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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

Definitely super value-for-money and you can add on other ingredients from their mala xiangguo section into the grilled fish such as kelp strips, luncheon meat, tofu skin and many more.
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🍴 Xing Le Mala Hotpot
📍 478 Tampines Street 44, Happy Hawkers, Singapore 520478

How they managed to get into the guide and what did the inspectors tasted that convinced them of it baffles me as this bowl of lor mee wasn’t even great to begin with. The gravy lacks flavour and the accompanying ingredients were nothing extra ordinary. The yam roll pieces were okay, fish cake was normal and pork belly slices were mediocre as well. There are definitely other better lor mee stalls out there that could have gotten into this guide.
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🍴 Feng Zhen Lor Mee
📍 478 Tampines Street 44, Happy Hawkers, Singapore 520478

As compared to their closest competitor, Old World, I find that Feng Xiang’s fried porridge loses out in the wok hei, as it is not as intense, and the pork slices they give are much lesser as well. What stood out for me were the dried cuttlefish which gives it a nice umami touch and the crispy pork lard that adds to the overall flavour.
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🍴 Feng Xiang Bak Kut Teh
📍 1 HarbourFront Walk, Food Republic VivoCity, #03-01, Singapore 098585

The former is a fancy version of the bak chor mee, elevated with ikura, prawn, scallop and homemade herh giao that has one of the chewiest skin texture with a filling of fresh pork and a unique seasoning blend.

Between the two, my pick will the Signature Mee Pok Tar with Superior Soup as what stole the show for me is that bowl of gao-ness maximus of a soup. Each slurp of that comforting broth warms the heart and soul, with the generous amount of pork slices, minced pork and the addition of the vegetables that gave it a nice crunch texture and sweetness to the flavour.
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🍴 Minced Pork Bros
📍 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Unit 01-113, Singapore 390051

What’s different with this plate of fried Hokkien mee over others is that it does not have pork belly slices, no fried pork lard and sambal chilli. Instead, the other ingredients besides the yellow noodle and bee hoon are prawns and sotong, all cooked and simmered in a rich umami broth. On the side, they will give a calamansi and cut red chillies in soya sauce. Don’t waste your calories in their other outlets, as the original stall at Old Airport Road still fries the best version.
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🍴 Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee
📍 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Unit 01-32, Singapore 390051

The uncle is no longer frying the noodles, and has been taken over supposedly by his daughter. The wok hei is still present in every strand of the rice noodle but there is a lack of savouriness. Perhaps a touch more of fish sauce might help elevate the flavour? Also, the regular portion is $4 and if you order the $5 portion, it comes with a single prawn which is not really justifiable for the additional cost.
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🍴 Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow
📍 51 Old Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Unit 01-138, Singapore 390051

A milky soup that is packed with flavour that you will drink every drop of it. In each bowl contains rings of fish maw, slices of pig stomach, that has a slight gaminess unfortunately, and cuts of chicken. Nevertheless, this is still a comforting bowl of chicken soup for the soup though it might be slightly pricier than the other similar soups nearby.
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✨ Chef Sham Fish Maw Pig Stomach Chicken
📍 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Unit 02-007, Singapore 050335
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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Fast forward a few years later, he has shifted to Chinatown Complex and his signature dish is priced at $6 per plate. The first time that I have tried, I was blown away by the amount of wok hei and each bite has a certain crunch from the sweet savoury cai po. However, it was slightly underwhelming this time round as the kway teow was lumped up together and there was a drastic lack of wok hei and cai po. Nonetheless, it was still tasty but it didn’t hit the highs from the last time.
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✨ Poh Preserved Veg Hor Fun
📍 335 Smith Street, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Unit 02-011, Singapore 050335
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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You might miss out on this stall as they sell a variety of bakes and pastries at the storefront, but what you should go for are their cutely shaped curry puffs ($1.40). The curry puff is best enjoyed when it is piping hot, straight out from the fryer, and the buttery crust is a blanket that wraps a generous portion of curried potato and chicken, with a sliced egg in it. The curried mixture is so moreish with a textural bite that you will keep going back for more. The spice level is manageable that will not be burning hot but more emphasis will be on the flavours.
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✨ Fong’s Dee Special Chicken Curry Puff
📍 448 Clementi Avenue 3, Clementi 448 Food Centre, Unit 01-31, Singapore 120448
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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One such old school wanton mee stall is Boon Kee Wanton Mee, which commands a snacking queue especially during peak hours. The secret lies in their fluffy noodle that sits within a pool of dark sauce mixture that you must mix it well. The cardboard-style char siew is nothing to shout about except it gives a certain texture to the overall dish, while the deep fried wantons and soup wantons were normal tasting.
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✨ Boon Kee Wanton Mee
📍 448 Clementi Avenue 3, Clementi 448 Food Centre, Unit 01-40, Singapore 120448
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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Served in both black or white version with the former coated with a dark sweet sauce while the white has a crisper edge. Both versions came in much smaller pieces than what you normally get elsewhere and the main shiok factor is that a lot of eggs were used in the frying process. There are three portion options, pictured is the medium $4.50.
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✨ Fried Carrot Cake
📍 448 Clementi Avenue 3, Clementi 448 Food Centre, Unit 01-45, Singapore 120448
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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It was my first time at Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, and being a Monday, many stalls were closed as well, which limited my options greatly. Fortunately, I joined the queue for Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck and was rewarded with a plate of braised duck rice ($4.80) that I chowed down within minutes. Let’s first talk about the rice which was nicely fragrant and fluffy, followed by the all-important braised duck that had neither the dryness texture nor the gaminess flavour. The braising sauce is like liquid gold which provided the nice umaminess and savoury touch that elevated this humble plate of duck rice into Michelin Bib Gourmand stardom. The next time I am back at Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, it is tough to not join the queue and get another plate of this duck rice.
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✨ Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck
📍 20 Ghim Moh Road, Ghim Moh Road Market & Food Centre, Unit 01-04, Singapore 270020
🍴 [Self-Funded]

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