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Curry Chicken Noodles is one of those local hawker dishes that are familiar among Singaporean. During my #FoodInLoveSINGAPORE , I have tried a bowl of curry chicken noodle from Sheng Kee Curry Chicken Noodle at Berseh Food Center.
In front of the stall, you can see fresh poached chicken in pieces and three types of noodles to choose, there are vermicelli (beehon), rice noodle, and egg noodle. There is also a large pot of curry filled with ingredients will entice you even from afar with its fresh-cooked aroma.
The curry chicken noodle was served in piping hot curry soup that was fragrant, medium-bodied and mildly spicy. Basically it is consists of your choice of noodle, large chunks of poached chicken, taupok, bean sprout, fish cakes, and pieces of soft potatoes.
Let’s start from the main part of the dish, the curry soup. The curry has mild flavor and not that overpowering yet still aromatic and flavorful. Honestly said, I personally expect a more thick and strong curry flavor but it’s still enjoyable though.
For more comforting taste, I recommend you to add spoons of chili. The chili is not spicy at all, so don’t worry if you’re not a spicy lover. Even though it’s not spicy for me, but it worked better for me.
As for the chicken, it is mainly chicken breast without the skin. I have to admit that the chicken is my most favorite part, it is extremely juicy and tender. This proves that what is said by uncle that his poached chicken was truly fresh.
Other ingredients like fish cake, taupok, and soft potatoes are also very good, especially the taupok. It is soft, soggy, and limp in a good way while the fish cake and soft potatoes are soft, soak up the flavors of the curry and well combined with the noodles and other ingredients.
Overall, curry chicken noodle is one of recommended hawker foods you must try in Singapore. Its comforting flavor with generous portion of chicken and noodle at affordable price is truly a good deal!
How to getting there: By MRT: Take exit A of Jalan Besar station (Downtown Line). Walking along Jalan Besar and take 3 minutes walk to Jalan Berseh, then you will see Berseh Food Centre on your right.
Singapore may be small, but it is big in wonder, especially for great food. As we know, Singapore is not a melting pot, but a society where each race is encouraged to preserve its unique culture and traditions, and one of them is their culinary scene.
Singapore cuisine is as ethnically diverse as its people, blending Malay, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian influences. The love of food is deeply entrenched in Singaporean culture, and rightly so considering it is one of the best food cities in the world. So if you love to eat, it would be almost impossible not to love Singapore.
I am very grateful to have #FoodInLoveSINGAPORE trip in the past few years, taste lots of good food there, and the result is this Singapore food guide. This list covers what I believe the finest examples of Singaporean food (and where to eat them) that you should try in Singapore.
1. HAINANESE CHICKEN RICE
Singapore is pretty well-known for amazing and affordable hawker fare, and Chicken Rice is one of the dishes which tops the list. Hainanese chicken rice is Singapore’s national dish, and it is a must-eat food when you are here. Usually there are steamed chicken and roasted chicken that you can choose. Soft, juicy, and tender chicken meat is perfectly combined with fragrant and flavorful rice with the aromas of chicken broth. It is definitely a dish that you don’t miss in Singapore.
Congratulations for the Soft Opening of Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills! The first 5-stars hotel in Ciawi and first Pullman resort experience has just opened for public on May 21st, 2019.
A glimpse of the hotel, Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills is the newest resort situated at 600-meter altitude in a 10-hectare of land fully integrated from Vimala Hills Villa & Resort, a residential area popularly known as a soothing haven of lush garden. The resort is both modern stylish vacation retreat and an exceptional escape destination conveniently accessible from Bogor and Puncak, which remains as a favorite excursions in West Java area.
Talking about a 5-stars hotel, the most interesting part for me is dining and cuisine scenes. Here at Pullman Ciawi Vimala Hills, they had Damar, the resort’s all day restaurant.
Damar restaurant is an all day international dining offering a scrumptious line-up for buffet breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A bountiful breakfast buffet greets guests every morning. Another colourful buffet is served at lunchtime, and yet another at dinnertime. Options vary from local delicacies to international favourites.
