Salted Egg York Burger? Here’s A Look At McDonald’s New Menu!
For those who haven’t heard, McDonald’s Singapore has officially recognised the popularity of salted egg yolk and will be releasing the Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger in its new locally-inspired menu. Say whaaaaat?
We may not have Japan’s Mega Mac, but we reckon our new locally-inspired menu will nonetheless, keep us foodies satisfied. We may not have a crystal ball lying around, but the following menu will leave you hungry as a horse.
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore
Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger
Taking the first spot is, of course, the Salted Egg Yolk Chicken Burger. Proving that the salted egg yolk hype is here to stay, this burger is packed with curry leaves and is easily the main highlight on the menu.
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore
Twist & Shake Fries with Salt & Pepper Crab-flavoured Shaker
Seaweed Shaker Fries? How about some Twist & Shake Fries with Salt & Pepper Crab-flavoured Shaker instead? We’re telling you guys, these fries are IT.
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Gula Melaka McFlurry
The Gula Melaka McFlurry, is, of course, a tribute a popular local flavour. Vanilla-flavoured and filled with bits of kueh lapis, we predict this will be a fan favourite, especially amongst sweet tooth fanatics.
The fast food restaurant will also bring back two items on their menu: the Spicy McNuggets and Banana Pie. Can we get a hell yeah?
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore
The Spicy McNuggets are so spicy you won’t be needing chilli sauce. Given its previous popularity, the comeback of these nuggets is definitely a wise decision on McDonald’s part.
Image credit: McDonald’s Singapore
Piping hot, velvety, and sugary, this Banana Pie tastes just like summer.
The time-limited menu is available from today (30th June). Don’t worry, we’ll be praying for your waistline.
(Header image: McDonald’s Singapore)
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6 Chwee Kueh In Singapore So Good You’ll Want To Try Them All!
Ahh Chwee Kueh. Much of a childhood snack, this traditional dish is one that appeals to both the old and the young. How can it not? Freshly steamed rice cake topped with some preserved radish and a dash of chilli, it’s no surprise that this snack is a crowd pleaser.
A simple dish that extraordinarily excites our palates, we list six of our favourite picks!
1. Bedok Chwee Kueh
Bigger and better, Bedok’s chwee kueh is as delectable as the sweet chai poh. Its chilli, on the other hand, effortlessly sends us through the roof every time .
Bedok Chwee Kueh
Address: #01-53, 207 New Upper Changi Road
Opening hours: Daily 7am -11pm
Contact: 9833 7709
2. Tiong Bahru Jian Bo Shui Kueh[caption id="attachment_8151" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Jian Bo Shui Kueh[/caption]
Some of us (our parents included) practically grew up eating Image credit: Eat Dream Love[/caption]
Tiong Bahru Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Address: Tiong Bahru Market #02-05, Seng Poh Road (Check other outlets here)
Opening hours: Daily 6.30am-10pm
3. Kovan Chwee Kueh
We quote a Yelp reviewer “it has a bit of bite though it is not too dry or hard like some other places.” So if velvety glutinous rice cake is your cup of tea, you know where to get your Chwee Kueh fix.
Kovan Chwee Kueh
Address: Bendemeer Market & Food Centre, Block 29 Bendemeer Road, #01-64
4. KrisFlyer Gold Lounge[caption id="attachment_8202" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: David Yong[/caption]
Talk about atas Chwee Kueh. If you’re heading overseas, this might be an opportunity to indulge in some steamed rice cakes.
Granted, KrisFlyer Gold Lounge’s Chwee Kueh is not exactly in the same league as the others’, but we reckon it still has its charm. Besides its fragrance, it’s also relatively less greasy which makes it a healthier alternative.
KrisFlyer Gold Lounge
Address: Changi Airport Terminal 2 & 3
Opening hours: Daily 24 hours
5. Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Back in March, we announced that Ghim Moh Market is back for good. Amongst our top picks is the authentic Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh. Even without the accompaniment of the radish and chilli sauce, the glutinous rice cake is, dare we say, as delicious.
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh
Address: #01-54, Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Road
Opening hours: Daily 6am-6pm
Contact: 9176 6850
6. TANGS Market
We’ll take hawker centres over food courts any day. But that’s not to say that the latter is not worth visiting. The chwee kueh at TANGS Market, for instance, whilst considerably pricier, do exceed our expectations. Chewy yet appealing, this is the kind of food that gives us a little extra comfort in our lives.
Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh
Address: TANGS Orchard Basement 1, 310 Orchard Road
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.30am to 9.30pm, Sunday 10.30am to 8.30pm
Do you prefer eating chwee kueh for breakfast or supper? Which stall is your favourite? We know we’re missing a few so share with us your top pick(s) and you’ll win our love!
(Header image by Eat Dream Love, words by writer)
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8 Best Wanton Mee In Singapore That’ll Have You Wan-ting More!
Picture this: thick char siew slices served with springy noodles and meaty dumplings bursting with flavour. Mmm. If this doesn’t make your mouth water, we’re afraid you can’t call yourself a local. We kid.
With the best plate of Wanton Mee in mind, let’s dive in and discover our top eight favourite Wanton Mee in Singapore!
