Hollywood Zhenguang Wantan Noodles 好莱坞正光雲吞麵 @ Haig Road Market & Food Centre

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The old Hollywood Theater would be no stranger to those living in the east. Built in 1958, it has seen some of the biggest movie stars from Hong Kong like Siew Fung Fung, Fong Bo Bo, Chan Bo-chu, Nancy Sit, etc performing live on stage.

Just behind the theater is a canteen called Hin Hollywood Canteen where Zhenguang Wantan (sic) Noodles has been doing business for fifty years.

The area was demolished in 2011 to make way for redevelopment and standing in its place now is the new One KM Mall. 

What happened to Zhenguang Wantan Noodles stall then? It shifted across the road into Haig Road Market & Food Centre.

HJ Waliti HJ Mazuki Mee Soto @ Haig Road Market & Food Centre

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Mee Soto has got to be one of my most favorite Malay food. I will always order it as my first choice without hesitation whenever I come to a Malay stall.

When I decided to check out Haig Road Market & Food Centre, I knew there is a good chance of having my favorite Malay noodle soup since there are plenty of Malay stalls in the food centre. 

The question is which stall? After some googling, I found out that HJ Waliti HJ Mazuki is the one to go to.

Sentosa Sandsation 2018 - MARVEL Edition

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For the second consecutive year, Sentosa is hosting Southeast Asia's biggest sand festival "Sentosa Sandsation 2018 - MARVEL Edition"!

JOOheng Tan, Singapore's very own talented sand sculptor who's works have been showcased in over 60 cities across more than 20 countries round the world, has returned to present 15 larger-than-life sand sculptures including Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk and many others!

Do & Me Chicken Cutlet @ Blk 654 Yishun Ave 4

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A couple of weeks ago, I learned about this western food stall serving enormous sized chicken cutlet at the coffee shop which is just across the road from Yishun SAFRA.

When I stepped into the coffee shop, the Do & Me chicken logo on the wall seem so vaguely familiar to me. I believe they used to be a franchise with many outlets across Singapore, you know, something like Tenderfresh (可爱鸡)?

I could be wrong though but when I tried googling, I can find nothing about them on the internet.

I was lost in thoughts in front of the logo when I heard the staff behind the counter asking for my order.

"One chicken cutlet" I replied curtly.

After making payment, I was told to collect it in five minutes time.

Mr. Baguette by Wee Bake Bakery @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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A few months back, these mini balls that are literally bursting with molten lava caught my attention on Instagram. I told myself then that I have to give them a try somehow and I finally did when I decided to cover Golden Mile Food Centre.

Located at the basement of the food centre, Mr. Baguette's molten lava balls came in an impressive 15 savory and sweet flavors!

They are:
  • Original
  • Bolognese Chicken
  • Carbonara
  • Black Pepper Chicken
  • Chicken Pie
  • Chocolate Lava
  • Cheese Lava
  • Hazelnut Lava
  • Apple Lava
  • Tiramisu Lava
  • Cookie n' Cream Lava
  • Red Velvet Lava
  • Azuki Lava
  • Blueberry Lava
  • Eskimo Lava

Fei Zhu Traditional Teochew Handmade Fishball & Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle 肥猪传统潮州手工鱼圆香菇肉脞面 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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This stall at level one of Golden Mile Food Centre has a very long name. It is called Fei Zhu Traditional Teochew Handmade Fishball & Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle.

Quite a mouthful, isn't it?

It is by far my most favorite bak chor mee (minced meat noodle) at the moment.

Their bak chor mee come in three sizes ($4/$5/$6). For the two larger sizes, the ingredients will be served separately in the soup.

This is actually my second time at this stall. The first time when I had the regular bowl, everything was dumped together with the mee pok while the bowl of soup was a small one.

However, the two larger sizes come with a larger bowl of soup and trust me, the soup is as good as it gets. With the addition of shallot oil and fried garlic, it just make the soup very wholesome and fragrant.

Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice 海南起骨雞飯 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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This Hainanese chicken rice stall at the basement of Golden Mile Food Centre has a very straight forward name called Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice. It is located right next to the fried Hokkien noodle stall from my previous post.

Despite the lack of newspaper cuttings and accolades, this unassuming chicken rice stall attracts a perpetual queue everyday which is made up of both locals and tourists.

