April 19, 2018

Pork Innards Noodles 猪杂面 @Wah Juan Coffee Shop 華園茶室, Kota Kinabalu

Address: Jalan Lee Thau Sang, Pekan Tanjung Aru, 88100 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
Business hours: 8:00am - 10:30am (could be finished earlier if on high demand)

On April fool, I spent a night in KK together with my mum before flying off to Taiwan the next day. We stayed at Pekan Tanjung Aru, passed by this Wah Juan Coffee Shop that I recalled it's the shop I ever visited with my colleagues on company trip in 2010. The pork innards noodles did give me a big impression.

We went there around 8:45am. The shop was packed. Quite a few customers standing waiting to get a seat, and we were one of them. Have to aim and wait patiently for the customers to end their chat and finish their drinks. I don't usually like to visit this sort of shop which requires you to wait for a table. Since I have been wanting to have it again, I insisted to wait.

Finally we got the table. I placed my order with the taukenio instead of the lady staff. The table next to ours placed their order with the staff. They came later than us but the food served earlier than us. Though I was quite unpleased with it but nothing I can do. At least the taukenio still remembered my order.

Roughly waited 20 minutes. Finally we can savour our pork innards noodle. They always serve a bowl of soup along with the noodles. The soup was flavourful. And the chilli sauce also specially formulated, a good match to dip with the pork innards.

The noodle is mushy, similar to our Foochow kampua, it's not chewy type. Guess the elderly will appreciate this kind of noodle. The noodle is not to my liking but I did really enjoy eating the pork innards. It was braised until tenderly soft, easy to chew. The flavour of spices penetrated thoroughly in every piece of the organs.

I thought the long wait would take more than an hour, but 20-30 minutes of waiting time is still acceptable for me (as long as I don't have to wait under the hot sun).

The map to Wah Juan Coffee Shop:

April 14, 2018

Review: IRVINS's Salted Egg Vs The Golden Duck's Salted Egg

This salted egg thingy has created a hype since last year. When I visited Singapore in January, the salted egg fish skin was all the time "out of stock" at every outlet I passed by. So I only managed to get a pack of IRVIN's salted egg potato chips. My friend bought another competitive brand, "The Golden Duck" for me to do comparison.

A small pack of IRVINS's salted egg potato chips below costs S$8, about RM23.66. It's pricey for me. The packaging itself is nearly a quarter of the cost, I guess. The big pack costs S$16.

Nevertheless the potato chips taste good. The taste is sort of expected. It's potato chips coated with salted egg. The chip has strong aroma of salted egg and curry leaves. It's crispy and every chip is evenly coated with salted egg yolk.

Another brand is The Golden Duck. Slightly cheaper than IRVINS S$7, it's about RM20.70. The packaging designs between the two, IRVINS's more attractive.The Golden Duck's packaging design is more conservative.

Compared to IRVINS's potato chips, The Golden Duck's chips are thinner. But the crunchiness wasn't as great as IRVINS. More over the salted egg yolk is quite lumpy and powdery, not evenly coated on chips.

The Golden Duck's salted egg fish skin. My first attempt of fish skin was at Black Society restaurant. It's addictive even without the flavour of salted egg yolk.

The texture of salted egg fish skin was good on average. Like its potato chips, the salted egg yolk is not evenly coated on fish skin as well. The taste was predictable, didn't give me much surprise.

Between IRVINS and The Golden Duck's salted egg potato chips, I vote a credit to IRVINS. In terms of price, The Golden Duck is cheaper. However, this snack is categorised as high price. Not everyone can afford to buy it for party nor self-consumption. Will just give it a try or buy as a gift for family members.

March 27, 2018

Fatty Cheong's 肥仔祥 Char Siew & Tong Fong Fatt's 東風發 Chicken Rice @ABC Brickworks, Singapore

Address: 6, Jalan Bukit Merah, 150006 Singapore

Last day in Singapore, my friend brought me to ABC Brickworks Food Centre for brunch. Without knowing what's good here, I made a few rounds browsing what I want to have. And my friend's husband queued at Fatty Cheong for its char siew and roast pork. I made 2 - 3 rounds, couldn't decide. Thought of ordering the prawn noodles but front store seemed like closing. My friend recommended the Hainanese boneless chicken rice at the corner stall. There was a queue too. I decided to give it a try.

Fatty Cheong's charcoal-grilled char siew, it has the perfect proportion of fat and lean meat. Drenched in the black gravy that tastes slightly sweet. The meat was juicy and not hard to chew. It goes well with rice.

One of my favourites, roast pork. The skin was crackling crispy. Slightly dry but soft, the taste was good.

Hainanese boneless chicken rice from Tong Fong Fatt. I just found out it has branches islandwide. I have not had chicken rice for sometime. I try not to have chicken rice when there's other option. In Singapore, you won't go wrong with chicken rice. As expected, this chicken rice from Tong Fong Fatt was also a great choice. I was impressed with its quality of rice.  The rice was fragrant, every rice grain filled with chicken essence evenly. A good plate of Hainanese chicken rice, should examine the rice first. I detest to see the lumpy rice.

I asked for drumstick part. The meat was flavourful and tender. Most importantly, it was boneless.

