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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.

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.

QuikSkoop™: HDL Seafood

One thing about this place that’s either distracting, despising, hindering, yet disgusting. It’s very dirty!!!!!!!!! Plus they got flies everywhere!! Jeez.. Good thing I only took away the food back home. The very thought of eating there makes my stomach turns upside down! So why the hell am I still buying the food there? It’s because that the place has become extremely popular due to the amount of daily patrons there. Distasteful patrons I must say. They’d rather eat with flies for a cheap price rather than finding a more decent place!

Okay, so this place offer the usual seafood with plenty of options for the sauce and the way they cook it. I picked Udang Saos Padang (Prawns fried with chili Padangnese style sauce) for IDR 35,000. Then a very big Kakap Goreng Tepung (Panfried snapper) for IDR 70,000. I always balance my meal with veggies, so I chose Sapo Tahu Komplit (Beancurd Sapo with Seafood and Veggies) for IDR 35,000.

Udang Saos Padang
Sapo Tahu Komplit
Kakap Goreng Tepung

I gotta admit that they do serve large portions for cheap price, but the taste was thoroughly bland! Surprisingly though, the prawns managed to save the humiliation. The rest was totally disappointing! The fish might be big and the sapo might seem delicious with all the stuffs, but it’s deceiving! I don’t recommend such place. Unless you wanna fill in the guts, play yourself with flies, plus saving your pocket instead of your health, so be it! I risked mine for writing this, but that’s my job. LOL

Location : Cilaki St. (nearby Road Cafe), Bandung

Restaurant Review: Miranda (FKA Tan Goei)

Bestik Lidah Sapi

This place… this place…. this very place is very old school! If you see Warkop DKI movies in their glorious days with scenes having meals in a somewhat 80s kinda restaurant, then you gonna get that feeling. Formerly called Tan Goei for decades. Thanks to my friend’s recommendation who notably a Bandungnese (not a Jakartan? Jeez! How shameful that would be if you found out how this place can offer a delicious dish!) who found this place.

Well, if you see what its like, it seems that this place detach itself from the dining place list for this era or people nowadays. It’s conservative, filled with elders even for the waiters, smells like old building, and no signs of revival. Although they now provide free wi-fi! That’s a bit strange eh? Judging that people will most likely linger in a much more comfortable place but this place doesn’t actually provide that indulgence. But there’s one thing actually that would make you linger, the solo keyboard show just outside the indoor section! Hahaha.. You can also join the jam by showing off your ability in singing! And that’s the time for me to come inside and avoid it if you insist on singing like that.

Basically, the menu was all about Chinese food for family and Bestik (our style of defining ‘steaks’). I haven’t tried the Chinese foods but you can see that the utensils they use to serve really go way back to the 80s. While some people said that the place is legendary of its Bestik and in this case, the Bestik Lidah Sapi or Ox Tongue Steak (if you must do it in English), so then I picked it. Plus on my next visit, I even picked the other Bestik variants in chicken and a wiener schnitzel.

Bestik Ayam

For this time, I’d only discuss the steak. There are basically five bestik there, Tenderloin (Bestik Haas), Chicken (Bestik Ayam), Ox Tongue (Bestik Lidah), King Prawns (Bestik Udang), and Wiener Schnitzel. I seem to forgot one more type but that’s okay. So in both occasions I managed to taste three of them. The Bestik Lidah (IDR 44,500), Bestik Ayam (IDR 36,500), and Wiener Schnitzel (IDR 44,500) in which all three of them are the recommended dishes in the Bestik section. With a very calm and exacting experience, the waiters were able to deliver us good service (perhaps it’s because the restaurant has become so vacant most of times, you can imagine how busy they were decades ago) to our satisfaction.

For the judgment in taste, all three of them are fantastic! The ox tongue and the chicken were accompanied with decent fries, cauliflower in mayo, stir fried beans, and sweet carrots. No need for extra salt and pepper. It’s already delicious! The best thing of the steaks was actually the sauce, the culinary heritage sauce from colonial times and according to the present owner, this goes back to the days of her elders. Waw! That’s classic and the sauce was indeed one of the best tasting gravy sauce you can get! It’s dominating, it’s magical, and no words could match the greatness of it! Once again, you ain’t gonna need chili sauce, tabasco, white pepper, black pepper if available, and even salt! The original taste was already… flawless and perfect! You should taste this indeed.

Wiener Schnitzel

This long time heritage though has been forgotten. Even my friends who are notably Jakartans didn’t even know of its existence. Thanks to my Bandungnese friend who has informed me this. You wouldn’t even possibly recognize the place anymore unless you got in your family an elder who still reminisce of the days when the earth was still young about the beauty of this place or if you are somebody like me.

The Judgment (based on scale of 10 score plus the comments):

1. PRICE (7/10)

Calculation Method

GT = (Principle Price + (Principle Price x 10% Restaurant Tax))

That is so adorable! Though if they can keep the steak price tags around IDR 30 thousands, that’ll be cooler.

2. INTERIOR (4/10)

It’s too old. They need to revive it back to their glorious days. I’m worry about their capability to defend themselves in the middle of the emergence of many well-funded competitors. Because what they have is the classic, flawless taste in their dishes. I heard that Hema (a famous Dutch resto) in Jakarta has taken over the management. Let’s hope that they’ll do something constructive.

3. SERVICE (6/10)

The elders seem to have done great service for us. I am content.

4. TASTE (9/10)

Magical!!! As you can read above.

5. OVERALL (6.5/10)

Additional Information:

Location : Jalan Besuki no. 1A, Menteng, Jakarta Pusat.