't understand how this makes it to be in the Big 4 of THW.

Rice with Chicken, Sausage & Mushroom ($6)
Looks can be so deceiving. Indeed. What looks most ordinary out of all that we had ordered, turns out to be my favourite. Lol. 

Moist rice with generous amount of chicken chunks!
When I first ate a mouthful of the rice, I was thinking "hmm.. okay.". But the more I eat, the more I like it! The rice was soaked in a slightly saltish gravy and there were so many chunks of chicken meat not just on top of the rice but also in between and down under! The chicken meat was the best part of this dish. It was super tender and smooooth. I can easily tear the meat apart with my chopsticks and the meat was very tasty.

Sometimes simplicity beats it all. I felt so happy just enjoying this fragrant rice dish. =D

Pork Dumpling with Shrimp ($5)
When you visit any dim sum restaurant for the first time, you cannot afford to skip their classics.

Freshhhh out of sea?
I really enjoyed their Siew Mai! They have an additional touch of a wolfberry on the dumplings which helps in bringing out the sweetness of the meat. The pork filling was sweet and juicy. The whole prawn on top was fresh and crunchy. The skin didn't taste too much like flour paste and wasn't too thick. Very well done!

Prawn Dumpling ($5.50)
Another good ol' classic is the prawn dumpling/har gao. The prawns were fresh, crunchy and the skin of the dumpling wasn't too thick. As much as I enjoy prawn dumpling, I probably am happy enough to have tried THW's once cause I rather use this money to get another serving of their Siew Mai hehehe..

Chicken Feet with Black Bean Sauce ($4)
Chicken Feet is probably not as popular a classic dim sum dish as the other 2 before, but I am a huge fan of it! If I'm in any dim sum restaurant, I must order it or at least try it once. THW's Chicken Feet wasn't extraordinary but it was not bad. At least the skin was tender and the sauce wasn't too bland/salty/spicy.

Spring Roll with Egg White 3pcs ($4.20)
Saw in reviews that the spring roll with egg white is a pretty special dish THW offer so I thought we should try it. The spring roll wasn't too oily and was fried to golden perfection but I honestly think there's nothing special about it taste-wise. It's just spring rolls with the addition of chopped egg whites in it lor.

Their chilli sauce has got some soy sauce beans mixed in which made it too salty for my liking. Furthermore, there's no need to dip any of their items in chilli sauce cause they all tasted decent on its own! =D

Q-ing for 3 hours just to savour the good food in life is a sign of strong will and determination in any foodie's eyes. 
Totally worth bragging about. But hor. From far the IQ3 not very flattering leh hahaha.

Tim Ho Wan
Plaza Singapura
68 Orchard Road
Singapore 238839
Daily: 10am - 10pm (last order at 9.30pm)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Chew Kee Eating House

So.. I've been to Chew Kee and yes let me tell you what's the difference between this and Chiew Kee just a stone throw away (read the post before). 

Chew Kee Eating House
Same slogan: "No.1 stall for Soya Sauce Chicken" as Chiew Kee
Run by the elder sister, Chew Kee has a much bigger shopfront and seating area.

Sorry for the blur
Ordered their Soya Sauce Chicken Horfun which costs the same at $3.

Dumplings soup also at $3.
So the verdict after trying Chiew Kee and Chew Kee?

No difference!!!

Despite them being in separate shopfronts, it's amazing that they managed to maintain the same taste in their soya sauce chicken! Even the quantity and serving size is the same! I really couldn't tell the difference in the noodles and soup served between Chiew Kee and Chew Kee.

Afterall, same family recipe mah. So to me.. same same lah.

Chew Kee Eating House
8 Upper Cross St
Singapore 058327
Tel: 62220507
Daily: 8am - 6.30pm (Closed on Fridays)

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Chiew Kee Noodle House

One of my favourite dish in Singapore has got to be the Soya Sauce Chicken Horfun at Chiew Kee Noodle House!

Chiew Kee Noodle House

We went at around 6.30pm and they were about to close for the day. My past experience tells me to avoid Wednesdays because they have alternate offs on Wednesdays (and i can never remember which Wednesday it has been lol). They have another level upstairs and during lunch hours, this place is packed!