1. Soon Kee
Home to Soon Kee Wanton Mee, Pek Kio Food Centre is easily one of the best places to dine in in Singapore. Unlike most stalls, Soon Kee goes the extra mile to roast their own char siew – that’s right, that’s where the incredible flavours come from!
Pair that with premium chilli and fresh dumplings and you have a worthy contender. Unfortunately, Soon Kee’s opening hours is as predictable as our weather. So if you’re making a trip down to Pek Kio Food Centre, be sure to drop them a message on their Facebook page to avoid disappointment.
Soon Kee Wanton Mee
Address: Pek Kio Food Centre, Block 41A, Cambridge Road #01-44
Opening hours: Daily: 5am-1.30pm, closed on Tue and Wed
2. Tanjong Rhu
Morning happiness indeed.
It may have its fair share of criticism both on and offline, but Tanjong Rhu Wanton Noodle remains as one of our favourite wanton mee picks in Singapore.
With every bite of the noodles and wanton comes a forkful of comfort that feeds our soul. Honestly, this would hands down be our Hangover Fixer Elixir in a heartbeat. Who needs Barney Stinson’s secret ingredients when we’ve got our own?
Tanjong Rhu Wanton Noodle
Address: Jalan Batu Food Centre Block 4A #01-35
Opening hours: Daily: 7.30am to 2.30pm, closed on Mon and Tue,
Contact: 9066 8262
3. Dunman Road Char Siew
If we were to describe Dunman Road’s wanton noodles in one word, that word would be ‘unique’. Just look at all those colours and no, the photo isn’t photoshopped. A little filtered maybe but you get our drift. Dunman Road Char Siew’s version is a tad different and worthy of mention, nonetheless.
The wanton, char siew, and noodles are slightly above average, but the chilli is the highlight of the dish. If you don’t mind fervently wiping beads of sweat off your forehead throughout your meal, (it’s that spicy), you won’t want to miss this.
Dunman Road Char Siew Wan Ton Mee
Address: Dunman Food Centre, 271 Onan Road, #02-19
Opening hours: Daily: 12pm-8.30pm, closed on Mon and Thu
Any hardcore wanton mee fan knows that Pontian has a number of outlets in the country. We reckon the one at Sembawang Shopping Centre is one of the best out of the lot. The queue’s shorter and there are plenty of seats available.
At Pontian, the fried dumplings are so well done that if you’re not careful, the edge of it might scrape your gums. We’re willing to let that slide, because they’re insanely addictive. The portion is small, but if you order a set (say, with green bean soup or tua suan), you’ll see that it fills up your tummy in a flash.
Pontian Wanton Noodles
Address: Sembawang Shopping Centre, 604 Sembawang Road, Food Junction Kitchen
Opening hours: Food court is open from 10am to 10pm daily.
5. Huang Ji[caption id="attachment_8127" align="aligncenter" width="662"] Image credit: The Chosen Glutton[/caption]
Besides Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, Maxwell Food Centre is also home to other famous delicacies, such as Huang Ji Wanton Mee. What makes Huang Ji different from its rivals is its noodles. Do you know that they’re made from spinach and tomatoes? Chewy and luscious, this is definitely a must-visit if you enjoy handmade food.[caption id="attachment_8128" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: The Chosen Glutton[/caption]
Huang Ji Wanton Mee
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Sreet, Maxwell Food Centre, Stall 29
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 7.30am-3pm & 5pm-9pm; Sat: 7.30am-2pm
6. Kok Kee
Kok Kee packs a powerful punch. The braised sauce mingled with chunky dumplings, stretchy noodles, and soft char siew will electrify your taste buds and leave you wanting more. If the service staff weren’t so grumpy, we would have ordered a few more plates of this goodness.
Kok Kee Wanton Noodles
Address: Hoa Nam Building, 27 Foch Road, Lavender Food Hub
Opening hours: Daily: 12.30pm till sold out, closed on Wed & third Thu of the month
7. Hoe Soon
Have a low-tolerance for spicy food or prefer non-spicy dishes in general? At Hoe Soon, indulge in a delightful plate of wanton mee soaked in saccharine tomato dressing. To borrow the words of GotLines, the tomato sauce is so sweet, it could put Hershey’s out of business. Hoe Soon requires no marketing on its part. Word of mouth and good food are powerful tools to keep both new and old customers coming back for more. We recommend the mee pok dry version for this one!
Hoe Soon Wanton Mee
Address: Chong Pang Market & Food Centre, #01-158, Block 106 Yishun Ring Road
Opening hours: Closed on Wednesdays
8. Eng’s Noodles House
We spoke too soon. Eng’s chilli sauce is way more fiery than Dunman Road’s. Did you know that their chilli bottle is labelled with a warning sticker? Suffice to say, it’s the chilli sauce, excellent egg noodles, and tasty wantons that make Eng’s such a hot favourite among Singaporeans.
Eng’s Noodles House
Address: 287 Tanjong Katong Road
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm, closed on alternate Mondays.
Nothing cheers us up on a gloomy day better than a great plate of wanton mee. It’s the ultimate staple food. Don’t know what to eat? Order wanton mee lor.
As always, feel free to share your favourite wanton mee on our Facebook page! We promise we’ll love it.
