Showing posts with label Dry Laksa. Show all posts
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Friday, July 12, 2024

Choon Hoy Parlor (春花) @ Beach Road - A Singapore Soul Food Haven


With the relocating of The Masses, the space has been transformed into a new concept by Chef Dylan Ong — Choon Hoy Parlor (春花). This cosy spot offers Singapore soul food, featuring a multicultural smorgasbord of heritage and heirloom recipes and hawker dishes close to the heart of Singaporeans.

Mini Fried Pomfret 3/5

We began our dinner with the Mini Fried Pomfret ($8.90/5pc, $15.90/10pc), deep-fried to a delightful crisp. Paired with the accompanying Plum Tao Cheong Dip, it was a pleasant start, though it didn't quite stand out among the other offerings.

CHP Signature Our Rojak, Our Own Way 4.2/5

The CHP Signature Our Rojak, Our Own Way ($8.90) is a refreshing, modern take on the traditional local rojak. It comprises seasonal fresh vegetables like starfruits, Japanese cucumbers, jicama, and rose apple, topped with house-made Rojak ice cream and garnished with You Tiao, century eggs, and peanuts. This innovative twist on a classic dish was a delightful explosion of flavours and textures.

CHP Signature Salad: Ulam 3/5

Next, we tried the traditional Malaysian dish, the CHP Signature Salad: Ulam ($15.90). Served cold on crushed ice, it featured fresh seasonal vegetables like paku fern, white corn, rose apple, jicama, lady's finger, Japanese cucumber, papaya, and seldom leaves. It was accompanied by Sambal Belacan and Ginger Flower Emulsion dips. While refreshing, the raw vegetables might not appeal to everyone.

Coin Prata 5/5

The Coin Prata ($8.90) served like a taco paired with lamb masala and mint yoghurt, was a highlight. The lamb masala, which Chef Dylan learned from an Indian chef, was robust and flavourful. Coupled with the crispy prata, this dish was an explosion of flavours and textures—a must-try!

Pork Tongue 3.8/5

Having eaten beef tongue before, I was intrigued by the Pork Tongue. It was more tender than beef tongue and served in a Thai-style spicy sauce paired with a crispy cracker. If I hadn't known, I would have thought it was beef brisket due to its melt-in-the-mouth texture.

CHP Signature White Pepper Pig Stomach Collagen Soup 4/5

Served in a claypot, the CHP Signature White Pepper Pig Stomach Collagen Soup ($25.90) was hearty and comforting. The peppery soup, comprising whole garlic cloves, winter melon, goji berries, pig stomach, taukee, and chives, was a warm, satisfying delight.

CHP Signature 16Hrs Bone-in Coffee Angus Short Rib 4.5/5

Inspired by the local zichar dish coffee Pork Ribs — the CHP Signature 16Hrs Bone-in Coffee Angus Short Rib ($69/700-800g) was an elevated interpretation. The fork-tender beef short rib, grilled over binchotan and glazed with coffee umami sauce, was further garnished with fried garlic chips for an aromatic finish. This dish was a standout.

Teochew Braised Duck 4.8/5


One of my favourite dishes was the Teochew Braised Duck ($69). Served with a set of condiments, including Tau Kwa Pau, sambal chilli, chopped boiled eggs, cucumbers, and yam mixed with fried hae bee hiam and fish cake, the braised whole duck leg was well-flavoured by the braising sauce for 1.5 hours and tender and succulent. The accompanying Tau Kwa Pau, a disappearing hawker dish, offered an additional way to enjoy this delightful dish.

Ayam Goreng Berempah 3.8/5

A good change from the usual Har Cheong Kai was the Ayam Goreng Berempah ($15.90/6pc). Instead of the usual whole chicken leg, it featured chicken winglets and drumsticks for a finger-licking good experience. Topped with serunding, it offered great textures and aroma.

CHP Signature Hainanese Kampong Chicken 3.5/5

A Lil Lard, A Lil Soy, A Lil Love Rice (Triple L)

The CHP Signature Hainanese Kampong Chicken ($15.90/Half, $28.90/Full) uses poached kampong chicken steamed with spring onion, ginger, and garlic. Served with minced vegetables lightly cooked in oil, soy sauce, sliced cucumbers, spring onion, and chopped ginger condiment, this iconic Singapore dish is best enjoyed with a bowl of Triple L Pork Lard Rice ($3).

