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Amoy Street Food Centre


Located in the CBD area, Amoy Street Food Centre is a bustling hawker centre which houses Michelin Bib Gourmand awardees A Noodle Story, J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff and Hong Kee Beef Noodles. Other than these highly decorated stalls, we were curious to see how the rest fared in taste. Here are our thoughts on what we tried!

Han Kee Fish Soup


Sliced fish soup seems to be in demand among office workers, with at least four to five stalls in Amoy Street Food Centre offering similar variations of the dish. We visited Han Kee before it opened at 11am and to our surprise, a short queue had already begun to form. The menu is straightforward: sliced fish soup with the choice of bee hoon, porridge or rice at small ($5), medium ($7) and large ($9) portion respectively. They also do fish head soup which is more expensive by a dollar each.


We ordered the Medium Sliced Fish Soup Bee Hoon ($7) and the bowl was filled to the brim with many generous pieces of thickly cut mackerel. The fish was fresh and bathed in a light, clear broth that had a hint of sweetness. Personally, I find it harder to get the distinct sweetness in clear sliced fish soup right as compared to the milk version. The fact that Han Kee could nail it spectacularly spoke volumes of their skill in the preparation of fish broth. Being a fan of hot soupy food, I would have this everyday if I worked in the CBD. Do go early to avoid the office crowd as the queue can stretch up to 45 minutes long!


Han Kee Fish Soup

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-122, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111

Opening Hours: 10am to 3pm daily. Closed on Sundays

Wah Kee Noodles

Our boss recommended Wah Kee and claimed it to be ‘one of the better wanton mee’ around. Wah Kee priced their Wanton Noodle at $3.50 and offer other staples such as Dumpling Noodle ($3.50) and Mushroom Noodle ($3.50). We all agreed that it was an above average bowl of wanton mee, with the wetness and seasoning of the springy noodles done perfectly.


Wah Kee’s char siew was on the smokier side and balances the tendency towards dryness in charred meat well.


The wanton was plump and packed with more ingredients than usual. The next time you are at Amoy Street, why not consider having a satisfying plate of old-school wanton mee at Wah Kee?


Wah Kee Noodles

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-125, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111

Opening Hours: 930am to 230pm daily. Closed on Sundays

Li Xing Nasi Lemak


A quick glance around the food centre saw quite a few people eating nasi lemak from Li Xing. Intrigued, we decided to give it a try.


Our standard Nasi Lemak ($3) came with chicken wing, luncheon meat, fish cake and ikan bilis. The coconut taste in their rice was quite strong, however the rest of the ingredients were lacklustre.


Mix the sweet sambal into the rice for greater flavour!


Li Xing Nasi Lemak

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-81, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111

Opening Hours: 730am to 1pm daily. Closed on Sundays

Koryori Hayashi


This Japanese stall offers a decent variety of dons, udon, ramen and pasta starting at $6, with their most popular dish being the Namban Don. The term ‘Namban’ connotes foreign influences as the Europeans originally brought fried food to Japan in the Muromachi and Edo period. Chicken Namban came from Miyazaki province in Kyushu where fried chicken karaage is soaked in sweet and sour namban sauce topped off with tartar. Koryori Hayashi uses mentaiko sauce instead of tartar to make the don more exciting and relevant to our modern taste buds.


The karaage was nicely fried with moist and juicy meat. But the cabbage which came with the don on the side was dry and bland, making it redundant as it did not add to the overall taste of the dish.


Koryori Hayashi

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-11, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111

Opening Hours: 11am to 2pm daily. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

Bee Kee Wanton Noodles


Bee Kee prides itself on its signature truffle wanton mee – a rare sight in the local hawker scene. Besides the outlet at Amoy Street, they have another outlet at Serangoon as well.


The noodles of the Truffle Wanton Mee ($6) were doused with truffle oil, and topped with fried and steamed wanton, char siew and vegetables. The aroma from the truffle was initially appetising, but the strong alkaline aftertaste of the noodles made it less enjoyable.


The char siew was extremely dry and the wantons were mediocre. I think I still prefer my wanton mee done the traditional way.


Bee Kee Wanton Noodles

Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #02-129, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111

Opening Hours: 7am to 3pm daily. Closed on Saturdays and Sundays

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to the stalls listed above. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

For more food videos, check out our official YouTube channel! You may also want to try the Fuzhou Oyster Cake at Maxwell Food Centre which is just a stone’s throw away!

