Hawker Hops

Hawker Hops

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Wei Zhi Chiang
Wei Zhi Chiang

Haven’t been to this area before and wasn’t sure what’s good, so I joined in the most popular looking queue 😂 They have both soup and dry options. I wanted something comforting, so I went for the soup! I’m not as familiar with the popular soup bak chor mee in Bedok, so I can’t really compare them. Noodles were nicely springy and I liked that the springiness lasted through the bowl. The toppings of minced meat and meatballs were decent, while the dumplings were the highlight. I wasn’t as big a fan of the soup though, thought it could be just a bit better seasoned and more fragrant.

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Was attracted by this stall, not only because there was a pretty long queue, but also because they had these huge earthen pots to cook their herbal soups! They have 30 over types of soups to choose from, and all of them come with a cup of ginseng water to pair.

Enjoyed the Salted Vegetable Duck Soup, it had just the right balance of saltiness and came with lots of soft salted vegetables. Duck meat was not bad in texture as well, though it can be a touch more tender. Will be back to try the Herbal Chicken Soup which seemed super popular.

📍Herbal Soup 瓦罐煨汤
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre #02-017
335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335

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First look at this and I was worried that it might end up too sweet since it looked very well-coated in dark soy sauce. Happy to report that it didn’t! There was a sweetness, but it was balanced out nicely with the slight spice and strong touches of savoury notes with strips of cuttlefish. Enjoyed how fresh and crunchy they were too.

Thank you @fengxiangbkt for the kind invite! ✨

Crunchy, well-marinated and not at all too salty or oily. There were some slices that were quite fatty, but we didn’t mind it. There’s a couple of fried porridge options and one of them is with this pork cutlet as a topping - I’d recommend that because you get a taste of both items. On its own in this ala carte portion, it would better for sharing.

Thank you @fengxiangbkt for the kind invite! ✨

This I was less a fan of as I found it a tad too sweet, slightly lacking in the depth of flavour we were hoping for. It did come with quite a bit of ingredients though! They also do a dry version for their BKTs, which I’m keen to try next time. The dry version at $7.90 for the regular.

Thank you @fengxiangbkt for the kind invite! ✨

Didn’t know what to expect tbh, but it was good! Full of wok hei in this small claypot, and you get a generous portion for this price. It’s thick, flavourful and garlicky with a touch of herbal note. The addition of strips of dried cuttlefish also gave that extra oomph! The slices of pork we had were tender, though a bit more fatty. Choice of their fried porridge comes with various toppings, like Mixed Pig's Organ Fried Porridge ($5.90) and Sliced Fish Fried Porridge ($6.90).

If you’re looking for just one item to order, I’d recommend getting the FX Pork Cutlet Fried Porridge ($6.90) cause it has both the fried pork cutlet and fried porridge that we enjoyed most during our brunch! You can also add on extra ingredients as much as you'd like, like minced pork ($1), and pork cutlet ($2 for 6 slices).

Thank you @fengxiangbkt for the kind invite! ✨

One of my all-time favourite handmade fishballs and meatballs are from Ru Ji Kitchen - their fishballs are soft and bouncy, while the meatballs are tender and super substantial. The default bowl doesn’t come with meatballs, but we always top up for them at 2 for $1. These have been my fam’s to-go for our many homemade steamboats for the longest time! Their noodles are not the very best, but we still enjoy it as a whole a lot with its clean tasting soup. Definitely recommend to have the noodles on the spot as they clump up pretty quickly if you do takeaways.

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This stall in 409 AMK Market and Food Centre is super popular among people living around the area. I’ve always passed by on the way to work and was finally early enough today to join the queue to try 😂

I initially wanted to get dry mee pok, but was super tempted by an uncle digging into his bowl of dry mee tai mak! For $3.50, the portion is great. You get your noodles with fishballs, braised mushrooms, minced pork and fish cakes in soup.

I like that they don’t use as much vinegar in their sauce mix. They use more pork lard and chili, and the result was fragrant and satisfying, without the sauce being too overwhelming. Soup was flavourful as well.

📍Mei Sheng Kway Teow Mee
Blk 409 AMK Market and Food Centre

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Was looking forward to try this, but pity it didn’t impress. Broth was thin and could be a lot more flavourful, especially since it’s Penang prawn noodles. They were pretty generous with the ingredients and they do have quite a number of other noodle options. Skip this, maybe those might be better!

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Old-school style noodles here at Meng Boon Fishball Noodles. There’s kway teow, yellow noodles, mee tai mak, mee kia and mee pok to choose from. Our mee kia was tossed in a chilli-ketchup sauce that had a tinge of vinegar. Not really the kind of sauce that I like my bcm in, but still pretty decent.

Out of the soup’s ingredients of pork slices, minced pork, fishballs, fish cakes and fries fishballs, the fried fishballs were the most enjoyable with its soft centre. Pork were unfortunately overdone ☹️

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Started our day with breakfast at YY Kafei Dian! Had their classic kaya butter toast, half boiled eggs, a hot cup of teh and the popular economic bee hoon. The toasts are fluffy soft with a light crisp all around, but we always thought they could do with a much thicker spread of kaya for better ratio. My favorite kaya toast is still from Yakun!

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Since we were in the area yesterday, I had to get a packet of one of my fav abacus seeds - and dig in right away in the car.
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They’re housed in the same coffeeshop as 88 Roast Meat’s Tyrwhitt outlet, and also serves up carrot cake, char kway teow, hokkien mee and oyster omelette. Texture of the abacus seeds is a lot more chewy, and fried in with minced pork and mushrooms. Seasoning is a little different from the usual ones but I love it, and the chili packs quite a shiok punch! Prices have increased by 50 cents across the menu since we last came. It’s quite hard to catch aunty in action recently though. So far, I think the evening timing is the best bet 😂

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