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雙人徐 Shuang Ren Hsu (Taiwan –Taipei)

On the 2nd day of our sponsored whirlwind trip to Taiwan, we were brought to a modern establishment that specialises in Zha Jiang Mian 炸醬麵 / 炸酱面. For some reason, I was expecting a sort of traditional noodle house as I was informed that Shuang Ren Hsu specialises in traditional tasting 炸酱面, Imagine my surprise when we stepped into a small restaurant that looked the exact opposite of traditional. It even had a huge wall mounted projector screen showing some video.

ShuangRenHsu - ZhaJiangMian

I think this photo above epitomises how avant-garde Shuang Ren Hsu is! Who would have thought of pairing 炸酱面 with red wine?? Why not? In fact, that is the question posed by the owner of Shuang Ren Hsu who joined us for lunch. This is definitely not your 15 minute 炸酱面 stall. The average customer spends more than an hour dining here, replicating the “French” dining experience by pairing the dishes with various wines, luxuriating over the meal as well as conversation. I love this wine pairing concept with Chinese food, and the idea of savouring the meal through several courses!

The average Chinese person eats faster, way faster than the average Westerner. This is partly due to the fact that you have to eat quickly in communal dining or you might just end up with the scraps. I’ve never really appreciated this and I like to buck the trend by taking my time to savour every morsel. I loath it when people tell me I eat slowly. If I’m in a good mood, I tell them that the French take 3 hours to ENJOY dinner. That instantly puts things in a different perspective doesn’t it? If I’m in a bad mood, I ask them why are we eating so fast like dogs?

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Food Republic at 112 Katong – Oodles of noodles

Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle $6.80

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle $6.80 (2)

Thye Hong has a really long history, spanning over 40 years! They still insist on serving their fare on Opeh leaves specially imported from Malaysia and Indonesia. The leaves aren’t just for decoration, they actually infuse a subtle, woody fragrance to the noodles. I was trying to limit my intake of food so that I would have space for all the dishes, but I found myself returning for seconds (and thirds)! The broth was indeed very fragrant and it was a pleasure slurping up the noodles. The prawns were lacklustre as they were kind of soggy and stuck to their shells. Still, the noodles were so nice I didn’t mind ignoring the prawns.

Li Xin Teowchew Fishball Noodle Stall Mee Pok dry $4.50

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Li Xin Teowchew Fishball Noodle Stall Mee Pok dry $4.50

Yet another stall with years of history! Their fishballs are still made from the same recipe used since Li Xin started way back in 1968! The fishballs are made with yellowtail only and kept chilled and not frozen, so as to retain their bounciness. I found the fishballs to have a very strong fish taste, definitely very different from the generic ones you get nowadays. I also liked the mee pok noodles that came in a spicy yet slightly sweet sauce. I found it refreshingly different and I liked the slightly sweet sauce, but a couple of the bloggers found it weird.

Cho Kee Wanton Noodle Stall Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle $7

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Cho Kee Wanton Noodle Stall Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle $7

Cho Kee Noodle started way back in 1965 in Old Airport Road. Now, to cater to the modern tastebud, Cho Kee also offers noodles made of spinach, carrot and seaweed. I found the noodles too spicy for me, but I really liked the QQ texture. This above is a picture of spinach dumplings, but I was unable to taste the flavour of spinach at all. In fact, the colour was also more yellow than green, although you could definitely detect a hint of green. I suppose this is a good thing which probably means they did not use green food colouring to cheat? The soup dumplings were also very tasty. The dumpling skins were velvety soft, and they were filled with meat rather than fat bits.

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Cho Kee Wanton Noodle Stall Fried Dumpling Spinach Noodle $7 (2)

For the $7, you also get a plate of crispy wantons. These wantons are the total opposite of the soup wontons in that they are fried to a crisp! They are so super crispy that the wanton that I stuffed in my mouth literally melted away without much effort. These wantons remind me of the wantons from Parkland Wanton Noodles, except these are more crumbly/crispy and the meat more moist.

 Formosa Delights Stall Dao Xiao Mian Beef $6

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Formosa Delights Stall Dao Xiao Mian Beef $6

This is Formosa Delights’ 5th store and they are famous for handmade noodles made daily and cooked upon order. For those of you who are not familiar with Dao Xiao Mian aka Knife Shaved Noodles, the guy will hold up a block of dough and he will slice the noodles one by one. The noodles will fly though the air into the boiling pot! This felt like a healthier bowl of noodles as compared to other soup noodles as lots of vegetables are provided. Also the soup had a slight herbal flavour

Ah Yip Herbal Soup Stall Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles $13.50

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Ah Yip Herbal Soup Stall Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles $13.50

Did you know that the founder of Ah Yip herbal soup used to be a physician?  He felt that drinking herbal soups to be an effective and easy way to maintain good health and he wanted to share his knowledge with everyone. Talk about eating what the doctor ordered!  Ah Yip’s Herbal Soups take more than 10 hours to prepare. Despite that, I found this dish to have a very light herbal taste. I could see that a lot of herbs had gone into the dish as I could see them swimming around. I guess this dish would appeal to those who don’t like a strong herbal flavour and yet want to enjoy the goodness of the herbs. The duck meat fell from the bone easily without much pressure, but I found it to be very stringy for a duck drumstick.

