Chef Lu’s La Mian At Kopitiam Vivocity

Chef Lu’s La Mian at the Vivocity, Kopitiam, offers only fresh handmade noodles. I was first attracted to this stall by a bowl of Dry Spicy Handmade Noodle that my colleague was having a week ago at Kopitiam, Vivocity. It looked so amazing. When I was back the next round, without hesitation, I know I must order that for lunch.

Chef In Action
Chef In Action

Stall no. 17, Chef Lu’s La Mian, at Kopitiam, made each bowl of noodles fresh only upon ordering. You could admire the Chef performing the art while waiting for your lovely bowl of fresh noodles. Chef Lu’s La Mian offers 7 selections, with different ingredients with only noodles. It is a shame that both the Xiao Long Bao and Guo Tie were not available.

Spicy Shredded Pork La Mian
Spicy Shredded Pork La Mian

From the look of the Spicy Shredded Pork La Mian ($5.50), it looked very spicy, but not at all. The noodle used in this bowl of delight is the broad flat type. It is sat on a pile of beansprouts together with some green leafy vegetables and a few cubes of braised pork. And very generous amount of vinegar were added. Toss them well and you are ready to grub it down.

Chef Specialty Braised Minced Meat La Mian
Chef Specialty Braised Minced Meat La Mian

On the second occasion, I tried the Chef Specialty Braised Minced Meat La Mian ($4.50). For this bowl, the thin noodles were used instead. I like the tasty minced bean which was enough for the noodles. I don’t mind if I could have a little more of the minced meat. Likewise, toss it and slurp it.

Beef La Mian Soup
Beef La Mian Soup

I felt a need to try the Soup noodle too so I went for Beef La Mian Soup ($6.00). The slice beef was excellent. It melt in the mouth and noodle likewise. If you do not like soft noodle, you need to consume it as soon as you can. I didn’t quite like the soup, it tasted like the instance noodle soup. So may, it is an indication of a significant amount of MSG added. I am not sensitive to MSG, so no adverse reaction after drinking some of the soup.

The food whipped up at Chef Lu’s La Mian stall is fresh and delicious and value for money, especially the dry version. And surprisingly, it wasn’t the salty kind of food, unlike how most PRC Chef would prepared it.

 

Chef Lu’s La Mian
Kopitiam Stall 17
Harbourfront Walk #B2-39 VivoCity Singapore 098585
Tel : 6376 9865

Opening Hours

Daily 1130 to 2200

Getting There

By MRT: Circle line & Northeast Line, HarbourFront Station

By Bus:
– alight at or opposite Vivocity 10, 30, 30e, 57, 61, 65, 80, 97, 97e, 100, 131, 143, 145, 166, 197, 855, RWS8

Rating: 7/10

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Xiang Xiang Cooked Food At Chinatown Serves Local Delights, Putu Mayam

It’s difficult to find Putu Mayam these days. But lucky, there’s a store, Xiang Xiang Cooked Food, at Chinatown selling this particular local delight. Usually, this snack is sold at Indian store but the one at Chinatown Food Complex has Chinese owner.

Store
Store

The Putu Mayam is as good as what I had in the past. The rice noodle like is soft and has a little chewiness. Each packet has two pieces. Most importantly, there were enough red coconut sugar and coconut flakes for the two pieces.

Putu Mayam
Putu Mayam

Besides the Putu Mayam, Xiang Xiang Cooked Food sells other kueh too, such as the sweet potato balls, Tapioca Kuih, Ondeh Ondeh, Tapioca Sandwich, Fried Sesame Ball and Fried Dumpling

Menu
Menu

We tried two of my favourite Kueh, the Tapioca Kuih and Ondeh Ondeh. Most would know about the famous store at Maxwell store selling these 2 kueh. The one from Xiang Xiang are as good as the one at Maxwell.

Top to Bottom: Tapioca Kueh and Ondeh Ondeh
Top to Bottom: Tapioca Kueh and Ondeh Ondeh

I will be back for more.

