Why We Queue? @ Hai Kee Teochew Cha Kuay Teow on 3Sep2013

cha kuay teow - S$3

cha kuay teow – S$3

as some hungrygowhere reviewers said – lost & found! 🙂  see also for old time sake @ xin lu fish ball noodles.

used to frequent often to buy back when the stall was at margaret drive. though i knew it had moved to telok blangah crescent, i had not bothered to go look for it – somewhat less craving for cha kuay teow of late.

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

cha kuay teow - S$3

cha kuay teow – S$3

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

hai kee teochew cha kuay teow

anyway decided to go last evening on 4.9.2013. everything was as before! 🙂

the cha kuay teow man looked as “young” & healthy as before. the queue was as long as before – about constantly 10+ pax & on average 3plates/packets per pax & our friend cooked 1 plate at a time just as before, so long time to wait – we waited 40 minutes as before! 🙂 the “hum” (cockles) were as huge & plump as before, and the taste as good & “pang” (fragrant) and quite a bit of “la pok” (fried lard) as before. 🙂

price was S$3 which was very fair for a large plate with lots of “hum”. where this was concerned, i was a risk taker so i had my “hum”raw (uncooked & just place on top of the noodles).

c.h.e.f andy

Great Ribs & Pig Trotters @ Song Fa Bakuteh on 5Sep2013

prime ribs - S$8.50

prime ribs – S$8.50

went for early lunch with son & his friend at song fa at new bridge road on 5.9.2013. first time there though heard about & saw the place when dining at jumbo riverwalk & la chasseur. 🙂

song fa @ 17 new bridge road

song fa @ 17 new bridge road

we went at 11am on a thursday & roadside parking was a breeze. there were 2 outlets closeby each other – no. 11 north bridge road which was a coffeshop & no. 17 north bridge road. we chose the latter which was aircon though it was not switched on. we left before 12pm & the crowd were only starting to arrive.

ter kar (braised pork trotters) - S$6

ter kar (braised pork trotters) – S$6

you tiao - S$2

you tiao – S$2

S$48 for 3pax

S$48 for 3pax

soup was good. the prime ribs were very sweet & tasty. texture was good too, falling off the bones & yet not overcooked. my favourite until recently was rong cheng at sin min road. lately had couple times good baukteh at ng ah sio @ chui huay lim. i thought song fa was better, and price-wise we had 3 long prime ribs for S$8.50+GST vs 2 for S$9.80++ at ng ah sio & S$7 for 1 long rib plus 2 odd bits at rong cheng. the braised trotters were good too & we ordered a second S$6 serving. the fatty collagen bits were just right & even the lean parts were tasty & not sinewy. still i thought it was as good or better at ng ah sio & i had better serving portion for S$8++ shared by 2.

we had 3 prime ribs, 2 braised trotters, 1 youtiao & 1 kailan (medium S$5.50). total price came to S$48, couldn’t say it was expensive but not cheap either. i often buy 1kg pork rib at chinatown for S$7.50 & make very nice bakuteh myself very easily – not quite comparable of course but good enough for my fix. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy