Free Flow of Wagyu Beef @ Tenkaichi

Hello everyone!

This year marks Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (or SG50 for short) and many discounts tied to it have been sprouting up everywhere as early as last year, much to the delight of penny-punching people like myself. I have enjoyed discounts at participating shops especially eateries which were unknown to me previously (or I didn’t patronise because of the price). News of such discounts are usually spread by word of mouth (such as Facebook), just like how I got to know about Tenkaichi‘s fabulous promotion. In conjunction with SG50, Tenkaichi is rolling out their best deal ever:

Premium BBQ Buffet with Free Flow of Wagyu Beef at only S$50+ on weekdays and $55+ on weekends!

*jaw drops*

Boyfriend and I are huuuuge lovers of Wagyu beef. But we don’t eat it often because it’s considered as a luxury food which can cost at least S$50 per a hundred grams. Heck, even fresh Wagyu beef sold at our local grocery stores aren’t cheap! So S$50+ (there isn’t GST but there is a 10% service charge) for free flow of Wagyu beef is definitely a steal! Fortunately, we learned about the promotion early and made dinner reservations at the restaurant 3 weeks in advance because all slots were snapped up very quickly!

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Shopfront at City Gate (Keypoint)

Keypoint is about a 3-4 minutes’ walk away from Nicoll Highway MRT station. It’s quite convenient because there is an overhead bridge leading all the way from the train station to Keypoint, so you don’t have to cross the road at all! Tenkaichi is located on your right if you use the correct entrance but it’s also not difficult to find it if you enter through a different door.

Like Keypoint, the interior design of the restaurant speaks of mediocrity and the age of the premises. As someone who values first impression, very often I equate good decor to good food (although I’m always proven wrong). The ancient-looking floor carpet in the restaurant certainly made me have second thoughts about the positive reviews I read online about Tenkaichi. It’s hard to imagine that a restaurant like this would be the home of the top award-winning Japanese BBQ Buffet Restaurant in Singapore specialising in premium quality Wagyu beef.

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Cooked food section

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Takoyaki

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Tempura and others

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Sushi

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Fruits

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Pickles

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Sauce and condiments

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Ice cream which we never got to try because we were too full by the end of our meal!

But contrary to my suspicion, it does serve premium Wagyu beef and it’s so damn good. It’s definitely not a gimmick. As boyfriend described, he could really taste the superiority of the beef and every piece melted in his mouth. I dare say that it’s also one of the best I’ve eaten so far at such an affordable price. In fact, with Tenkaichi’s lowest price guarantee, if you find another restaurant in Singapore at a lower price, they would gladly beat it by 10%! Of course, terms and conditions apply 🙂

Diners are given a 2-hour limit for the buffet to which a restaurant staff would remind about half an hour before the time is up. The time limit is more than enough for people with small stomach capacity like myself. But for people like my boyfriend who can eat a bull (literally), you’d be wishing for a time extension!

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Wagyu Beef Yukke, marinated Wagyu Beef with Egg Yolk, to be mixed and eaten raw!

The above is my FAVOURITE Wagyu beef dish of the night. The slimy texture of the beef may seem revolting to some but trust me, it’s absolutely tasty! It’s like eating sashimi, but better!

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Wagyu Karubi, Wagyu beef short rib

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Wagyu Nakaochi Karubi (Wagyu beef rib intercostal)

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Short ribs mixed

Some of the short ribs are cut in thick slices which Bf and I found hard to bite.

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Wagyu Tataki, lightly grilled Wagyu beef sashimi. To be eaten raw as well! But I’d suggest to leave that stomach space for the Wagyu Beef Yukke mentioned above!

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A plate of sashimi – Shiro Maguro (white tuna), Tako (octopus) and Shime Saba (vinegar-pickled mackerel). HEAVENLY.

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Hotate, giant scallop – really nice and soft when it’s grilled!

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Shake Sashimi, Norway salmon sashimi. They weren’t served cold but they were fresh nonetheless!

The salmon sashimi was a last-minute order because we wanted to just have Wagyu beef throughout the course of our buffet meal. But leaving out salmon sashimi at a Japanese buffet just didn’t quite do for me!

The food was served very quickly although many a time the restaurant staff got our orders wrong. But they took our rejection in stride and got our orders out within a few minutes. Amidst the surge of patrons, the staff never failed to flash an amiable smile on their face and assist in the needs of the customers. I was truly impressed!

More pictures of the meat on the grill to make you drool.

