Jenggood Jom Makan at Padi Emas Jurong East St 21 (Temporarily Closed)

***Edited to add: Jenggod Jom Makan has closed their stall temporarily while they find a new location; check out their Instagram or Facebook for latest updates!***

Jenggood Jom Makan
Padi Emas Coffeeshop
Blk 214 Jurong East St 21
Singapore 600214

Opening Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu: 630am to 7pm
Fri-Sun: 630am to 10pm
Closed on Wed
**Lakster Deluxe availability: 5pm to 10pm on Fri-Sun

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$17.50
Recommended dishes: Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90, enough for 2 average-appetite pax)

Guys there’s been an EMERGENCY. Stop whatever you guys are doing now and really just listen to me for the next 5 minutes.

I just had THE MOST AMAZING LOBSTER LAKSA EVER UGHHHHHH. I had a friend coming over from Kuala Lumpur over the weekend and I wanted to take her out to dinner. Initially I thought of bringing her over to my new gem of a discovery, Deanna’s Kitchen for the most delicious halal prawn noodles of my life, but they close at 5pm on Saturdays. So I thought, alright maybe this would be the time to finally try the Lakster Deluxe that I’ve been seeing so much on my instagram for the past couple of months!

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Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90) – 10/10

The Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90) is the brainchild of the folks from Jenggood Jom Makan, a hip stall at Padi Emas Coffee House at Jurong East Blk 214 (behind Almukminin Mosque). They are well-known for their original signature dish, the Laksudon, which is like laksa that’s been upgraded with thick, chewy udon noodles. According to my friend this is more like laksa Johor, which is a bit thicker than laksa nyonya (which you get from places like 328 Katong). Well well, I guess I’m more partial to laksa Johor than laksa nyonya!

Every Friday to Sunday from 5pm to 10pm, Jenggood serves up the Lakster Deluxe comprising the Laksudon with a WHOLE lobster, plump mussels, large prawns and calamari, all for just S$34.90! Here’s a closer look:

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A whole lobster plus look at the big prawns! Peep the delicious sambal at the left corner unffff.

My friend and I shared one Lakster Deluxe and OMGGGGG the laksa on its own was already SUPER yummy – the gravy was rich and thick with minced fish meat, coating the chewy udon noodles well. I didn’t even need to mix in too much of the sambal because really it was already a robust gravy, and honestly I would definitely order the Laksudon next time I’m jonesing for some good laksa.

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Seriously OMG the lobster meat was so succulent and look at all that roe omg?!?!?! DEADDDDDD

The lobster itself was SUPER fresh; the meat was succulent and slightly sweet, and absorbed the laksa gravy well. Same for the juicy mussels and the prawns!! UGHHHHHHHHHHHH. I love seafood so much and they definitely did not skimp on the ingredients both in terms of quantity and quality. Plus they provide you with that nutcracker tool you can use to crack open the lobster claws, as well as a mini bucket to throw away all the shells (lobster/prawn/mussels).

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The aftermath – we filled the whole bucket with shells lol

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Aftermath part 2. Check out the gravy with bits of fish meat ughhhhh so good ❤

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S$4 for the laksudon?!?!? I am THERE bruh.

All in all my friend and I had a truly satisfying dinner at Jenggood, and we were both totally blissed out by the end of it, like tears-of-joy #alhamdulillah vibezzz. I would DEF go back here again especially since I live in the West. Oh also, this place accepts DBS PayLah!!!! How great is that? I didn’t have enough cash on me and scanning the QR code provided by the owner Hans was a breeze. Go try it for yourselves soon!!!

Jenggood Jom Makan
Padi Emas Coffeeshop
Blk 214 Jurong East St 21
Singapore 600214

Opening Hours
Mon, Tue, Thu: 630am to 7pm
Fri-Sun: 630am to 10pm
Closed on Wed
**Lakster Deluxe availability: 5pm to 10pm on Fri-Sun

Halal status: Muslim-owned
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: S$17.50
Recommended dishes: Lakster Deluxe (S$34.90, enough for 2 average-appetite pax)

***Edited to add: Jenggod Jom Makan has closed their stall temporarily while they find a new location; check out their Instagram or Facebook for latest updates!***

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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):

Encik Tan - Fishball Noodles Dry

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.

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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