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Ever since I moved to Sengkang, I have been trying to find good breakfast spots around the neighbourhood. I was really happy when I found 327 Fried Bee Hoon. And now I found Chai Chee Nasi Lemak, a family run Muslim stall that sells good nasi lemak!

Started in 1978, Chai Chee Nasi Lemak is currently managed by 2 brothers. Not only do they specialise in nasi lemak, they also serve Nasi Padang dishes, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam and Lontong.

I still remember clearly my favourite nasi lemak stall in the canteen during my primary school days. And I would queue almost every day just to have a plate of nasi lemak at 70 cents. Chai Chee Nasi Lemak’s version is just as classic.


With this dish, timing is everything. The chicken wings are ferried out from the kitchen in small batches. They are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The rice is well prepared such that each coconut-y grain stood perfectly distinct from the other.

They don’t go crazy with the sides, which makes it easier to order. Accompanied by ikan bilis, cucumber slivers, and dark red sambal that is characterised by a tease of sweetness, the dish was a fine breakfast in itself.

We also had the mee siam. The gravy was on the sweet side though. Don’t forget to add a spoonful of sambal for more depth.

The food tastes like it came out of a kitchen run by someone who really enjoys cooking for those who love to eat.

Chai Chee Nasi Lemak

Address: Blk 322 Hougang Ave 5, Singapore 419120

Phone: 6241 3841

Mobile: 9105 0254

Opening Hours: Mon to Thur 5am to 8pm; Sat & Sun 5am to 4pm. Closed on Fridays.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Chai-Chee-Nasi-Lemak-854225028013940/

MissTamChiak.com made an anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

For more food videos, check out our official YouTube channel! Previously, we have covered Nasi Lemak stalls such as Kampung Kia in Marine Parade and Pak Mandor in Yishun!

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If I had to pick two of Sarawak’s most popular dishes, they would have to be Kolo Mee and Laksa. As a son to a Sarawakian father, I always looked forward to travelling to Kuching for an authentic taste of these dishes. Thankfully, Yun Xiang Sarawak Kolo Mee & Laksa is one of the few places in Singapore that serves both! The stall had been open in Toa Payoh for three years before moving to Bedok just a few weeks ago. Interestingly, the chef-owner is from Perak, not Sarawak! However, she saw a gap in the market for Sarawak Kolo Mee and Laksa and decided to develop her own recipe.

I first tried Yun Xiang’s Sarawak Laksa ($5). Unlike Singapore’s Katong version, Sarawak Laksa is less rich and is commonly eaten as a breakfast dish! Their laksa definitely looked the part with its rice vermicelli submerged in an aromatic and robustly flavoured broth. All the typical accompaniments were there – prawns, omelette strips, shredded chicken and beansprouts. The laksa broth was light yet flavourful. Despite it not being a rich broth, I could taste the sambal belacan base and the mixture of spices used. However, I felt that the flavours of the broth could have been bolder and slightly spicier. It had just the right level of acidic tang though, so I felt that there was no need for an extra squeeze of lime.

The noodles were cooked just right, so they still had a slight palatable bite to it. The shredded chicken was not dry as it had soaked up the flavourful laksa broth. This added a meaty touch that gave the dish more body, while the beansprouts served to add a refreshing crunch. Overall, this rendition of Sarawak Laksa was very close to the real deal!

Next, I had my grandmother’s personal favourite – Kolo Mee. Yun Xiang Sarawak Kolo Mee & Laksa serves their Kolo Mee ($4) with a generous amount of minced pork on top, along with their in-house made char siew and a few pieces of fried lard. After being thoroughly mixed in with the noodles, the minced pork made each mouthful of noodles more substantial and hearty. The char siew was moist and tender, though it didn’t have a smokey char. It had a subtle sweetness which complemented the savoury flavours of the pork.

When ordering your Kolo Mee, you get the option of either having your noodles white (plain) or red (coated with char siew sauce). I opted for the plain noodles for my Kolo Mee. The wavy noodles were cooked to a perfect springy consistency. The noodles may appear dry, but after mixing them with all the pork, the oil sufficiently coated them to make them smooth and delicious.