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The grill was constantly loaded with Wagyu beef because it’s free flow!

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The grill warmed up very quickly and the beef cooked relatively fast!

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About done

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Ready to eat! Yummy 🙂

Bf and I made a pact to return again even though the SG50 promotion is going to end today (5 April 2015). He has nothing but praises for the Wagyu beef and it’s not very often that he would rave so much about something. It must be really good then! 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Tenkaichi Japanese Restaurant
371 Beach Road,
City Gate (Keypoint) #01-18/19
Singapore 199597
Tel: 65 – 6293 4498
Email: tenkaichi_sg@yahoo.com.sg
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16 Delicious Eats in Bukit Batok

Hey everyone!

Recently, a lot of blog posts on food recommendations have surfaced on Facebook. Although organised geographically, these posts merely cover areas which are already known to have good food and they are typically located in the Eastern side of Singapore which is so far away from where I live (but no doubt there are really nice food in the East coz I really love both Bar Chor Mee stalls at Bedok 85).

Places in the west are seldom mentioned and it’s really, really sad. But does that mean my hometown, Bukit Batok, has nothing nice to eat? As a resident of Bukit Batok for 23 years (I have already moved FYI 😦 but I still return on a weekly basis for work!), I can vouch for the falsity of this statement. There are great food in this area and if you don’t know where to find them, then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, I’ll be taking you through the list of top food finds in this neglected part of Singapore with additional input from my cabby Dad (because taxi drivers are also food experts right?). Bukit Batok, for the record, also includes Bukit Gombak (one of the 8 sub-zones of Bukit Batok).

Let’s begin!

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1. Alif Restaurant (previously Thohirah Restaurant)

This Muslim-Indian eating place formally known as Alif needs no introduction (edit: it has been renamed to Alif again). Even though it has been bought over (or so I’ve heard) by Thohirah (which has a pretty famous outlet at Jalan Kayu), it still remains as one of the supper hotspots in Bukit Batok. Highly raved by food bloggers and celebrities (e.g. Taufik Batisah in the 2005 Coffee Talk and Hawker Woks) alike, it is also very popular among youngsters who need a place to chill with their friends. I’d say it’s a landmark of Bukit Gombak apart from the driving centre (BBDC) because everyone who has been to the area would have seen it before.

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Thohirah Bukit Gombak

Thohirah occupies two separate units (both beside McDonald’s). I frequent the one directly beside McDonald’s more because that’s where you can buy their famous Roti Prata. They are very generous with the cheese slices in their Cheese Prata to ensure that every part it would have some traces of cheese. Thirsty? Forget about Bandung or canned drinks which are readily available anywhere. Order a cup of hot, fragrant and well-pulled Teh Tarik instead. If you’re not a tea drinker, get yourself a cup of Milo Dinosaur. It comes in a relatively large cup with lots of Milo powder on it. So sinful but oh-so-good.

Teh Tarik (source)

Teh Tarik (source)

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Egg prata (source)

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Chicken Murtabak (source)

The other unit serves noodle and rice dishes like Mee Goreng (which I’m a huge fan of), Mee Rebus and Nasi Briyani, so if you’re a big eater, you could dine there instead.

And the best part? Thohirah has free Wi-Fi (Wireless@SG), thanks to their neighbour McDonald’s. Of course, the signal strength depends on where you are seated.

374 Bukit Batok St. 31
#01-204
Singapore 650374
Tel: 6564 6324
Operating hours: 24 hours


 2. 新口味卤鸭饭 / Xin Kou Wei Braised Duck Rice

There are several coffee shops in the vicinity but Hong Kah Food Place (formally 五十千/50,000/Gor Zhap Cheng which aunties and uncles I know still call it today) has always been among the top on my list for its array of delicious eats. Most of these stalls only operate in the morning and will be closed by 4pm. Xin Kou Wei is one of them and their braised duck is so scrumptious that it usually sells out by 2pm.

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Super tasty duck meat soaked in nice black sauce

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Duck noodles soup. There’s also a dry version that comes with a small bowl of soup

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The Fishball Noodles beside the Duck Rice stall is also not too bad, but the portion is quite small and their fishballs always run out before noon..

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(OFF TOPIC, read caption above) Fishball noodles from next door! You guys can give it a try.

Like many other duck rice stalls, it also serves kway chap and duck noodles (dry and soup) for those who can’t stomach rice in the morning. But I’m just going to recommend their duck noodles soup because it’s something I’d always go for. The soup is very tasty and has a very mild herbal taste to it but it is definitely not repulsive or anything. The herbal taste would gradually dissipate once it mixes with the the sauce on the braised duck.