 

 

Xiang Xiang Cooked Food (香香小食)
Block 335 Smith Street #02-68 Chinatown Complex Market, Singapore 050335

Opening Hours

Daily 0730 till sold out

An Update – I was informed by a beloved NAHMJ’s reader that they usually sold out by noon daily [Credit @Mun Fei]

Getting There

By MRT: Northeast line or Downtown line – Chinatown station; or East West line – Outram Park station

By Bus:

alight at New Bridge Road bus stop 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 80, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

alight at South Bridge Road bus stop 61, 80, 145, 166, 197;

alight at Eu Tong Seng bus stop, outside People’s Park Complex 2, 12, 33, 61, 63, 143, 197, 961, 970, CT8, CT18, CT28;

alight at Eu Tong Seng, outside People’s Park Center 54, 124, 145, 147, 166, 190, 851

Rating: 8/10

 

Tip: The stall is located at the green zone. The food center is divided into four colour zones; yellow, red, blue and green. You can identify the zone by looking at the colour of the tables and chairs.

Noodle Evolution At Lau Pa Sat

When I saw the name Noodle Evolution, I was wondering what kind of noodles would it be selling. The name set me curious and I was eager to find out what it is like.

The stall has noodles to offer, noodles with different ingredient. Currently, there are only Chicken Cutlet and Premium Noodles (Soup or Dry). The remaining 2 others; Garlic Mushroom Noodle and Herbal Duck Bee Hoon (Soup) will be available early next year. And it has a side dish, Mojo Crunch.

Stall
Stall

I ordered the Chicken Cutlet Noodles. I see that they used mainly Chicken Thigh, which is good. The noodles were with a little chewy and soft to the bite. There isn’t much sauces so you get the natural, original noodle taste. The soup is decent and pretty salty though.

Chicken Cutlet Noodle
Chicken Cutlet Noodle

I ordered a Mojo Crunch. It is mainly Tau Po with vegetables stuffing. The stufffing, likewise, has its natural vegetable sweetness, not much of seasoning added. The best part of this Tau Po is that it is crunchy but not oily. It taste better with the chilli sauce

Mojo Crunch
Mojo Crunch

I find that the food whipped up by Noodle Evolution has minimal seasoning. So if you like it that way, it will be for you. Meanwhile, I am waiting for next year to try their the two creation.

Noodle Evolution
18 Raffles Quay #01-29 Telok Ayer Festival Market, Lau Pa Sat Singapore 048582

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Noodle-Evolution/306519752874774?ref=br_tf

Opening Hours

Daily 1100 to 2100

Getting There

By MRT – East West line or North South line – Raffles Place station; Downtown line – Telok Ayer station

By Bus:
– alight opposite Hotel Sofitel So Singapore along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 97, 97e, 196, 196e
– alight opposite AIA Tower along Robinson Road – 10, 10e, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 162, 196, 196e
– alight at One Raffles Quay along Raffles Quay – 10, 10e, 57, 70, 75, 100, 107, 128, 130, 131, 162, 167, 186, 196, 196e, 700, 970

Rating: 7/10

Ham Bao Bao, A Burger Stall, At Beauty World Centre

The hawker centre at the forth level of Beauty World Centre, there you will find a stall sending burgers, Ham Bao Bao.

It doesn’t has much on its menu, very focus with five types of burgers. You can find the usual Beef and Fish burgers, 2 types of pork burgers and a chicken burger that is infused with local flavour, Ayam Buah Kerluak.  When there is burger, how could fries be missing.

Menu
Menu

Everything on the menu looks delish to me and I wish I could try them all. What attracted me most was the Ayam Buah Kerluak. I like fusion dishes. The burger has a pretty thick black chicken patty due to the Buah Kerluak. I find the Buah Kerluak a bit too much and has masked the chicken flavour. For the fries, instead of using frozen fries, they cut the fresh potato into strip and fried it.

Ayam Buah Kerluah Burger
Ayam Buah Kerluah Burger

The pricing of the food are reasonable. If you don’t mind the heat and the ambience, Ham Bao Bao is a good alternative to McDonald that can be found on the first floor of Beauty World Centre. I am keen to try the Classic Beef Burger and Pulled Pork next.

 

Ham Bao Bao
144 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Beauty World Centre, #04-49 Singapore 588177
Tel: +65 9667 5254

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/hambaobaosg

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Sunday 1200 to 2000; Closed on Mondays

Getting There

By Bus:
– alight opposite Beauty World Centre along Jalan Anak Bukit or along Upper Bukit Timah Road 67, 75, 170, 171, 173, 184, 852, 961

Rating: 7/10

Ah Bong’s Italian At Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru is getting all the variety it requires. The addition is Ah Bong’s Italian, operated at a corner of a very old cornered coffee shop bringing Italian pasta to the vicinity. Located on the right (at the next block) of Kisses Bakery (for those who know this bakery).  If I remember correctly, it was occupied by a Vegetarian Mee Hoon stall previously

During lunch hour
During lunch hour

Ah Bong Italian is the second Italian stall, after Savis Food, operating out of non-aircon  enivornment that I tried within the same month, October.