Yun Xiang Sarawak Kolo Mee & Laksa had a dish that I’ve personally never seen before – the Sarawak Kolo Kway Teow ($3). This version uses Kway Teow instead! I decided to get the ‘red’ version this time. The difference in the texture of the noodles made this completely different to the Kolo Mee. Unlike the normal version, the kway teow was soft and slightly chewy, while the red glaze added sweetness and tartness. This was definitely an unconventional variation of Kolo Mee, but was still equally as delicious!

Yun Xiang Sarawak Kolo Mee & Laksa impressed me with its authentic and familiar flavours – even though the chef isn’t from Sarawak! The stall is currently having an opening promotion, so you can get your Kolo Mee and Laksa at discounted prices ($3.50 and $4.50 respectively). There’s no official end date, so do head down before the promotion ends!

Yun Xiang Sarawak Kolo Mee & Laksa

Address: Blk 418 Bedok North Avenue 2, #01-97, Singapore 460418

Mobile: 92428846

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:30am to 8pm, Saturday to Sunday: 10am to 8pm

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Yun-Xiang-Sarawak-Kolo-Mee-Laksa-652823034861806/

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PocoLoco’s location might surprise you — this authentic Italian restaurant sits right in the heart of a residential estate in Ang Mo Kio. You might be amazed to learn that they offer pretty fine Italian food without pesky fine dining prices! With affordable dishes that are created with premium ingredients such as foie gras and truffle, PocoLoco will delight even the finest of palates.

PocoLoco serves a variety of mouth-watering appetisers. The Capesante ($13.50) is a baked scallop dish that is served with a capsicum purée and flavoured butter. The flavoured butter imparted a richness, and a strong fragrance of garlic to the scallops. The scallops were tender, while the robust flavours of the capsicum purée added depth to the dish.

The Portobello ($12.90), which is an oven-baked Portobello mushroom dish topped with burrata cheese and truffle essence, is not to be missed. The mushrooms are plump and juicy, and the burrata cheese added a touch of saltiness and a captivating creaminess.

PocoLoco also has a plethora of pasta dishes on offer! We first tried one of their daily specials — Tagliolini Pasta served with Fresh Sea Urchin ($20). This dish features a few pieces of fresh sea urchin that are blowtorched just before serving. The creamy and sweet sea urchin went very well with the slightly spicy pasta, which was thoroughly coated with a thick pepperoncino sauce (Italian chilli pepper).

If you’ll like a wider variety of seafood in your pasta, go for the Pescatora ($13.50). This pasta is mixed with a light tomato sauce and is topped with prawns, mussels and clams. The pasta is also flambéed with a touch of white wine to add a hint of acidity. The tomato sauce was slightly sweet and tangy, and did not overpower the natural sweetness of the fresh seafood.

For a more luxurious option, you can give their Hokkaido Scallop and Truffle Pasta a try! This pasta dish sees cold angel hair pasta crowned with sweet and soft Hokkaido scallops. The dish is even topped with a bit of caviar! The pasta carries a strong aroma of truffle oil, so this dish is definitely made for those who love anything with truffle oil.

If you’re craving for a rich and meaty dish, PocoLoco’s Filleto di Manzo ($27.90) is the dish for you. A fatty piece of foie gras is perched on a slab of pan-seared beef tenderloin which lies in a rossini (red wine) sauce. The medium-rare beef holds quite a strong scent of rosemary which went hand in hand with the sweet and tart rossini sauce. The decadent foie gras added a lovely buttery richness to the dish. The dish comes complete with potatoes, carrots, broccoli and baby corn.

If you’ll like to have pork instead, go for the PocoLoco’s Pork Collar ($19.90). A roasted Canadian pork collar is joined by a garlic and shallot confit, which we’re sure that you’ll enjoy. The fatty pork collar wasn’t dry at all, and we loved that the acidity of the tasty confit cut through the fattiness of the pork easily. The dish was made more enjoyable but the lightly crunchy shallots.

If you have a sweet tooth, you just can’t skip dessert! PocoLoco offers traditional Italian options, and more novel creations such as the Matcha Lava Cake! When cut open, the molten matcha core flows out beautifully. The cake comes with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, which pairs flawlessly with the warm lava cake.

However, if you need a pick-me-up after all a heavy and satisfying meal, you might want to consider the Tiramisu (Italian Coffee Cheese Cake). PocoLoco employs the more authentic and traditional preparation method — soaking ladyfingers in coffee and a bit of marsala wine. A generous amount of whipped cream is sprayed on top, before cocoa powder is lightly sprinkled on.