Hong Kah Food Place
376 Bukit Batok St. 31 (near Giant Supermarket)
Singapore 650374
Operating hours: 5.00am to 2.00pm


3. Siang Yuan (香袁) Porridge

Siang Yuan started out as a coffee shop (now a Muslim coffeeshop) in the late nineties behind what is now known as The Madeira Condominium (was previously an empty field). It used to serve the same porridge in the day and tze char in the night until they decided to scale down their business. I’ve been their loyal patron ever since they started their porridge business and I can vouch that the standard remains good over the years.

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My usual fish porridge topped with lots of spring onion, fried fritters (You Tiao) and fried silver fish

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Love the smooth texture of the fish slices!

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Craving for it right now.

Their fish porridge is my breakfast staple (on days I don’t feel like eating a lot). The serving is a little small as compared to others you know but it’s really good. The thick porridge comes topped with crispy silver fish, chopped scallion and fried cut you tiao, making the dish extremely fragrant and flavourful. I would always order my fish porridge with egg, which is just an additional of 30 cents.

Hong Kah Food Place
376 Bukit Batok St. 31 (near Giant Supermarket)
Singapore 650374
Operating hours: 7.00am to 2.00pm. Closed on Mondays


4. Mei Hao (美好) Noodle House

A rather new addition to the food court, it proves to be very popular as they are always swamped with orders, especially on weekends. If you’re a noodle or soup person, you should totally try their 生面 (plain noodles with soup) because it’s always served piping hot and garnished with lots of pepper, fresh greens, pork meat, shelled prawns and most importantly, an egg!

Due to the hot temperature of the soup, the egg cooks pretty fast so be sure to lift it up the moment the dish is delivered to your table (unless you don’t mind hard-boiled egg). The broth is light on the palate and it also feels super healthy and refreshing especially when consumed during cold weather. I’m not sure what kind of noodles they use but it’s very chewy and definitely not something I see very often (the closest I can think of is probably Ramen).

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Noodle with soup. This gives me a very homely feel because my Mom used to prepare something like that for lunch during my primary school days with all the de-scaled prawns and fresh greens. Knowing that I’m a huge fan of runny eggs, she’d also add one into my bowl, just like this!

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The dry version that also comes with a bowl of soup.

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Siang Yuan Porridge and Mei Hao Noodle House are just next to each other! Despite being there only for a relatively short period of time, Mei Hao’s owners have grown to be really great friends with Siang Yuan’s. I’ve seen both tenants helping each other out with the delivery of food to the patrons’ table, and sometimes even helping to take orders for the busier one! How heartwarming 🙂

Hong Kah Food Place
376 Bukit Batok St. 31 (near Giant Supermarket)
Singapore 650374
Operating hours: Closed on Mondays


5. 郎胜福建虾面 /  Long Sen Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee

Moving on to a neighbouring coffeeshop which also has a huge variety of food choices, we have Long Sen that is pretty well-known for its Hokkien Prawn Mee. Some people think that it’s not bad but I feel that it’s a little too watery and they are also not very generous with the ingredients. To each his own I guess! You guys can give it a shot if you’re around the area.

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Fried Hokkien Mee (source)

But what I recommend from this stall is actually their Prawn Mee Soup. This underrated dish has awesome tongue-tingling broth which has a very unique taste. It is not the thick kind of soup that has an overwhelming prawn flavour, but it sure is very addictive.

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Prawn Noodles Soup

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It may not be very visible from the walkway because it’s partially hidden behind the coffee stall.

Sin Huat Lee Restaurant
371 Bukit Batok St. 31 (behind Prime Supermarket)
Singapore 650371


6. 实美芽菜鸡饭 / Shi Mei Hainanese Chicken Rice

This stall always attracts a long queue of buyers especially during lunch time. Easily the most popular stall in the coffeeshop, Shi Mei serves smooth and tender chicken meat with beansprouts tucked underneath and doused with savoury gravy. Apart from the steamed and blanched chicken meat, they also serve other kinds like roasted chicken, chicken cutlet, lemon chicken and so on which are also quite tasty.

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Chicken Rice Set for One (source)

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Shi Mei Hainanese Chicken Rice (source)

Do note that beansprouts are not automatically provided for takeaways so you have to request for them.