During my visit on a Saturday afternoon, I queued for about twenty minutes before I reached the front of the line.

The stall offers both roasted chicken as well as poached chicken.

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee 海南福建炒蝦麵 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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This fried Hokkien noodle stall called Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee located at the basement of Golden Mile Food Centre is immensely popular. You may not see a physical queue but there are always a few people standing in front of the stall at any one time waiting for their orders to be ready.

After placing your order, you just have to wait patiently at one side for the staff to call out to you. I stood there for a good twenty minutes before I receive my plate.

Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly 诏安祖传仙草粿 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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Do not be fooled by the stall's name because there is no granny behind the stall at Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly. Instead, it is granny's grandson, Mr Yeo, serving you chin chow (grass jelly) based on her recipe and him fine-tuning it.

Granny began selling grass jelly on the streets after the war as a means to support her family until she retired in 1974.

In 1996, Mr Yeo decided to learn the skills from her and started this stall at Golden Mile Food Centre after leaving his electronics job.

75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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I like Chinese sweet soups but it is not something that I get to eat easily as there were non located near me.

I am glad to have chanced upon this stall called 75 Ah Balling Peanut Soup at Golden Mile Food Centre while I was checking out the food stalls here.

Their star would have to be the peanut soup but apart from that, they also have longan with red dates soup, ginger soup and almond soup.

The soups are selling for only $1.40 a bowl but what if I tell you that you could pair your soup with ah balling or tang yuan (glutinous ball)?

Their ah balling are hand made, and come in flavors like peanut, yam, sesame, matcha and red bean.

Inclusive of soup, you can add on four pieces for $2, five pieces for $2.30 and six pieces for $2.60. I think you can even mix and match the different flavors.

Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck 亞笑潮洲卤鸭 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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Ever since I had the braised duck rice with added pig's skin from Cai Ji Boneless Duck Rice at Seah Im Food Centre, I have been unable to put it out of my mind.

Thus, when I saw a braised duck stall at the basement of Golden Mile Food Centre, I quickly went to queue for a plate. 

As its name implies, the stall, called Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck (亞笑潮洲卤鸭) serves braised duck with either rice or kway chap. They have the usual sides of duck gizzards, Teochew fish cake and braised egg. They also have a small selection of pork belly and pig's skin.

I decided to order a plate of braised duck rice ($3) with additional pig's skin (50¢).

Adimann Chicken Rice Flintstone @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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I am pretty excited to try out this stall which sells a selection of seafood items and stir-frys like hor fun, fried rice, mee goreng, etc.

However, I am there mainly for their nasi lemak (fatty rice) and nasi ayam (chicken rice). You may be spoilt for choice here as this two dishes came in many variations!

From the normal chicken drumstick and chicken cutlet to the increasingly popular lobster with salted egg sauce, Adimann is set all out to please their customers.

Burgs By Project Warung @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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The hawker stalls at Golden Mile Food Centre took up the two lower levels of the building. So far, I have covered most of the must-try stalls on the upper floor.

This week, I ventured downstairs to the lower floor where the majority of the Muslim stalls are. 

Contender number one on my must-try list here is Burgs, a Muslim-owned burger joint run by three friends with culinary background.

Offering gourmet burgers at pocket friendly prices, I ordered "The Classics" - a cheeseburger at $4.90 which includes a serving of thick-cut fries (top up $1 for onion rings).

Mohammed Raffi Muslim Food Stall (Koothurar Nasi Briyani) @ Blk 17 Beach Road

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This is actually an accidental find during one of my many trips to Golden Mile Food Centre. I was walking past the coffee shop at Blk 17 when my nose caught a whiff of curry in the air.

Once, I got home, I began googling for "blk 17 beach road curry" and the term "koothurar" turned up. A further search revealed that Johor Kaki, Seth Lui and Dr Leslie Tay have all blogged about this stall before.

Well, this can only mean that a visit to Koothurar is imminent!

Keng Heng (Whampoa) Teochew Lor Mee 慶興(黃埔)潮州鹵麵 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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The second stall that I wanted to visit at Golden Mile Food Centre is called Tong Ji Mian Shi (桐记面食).