The boss and his employees
There was actually a family dispute thus the younger brother runs Chiew Kee while the elder sister runs Chew Kee just a stone throw away from here. Will try that some day and I shall then decide who's a better contender in terms of cooking great tasting Soya Sauce Chicken! =D

Simple layout of tables
 The order always arrives fast and usually takes no longer than 10mins even when the business is busy.

Soya Sauce Chicken Horfun ($3)
Their Soya Sauce Chicken is flavourful, tender and it always taste well marinated and braised! Great consistency in the taste and standard for the past 2 years I've been patronising them. The horfun is also well cooked making the texture slightly q and firm. Personally, I feel that horfun dips their wonderful soya sauce better than the yellow noodles and horfun helps the flavour of the sauce stand out more.

Their red chilli goes pretty well with the chicken!
Dumplings soup ($3)
Their dumplings soup was of great value. Big fat tasty dumplings pretty similar to what I eat at home! The filling contains meat, prawns and the soup is tasty too.
In all, Chiew Kee presents simple fare at a great value in a nice and homely corner in Chinatown. Do visit!

Chiew Kee Noodle House
32 Upper Cross St
Singapore 058339
Tel: 62213531
Daily: 8am - 7pm (Best to avoid Wednesdays)

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Adventure for Food - Kuala Lumpur

Went with Makan Boy to KL for a food adventure! Basically we walked around and try whatever we think might be good or is recommended from reviews we read!

First stop is Restoran Lee Tong Kee which we passed by while on the way to Jalan Petaling.

Restoran Lee Tong Kee - Ipoh Sar Hor Fun
We had arrived late in KL and it was around 3pm when we walked in for a bowl of hor fun so the whole place was empty.

One of the few rustic old shophouse restaurant
The indian helper in the kitchen and the ladyboss I believe.
Shredded Chicken Hor Fun (RM$5)
Tasty prawn dumplings
It wasn't until I'm back in Singapore before I googled them out and know that they are the same brand as the one we have in Singapore! We tried the Shredded Chicken Hor Fun with prawn dumplings. The hor fun is smooth and the soup is quite salty but nonetheless tasty. The prawn dumpling was yummy too!

Lee Tong Kee
No. 77 Jalan Tun H.S. Lee

Moving on...

It was to Jalan Petaling!
Pasar Malam style with many stalls selling fake branded goods
Plenty of food stalls too!

Roasted Chestnut aroma in the air~
Good value!
"Top notch standard"
All the flavours
Interesting flavours!
I dont think any muah-chee vendors in Singapore has that many flavours.

Queen of muah-chee!
The articles also spoke on how she neither thought of retiring nor pass the recipe to anyone.

Assorted flavours
Personally, the texture of her muah-chee is really good! Soft, chewy but the special flavours weren't really outstanding.

Air Mata Kucing
With ice is really with ALOT of ice..
Their bak kwa taste normal to me..
A closer look at the prices..

We walked on and saw this really cluttered space of peanut pancake and wanton mee stall!

Kedai Koon Kee and Peanut Pancake stall (in the foreground)
Old school~
Was a bit concerned by how messy the table was..
His skill in cooking the pancakes was nice to watch.
And then the fragrance of the pancake started to spread!
Slightly different than those we have in sg. The peanut filling was ok but the pancake was not as fluffy and light. Still it was not bad!

Walk further inside and you will see Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee.

Koon Kee Wan Tan Mee
Looks good taste good!
I love how tasty their sauce is with the noodles! However, the char siew was a bit hard. =/

About the same as in sg. Msg soup and small slippery wantons!
Random shot just to showcase their cart design!
Restoran Kim Lian Kee
Quite alot of youngsters!
Signature dish a must here!
This door got me wondering what's behind..
And I was like the most suaku person on earth going "WA! elevator for food!" 
The noodles!
Hokkien Mee (RM $7)
Fried squid!
The Hokkien Mee is a must try! Distinct fragrance and super tasty black sauce that is sinfully good! Plus the loads of pork lard makes it even bettahh~~

Cantonese Style Mixed Kuey Teow & Mee Hoon (RM $7)
It was O K.
When we pass by Kim Soya Bean it was like looking at some frantic rush for water. LOL. Ok not so exagerrating but there was a big crowd just standing around the small stall slurping the soya bean milk/beancurd.