Sin Huat Lee Restaurant
371 Bukit Batok St. 31 (behind Prime Supermarket)
Singapore 650371
Operating hours: 8.00am til sold out (typically by 7.00pm)


7. 旺旺粥品 / Claypot Congee

A great alternative to Siang Yuan, porridge here is served in a claypot to retain the heat throughout the meal. It is a lot more watery than Siang Yuan’s (but still very tasty), perfect for people on a low-carb diet like yours truly 😀 It would still be bubbling hot for a long time though so do not order if you’re in a rush (or risk burning your tongue, like me on several occasions. You’ve been warned).

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Wang Wang Claypot Congee (source)

I don’t know about you but I’m a sucker for anything claypot. Anything that is served in a claypot would naturally appeal to me because somehow, the burnt and perfectly cooked areas blend really well to produce a very fragrant smell. Likewise, I usually go for their Sliced Fish Porridge with an additional egg which hardens really fast under the boiling congee. The fish slices are a little rougher (Mom says that it’s a cheap kind of fish), but still acceptable.

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Boyfriend ordered this and loved it: Century Egg Congee

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Oops, forgot to snap a picture before I accidentally broke the egg while trying to look for it (I believe I’m not the only one who does this all the time -_-). Here’s my Sliced Fish Congee!

Sin Huat Lee Restaurant
371 Bukit Batok St. 31 (behind Prime Supermarket)
#01-326
Singapore 650371
Operating hours: 7.00am to 10.00pm


8. 金味穈 / Teochew Porridge

This Teochew Porridge stall has been around for a long time but I think it was only recently acquired by 金味. Still, its standards have not dropped and it’s still as popular as ever, having able to attract people from all around Singapore. It has a very wide spread of food to choose from so you are bound to be spoilt for choice. However, prices have gone up steadily over the years but it’s still within the affordable range.

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Teochew Porridge

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Menu on their signboard

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Some of the dishes they offer (source)

Foodclique
347 Bukit Batok St. 34
Singapore 650347
Operating hours: Opens daily til 2.00am


9. Blk 359 Economic Fried Beehoon and Noodles

I have personally only bought from this stall once because the food sells like hotcakes and it closes even before I wake up! So my Dad (who is a morning person) was always the one that did the buying.

Their econ fried noodles is probably one of the best I’ve tasted so far and it’s extremely affordable! But as mentioned earlier, this makeshift stall is extremely popular (especially with the early risers, like cabbies) so they tend to sell out really fast! With its unusual operating hours, this stall makes an ideal choice for late night supper and breakfast 🙂

Sorry, no pictures of this yet until I’m disciplined enough to wake up early for it :\

Meng Soon Huat Food Centre
359 Bukit Batok St. 34 (A small makeshift cart beside the drinks stall)
Singapore 650359
Operating hours: 4.30am til sold out (typically about 10.00am)


10. 瑞记香港烧腊 / Rui Ji Hong Kong Roasted Delights

NOTE: Rui Ji has moved! Follow their Facebook page for more information or scroll to the bottom for their new address.

Since my trip to Hong Kong last December, I’ve been craving for Cantonese cuisine especially roasted meat and Rui Ji is the closest I can get to the real deal in Bukit Batok. The queue (or crowd, because the one taking orders is extremely attentive and has superb eyesight and memory so queues are technically unnecessary) at the stall front is an obvious testimony to their excellent culinary skills. On top of the thick, tender and savoury roasted duck meat they serve, the soup that comes along with it is just so good, I wouldn’t mind paying for it.

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Roasted Duck Noodles (dry), S$2.50

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Yummy!

Besides noodles, the stall also sells rice dishes such as Char Siew (roasted pork) rice which is equally delicious.

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Char Siew Rice and I can’t really remember the price. It is either S$3 or S$3.50.

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Rui Ji Hong Kong Roasted Delights (old venue)

New venue (next to the ca rpark)

New venue (next to the car park)

Block 272
Bukit Batok East Avenue 4
Singapore 650272
Operating hours: Closed on Tuesdays


11. 如意园素食 / Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian Food

I haven’t forgotten all about you, vegans! There are at least 3 vegetarian stalls in Bukit Batok, but I believe this particular one garners the most votes from vegan foodies with the only complaints so far about their food selling out really fast. Having said that, this stall is also quite popular with casual eaters especially the Buddhists. Long queues are common on days when Buddhists have to abstain from meat (齋戒) so be sure to avoid those occasions if you don’t want to wait!