Seriously, can the hawkers from this food centre impress me any further?

First, there is the healthy fried kway teow with heaps of chye sim and now this - lor mee with fried lotus root!

Ooh, it certainly got my attention and I cannot wait to try it.

Unfortunately, I am greeted by a vacant unit (#01-100) with no signboard when I got there.

Thinking that I might have gotten the unit number wrong, I circled the row of stalls a couple of times but it seems they are gone for good. 

Thankfully, there is another very popular lor mee stall at the food centre called Keng Heng (Whampoa) Teochew Lor Mee (慶興(黃埔)潮州鹵麵) which have appeared on Makan Places: Lost & Found.

It is also the winner of the 2012 King Of Kings (王中王) award.

91 Fried Kway Teow Mee 91翠绿炒粿條面 @ Golden Mile Food Centre

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Some time ago, photos of a particular fried kway teow from Golden Mile Food Centre caught my attention.

What makes it so special is that it is topped with so much green vegetables you could barely see the kway teow below.

I had wanted to try it then but never did due to procrastination. Distance is also a factor as the location is rather out of the way for me. It does not make sense for me to go all the way there just to have a plate of fried kway teow.

I finally found a justified reason to brave the long distance there after I collated enough stalls that I wanted to try at the food centre. The first stall that I visited, is of course the fried kway teow stall known as 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee.

"Why 91?" you asked? That is in reference to the stall's unit number, #01-91.

Teochew Fish Ball Noodle 潮州魚圓粿條麵 @ Crawford Lane

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There are two very popular noodle stalls at Crawford Lane and people tend to compare the two together although they are starkly different.

One of them is the famous 1-Star Michelin Tai Hwa Pork Noodle at Blk 466 while the other one is this Teochew Fish Ball Noodle located at Blk 462.

Tai Hwa specializes in pork noodle aka bak chor mee (minced meat noodle) while the other one -  the one in this post - sells fish ball noodle even though both contains similar ingredients like bak chor, meat ball and pork slices.

Hup Choon Eating House @ Binjai Park

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Hidden among the private estates along Dunearn Road lies a coffee shop called Hup Choon Eating House and inside, there is a roast meats stall that operates from 7am till 3.30pm.

There isn't much info you can find regarding the stall though I can't say the same for the tze char stall that operates from the same coffee shop at night.

Anyway, I found out about this stall from a friend when she posted a beautiful sui kow (prawn dumpling) on FB. I have never seen a sui kow wrapped this way before so I decided to go see it for myself.

Master Tang's Pork Liver Congee @ Blk 233 Bukit Batok East Ave 5

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A year ago, I wrote about Master Tang who is running his own wanton mee business at Sixth Avenue. For the uninitiated, he is the ex-head chef of Crystal Jade.

Apparently, he has moved to Bukit Batok East Avenue 5 a couple of months ago.

I finally revisited him at his new location at a coffee shop under block 233 which is just one bus stop distance away from Bukit Batok Bus Interchange.

You can simply walk over or take a bus.

Mr Bean SOYummy Durian Ice Cream

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So, I was at Yew Tee Point a week ago when I saw this banner in front of Mr Bean.

Durian Ice Cream! Both durian and ice cream are among life's greatest pleasures so what's not to like about them? Even more so if you combine them together!

Now available in single-serve tubs (105g), each tub is less than 200 calories so snack away with no worries! They are also egg-free and dairy-free since they are made from soy.

If you have tried Mr Bean's ice cream before, you would have known that they are not too sweet. There is also no artificial durian essence smell.

To describe how it taste like, I would say it's similar to durian snowskin moon cake. 

No Signboard Braised Duck Rice Noodle Porridge 無招牌鹵鴨飯麵粥 @ Mei Ling Market & Food Centre

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While on the escalator going up to review Sweet.Rex on the second floor of Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, my nose caught a whiff of the lor (braised sauce) from the braised duck stall.

The aroma reminds me of the braised duck from my childhood. It has been a long time since I come across a braised duck that smells this similar to the one in my memory.

Unfortunately, braised duck is not on the agenda for the day so I had to make plans to come back for it some other time.

After I got home that night, I cannot put the smell of the lor out of my mind. I began to google about the stall and came across reviews claiming it to be the best traditional braised duck in Singapore.

