Yi Zun Beef Noodle at Sam Leong Road

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station!
Tel: +65 6291 6616

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$15
Recommended dishes: Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80)

Hey guys!! Okay firstly are you guys excited about the premier of Ready Player One this Thursday!! I’m pretty psyched! I rather enjoyed reading the book and my friends and I are now geeking out about the movie haha.

Secondly speaking of books, have you guys read The Remains of the Day? It’s this novel by British author Kazuo Ishiguro, narrated exclusively in the first person by an English butler who alternates between telling us about his day, and recounting his experiences/exchanges as a butler. It’s a simple premise, but Ishiguro writes really beautifully and by the end of the book I was like 😭 this is so good. Check this out for sure, and check out his other work too called Never Let Me Go.

Anyway so I haven’t been blogging too much because I haven’t really been in much of a mood to, but OMG last week I went to try Yi Zun Beef Noodles again and I had SUCH a great time!!

It’s located at 45 Sam Leong Road, which is like a 7-minute walk from Farrer Park MRT (exit A lol), and it specialises in Lanzhou lamian or beef noodle soup. Here’s the definition from Wikipedia:

Beef noodle soup is a Chinese and Taiwanesenoodle soup made of stewed or red braisedbeef, beef brothvegetablesand Chinese noodles. It exists in various forms throughout East Asia and Southeast Asia. Beef noodle soup was first created by the Hui people (a ChineseMuslim ethnic group) during the Tang Dynasty of China.[1][2]

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I love this photo omg it’s giving me super HK/TW vibezzzz (if not for the parking sign thanks ugh)

The first time I went, they had just opened and about 80% of the items on the menu back then were not available. In fact the menu looked quite different then too! Here’s what it looks like now:

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To order, they give you this erasable marker where you can indicate your choices on the menu itself – no need for order chit omg! So environmentally friendly and efficient, I can’t take it 😍❤️

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Maybe I have a career in hand-modelling like David Duchovny in Zoolander

We started off with the Sliced Chicken (S$3.20) which is a cold dish with the chicken slices in a chilli-oil type sauce:

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Sliced Chicken (S$3.20) – 10/10

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UNFFFF GET IN MY BELLY

First of all, all this for S$3.20?!?! Please, no one tell them about this good deal lest they decide to up the price!! (Or reduce the portion lol). Secondly, UNFFF I really, really liked it omg it was so refreshing, juicy and just flavourful enough! It looks a little fiery but in truth it wasn’t super spicy, just a liiiitle tingle (a little Sichuan flavour I think?). Mostly just enjoyed how tender and succulent it was. I am DEFINITELY coming back for these. 10/10

Next up my friend and I split the Yizun Beef Noodle (S$7.80 for small). 

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Yizun Beef Noodle (Small S$7.80) – 6.5/10

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Okay so the first time I tried these noodles, I found broth really bland and the beef slices tough and dry.  This time around, I’m happy to report that the broth is much more flavourful and delicious, and the texture of the hand-pulled noodles is still decent. Alas, the beef slices remained tough ugh why! I really hope they find a way to improve it – like okay can they just make braised beef or those pho-type beef slices omg. Anything but these tough ones. 6.5/10 😩

For our third dish, we went for the Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80). We were hesitant about it at the point of placing our orders, as we were unsure if we could finish it. However, after a very brief deliberation we decided to just #YOLO and get it anyway:

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Fish Stew With Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80) – 10/10

BOY were we glad we were so greedy, because the fish stew was just out of this world!!! OMG guys, honestly the broth was unexpectedly delicious as heck – it was mayyybe just a smidge salty due to the pickled cabbage, but man it was the best still. SO flavourful and robust I couldn’t help drinking spoonfuls of the broth alone. Fortunately the other ingredients also held their own – the fish slices were crazy tender, and the cabbage provided textural contrast with their crunch. Absolutely loved it, and I cannot recommend this dish enough!! 10/10

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All in all I had a terrific time and I’m so glad I gave this place a second chance after the disappointing first try! I really hope they improve the quality of the beef in their noodles, and for sure I will give it another go in one of my subsequent visits insyaaAllah. You guys will def hear about it (at least on my IG stories) if I do!! 😀

Service is okay, although English is not their strong suit, and sometimes it can take a while to get their attention. There is a 10% service charge but no GST, and you pay up front at the counter when done. I paid in cash so I can’t remember if they accept NETS/credit card, but I’ll find out and update this post. I def can’t wait to go back here!! Go try it soon guys!