(Header image credit: Also read: 6 Lava Desserts That Are Irresistible!
7 Top Lor Mee In SG That Will Have You Return For More!
Dark, gooey and not exactly pleasing to the eye, Lor Mee can appear, well, a little unappetising. But one bite into the seemingly strange dish and who knows, you may just be as hooked on this local dish as we are.
For all our fellow Lor Mee lovers, we’ve compiled a solid list of Singapore’s best Lor Mees for you. Go ahead, embark on a food adventure! For those who are not exactly fans of this local dish, just try lor. You never know.
1. Xin Mei Xiang
After all these years, Xin Mei Xiang ($3-$6) is sticking to its traditional roots and has since gained a large following for its Lor Mee. Punchy and flavourful, it’s a no-brainer that Makansutra listed it as one of their top 5 Lor Mee in Singapore.
Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee
Address: 51 Old Airport Road #01-116
Opening hours: Tue & Wed, Fri to Sat: 6am – 1.45pm
Tel: 9382 2238
2. Old Bukit Purmei[caption id="attachment_7581" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Old Bukit Purmei Lor Mee[/caption]
At Old Bukit Purmei, the braised sauce and pork ribs are so savoury that they make your taste buds dance. The Lor Mee ($3-$4.50) here is so delicious it converted one of our acquaintances to a die hard fan. Believe it or not, he had his lunch at Old Bukit Purmei for a whole week.
He eventually stopped frequenting the stall — not because he grew tired of eating the same food but because of the insanely long queue. This is how epic the Lor Mee is.
Old Bukit Purmei
Address: 501 West Coast Drive Food Loft
Opening hours: Wed & Thur, Sat & Sun: 7.30am – 1.30pm
3. Lorong Ah Soo
If the rest of the Lor Mees in this list are too ordinary for you, we bring your attention to Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee who brought a whole new meaning to the phrase, “kick it up to a notch”. Instead of the pork belly most Lor Mee lovers are accustomed to, the stall serves tender braised duck meat Lor Mee ($3), giving this dish a unique twist.
Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee
Address: Hainanese Village Centre, Block 105 Hougang Avenue 1, #02-51
Opening hours: Tue – Sun: 11am – 3.30pm
4. Chia Bee
An affordable supper dish, Chia Bee Lor Mee ($3) comes with tender pork belly and smooth braising sauce.
Chia Bee Lor Mee
Address: 10 North Bridge Road
Opening hours: Daily, 12am – 10am
5. Yuan Chun Famous
If you’re one who lives to eat, Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee ($3) has to be on your food bucket list. This is especially if you have a fondness for thick braising sauce and scrumptious fried prawn cakes.
Yuan Chun Famous
Address: Amoy Street Food Centre #02-79/80, 7 Maxwell Road
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 8.30am-4pm
6. Zhi Xiang Special
See those little crispy things on top of the noodles and gravy? Those are fried yam. Talk about a unique and memorable take! Unfortunately, the Lor Mee portion served at this stall is rather small ($3) so don’t be surprised if you’re still hungry after devouring it.
Piping hot with an appetising flavour, a meal here commands attention and is the ultimate choice for a kickass breakfast meal. To avoid the crowds, we recommend coming here around 10am on a Sunday morning.
Zhi Xiang Special Lor Mee
Address: #01-49 Block 93 Lorong 4, Toa Payoh Market & Food Centre
7. Hai Tang
Despite patronising Hai Tang at 10 am on a Monday morning, we still spent 30 minutes in line for a bowl of their Lor Mee. Can you just imagine what the crowd is like during peak hours?
For $3, you get a generous amount of noodles, ingredients, (braised meat, eggs, mushrooms) and fragrant gravy. Hai Tang’s Lor Mee is — to borrow a quote from Rob Thomas — warm like a sweater. It also tastes like home.
Sure, the service is on the slow side, but with its price, size, and quality, we’re definitely not complaining.
Address: Mei Ling Market & Food Centre, 159 Mei Ling Street #02-14
Opening hours: Daily 8am-2pm
Which stall serves the best Lor Mee in your opinion? Old Bukit Purmei? Hai Tang? None of the above? Leave your comments and let us know!
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(Header image by Hungry Island, words by editor)
This Candy Store Sells The Most Peculiar Sweets – Sushi, Mahjong Tiles, & More!
If there’s a store that fulfills the “sundae and cherry on top” principle, it’s Sophisca. The specialty candy brand, which hails from Taiwan and was founded almost 20 years ago, recently opened a new outlet in Marina Square.
Known for its yummy taste (the sundae) and cheeky packaging (the cherry on top), Sophisca sells a wide variety of sweets and chocolates that would without a doubt have any customer spoilt for choice. Dubbed as “a sweet place for sweethearts”, it’s a paradise for candy fans and spunky pranksters.