I also found out that the stall was from the former Margaret Drive Hawker Centre. Ah, that explains the Makan Places Lost & Found decal I saw pasted on the glass, among several newspaper cuttings.

SweeT.Rex Soufflé @ Mei Ling Market & Food Centre

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SweeT.Rex is a new hipster dessert stall at Mei Ling Market & Food Centre that specializes in making soufflé pancake.

Located just across from the famous Sin Kee Chicken Rice, their soufflé pancake is selling at 2 for $3 with a choice of one sauce (chocolate/strawberry/caramel).

You heard me right, the stall headed by a young couple is offering their handmade soufflé at a very affordable price!

Rolina Curry Puff @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market And Food Centre

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I have long heard about the Rolina brand of curry puff but all this while, I had assumed that it is the name of a Muslim woman selling it.

After some snooping around online, however, I realized the truth was far from it!

On the contrary, the business was started by Uncle Tham, who learnt his craft from a Hainanese sailor when he was 19. To make a living, he began selling his handmade Hainanese curry puffs in front of Novena Church. 

And, if you have not already guess by now, Rolina is actually a mispronunciation of the word "Novena" by a customer.

Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre

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Today, I will be trying out Pandan Leaf Nasi Lemak which is the second nasi lemak stall out of the three located at the food centre. The third stall, called Makan Sutera Nasi Lemak Pandan Rice is closed during this visit.

As it is my first time at this stall, I am clueless about the ordering procedure. I only saw the $3 and $4 pricing pasted on the glass so I told the auntie that I wanted the $4 portion.

She proceeded to ask whether I wanted the chicken wing or chicken drumstick. I opted for the latter. 

Then, came the awkward silence.

Spinach & Soup @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre

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I have just stepped into the food centre when the skies opened up and a torrent of rain poured down with a roar behind me. Any second later and I would have been drenched from head to toe.

Well, it seems like the perfect morning to have a bowl of soup then. To be precise, let's have spinach soup.

The stall I am visiting is called Spinach & Soup and they have two sets for you to choose from. Set A comes with spinach, minced pork, prawn, mushroom and wolfberry (goji berry) while Set B had spinach, minced pork, mushroom, wolfberry, century egg and salted egg.

They have recently added a new Set C to the menu which includes spinach, lobster ball, fish tofu, mushroom and wolfberry.

Peter Fried Kway Teow Mee 加東炒粿條麵 @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market And Food Centre

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Before moving to its current location at the food centre, Peter Fried Kway Teow Mee (加東炒粿條麵) was set up along East Coast Road and apparently quite well-known around the Katong area.

Instead of using normal boiled water to fry their kway teow (flat rice noodle), they used superior broth (brewed by old hen) which is more fragrant in taste.

The stall offers three different styles of fried kway teow namely Teochew, Penang, and Baba Nyonya.

The Teochew-style ($3/$4) that uses black sweet sauce is probably the one that Singaporeans are most familiar with.

The Penang-style ($4/$5), on the other hand, omits the use of black sweet sauce and leans more on the savory side.

As for the Baba Nyonya-style ($4/$5), only a little black sweet sauce is used, imparting the dish with both sweet and savory notes.

Xiang Xiang Nasi Lemak 香香哪唏噜吗 @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market & Food Centre

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Tanjong Pagar residents must be really ardent fans of Nasi Lemak because there are actually three non-halal Nasi Lemak stalls located on the second floor of the food centre!

The one I visited is called Xiang Xiang Nasi Lemak (香香哪唏噜吗) which is operated by an elderly couple.

During my previous visit, I was sitting right in front of this stall having my Lor Mee when I noticed the never-ending queue. That aroused my interest to check them out during my next visit.

Soon Heng Food Delights Lor Mee @ Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market And Food Centre

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The one and only item Soon Heng Food Delights sell is Lor Mee, a noodle dish of Hokkien origins.

The stall, located on the second floor of Tanjong Pagar Plaza Market And Food Centre used to serve two versions: Batang Lor Mee and Fried Shark Lor Mee, with reference to the type of fish used.

I have not eaten their batang version before but I guess it is shredded fish meat whereas the shark meat version is fried shark meat nuggets.

Now, only the shark meat version is available on the menu.

