Char Siew Rice at Kim Heng Roasted Meat

This meal was so incredibly satisfying as I haven’t had this for more than 2 years (we both missed a lot of hawker food trying to stay safe during the covid uncertainty period). It was beyond tasty and I could have this all week and not be sick of it. The char siew (bbq pork) is so well caramelised and the chilli is just perfect with the brown sauce and steamed rice. B doesn’t like the cucumber so yay more for me. He likes the roasted duck more.

The chilli is divine and I wish I could have more

Portion size seemed a bit reduced though. So yeah, we were still a bit hungry after this. Glad to be out more as we all get a bit more confident that we are developing herd immunity and also that life needs to go on.

Location: Address: Blk 214 Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-88, Singapore 550214

Hours: 9am-7pm (closed Wed)

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Exploring Toa Payoh Lorong 1 Hawker Centre with My Cousin: Come Daily Hokkien Mee & Uggli Muffins

Had another wonderful day out with my cousin from Australia and B. So glad we could have a proper hawker meal and a wet version of Hokkien Mee which is what she likes best. There are also dry versions and over a charcoal fire versions. She hardly gets to go to an authentic hawker centre in Australia where she lives. She says it just can’t compare although these days she can get some Singapore hawker food in Australia.

We were all drenched in perspiration at the end of it as it was a super humid day with the weather going from scorching hot to conventional rain and back to scorching hot again. I guess it made for a truly authentic experience.

We got the larger S$8 version of the Hokkien Noodles as I think the regular size would have not been enough. Awesome buzzer system (collect the noodles when our token buzzes so we could take a seat and rest) so we didn’t have to stand in the queue like at many famous hawker places. Truly satisfied our craving. It’s my first time here too and the stall owners were warm and friendly. I was so surprised when I was encouraged to help myself to more chilli. (There are many other hawkers who are quite stingy over this due to rising costs, so a pleasant surprise indeed).

Satisfying
Happy they were so generous with the chilli and limes

B’s comments about the Hokkien mee: Quality of the Hokkien mee is quite good. Noodles are well soaked and have absorbed the cuttlefish/ prawn/ pork broth. This is the version of Hokkien mee with deep fried pork lard crushed into small bits and fried with the noodles – adding complexities in the texture.

Truly a wet version

Another lovely surprise was the Uggli Muffins stall. The owner was so welcoming, chirpy, quirky and friendly. He asked us “Your first time here?” And generously offered us whole Oreo and tomato muffins to try. He added that the tomato muffins were for “advanced tasters”. He was right to be confident as we enjoyed the muffins and bought a whole set to take away. I’ll definitely be back too. Compared to the moist muffins at Shun Foo these are smaller, more crispy and caramelised. Different unique flavours here for the adventurous. A great place to bring family from overseas for some local flavour. Just dress light. T shirt, shorts and flip flops for sure. Next to the professional looking ovens it was extra warm.

A great sweet snack after a savoury meal

B’s comments about the muffins: Good quality muffins with creative varieties. I like that they are not too sweet and suggest consuming them there while the crispy muffin tops are still crunchy and warm. Quality suffers a bit, upon taking it back and resting the muffins.

Friendly people & tasted amazing fresh out of the oven
So many flavours & the owner keeps innovating
The friendly owner. Eye catching stall indeed with all the posters

I’m looking forward to more hawker and high tea adventures with my cousin when she visits Singapore again. Somehow going with her makes it more fun. Hopefully no more pandemic keeping her away for more than 2 years. Truly too long. I also hope she knows that she’s always on my pedestal and I’m so grateful to have her in my life.

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Feel So Happy Meeting with Two of My Cousins After Almost 4 Years

I have social anxiety, but I don’t feel it with people I’m comfortable with like my cousins. I practically saw them grow up, being the much older cousin. They were the cutest toddlers. It’s true what they say about cousins being your first friends. I also needed a day out socialising with people with whom I could truly be myself and not feel the stress of not measuring up.

Conversation flowed so easily and for that I am so grateful for the awesome company. I didn’t have to diminish myself or hide anything. It truly was refreshing after being a hermit for so long.

I just wanted to add that I admire both of my young cousins so much. They are both so capable and independent, unlike me. Glad they don’t think I’m defective though. I think that of myself.

Since we don’t do this very often it was nice to indulge a bit. Nice to be in fancy surroundings for a change. Most people do this many times a week, but for me it’s a rarity. We maximised the day, by eating just a bit at each venue, giving us more time to chat. We moved from the Marmalade Pantry to Violet Oon and ended with tea at TWG. Tea Party tea is my favourite. That fragrance is amazing and now my cousin loves it too. Everything I had was tasty especially the pistachio cupcake and brushetta at Marmalade pantry and the dry laksa and turmeric chicken wings at Violet Oon. A pity they ran out of my fave item – the satay. Well, hopefully next time.