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Mixed Beehoon and Noodles with some mock meat and a large piece of crispy bean curd skin

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More mock meat

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Ru Yi Yuan Vegetarian

Kopitiam (just across the one above)
273 Bukit Batok East Ave 4
Singapore 650273
Operating hours: 5.30am til sold out


12. Jun Corner ▪ Nasi Padang (Malay Rice)

NOTE: Stall has shifted to Block 272. Address has been updated below.

One of the perks of living in Singapore is that you get to eat food from different cultures anywhere you are! Thus it’s not surprising that delectable ethnic foods are readily available in Bukit Batok so you don’t have to travel so far to get your food fix.

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Jun Corner Nasi Padang (old venue)

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Now you see them. Very soon they’ll all be gone!

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My favourites in one picture

Despite having rather low tolerance for spicy food, I still cannot resist Nasi Padang, especially from Jun Corner even though eating it would mean that I have to gulp down a few glasses of water. It’s just too shiok to stop. My go-to dishes are Sotong Hitam (squid in black ink), Ayam Goreng (fried chicken wings but only when they’re still hot, otherwise they’d be stiff and hard to chew), Sambal Udang (my top favourite because the prawns are always so chewy and sweet!) and Assam stingray when I have a few more dollars to spare. As you can see, I only go for the meat hence my plate usually costs a lot more than usual (at least $7?). I can’t remember how their Kang Kong tastes but I think it should be mediocre considering that I don’t usually order that. But my Mom loves their french beans.

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My portion, ~S$4? Kinda looks like kids’ meal hehehe.

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A more balanced meal.

(NEW LOCATION)
272 Bukit Batok East Ave 4
Singapore 650272
Operating hours: Early morning til sold out (typically by 1pm). Closed on Mondays.


13. 可口鸭饭 / Ke Kou Duck Rice

NOTE: Owners of Ke Kou Duck Rice plan to retire and will cease operation once and for all tentatively in November 2017. Hurry down and get your fill of their scrumptious braised duck before it is gone for good 😿 #RIPSGHawkers

If roasted duck isn’t to your liking, why not try braised duck instead? Tucked between residential blocks near Bukit Batok MRT (actually, it’s just 5-7 minutes walk away and relatively near to SHATEC), Ke Kou has risen to popularity among taxi drivers with its tasty and well-marinated braised duck. Patrons have the choice of yam rice, normal white rice or “Kway” (of Kway Chap). You can also ask for an extra bowl of “zhap” (gravy) if you want.

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Portion for three!

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With egg

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And the very generous amount of gravy!

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Kway

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Porridge

Their stewed eggs are also nice and soft unlike some other stalls that sell eggs that feel like rubber. The soup has a mild herbal taste and it’s really comforting because it’s always served hot! Shiok. Even more so if you like tao gay (bean sprouts) because as you can see from the picture above, there’s a lot of them!

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Ke Kou Duck Rice

FoodPark Food Court
207 Bukit Batok St. 21
Singapore 650207
Operating hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm daily


14. 肥仔荣食摊 / Fatty Weng

Fatty Weng is the biggest tenant in the coffeeshop. It serves fish soup, fried oyster omelette and fried carrot cake (only available in the morning) in one unit and roasted pork in another, side by side. Being part of a nationwide chain, this stall opens every day even on Mondays when fish soup stalls typically close (because wet markets close on Mondays). However, they hardly disappoint with their clear and tasty soup with plenty of smooth and supple fish slices. They are also very generous with their greens and tofu. Definitely a very healthy food choice!

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Fatty Weng

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Fatty Weng but this only sells roasted meat

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The best sliced fish soup in Bukit Batok, hands down.

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Love the clear soup and smooth fish slices!

Their oyster omelette is another must-order when you’re there. I usually opt for chilli to be added to give it an extra kick. It’s crispy on the surface and has good mix of eggs and starch. The amount of oysters is also quite reasonable but like traditional “or jian”, this can be a little too oily to some. But it’s acceptable to me 🙂

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Fried Oyster Omelette a.k.a Or Jian

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Fried to perfection :-9

Yong Xing Coffeeshop
155 Bukit Batok St. 11
#01-324
Singapore 650155
Operating hours: 11.00 am – 10.00 pm daily


15. 顺记福建炒虾面 / Soon Kee Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle

Previously at Yong Xing Coffeeshop (behind) before finally shifting to its current location 3 years ago due to high rents, Soon Kee is considered to be the best in Bukit Batok by many.  Their Hokkien Prawn Mee is fragrant and more towards the wet side. It also serves really nice chilli, thus they’d charge additional 50 cents if you ask for more.

