S$3 Teochew Fishball Noodles at Xinlu 新路 on 10.4.2016

S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路 10.4.2016

S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路 10.4.2016 

a very good dutch friend visiting town. he was having golf at SICC afterwards so not free for lunch. i told him to come over my place for tea this morning on 10.4.2016.

this the same friend i had lunch with at reddot brewhouse at dempsey on 19.11.2013. & we both remembered that! 🙂

he now basically visits singapore 2 times a year. had a good catching up. 🙂

after that i dropped him at sicc for his golf game about 1.15pm.

another group of friends, my primary school classmate were having lunch at 刘强 at bugis from 12pm. we had earlier said to play by ear since i did not know when my tea would end. it was too late for me to join & they had in any case split already…

i thought of repeating my usual lunchless day, but on the spur of the moment decided to go to Xinlu 新路 at meiling food centre for meepok tar.

xinlu 新路 teochew fishball noodles10.4.2016

xinlu 新路 teochew fishball noodles10.4.2016 

use to do this a lot 15-20yrs ago, not much now. quite a favourite then.

last time i had it here was in nov2014.

S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路

S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路 

mee pok still qq, al dent. chilli still good, but this time i felt a bit salty.

6 fishballs - S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路

6 fishballs – S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路 

normally 5 fishballs. i asked for 面少 ie less noodles so got 1 addition 6th fishballs.

fishballs still springy, bouncy. again a bit salty.

S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路3 10.4.2016

S$3 teochew fishball noodles at xinlu 新路 10.4.2016 

i don’t whether my tastebuds has changed or i not in tune to appreciate the noodles, but today i did not quite enjoy the noodles, just felt it was a bit salty.

c.h.e.f. andy

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Very Enjoyable Meal @ Kok Sen on 9Apr2016

big prawn hor fun

big prawn hor fun

daughter decided to buy dinner last evening at kok sen on 9.4.2016. ^^

her friend enjoyed the big prawn hor fun there recently so she wanted to try that also. 🙂

i have not been there since dec2014. the food was kind of so-so then.

yong tau foo2

S$14 small yong tau foo

we ordered wife’s favourite yong tau foo.

it was very good indeed! 🙂

yong tau foo2

S$14 small yong tau foo

this dish here had been good consistently. yong tau foo was tasty & sauce pretty good too. should be not difficult to do this myself.

actually by comparison, i would say the recent yong tau foo i had with my friends at u hakka at circuit road was even better.

though we are talking about 2 different styles of preparation.

foo yong egg

S$11 foo yong egg

i never/seldom order foo yong eggs. this time, i think wife remembered she had good foo yong eggs here with her friend, so we ordered a small serving.

foo yong egg

S$11 foo yong egg

& it did not disappoint.

it was very good, crispy without being oily, very good flavours especially the parts with minced pork & cut shar siew pieces.

big prawn hor fun

S$32 medium big prawn hor fun

the big prawn hor fun was the main event, the star of the show.

big prawn hor fun

big prawn hor fun

luckily, it was really quite good. 🙂

hor fun had great wok hae (wok fragrance/aroma), prawns were good, but really that was no great stuff. i could do the prawns just as good or better easily & we had them often enuf.

i can possibly do the horfun too. it felt a bit like the XO spicy sauce.

anyway i wanted to try some local food like hokkien mee etc, maybe i will get my friends to come over & try hokkien mee, this big prawn hor fun & also (say) chilli crab! 🙂

2 eggs spinach

2 eggs spinach

the 2 egg spinach was competent.

it was however quite far behind uncle leong’s standrad. 🙂

2 eggs spinach

2 eggs spinach

they did not add the 3rd egg either.

the heng chai was pretty good. they did not have a 3 egg version with the egg whites of  a fresh egg scattered over the dish. they only used slated eggs & century eggs.

we had a really good time with the 2 daughters, but 80% of the conversation were about korean series & descendants of the sun…lol! ^^

food was great & enuf. the girls were full & happy & eldest daughter bought dinner. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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Excellent Food Destination @ Mercado da Ribeira Timeout Market on 27Mar2016

tuna tartare

tuna tartare

one of the exciting places, a major food destination, we read about was mercado da ribeira.

so after putting our bags in our chiado apartment, we walked down to cais de sorde & a short distance to mercado.

mercado da ribeira timeout market

mercado da ribeira timeout market

this was lisbon’s main market since 1894. time out lisboa magazine took over management in 2014. the market stalls selling fresh produce are open 6am to 2pm.

the food court on the western side of the building, opened in may 2014, has canteen styled community tables, opens everyday 10am to midnight sun-wed & 10am to 2am thurs – sat.

what is exciting is that it features many many brand/chefs from portugal’s top restaurants & shops.

mercado da ribeira timeout market

mercado da ribeira timeout market

lisbonlux also provided a comprehensive listing of the boutique stalls at the market, selling food “from seafood to steak sandwiches, hamburgers, sushi and ice cream, among other specialties”.

prosciutto, cheese, wine from manteigaria silva

€10 prosciutto, cheese from manteigaria silva + wine

we started with a €10 prosciutto & cheese plate from manteigaria silva. the white wine was costly at €6 but very good. the extra virgin olive oil was another €1.50 but it was very good indeed.

prosciutto was average, not specially “pang”, cheese was good.

prosciutto, cheese, wine from manteigaria silva

prosciutto, cheese, wine from manteigaria silva

the platter didn’t look like a lot but was pretty ok to share, and the bread was very good (portugese bread everywhere we go in lisbon & porto were very good) & fantastic with the olive oil.

tartar-ia @ mercado timeout market

tartar-ia @ mercado timeout market

next we had tuna tartare from tartar-ia.

tuna tartare

€18.75 tuna tartare

not only it looked exquisite.

it was the best tune tartare i ever had. but it came expensive though, €18.75 for 150g.

tuna tartare

€18.75 tuna tartare

you can call it explosion of flavours. don’t know what were the condiments but everything combined fabulously, fromt eh fragrant extra virgin olive oil to the truffle oil, wasabi mayo? etc…

just wonderful!

steak tartare

€13.50 steak tartare

tuna tartare was so good we decided to try the steak tartare.

steak tartare

€13.50 steak tartare

it was excellent too, though nothing so wow like the tuna tartare, and cheaper.

we also had a white & then a red from tartar-ia…white was not as good as the one from manteigaria silva. red was very good. 🙂

cakes from Nós é Mais Bolos

cakes from Nós é Mais Bolos

we rounded off with some cakes from Nós é Mais Bolos

not know what to order we asked for recommendations, and got the chocolate cake & egg cream cakes.

chocolate cake

€4.50 gigi’s chocolate cake

both were quite unsatisfactory!

gigi’s chocolate cake was too sweet, very so-so, somethin i would not take in singapore.

egg sponge cake

€3.50 egg sponge cake

the egg sponge cake, they claimed best in the world. what can i say, non-descript, forgettable…

the next day i had an excellent egg cream cake at tartine. that was memorable.

portugal (both lisbon & porto) had excellent nata, the portugese egg tarts (& i didn’t know how good they were until i try a random one in singapore few days back, and that was literally unedible by comparison), and many other great pastry, so we don’t really need this.

mercado da ribeira timeout market

mercado da ribeira timeout market

we left mercado & took the tram 15e to belem. this photo from across the road as we walked to the tram station nearer cais de sorde.

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