Yi Zun Beef Noodle
45 Sam Leong Road
Singapore 207935
MRT: Walkable from Farrer Park Station!
Tel: +65 6291 6616

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: ~S$15
Recommended dishes: Sliced Chicken (S$3.20), Fish Stew with Pickled Cabbage (S$14.80)

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Deanna’s Kitchen at Toa Payoh Lor 1 Blk 127

Deanna’s Kitchen
#02-25, Blk 127
Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Singapore 310127

Opening Hours
Closed Mon-Tue
Wed-Fri: 10am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 9am to 2pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$6.50
Recommended dishes: Everything because the broth and ingredients are spectacular, but I had the Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50).

You guys. I had initially planned to talk about Netflix’s The Crown and how much I’m enjoying watching it because Claire Foy is such an emotive and talented actress. BUT. I can’t even wait to tell you guys about the amazing Chinese prawn noodles I had last week at Deanna’s Kitchen at Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Food Centre with my friend and her husband!!

Seriously I should’ve known it was going to be a perfect evening when this was my view while walking from Braddell MRT station to the hawker centre:

Blessings

Hashtag alhamdulillah feels

So Deanna’s Kitchen is a 100% muslim-owned, authentic Chinese prawn noodle stall set up by Denise Chew (Deanna), a Chinese convert (or revert if you prefer, I’m not fussed) and her husband Asri Ramli. I read that after converting to Islam, Deanna couldn’t find good halal prawn mee so she asked her mum for the recipe and tweaked it to halal perfection!! The Chinese versions usually use pork bone broth, but Deanna uses prawn broth instead. The story of their interracial love is also super touching; if you guys are interested to know more you can read it on her IG here!

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Menu!

I love that they specialise in one thing only (prawn noodles with variations in ingredients and noodles), because you can rest assured they’re focused on perfecting their signature dish. I love that you can customise your noodles too; I really do not like yellow noodles for that horrible lye taste and the starchy texture. BOO.

I went with the Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50) which consisted of noodles in prawn broth with prawns, fishcake, a very generous serving of plump clams, and some kangkong:

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Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50) – 10/10

OMGGGGG you guys. I could already smell the fragrant broth when I carried the bowl over to my table to set it down, so I knew it was going to be special, but man, the first sip was transcendental. I loved, loved, loved the prawn broth taste; it was so flavourful and went perfectly with the bee hoon noodles I had selected! Also guys, you gotta add the fried shallots (bawang goreng) because they are delicious and make the already-perfect noodles taste better.

Don’t even get me started on the clams. I LOVE clams omg I am an absolute clam FIEND, and there were SOOOOO many in the bowl! All for S$6.50?!?! It’s madness. The same quantity of clams you buy as an à la carte stirfry dish would’ve easily cost more. 10/10 for this delightful bowl of prawn noodles UGH.

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Plump and juicy clams omg

My friend got the same thing as me but her husband went with the Big Prawn Noodle (also S$6.50) – take a look at the photos here:

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Ahem my best flatlay attempt lol I just can’t take good photos most of the time

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Big Prawn Noodle (S$6.50)

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The aftermath. LOOK AT HOW MANY CLAMS!!! From just two bowls of Prawn Noodles with Clams ugh!! ❤

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Opening hours for Deanna’s Kitchen

The service here is terrific too you guys. Quick story – after finishing my bowl I went to order 3 more bowls for takeaway. It was almost closing time just before 8pm, and while I was waiting for my order, these two girls came up and ordered what was to be the last couple of bowls. The stall didn’t have enough broth for a full second bowl, and so the co-owner Asri gave a great discount for the bowl! UGH what great customer service. Also because theirs were the last two bowls, he gave the girls all the remaining clams and warned them that they were being given excess clams because the stall was closing, lest they come back next time and wonder why they’re not getting as many clams. Very thoughtful service.

