Good Ice Kacang @ Sing Heng Dessert (& Bad Pig Trotters ) Mei Ling Market & Food Centre on 20Oct2015

ice kacang

ice kacang – S$1.40

we were at mei ling market & food centre & had the S$13 song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头 at hong man ji delights 鴻满记小吃.

& also pig trotters & pig liver & kidney soup (below).

i was looking around for ice kacang. the sing heng dessert stall was a bit hidden but i found it anyway. 🙂

ice kacang

ice kacang – S$1.40

at S$1.40 it’s probably the cheapest ice kacang in singapore. 🙂

the one i usually goes to is at adam road food centre. that is S$2, the usual price charged in most food centres.

i was thinking maybe they have a thing or 2 to learn from adam road when the lady  hardly added any evaporated milk. it’s like just a trickle whereas adam road pour like 20ml…lol.. onto the ice kacang.

surprisingly though, it was very good, even though i still prefer more evaporated milk. haha!

sing heng dessert

sing heng dessert

& that’s why i decided to record this. a good ice kacang.

pig trotters stall

pig trotters stall

to add to our song fish head hk steamed 港蒸松鱼头 lunch, we ordered pig liver & kidney soup & pig trotters from the stall selling them together with bakuteh & kueh chap. the stall proprietress is a vietnamese.

pig liver kidney soup

pig liver kidney soup – S$5

the soup was tasty, so maybe the bakuteh would be good. i won’t really want to try because the pig trotters was really bad & i lose confidence on the stall.

pig liver kidney soup

pig liver kidney soup – S$5

the pig liver & kidney were so so. i had much better ones….

pig trotters

pig trotters – S$5

the pig trotters i think was a disaster!

pig trotters

pig trotters – S$5

the braising sauce was tasteless. how could it be tasteless?

pig trotters

pig trotters – S$5

when i saw it, the colour & look were all wrong. maybe the taste & texture would be ok, but they were not, downright bad!

there was no gelatine texture & bite.

definitely a stall i will not try again.

c.h.e.f andy

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Very Good Big Prawn Noodles @ Why Eat Har on 6Mar2015

4 halves large anka prawns

4 halves large angka prawns

my close friend’s brother started a prawn noodle stall. he is much into cooking & did a very good chilli crab for my homecooked dinner previously.

the opening was on 5.3.2015. so many of us dropped by to give it a try on 6.3.2015.^^

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Why Eat Har

“Why Eat Har” is located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

“Why Eat Har” is located at ThyeHwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

the chinese name literally means “greedy prawns”, which has a good spin to it as it means the prawn noodles & the stall makes you greedy & want to eat more & come back for more.^^

the english version makes use of the similar sounding words “why” (english) and “har” (cantonese) & string them together as Why Eat Har. this can mean why eat prawns as in why eat this prawn noodles? or singlish why eat har? (answer = it’s good of course!).^^

the name was a good start, generating interest & buzz, and according to a close friend (not close enough to know that he is an expert in branding until now….hahaha!) an immensely brandable one (talking about franchising).^^

S$5 beehoon mee dry

S$5 beehoon mee dry

well, the defining thing for hawker fare is still the taste. singaporeans will tolerate nazi chefs and travel to far corners of the island just for good food.

& believe me, this prawn noodles is good! 🙂

the noodles & beehoon were cooked just right with a good bite. tau gays still crunchy. most of us though thought the quantity of noodles were a bit much. maybe it suits the canteen location, a good hearty meal to warm up to. but still i finished all the noodles, and usually i am a “low carb” guy, and 1/2 the amount of noodles would be too much for me already.

the soup was flavourful & fairly intense. & one of the best things was the chilli. this really not easy to get right starting from scratch. but this a very good chilli (also the consensus among 10+ diners), 1 of the best i had.

for me, the only place i had chilli better than this (& the soup was also more intense) was at wah kee at pek kio food centre, cambridge road. that again is subjective as some friends find wah kee’s soup a bit oily.