I used to love this a lot until standards started dropping after the relocation. I couldn’t finish my $3 plate of Hokkien Mee (the minimum amount) the last time I was there because it was terribly bland. But it could be a one-off experience so do give it a try!

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Soon Kee Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle

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Fried Hokkien Mee

Li Soon Eating House (behind the above)
155 Bukit batok St. 11
#01-322
Singapore 650155
Operating hours: Closed on Mondays


16. Eng Kee Noodle House

(The previous feature – Ba Ji Satay Beehoon – has ceased operation in December 2014)

Known for its springy and moist Wanton noodles and crispy fried Wanton dumplings, Eng Kee is also a queue magnet which was originally at Yong Xin Coffeeshop. Even so, standard has been maintained over the years and the service is still as fast as ever. Most importantly, the price for a plate of Wanton Mee still remains the same although it had shifted to a newer and cleaner location.

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Eng Kee Noodle House (source)

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Wanton Mee

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Chicken feet noodles and my favourite crispy fried wanton dumplings!

The fried dumplings are my absolute favourite from this stall and it’s something I’d never fail to order whenever I have my lunch at Li Soon (even on days I don’t feel like having Wanton Mee). The size, as you can see from the picture above, is larger than any fried dumplings you see elsewhere. Each piece is brimmed with a rather generous amount of filling and the skin is really crispy! 🙂

Li Soon Coffeeshop
Blk 155 Bukit Batok St. 11
Singapore 650155
Operating hours: 6.00am to 8.30pm. Closed on alternate Mondays

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UPDATE (16-04-2015) : 2 MORE ADDITIONS

Hey guys, thank you so much for your overwhelming response to the original list above! I had personally tried out some recommendations that were put forward several times in the comments section and the following is what I feel deserve to be on here 🙂 I will be trying out others soon too so keep the recommendations coming!

17. 顺义砂煲鸡贩 / Shun Yee Claypot Chicken Rice

It was an impromptu trip to Shun Yee (previously Soon Yee) one Sunday afternoon. I was kinda worried that we would have to wait for a long time to be served since I was advised to make a booking over the phone prior to my arrival. But to my surprise (or maybe I was just lucky), our order came within 20 minutes which is typical of claypot rice due to the time-consuming method of preparation, and relatively fast for a portion for 3 I must say.

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The aromatic claypot rice topped with lap cheong and salted fish

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Stir ah stir. I love my Claypot Rice black and slightly greasy hehehe *guilty*

Honestly, it was a rather small portion for three adults, so do upsize your order if you’re big eaters like us. Otherwise, order individual bowls if you can afford to wait (maybe that’s when phone booking comes in handy). I also felt that there wasn’t enough salted fish to go around even when mixed thoroughly, so I will definitely ask for more salted fish the next time I dine there.

But tastewise, their signature claypot chicken rice was really good, tasty and fragrant! The rice was done to perfection and not overcooked at all so it was slightly crusty on the outside (love!) but soft and moist on the inside. I don’t remember having to scrape much burnt rice from the sides at the end so yay to minimal food wastage!

Unfortunately I had forgotten to ask for the contact number to make bookings so if you have it, please feel free to share in the comments below.

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Coffee & Tea Coffeeshop
150 Bukit Batok St. 11
(Opposite Bukit Batok Presbyterian Church)
Singapore 650150


18. 正宗香港烧腊云吞面 / Zheng Zong Hong Kong Roasted Meat & Noodle

Previously located at the coffee shop next to Bukit Batok Community Club (and before that, at Block 109 coffee shop), it serves a variety of roasted meat from char siew to duck to chicken. Basically, the best of Hong Kong under one roof, just lacking my favourite goose meat. It had recently moved to a more inaccessible location on the topmost level of a not-so-modern-looking industrial building and occupying two units (one for noodles, and another for rice). Yet, there was still a queue for it (people who seemed like regular customers and not manual workers for sure) when I was there past noon at the otherwise quiet canteen. If people are willing to travel all the way to this godforsaken place for the food, then it must be a place worth visiting.

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Shui gao soup

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Shui gao

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Shui gao filling

The soup was flavourful and thick. I wasn’t fond of the dumpling fillings although they were in very generous amount as they tasted a little bland in my opinion. But that’s alright because it’s not the highlight of the meal.