Second story is, I took away those 3 bowls to my Chinese friends who were still working late in the office, and they LOVED it!! One of them said it’s the best prawn mee broth she’d tasted in a long time, and the other one told me she counted TWENTY FOUR CLAMS in her bowl. LOL it’s insane. So yeah while I have no basis for comparison, having never eaten porky prawn mee before, my Chinese friends definitely vouch for the taste and authenticity of Deanna’s Kitchen’s Chinese prawn mee ❤

Go try it soon you guys!

Deanna’s Kitchen
#02-25, Blk 127
Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Singapore 310127

Opening Hours
Closed Mon-Tue
Wed-Fri: 10am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm
Sat: 9am to 5pm
Sun: 9am to 2pm

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$6.50
Recommended dishes: Everything because the broth and ingredients are spectacular, but I had the Prawn Noodles with Clams (S$6.50).

The Dim Sum Place on North Bridge Road

The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198759

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 230pm; 530pm to 11pm
Reservations: +65 6655 8787

Halal status: Halal-certified! (Only just! Check out the MUIS list on my main menu!)
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$37 (because we were fools and over-ordered, but it could’ve easily been S$25)
Recommended dishes: Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90) Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90), Boxing Chicken (S$8.90)

Hey guys! Guess what – there’s a new halal dim sum spot in town YASSSS. We already have a couple in the west (Tang Tea House, Kowloon Express), some in the east at Simpang Bedok (Tang Tea House again, Enak Enak) and finally we have one in a more central area!

The Dim Sum Place was opened by the folks behind The Ramen Stall (click here to read my review of The Ramen Stall!), which is why they are right next to each other, on opposite sides of Jalan Klapa on North Bridge Road. The generic names of both joints are in turns hilarious and confusing (“Hey Liza let’s have dinner at The Dim Sum Place next week I’m jonesing for some halal dim sum.” “OK, what’s the name of the place?” “The Dim Sum Place, literally, hence the caps.” “Oh lol okay.”) but I guess that’s their trademark.

I actually went for the first time last week, and enjoyed the food SO much that I went back again last night, determined to try more things and re-order the stuff I liked. Full disclosure – I went with just one friend and we SPECTACULARLY over-ordered (#ramadanstomach), and ended up packing like a third of the stuff to go 😦

Anyway here is a look at the current menu, which is still in the process of being finalized and edited by TDSP!

 

 

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The front of the house, concealing the seating areas behind!

Upon entering The Dim Sum Place, you will be given a copy of the menu and the order sheets to fill up:

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I think because they’re still playing around with the menu, quite a lot of items were crossed out in red and unavailable

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Curious about the congee and herbal duck but haven’t tried!

We started with the Pan Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), which came in 3 squares with a crisp fried top garnished with some spring onions and fried shallots, as well as the sambal dip:

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Pan-fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90) – 10/10

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A closer look

Ooh! I really, really liked this! The carrot cake was savoury and tasty without being too salty. It had a soft flavourful body with a crisp top which provided a good bite. Loved the textures. Plus it’s only S$2.90?! It’s basically free. 10/10

Next we had the Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste (S$4.90) which came with a side of mayonnaise and chilli dip:

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Deep Fried Beancurd Skin with Prawn and Fish Paste (S$4.90) – 8.5/10

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Mm POV shot lol.

Deep fried beancurd skin, prawns and fish paste are definitely winning ingredients for me so I was bound to like this enough. The fried rolls were moderately crispy, and the prawns within tasted fresh. However, I thought that the skin was just the slightest bit soggy and thick – I would’ve preferred a more crispy and delicate skin. I couldn’t help comparing it to the ones I had at Kowloon Express which were more flavourful and also had a better texture. 8.5/10

Next up was the very promising Smoked Peking Duck Wrap (S$11.90) which came with some hoisin sauce as well as a trio of dipping condiments comprising sugar, peanuts and mustard sauce:

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Smoked Peking Duck Wrap (S$11.90) – 8.5/10

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Yummm duck skinnnnnnn

Mmmm so I’m kind of a sucker for halal duck of any kind, because I love duck, but YUM to find halal Peking duck with the skin on is truly a bonus and a privilege! Personally I would’ve liked for the sauces to be inside the wrap, but that’s just me being lazy to take that added step of dipping (how lazy can you get?). Also I found that the skin was a little tough – I’d bite into half of the wrap and then basically be unable to bite through the skin, therefore pulling out the whole skin with my one bite. Not that big of a deal but yes I’d prefer a crispier skin. 8.5/10