 Fu Lin Tofu Yuen 7 pcs set with Noodle $6.80

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Fu Lin Tofu Yuen 7 pcs set with Noodle $6.80

Fu Lin Tofu Yuen serves Hakka Yong Tau Foo and started in 1994 in the East Coast area. The difference between other stalls is that all the yong tau foo will be cooked crispy and served with their special minced chicken mushroom sauce and chilli. I was at first shocked that a healthy dish of yong tau fu has turned into a fried fest, but the surprising thing was that the yong tau foo items didn’t feel oily. They were crispy on the outside yet they retained their firm and juicy interior. Very delicious and indeed the mushroom gravy was so delicious I was busy trying to get extra onto my yong tau foo pieces. It’s no wonder that according to the owner, other players have been trying to mimic the minced chicken mushroom recipe. Well you know where to get the original now.

Bangkok Gem Stall Pad Thai with Prawns $6

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Bangkok Gem Stall Pad Thai with Prawns $6

This Pad Thai looked so appetising but failed to deliver. There was an overwhelming fried kuay teow taste and it was way tooo spicy before we’d even stirred in the chilli. Suffice to say that I think Thai Express’ version of Pad Thai is much better.

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Beef Ball Mee Pok

When I first discovered the existence of Gar Lok Eating House’s Beef Ball Mee Pok from fellow blogger Creating Objective’s website, I was like “I have to try this out no matter what”. I mean it looked so good! The prominent strands of yellow mee pok contrasted so well with the voluptuous looking beef balls.

I hear that the beef ball noodles here is very famous. It’s evident when you see the pictures of the numerous TV variety programmes that have featured them, pasted on their stall front. I’m no expert at beef ball noodles but here’s my take. Visually of course, I loved them. Taste wise, I found the beef balls to be slightly lacking in flavour and also just a little dry. The noodles however were pretty tasty. I ate quite a lot of it before I even started on the beef balls. Towards the end, the noodles somehow got a little soft, perhaps thanks to my lengthy photo taking, or perhaps in part due to the bottom bits of noodles lying in oil. The chilli provided tasted like the type you have when you eat chicken rice.

Okay to cut to the chase, here are the photos.

Gar Lok Eating House - Beef Ball Noodles Gar Lok Eating House - Beef Ball Noodles (2)

Front view of the beef balls

Gar Lok Eating House - Beef Ball Noodles (6)

Back View of the Beef Balls….

Gar Lok Eating House - Beef Ball Noodles (3)

Beef balls with chilli

Gar Lok Eating House - Beef Ball Noodles (4)

The beef balls are actually placed in the soup. For photo taking purposes, I took them out.

Gar Lok Eating House (3)

Curry fish from the stall next to the beef ball stall. Costs $4, which is a good price, but fish was just average.

Gar Lok Eating HouseGar Lok Eating House (2)

Click on the left photo to see the prices of the beef ball noodles. They have tendon ball and sliced beef noodles as well. I don’t know if I’ve ever tried tendon balls before. I love old school kopitiams. Hope to visit more in time to come.

Workers' Party Headquarters

Whaddya know, when I was devouring my noodles, from between the pillars where I was sitting, I spied a hammer logo. From another angle, I only saw the signboard saying Lighting House. So I thought it was a shop selling lights and other household tools. But as you can well see, it’s the Workers’ Party’s Headquarters! No I didn’t see Sylvia Lim or Low Thia Khiang, but it would be quite a treat if they had been sitting at the next table eating some noodles!

 

Gar Lok Eating House

217 Syed Alwi Road (S)207776

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Baits Restaurant (Din Tai Fung)

After reaching the end of the Sentosa Boardwalk, we paid $1 each and entered Sentosa. I was dying for something to eat, but Resorts World was so huge. For a while I couldn’t even find the escalators to go to the top floor, which got me even more hot and bothered. Stopped at the 1st restaurant we saw, even though I wanted something more cafe like.

Turns out that Baits Restaurant is actually Din Tai Fung, albeit a Din Tai Fung with a somewhat expanded repertoire of dishes. The usual suspects, aka Xiao Long Bao were of course available. We took the opportunity to try things we normally wouldn’t get at the usual Din Tai Fung outlets.

Baits Restaurant - Singapore Noodles

There was this dish called Singapore noodles. Now, everyone in Singapore knows that there’s no such thing as Singapore noodles! That’s something conjured up by restaurants in foreign lands! So I was quite shocked to see this dish on the menu, and we just had to order it. I have no idea if what we had was “authentic” or not. What is the meaning of authentic anyway? It was nonetheless a very delicious plate of fried bee hoon with shredded egg, shrimps and pork.

Baits Restaurant - Xiao Bai Cai

Xiao Bai Cai stir fried with garlic. Loads and loads of garlic to chase the sniffles away!

Baits Restaurant - Xiao Long Bao

Xiao Long Bao – The usual suspects

Baits Restaurant

Some springroll thingy with ham. Tasted very good!

Baits Restaurant - Honeydew Juice and Apple Juice

Fresh Honeydew juice and fresh apple juice

Baits Restaurant (2)

Claypots galore

Baits Restaurant (3)

Baits Restaurant - Dying Fish

I wonder if they served the dying fish to some unsuspecting diner?

On the whole, we were pretty satisfied with the quality of food. It’s the Din Tai Fung standard. Service could have been improved. We managed to get one of the last few empty tables during lunch. Those poor people after us had to line up to wait. The staff proceeded to shoo them outside to wait in the heat instead as they were clogging up the front entrance.

Also the restaurant seemed short handed. It took a while to get the attention of any staff as they were flying all over the place trying to deliver the freshly cooked dishes. It looks like the restaurant is so big the staff have to walk a long way! They got all our orders right, which was good. I asked for extra chillies and I was so afraid that they would forget my order, but surprisingly, the chillies were duly delivered!

Baits Restaurant

Resorts World Sentosa

26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-217/222

Tel: 6686 3565

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm daily

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