Next week I'll be travelling to Taiwan with my mum. Guess I might not able to update my blog until mid April. But I shall be able to post in my IG. If you are interested to found out what I have been up to in Taiwan, just follow my IG account @igomakan.

The map to ABC Brickworks:

March 17, 2018

Tai Cheong Bakery 泰昌饼家 @Holland Village, Singapore

Address: 31, Lorong Liput, Singapore 277742
Business hours: Monday - Friday 10am - 10pm, Saturday - Sunday 9am - 11pm

After dinner at Sushi Tei, my friend brought me here to get the egg tart from Tai Cheong Bakery at Holland Village. Tai Cheong Bakery from Hong Kong is famous for its egg tart. As we just had our dinner, we didn't plan to dine in. There was a short queue when we arrived. 

Their egg tarts are selling fast. The quantity is limited, so have to grab fast while stock lasts.

The menu for dine-in. Their signatures are Egg Tart, Durian & Cheese Tart, Coconut Tart and Chicken Pie. One piece of egg tart, priced at S$1.90.

The interior design is typical cha chaan teng setting like those in Hong Kong.

Egg tart (S$1.90) and coconut tart (S$2.50).  This silky egg custard texture was indeed very soft and rich. Not overly sweet. The crust was solid and buttered fragrant. Whereas the fillings of coconut tart was moist and loose when you bite.

On my next visit, I would want to try out their macaroni soup with luncheon meat and polo bun.

Map to Tai Cheong Bakery at Holland Village:

March 11, 2018

By invitation: Nando's New Menu, Coco-Cataplana

This year 2018 Nando's has new dish again! The new combination is so "coconut" this time, let's introduce Coco-Cataplana! It's the Coco-Cataplana marries Nando's fiery PERi-PERi with coconut flavours. The price is reasonable, RM29.90. You can have it on your own or shared with 2 person.

It's served in an authentic Portuguese cookware, called Cataplana, contained 1/4 flame-grilled PERi-PERi chicken with your flavour of choice (Lemon & Herb, Mango & Lime, Mild, Hot, Extra Hot), unique coconut and PERi-PERi mix, Mediterranean rice with special Cataplana sauce, mixed vegetables, and garnished with lime. I personally like its rice, moist and full of coconut milk aroma.

I ordered Citrus Iced Tea to match with Coco-Cataplana. My friend had Peach Perfect. Oh Citrus Iced Tea is so really citrus, not over sour, very refreshing. Highly recommended.

Every time I visit Nando's, I can't resist not to order their sweet potato chips. Crunchy bite, it's baked so you don't have to concern it's oily or what. Dip with the tartar sauce, heavenly delicious.

March 4, 2018

Yon Yan Fried Chicken Wings 永炎炸鸡翼 @West Coast Market Square, Singapore

Address: 726 Clementi West Street 2, Singapore 120726
Business hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am - 2:00pm; 5:00pm - 8:30pm (Sunday & Monday off)

Visit Singapore, there's one thing I do not want to miss, the fried chicken wings. I tried the fried chicken wings at Eng Kee in 2015, this time my friend brought me to try out Yon Yan's fried chicken wings. Their fried chicken wings became even more famous after Singapore PM Lee had queued to buy. It was previously operating at Redhill Food Centre, moved to West Coast Market Square after sometime.

Fried chicken wing, luncheon meat, sausage, fish cake, ngoh hiang (spiced meat roll), and fried bee hoon. Which one you can resist not to have?

While my friend's husband was queueing to get the chicken wings, we made a round to hunt for other popular food.

There have halal food stalls as well. This particular stall front had long line with all races, should be exceptionally nice?

This stall also had long queue.

My friend queued at 合記 He Ji Braised Duck Rice Porridge Noodle.

My friend ordered their signature kueh chap and braised duck kueh tiaw. This usually not my favourite but the tastes were great. The kueh chap is different from our version in Kuching. The broth was thicker but quite a let down as it was not really hot when served. Overall the broth was flavourful, slightly sweet. The duck meat was tender and well-braised.

Dang dang! The vendor always presented the chicken wings so neatly, making it even more appealing. We ordered half dozen of chicken wings. The size was equally large, and cost only $1.40. The chicken wings were fried evenly, you can't find the chicken wings with darker nor lighter colour tone. The batter was thin on the skin, it had mild flavour but utterly crispy and crunchy. Even though the meat inside was slightly bland but it was guaranteed juicy. Totally satisfied with this plate of chicken wings.

What's the best match with the fried chicken wings? Needless to mention, it's the fried bee hoon. It might looks simple, the flavour was mild in taste. Therefore you need the spicy sambal belacan to go with it. 

The map to West Coast Market Square, mark it in your Google map now:

February 25, 2018

Durian Pancake @Durian History, Chinatown, Singapore

Address: Durian History, 1 Park Rd, Singapore 059108

Many years ago my first visit to Chinatown, this durian pancake was very popular back then. The durian puree was thick in taste and the pancake itself was crispy. I was impressed with the good taste of it. Many years later my friend brought me here for foot massage so we also got ourselves durian pancake each.

Regular size of pancake costs $2.50, jumbo size $3.80.

The durian pancake is made fresh per order.

The durian puree was still cold when served, the texture was slightly grainy when chewing. But this time the durian aroma was not as great, the puree was not soft and less sweet.

The map to Durian History:

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