We also tried the Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.90):

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Crystal Shrimp Dumpling (S$4.90) – 8/10

Well this was alright – the skin wasn’t tough which is a bonus, and the prawn tasted fresh, although I felt there was something missing because it was overall slightly bland. Give this a miss unless you’re absolutely craving prawns. 8/10

OK so one of my favourite things here is the Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90):

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Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90) – 9.5/10

OOF guys this was really, really good. Maybe chee cheong fun traditionalists would hate this – one of my Chinese friends said she would’ve preferred the rendang with rice rather than the vermicelli roll, and commented that the strong rendang flavours would overpower the other dishes’ flavours. BUT! Food is subjective and I reeeeally liked the fragrant rendang gravy coating the tender beef cubes. The rendang gravy was just so, so aromatic and tasty. The vermicelli roll is a lot softer and breaks more easily than traditional cheong fun texture, but I don’t mind that here with the rendang. 9.5/10 because last week’s version tasted better somehow than this week’s!

For chicken lovers, they also offer Boxing Chicken (S$8.90), named for the shape of the chicken drumlets which resemble boxing gloves after the meat is scraped off the lower side of the drum:

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Boxing Chicken (S$8.90) – 9/10

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Unfffff chickennnnn

I rather liked this! The sauce is a sweet and spicy combo, further enhanced by sesame seeds which I loved. The chicken is pre-fried before being coated in the sauce, although I did wish the chicken skin had been crispier. One of the ‘safe’ items on the menu, coming in at 9/10.

And finally (omg why did we order so much food?! We’re FOOLS.), we had the Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90). You can choose between dry or soup; I got mine dry with the soup on the side so you can customize just how wet you want your noodles to be. We could also choose between original, spicy, and very spicy flavours, so like Goldilocks I went for the middle one (spicy).

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Beef Brisket Noodle (Dry/Spicy) (S$12.90) – 10/10

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OK I MEAN THIS WAS DELICIOUS

UGHHHH I wasn’t expecting to super like this but I did!! The noodle taste and texture were on point! Flavourful, and with good bite! The star of the show though was the beef brisket which had equal parts tender-as-heck meat and soft tendon! I loved it! So simple yet hearty. Please give this a try you guys!! 10/10

All in all I had a terrific time at The Dim Sum Place and am DEFINITELY planning to come back again! The food is so yummy!! And I would like to try the congee argh. Service is prompt and well-meaning. Some of the staff speak halting English, but it’s no big matter if you just fill up your order sheet and pass it to them. Last week we pulled a ” (*while pointing to a table across the room*) hey waiter could you tell us what is that thing on that table over there?”. He kind of got a little flustered and ran away to pull another staff to address our question haha ugh.

OH omg also, you know how you get SO thirsty during Ramadan, and like during iftar you literally have to take drink breaks after every 3 bites of food because you’re just so thirsty you could die? (No? Just me?) I ordered 2 glasses of Green Apple Juice (S$3.80 each) and OH BOY IT WAS SO DELICIOUS AND REFRESHING. Please try it next time! Call them now for a reservation as the tables fill up super quickly, and nothing beats that peace of mind when you know your table is secured at the dining establishment 🙂

The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road
Singapore 198759

Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 230pm; 530pm to 11pm
Reservations: +65 6655 8787

Halal status: Halal-certified! (Only just! Check out the MUIS list on my main menu!
Halalicious rating: 9.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$37 (because we were fools and over-ordered, but it could’ve easily been S$25)
Recommended dishes: Pan-Fried Carrot Cake (S$2.90), Beef Brisket Noodle (S$12.90) Vermicelli Roll with Beef Rendang (S$8.90), Boxing Chicken (S$8.90)

New Hawa at Selegie Road

New Hawa Restaurant
213 Selegie Road
Singapore 188335

Opening Hours
Daily: 12 noon to 1130pm (or later depending on crowd)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: $8 with drinks
Recommended dishes: Hokkien (Prawn) Mee!! (S$6)

Hello everyone! The weekend’s almost over boo! It’s 1155pm as I’m writing this now and I really should get myself to bed, but I felt like blogging so why not.

