(Non-Halal) Pork Briyani & Rainbow Pratas @ Woodlands Wave 9

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Pork Briyani, anyone? 
I know what you are thinking. I could not believe it myself when I first heard of it. A small commotion erupted among the Muslim community on Facebook recently as they were 'creating awareness' and warning each other to be careful of it.

Although technically not a Malay dish, Briyani are usually sold by stalls run by Indian Muslims therefore I understand their concerns when this dish, which is not Halal, suddenly pops up.

Initially, I thought the fiasco is about somebody being exposed for selling pork at a Halal-certified stall but as it turns out, the business owner, who is a  non-Muslim is actually selling the Pork Briyani at his own non-Halal stall.

After visiting the stall for myself, I must say their worries are redundant. The pork dishes on the menu are clearly labeled and with the image of a sexy sow on the signboard, it is unlikely that a Muslim would have 'accidentally' consume something haram.

Cheng Ji Chao Xia Mian Hao Jian 成記炒蝦麺蠔煎 @ Seah Im Food Centre

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While researching about Seah Im Food Centre, I learned about this notorious Hokkien Mee stall who had, for reasons unknown, set some weird house-rules for its customers.

According to the accounts of several past customers, the owners do not allow them to take more than one pair of chopsticks. Those unaware of the 'law' ended up being chided for doing so. This has caused much distress among the 'victims' but the owners seem adamant about it.

This really piqued my interest hence I decided to pay this stall a visit. However, I have no plans to use myself as a bait to prove if the rumor is indeed true!

Shi Ji Noodle Stall "Lor Mee" 獅記麵食攤"卤面" @ Seah Im Food Centre

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During my second trip to Seah Im Food Centre, I decided to try out Shi Ji Noodle Stall (獅記麵食攤).

This stall sell Duck Noodle, Prawn Noodle, Tom Yum Noodle and Lor Mee (Braised Noodle). I decided to go for the Lor Mee as I was craving for it that day.

It is self service here. You queue to order your food, wait to collect and pay for your food.

I am pretty much impressed by the generous serving of ingredients in my bowl. There are plenty of ngor hiang (five spice rolls), lor bak (braised meat), fish cake and a certain fried stuff which I was unable to identify.

There is also half a lor ngerng (braised egg) and topped with minced garlic and coriander. I added two spoonfuls of black vinegar into the bowl which is the SOP for me.

Eat 3 Bowls "Lu Rou Fan" 呷三碗"滷肉饭" @ Seah Im Food Centre

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Recently, I decided to visit Seah Im Food Centre for breakfast before heading over to Sentosa for Sentosa Sandsation 2017.

This is my very first visit to the food centre and I had my sight fixed on Eat 3 Bowls (呷三碗), a relatively new hawker stall offering Taiwanese street food like Lu Rou Fan (滷肉饭), Intestine Mee Sua (大肠面线), Salted Crispy Chicken (盐酥鸡), etc.

What I learned from the online reviews is that what the stall serve tasted quite close to what they had had in Taiwan. 

This is quite an achievement considering the business owners are not even Taiwanese but two Singaporean guys who made repeated trips to Taiwan to make sure that they got the taste right.

Encouraged by all the positive reviews, I had to order their signature, the Lu Rou Fan which translates as "Braised Meat Rice".

Xie Kee Hokkien Mee 謝記福建面 @ Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre

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After Dad's hospital appointment on a Monday, we decided to drop by Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre for dinner since we are traveling by the Downtown Line.

We initially wanted to have the White Bee Hoon but the stall was closed. Instead, I was surprised to see Xie Kee Hokkien Mee opened for business because according to Burpple, Monday is their off day.

The uncle is sitting outside of his stall all alone without a single customer in sight. My immediate thought is how lucky we are, to be the first in queue thus we do not have to wait for long. I immediately placed an order for two $3 plates of Hokkien Mee and took a seat by the side. 

He Zhong Carrot Cake 合眾菜頭粿 @ Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre

He Zhong Carrot Cake has been at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre for as long as I could remember. They have been operating their business at this location long before the renovations when their stall was still facing the carpark near the stairs then.

You will not be able to find the black Carrot Cake here as they only specialize in the white variety. Unlike the black Carrot Cake where the radish cubes are fried to a complete mess along with all the other ingredients, He Zhong fries theirs into rectangular blocks where the radish cubes are held in place by the beaten eggs mixture.

The surface was fried to a crisp with a medley of flavors coming from the egg, chye poh, fish sauce and their chili sauce smeared on top.

Peter Pan Western Food Chicken Chop @ Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre

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Managed by a husband and wife team, Peter Pan Western Food, as its name suggests, is a food stall serving western fare at Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre. What drew my attention to this food stall was actually its catchy name - Peter Pan.

This is probably one of the more popular stalls at the food centre due to their generous food portion at affordable prices.

The husband is the one behind the stove while the wife is at the stall front, taking orders and collecting payments.

It is self-service here. You place your order, make your payment and wait to collect your food.

I ordered my usual Chicken Chop ($6).

Sentosa Sandsation 2017

As part of the island's 45th anniversary celebrations, Sentosa will be hosting Southeast Asia's largest sand festival "Sentosa Sandsation 2017" at Siloso Beach.

Spreading over 2,400 square metres, Sentosa Sandsation 2017 will feature more than 30 larger-than-life sand sculptures with some measuring over 5 metres.

The exhibition have three zones, each offering a different experience.