CHP X Jelebu Signature Dry Laksa V2.0 3/5

The CHP X Jelebu Signature Dry Laksa V2.0 ($18.90) was wetter than expected. While the rempah was robust and fragrant, the strong cockles' flavour was not to my liking. However, I heard the restaurant has tweaked the recipe for an even more delicious version.

Yuzu Citron Cheng Tng 4.5/5

The Yuzu Citron Cheng Tng ($10.90) was an elevated take on the traditional Chinese clear soup dessert. It was simmered until flavorful with rock sugar, dried longan, dates, white fungus, sea coconut, karaya gum, and Korean yuzu citron, which gave the clear soup a deliciously new dimension.

CHP Signature Durian Chendol 4/5

Another local dessert inspiration was the CHP Signature Durian Chendol ($13.90). A gula melaka sponge cake base topped with pandan jellies, kidney beans, coconut ice cream, D24 durian puree, and corn espuma sauce, this luxe version of the traditional chendol dessert was a delightful end to our meal.

Choon Hoy Parlor (春花) is a gem for those seeking to relive the comfort and nostalgia of Singapore soul food. Chef Dylan Ong's innovative take on traditional dishes offers a fresh, contemporary twist that still holds true to its roots. Whether you're in the mood for a light snack or a hearty meal, Choon Hoy Parlor promises a dining experience that's both satisfying and memorable.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Choon Hoy Parlor (春花)
85 Beach Road
Singapore 189694
Tel: +65 6266 0061
Nearest MRT: Bugis (DT, EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 12pm - 3pm, 530pm - 930pm
Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 530pm - 9pm

1) Alight at Bugis MRT station. Take Exit C. Walk to North Bridge Road. Cross the road to Tan Quee Lan Street. Walk down Tan Quee Lan Street to Beach Road. Turn right onto Beach Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Wednesday, December 27, 2023

INDOCAFÉ Peranakan Dining @ Scotts Road - Reopens with New Peranakan Dishes


Nestled within "The White House" along Scotts Road, the reopening of INDOCAFÉ Peranakan Dining unveils the iconic colonial-style bungalow that has been transformed into an enclave that embraces both modernity and the vibrant heritage of Peranakan culture. Its interiors blend Peranakan influences with a touch of modern sophistication, creating a cosy and inviting ambience. The new menu, curated by Penang-born Chef Heng Eng Ho, features old favourites alongside new dishes showcasing his understanding of Peranakan flavours developed over more than 20 years of culinary experience.

Belinjo Crackers

We were delighted with a mouthwatering complimentary welcome snack - crunchy Belinjo Crackers with Sambal Belacan, Gula Melaka & Acar. The sambal belacan whetted my appetite, with its piquancy laced with a hint of hit, making it the perfect dip throughout the meal. I love the crunch from the acar as well.


We started with the Trio Platter from its Signature Tasting Menu - Kueh Pie Tee, Ngoh Hiang, Otah Otah. Individual items are available in the ala carte menu. Within the Kueh Pie Tee ($19) is braised shredded turnip, topped with dried prawns and crabmeat. The shredded turnip retained a good crunch and aptly seasoned, and a touch of the vibrant chilli sauce lifted its flavours. Both the and were equally delightful. The Ngoh Hiang ($19) showcased an excellent proportion of pork and chopped water chestnuts, resulting in a testy, juicy meat roll. Nonya Otah Otah ($16) was tasty with chunky mackerel fish, and Nyonya herbs and spices were also quite balanced.

Itek Tim (tasting portion) 4/5

We also had a soup starter - Itek Tim ($14), a salted vegetable duck leg soup. It boasted a profound tartness from pickled mustard greens, balanced with fruity sweetness imparted by tomatoes. The duck meat was cooked to tender. The soup was also elevated with shaved nutmeg for a subtle lift and a dash of brandy for a depth of flavour.

INDOCAFÉ Wagyu Beef Rendang (tasting portion) 4.5/5

Moving on to the Mains. We savoured the INDOCAFÉ Wagyu Beef Rendang ($38), elevated with premium Wagyu beef cheek. The beef cheek is cooked with spices, shrimp paste, chilli and coconut milk for over three hours, followed by additions of Nyonya rempah and a medley of fresh aromatics. The beef was tender and moist, and the flavours were well-rounded without overly intense.

Babi Pongteh (tasting portion) 4.5/5

INDOCAFÉ also amped its Babi Pongteh ($28) with Spanish Iberico pork. The pork is marinated to the bone with fermented soybean paste and then cooked with potatoes, aromatic spices, onion and garlic. Having Spanish Iberico pork prepared in this manner for the first time, I was pleasantly surprised by how well it was being executed. Despite the absence of the usual chunky layers of fats and skin found in a regular pork belly, the flavours and texture were not compromised.

Ikan Sambal Bunga Kantan (tasting portion) 3.8/5

We also had a seafood fish - Ikan Sambal Bunga Kantan ($39). The Patagonian toothfish is deep-fried and dressed with ginger flower and Thai sweet and sour chilli sauce. It was tasty with a firm and succulent texture, although a thinner crust would have been preferable.

Dry Laksa 3/5

We tried its Dry Laksa ($26) with Argentina Red Prawns. The laksa lacked the robustness and punch we expected, and the prawns were a bit mushy in texture.

Sago Gula Melaka 4.5/5

Ending things on a sweet note - Sago Gula Melaka ($14) was indulgent with prime D24 durian pengat. The sticky sago pudding was lightly sweetened with gula melaka and doused with warm coconut milk, bringing the elements together into a harmonious delight.

Kueh Salat 4/5

The Signature Kueh Salat ($15) was aesthetically presented, featuring a scoop of coconut ice cream adorned with desiccated coconut and crushed peanuts. While the pandan coconut custard was deliciously creamy, the glutinous rice layer could be softer to combine better with the custard. The overall sweetness was on the higher side.



To complete the dining experience, INDOCAFÉ Peranakan Dining has also incorporated artisanal coffee offerings and exclusive beverages. During our meal, we had a refreshing mimosa to complement the richness of the food. When it came to desserts, between Gesha Passiflora ($19) from Colombia and Kerinci ($11) from Indonesia, I opted for the latter, which offers tasting notes of tropical fruits, dried fruits, berries, stone fruits with a wine-like sweet finish.


Photos and words by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.

INDOCAFÉ Peranakan Dining
35 Scotts Road
Singapore 228227
Tel: +65 9430 7307
Nearest MRT: Newton (DT, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sun: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm -1030pm
(Closed on Mon)

1) Alight at Newton MRT station. Take Exit A. On Scotts Road, turn right and walk down Scotts Road towards Orchard Road direction. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Jelebu Dry Laksa @ Vivocity - Popular Home-Based Dry Laksa Opens Physical Outlet

Jelebu 3

We first heard of Chef Renee's Jelebu Dry Laksa during the Circuit Breaker period for their popular home-based dry laksa that came with various toppings. After a pop-up collaboration last year, Tipsy Collective and Jelebu have joined hands to open their first physical space in Vivocity! Their menu has expanded further than laksa, with several dishes inspired by Chef Renee's family recipes.

Jelebu 1
Scallop & Otah Pillow 3.5/5

In the Scallop & Otah Pillow ($18/3pc), you have avruga caviar, torched Hokkaido scallop and otah mousse sitting on a crunchy nori cracker. The otah mousse was rich and spiced well, but we wished it didn't mask the scallops' sweetness as much.

Jelebu 2.
Larb Moo on Perilla Leaf 4/5

The Larb Moo on Perilla Leaf ($18/3 Pieces) was the crowd's favourite. It's best eaten like a taco. The perilla leaf forms the base, with Thai-spiced minced pork, shallot, pickled cherries and crispy pork crackling on top. I usually find the taste of perilla leaves slightly overpowering, but here, you get a lovely minty freshness that complements the flavourful minced pork. It doesn't look like it, but this mouthful also packed a solid kick of heat.

Jelebu 3
Grilled Tiger Prawn Jelebu Dry Laksa 3.8/5

You can't miss out on trying the signature Grilled Tiger Prawn Jelebu Dry Laksa ($18). Unlike the usual thick bee hoon, Jelebu uses thin rice noodles simmered in a house-made laksa broth with an add-on of their secret rempah recipe.

The spice level here is moderate, and the flavours were surprisingly less rich than we expected. I prefer one that's stronger and richer in crustacean sweetness. The tiger prawns were torched to a smoky fragrance, but we were slightly disappointed with the mushy texture. However, we did enjoy the crunchy shrimp for added texture.

Jelebu 4
Duck Confit with Teochew Braised Risotto 4/5

The Duck Confit with Teochew Braised Risotto ($26) is inspired by Chef Renee's grandma's braised duck, featuring modern touches like an onsen egg and a bed of risotto while not forgetting the traditional elements like beancurd and a tangy chilli on the side. It's not like your typical risotto, as it boasts a softer and wetter texture, with distinct five-spice flavours that reminded us of kway chap and Teochew braised duck porridge. The duck confit was super tender and fell off the bone with ease.

Jelebu 5
Assam Barramundi Fillet 4/5

If you're looking for a sharing dish that pairs well with rice, the Assam Barramundi Fillet ($32) is a good option. The tangy assam curry sauce is fragrant with generous use of julienned ginger flowers and is paired with tomatoes, brinjal and lady fingers. The chunky fillet came tender with crisped skin, while the extra crunchy tau pok topping worked great for texture and soaking up the curry.

Jelebu 6
Kaya Goreng 3/5

For dessert, the Kaya Goreng ($12) features coconut ice cream, chocolate soil, salted peanuts and mini cones filled with kaya coconut mousse. The recommended way to have this is to scoop up some ice cream and have it topped on the cone. However, most of us found it sweeter than we would have liked and would prefer a better balance.

Photos and words by Jo. A girl who loves her Mala (麻辣) at Da La (大辣), discovering hidden food gems and a good cup of matcha latte. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Jelebu Dry Laksa
1 Harbourfront Walk
Singapore 098585
Tel: +65 97216560
Nearest MRT: Habour Front (CC Line, NE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1130am to 10pm

1) Alight at Harbour Front MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk to destination. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Takeshi Noodle Bar @ Hotel Soloha - Jelebu Dry Laksa Pop-Up Restaurant With Modern Twist On Local Dishes


Chef Renee Tang Eyrn, better known for her home-based business Jelebu Dry Laksa has collaborated with Tipsy Collective for a limited time. During this period, she will be running her pop-up restaurant at Takeshi Noodle Bar along Keong Siak Road. Not only is she bringing her dry laksa to the menu, customers can also look forward to her modern twist on the local dishes.

Scallop & Otah Pillow 3.5/5

We commenced the dinner with the Scallop & Otah Pillow ($22 for 3pc) resting on a crispy nori cracker. It is further paired with otah mousse and top with avruga caviar for an exciting play of flavours and textures.

Taupok Poppers 4.2/5

The Taupok Poppers ($12 for 6pc) is one of my favourite items on the menu. The crispy youtiao is stuffed with king mackerel and tossed in a delicious sweet and savoury rojak sauce, topped with ginger flower and peanuts. These popping delights are very addictive.

Szechuan on a Stick 4.8/5

A must-have has to be the Szechuan on a Stick ($14 for 2 skewers). The grilled pepper pork satay is exceptionally tender. The soul has to be Nam Jim Jaew (Thai chilli sauce) that elevated the local pork satay to a whole new level of enjoyment.

Grilled Tiger Prawn Dry Laksa $22

Not forgetting Chef Renee's signature Jelebu dry laska. At Takeshi Noodle bar, there are 3 options - Grilled Tiger Prawn Dry Laksa ($22), Butter-Poached Half Lobster Dry Laksa ($32) and Butter-Poached Whole Lobster Dry Laksa ($46). The plate of slurping goodness is boosted with a beautiful aroma from the rempah. I also noticed the noodle is thinner than what Chef Renee used for her home-based business. In addition, it is also saucier than her home-based business. I prefer this version at Takeshi Noodle Bar.

Kaya Goreng 4.5/5

Wrapping up my dinner is the Kaya Goreng ($14 for 3pc). The kaya coconut mousse is served in a charcoal ice cream cone. It is a very creative dessert paired with coconut ice cream, chocolate soil and salted peanuts. 