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Roasted duck noodles

The roasted duck meat was plentiful and sliced in thick slices, making every dollar spent count and worthwhile! The meat was tender and juicy and the gloriously glistening skin makes it even more divine. The gravy was good too but it would have been better if was a little more flavourful. Still, it’s still a great deal for under S$5.

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Roasted duck rice

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Roasted duck rice

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Char siew rice

However, contrary to appearance, the char siew was slightly disappointing because the meat on its own tasted a little dry and tough.

I’m not sure if the portion sizes were dramatically increased to cater to the appetite of the manual workers (who logically should make up most of their customer base now) but everything seemed to be served in large servings, including the amount of rice. It was astonishing! Even the family beside us was in shock and disbelief when individual plates of rice were served to their table (self-service, by the way). I bet one serving could satisfy 2 adults to the full. None of us managed to finish our rice in the end.

Food there is extremely value-for-money and better than average in general. But tastewise, I feel that it loses out to Rui Ji Hong Kong Roasted Delights.

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SkyTech Building
2 Bukit Batok St 24
Level 9 Canteen
Singapore 659480

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And there you have it, the best food in Bukit Batok! Agree or disagree? I believe there are more that I haven’t discovered so please feel free to let me know in the comments below should you have any other recommendations! I’m open to other choices because having too much of the nicest food would also make you sick of it somehow.

Thanks for reading! ❤

Wanton Mee: Battle of the Koks

(lol ok I know the title reads funny but meh)

Hey there, fellow foodaholics! Since my semester is coming to an end (which also means that I have lesser things to do now ) I shall do a short entry about FOOD. Today’s review is gonna be on one of my favourite local delicacies – Wanton Mee. Now, I know there are NUMEROUS famous Wanton Mee stores in Singapore but I just wanna feature two of them.

Sometimes it’s really great to have a taxi driver dad because no one knows where to find good food better than people in this line. Being a cabbie, there would be times when my dad has to work night shift. He’s one who is constantly looking for places to eat because he’s always hungry. According to my dad, it’s not that difficult to find good food in the wee hours.. as long as you’ve got a car since most of these places are in the more remote, eastern side of Singapore.

Long story short, I was introduced to Koka Wanton Mee just a few weeks ago when I ended work late and hadn’t have my dinner yet. Koka Wanton Mee is located at Lavender (a very short distance from ICA Building) and just like many other famous food stalls, it only starts operating at night.

Koka Wanton Mee Stall

Koka Wanton Mee Stall

It is run by an elderly couple and occasionally assisted by a helper. A small plate of wanton mee costs $3, while a medium one $4 and a large one $5.

I ordered the smallest one on my first visit and got the biggest food shock in my life LOL (see picture below). The amount was SO MISERABLE and I swear I could finish everything with just 3 spoonfuls. Sorry, no picture of that because I was terribly famished that I just gobbled down whatever edibles right in front of me. I have no idea who this measly amount of noodles is intended for. Perhaps kids? Or people who just want to try it first? Anyway I learnt my lesson and only ordered the largest portion on my subsequent visits, which is nowhere near “large”. Also, be sure to order the largest one even if you’re not very hungry because the LONG WAIT (approximately half an hour and it doesn’t help one bit even with the assistant’s presence) is enough to digest every single piece of food in your stomach.

Complaints aside, I do enjoy their wanton noodles which is why I keep going back for more. I love how they also add mushrooms to the dish! The gravy and soup are also to die for. It has the right amount of saltiness and thickness! They seeeeeriously need to work on their speed though because they only start preparing the vegetables, char siew etc. when they get orders -_- Their tardiness has pissed quite a number of hungry patrons off lol. But yeah, as long as your food is good, who cares right? (Psst, if you can’t wait, there’s always Lor Mee beside it. My parents love the Lor Mee there as well)

Koka Wanton Mee

Koka Wanton Mee ($5)

Koka Wanton Mee Charsiew

Koka Wanton Mee Charsiew

Koka Wanton Mee with Shredded Chicken and Mushroom

Koka Wanton Mee with Shredded Chicken and Mushroom

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You see it here first: $3 portion.

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About the size of my palm lol. This portion is probably for kids.

Wanton Soup

Wanton Soup

Shui Gao Tong

Shui Gao Tong

Shui Gao

I personally find their wanton tastier.. but that’s just me. I thought their shui gaos were too overwhelming haha.

