Good Hokkien Mee just OK Fishball Noddles @ 六十年代 on 21Feb2016

fishball noodles dry

S$4 fishball noodles dry

went with wife to togoyo at CT Hub kallang avenue on 21.2.2016. bought some gardening & household stuff. ^^

came here with my primary school classmate earlier in the week. 🙂

六十年代fishball noodles

六十年代fishball noodles

this stall 六十年代fishball noodles  i never tried before.

the photo really evokes nostalgia la. ^^

chinatown

chinatown

my friend pointed out the space in front of 大中国 tai chong kok in sago lane.

his dad used to run a stall there selling 烧腊char siew, siew yoke & roast duck. 🙂

六十年代fishball noodles

六十年代fishball noodles

pricing quite ok i guess, more ex than hawker stalls but equal or cheaper than food courts.

fishball noodles dry

S$4 fishball noodles dry

there was 2 fishballs. 1 meatball, minced pork, some fish cake. you add your own la pok (deep-fried lard cubes), spring onions, birdeye chilli etc.

fishball noodles dry

S$4 fishball noodles dry

a friend on facebook commented it looked so good. unfortunately it was ok but not that good. chilli had no kick (better after adding some birdeye chilli), not enuf vinegar i think. noodles was qq, and la pok was flavourful if slightly soft (lau hong).

it was passable la & at S$4 better than many at food courts.

but for good tecochew fishball noodles, i point my friend to jalan tua kong meepok at 6th avenue.

for good mushroom sauce bakchormee to ming fa @ upper thomson

& for a very good bakchormee that also lacking kick in chilli & vinegar but very tasty, ah hoe mee pok.

fried hokkien noodles

S$5 fried hokkien noodles

the S$5 fried hokkien mee was very good, tasty.

fried hokkien noodles

S$5 fried hokkien noodles

i think i am going to try making fried hokkien noodles myself la… 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Good Always Meepok Tar @ Jalan Tua Kong 6th Avenue on 24Jan2016

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

wife & daughter wanted to go 6th ave’s jln tua kong for meepok tar on 24.1.2016. ^^

it was smack lunch hour about 1pm. no lots so daughter parked at guthrie building. the coffeeshop wasn’t that crowded though.

still we waited about 15mins-20mins, which i think is quite fine seated with the smart calling system when food is ready.

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

mee pok was good as usual. seems to be slightly less spicy today.

we were quite ok with that. i noted though that being spicy is a signature for this style of noodles.

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

this was very much a comfort food for us, knowing that it will always be good too.

S$4 meepok tar

S$4 meepok tar

actually by comparison, the ah hoe mee pok stands up very well with this. can’t say this was better but just that we are more used to this & enjoy it everytime.

c.h.e.f andy

Expensive Not Great Duck Noodles @ Tao Xiang Kitchen 6th Avenue on 4Nov2015

S$7 roast duck noodles

S$7 roast duck noodles

i dropped by 6th avenue around 4pm to take a late lunch today on 4.11.2015.

was deciding whether to have the nice roast chicken rice which i like or to try the duck noodles.

S$7 roast duck noodles

S$7 roast duck noodles

this tao xiang kitchen had been around for a while & previously occupied the front stall but now have taken up the stall to the back of the coffeeshop.

it is supposedly helmed by a hong kong chef. i used to take the roast duck a few times many years back but have always found the stallholder & servers very abrasive & unfriendly, basically the nazi chef type. at the time, i thought the roast duck was pretty good & flavourful.

S$7 roast duck noodles

S$7 roast duck noodles

so today i decided to try the roast duck again, since i have not done for so long.

the stall holder was not very friendly but still tolerable today. but it’s the food that counted.

however i found it quite poor today. the drumsticks noodles was S$7. at S$5.50 i would find it very mediocre. at S$7 i think it was quite below par.

there was roast & duck flavours but it was just very average for me.

i think by comparison the roast duck at joyful palace 怡乐坊@ food loft clementi was just so much better! and still cheaper.

S$7 roast duck noodles

S$7 roast duck noodles

i tossed the noodles. noodles was loose & qq. chilli was good. both the noodles with the sauce & the chilli were slight salty.