Imagine giving these sanitary pads (they’re marshmallows) as a birthday gift. Your giftee will think you’re a) a cheapskate, b) a weirdo, c) as funny as Jerry Seinfeld, or d) all of the above.[caption id="attachment_7337" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: mitsueki[/caption]
We wonder if anyone has attempted to roast these marshmallow sanitary pads during a campfire outing. It would be a sight to behold.[caption id="attachment_7338" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: mitsueki[/caption]
Here you have a first aid kit filled with different types of confectioneries. And yes, the plaster next to it is a candy, too![caption id="attachment_7339" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: mitsueki[/caption]
Aside from the unconventional candies that make you do a double take, Sophisca also sells uniquely Singapore chocolates adorned with famous Singlish phrases.
A great gift for foreign friends, we’d say!
The edible colouring sets are a popular choice among kids. Time to get those creative juices flowing!
Say what?! A medicated oil candy! (And yes, that’s a fake condom sweet too, yikes!)
Sophi’s Choco, a classic favourite among its customers.
Peng! Mahjong fanatics need to have this in their collection.
But the craziest one is this.[caption id="attachment_7341" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: mitsueki[/caption]
These candy condoms either make you blush or roar with laughter. The team behind Sophisca sure are a witty — not to mention kinky — bunch.[caption id="attachment_7340" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: mitsueki[/caption]
At Sophisca, you don’t just buy the candies. You buy the novelty, too.
Sophisca may be in the business for almost two decades, but you have to hand it to the company for constantly staying ahead of its competitors. Their new, fresh, out-of-the-box ideas are always a source of amazement. We can’t wait to see what they have in stores for us!
Address: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-32
Opening hours: Daily, 11am to 9pm
(Header image credit: ilovebunnynet, words by editor)
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8 Unbeatable Bak Kut Teh In Singapore (Pepper & Herbal)!
Last month, while presenting the Top 10 Most Popular Female Artistes award, Taiwanese host Hu Gua jokingly grumbled about his weight to South Korean actor Park Hae Jin. The culprit behind his increased pant size?
Your favourite delicacy, bak kut teh.
It turns out that even tourists are fans of the Chinese ‘meat bone tea’! If you’re a foreigner who can’t wait to visit our sunny shores to try out our local cuisines — or a Singaporean who wants to hop on a bak kut teh adventure — get a load of this:
1. Image credit: narmitkhaira[/caption]
What do you look for in a restaurant? If your answer is efficient service and great food, then you can’t miss Song Fa. With food that tastes like home, a typical bowl of pork rib soup can cost up to $9.[caption id="attachment_6800" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Song Fa Bak Kut Teh[/caption]
Song Fa also recently opened a new outlet at The Centrepoint. Word is, it’s modelled after the street hawker scene of the 1960s.
In addition to their grade A main and side dishes, Song Fa also serves their very own specialty tea called the King’s Garden Tea, where it’s made from chrysanthemum flowers and oolong tea leaves.
Song Fa Bak Kut Teh
Address: 11 New Bridge Road, #01-01
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 9am to 9.15pm
Contact: 6533 6128
2. Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh[caption id="attachment_6450" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: cynshuie[/caption]
Not only is the food excellent, but the service is top-notch too. If you’ve been to Ya Hua — especially the Havelock branch — you would know that the crew has an exceptional memory. But enough about that, what about the food?[caption id="attachment_6451" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: mbrian87[/caption]
It’s marvellous. The pork liver and kidney are done just right. The bak kut teh is authentic, tender, and leaves you wanting more.
Ya Hua’s delectable dishes are slightly more expensive (it costs about $7.50) than the rest of the stalls in this list, but given the ambience and service quality, many say that it’s worth it.
Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh
Address: 593 Havelock Road, #01-01/02 Isetan Building
Opening hours: Sun 11am – 10pm; Tue & Thu 11am – 2am; Wed, Fri & Sat 11am – 3am; Closed on Monday
Contact: 6235 7716
3. Eunos MRT Bak Koot Teh[caption id="attachment_6454" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Anba Anbalagan[/caption]
Eunos MRT is one of the few bak kut teh stalls that will refill their customers’ soups without them asking for it. And that’s not all. The soup is fragrant, the pork ribs are of generous size, and the youtiao is crispy.[caption id="attachment_6455" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Shirley Yong[/caption]
Price starts from $5. As there aren’t enough parking lots, come around 11am to avoid disappointment. If you value taste over presentation (don’t we all?), head down to judge their bak kut teh for yourself!
Eunos MRT Bak Koot Teh
Address: 307 Changi Road
Opening hours: Uncertain
4. Image credit: Founder Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon[/caption]
Here’s another established bak kut teh stall in Singapore. Like Ya Hua, Founder’s bak kut teh is also on the pricey side. The soup has a pleasant, distinctive smell; and the ribs are juicy. Note: the restaurant only accepts cash!
Founder Bak Kut Teh @ Rangoon
Address: 154 Rangoon Road
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday 9am to 11pm, Thursday to Sunday 9am to 11pm
Contact: 6292 0938
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
5. Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh[caption id="attachment_6801" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: dodolzme[/caption]
Raise your hand if you want to eat bak koot teh with a wide array of zi char dishes! Yes, it’s possible. And not only that; at Sin Heng Claypot, you get both the Teochew and Hokkien version of the meat bone tea. A full meal costs around $12.[caption id="attachment_6802" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: reennamelanie[/caption]
One customer recommend eating it for supper to ensure a good night’s sleep. Keep calm and count sheep? More like, keep calm and eat bak koot teh.