Damas’s interior was designed in a modern contemporary design. Elegant and artistic with the dominance of red and black color combined with wooden element.
Korean BBQ at affordable prices has been popping up lately in Jakarta, and one of them that I’ve visited lately is Simhae Korean BBQ All You Can Eat in Muara Karang, North Jakarta.
Simhae located inside KaKaKuKu, at Jalan Pluit Utara Raya, near Waduk Pluit. The place has a nice casual vibes for hangout spot with spacious open space and is perfect for a Korean BBQ feast with friends or family.
So, what’s the main reason that has made them crowded? Because they offer All You Can Eat (AYCE) Korean BBQ for only IDR 99k! Yes, you read it correctly, IDR 99k!!!
The concept here is, you can take all the meats, condiments, sauces, drinks, and utensils that are available on the self-service counter. Here you can take any side dishes and condiments such as steamed rice, lettuce, onion, garlic, kimchi, marinate sauce, and ocha.
For AYCE package, there is 2 selection that you can choose. Standard (IDR 99k Nett) and Premium(IDR 119k Nett), both for 90 minutes AYCE
Standard package meat selection consists of beef (bulgogi), fatty beef (woosamgyeob), chicken (dakgogi), and fish (saengseon) while for Premium package you will get the additional premium beef, pork (galmaegisal), pork belly (samgyeobsal) and also more drink option (sjora, iced milo, and iced lemon tea).
If you choose the Standard package, you can head to the fridge or meat counter and take all the meats you want since it’s a self-service concept. But if you upgrade to the Premium package, you can order the premium meats directly to the waiters.
All the meats were not marinated yet, so you have to take the marinate sauce on the counter, and marinate the meats before you grill it. After it’s grilled, you can dip the meat to samjang sauce or pepper and salt with sesame oil. You can take that sauces and condiments also on the self-service counter. Or alternatively, you can wrap the grilled meat, garlic, and onion with lettuce.
Now let’s talk about the meats. I have tried it all, and I think their fatty beef (woosamgyeob) and pork belly (samgyeobsal) are the best among the others. The meats are tender, and its fat gives a more juicy texture that I like. So, if you like something juicy meat, I will recommend you fatty beef and pork belly.
Nasi Campur or Chinese mixed rice is one of my comfort foods. Besides Nasi Campur Kong Hu Pay that I have reviewed before, Nasi Akwang is also my favorite place to eat nasi campur in Jakarta.
Originated from Pontianak, West Kalimantan, Nasi Akwang has expanded its business to Jakarta and Tangerang with 4 branches in Pluit, Kelapa Gading, Taman Palem, and Gading Serpong.
The outlet I’ve visited is the one at Muara Karang in Pluit area, North Jakarta. The place is spacious and pretty new since it just opened a few months ago. Compared to another similar restaurant, I love that they have a proper and comfier place, with air conditioner and impressed clean with white color dominance. They also have their own parking area which is a plus point in these crowded Muara Karang area.
Nasi Akwang serves authentic Pontianak style nasi campur, complete with their signature thick broth and their sambal terasi and sambal hijau. It is more like Nasi Campur Singkawang from Kong Hu Pay rather than Medan style, since both of them originated from West Kalimantan.
Nasi campur or mixed here means a plate of steamed rice accompanied by small portions of a number of other dishes, such as pork (roasted pork, pork charsiew, and pork sausage) and chicken meat on a single plate. It served with thick garlic soup and clear soup.
Nasi Campur (IDR 50,000++)
The plus point here is the generous portion of meat. You can look at the photos below how this plentiful amount of meat covers the steamed rice. It usually served with thick garlic soup over rice, but usually, I will ask for an additional bowl for this thick garlic soup.
All you can eat BBQ is always satisfying, especially with great meat and a wide selection of buffet. While mostly Asian and Western AYCE BBQ restaurants out there, here I wanna share a rather different and unique recommendation, Tucano’s Churrascaria Brazilian BBQ & Buffet in Sudirman area, Jakarta.