stall proprietors & friend

stall proprietors & friend

"Why Eat Har" is located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

“Why Eat Har” is located at Thye Hwa Heng Canteen, Blk 29 Eunos Avenue 6

i have not taken much of prawn noodles in the last many years, so i may not be the best person to talk about prawn noodles.

in the early days i liked the 人人 peoples’ prawn noodles at pasir panjang (i think it’s now in geylang but i have not tried that yet). then there is hoe nam at tai thong crescent which i also liked a while back. something a bit more recent (like 5 years back), i liked the noo cheng adam road prawn noodles at zion road food centre (not sure if it is still there). the noo cheng adam road prawn noodles at adam road food centre i find so-so. & there is the beach road prawn noodles everyone talked about( i thought at first that i had not tried it before but i think i had actually taken once >10 years back & it was quite good).

but during all these time my favourite was wah kee big prawn noodles at pek kio food centre at cambridge road. 🙂

S$5 prawn noodle soup

S$5 prawn noodle soup

4 halves large anka prawns

4 halves large anka prawns

S$5 prawn noodle dry

S$5 prawn noodle dry

back to Why Eat Har.

the prawns also was very good! they were large & fresh & sweet. there were 2 large prawns (4 halves) for S$5.^^

overall it was very enjoyable meal for S$5, and i must say among the best prawn noodles i have taken.

i will go back & try again after a few weeks. let things settle down a bit.

for myself, i find it a very formidable challenge to attempt this hawker stall thingy. first, it is such an incredible effort & time commitment. so much to do everyday from marketing, preparing the stock & other ingredients like pork rib, fish cake etc, cleaning up etc, & of course all the other issues in running a business. & you are competing with the best which are in business for 30 years, 50years.

i cook a bit myself. just 2 days back i had friends over for a 9pax lunch & one of the dishes i cooked was a “hong lim FC curry chicken noodles”.

it was pretty good already but still it was not quite ah heng’s curry chicken noodles standard & to cook for 80 or 100 bowls a day? that’s really something else. so i was sharing with my friends how difficult i think it was to be able to produce what Why Eat Har did. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

 

Very Shiok Mutton Soup @ Chai Chuan Tou 柴船头羊肉汤 on 14Aug2014

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chinese mutton soup 羊肉汤

this mutton soup stall at blk115 bukit merah view is my favourite chinese mutton soup place, which is NOT saying much as i don’t know many mutton soup stalls & i had not ate here for quite many years (the ones i had taken more recently were  the excellent kambing soup at bahrakath @ adam road hawker centre).

in fact, i can only remember 1 other very good mutton soup stall, which is the one at amoy street food centre. i think i also tried one along smith street many years back but no impression really. and talking about it now i recall another mutton soup stall at berseh food centre where i took the fu he turtle soup recently, but also not much recollections of the taste.

anyhow today, 2 friends suggested to have 羊肉汤 at bukit merah view. but some of us already planned to go tan ser seng at geylang 21 to have turtle soup. luckily 1 friend called TSS & found out that thursday is their rest day, so 2 of us decided to join the mutton soup gang instead, making up 4pax. 🙂

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chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

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chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

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chinese mutton soup 羊肉汤

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chinese mutton soup 羊肉汤

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chinese mutton soup 羊肉汤

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chinese mutton soup 羊肉汤

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chai chuan tou chinese mutton soup 柴船头羊肉汤

i was at the carpark at 1120am, the LED signboard said FULL alamak! 😦

fortunately turnover was fast & i got my parking lot almost immediately. the 2 friends who were earlier were already in the queue (about 4th in a 10+ person queue which grew), smart guys. we ordered 3 bowls of meat + tendon and for me, 1 bowl meat + tendon + stomach. i did not take rice.

wa….it was really shiok! didn’t miss 羊肉汤 until then as i relished the really tasty broth & the excellent meat, stomach, tendons with the chilli. i must have this again! 🙂

the queue continued to be 10+pax, and my friend said if you came after 1.30pm, likely everything was sold out, and no more liao!

anyhow, few of us are going to tan ser seng turtle soup next wednesday, so maybe i will come back to this later in sep.

c.h.e.f andy