I wanted to share with you guys a great Hokkien Mee place I know called New Hawa, at Selegie Road. By virtue of its location and late opening hours (ok I checked with the folks at New Hawa and their official closing time is 1130pm but on busy nights they stay open past midnight!) — New Hawa has become the go-to spot for me and my friends whenever we watch plays at the LaSalle College For The Arts.

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New Hawa itself is actually at the corner of the coffeeshop, you can see the ‘Awa Rest’ just peeking out between the pillars!

I’ll put the menu at the end of this post since there are so many pages, so for now let’s look at the food itself. Here is the Hokkien Mee (S$6) that I like to have:

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Hokkien Prawn Mee (S$6) – 10/10

Truly guys, this is the best halal Hokkien Mee I’ve ever had!! It’s always so basah (wet) and freakin’ tasty, the gravy is savoury af (astaghfirullah what’s this af all) and to die for! As you can see in the picture, it’s pretty spartan with just the 2 prawns and with no squid unlike Puncak’s version, or fishcake unlike Cahaya’s version. Don’t be fooled though, what it lacks in fancy ingredients, it more than makes up for with taste and texture. Just typing about it and thinking about that gravy is making me drool ugh. Please always order this. 10/10

I didn’t really taste the other stuff, but I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my friends’ orders so you have an idea what they’ll look like.

Here is the Tomyam Fried Beehoon (S$6.50):

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Tomyam Fried Beehoon (S$6.50)

Here is the Chicken Fried Rice (S$6):

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Chicken Fried Rice (S$6)

And finally, here is a look at the menu!

New Hawa Menu

 

 

New Hawa Restaurant
213 Selegie Road
Singapore 188335

Opening Hours
Daily: 12 noon to 1130pm (or later depending on crowd)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: $8 with drinks
Recommended dishes: Hokkien (Prawn) Mee!! (S$6)

 

Encik Tan at JCube

Encik Tan
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
B1-K05
Singapore 609731

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 7/10
Average spend per pax: S$5-7

Hey guys! So it’s been a while since I last posted – have been kind of busy with unimportant things like bingewatching The Night Of – omg!! Have you guys watched it? It’s a new HBO miniseries about this well-behaved, 2nd-gen Pakistani college kid in Queens, who goes out one night, meets this cool girl, ends up sleeping with her at her place after trying some drugs and drinks, wakes up downstairs in her kitchen, goes back upstairs to sheepishly put on his clothes and bid her goodbye, only to switch on the light and discover her in bed all bloodied up and stabbed to death!!! He inexplicably grabs the knife and hides it in his jacket, runs the hell away in his dad’s cab that he’d snuck out in earlier, gets caught for making an illegal left turn, is detained, found with the bloody knife, and is charged with murder. The rest of the series explores the possibility of his culpability, other suspects, the criminal system in America and ugh the horrible things that go on in prisons like Rikers Island. It’s FASCINATINGGGGG please go watch now. It’s not on Netflix though! I had to procure it via other means if you catch my drift.

Anyway I digress. I’m actually here to write a review of Encik Tan, the halal chain that serves Chinese hawker fare at very reasonable prices and in air-conditioned comfort. I LOVE Chinese food, great prices and air-conditioning, so I guess it was only a matter of time before I went over like a moth to a flame. I went to the JCube one which is closest to my home, but they have 10 outlets in total – 3 in the west, 6 in the east and 1 at Bugis.

Here is a look at the menu:

Encik Tan - Menu

I’m kind of a fishball fiend and I enjoy eating fishballs either fried on their own, or cooked in soups and instant noodles! My go-to is Dodo chilli fishball added to Mama creamy shrimp tom yam instant noodles, together with some enoki mushroom for texture! SO YUMMY UGH.

Which is to say, it was an easy decision for me to get the Fishball Noodle (S$4):

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Fishball Noodles (S$4) – 6.5/10

I was really hoping for more, but the fishballs were not terribly fantastic. Don’t get me wrong, they’re good enough, but I have tasted better, fluffier, Teochew-style fishball that I was really hoping would be similar to these ones. These just weren’t as tasty or as tender as I would’ve liked. (using tender to describe fishballs is making me a little uncomfortable, I won’t deny it). I liked the soup though! It was light and salty – the perfect broth.