Last weekend, I’ve visited Tucano’s Churrascaria to try authentic Brazilian style cuisine and Churrasco. Tucano’s located at Pavilion Retail Arcade, next to Citywalk Sudirman, Central Jakarta. It is not difficult to find since they are visible from the street thanks to the bright orange signage. Tucano’s is situated in the outer area of the building, so you can directly access the restaurant from the parking lot.
Tucano’s occupies a large dining area, which is perfect for a big family, corporate, or group gathering, with a large buffet stand in the center of the restaurant. It has an elegant fine dining decor with a great atmosphere and looks sophisticated but still simple in the same way. What a perfect ambiance!
Tucano’s serves both in a la carte and AYCE buffet dishes specializes in churrasco. Churrasco is a traditional Brazilian style BBQ refers to all kinds of meat, from beef, pork, to chicken that’s skewered and grilled on a spitfire. There’s an open kitchen where you can see a variety of slow-roasted meat rotisserie-style over charcoal to lock in the juiciness and flavor.
In a churrascaria, a place where meat is cooked in churrasco style, the serving concept is quite unique where restaurants servers provide an endless supply of grilled meat cuts directly to the patron’s table. The waiters will move around the restaurant with the skewers and slicing meat onto the customer’s plate as requested by the famous Tucano’s cue. You’ll get 3 signs with a different color for you to put in the..
As many people said, there are always one or two good food stalls in any food centers in Singapore. The stall with long queues are the better ones. Walking through Albert Food Center in Bugis area, the stall you’ll likely see with a winding queue would be this Yong Tau Foo stall.
On my recent #FoodInLoveSINGAPORE, I was in Bugis walking around and we stumbled upon Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. I took a walk and found Bai Nian Niang Yong Dou Fu. It was easily the busiest stall in the building, with a long line of people waiting for bowls of their soup.
What’s so special about their Yong Tau Foo that people are willing to queue for it? According to their facebook, they hand-make their YTF freshly at the stall; and the soup has no MSG. I wonder if they can still maintain their artisanal model of handmaking food since they are expanding so quickly.
They only sell their Yong Tau Foo in a fixed set and they use bee hoon or vermicelli so you cannot choose the ingredients. All the Yong Tau Foo items in every order are set, no alterations. Still, that doesn’t deter the immense popularity of this stall as the lunchtime queues can be insanely long.
A regular bowl of Yong Tau Foo comes at a price of SGD 4.50, with a total of seven pieces of delicious Yong Tau Foo and a generous amount of bee hon. In it, you can find prawn ball, pork ball, bitter gourd, beancurd, white, black and gold beancurd rolls stuffed with pork, fish, prawn and squid filling. All these are freshly made and cooked on the spot. Each of these ingredients boasts a great emphasis on quality.
Yong Tau Foo Set (SGD 4.50)
Firstly, the bee hoon itself was of premium quality; I could tell just by how springy it felt. The highlight among the various ingredients is actually the prawn roll that is made from tiger prawn flesh. It has an enjoyable bouncy texture.
You can truly appreciate everything in the bowl. The prawn, pork, and fish rolls were all well-seasoned, and sufficiently tender. They come in bite-sized pieces, rather than huge chunks, making them easy to eat. Soup is light but full of flavor in every sip, no MSG added and yet superior in taste.
The pork is fan-freaking-tastic. It’s so sweet and fatty and there is a nice crunch from black fungus, which also gives an added boost of umami. The prawn ball (actually they are more like prawn cylinder) is made from minced fresh (not frozen) tiger prawn meat; it is also amazing, such great texture. I also like this fish wrapped with beancurd skin that I haven’t eaten anywhere else before, or maybe I have but the taste is so refreshing and sweet that it comes across as something totally new.
A real good Yong Tau Foo, besides the use of quality ingredients, features a soup with the perfect sweetness and flavor and complemented by good chili and sweet dipping sauce. The soup itself is light and tasty. It tasted healthy (you know, the “clean” kind), but full of flavor, and paired excellently with the fine bee hoon.
One last thing I want to say is their sauces. Their sweet sauce, made from fermented bean curd and sweet soy sauce, is just ok for me, but their chili is very spicy and I love it. They make the chili freshly at the stall so you can really taste the freshness of the chili, with a super strong garlic taste, which I love.