S$7 roast duck noodles

S$7 roast duck noodles

overall, it was a expensive & forgettable S$7 roast duck drumstick noodles. don’t think i will try this stall again.

there is though a new zi char stall there that occupies the prvious tao xiang front stall location straddling to stall units that served fish head steamboat & crab beehoon (both the thick beehoon soup & the thin wet fried beehoon styles). i would want to try that.

c.h.e.f andy

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Tao Xiang Kitchen
#01-01/02, 10E Sixth Avenue, 276474
OPENING HOURS:
Daily: 08:30 – 20:30

Very Good Wanton Noodles @ Balestier Food Centre on 17Mar2015

waton mee

waton mee

sis & i had a great S$5 prawn noodles dry & prawn+pigtail noodls soup at ah hui @ balestier food centre on 17.3.2015.^^

my bil opted for a S$4 wanton noodles.

i was very impressed with the good serving of char siew which looked delicious & tempting, so i tried a piece. it was very good, tender & tasty.^^

waton mee - soup

waton mee – soup

waton mee

waton mee

according to my bil, the noodles were good too, qq & with very good chilli mix. wanton were smooth.

6th avenue wanton noodles at good good eating house is my recent favourite but this looked really good & i will be back to try it myself.

kok kee wanton noodles (formerly at lavendar food square) was the best i had tried bit not sure where it has moved to? apparently to a coffee shop is on the ground floor of nearby hoa nam building, but still to check out.

c.h.e.f andy

Best Bakchormee @ Changi Airport T3 B2 Kopitiam on 2Jan2015

bakchormee @ changi airport T3 basement B2

bakchormee @ changi airport T3 basement B2

sent son to airport on 2.1.2015. he was back for 2 weeks short winter leave. 🙂

after checking in, i had also parked my car, there was a short time before immigration & boarding.

we went down to T3 basement 2 kopitiam food court & ordered a bakchormee at the lai heng fishball noodle stall.

for me, this is 1 of the best bakchormee. we had this many times before & it had always been good, no exception this time.

this the tai hwa crawford-style with mushroom sauce & lots of vinegar. it was very good, like as good as tai hwa’s. tasty, vinegar just right, good ingredients – liver & all. very satisfied.

it is different from the jalan tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue, jalan tua kong lau lim @ bedok simpang, 132 marine terrace fishball noodles, but similar to ming fa @ upper thomson though that one has less vinegar.

c.h.e.f andy

Good but Expensive Dinner @ aPompei on 21Nov2014

florentine steak - S$88

florentine steak – S$88

we were thinking of a place to go for 5pax family dinner on a friday w/o too much hassle on traffic & parking. decided to try the new restaurant aPompei at 6th avenue on 21.11.2014. 🙂

restaurant only started a week ago, according to chef mimo, who was from al borgo. we liked the florentine steak at al borgo by chef mim0. my wife recently had that at al borgo & she said it’s no longer good, so we were looking forward to having the good florentine steak here. 🙂

chef mimo was friendly & chatty, and we had always liked his food. so we decided to order his recommendations & let him organise the dinner. 🙂

food was good as we expected. price though was a bit expensive.

bread to start

bread to start

bread in most italian diners were mostly just baguette with olive oil/balsamic dip, nothing fancy like top restaurants.

antipasti - S$72

antipasti – S$72

antipasti - S$72

antipasti – S$72

the antipasti was a huge serving. it was good, with parma ham, good quality salami (my wife normally does not take salami but she was ok with this one), buffalo mozzarella, another cheese & olives.

we found out only later when we had the bill that the antipasti cost S$72 (since we left it in the hands of chef mimo). this was way too expensive for an antipasti for 2 guys & 3 ladies.

i am just guessing that maybe we were charged 3 portions=S$24×3. if we had ordered ourselves, we would have ordered just 1 portion. it was not about the price of the antipasti but whether we would spent S$72 for a very large portion or used the same money to order 2 more pastas etc.

focaccia

complimentary focaccia

we had a complimentary focaccia, topped with cherry tomatoes. in fact we thought it was better than the seafood pizza. we saw on the menu it cost S$13.