Noodles – I found them a little dry and hard – perhaps more chilli oil would solve that? So overall not terribly fantastic, but I suspect I’ll keep coming back here for my halal fishball noodle fix since the outlets are pretty accessible. If you guys know of a better halal fishball noodle place, let me know!! 6.5/10

My friend opted for the Signature Noodles (S$5) which comes with not only fishball but also fishcake slices, along with some chicken ball (that’s the brown thing):

Encik Tan - Signature Noodles

Signature Noodles (S$5) – 6.5/10

My friend also found the noodles and ingredients pretty average. Nothing to write home about but hey it’s cheap and it fills you up. She rated it a 6.5/10 too.

Encik Tan - Noodles

Group shot LOL

After having the noodles, I was feeling a little unsatisfied so I decided to spring for a plate of Fried Oyster Omelette (S$5), because truly I can’t resist the fluffy goodness of a fried oyster omelette:

Encik Tan - Fried Oyster Omelette

Fried Oyster Omelette (S$5) – 7.5/10

This was pretty yummy! I can’t stand spring onion, which there was SO MUCH OF. I much prefer when they have coriander, but thankfully the fried oyster omelette itself was really yummy!! It was really fluffy and soft in parts, and crispy at times too. My two gripes are that I found only one sad oyster in the whole omelette, and the chilli dipping sauce that they provided wasn’t as good. 7.5/10

All in all, I thought Encik Tan is a decent place to go if you’re craving halal Chinese food – the fact that it has its own seating sure beats having to find tables in regular foodcourts or coffeeshops. I might come back for the fried oyster omelette and try the carrot cake too while I’m at it.

Encik Tan
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
B1-K05
Singapore 6097

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 6.5/10
Average spend per pax: S$5-7

Kowloon Express at 321 Clementi II (Permanently Closed)

** Unfortunately Kowloon Express has ceased operations!**

Kowloon Express
321 Clementi, #01-01
Eng Wah Cinema Mall
Singapore 129905
Reservations: +65 6250 0833

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: 100% muslim-owned, and MUIS certification in process
Halalicious Rating: 10/10 for Dimsum, 8/10 for noodles

Average spend per pax: S$17
Recommended dishes: Charcoal golden sand pau (S$5.20), chilli crab pau (S$5.20), har kow (S$5.20), Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)

Hey guys! It’s been well over a month since I last posted, yikes. Sorry for the radio absence but I’ve been so caught up with Raya and other things like my week-long work trip right in the middle of Syawal (downright cruel), being stricken with the flu after said trip (I get the flu once every 3 years or something), bingeing on Gilmore Girls on Netflix (again!! GG ruined my social life back in college days lol).

While we’re on the subject of TV, have you guys watched Stranger Things on Netflix? It is just SO good and the perfect combo – it’s part supernatural thriller, part sci-fi, all nostalgia. Set in the 1980s, the series opens with a terrifying scene of a scientist running away from some creature (naturally it gets him in the lift), and progresses to the mysterious disappearance of a boy Will Byers from his small Indiana town. It’s really creepy and if you’re a scaredy cat like me, I would strongly counsel against watching it alone haha. I got my whole family hooked on it and boy am I glad I don’t have to watch it alone now.

OMG anyway I’m so sorry for the novel-length opener to this post, which is supposed to be about my recent visit to Kowloon Express at 321 Clementi!

I realised that my first post on it is woefully outdated as Kowloon Express has a new, more comprehensive menu now and also they raised their prices (boo, but ok. I want them to survive!) Here’s a look:

 

So the last time I was here, they had crispy fish skin on the menu, but this time around, I realised it got majorly upgraded to Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)!!! Of course, of course, we had to get it.

Kowloon Express - Salted Egg Fish Skin

Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80) – 10/10

You guys. You know like most people I have a weakness for salted egg anything, right? This exceeded my expectations. It comes out piping hot, steam and aroma rising, and the fish skin is delightfully crispy and light, with just enough coating of delicious salted egg sauce. SO DELICIOUS AND SO CRISPY. Yes. Always and forever 10/10.

