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December 22, 2018

iSteaks Diner, Singapore…offputting wait for a table

Steak can cost, but it doesn’t have to. You’d be hard up to find NZ striploin for SGD18 elsewhere in Singapore. This no-frills diner is very reasonably priced with chicken and fish dishes start at SGD10.50.

There is an offputting number of people standing around everywhere, tediously waiting until a table frees up. It is not even first come, first served. Reservations aren’t accepted, walk-ins only. On the flip side, when you are in the middle of your meal, you’d eat your dinner keenly aware that 30 peoples’ eyes were boring into your back willing you to finish either because you’re full, or you’ve dropped dead off your stool. No one cared either way.

Time your visit. Don’t  turn up as a four at 7pm at the weekend expecting to get at table straight away. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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October 7, 2012

Kedai Kopi Chung Wah, Melaka…chicken ball rice are good, but not worth the hassle

Got to say, not so impressed.

Melaka is well-known for its chicken rice ball, which is actually chicken rice pressed into a ball (when it is hot, to ensure it sticks together). The compact and flavourful rice balls were of a slight grainy texture, moist and slightly sticky but yet soft enough to swallow effortlessly; so much so you can eat it on its own.

For all that the rice balls are worth, I don’t get it.

The whole queueing thing here has gotten ridiculous! As early as 9.30am, the queue to even get into the shop is immense (that’s the time the photo below was taken). Moreover, the chicken was chopped in a haphazard manner….and it actually tastes the way it looks…not good. It was a monumental let-down.

I’m not sure I would queue again for that long while hungry. Good rice balls are available in many places. The rice balls here are good but certainly not worth any kind of hassle or special effort. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

September 8, 2012

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle, Singapore…insanely long wait for the best pork noodle in Singapore

As far as Teochew bak chor mee (minced pork noodles) goes, and as far as I’m concerned, this is the best around.  Hill Street Tai Hwa nails this one on the money. 

Noodles cooked perfectly are chewy and supple, and the sauce (soy and vinegar) has great flavour. Everything’s cooked right, the spare parts (liver and other stuff) are  not overcooked with intense flavour emanating in your mouth. The lean pork is tender and supple, easily munchable with tons of melding flavours of the sauces and tasty broth. I found myself slurping down the bowl while sweating profusely and not minding the fact that I looked like a middle aged kid sweating in anticipation from standing in front of a Candy Empire store.

But be prepared for an insanely long wait as the most of the time there is a monster queue. Once you have arrived at the end of the queue and it’s your turn to order, enjoy the food as you are about to eat the best pork noodle in Singapore. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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