Wonderful Turtle Soup 7pax Lunch @ Tan Ser Seng on 20Aug2014

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

really enjoyed the turtle soup lunch @ tan ser seng today on 20.8.2014.

we all decided to go early. at 1130am, the – at lor bachok (TSS is at shop unit No.29 lor bachok, alongside geylang lor 21) was quite empty. one friend managed to park along the road right next to TSS. 🙂

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

S$50 turtle soup (medium)

2xS$50 turtle soup (medium)

we had 5pax taking the turtle soup. the server advised us to get 2xS$50 turtle soup (medium).

2 other friends ordered the S$13 black chicken soup & S$13 cordyceps chicken soup.

i really liked the soup. it was so flavourful, intense yet very smooth. i had turtle soup recently & fu he (OR hock hoe) turtle soup at berseh food centre on 10.8.2014. anyway tan ser seng supplied slaughtered turtles to 15 stalls including all 3 turtle soup stalls at berseh food centre. 🙂 fu he was very good too. i could not be sure, but i think tan ser seng was even better & tastier.

it was more expensive as 2xS$50 shared by 5pax=S$20pax whereas we had S$40 shared by 3 at fu he. but i felt i had more turtle meat which included all the good parts – the legs, the jelly (soft shell) & little bits of fat. overall i am very happy with this lunch.

they have this rule restricting soup refill to 1 time, but the bowl was kind of tiny for refill for a S$50 bowl. at fu he, we got a huge refill of soup. for me though, it was enough & i didn’t need so much soup even though they were wonderfully tasty. 🙂

S$13 black chicken soup

S$13 black chicken soup

S$13 cordyceps chicken soup

S$13 cordyceps chicken soup

the black chicken & cordyceps chicken looked great too. again S$13 was kind of ex, but important thing was it must be good. 🙂

S$1.30 yam rice

S$1.30 yam rice

& we all decided to order the S$1.30pax yam rice! felt like kook, but white rice also S$0.70. anyway the rice was good. 🙂

i will definitely come back here again to enjoy this yummy dish. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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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

 

Fu He Turtle Soup @ Berseh Food Centre on 10Aug2014

turtle soup

turtle soup

son wanted to take turtle soup, and that after gobbling up my experimental salted egg curry leaves prawn spaghetti.

this was our favourite turtle soup place, but we had not taken this for a while now. anyhow we went to brightshill to pay respects to ancestors, then proceeded to berseh food centre. it was about 1.45pm on a sunday on 10.8.2014.

jalan berseh turtle soup

jalan berseh fu he turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

turtle soup

jalan berseh turtle soup

jalan berseh fu he turtle soup

we ordered a S$40 pot. it seemed a lot more expensive than the last time which must be several years ago. we used to take like S$25 or a big portion (supposed whole turtle) at S$30. but now they said we don’t get the cartilage if we ordered S$35, so S$40 it was.

it was really good though! 🙂

the soup was heavenly, very sweet & flavourful. and it came with a lot of meat. i liked both the meat pieces like the leg with skin & meat & muscles, and also the plentiful pieces of soft cartilage. real yummy! 🙂

and of course they refilled quite a big portion of the piping hot soup. 🙂

the herbal soup came with lots of cordyceps & i think “huai san”? i remembered in the very early days, i always thought cordyceps (冬虫夏草) were worms that lived through winter & died in summer & became a plant. much later i learned that actually it was a parasitic plant that consumed the worm as it grew.

it was a wonderful dish after not having it for so long. the famous S$2 sungei road laksa was just round the corner so we decided to walk there & take the laksa as well. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

S$2 Sungei Road Laksa on 10Aug2014

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

first came to this sungei road laksa stall at jalan shui kopitiam at jalan berseh>10years ago.

have not been here for several years. today though 3 of us were enjoying the fu he turtle soup at berseh food centre, so decided to drop by for the laksa.

Sungei Road Laksa

Sungei Road Laksa

there was a 15pax queue at 2.30pm on a sunday. i waited about 15mins.  stall is closed every 1st & 3rd wednesday of the month.

Sungei Road Laksa

Sungei Road Laksa

the stall had 2 ladies preparing bowls of laksa & taking orders, and an older men cooking the noodles & ladling the gravy goodness from a charcoal fire pot.

laksa was S$2, with slices fish cakes & cockles, served with spoon & no chopsticks. i added cockles so it was S$3.

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

Sungei Road Laksa S$2

gravy was light, not too lemak nor spicy, but quite flavourful & intense, very satisfying. i also ta pao (take-out) 2 packets back.

there is another sungei road laksa at nearby kelatan lane but i have never tried it. will give it a try next time i am here, which unlikely to be soon though.

c.h.e.f andy