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Monday, November 23, 2009

Food in Tiong Bahru Market Food Court, Singapore

Time to blog about my Singapore trip. Phew!! Too many obligatory posts in the past few weeks that I have not time and space to blog about my Singapore trip. Let's start of with food. Can you believe that I ate in the food court in Tiong Bahru Market for 3 days in a row while I was in Singapore for 3 days? Well, there are two reasons for that, too many good food there and it's just across the road from Link Hotel (5 minutes walks) where all the Nuffnangers were staying.

Day 1:

We arrived at Link Hotel around 4 p.m. and I was only be able to check-in to my room at about 5.30 p.m. and that was not without the hassle of getting a wrong room number first. By 6.30 p.m. we have to get ready but my sister, my mum and my niece were here to meet up with me. So, we make a quick trip to Tiong Bahru Market food court for a quick bite.

Seeing my niece Ruth makes me calmer even after the long wait and the mistakes made by the hotel staff. Not enough experience to handle such a big group check-in I think. We're about 120 strong.

Teochew Fishball Noodle, Tiong Bahru Market

The fish ball, fish cake and fish wantan is really good. One can really taste fish, unlike some that mixes too much flour or too much MSG in it. The sauce that mixes the noodle tasted a bit bland though. Next time I'll just order the fish produce with soup and skip noodle.

Rating: 3.5/5

Fish ball noodle SGD $3.5 (I added extra fish wanton)

Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow

My sister ordered what she referred as "white char kway teow" (CKT ala Singapore) as opposed to what we Malaysian make our char kway teow. I don't want to argue about whether char kway teow is a Singaporean or Malaysian pioneer food. Both version has similarity yet very different.

The "white char kway teow" is wet version of char kway teow much like the KL CKT. It's white maybe because it uses light soya sauce instead of the dark soya sauce. Pork lard is no where to be found in it. Penangites will spit on this white version. I myself also thinks that Penang CKT still rock my socks, even the normal one. My Malaysian taste bud really can't get used to this version of CKT. Well, it's always good to try on different things in a foreign country even if it's not as good as you'll expect it to be. Funny thing is there was quite a long queue of customer ordering from this stall.

Rating: 2/5

Tiong Bahru Fried Kway Teow SGD $3

Day 2:

The day after the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards dinner, me, WeiZhi, Chris, Christine, Swee San and her friend planned to have breakfast in Tiong Bahru Market before we go for our 1 day Singapore tour sponsored by Uniquely Singapore. This place is of course recommended by me lol, which my sister recommended. There's still a few good stuff that I haven't been able to try yesterday.

Tiong Bahru Fish & Chicken Poriddge

I felt like having porridge. It's been a while I haven't take porridge in the morning. So, I ordered a raw fish slices porridge. The raw fish slice is really smooth. Eat it with the warm porridge, which will cooked the raw fish slice in just a matter of seconds. The fish was marinated with sesame oil, soya sauce and granished with ginger and spring onion. It's really hard to describe the feeling of mixing all this into the warm porridge and take a scoop of it. All I can say is "Delicious". Sorry I forgot the price. Should be around SGD $4.

Rating: 4/5

WeiZhi bought us some very nice kueh mangkuk lol, sorry I forgot what it's call in Hokkien. I know Cantonese it's call "put chai go". This is one of the best I've ever tasted. You should really try this if you are here in Tiong Bahru Market food court.

Rating 4.5/5

Tiong Bahru Pau

My sister told me the egg tarts from Tiong Bahru Pau is very nice but alas the first day, it was sold out, the second day it's not ready T_T But, the fried minced pork popiah here is very nice too. I bought some for WeiZhi, Chris and Cristine yesterday, and this morning WeiZhi bought it for us lol. This is just one of the Tiong Bahru Pau outlet, there's a few more outlets in Singapore. My sister told me the HQ is just somewhere behind Link Hotel.

Rating: 3.5/5

Teck Seng Soya Bean Milk

My sister recommended this soya bean the day before but they were closed. So day 2 morning, we all go for this. The queue is seriously long. Thank you Chris for queuing up to buy the soya bean for us ;)

Swee San had cincau & soya bean milk mix

My small soya bean milk

My tao fu fah (豆腐花)

I know why the queue is so long because the soya bean milk and tao fu fah were really worth the wait. WeiZhi told us she still prefer the tao fu fah in Ipoh. As for me, I think the one here has a more solid feel while the one in Ipoh is more watery. Both has it's pro and con.

Rating: 4/5

Christine and Chris shared their yam cake, chee cheong fun and economy fried noodle. The queue to these stalls is quite long too or maybe it's just because Singapore is very densely populated lol.

Christine's Yam cake and chee cheong fun.

Chris' Economy fried noodle

Day 3:

I woke up early at 7am because I slept damn early the night before. While, Chris my room mate is still sleeping (he came back like 3 or 4 in the morning). So, I walked to Tiong Bahru Market for breakfast alone. I really don't know what to eat because I've already been here for the third time in a row now. So, there I was walking around the food court, until I spotted a damn long queue from this stall, no it's not the soya bean milk stall even though the queue also very long there.

Tiong Bahru Lor Mee

Instinct tell me this lor mee must be very nice. Duh.

Got proof!

The lor mee here is more like lum mee in KL. I like the generous condiment of cut chilis, diced garlics and Chinese parsley. Mixed it all up with the gravy and take a bite of the noodle. Satisfaction baby! Of course, you'll have to like raw garlic per se. You can tell the boss not to put any of those. They will let you put the condiments yourself.

Rating: 4/5

And I think the third time is a bliss because I finally able to but some egg tarts from Tiong Bahru Pau lol. It's nice, crispy skin and soft fillings. Comparable to Tong Kee's. Just that the former sweetness level is lesser than the latter.

Rating: 4.5/5

Egg tarts from Tiong Bahru Pau

See, I am so nice I listed down the other outlets of Tiong Bahru Pau here. Click to enlarge:

That is my 3 days in a row Tiong Bahru Market Food Court adventures. I just read that the kway chap here is not bad too. A bit crazy right, one food court so many nice food. LOL.


Tiong Bahru Market Food Court

Google Map here.


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~Christine~Leng said...

I love their 'put jai go' too!
thanks for bringing us here Simon :)

Sheryl0202 said...

wow! I havent been there many yummy food!!! those staying at Tiong Bahru are so fortunate!

Rebecca Saw said...

Cheap and good ..but your room doesnt come w free brekkie??

ai wei said...

heard that u all love the put jai go a lot. really that superb ar???

Simon Seow said...

Let me guess. Christine was using Chris' PC, accidentally left message using Chris' login, then deleted the comment and leave another one as Christine? lol

Yeah, 'put jai go' ftw! Thank you WeiZhi for the treat ;)

Sheryl: you should go try, put jai go and tao fu fah a must.

BeckyWacky: sponsored room, what to do, Link Hotel is sponsoring like 100 of us, and you still expect free brekkie?

ai wei: yes, it's really very very nice, damn now I'm craving for it.

Samantha Chow said...

haha i havent even blogged abt the nn trip! *guilty*

Simon Seow said...

Samantha: you're not alone lol me too

Anonymous said...

i see thanx you vry nice post alışveriş

choi yen said...

why the CKT so pale in colour, not appetizing lah!!!

Simon Seow said...

mimid3vils: white CKT mah lol

HairyBerry said...

a good find! so near your hotel summore! haha. the lor mee is really famous but i've yet to try. will check it out one day la. just one bus stop away from outram park mrt station.