mussels - S$28

mussels – S$28

mussels - S$28

mussels – S$28

the mussels was very good. i felt it was expensive at S$28. i could do very good mussels myself, but i used the cheap mussels from sheng shiong. these mussels here were of course the better variety. 🙂

vongole - S$28

vongole – S$28

vongole

vongole – S$28

the vongole was very good also. the spaghetti were very al dente. somehow it cost more than S$24 on the menu? this is also a dish i do well, and sometimes i can get mango clams from sheng shiong which i think is better than la la (littleneck clams).

seafood pizza

seafood pizza

the seafood pizza was good, but we felt the cheaper focaccia (complimentary by chef mimo) was better. 🙂

florentine steak - S$88

florentine steak – S$88

& the 600g florentine steak. this was our favourite & it was as good as the one at al borgo of old (though my wife said it was no longer so). al borgo charged S$60 initially but raised to S$75 last year. it was S$88 here. i guess the price was not cheap but ok as long as the standard is kept. 🙂

complimentary dessert

complimentary dessert

chef mimo offered us 2 complimentary sponge cakes. the texture felt a bit like tiramisu (moist) but chef mimo said it was sponge cake. they were good but these tended to be quite sweet.

the dinner for 5pax (2guys, 3 ladies) cost S$350nett including a S$62 bottle wine. wine was good & priced similar to what you get at a good restaurant. 🙂

i felt the dinner was overly expensive at about S$56nett excluding the wine. if the antipasti was 1 portion at S$24++, price would be S$45pax nett, which was still not cheap but i guess ok for the food.

anyway, we were overall happy with the food, even though price was on the expensive side & it had cost a lot more than if we had ordered from the menu, which is what we would do next time. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Mediocre Bakchormee @ Seng Kee (胜记) Serangoon Garden Food Centre on 19Nov2014

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Seng Kee (胜记) Bakchormee @ Serangoon Garden Food Centre

after cycling at east coast park, we went to serangoon gardens to use a groupon voucher at relish, but relish was closed for private function, so we wandered to serangoon gardens food centre on 19.11.2014. 🙂

i recalled some friends were talking on whatsapp about bakchormee here, the stall where the guy used to clank his wares (no longer since he moved here).

there were 3 bakchomee stalls, but i managed to confirm with my friends that it was seng kee (胜记) bakchormee. actually the many messages & feedback were quite negative, especially regards the S$9 fish maw soup, but since we had not tried before, we decided to go for bakchormee rather than other food. 🙂

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Seng Kee (胜记) Bakchormee @ Serangoon Garden Food Centre

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soup, Seng Kee (胜记) Bakchormee

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Seng Kee (胜记) Bakchormee @ Serangoon Garden Food Centre

there was no queue at 12pm on a wednesday & i was bale to pick up my 2 bowls of S$4 bakchormee immediately (i was not going to take the S$9 fish maw soup after those feedback). after me though there was a queue of about 4 to 5, and the only one of the 3 stalls to have a queue.

that should have been promising, however the results were very disappointing. i would say the bakchormee was totally mediocre, can probably get better from any coffeeshop or hawker centre.

for us, the main failure was the chilli. i went to ask for more chilli. chilli looked potent but it had no taste no kick. my wife’s mee kia (thin noodles) was still qq, my meepok was becoming soggy.

the ingredients were quite good, with teepor (dried flatfish/sole) & her kilo (fish dumplings), mushroom sauce, liver, lean meat etc.

the soup also looked promising, but the taste was again disappointing, whereas the soup at 6th avenue jalan tua kong meepok tar was so tasty.

anyway, the whole experience was just “no shiok”. no comparison with 6th avenue jalan tua kong meepok tar or for that matter sunny fishball noodles also at 6th avenue, jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar in bedoktai hwa bakchormee at crawford lane, ming fa upper thomson etc.

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ice kachang @ Serangoon Garden Food Centre

i had ice kachang & my wife took the soursop jelly. ice kachang was not to my taste (i like it sweet with more syrup & evaporated milk like at adam road food centre). the soup sop was good but the jelly was not the soft type.