What I like is the taste of the meat. It is well marinated and the taste is really good. Same goes to the prawn paste, each and every bite can taste the freshness of the prawn. It is marvelous. Everything is so delicious. The soup, made from dried anchovies and soybean, was light, refreshing, and sweet.
When you’re in Singapore, don’t just try Hainanese Chicken Rice, but also give Hainanese Curry Rice a try. Hainanese Curry rice is perhaps one of the Singaporean local comfort foods. Sloppy with gravy and stewed cabbages but so satisfying with the must-have pork chops. When you’re looking for legendary Hainanese style curry rice in Singapore, there’s no better place to go than Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice.
Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice specializes in Hainanese curry rice, the combination of a choice of different dishes, all sliced up over rice, and submerged in a thick and sticky curry sauce. They are located at Jalan Besar, or precisely at the intersection of Jalan Besar and Kitchener Rd. The restaurant is a humble shophouse, and remains open air and laid back with outdoor seating on the terrace.
The food is all placed into a cabinet at the front of the restaurant with all sorts of random fried and braised Chinese meats and vegetables all prepared and waiting to be ordered. It’s set up similar to Warteg or Nasi Padang in Indonesia, where you get a plate of rice and point and choose what to go on top.
When hearing the name for the first time, you may be wondering why it named “scissor-cut curry rice”. But, in fact, the name is literally exactly what happens here. The person behind the glass expertly cuts up almost everything you order with a pair of scissors with a one-track mind.
The traditional Hainanese curry rice consists of braised/fried pork, braised cabbage, and of course, loads of curry. These style of curries are not the usual types with strong coconut creaminess and curry powder flavor. Instead, they are usually light, sweeter, and only a tiny bit spicy despite its very similar appearance to other strong curries.
As soon as everything was scissor chopped up, and messily spread over the top of our plates of rice, a big ladle of Hainanese curry sauce was sloppily poured over all the ingredients, mixing with the various braised sauce of the dishes, and completely submerging the rice in golden sticky sauce.
Szechuan Mala is becoming a new food trend in Jakarta lately. You can easily found any new eateries or restaurants in the city serving these famous dishes originated from Szechuan province, China. In this post, I will share my new favorite place for Szechuan Mala Hot Pot, Shu Guo Yin Xiang restaurant in THR Lokasari, Mangga Besar.
For Mala Hotpot lovers, Shu Guo Yin Xiang became one of the favorite destinations lately. The restaurant is located in THR Lokasari, a commercial area situated in tasty gems flooded Mangga Besar, West Jakarta.
Like the typical Chinese restaurant, Shu Guo Yin Xiang’s interior looks great with Chinese modern ornaments and elegant vibes. We arrived around 5 PM and easily got ourselves a table. If you decided to dine randomly in this restaurant, best advise to reach after lunch or before dinner time. If not, most of the crowd are here for dinner and the average queue will be 90 – 120 minutes long. As diners don’t eat very fast to clear the table for you as this is Hotpot. Diners use their own sweet time to cook the ingredient, dip, chat and eat.
Chinese hot pot will never complete without the condiments since it is a serious aspect to boost the flavor. At the condiments counter, you can find more 20 condiments to mix as you wish such as chili powder, soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, etc. Usually, I just add garlic, sesame oil, leek, and fried garlic for the soup, and oyster sauce for dipping sauce.
Shu Guo Yin Xiang offers a Chinese hot pot menu with an authentic taste. The broth soup selection consists of Mala Szechuan, which is their signature, Pork Bone, Chicken Herbal, and Tomato. There are also a lot of ingredients selection ranging from seafood, beef, pork, lamb, chicken, duck, noodle, tofu, meatballs, wonton, mushrooms, and vegetables.
Combinations 2 Flavors Soup
First thing first, we have to decide which broth soup we want to order. You can order only 1 flavor or the combinations of 2 or 3 flavors in one pot. Alternatively, you can order individual pot as well ranging from IDR 48k to 55k for the soup. As a first timer, I opted for combinations 2 flavors soup, with Mala Szechuan and Pork Bone broth. The soups were served in a very nice dragon-shaped hotpot with separated sections for each soup. The mala soup looked bright red and oily, while the pork bone soup was milky white and thick.