PocoLoco might just be the best place to visit if you’ll like to have authentic Italian food without breaking the bank. Don’t worry about missing out if you live in the west of Singapore as PocoLoco has another outlet in Jurong!

PocoLoco

Address: 408 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10 #01-779, Singapore 560408

Mobile: 8436 3363

Website: https://www.pocoloco.com.sg/

Opening Hours: 12pm to 3pm & 6pm to 10pm daily.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PocoLocoSG/

PocoLoco Microbrewery

Address: 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City Level 2, Singapore 609433

Mobile: 8866 4646

Website: https://www.pocoloco.com.sg/

Opening Hours: 12pm to 3pm & 6pm to 10pm daily.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PocoLocoMicrobrewery/

This post was brought to you by PocoLoco.

Do check out our article on PocoLoco Pizzeria too!

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Mention Rex cinema and I am sure many of you will remember the good old days of movie-watching since 1940s. It was then home to an ice-skating rink, a church, even a disco. Movie-goers will have their meals at coffeeshop and restaurant opposite Rex Cinema. And this was the place where homegrown brand Old Chang Kee started over three decades ago. Today, Old Chang Kee opens their flagship store – Old Chang Kee Coffee House @ Rex – at the original location of the first stall.


Executive Chairman of Old Chang Kee, Mr Han Keen Juan

The first Old Chang Kee curry puff stall was opened in 1956 by a humble and hardworking Hainan hawker. After 30 years of plying his fare, he was ready to retire and return to Hainan. It was also at this time that Mr Han, a young sales manager and a regular customer at his stall, had thoughts of starting a business of his own and being his own boss.

In 1986, he bought over Old Chang Kee and put in place specific standards of operation to strengthen the foundations for the business. What began as a tiny stall in the corner of the local coffee shop, is now a bigger and brighter 50-seater space that spans three shophouse units. Located at the junction of Mackenzie Road and Niven Road and opposite the renowned Rex Cinema, Old Chang Kee Coffee House @ Rex, exudes old-school charm by way of a myriad of memorabilia and furnishings that reflect a bygone era.



Fans of Old Chang Kee and affiliated brands, Curry Times, Bun Times and Dip ‘n’ Go can now feast on offerings that include several NEW and EXCLUSIVE menu items and regular favourites – all under one roof.

Counting amongst its exciting offerings is the fluffy Flower Bread which consists of seven freshly baked, pull-apart buns. Nestled in the middle of the golden sesame-topped crust ‘flower’ is an enamel bowl filled with a choice of: Curry Chicken ($11.90); Chicken Stew ($11.90); or Beef Stew ($13.90). The dish also comes with free flow gravy – perfect for sharing!

The ultimate comfort food for me is a bowl of chicken curry with a loaf of bread. This is the kind of food that I grew up eating. Everyone will have their own preference for curry chicken but for me, it needs to be moderately spicy with a good balance of spices that will make you finish a whole loaf of bread. The chicken curry here does it for me. As for the beef stew, a nostalgic Hainanese dish, the beef cubes are tender and served with radish and carrots redolent with the fragrance of spices. For a modern touch, diners can opt for the Baked Beef Stew Rice with Cheese ($10.90) which showcases melted cheese and a sprinkling of chopped parsley.




There is also a wide selection of local delights including the popular Dry Laksa Goreng ($8.50) and Hainanese Chap Chye ($6.20). On the day of my visit, I found the former a little bland with noodles sticking to a lump. The chap chye, on the other hand, features a medley of cabbage, black fungus, carrots and glass noodles simmered in a flavourful broth of dried shrimps, garlic, and chicken stock. The cabbage still retained its crunch.

My favourite is the Nasi Lemak with Dry Curry Chicken ($8.90) with tender, minced chicken coated liberally in curry spices paired with aromatic coconut rice and sides of tangy ‘achar’, fish cake, sambal chilli, fried peanuts and anchovies. A sweet ending comes by way of a hot bowl of Bubur Cha Cha ($5.00), a delicious combination of sweet potato, yam and coconut milk, finished with dollops of red and green tapioca balls. So old school!