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Seng Kee (胜记) Bakchormee @ Serangoon Gardens Food Centre

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Serangoon Gardens Food Centre

my friends told me on whatsapp later that the duck rice & 猪杂汤 is good here. will try them next time. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Tai Hwa Bakchormee at Blk 466 Crawford Lane on 23Oct2014

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

went to immigration checkpoint authority (ICA) to take passport size photo today.

i applied online for passport extension but my scanned photo for e-submission was rejected.  anyway it’s about time i took some current day photos. heard from b-i-l that the studios outside now charged S$22 for 8 (or maybe 12) photos, and better off for me just to go to ICA & pay S$5.50 for 4 photos. that’s what i did, and no hassle.

was planning to skip lunch as i have a kaiseki dinner at GOTO this evening. but since i already parked, and i have not been to this stall for the last maybe 10years and the time 11am looked promising, i decided to walk over to tai hwa bakchormee @ blk 466 crawford lane. this the original stall from hill street 1932.

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

i joined the queue at no.7. no one ordered like 5 bowls or packets, so i got my bakchormee in just over 15mins.

a very pleasant surprise. the stall proprietor was very polite & friendly, not the usual nazi chef! 🙂

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

S$5 tai hwa bakchormee at blk 466 crawford lane

well, the  S$5 tai hwa bakchormee was good. 🙂

noodles were qq (al dente) and tasty mixed in the sauce. ingredients minced pork, pork balls, pig liver, soi kao (fish/meat dumpling) & tipoh were good. i thought this style bakchormee had mushroom sauce, but there was none, just the very nice vinegar, chilli sauce taste. very good. overall i think i like the bakchormee at ming fa bakchormee upper thomson a bit better. close fight anyway.

but after all these time, i think i now prefer the S$4 jalan tua kong meepok tar at 6th avenue. & don’t think i will wait 1/2 for this tai hwa bakchormee.

c.h.e.f andy

Nasi Lemak Truly Sucks @ Changi Village Food Centre on 21Sep2014

top drinks & dessert

top drinks & dessert

we biked 35km from east coast lagoon to changi village food centre & back early morning on 21.9.2014.

so wanted to try out the hawker food at changi village food centre. turned out to be a huge disappointment.

amigo bakchomee

amigo bakchomee

amigo bakchomee

amigo bakchormee

my wife went first to get her food & came back with bakchormee some 15mins later. she bought from the stall with the longest queue “amigo”.

this amigo bakchormee was really mediocre, which really meant it was quite poor by comparison, far below the standard of 6th avenue jalan tua kong, lau lim @ bedok simpang, ming fa @ upper thomson etc. even the other stall sunny meepok tar at 6th avenue was better. the noodles were not QQ, and the chilli & flavours were what can i say, mediocre! 😦

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

sri sujana nasi lemak

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mizzy corner nasi lemak

there were 4 nasi lemak stalls. i decided not to queue at “mizzy corner” the one with longest queue. but my short queue (i was the 4th in the queue) at malay stall sri sujana turned out quite long as 2 before were buying 4packets & 5packets. the man was very naggy at every customer. service was poor & not cheerful. 😦

that would be ok if food was ok, but it was not! rice was poor and did not have the fragrant coconut flavours. & sambal chilli the most important ingredient was outright bad & odd tasting. it was salty & like having tau jeoh??? not sure can call it sambal?? to me rice & chilli were like the backbone of good nasi lemak, & both failed completely. 😦

otah was bad, the chicken was quite ok to good, the ikan kuning was ok. this was really poor c/w both stalls no.1 & no.2 nasi lemak at adam road food centre.

i will never eat from this stall again.

ice kacang

ice kacang

soursop ice

soursop ice

top drink & dessert

top drink & dessert

the only thing good was the ice kacang & soursop from top drink & dessert, & it was very good, so luckily i had that, otherwise the whole experience would have been a complete let down, very sian!

not sure if we would eat anything the next time we cycle here, probably just have ice kacang & soursop.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Meepok Tar is Back at 6th Avenue @ Jalan Tua Kong on 8Jul2014

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

the jalan tua kong meepok tar is back at good good coffeshop 6th avenue! renovation over. 🙂

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

meepok tar @ jalan tua kong 6th avenue

noodles now S$4. picture looked good, noodles was qq, chilli was good & ingredients were good, but it was quite salty. 😦 otherwise it was fine, still good. 🙂

will try again to see if that was just one off! just based on today, it was not so great vs jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar & the very shiok ming fa bakchormee at upper thomson.

c.h.e.f andy

 