Combinations 2 Flavors Soup (IDR 128,000++)
Their Mala Szechuan broth has rich bold spices in it with a strong spicy kick (just look at its reddish color!). The aroma is very strong and it is flavorful but personally, I prefer pork bone broth since it is more comfortable and enjoyable for me. The mala Szechuan is too oily for me while the pork bone is savory, has a perfect thickness and bold flavor. It is a great choice for less oil and non-spicy one.
Food presentation here is excellent, just look at the fancy looking hot pot pan equipped with two golden dragons on the side, the beef hangs on a wooden rack and the meatballs on the circular wooden stairs which makes this all very instagrammable.
For the main ingredients, we opted for US Angus Prime Short Ribs (IDR 138,000++). The beef was fresh with just the perfect thickness and it goes really well with hotpot, very juicy and tender.
US Angus Prime Short Ribs (IDR 138,000++)
In addition, we also ordered egg noodles, fried beancurd skin, mixed vegetables, fresh shrimp meatballs, and fresh prawn & pork dumplings. Overall the ingredients here is satisfying, especially the meatballs and dumplings which is fresh and tasty. Also the fried beancurd skin, it is so crispy and addictive!
Kopitiam, literally means coffee shop (coffee in Malay and shop in Hokkien/Hakka), is commonly found all over Singapore and Malaysia. It is a common part of Singapore, where a typical drink stall would sell coffee (kopi) and tea (teh) along with breakfast items of kaya toast and soft-boiled eggs.
During my #FoodInLoveSINGAPORE trip earlier this year, I’ve visited Heap Seng Leong, an old school Kopitiam that has been open since the 1970s. Located at 10 North Bridge Road, this traditional coffee shop transports you back in time. One step into Heap Seng Leong and you may feel a wave of nostalgia sweep over you.
This coffee shop is owned by Mr. Shi Pong Hsu, who is in his eighties and his son, Mr. Shi Ting Chow. The uncle is wearing a singlet and old style pajamas pants which seems out of place in today’s context. But this was the way people wore in the past. Most of the customers in the coffee shop were elderly folks who are reading Chinese newspapers while sipping their coffee.
Yet its lack of change for what has probably been decades is what makes Heap Seng Leong stand out. Sticking true to what traditional coffee would taste like. The signboard, the cabinets, and the tiles remain, only the chairs are a newcomer (well not that new too). Everything from the tiled walls to the marble top table spells nothing but old school. Then there’s the truly old-school method of calculating. The abacus here could easily be one of the remaining few still in active use in Singapore.
Heap Seng Leong serves as a place for common folks to eat and drink, or just gather around to chit chat or gossip about the latest news. Aside from its old-school look and feel, Heap Seng Leong is also well known for its Kopi Gu You, also known as butter coffee. It is one of the last few coffee shops in Singapore that still serves this drink.
Kopi Gu You (Butter Coffee)
Even for the coffee lover, ordering coffee in Singapore can be a complicated affair. There is kopi-o, kopi-c, kopi siew dai, kopi ga dai, kopi-c siew dai, kopi-o kosong etc. Just like the name suggests, Kopi Gu You is actually coffee with condensed milk and a slice of butter floating on top.
Kopi Gu You / Butter Coffee (SGD 1.20)
Kopi Gu You is smooth and silky. Like a good cup of kopi but a notch creamier. It is aromatic yet not too sweet from the condensed milk. The addition of the gu yougave the kopi a slight savory note as well as some silkiness. It is super good anyway and I like it so much!
Soft Boiled Eggs
When the Soft Boiled Eggs $1.20 arrived, I was thrilled that it was cooked perfectly! The soft boiled eggs were cracked for you so you don’t have to do it yourself. Do note, the eggs are cooked only upon order. Hence, there is a need to wait around 6 to 8 minutes for this. With some dashes of pepper and a few drops of soy sauce, its truly an enjoyable and satisfying breakfast for me.