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Grateful for Relaxing Moments: Flat Whites & Lattes at Cosy Cafes

It’s when I feel the most relaxed outside. I like going back to the same places. Cafe Aux Bacchanale and Da Paolo Gastronomia. Familiar friendly faces, good quality and comfy chairs.

I do have social anxiety as I imagine many do after being confined for so long that we forgot the effort it takes to interact with new people in new settings. Are you this way too?

I was never like this before age 32 and even though I was shy I enjoyed the company of people and I loved making new friends. It was so easy. Effortless.

Now I don’t trust myself to say the right thing and it’s such an effort to edit myself before I speak. I often feel so frustrated after the fact when I feel I’ve said the wrong thing. Have I become slow? Am I cognitively impaired or just out of practise after being alone with only people I’m comfortable with for the last 15 years.

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Lovely to See My Cousin After More than 2 Years

We met for a buffet at The Straits Kitchen Hyatt. The quality of food is good and the service very polite and attentive. One of the staff, Huri, took the effort to redo the teh halia (ginger tea) for my mum till it was perfect.

My cousin from Australia looks as young and beautiful as ever. I almost forgot just how sweet and absolutely doll like she is. It’s like time froze and it felt surreal to see her in the flesh after so long. So nice to hug as opposed to texting or looking through a screen. Seems like just yesterday I was tickling her tiny baby foot as she was carried by my older cousin. I didn’t dare carry her then, afraid I would drop her.

For the first time too, a family affair with 10 at the table. Only thing is, the table was a bit big and I struggled to hear the conversations.

As usual my fave was the mutton satay. My aunty found the laksa a bit too salty, my mum said a bit too lemak, but I kinda enjoyed it. They all loved the Indian food – naan, murtabak and fish curry. B remarked that the fish was fresh.

My fave item – the mutton satay
Sugee biscuits were lovely
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Tambuah Mas: Indonesian Food in Singapore (& A Visit to the Ophthalmologist)

This place has been around for decades, but I haven’t been here since the 90’s. Very delicious at the Paragon branch. My sister treated us after a visit to the ophthalmologist. Eyes were dilated, so everything was blurry. It still is as I’m typing out this post, but I like writing when things are fresh in my mind.

My sister had an almost retinal tear (fixed immediately with laser in 5 minutes) and I had my usual diagnosis of dry eyes and low vision, but was so utterly surprised and relieved that my retina is ok, no glaucoma and eye pressure is not high this time. They told me it should be between 10 to 21 and mine was 19.

One of my uncles has glaucoma and tunnel vision so this was indeed a concern. One of my aunts lost her vision in one eye due to glaucoma so it’s in the genes. My dad had retinal issues too but no one in my family has vision as poor as myself (1300 in each eye starting at 100 at age 6). Many of them have perfect eyesight. I often wonder if it’s due to my reading at a very young age and all day long. I was as addicted to books, as kids are to their iPads these days.

My sister saw flashes of light during the day and recently floaters and so was urged to check it out immediately. So if you’re in the same boat, don’t delay. Easier said then done as I myself am averse to seeing The Eye doctor due to previous traumatic experiences.

I have always had a large amount of floaters, but had laser surgery done 14 years ago to fix the tears in my macular (macula degeneration that’s usually found in much older people or people like me with severe myopia). Was told by the Ophthalmologist then, that it would need to be fixed again in 10 years so I’m so thankful to find it was holding up.

Just all around thankful and relieved. Almost forgot to write about the food. The yellow rice or nasi kuning was fragrant and lovely and went well with the mixture of gravies. We also has assam fish (not pictured). The sambal chilli was lovely too. I would say the yellow rice and tahu telur are must orders. The restaurant was very busy at lunch hour.

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So Sinfully Good

Craving chicken burgers lately and the regular one from Shake Shack is so yummy. I didn’t like their special dark meat one. Generous amount of fresh lettuce and pickles. The bun is so deliciously soft and buttery. Only thing it’s a whopping S$9.70.

After that, the perfect coffee. The friendliest service at Da Paolo Gastronomia.

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Extremely Satisfying: Beo Crescent Hainanese Curry Rice

Been avoiding a lot of places due to covid, but now that we’re living with Covid and the situation is better with herd immunity, we finally got our curry rice fix. My fave is the cabbage but the egg, sunny side up, was missing today. I prefer that to the prawn fritter.

We missed this delicious mess so much. Couldn’t get a table at first as people in the queue were reserving their tables by leaving their umbrellas and even car keys on it.

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There’s a wework at Funan

Surreal to see this after seeing Jared Leto’s mesmerising performance in the We Crashed TV show. I still don’t fully understand the concept. It’s independent freelancers? But usually freelancers won’t be able to afford the pretty high monthly fee. It does look cool though. And I have to admit I like the concept of community at work.

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Thomson Plaza: Interesting Signs & Sights at a Retro Mall

This mall has been around since I was a teen so even though it’s changed quite a bit after being renovated it’s cool to see some old stores going strong.

Reminds me of the nursery rhyme of the old lady who lived in a shoe
Something new that children love
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