QuikSkoop™: Thye Hong

If you happen to visit Food Republic in Singapore or the one at Pavilion Mall, Kuala Lumpur, bear in mind that you gotta visit this stall first before browsing the others. Thye Hong! Famous for the legendary Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles (SGD 4.50 for small portion) which I love dearly on my last visit to VivoCity. Coming back from a personal tour of Sentosa Island with the monorail, I happened to found another Food Republic just beside the shelter. Feels like they’re everywhere! That was around 2 PM and definitely the time for lunch!

I browse all around seeking the best food that suits my appetite and I found two! That’s the crowded Thye Hong and I was thinking a Mango Pudding from Ice Shop for the dessert (which I already told in my previous post). Thye Hong is supposedly one of the favorites in Food Republic. The one in Wisma Atria back then had its own queuing line and it’s packed with hungry mobs. Well, one of the reasons beside the good taste was probably because they have to fry the noodles first for everybody in one huge wok and then distribute it evenly for everyone. Though the one I had 2 years ago was quite good, big portion, and got these big prawns in it, I felt like trying something new for my lunch. They also got this and several other dishes, but the prawn noodle is the most famous one.

Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles

The circumstances somehow forced me to pick the prawn noodles instead. Why? It’s 2 PM and I gotta be at the airport around 4 PM for my flight back home, the long queue, and the fresh prawn noodles seemed so tempting that I didn’t want linger longer waiting for another dishes to be made because I was completely famished! They got the small, medium, and large portion for their dishes but of course I picked the small one which was actually quite big for one single person.

Turned out that my choice was indeed correct. The Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles was fresh, made out of good quality noodles, big prawns and squids, thick broth, and balanced spices that successfully made the taste so good. Even better than my previous dish! I even care to rape the prawns and add more life to it with the not-so-spicy special chili sauce. The taste was already good but you can always add more spirit into it. I was very satisfied with it, though I survey several blogs telling their experiences eating in Thye Hong, seems to me that there’s inconsistency in maintaining the taste and differs between the branches. I was thankful that my dish was great, but I really wish to return back here again. It’ll be the kway teow probably and I wanna share it with the one that I love a.k.a bigger portion! Food Republic, please open one in Indonesia and bring Thye Hong also! ^^

LOCATION:

Food Republic foodcourts in Singapore and Malaysia (also in China and Hong Kong which I have not yet visit by the way).

Singapore > 313@Somerset, Wisma Atria, Suntec, ION Orchard and VivoCity.

Malaysia > Pavilion Mall.

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QuikSkoop™: Ice Shop

Ice Shop at VivoCity's Food Republic

There’s nothing more refreshing other than having a cold dessert after a sweaty sightseeing of Singapore. Ice Shop in Food Republic food court has always been my best choice so far in Singapore. Why’s that? Because Food Republic is easy to be found. There are actually several Republic Plaza in Singapore plus also they expanded to Malaysia quite recently. Strategically located in Orchard‘s 313@Somerset and Wisma Atria, then also in VivoCity (there’s more actually). Also because Ice Shop sells many variants of mouthwatering shaved ice desserts.

Mango Pudding

The one I had 2 years ago was exactly the same with this one. It’s the Mango Pudding (SG$ 2.50). It was SG$ 2.00 only 2 years ago if I recall correctly.

So here’s the composition. They put the shaved ice on a small bowl, topped it with mango pudding and 2 types of diced gelatins red and green, then poured it with a bit of fresh milk and condensed milk. It’s colorful, all you gotta do just shake it and there you go, a fresh and nice dessert for you! I would also recommend you to pick the other desserts they got to offer you. A shame that I haven’t tried it all, so it’s your turn to taste ’em all and tell me about it. ^^

LOCATION: 

Food Republic foodcourts in Singapore and Malaysia (also in China and Hong Kong which I have not yet visit by the way).

Singapore > 313@Somerset, Wisma Atria, Suntec, ION Orchard and VivoCity.