My friend was also pretty hungry so we got a plate of Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90) to share:

Kowloon Express - Beef Hor Fun

Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90) – 8/10

The beef hor fun was quite good to be honest – I was a little hesitant to get it initially as I just wanted to stuff my face with baskets of dim sum, but the noodles and gravy were very flavourful, with just a hint of that charred taste (wok hei) that makes the Hor Fun less jelak. The serving of beef was also pretty generous. Our only gripe came from my friend who says they used regular kway teow noodles which are a little less broad than regular hor fun noodles. I didn’t quite mind 🙂 8/10

On to the raison d’être of this establishment  – the dim sum! We went with the classics again this time – the Charcoal Golden Sand Pau (S$5.20 for 3), the Chilli Crab pau (S$5.20) and the shrimp Har Kow (S$5.20 for 4):

Kowloon Express - Dim Sum Baskets

Clockwise from L to R: Charcoal Golden Sand Pau (S$5.20), Chilli Crab Pau (S$5.20), Beef Hor Fun (S$8.90), Shrimp Har Kow (S$5.20)

Kowloon Express - Table Spread

Dim sum verdict: 10/10 for all. YUMMMMM 😀

As with my previous review, all 3 were superlative. The Charcoal Golden Sand Paus (S$5.20) are just so fluffy and chewy, while the salted egg custard within is generous and the right balance of sweet and salty. You guys can check out the ooze video on my instagram @halalicioussg if you want to whet your appetites! 10/10

The Chilli Crab Pau (S$5.20) is spicy with the slightest hint of coriander, and super flavourful. And the fluffy white buns are just SO soft 😭. The prawns in the Harkow  (S$5.20) are plump and bursting with flavour! Please don’t forget to try it with the amazing home-made chilli sauce they provide in bottles. That chilli sauce is just heavenly UGH. 10/10 for both.

We were there around 3pm on a Saturday and there was barely anyone there, which meant attentive service and a very relaxed, lazy weekend vibe! Loved it. Will definitely go back here again the next chance I get!

Here are more random pictures of the place:

Kowloon Express - Bite With Caution Wall Poster

The ooze is real, guys.

Kowloon Express - Wall Decor

Kantonis! Cracks me up.

Kowloon Express -

Muslim-owned and halal, yay!

Kowloon Express
321 Clementi, #01-01
Eng Wah Cinema Mall
Singapore 129905
Reservations: +65 6250 0833

Opening Hours
Daily: 11am to 10pm

Halal status: 100% muslim-owned, and MUIS certification in process
Halalicious Rating: 10/10 for Dimsum, 8/10 for noodles

Average spend per pax: S$17
Recommended dishes: Charcoal golden sand pau (S$5.20), chilli crab pau (S$5.20), har kow (S$5.20), Salted Egg Fish Skin (S$8.80)

** Unfortunately Kowloon Express has ceased operations!**

Chai Chee Seafood Restaurant on Changi Road

Chai Chee Seafood
359 Changi Road
Singapore 419821
Reservations: +65 6841 2002

Opening Hours
1130am to 1130pm Daily

Halalicious rating: 8.6/10
Average spend per pax: S$49
Recommended dishes: chilli crab, kangkong belacan, salted egg sotong 

***Edited to add: Hey guys, the good folks at Chai Chee Seafood have contacted me to say some of the prices in their menus have changed, so the prices in my review might be outdated, and I’ve also had to take down pictures of the old menu. Please take note, and don’t fret my beautiful readers, price changes are a part of life! 🙂 As long as the food remains worth paying for, it’s all good fam ***

So I was mad craving some seafood the other day, and I don’t mean like fish and chips. I’m talkin’ roll up your sleeves, get ALL your fingers dirty, eating to the point of pain, all-out seafood marathon. So I dragged my loyal lunch buddy to a seafood feast at Chai Chee Seafood, near Eunos.