Best moments are at Kim Soya Bean
Slurpers everywhere around~
Business super good
If it attracts such a big crowd, it must be good!

Tau Fu Fa (RM $1.30)
And it sure was worth the try! Smooth, slippery, silky, soft.. it's all that a soya beancurd should be like!

Didn't notice the bottle when I took this photo
Love their theme colours!
First time in Krispy Kreme and I ordered this chocolate custard donut!
"Look! I'm glowing cause I'm that awesome!"
And at night it was off to Jalan Alor area in KL for our next dining destination!

Jalan Alor area has a whole stretch of Zi Char restuarants and street stalls selling snacks and fruits.

On the left - all the restaurants. On the right - all the street stalls.
This place was bustling with energy and patronised by many hungry people hehe...

Cu Cha Restaurant
Makan Boy had came here before with his friends and loves the stingray they offer! Even their big signboard is of their bbq stingray! *slurps*

I like that their prices are at a fixed rate depending on how many grams ordered, unlike sg's seasonal prices (which till today I still have no idea cost around how much).

Ordered some chicken wings!
Here comes our stingray!
Fresh, juicy and spicy with a dash of lime juice, this is heaven!
The BBQ Stingray is definitely a must-order when you visit this restaurant! And since it is cheaper to eat seafood in KL, we splurged and ordered crabs as well!

Black Pepper Crab
Makan Boy's favourite part of the crab
Wasn't the best black pepper crab I've tasted so far but it's still tasty!

We came back here again the next night and continue our mission of trying food food food! =D

Ordered stingray again muahaha!
Thick chunks.. om nom nom nom nom..
Their chili sauce is the bomb.
Salted Egg Yolk Mantis Prawn (RM $18)
Really tasty salted egg yolk sauce! I like!!

The batter was a 'miss' though.
The salted eg yolk mantis prawn was both a hit and miss with the egg yolk sauce being fabulous and oh-so-fragrant but the batter wasn't quite well done as it was soggy. Either that, or maybe the chef had not fried the prawns long enough.

Crispy Beancurd (RM $12)
Taste a lot like fishcake. -_-
Fried Beef Noodles (RM $7)
Beef noodles was so-so..

Soya beancurd stall
Bought over by their panda to try haha!
Brown sugar syrup
This stall's soya beancurd is no where near the standard of the one we had in Jalan Petaling. The two of us shared a bowl and didn't even finish half. =/

Endorsed by HK foodie!

Creamy and sweet durians!
And my handful of mangosteens!
They have this exchange policy such that if any of their durians or mangosteens are spoilt or rotten, you get it replaced FOC! I love that they provide gloves and plenty of tissues for their customers! Very affordable prices too!!

Street acts
The beautiful mosque beside our hotel
And a litter of kittens at the hotel doorstep!
The next morning we saw all of them in a cage under the care of a stallholder.
So cute!
Huge paus!
Very adorable and lovable!
The traffic in this mall is crazy! Super crowded on the weekend we went and there was also an event outside the mall.
I love macarons!

Durian Durian! Love the design of their logo!
Durian Cheese Mousse (RM$6)
Got pretty sick of this after like halfway through. Perhaps they shouldn't have added cheese...

Durian Cream Puffs (RM$??)
Awesome durian cream puffs!!

Singapore has Rotiboy too and the last I remember having one was in IMM. Not sure if they are still there but these buns are awesome! Mad love for it!

Bun to die for!
These buns comes hot with heavenly fragrant butter in each bite. The exterior has a slight crisp and the bun is soft and creamy.

To mark the end of our trip to KL we took a photo with the Twin Towers as the backdrop. <3 <3 <3
Had so much fun during this trip pigging out and enjoying the place with my loved one. Looking forward to going KL again!