Sin Heng Claypot Bak Koot Teh
Address: 439 Joo Chiat Road
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30am to 4am
Contact: 6345 8754
6. Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup[caption id="attachment_6804" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: giruyon_[/caption]
At Leon Kee, you get the best of both worlds: tender pork ribs and thick, heavenly herbal broth. The Kuala Lumpur-styled bak kut teh costs $4.50. Most fans also recommend the side dishes (pig’s intestines and livers).[caption id="attachment_6803" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: chachacharmz[/caption]
Leon Kee Claypot Pork Rib Soup
Address: 120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-18, Alexandra Village Food Centre
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
7. Seletar Nam Hoe[caption id="attachment_6456" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Seletar Nam Hoe Bak Kut Teh[/caption]
I practically grew up eating Seletar Nam Hoe’s bak kut teh. It wasn’t easy finding the stall after it relocated from the Seletar Hills Market and Hawker Centre (it was demolished more than 10 years ago).
I thank my lucky stars.[caption id="attachment_6457" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Seletar Nam Hoe Bak Kut Teh[/caption]
Here you’ll find a generous portion of meaty pork ribs at a pocket-friendly price. The soup is hot, rich, and savoury. The ribs are so thick and tender that you won’t mind having bits of it stuck in between your teeth. At just $5, you get your money’s worth.
I suggest having your meal here at around 11am. The crowd is not as packed as early in the morning. Brace yourself for the heat!
Seletar Nam Hoe Bak Kut Teh
Address: Block 105 Hougang Avenue 1, #02-07 Hainanese Village Centre
Opening hours: Daily (close on Wednesdays) 8am till sold out
Email: [email protected]
8. Image credit: dharmawan_adiwijaya[/caption]
Who’s the star of Marsiling Lane? Why, it’s none other than Hong Ji Claypot. I reckon many fans would agree that when it comes to braised pig intestines and bak kut teh, Hong Ji is in a league of its own. If you appreciate thick, comforting soup, look no further than this![caption id="attachment_6453" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: titu5[/caption]
Most of the dishes start from $5. Side dishes like peanuts, and youtiao will set you back a dollar. Finding seats can be a hassle, as the coffee shop is small. (It is, after all, located under a HDB block.) So if you want to drop by Hong Ji Claypot, make sure you know what you’re up against (but it’s all worth it)!
Hong Ji Claypot Bak Kut Teh
Address: #01-329, Block 19 Marsiling Lane
Opening hours: 8am to 9.45pm
Contact: 9682 2614
Email: [email protected]
I’m not sure about you. But I’m heading down to one of these places tonight. Can’t wait for some warm soupy goodness!
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Here’re 7 Of SG’s Best Prawn Mee – Soupy, Flavourful, Fragrant
Our local prawn mee tends to be overshadowed by other popular dishes (think: chicken rice and chilli crab). Tell a frequent visitor to our country about our hae mee, they’ll tilt their head and ask, “I beg your pardon? What’s this alien language you’re talking about?”
It’s not their fault. I reckon it’s not too late to show our love for the underrated dish. Here are 7 great stalls every prawn mee connoisseur must visit!
1. Geylang Prawn Noodle[caption id="attachment_6567" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: eatwhatah[/caption]
When it comes to the best prawn mee in Singapore, you won’t forget about Geylang Prawn Noodle. At around $5 – $6, you get these medium sized freshwater prawns at superb quality. The eatery even hands out paper-made bowls for prawn shells. How’s that for recycling and cleanliness?[caption id="attachment_6568" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: jennylqh[/caption]
Judging from the usual crowd, it can be a pain in the butt to have your lunch here. If this is your first visit, consider heading down early!
Geylang Prawn Noodle
Address: 325 Upper Paya Lebar Road Quemoy Building
Contact: 9721 1571
Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8.30am to 8pm, Sunday 8am to 5pm
2. 545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles[caption id="attachment_6738" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: leshane[/caption]
545 Whampoa has quite a history — the stall is helmed by a third generation hawker. Young and talented, it goes without saying that Ruifang, the boss, is a master chef. The pork meat and prawns are sensational, and the broth is the food for Gods.[caption id="attachment_6739" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: tame_bunny[/caption]
One thing’s for sure, Ruifang has done her family proud.
