An attractive signboard is important as it creates an important first impression; I was drawn to the vibrant one at Kueh Ho Jiak (粿好吃) that ...
Mee siam is a local dish that I really enjoy but seldom have as I would often fall ill after eating it in the past. This resulted in a light...
It started with those rice cakes in those bowls, but was served with a brown sauce and garlic puree on top.
The omelette was of a good hotel standard, slightly runny inside with good flavour, paired with a citrusy lemon mayo which lifted the flavour, and tender, juicy and slightly salty smoked duck. But the noodles were quite bad though – quite flavourless.
It looks like this stall (335 Smith Street #02-84) has been listed in the Michelin guide for a while, but somehow it just never registered on my radar screen until recently.
Very traditional braised duck, fairly tender and slightly thick and bitey, with a nice slightly layered sweet-savoury non-herbal braise from an old braising sauce or 老卤. The tau kwa was tasty too. Nice.
In all, it was a thirst quenching dessert on a hot day. However, I would have preferred to go for cheng tng or ice jelly, if both were also available either on the menu or at other stalls.
Michelin Recommended Stall
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The black vinegar is more sweet than sour but there is a bottle of vinegar on the counter for customers to help themselves to for a sharper taste. Chef Sham uses the Chan Kong Thye (aka doggy brand) black sweet rice vinegar which he proudly displays all over his stall.
Despite the portion of the rice is not as much as one coming from the Indian stall, or the smaller-sized chicken leg in comparison but for the price ($4), it is good value.
Yuan Lang Soy Chicken Master is the underdog among all the big names. Hopefully, they can get picked up by the radar soon and receive the recognition they deserve.