Stepping into the Old Chang Kee Coffee House @ Rex is a throwback to the good ol’ days, fitted with retro furniture and décor like enamelware, marble top tables, rattan chairs and plastic table covers sporting neon pink and green floral patterns. There is an Old Chang Kee counter to get all your favourite Curry’O, Sotong Head OnStik, Crab Nuggets OnStik, Chicken Wings and more. It sits in the precise spot which was once occupied by a giant oil-filled wok that churned out curry puffs by the dozen.

Mr Han reminisces, “I remember when there was not even sufficient space to stand on the inside of the shop to sell the curry puffs and I had to do it from the walkway. This very spot holds many memories for me and marks a full circle having grown Old Chang Kee the past 32 years to what it is today.”

OLD CHANG KEE COFFEE HOUSE @ REX

Address: 19 – 23 Mackenzie Road #01-01, Singapore 228678

Phone: +65 6732 1665

Website: http://www.oldchangkee.com/

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu: 11am - 9pm (last order: 8:30pm); Fri & Sat: 10am - 10pm (last order: 9:30pm); Sun: 10am - 9pm (last order: 8:30pm)

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/oldchangkee1956/

Note: this was an invited tasting.

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Dragon Boat Festival is just around the corner, and I’m sure everyone is looking forward to stuffing themselves silly with delicious dumplings. This year, Crystal Jade is offering four different handmade rice dumplings. How does a spicy ‘mala’ (麻辣) version sound? Brimming with ingredients, each plump bundle is carefully bound and cooked to perfection.

The Mala Rice Dumpling (麻辣肉粽) comes in at $8.80 per piece. We’ll recommend going for the bundle sets that are exclusive to their e-store — $24.80/3 pieces or $39.80/5 pieces. The mala dumplings contain succulent pork shoulder and Spanish pork collar pieces marinated in a proprietary ‘malt’ blend comprising Szechuan peppercorns, a mix of dried chillies and chilli oil. The dumplings are studded with sweet chestnuts, salted egg yolk and mung beans.

The Assorted Mushroom with Pork Belly Dumpling (三姑六婆粽) is also a new addition! Each dumpling is priced at $7.80 but you can get three for $21.80 or five for $36.80 on their e-store. Shitake, king oyster and white button mushrooms have been selected for their flavour and texture, and the mix lends a lovely earthy aroma to the little parcel of joy which also holds sweet chestnuts, salted egg yolk and mung beans.

Crystal Jade’s more traditional offerings include the Premium Rice Dumpling with Abalone (极品鲍鱼囊蒸粽), which can be yours for $19.80. This dumpling is packed with a 10-head braised abalone, BBQ roasted pork, BBQ roasted duck, dried scallops, shitake mushrooms, sweet chestnuts, salted egg yolk and mung bean.

Last but definitely not least, savour the Rice Dumpling with Five Spice Marinated Pork (五香咸肉粽) at $7.80, or grab 3 for $21.80 and 5 for $36.80 on the e-store. Moist and savoury, this classic rice dumpling bears the unmistakeable fragrance of five-spice powder.

You can place your order on Crystal Jade’s e-store (http://estore.crystaljade.com) from 14 May to 14 June. Otherwise, outlet sales commence on 28 May and concludes on 18 June.

During this promotional period, Jadeite members, DBS/POSB and Citibank credit/debit cardmembers are entitled to a 10% discount on all rice dumplings. In addition, Jadeite members who purchase a minimum of $40 worth of dumplings via the Crystal Jade mobile app (after discounts have been applied) will receive a bottle of Crystal Jade Signature XO sauce worth $16.80.

This post was brought to you by Crystal Jade.

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I’m sure we’ve all had that sudden craving for Xiao Long Bao (小笼包). For me, going out for dim sum is always a meal that is met with eager anticipation – watching the lid of the bamboo basket being lifted off to reveal those steaming hot meat-filled parcels. If someone’s looking for good dim sum, I think it’s rare for them to go looking for it in a hawker centre. However, if you decide to take a trip down to Beauty World, you’ll be surprised to find that there’s a hawker stall, You Peng Noodle Dumpling House, that sells affordable and delicious handmade dumplings!

You Peng Noodle Dumpling House is no stranger to Beauty World Food Centre. The stall has been in business for over 10 years, which is a clear testament to how popular their dumplings are. You might be wondering how a hawker stall can produce dumplings of such high quality. The stall owner actually hires chefs who have had prior experience working in high-end dim sum restaurants!

