Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle

Recently, with the whole Michelin guide thingy, there has been a whole debate about which hawker stall sells the best bak chor mee. I for one will not travel far nor will I stand in queue for 30-45min for a bowl of noodles. So I am pretty happy with Hup Hup that serves up pretty good noodles and best of all, it is in my hood 🙂

But before you can dig into that yummy bowl of bak chor mee, you first have to get past the legendary grouchy bitch face aunty. No threat to me bcos I have a bitch face too :p A word of advice, be clear with your order or risk getting the tsk and killer stare hur hur.. Been eating this for years and in a rare occurrence some time this year, the aunty actually smiled at me O.O Hallelujah.

There are only two types of noodles available: mee pok and mee kia. Don’t be funny and try to ask for kuay tiao, bee hoon or other types of noodles. This one here is the mee pok (think linguine) and the thinner version is the mee kia (think angel hair pasta). Bowl comes in two sizes: Small ($3.00) or Big ($4.00). You can have the noodles in soup or dry with their concoction of sauces. If you are ordering the noodles dry, you can have them spicy or non-spicy.

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So in summary these are the choices you have to make clear to grouchy aunty.

  1. Mee Pok / Mee Kia
  2. Small / Large
  3. Dry / Soup
  4. If dry, Spicy / Non-spicy
  5. Eating in / Take-away

Speak slowly and clearly.

I personally like the type of mee pok and mee kia they use. There is another type which is slightly translucent looking and has a more firm and springy texture (think al dante). I like how they cook the noodles such that it doesn’t stick into a lump. You really don’t want sticky noodles bcos the entire bowl of noodles hangs on your chopstick like a ball of yarn when you try to pick them up. There is also enough mix of sauces so it’s tasty and moist. Good that they were not overly generous with the oil.

The chilli is not too spicy and is flavourful. When paired with the right proportion of tomato sauce and vinegar, it’s yummy. If you are the type who eats chilli as a main and noodles as a complement, you may need to ask for a big dollop. But I think that would probably change the flavour as the original concoction proportions are altered.

Accompanying the noodles are braised mushrooms (good flavour), minced meat (not too fatty) and pig liver. To top it off, you get two pieces of deep fried wanton skin for that added crunch!

Brace yourselves, I think this noodle is worth a face to face encounter with a grouch ;p

Hup Hup Minced Meat Noodle (合合香菇肉脞面)
724 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 6
#01-39 Ang Mo Kio Market & Food Centre

xx dawnut xx

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Soondubu Jjigae @ Bornga

Went to Bornga for lunch with the bff. The soondubu jjigae (spicy tofu soup) was one of the best I have tasted in Singapore! The soup was not over spicy and did not drown the taste of the seafood. The texture of the tofu was heavenly! Sent me to cloud nine! It was soooo smooth that it melted in my mouth <3<3 And the egg, despite sitting in the hot soup for awhile, when I cut into it, it was oozing with runny yolk. I was a happy egg addict! There were mince pork, small shrimps, clams and squid in the soup as well. I finished every bit of ingredient and every drop of soup *slurps*

A very hearty bowl of soup that warmed my soul. Was told that the BBQ stuff is supposedly quite good. Will be back to try that 🙂 and their budae jjigae (army stew) too!

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Bornga 

Suntec City Mall (3 Temasek Blvd), #01-641/642

Vivocity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #02-123/124

The Star Vista, #02-24

xx dawnut xx

L’Atelier Tiramisu

Got to discover this gem all thanks to my gf Ruu! Tucked at a secluded corner at the basement of The Central mall at Clarke Quay, L’Atelier TiramiSu serves up a few flavours of tiramisu > Classico, Lychee, Dark Cherry and Matcha. I have tried all except the Lychee. They are so so so good. The cream is light and there is a good balance between the cream and cheese so you or at least I can stomach one entire slice on my own without feeling like I over ate. Between the dark cherry and matcha flavours, I think the matcha appealed to me more as the flavour was stronger and more distinct. But my most most most favourite is the Creme Brulee Tiramisu! ho ho.. it is not listed on the webbie. And they torch the sugar when you order it so you have that nice crunchy caramelised sugar glaze at the top. If you are a tiramisu fan, you gotta try this 😉 latelier_tiramisu They have a few tables where you can sit down and enjoy a slice of tiramisu with a cuppa. Or if you are in a hurry, you can always do a take away 😉

L’Atelier Tiramisu

The Central @ Clarke Quay
#B1-09 6 Eu Tong Sen Street Singapore 059817

Nearest MRT: Clarke Quay Station, Exit F

Opening Hours:
Monday – Friday: 12pm-9pm
Saturday: 1pm-8pm Sunday: 1pm-7pm

xx dawnut xx

Good Morning Nanyang Cafe

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Hidden at an inconspicuous corner of Far East Plaza was this Good Morning Nanyang Coffee place that I never knew existed till yesterday. Colleagues brought me there to ‘la kopi’ (literally translated as ‘stir coffee’ colloquial for having tea/coffee) during our lunch time.

It is similar to local coffee chain set ups like Killiney and Ya Kun. A modern interpretation of the old style Singapore coffeeshop with a fusion twist to some of the  food and drink items.

What makes or breaks? The taste of coffee and tea. Since I could only stomach one cup, I decided to have both drinks together hahah literally… I ordered the yuan yang which is a combination of milk coffee and milk tea; a popular beverage in Hong Kong and other parts of Asia. So you get a taste of coffee and tea in a cup and they go really well together. You can have it hot or cold. I must say the yuan yang served at Nanyang Coffee was really good; fragrant and thick.

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Typically, the coffee/tea is enjoyed with freshly baked slices of local white/brown bread served with kaya (a spread made of coconut, eggs and sugar; some call it coconut jam but we locals call it kaya). Each coffeeshop would usually have their own original recipe of kaya. The bread is lightly toasted over an electric or charcoal grill before spreading the butter and kaya on and serving it up warm and crisp!

Apart from the usual bread selections, Nanyang Coffee offered interesting alternatives like the bamboo charcoal bun and orange ciabatta.

This is the bamboo charcoal bun 🙂 It was soft and fluffy on the inside and crispy on the outside after it was toasted. Love the crunchy pumpkin and sesame seeds. The homemade kaya was not overly sweet and thank goodness they didn’t slap on a slice of butter inside (like how some other coffee chains do) but spread it out evenly. I don’t really like chomping on a slice of cold butter :p ewww

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This is the orange ciabatta. Before I tried it, I thought they would use marmalade and kaya spread in the bread. But the ciabatta actually had orange rind in it. Didn’t expect the orange to pair so well with the kaya. The version of ciabatta was thin and crisp. Can be pretty addictive though~~ especially when eaten warm.

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If you are looking for local style coffee and tea (with air-conditioning) and a place to rest your feet in town, this is the place 😉

Calories worthy: 4.5/5

Good Morning Nanyang Coffee
14 Scotts Road, #02-23 Far East Plaza
Singapore 228213

Nearest MRT Station: Orchard

xx dawnut xx