545 Whampoa Prawn Noodles
Address: 665 Buffalo Road, Tekka Centre, #01-326
Opening hours: Monday & Tuesday 6.30am to 2pm, Thursday & Friday 6.30am to 2pm, Sunday 6.30am to 1pm
3. Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee[caption id="attachment_6690" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: iiixjaslynkhorviiiv[/caption]
Just the name alone gives the impression that this prawn mee is made for the king. A common dish done uncommonly well, Jalan Sultan is one of the few stalls that gives free soup re-fills. A bowl of prawn mee costs $5, while the local favourite king prawn pork rib soup can set you back around $8.[caption id="attachment_6691" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: tonebobone[/caption]
Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee
Address: 2 Jalan Ayer
Opening hours: Monday 8am to 3.30pm, Wednesday to Sunday, 8am to 3.30pm
Contact: 6748 2488
4. Albert Street Prawn Noodles[caption id="attachment_6808" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: gnilray[/caption]
See this hearty bowl of prawn noodles? Packed with flavour and a generous portion of yellow noodles (you may have it mixed with bee hoon), this stall is one of the main highlights of the Old Airport Road Food Centre.[caption id="attachment_6809" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: nunjourney[/caption]
Albert Street Prawn Noodles
Address: #01-10, Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 6.30am to 4.30pm & 6pm to 4.30am
Contact: 9852 0881
5. Beach Road Prawn Noodles[caption id="attachment_6806" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: michire1259[/caption]
It only takes one look for your stomach to grumble for these magnificent prawns — this crunchy delicacy is begging to be eaten. Beach Road’s hae mee may be more expensive than other stalls, but judging by the crowd, it doesn’t look like anyone’s complaining.[caption id="attachment_6807" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: shu55min[/caption]
Beach Road Prawn Noodles
Address: 370 East Coast Road
Opening hours: Wednesday to Monday 9am to 4pm
Contact: 6345 7196
6. Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle[caption id="attachment_6564" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: w33sun[/caption]
The big prawns are naturally tender and flavourful. And for good reason, because they’re freshly caught from the sea. The soup is appetising, to boot. A bowl of this prawn mee costs around $5-$6. Rumour has it that the dry version tastes better.[caption id="attachment_6596" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Xuezhen Chen[/caption]
Noo Cheng Adam Road Prawn Noodle
Address: #01-27, Adam Road Food Centre, 2 Adam Road
Contact: 9693 7961
Opening hours: Daily 9.30am to 4pm, 6.30pm to 2am
7. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles[caption id="attachment_6562" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: ahkwee[/caption]
There are four types of prawn mee to choose from at Wah Kee and they echo the five-multiplication table: $5, $10, $15, and $20. The $10 version is arguably the best choice of the lot.[caption id="attachment_6604" align="aligncenter" width="427"] Image credit: Jeff Tan[/caption]
Certainly more affordable than $15 and $20, and the portion is just right for a full meal. The garlicky soup has a tinge of spice, while the prawns are fresh and perfectly cooked. You can’t miss the prawn noodles at Wah Kee — that is, if you don’t mind queuing for at least an hour. True story.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles
Address: #01-15, Pek Kio Market And Food Centre, 41A Cambridge Road
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 7.30am to 2pm
Contact: 9688 3633
Getting the hunger pangs? Me too. Consider visiting these food stalls and let us know your experience on Facebook. We promise we’ll love it.
(Header image: Foodie FC)
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5 BTO Renovations So Calm & Soothing, They Put Everyone At Ease
Even though you’ve hired a professional to renovate your dream apartment from scratch, you’ve got to at least have a rough idea of the type of design you want. Help them to help you.
The brainstorming process can be stressful and time-consuming, especially when it comes to the minimalist look. The deliberate act of keeping it calm and soothing is confusing, to say the least. What to put? More importantly, what not to put?
If you feel overwhelmed by the multiple catalogs the designers are throwing at you, here are the most calm and soothing built-to-order (BTO) renovations for you to draw inspiration from.
Don’t brush them off, they just might hit you with the inspiration bolt.
1. East Coast Road (Block 309B)
A stunning living room that seems to say, “Go on, take a nap here, or binge-watch The Game of Thrones. You know you want to.” The sophisticated ceiling draws some attention, but does not overwhelm.[caption id="attachment_6349" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Sheng Hong Designs & Build, Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6350" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Sheng Hong Designs & Build, Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6351" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Sheng Hong Designs & Build, Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6352" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Sheng Hong Designs & Build, Qanvast[/caption]
2. Punggol Waterway II (Block 310A)
A 3-room BTO apartment can look just as pretty as the interior of a condo. This smart approach is worth considering if you have to renovate a small space![caption id="attachment_6335" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Quirky Idees & Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6336" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Quirky Idees & Qanvast[/caption]
White backgrounds are boring, so step it up with a warm colour for the kitchen counters. A subtle design like this commands attention in its own quiet way.[caption id="attachment_6337" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Quirky Idees & Qanvast[/caption]
3. Pasir Ris Street 51 (Block 524C)
If you want to create a playful vibe, you can’t go wrong with turquoise. The colour and wooden walls complement each other incredibly well.[caption id="attachment_6338" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Dyel Design & Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6339" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Dyel Design & Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6340" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Dyel Design & Qanvast[/caption]
4. Anchorvale Crescent (Block 336D)
False ceiling and tiling have never looked this good before.[caption id="attachment_6341" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Urban Habitat Design & Qanvast[/caption]
There’s only one word to describe the unconventional shelves: brilliant.[caption id="attachment_6342" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Urban Habitat Design & Qanvast[/caption]
If you want a clever way to display your impressive TV, borrow this rad design.[caption id="attachment_6343" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Urban Habitat Design & Qanvast[/caption]
5. Chai Chee Road (Block 808A)
This living room is begging to be sat on. The open space and muted colours are inviting and soothing.[caption id="attachment_6344" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Reno Cube & Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6345" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Reno Cube & Qanvast[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6346" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Reno Cube & Qanvast[/caption]
These 5 BTO renovations show how we can create a simple space that exudes serenity and calmness. Nothing better to look forward to after a long day of work. Are you intending to renovate your BTO? What trends or ideas do you have in mind? Let us know on our Facebook page!