Very Shiok! Bakchormee @ Ming Fa Upper Thomson on 4May2014

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ming fa bakchormee

went with wife & daughter to ming fa at upper thomson for bakchormee this afternoon on 4.5.2014. must say it as immensely fulfilling. haha. 🙂 such simple food & great satisfaction! guess i was also missing the jalan tea kong meepok tar at 6th avenue. having withdrawals. haha. 🙂

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ming fa bakchormee

the place was very well patronised at 3pm on a sunday afternoon. we could hardly find a table for 3.

the bakchormee was really good, the overall flavours & chilli, the qq noodles, minced pork, pork ball & sliced pork & liver. as good as the tai wah i remember (not been to tai wah for the longest time).

noodles was S$4 and ming fa now has expanded from a traditional stall in chinatown to 7 outlets with a manufacturing arm selling laksa and curry chicken etc. 🙂 saw on their website that there is an outlet at hollandv hawker centre etc. somehow did not notice. only tried the fei zai bakchormee stall, which was not too bad. will look out next time i am there. 🙂

very shook indeed!

c.h.e.f andy

 

Meepok Tar @ Sunny Fishball 6th Avenue on 20Nov2013

meepok tar

meepok tar

running some errands & dropped by 6th avenue in the morning on 20.11.2013. good good coffeeshop where jalan tua kong bakchormee stall was located was closed for renovation, so i stopped by sunny fishball at the other corner coffeeshop. 🙂

sunny fishball noodles

sunny fishball noodles

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meepok tar

meepok tar

had not eaten here for a while. the meepok tar was good. everything from fishballs, meatball, minced prok, fishcake to qq noodles & garnishings were all good. the chilli was also good.if i have to make comparison with jalan tua kong bakchormee stall, perhaps that one was a little spicier & maybe that gave more kick. cannot tell! 🙂

there are so many good meepok tar stalls around (just like chicken rice stalls etc) so it was not difficult to find a good stall & the difference maybe quite marginal.

c.h.e.f. andy

Meepok Tar @ Jalan Tua Kong Lau Lim at Bedok Simpang on 12Nov2013

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

was watching nadal vs djokovic ATP World Tour Finals at friend’s place at 4am. nadal lost in straight sets even with the support of 3 ardent fans. 🙂 anyway he had a good year after being out for 7 months from injury.

it was 6.30am early morning on 12.11.2013. we decided to go bedok simpang for breakfast. so it had to be meepok tar at jalan tua kong lau lim. according to my friend, this was from the original stall. 🙂

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

meepok tar

jalan tua kong lau lim meepok tar

meepok tar

meepok tar

on this day it was a bit salty. the guy must have added a bit more fish sauce & usual loads of chilli. love the chilli. still, for me overall, it did not disappoint. meepok was enough qq (al dente), fish balls were sweet, and there were lots of minced pork & quite fatty ones & 3 la pok (deepfried lard) which i took 2. the fish cake & lean pork added to the overall experience. no prawn. but chilli was still the most important.

was it better than the jalan tua kong stall at 6th avenue? in fact i thought the 6th avenue one was better overall though perhaps this fishball was better! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

Jalan Tua Kong Meepok Tar @ 6th Avenue on 12Sep2013

teochew meepok tar - S$3.50

teochew meepok tar – S$3.50

decided to stop by good good coffeeshop at 6th avenue for the jalan tua kong teochew meepok tar today on 12.9.2013. i don’t take this so much these days, but had a nice teochew fish ball noodles at mei chin road last week with son, & this stall was nearer & i like meepok tar more than fish ball noodles. 🙂

teochew meepok tar - S$3.50

teochew meepok tar – S$3.50

teochew meepok tar - S$3.50

teochew meepok tar – S$3.50

the stall has been at this coffeeshop for several years, apparently the owner had previously worked at 1 of the jalan tua kong stalls and now pays a fee to use the name.

i like this teochew style more than the tai wah type mushroom sauce bakchormee & fish ball noodles (though i like them all..haha). the noodle is qq with a nice bite (al dente) and not mushy. there were 2 fishballs, pork, prawn, fishcakes & minced pork, and most important the chilli & of course the fried lard (lar pok). love it! 🙂

c.h.e.f andy