Here’s a lowdown of the dishes we got, one by one:

  • Kangkong Belacan (S$10 for medium)

Chai Chee Seafood Kangkong

Chai Chee Seafood Kangkong Belacan

Kangkong Belacan Verdict: LOVED IT. It was so perfect you guys. The belacan taste was strong (which I like), and the kangkong was perfectly coated in the slightly spicy sauce. Each bite was super juicy and flavourful. 10/10

  • Thai Style Chicken (S$9 for small)

Chai Chee Seafood Thai Style Chicken

Chai Chee Seafood Thai Chicken

Thai style chicken verdict: This was my least favourite dish of the night. The chicken batter was very dense and uneventful, whereas I prefer my batter light and crispy. The chicken meat itself was a little dry, and to be honest the Thai sauce wasn’t memorable either. Save your stomach space for the seafood, folks! 6/10

  • Salted Egg Sotong/Squid in Small (S$9)

Chai Chee Seafood Salted Egg Yolk Squid

Chai Chee Seafood Salted Egg Sotong

OMGGGGGGGGGGGGG

Salted egg sotong verdict: YOU GUYS. This. I mean, it was so good. Loved it for real. The batter was light and fluffy, with a decent salted egg taste. The curry leaves were DIVINE – crispy, and flavourful. The squid itself also tasted very fresh, which I was slightly surprised by. Most places tend to take the freshness of the seafood not very seriously, especially if it’s going to be coated/camouflaged in batter (think of all the bad calamari you’ve had). Thankfully, Chai Chee seafood isn’t one of those places. The salted egg squid was delicious. My only gripe is that it isn’t a creamy sauce. I love when they do a real, creamy, sinful, salted egg sauce instead of the batter version. 9/10

  • Chilli Crab in Small (S$50)
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OH MYYYYY. CORIANDER I LOVVVVVE.

Chai Chee Seafood Chilli Crab

Drooling all over my desk, you guys.

Chilli crab verdict: The sauce was very spicy, and very shiok! However, it had a lot of “bits” in it, so you’d find yourself crunching on chilli seed or some other unidentifiables when you try to sip the sauce – let’s assume they’re veggies. Also it didn’t have that signature chilli crab sauce taste. I’m not quite cure how to describe it. All I can think of is, while the sauce was very delicious, I don’t necessarily think it’s the usual chilli crab sauce. The crab portion was way generous though, so my friend and I had a field day. 9.5/10

Oh, oh, AND! I think it was a female crab because it had LOADS of that orange roe. I ate it all, folks. All. It was delicious and my cholesterol is probably at 5000 now. (Deliberately chose a large number because frankly I don’t even know what the healthy/unhealthy range is).

Chai Chee Seafood Chilli Crab Mantou

Is that orange thing peeking out the roe? Because if it isn’t I just ate a bunch of nasty innards I wasn’t supposed to eat 😦

Chai Chee Seafood Mantou Buns

The fluffy mantou buns that can be ordered separately from the chilli crab, at a mere S$1.50 for 4 pieces! But we were given 5, so I guess the kitchen loves us.

Chai Chee Seafood Chilli Crab Overview

A hasty #flatlay of the table, taken mid-meal. Note the 5 mantou buns.

All in all, I really had a great time at Chai Chee Seafood, and would definitely come back! For all that we ordered and ate, I think the prices are reasonable. Service was very quick and efficient, without being brusque. At one point my friend ordered another can drink, but her hands were covered in chilli crab sauce, so she meekly asked our waiter if he could help her open the tab. He gave a good natured laugh, proceeded to pull the drink tab and poured it into the cup for her! Service is not dead, people.

We went on a Tuesday evening so it wasn’t very full at all. There were probably only 3 groups of diners. There is plenty of seating though, both indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor. I reckon it would be a great place for family seafood feasts! Also don’t worry, they have a sink if you want to wash your hands after destroying all the seafood on your plate, plus washrooms too. You’re sorted, guys.

The website’s menu section doesn’t really list out the prices of the items, plus I don’t think it’s a comprehensive listing, but I’m sure you will find the prices are reasonable for the quality of the food that you’re getting!

Chai Chee Seafood
359 Changi Road
Singapore 419821
Reservations: +65 6841 2002

Opening Hours
1130am to 1130pm Daily

Halalicious rating: 8.6/10
Average spend per pax: S$49
Recommended dishes: chilli crab, kangkong belacan, salted egg sotong