Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant 荷兰村XO鱼头米粉酒楼 (Dover)

XO Fish Head Bee Hoon XO鱼头米粉 $7
Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant 荷兰村XO鱼头米粉酒楼  is a zi char stall located in a coffeeshop in Dover Crescent popular for their XO Fish Head Bee Hoon.
This stall is also well-known for their customer service which is terrible. Despite that, they still attract customers from all over the island. It is a testimony of how good their XO Fish Head Bee Hoon is.

This reminds me of some Hong Kong cha chaan teng where the more the service attitude is terrible, the better the food tastes.
The zi char stall sells a variety of food. You will need to ask for their menu. As you can see from the signage, the prices of their most popular item is clearly displayed. This reduces the number of requests for the menu as many people are here for just the XO Fish Head/Meat Bee Hoon.

For myself, I made a special trip down to specially their XO Fish Head Bee Hoon.
XO Fish Head Bee Hoon XO鱼头米粉 $7
I ordered the smallest version of the XO Fish Head Bee Hoon XO鱼头米粉 $7. It would have cost me $1 lesser if I had ordered the fish meat version. But I am one of those who loves fish head. It is in fact the real deal. If you are also a foodie, you will probably agree that fish head is better than fish meat.
XO Fish Head Bee Hoon XO鱼头米粉 $7

The XO Fish Head Bee Hoon was delicious! The soup which was cloudy, was tasty, creamy and intense XO taste. Surprisingly, I liked the soup and drank most of it. Not bad for someone who does not fancy liquor. Slices of ginger was added to balanced out the flavours and get rid of any unpleasant fishy smell. They were so generous as there was so many chunks of fried fish head in the bowl. They had given nearly the whole fish head (lips, grills, eyes, etc). Moreover, the fish head was so fresh.

Now I understand why the XO Fish Head Bee Hoon has been so highly raved about. In my opinion it is a real hearty bowl of XO Fish Head and value for money.

Holland Village XO Fish Head Bee Hun Restaurant 荷兰村XO鱼头米粉酒楼 (Dover)
Blk 19A Dover Crescent, #01-05
Singapore 131019 
Tel: +65 6778 3691
Opening Hours: Mon to Sun 1130 am - 2pm, 5pm - 11pm

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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Kok Sen Restaurant 国成餐室 (Keong Saik Road)

Big Prawn Bee Hoon Soup
Kok Sen Restaurant 国成餐室 is a popular cantonese zi char eatery located at Keong Saik Road. It is around 10 minutes walk away from Outram MRT station. Despite not being air-conditioned, the eatery is nearly always full during lunch and dinner time. Over the years, the eatery has garnered quite a following and is known as one of the best cantonese eatery in Singapore.
Big Prawn Bee Hoon Soup
The Big Prawn Bee Hoon Soup is one of their signature dish. It consists of thick bee hoon, kai lan and large prawns in soup, topped with fried onions (shallots). The large and meaty prawns were sliced in half making it easy to extract the meat. The soup broth was just so robust and tasty! It was red, slightly spicy and full of shrimp flavour. It was so tasty that we drank nearly all the soup! Overall, this dish was delicious! A must try! No wonder one can spot this dish on early every table at the eatery.
Big Prawn Hor Fun
The next signature dish which can also be spotted on nearly every table is the Big Prawn Hor Fun. The dish consists of flat rice vermicelli noodles, kai-lan and large prawns. Similarly, the large prawns were sliced in half. The vermicelli noodles was very well fried with a smokey fragrance and wok hei. The sauce was just out of the world. A bowl of plain rice accompanied with the sauce would suffice! This is a must try too!
Prawn Paste Chicken
The Prawn Paste Chicken is another signature dish at Kok Sen. Interestingly, unlike most places where the prawn paste chicken consist of chicken wings, at Kok Sen, other chicken parts were used. The chef controlled the heat well as the chicken was not greasy. While the flavour of the prawn was evident, it thought that as a whole it was on the salty end. 

This is my second time back at Kok Sen Restaurant. Their signature Big Prawn Bee Hoon Soup and  Big Prawn Hor Fun are fantastic! These two dishes are a must try. But do note that you may expect long waiting times at times and not-so-fantastic service. But the food would make up for it. 

Kok Sen Restaurant 国成餐室 (Outram)
30-32 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089137
Tel: +65 6223 2005
Opening Hours: 12pm to 2.30pm; 5pm to 11.30pm

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Saturday, 30 April 2016

Shi Xin Western Food 时新西餐 (Tekka Food Centre)

Chicken Chop with Egg $6.20
Shi Xin Western Food 时新西餐 is a western food hawker stall located at Tekka Food Centre.

As its name suggests, the stall owner serves Western cuisine such as black pepper beef steak, fish and chips, chicken cutlet, chicken chop and pork chop. 15 varieties in total. The stall is manned by just 1 person, a lady. Not an easy feat considering that preparations are required and she has to juggle between receiving goods, taking orders, cooking and collecting payment. Moreover, this is the only western stall in the hawker centre and business can be quite good during meal times. Amazing how 1 person can handle all these. She must be very capable.
Pork Chop $5.50
This is the Pork Chop $5.50. It is served with fries, bake beans, sliced cucumbers and tomato, and a bun.
Pork Chop $5.50
Personally, the sides were decent. The down side was that the main star, which was the pork chop, was too tough.
Chicken Chop with Egg $6.20
On another occasion, I ordered the Chicken Chop $5.50. I added an egg for an additional $0.70. This fared better in terms of taste. The egg was nicely executed with its yolk still runny. The chicken chop was juicy and well marinated! 

I find the price of the western cuisine at this stall very reasonable. Also, all the items come along with a bun. 

Shi Xin Western Food 时新西餐 (Tekka Food Centre)
665 Buffalo Road
#01-307 Tekka Centre
Singapore 210665
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 10pm

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