Jelebu Dry Laksa's tasting menu will be available on Mon, Wed & Sat. Ala-carte menu items will be available daily except Tuesday when the restaurant will be closed. The 8 Course Set menu is priced at $88 per pax and $118 per pax for the 9-Course Set menu

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Takeshi Noodle Bar
Hotel Soloha
12 Teck Lim Road
Singapore 088387
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (EW, NE, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon, Wed-Thu: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 11pm
Fri: 12pm - 3pm, 5pm - 1am
Sat: 12pm - 1am
Sun: 12pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Outram Park MRT station. Take Exit 4. Walk straight towards Kreta Ayer Road. Turn right onto Keong Siak Road. Walk down Keong Siak Road and turn left onto Teck Lim Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Jiak (家) @ Joo Chiat Place - Grandma's Recipe Private Dining With Whiskey Pairing


One of the newest kid in the private dining scene is Jiak at Joo Chiat Place. The 3 month's old private dining place is helmed by Chef Anon Foo. Unlike most of the private dinings I have attended which the chefs have a colourful resumes of working in top restaurants, Anon followed and learned from his grandmother at her hawker stall since young. Hence at Jiak, one can look forward to home cooked dishes largely inspired by Anon's grandmother.

Achar 4/5

Before starting our dinner, each of us are given a small serving of homemade Achar.

Signature Foie Gras Ngor Hiang 3/5

Our meal started with the Signature Foie Gras Ngor Hiang. It is an interesting take of the traditional ngor hiang and it taste pretty good. However the foie gras did not stand out in the execution which is a slight disappointment. Some of us also find that it is on the salty side.

Prime Rib Lotus Root Soup 4.2/5

Doubled boiled over charcoal is the Prime Rib Lotus Root Soup. The slow cooked over charcoal has drawn out the essences and sweetness of the ingredients without the used of salt. All of us had another helping as this is really good.

Kong Bak Pau 4/5

The surprise special of the day is the Kong Bak Pau. Sandwiched in between the soft and fluffy bun is the pork belly that has been well infused with the braising sauce.

Herbal Emperor Chicken 3.5/5

Didn't look too photogenic is the Herbal Emperor Chicken as I did not get a shoot before it was dissected at the back of the kitchen before serving. I appreciate the fact that the tender chicken didn't come across too strong in the herbal taste which was pleasing to the palate.

Steamed Cod Fish in Chicken Broth 3,8/5

Next up we are served a whole fillet of Steamed Cod Fish in Chicken Broth. Nothing complicate just allowing the soy sauce to bring out the buttery flavour of the cod fish.

Dry Laksa 4.2/5

For the mains, diner will have a choice of Dry Laksa or Homemade Fish Otah Nasi Lemak. The Dry Laksa comes with 2 huge prawns in a very coconuty sauce. Add a dollop of chilli to spice up the flavour. I only wish that I can get the usual bean sprouts, fish cakes, tao pok and even cockles in my laksa though.

Homemade Fish Otah Nasi Lemak 4.2/5

Personally I prefer the Homemade Fish Otah Nasi Lemak for the fact that it is more substantial. The otah is really good, so good that I have to reconfirm whether it is really homemade as it tastes very similar to a particular brand I like. The plate of fragrant rice even comes with ikan bilis, japanese-style lava egg and sambal chilli.

Green Bean Soup with Coconut 4.5/5

The Green Bean Soup with Coconut wrapped up our meal. Diner has a choice of either hot or cold. I would recommend going for the hot one to appreciate the full flavour as the ice tends to duplicate the richness.


Dining at Jiak is set at $70 nett per pax for 6 dishes plus a special of the day. Whisky pairing is available at $12 to $15 per dram to complement the meal, which has been put together by their in-house whisky connoisseur. If you plan to bring your own wine or whisky, corkage fee applies at $25 and $50 respectively.

Note: This is an invited tasting

Jiak (家)
184B Joo Chiat Place
Singapore 427896
Tel: +65 82842758
Nearest MRT: Eunos (EW Line), Dakota (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
630pm till late

1) Alight at Eunos MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to Eunos Bus Interchange (Stop ID 82009). Take Bus 150. Alight 2 stops later. Walk down Still Road. At the junction of Still Road and Joo Chiat Place, cross the junction. Turn right onto Joo Chiat Place. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 mins [Map]

2) Alight at Eunos MRT station. Take Exit A or B. Walk to Bus Stop at Sims Ave (Stop ID 82061). Take Bus 13 or 155. Alight 1 stops later. Walk down Still Road. At the junction of Still Road and Joo Chiat Place, cross the junction. Turn right onto Joo Chiat Place. Walk to destination. Journey time about 12 mins [Map]

3) Alight at Dakota MRT station. Walk to bus stop at Blk 99 Old Airport Road (Stop ID 81181). Take bus 33. Alight 7 stops later. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 20 mins. [Map]