I had to dive straight into trying their Xiao Long Bao. I ordered a set of 10 dumplings ($7.50), which came in a stack of two bamboo steamers. The dumplings are steamed just after you make your order, so they come to you piping hot. Given my horrible chopstick skills, I was surprised to find that the Xiao Long Bao did not burst open when I first picked it up. This is because the skin of the dumpling is slightly thicker than usual, though not overly so.

The flavours of the filling were on point – the minced pork filling was succulent and had just the right level of saltiness. Bits of finely chopped spring onions were also mixed in to add a bit of freshness. The black vinegar on the side also added some acidity to cut through the fattiness of the pork. However, I found that the dumpling contained less soup than I would’ve liked. It didn’t have that signature burst of piping hot soup that Xiao Long Bao typically has. This is the only flaw that I can point out though. Given its overall flavour and texture, You Peng’s Xiao Long Bao can definitely compete with the higher-end dim sum places.

My grandparents, who were originally from Shanghai, were huge fans of Shengjian Bao (生煎包). Sheng Jian Bao is actually a Shanghai speciality, which is a pan-fried steamed bun that is filled with minced pork. You Peng makes their own rendition of this bao and it comes in at $5.50 for five pieces. In my opinion, these are a must-order if you pay a visit to You Peng.

These baos are plump and have a perfectly crispy and golden brown bottom. As you bite into it, you get a taste of the savoury and gelatinous pork filling that has slightly soaked into the fluffy bao. The gelatinousness of the pork actually added a ‘creamy’ texture to each bite. In fact, the filling releases so much juice that the Shengjian Bao will actually be served to you with the bottom facing up to prevent the crispy base from getting soggy! The crispy base provides a wonderful textural contrast to the soft and pillowy bao, while the filling provides a springy and meaty bite.

I also had to try their Guo Tie (锅贴), which are also pan-fried to achieve a crunchy base. At just $6.50, you can get a plate of 10 pieces of Guo Tie. Unfortunately, I found that the skin of the Guo Tie was slightly too thick for my liking, making it quite dense and chewy. This meant that the meat-to-filling ratio was slightly off, making it hard to enjoy and taste the meat filling. Nonetheless, at just 65-cents per piece, I still think it’s a worthy option if you’re a fan of Guo Tie. I would definitely order the other two dishes though!

If you’re looking to throw a party (or if you’re just really hungry), You Peng Noodle Dumpling House actually does wholesale of the above-mentioned dumplings and more! Just get in touch with the owner using the contact information below.

You Peng Noodle Dumpling House

Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-23, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177

Phone: 6463 5608

Mobile: 9239 1598

Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/%E6%9C%89%E6%9C%8B%E6%8B%89%E9%9D%A2%E9%A5%BA%E5%AD%90%E9%A6%86-You-Peng-Noodle-Dumpling-House-137158667085722/

Here is another stall that you should visit if you are looking to have Xiao Long Bao – read our article on Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao!

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As the years go by, it is getting increasingly harder to source for places that sell old school memorabilia, much less, snacks.

Although I am considered a millennial, I was lucky enough to have enjoyed the times where, internet connection required a dial up, and after school fun meant going to the playground or longkang (drain), to catch fish. I too was also lucky enough to get a taste of some of the nostalgic snacks that our ancestors used to have back when they were my age. 

One such traditional snack would be the min chiang kueh. Commonly found in Southeast Asia, it is a type of pancake, filled with filling, before being folded into half, and then served. It’s usually eaten out of a bag, unlike their western counterparts, which is eaten with a knife and fork.

Under the min chiang kueh category, you can further split it into two different types. One features a thick, chewy texture, and the other is thinner, and crispier. Bing Cheng Mian Jian Guo serves the latter.

The stall, which has been around for 10 over years, is run by Uncle Tommy Lee. He shared that he decided to make min jiang kueh for a living as this, too, was his childhood snack. 

Uncle Tommy comes from Alor Setar, which is the state capital of Kedah, Malaysia. According to him, its located just further up of Penang, which most Singaporeans are more familiar with. He came to Singapore when he was 19, in search for a better life for his family.

On where he learnt the art of making min jiang kueh, he shared that he learnt it about 20 years ago, from an uncle in his hometown. The uncle was about to retire, and wanted to pass on the tradition to someone. Uncle Tommy decided to seize that opportunity to learn, and soon started selling min jiang kueh in Singapore.