(Header credit: Quirky Idees & Qanvast, words by editor)
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Durian Lovers! The Best 5 Spots To Enjoy Your Favourite Fruit
What’s spiky on the outside and soft on the inside?
No, it’s not a cactus.
And heck no, it’s definitely not a studded, spiked leather jacket.
Now that the weather is unbearable these days, we can’t help but wonder — could the ‘king of fruits’ take a hit from the heat? We sure hope not. We’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed for good measure. In the meantime, take a look at this curated list and see if any of these stalls strike your fancy.
Wonderful Durian[caption id="attachment_5661" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Wonderful Durian[/caption]
Wonderful Durian’s very own durians are planted in a kampung called Terentai in Malaysia. The stall is well known for its Mao Shan Wang (Mountain Cat King), Phoenix, and D24 durians. Rumour has it that a D197 Mao Shan Wang can cost up to $200++. We have no doubt that it’s delicious. The question is, are you ready to shell out hundreds of dollars for these durians?
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Address: 147 Sims Avenue, Singapore 387469 (alongside Lorong 17 Geylang)
Contact: +65 6747 0191, +65 9446 5556
Email: [email protected]
Chong Pang City
Chong Pang City (in Yishun) is home to one of the cheapest durians in Singapore. Here, you can find different kinds of durians selling at 3 for $20, or 1 for $8. One time, a durian piece was going for 20 cents.
Pro tip: visit the stalls during the late evenings. Trust us, you don’t want to go and haggle over the price under the scorching sun.
Chong Pang City (Yishun)
Address: 105 Yishun Ring Road
Ah Seng Durian[caption id="attachment_5677" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Ah Seng Durian[/caption]
Here, a 5.5kg of Mao Shan Wang can set you back at around $70++. Besides selling an interesting range of durians, Ah Seng also stocks traditionally homemade lime and sour plum concentrate ($12/bottle) to help with digestion and to keep the flu bug at bay — a smart move, considering durians are known to be ‘heaty’ fruits.
I see what you did there, Ah Seng.[caption id="attachment_5811" align="aligncenter" width="480"] Image credit: Ah Seng Durian[/caption]
Ah Seng Durian
Opening hours: Weekdays, 12.30pm – 8.30pm & Weekends, 12.30pm to 7pm
Address: Block 20 Ghim Moh Market, #01-119 to #01-122, Ghim Moh Road
Contact: +65 9465 6160
Email: [email protected] & [email protected]
Combat Durian Balestier[caption id="attachment_5698" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Combat Durian[/caption]
Check out the number of press coverages Combat has got! A peek at their Facebook page shows that Hong Kong legends Patrick Tse and Chow Yun Fat have had personally stopped by the stall.
Proof here:[caption id="attachment_5813" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Combat Durian[/caption]
Here, the D24 and Mao Shan Wang durians are the hot favourites. 1kg of Mao Shan Wang can cost around $25. The first bite of the creamy sweet durian is so awesome, it feels like a religious experience. The service is top-notch, to boot.
Combat Durian Balestier
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm to 12am
Address: 249 Balestier Road (Goh Chor Tua Pek Kong Temple)
Contact: +65 9278 9928 Linda
Email: [email protected]
Sindy Durian[caption id="attachment_5701" align="alignnone" width="700"] Image credit: Sindy Durian[/caption]
This family business does not take a single break in the middle of the durian season — that’s how dedicated they are. One Facebook user recounted an experience when the queue was long and the staff wasted no time by speeding up their customer service. Another spent an hour and a half queuing for Mao Shan Wang and enthused that it was worth the wait.
This is not to be missed if you value tasty durians and impeccable service.
Address: 89 Whampoa Drive #01-835, Singapore 320089
Opening hours: 24 hours daily
Contact: +65 9710 2427
Email: [email protected]
Will you be heading to any of these stalls? If your favourite durian stall is not featured, let us know on Facebook. We’re waiting to hear from you durian fanatics.
(Header credit: alexsemenzato via VisualHunt / Everything For Free? Introducing SG’s Really Really Free Market!
Stuff Yourself Silly! 6 Best Buffets Below $30
Rebel Wilson famously said, “The way I was brought up, if you see a buffet, you take some home for later.”
We daresay that’s the way we feel about these cold tables. Especially when the price of the buffet is sky rocket high.
Are you sick of going through list after list of yummy buffets in Singapore, trying to find one that is pocket-friendly? Yeah, us too. But to paraphrase from Eames, it’s not impossible, it’s just bloody difficult. So, we’re here to help. After tireless sourcing, we’ve found these buffets that are below $30! They’re not just cheap, they’re delicious, to boot. Now you can buffet all day long – lunch, tea, dinner, desserts.
Tip: To avoid disappointment, email or give these restaurants a call to reserve a spot.