Malaysia > Pavilion Mall.

QuikSkoop™: Lai Heng

Lau Pa Sat, the hawkers haven!

An old friend of me told about this hawkers nest called Lau Pa Sat Festival Market which I found very very close to the place where I attend my seminar. Thanks to my ability of reading maps easily, it was only like 10 minutes max walk from the office. If you guys wondering where, you just take the MRT to Raffles Place shelter. You gonna find tunnels interconnecting the office premises and you should walk further than Republic Plaza. I forgot the alphabetical exit (they use A-H exits to point easily where you need to get out if you happen to care reading the locality map in the shelter), but don’t take it wrong way to One Raffles Place which happens to be on the opposite site of Lau Pa Sat and there’s no way you can cross the street from there.

What’s so special about this place? It’s a cheap food haven! You can find all range of cuisines available in Singapore. Mostly of course Chinese or Singaporean Chinese and Indian. You can find Padangnese cuisine in Golden Shoe nearby the other exit of Raffles Place shelter, but here it’s mostly those two main cuisines of Singapore. In extra, you might find other local food like rojak (rujak in Indonesia), kopitiam, and even Western food.

It was around dinnertime when I arrived there. We were famished and my friends just order anything that they can find right away. With plenty of choices though I bet they won’t bother choosing wisely. As for me, I prefer to suppress the hunger first and take a good look about what they serve there. It’s pretty interesting to try each one of them plus Singaporeans indeed serve big portions! I didn’t know why but my mind was stick into carrot cake that night. My first experience 2 years ago sampling it was not a memorable experience but that time my relative said that if I want to seek the true Singaporean thing, it’s the carrot cake.

What’s carrot cake by the way? It’s probably like what we call noodle or the one made from rice which was kway teow or kwetiau. Carrot cake was shaped long and thicker from a mixture of some kind of radish or lobak/daikon and rice. It’s chewy if you want to taste it. Then I found this one hawker called Lai Heng that actually specializes in char kway teow which was the kway teow stir fried with veggies, eggs, plus sauces that make them look a bit black. It’s actually blacker in Singapore instead of those in Indonesia.

Fried Carrot Cake

They also use the technique for the carrot cake, but I prefer the Fried Carrot Cake instead which they stir fry it with eggs and scallions plus it’s not black at all so I guess it’s supposed to be more salty. I gotta queue a bit, but the owner’s wife came by and asked what I want. I learn a bit about Singaporean Chinese and you gotta really express what you want clearly and briefly. So I asked for the Fried Carrot Cake, chose the SG$ 4 portion (they got smaller portion for SG$ 3), and stated it that I don’t want it spicy. I queued again for awhile, paid it, and not long after that, I received the plate fill with these carrot cakes and eggs. I add a bit chili sauce for a spirit (I forgot that I should’ve asked it spicy since it’s not that spicy in Singapore). It’s worse in Malaysia actually, they call a sweet sauce spicy. Jeez…

Well by the way, the dish may not look much but you gotta taste it. The carrot cakes were tender and they put fried eggs plus the scallions to enhance the taste. There were of  course, spices used in Chinese cuisines plus the chili sauce which worked perfectly to the already divine dish. Though my first experience two years prior was bad, but this one remedies every not-so-memorable nostalgia I had with carrot cakes! I seriously beg you to try this one if you happen to be at Lau Pa Sat. The place was vast, hot though with many ceiling fans, plus that this Lai Heng hawker seems to be always crowded with quite a long queue but it’s really worth the wait! My Taiwanese friend tried the Char Kway Teow but he said that it’s not that good. Perhaps I shouldn’t trust much people with untrustworthy tongue and passion about food, so next time I’d really try all the dishes they offer. Next time, Lau Pa Sat!

LOCATION:

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market hawkers food court near Raffles Place MRT, Singapore. Just take the underground tunnel to the farthest exit after One Raffles Place, once on surface turn right after the Ascott Hotel, walk straight and cross the street, you’ll find the big sign by the way.