While researching for recommendations at this food centre, I came across photos of this Lor Mee and I was impressed by the presentation and reviews therefore I decided to include this on my to-eat list.

Beo Crescent No Name Hainanese Curry Rice @ Blk 40 Beo Crescent

As for the ever popular pork chop, it is hammered till flat and perhaps the reason for its crispness. Indeed, it provides a welcoming crunch to the otherwise sogginess of the other ingredients but it gets a lilttle jelat after a while.

This is my second time having Hainanese Curry Rice, the first being at Loo's seven years ago.

The stall in question today is a few minutes walk from Tiong Bahru MRT Station, located at an old, run down coffeeshop under Blk 40 Beo Crescent.

This unassuming stall selling Hainanese Curry Rice does not have a signboard, let alone a name! I suppose that is why people started calling it the "no name Hainanese Curry".

Seng Huat Coffee House Bak Chor Mee @ Blk 811 Hougang Central

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Located within the same coffeeshop as the pork chop bun is a noodle stall that sell dry mee sua, fish ball noodle, abalone noodle and bak chor mee.

I have heard nothing but good reviews about their bak chor mee so I decided to try it out. Now, do you understand why I did not order soft-boiled eggs with my pork chop bun?

There is a short queue before me which cleared pretty fast. When it finally reached my turn, I ordered a bowl of bak chor mee kia.

Seng Huat Coffee House Pork Chop Bun @ Blk 811 Hougang Central

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I have seen this pork chop bun making its rounds on Instagram since a few years back but the thought of going all the way to Seng Huat Coffee House at Hougang is enough to stop me in my tracks. 

It was actually after my visit to Sentosa FunFest 2018 when I thought of dropping by Seng Huat Coffee House since it's "on the way". My idea of "on the way" is by taking the North-East Line from Habourfront MRT Station (NE1) to Hougang MRT Station (NE14).

The coffeeshop is conveniently located just right outside Hougang MRT Station opposite Hougang Mall.

Market Street Teochew Kway Teow Mee 馬吉街潮州粿條面 @ Market Street Interim Hawker Centre

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A bowl of kway teow soup is what people usually have when they are not feeling well or do not have much of an appetite as it is non-greasy and not so heavy on the stomach.

I, for one, can have kway teow soup anytime of the day because I love soupy stuff; not necessary only when I am sick.

It is my comfort food and my backup plan when I have no idea what to have for my meal at the hawker centre.

Market Street Teochew Kway Teow Mee offers Teochew-styled noodles either dry or soup with your option of noodles like mee pok (flat noodles), mee kia (thin noodles), kway teow (flat rice noodles), macaroni, etc.

鹏Tiong Bahru Wanton Mee 鹏中峇鲁雲吞麵 @ Market Street Interim Hawker Centre

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This is a very promising bowl of Wanton Mee at Market Street Interim Hawker Centre. Just look at the amount of ingredients in my $3.50 bowl.

The portion of the mee kia is more than half the height of the bowl while char siew, fried wanton and choy sum sits on top. I actually have difficulty finishing the noodles even though what I had was the regular bowl.

The Live Turtle And Tortoise Museum @ The Chinese Garden

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Located right inside the Chinese Garden lies Singapore's - and probably the world's - only turtle and tortoise museum. It is a unique, and one-of-a-kind museum, which houses a varied collection of the reptiles including some endangered species on the CITES.

It also holds the Guinness World Record since 2005 for the largest collection of turtle and tortoise items.

Unfortunately for the museum, the site it is sitting on has been incorporated into the masterplan design of the Jurong Lake Gardens project.

This spells nothing but trouble for the 500 turtles and tortoises who have lost their home with nowhere to go.

With a heavy heart, I decided to pay the museum a visit, four days before they are slated to close - permanently.

Sentosa FunFest 2018 With 300 We Bare Bear Inflatables!

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This March school holidays, Cartoon Network's We Bare Bears will be coming to Sentosa for Sentosa Funfest 2018! 

There will be plenty of photo opportunities with the 300-ish We Bare Bear inflatables around Palawan Beach and Palawan Green. Apart from the inflatables, keep your eyes peeled for cardboard cut-outs and life-sized figurines scattered randomly around the island.

Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun 亚良怡保沙河粉 @ Market Street Interim Hawker Centre

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My first visit to Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun was at their Maxwell Food Centre outlet a few weeks ago after a appointment nearby.

I have come across Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun during my previous research thus when I happened to stumble across them at Maxwell, I decided to order a plate to try since the lunch crowd has already dispersed with no queue.

Say Seng Authentic Teochew Mee Pok 生成乾面 @ Market Street Interim Hawker Centre

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Say Seng Authentic Teochew Mee Pok (生成乾面) is one of the few stalls with a snaking queue that caught my attention during my first visit to the temporary hawker centre. I did not managed to have anything at that time because I do not want to join the lunch time queue.

I returned for a visit slightly earlier on another day and I headed straight for the stall only to find that there is no queue.

Old Chang Kee Nasi Lemak Chicken'O

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You can tell that Singaporeans really love their Nasi Lemak when the national dish has been given numerous makeovers in recent years. From Nasi Lemak Burger to Nasi Lemak Onigiri and even Nasi Lemak served with lobster, Old Chang Kee has now upped the game with their own Nasi Lemak Chicken'O!

Encased within the green, flaky crust are the usual suspects like chicken, a wedge of hard-boiled egg, ikan bilis, peanuts and sambal.

Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee 味難忘福建鹵麵 @ Market Street Interim Hawker Centre

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Last year, it was reported in the news that the Golden Shoe Car Park is slated to be demolished to make way for a spanking new 51-storey office tower.

Inevitably, the hawker centre located within the building had to be relocated. This is grim news for many as the hawker centre has been offering affordable food options for those working in the CBD area for the past 33 years.

There is no need for panic though, as the hawkers did not move far - they have simply shifted into a temporary hawker centre just about 200 metres from their original location. One of the levels in the new office building will be reserved as a food court and once the construction has been completed, the former Golden Shoe hawkers will return.

River Hong Bao 2018 春到河畔 2018

Happy Chinese New Year!

I visited the River Hong Bao at The Float @ Marina Bay on the second day of the Chinese New Year.

While walking over from MBS via Helix Bridge, the 18m tall God of Fortune caught my attention. Unlike previous years, this year's God of Fortune is more jovial.

The afternoon sun is such a killer. I cannot even open my eyes due to the glare!

I recommend coming in the evenings since it would be cooler and more comfortable. Besides, there will not be any golden showers from the God of Fortune till 7pm, 8pm, 9.10pm and 10pm so this is another consideration if that is what you are coming for.

Furthermore, the lanterns will look better in the dark when they are all lit up.

Lau Phua Chay Roasted Delicacies 老半齋燒臘 @ Alexandra Village

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Shocking would be an understatement to describe my first impression of Lau Phua Chay Roasted Delicacies (老半齋燒臘) at Alexandra Village Food Centre.

I was actually queuing for the Avocado juice next door during my previous visit to the food centre when I saw the darkest char siew I had ever seen hanging behind the glass window.

That certainly got my attention and I made a mental note to try this out during my next visit here.

Hor Fun Premium Beef Hor Fun @ Alexandra Village

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Hor Fun Premium is another one of the more popular stalls along the same row as Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa at Alexandra Village Food Centre. I was there on a Sunday morning and had their Beef Hor Fun for breakfast.

Hor Fun sounds a tad too heavy to have at 10-ish in the morning if you ask me but the charred kway teow (flat rice noodle) drenched in the alluring eggy gravy is tough to say no to.

Apart from beef, you also have the option of sliced fish or seafood. Or, if you prefer, you can have those options with Mui Fan too if it rocks your boat. They serve Pork Ribs Rice, Ginger & Spring Onion Sliced Fish Rice and Ginger & Spring Onion Beef Rice as well.

Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa 徳普路真善美砂煲叻沙 @ Alexandra Village

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Singapore and its nearby region seems to have been hit by an unusually cold weather spell since the beginning of the new year. At a time like this, having a hot, steaming pot of claypot Laksa doesn't sound like a bad idea.

I have always wanted to try Depot Road Zhen Shan Mei Claypot Laksa not because of its Bib Gourmand status but I am a sucker for claypot-anything. Food seem particularly tasty when it is served in a claypot, don't you think?

The stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre is located along the row just opposite to Tai Chong Kok Confectionery at Blk 122 so it is really easy to find.

Hai Tang Lor Mee 海棠卤面 @ Mei Ling Market & Food Centre

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About six months ago, I was checking out Mei Ling Market & Food Centre for good eats. I tried the recommended Xin Lu Teochew Fishball Kway Teow Mee and Shi Hui Yuan Hor Fun Specialty which I had already blogged about then. At that time, I also had the Lor Mee from Hai Tang Lor Mee.

Sadly, the photos for the Lor Mee did not turn out satisfactory so I had to make a return visit to take the photos again. However, on the day of my visit, the stall was closed and there is a notice on the shutters informing customers that they would be taking a two months break.

This post eventually got pushed down and lay forgotten in the drafts section.

Ah Ma Lor Mee 阿嬤滷麵 @ Blk 328 Clementi Ave 2

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The row of aquarium shops at Blk 328 Clementi Avenue 2 is my to-go-to place for my aquarium supplies.

At the end of the row is a coffeeshop which I have always walked by but never patronize. Who would when the coffeeshop always seemed so quiet and not all the stalls are in operation? Furthermore, the popular 448 Clementi Market & Food Centre is just a five to ten minutes walk away.

But, little do I know that hidden in the coffeeshop is a Lor Mee stall called Ah Ma Lor Mee (阿嬤滷麵) which happens to be run by the third generation of the popular Feng Zhen Lor Mee (凤珍卤面).

I would not have known about them if not for the fact that Ah Ma Lor Mee was among the Top 10 most-voted-for stalls of the Singapore Food Master 2017 competition and it emerges as one of the top 3 in the west zone category.

Eng Kee Chicken Wing 荣记 @ Redhill Market & Food Centre

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I have long heard about Eng Kee (荣记) and their famous fried chicken wings but have not gotten round to visiting them as I still have not figured out how to get to their location at Commonwealth.

As fate would have it, they opened a branch at Redhill Market & Food Centre which is easier for me as I already know how to get there. But of all places to set up shop, they opened their branch at the previous stall of YAN (焱), who is also famous for their fried chicken wings.

Since I have just visited YAN (now renamed YON YAN) at their new location at West Coast Market, I thought I might as well visit Eng Kee to see the difference between the two? This is something that I have wanted to do but procrastinated till now.

Yon Yan 永焱 Fried Bee Hoon And Fried Chicken Wings @ West Coast Market

About six months ago, Eng Kee posted a photo of YAN's stallfront on their Facebook. I was puzzled why did Eng Kee open their new branch at YAN's location? 

For the uninitiated, Mr Hu, the owner of YAN, is the original owner of Eng Kee at Commonwealth. Mr Hu's Chinese name is 胡火荣 while Eng Kee's Chinese name is 荣记  so can you see the link between them? He sold off the brand and recipe then set up YAN at Redhill. Both stalls offer similar food items i.e economical fried bee hoon and fried chicken wings which both are popular in their own rights.

What's confusing me is since Eng Kee is opening their branch at YAN's location, why didn't they change the signboard to their own before putting up the photo on their Facebook?

It wasn't until last December when the Chinese tabloids reported that Mr Hu has ended the business at Redhill Food Centre six months ago due to a work injury but has now reopened for business again at a new location with a new name and they finally have their own Facebook page!

The Mystery Of The Curry Murder Case @ Orchard Road Presbyterian Church

I passed by the Orchard Road Presbyterian Church while on my way to the National Museum of Singapore.

This church is no stranger to anyone who frequents Orchard Road. Located at the Bras Basah end of Orchard Road right next to the YMCA, the Orchard Road Presbyterian Church has been around since our colonial days.

However, do you know it has a very sombre past?

The church is the crime scene of a possible murder case dubbed as "The Curry Murder" which shook the nation in 1984.

"Glass Rotunda: Story Of The Forest" Digital Installation At The National Museum Of Singapore

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After finishing the temporary exhibition Witness To War: Remembering 1942, I proceeded to Level 2 of the Museum, where the Glass Rotunda is.

It is home to a new permanent work, Story Of The Forest by renowned Japanese digital art collective teamLab.

I entered the rotunda, not knowing what to expect and I was blown away.