Menu Board
Menu Board

Ah Bong’s Italian has a limited menu but the dishes prepared in the stall is very unique. The menu is change at some interval, check Ah Bong’s Facebook page for the update. There were four pasta choices for selection and one dessert. I won’t missed out the dessert that’s for sure. As for the pasta, the chef mentioned that for something special, I should go for Ah Bong’s Birthday Pasta so I trusted his view and I went for it and I did not regret. It was a great recommendation.

Ah Bong's Birthday Pasta
Ah Bong’s Birthday Pasta

Spaghetti was used for the Ah Bong’s Birthday Pasta, tossed in broccoli cream and bite-sized bacon added. The entire dish was so good. It was creamy, flavourful, rich and of course very tasty as the bacon added the saltiness to enhance the taste. The portion is considerable small for most but at Ah Bong it is quality over quantity that matters. It was great that they threw in a few broccoli into the dish adding a different texture to the creation.

Earl Grey Creme Brulee
Earl Grey Creme Brulee

What about its dessert? Without doubt, it was excellent. The Earl Grey Creme Brulee is creamy and smooth and it has a good amount of Earl Grey flavour, lightly scented. The entire dessert has an excellent balance. Nothing overshadow the other element.

The price is very affordable and reasonable. The only shortcoming about Ah Bong’s Italian is the short opening hours. It is a shame that it doesn’t serve dinner and on Sundays.

Back to my lunch, it was absolutely enjoyable. A great main followed by a lovely dessert. What a great way to end the work week. But the remaining puzzle awaiting to be solved is why is the stall named as Ah Bong’s.

Ah Bong’s Italian
Block 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore 160056
Tel: +65 9650 6194

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/abitalian

Opening Hours

Monday to Friday 1000 to 1430;  Saturday 0930 to 1430; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By MRT: East-West Line – Outram Park or Tiong Bahru station

By Bus:
– alight at Blk 55 along Tiong Bahru Road – 5, 16, 33, 63, 75, 123, 175, 195, 851, 970
– alight at Eton House Pre-School along Outram Road – 33, 63, 75, 851, 970

Rating: 8.5/10

Savis Food, Design Your Own Pasta, At Beach Road

Savis Food though it may be an unassuming store at a not so glamorous place, in a Hawker Centre, it certainly serves delicious authentic Pasta with a Fusion twist. What more, the price is at a fraction of your usual pasta found in the various cafe and restaurant.

Store, Order Counter
Store, Order Counter

The shop has a mixed and match menu for diners to customise their own pasta. I like the idea so that I could have the best or rather my favourite ingredients in the pasta. How it works is that, first go to the order side of the shop and start choosing the prefer type of pasta, next the pasta based. Finally the vegetable and/or the meat which include seafood. Lastly, if you prefer, you can add Truffle and Caviar into your pasta. And not forgetting the spiciness level can also be customised to your preference. There are four levels.

As it is self service collection, the crew will inform you of the approximate collection time. Come back to the shop but this time proceed to the collection “counter”, adjacent to the order “counter”.

Menu
Menu

I have spaghetti since linguine was not available. For the pasta base, I have the Creamy Tom Yum with little spiciness. They add chilli padi to spice up the dish. And for meat, I choose the chicken which is a huge piece of Chicken Chop. For $6.50, what a generous portion.

Creamy Tom Yum with Chicken Chop
Creamy Tom Yum with Chicken Chop

The Creamy Tom Yum Pasta was hot and spicy and sourish, very appetising. I like the Chicken Chop. It was amazingly flavourful. Even the presentation was so professional, comparable to the restaurant standard.

Savis Food is certainly a store great for a pasta meal when you don’t mind the heat.

Savis Food
Golden Mile Food Center, Block 505 Beach Road #B1-45 Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 8118 4511

FBhttps://www.facebook.com/savisfood

Opening Hours

Monday – Saturday 1130 to 2130; Closed on Sundays

Getting There

By Bus: alight at or opposite Golden Mile Complex along Beach Road – 100

Rating: 8/10