Diners can choose from a variety of toppings such as peanut ($1.10), coconut ($1.10) and even sweet corn ($1.10) to be sandwiched between their pancakes. The min chiang kueh at Bing Cheng Mian Jian Guo is freshly made upon order, which ensures that everything is piping hot and fresh. Definitely a delicious mid-day snack, or a satisfactory bite for anyone who’s filling a little tam chiak!

Because everything is made to order, it may take a while for Uncle Tommy to whip up the min chiang kuehs. But trust us on it, it’s definitely worth the wait!

We tried three flavours – chocolate ($1.40), cheese ($1.50) and butter sugar ($1). The min chiang kueh shell was thick and chewy, with a crispy edge that shattered very easily. Talk about a mix of textures!

My favourite was the cheese version. The square cheese slice reminded me of what I used to eat when I was a child! The pancake was sweet and savoury, and tasted just like good old comfort food.

Out of the lot, I felt that the butter sugar was the most traditional version. It’s a simple and unpretentious pancake, but carries with it so much nostalgia.

Uncle Tommy, who is 66-years-old this year, shared that his son was also running a min chiang kueh stall at Kampung Admiralty. Called Yuan Ge, Uncle Tommy said that he plans to move over to his son’s stall when the lease here is over. I think it’s great to see that there are more young generation hawkers willing to recreate and sell old school snacks, to ensure that the tradition doesn’t fade!

Tthe min chiang kueh makes for a great afternoon snack. If it’s in between meal time and your child (or yourself) is craving for a munch, why not get a quick bite at Bing Cheng Mian Jian Guo? It will be an enjoyable experience for everyone. 

Bing Cheng Mian Jian Guo

Address: Marsling Eating House, Blk 168 Woodlands Street 11, Singapore 730166

Opening Hours: Weekdays: 6am to 4pm, Weekends: 6am to 3pm.

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

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I’m sure we’ve all had that sudden craving for Xiao Long Bao (小笼包). For me, going out for dim sum is always a meal that is met with eager anticipation – watching the lid of the bamboo basket being lifted off to reveal those steaming hot meat-filled parcels. If someone’s looking for good dim sum, I think it’s rare for them to go looking for it in a hawker centre. However, if you decide to take a trip down to Beauty World, you’ll be surprised to find that there’s a hawker stall there that sells affordable and delicious handmade dumplings!

You Peng Noodle Dumpling House is no stranger to Beauty World Food Centre. The stall has been in business for over 10 years, which is a clear testament to how popular their dumplings are. You might be wondering how a hawker stall can produce dumplings of such high quality. The stall owner actually hires chefs who have had prior experience working in high-end dim sum restaurants!

I had to dive straight into trying their Xiao Long Bao. I ordered a set of 10 dumplings ($7.50), which came in a stack of two bamboo steamers. The dumplings are steamed just after you make your order, so they come to you piping hot. Given my horrible chopstick skills, I was surprised to find that the Xiao Long Bao did not burst open when I first picked it up. This is because the skin of the dumpling is slightly thicker than usual, though not overly so.

The flavours of the filling were on point – the minced pork filling was succulent and had just the right level of saltiness. Bits of finely chopped spring onions were also mixed in to add a bit of freshness. The black vinegar on the side also added some acidity to cut through the fattiness of the pork. However, I found that the dumpling contained less soup than I would’ve liked. It didn’t have that signature burst of piping hot soup that Xiao Long Bao typically has. This is the only flaw that I can point out though. Given its overall flavour and texture, You Peng’s Xiao Long Bao can definitely compete with the higher-end dim sum places.

My grandparents, who were originally from Shanghai, were huge fans of Shengjian Bao (生煎包). Sheng Jian Bao is actually a Shanghai specialty, which is a pan-fried steamed bun that is filled with minced pork. You Peng makes their own rendition of this bao and it comes in at $5.50 for five pieces. In my opinion, these are a must-order if you pay a visit to You Peng.

These baos are plump and have a perfectly crispy and golden brown bottom. As you bite into it, you get a taste of the savoury and gelatinous pork filling that has slightly soaked into the fluffy bao. The gelatinousness of the pork actually added a ‘creamy’ texture to each bite. In fact, the filling releases so much juice that the Shengjian Bao will actually be served to you with the bottom facing up to prevent the crispy base from getting soggy! The crispy base provides a wonderful textural contrast to the soft and pillowy bao, while the filling provides a springy and meaty bite.