1. K.COOK (Korean)[caption id="attachment_5733" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Korean BBQ buffet, one of the finest food hangout spots in Orchard Central. Image credit: K. Cook Korean[/caption]
Apparently, you can eat and watch K-pop music videos at the same time. How’s that for entertainment? Many regular customers keep coming back for the mouth-watering food and efficient service. Some of the restaurant’s highlights include the marinated beef short rib, chicken wings, and Korean glass noodles. Mouseover to Facebook to reserve a spot.[caption id="attachment_6354" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: kor_liflower[/caption]
K.COOK Korean BBQ Buffet
Price: Lunch buffet, S$14.90++; Dinner buffet, $24.90++, add $2 on weekends, PH eve, and PH
Buffet hours: Lunch, 11.30am to 3pm; Dinner, 5.30pm to 10pm
Address: 181 Orchard Road
Opening hours: Daily 11.30am to 10pm
Contact: 6884 7282
Also read: Korean Food ‘Seoul’ Good That You’ll Visit All Day Every Day! Here Are The Best 8 Spots!
2. Bar B Q Tonight (Pakistani & Afghani)[caption id="attachment_5773" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Bar B Q Tonight, a Pakistani and Afghani restaurant that aims to keep their culture alive. Image credit: Bar B Q Tonight[/caption]
Out of all the buffet restaurants in this list, Bar B Q Tonight has by far the highest number of positive reviews on the internet, and for good reason. The food is authentic and the dining experience is unforgettable. One Facebook user even shared, “Even after one year, I [can] still feel the taste of the lovely food.”[caption id="attachment_6355" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: kerrishh[/caption]
Famous for its kebabs, this is the place to go if you have an unfathomable bottomless stomach.
E-book your spot at this page!
Bar B Q Tonight
Price: Lunch $17++, Dinner $25++, and Sunday Brunch $25
Email: [email protected]
Address: 11 – 12 Stanley Street
Opening hours: Daily, 11am – 10.30pm
Contact: 6327 9280
Roberts Lane branch:
Address: 10 Roberts Lane
Opening hours: Daily, 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Contact: 6299 5210
3. Yum Cha Restaurant (Dim Sum)[caption id="attachment_6370" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: Yum Cha Restaurant[/caption]
Yum Cha’s weekday dim sum high tea buffet kicks off at 3pm and lasts to 6pm. If you don’t mind having an early dinner, look no further. The food is delicious and thoughtfully made. Some of its highlights are the egg tarts and garlic soft shell crab.[caption id="attachment_6373" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: lennon_tee[/caption]
Yum Cha’s only downside is that the service tends to be on the slow side. No surprise there, the place is packed! Still, we’re willing to let this minor hiccup slide, because the food is glorious.
Yum Cha Restaurant
Opening hours: Weekdays 11am – 11pm, Weekends 9am – 11pm
Address: 20 Trengganu Street, #02-01 Chinatown
Contact: 6372 1717
Also read: 9 Best Dim Sum Places In Singapore That You Won’t Feel Guilty Splurging On!
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Let this sink in for a minute: 50 ice-cream flavours with more than 40 toppings.[caption id="attachment_6376" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: goawaylobster[/caption]
Can we get a hallelujah? Dessert, here we come!
Swensen’s Ice Cream & Dessert Buffet
Opening hours: Weekdays 10.30am – 10.30pm, Weekends & Public Holidays 10.30am – 10.30pm
Address: Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-31
Contact: 6884 5967
5. Kiseki (Japanese)[caption id="attachment_5774" align="alignnone" width="700"] Kiseki, a mega Japanese buffet at mini prices. Image credit: Kiseki[/caption]
What’s that you say? You can’t afford a plane ticket to Japan to grab a bite of the delectable cuisine your friend has been raving about? Fret not, because Kiseki brings the Japanese dishes to you. The buffet restaurant has an impressive selection, such as salmon sashimi, ribeye steak, and tempura. Free-flow drinks are also included.[caption id="attachment_6358" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: bbakko[/caption]
To reserve a spot, either give the Japanese buffet restaurant a call, or fill in the reservation form. Itadakimasu, let’s eat!
Opening hours: Daily, 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #08-01/02/03
Contact: 6736 1216
6. The RiceTable (Indonesian)[caption id="attachment_5775" align="alignnone" width="700"] The RiceTable, an Indonesia restaurant with a modern Dutch twist. Image credit: The RiceTable[/caption]
Even though the buffet does not include drinks and dessert, the selection at The RiceTable make up for it. The dishes are pretty darn fantastic. The lunch menu, comprises of 15 exotic dishes like the daging rendang (beef simmered in coconut milk), and tahu telor (an Indonesian bean curd omelette).[caption id="attachment_6359" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: lim_cynthia[/caption]
The dinner menu does not disappoint either. There’s the perkedel jagung (corn fritters), terong recap (eggplant) and sotong asa (squid) that will have your stomach grumbling for more.[caption id="attachment_6360" align="aligncenter" width="700"] Image credit: hungrybrainchicago[/caption]
Price: All-You-Can-Eat Set Lunch at $17.85, All-You-Can-Eat Set Dinner at $28.50
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Address: 360 Orchard Road, International Building, #02-09/10
Contact: 6835 3782
After stuffing yourself silly, don’t forget to exercise and burn off all that extra energy! Don’t keep the good things to yourself! If you know of any great buffets, drop us a shout out on Facebook!
(Header credit: roy_lukito, words by writer)
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