Shui Gao Fillings

Shui Gao Fillings

Shui Gao Fillings

Unique ingredients as Shui Gao fillings. One can expect mushrooms and radish on top of the usual pork.

Apologies for the low quality images as these were taken directly on my phone!

Koka Wanton Mee
North Bridge Road Market & Food Centre
861 North Bridge Road
#01-99
Singapore 198783
Operating Hours: 7.30pm – 1.00am
Closed on Mondays

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Moving on to Kok Kee, I’ve been a regular patron of its daytime outlet at Jurong West for close to 5 years now. I was introduced to this by the president of the co-curriculum activity (Food Connoisseurs Club) I was in during my Poly days and through me, my parents also got to know about this stall (if not for me, they would have easily dismissed this as another wanton mee stall). With 505 Jurong West Food Centre, you won’t have to fret about where to eat for lunch because this place offers a wide variety of good food at very affordable prices; you will be spoilt for choice when you’re there! We have our lunch there almost every morning before I was driven to school, which is a 10-minute drive away due to the massive number of traffic lights along the way.

In terms of preparation, Kok Kee is definitely faster and more efficient. You can literally get your wanton mee within 3 minutes of ordering. They only come in 2 sizes: small ($2.50) and large ($3.50).

Kok Kee Wanton Mee Jurong West Stall

Kok Kee Wanton Mee Jurong West Stall

There is also a night-time outlet (of the same name and origin) at Lavender. There, you’ll expect longer queue and waiting time (still shorter than Koka’s) and of course, a pricier plate of wanton mee ($4 for small and $5 for large).

Even though both Jurong West and Lavender outlets share the same name, they do taste slightly different. I for one prefer the Lavender one because it’s wetter and more flavourful. The one at Jurong West can be a little bland sometimes (but it’s waaaay cheaper so that makes up for it).

Menu wise, both also offer separate items. At the Jurong West stall, you can opt for hor fun if you don’t want the egg noodles which can be a good change especially when you find yourself growing tired of the usual style. Although this option is not available in the Lavender outlet, it has no doubt more variety of food items their menu. One of the items not offered at the Jurong West outlet would be the fried wanton which I reckon is one of their very popular side dishes albeit the very expensive price tag (If I remember correctly it’s $7 for 7 pieces). One similarity I know for sure between both outlets is their substandard char siew. I have seen some people ordering and requested for no char siew.. perhaps that’s the reason?

Wanton Mee @ Jurong West Market & Food Centre

Wanton Mee @ Jurong West Market & Food Centre

Wanton Hor Fun @ Jurong West Market & Food Centre

Wanton Hor Fun @ Jurong West Market & Food Centre

Close up of the char siew

Close-up of the char siew.

S$2.50 for a plate enough to fill your tummy

S$2.50 for a plate enough to fill your tummy

Shui Gao Tong (Dumpling soup)

Shui Gao Tong (Dumpling soup) at just S$3.50

Close up of the shui jiao

Close-up of the shui jiao. Looks plain but it’s actually quite delish!

(Will update again with pictures of the Lavender stall but food appearance is 95% similar to the Jurong West one, just more gravy and moist)

However, be warned. If you’re going to either outlets for the first time, you may feel intimidated by the hostility of their 小老板娘 (young lady boss). There is one at each outlet taking orders from customers and they are the daughter of the respective stall owners. They exude different kind of hostility. To me, the lady boss at Jurong West talks with hint of belittlement. I dislike her attitude but through the years I’ve grown so accustomed to her behaviour that I don’t care anymore lol. Moreover she rarely takes order now because she has a very friendly and cheery assistant to help her with that. The lady boss at Lavender on the other hand… I don’t know how to describe her hostility (or not?). Talking to her still sends chill down my spine although I don’t show it. I wouldn’t say she’s unfriendly because she IS friendly albeit overdoing it at times. She’s both friendly and confrontational, you geddit?

Oh and a word of caution: NO GREEN CHILLI

Kok Kee Wanton Mee (Jurong West)
Jurong West Food Centre
505 Jurong West Street 52
Singapore 640505
Operating Hours: 7.00 am until it’s fully sold out. Usually at around 12.30pm
Closed on alternate Wednesdays

Kok Kee Wanton Mee (Lavender)
Lavender Food Square
380 Jalan Besar
#01-06
Operating Hours: 11.00 pm – 2.00 am
Closed every 3 weeks on Wednesday & Thursday

Yup, that’s all from me. I hope to do one on fried carrot cake too. Maybe another time!