I also had to try their Guo Tie (锅贴), which are also pan-fried to achieve a crunchy base. At just $6.50, you can get a plate of 10 pieces of Guo Tie. Unfortunately, I found that the skin of the Guo Tie was slightly too thick for my liking, making it quite dense and chewy. This meant that the meat-to-filling ratio was slightly off, making it hard to enjoy and taste the meat filling. Nonetheless, at just 65-cents per piece, I still think it’s a worthy option if you’re a fan of Guo Tie. I would definitely order the other two dishes though!

If you’re looking to throw a party (or if you’re just really hungry), You Peng actually does wholesale of the above-mentioned dumplings and more! Just get in touch with the owner using the contact information below.

You Peng Noodle Dumpling House

Address: 144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #04-23, Beauty World Centre, Singapore 588177

Phone: 6463 5608

Mobile: 9239 1598

Opening Hours: 11am to 9pm daily.

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Did you know that nasi lemak was once dubbed by Time Magazine as one of 10 healthiest breakfast dishes worldwide? It sure came as a shocker to us Singaporeans. But healthy or not, such news would not curb our voracious appetites for the Malay staple food.  We chanced upon Ar-Rina Nasi Padang, an unassuming stall located within a coffee shop in Bukit Batok, which is allegedly home to delicious nasi lemak and nasi padang. 

Ar-rina Nasi Padang starts selling their nasi lemak as early as 6 in the morning. For $3.50, the Nasi Lemak comes with the usual medley of fried ikan bilis & peanut, chicken wing as well as an egg. The star of the show was the fragrant rice. While the grains were not as rich as I had hoped, the coconut fragrance really came through. The short grains remained fairly moist and nicely separate as well. Add a dollop of sambal chilli to give the rice a pleasant, light kick. Second to the rice was the chicken wing, which was seasoned decently. Owing to the fact that the chicken wings were prepared in the wee hours of the day, the outer crust of the chicken did lack that crispiness when it was served to us (we were there at 10am). Portion-wise, Ar-Rina was generous with their servings. Overall, the nasi lemak was pretty ordinary, but hey, it was a good enough breakfast for the folks of Bukit Batok. Next time, we will be sure to head back at 7 in the morning to try their freshly made nasi lemak!

While some of the Bukit Batok dwellers have raved about the nasi lemak, we could not resist also trying their nasi padang. For $7, we fetched ourselves a pretty decent portion of chicken rendang, stingray fish, curry vegetables atop short–grain rice. Unfortunately, the texture and taste of the chicken rendang was far from ideal. Unlike the fork-tender meat you get in a good rendang, the rendang ($3) here was slightly tough and stringy. The meat and the sauce felt like two separate elements which failed to come together. We were not impressed with the mildly–flavoured stingray as well, which was tough and dry. We suspect that the fish could have been overcooked. The only saving grace of the nasi padang was the curry vegetables, which arrived soft and lemak enough. A word of caution: If you have ordered either the stingray or the rendang, be prepared for a fiery experience. 

Epok epok served at Ar-Rina Nasi Padang goes for a mere 50 cents. Now, isn’t that cheap? The epok epok here however will qualify as a below average snack. The crust of these Malay curry puff was slightly stale, which might mean that the epok epok – like the nasi lemak – was prepared earlier in the morning. Each epok epok comes either in potato or sardine filling, both of which were unfortunately unmemorable. The former was pretty sweet, while the latter was unpleasantly tart. This version pales in comparison to the one at MakanBoleh, located at Seah Im Food Centre.

It is difficult to decide whether Ar-Nina Nasi Padang is really worth the visit. However, if you are willing to sacrifice your sleep and drop by to try their nasi lemak early in the morning when the food is freshly made, do share with us your thoughts about this stall!

Ar-Rina Nasi Padang

Address: 155 Bukit Batok Street 11, Singapore 650155

Opening Hours: 6.30am to 9pm daily.

MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.

Let’s build a food community that helps to update the food news in Singapore! Simply comment below if there’s any changes or additional info to Ar-Rina Nasi Padang. We will verify and update from our side. Thanks in advance!

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