Dinner @ Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup

October 30, 2017 in Chinese

One can say my colleagues and I are really into zi char. After trying Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice, Long Ji and Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood Restaurant, we were off next to Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup which was surprisingly located near our office.

And because it’s so convenient to reach the restaurant due to its close proximity (to our office), my colleagues and I have gone at least twice since. Both as walk-ins. However, it’s parking that posed as the biggest challenge. If one is lucky, one would snag a lot just in front of the restaurant. Else, Ye restaurant recommends parking at the temple located across the street.

To dine at Seng Kee, we were required to place our order at the cashier before the staff brought us to our table in the non air-conditioned space. However, as we arrived at the restaurant after 9pm on both occasions, the dishes with their signature black herbal chicken were all sold out.

Instead, from the menu (pages 1, 2), my colleagues and I ordered:-

1) 银鱼苋菜, $11 (medium) (above)

2) 咸蛋鸡, $13 (small) (above)

3) 排骨王, $12 (small) (above) – Give this a miss.

4) 腐乳炸花肉, $12 (small) (above) – I was impressed with this. Pork was fried to perfection; Crisp on the outside and juicy within. A must try.

5) 豆汁拉拉, $13 (small) (above)

6) 咸鱼炒饭, $6 (above) – This wasn’t on the menu. But 1 of my colleagues must have his fried rice. Thus, this was ordered. And this didn’t disappoint.


7) 腰子面线 (猪肉, 猪肝, 腰子), $5 (above) – Besides being famous for their black herbal chicken, apparently Seng Kee is also more famous for their mee sua. However, one really shouldn’t think about sharing the bowl as the mee sua was strictly one portion. One could easily finish the noodles with a few big slurps. And we really enjoyed the dish. Soup was very flavorful with noodles cooked just right. Not too hard nor too soggy. And it certainly warmed the soul as we ate on a rainy night. Keke.


8) Johor 烤焦米粉, $15 (medium) (above) – Available in 2 sizes ($10 and $15). Almost similar J.B Ah Meng‘s san lao beehoon, but not quite. Seng Kee’s didn’t come in 3 layers? Hmm.. Haha. But I honestly felt Seng Kee’s was pretty good!

Seng Kee is definitely a zi char restaurant worth checking out. Maybe it’s because my colleagues came at non-peak hours (after 9pm) that we didn’t have to wait to be seated. Which was great of course. Keke.

SENG KEE BLACK HERBAL CHICKEN SOUP
467/477 Changi Road, Singapore
6746 4089, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 04:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 7
Service: 6

Dinner @ Sembawang Traditional Claypot Rice

October 3, 2017 in Chinese

It has been a long while since my last siblings’ dinner out. My younger brother suggested heading to Traditional Sembawang Claypot Rice (TSCP) because he recently chanced upon the place and enjoyed the food at TSCP much. So yes! If it’s approved by my brother, I am sure it’s good.

And boy was my brother right.

The thing about zi char… It’s always better to come in a big group. So when my siblings and I went, we could only order 4 dishes. And because I enjoyed the food so much, I popped by 5 days later with a colleague for late dinner. Keke.

Reservation is a definite must if one is coming during peak hours or in big groups. My sibling assisted with the reservation and shared that the restaurant took down his contact number only. Hmm. Not of his name too?

But of course, the con about the location was parking. If one intends to park at the lots within the private house estate, please make sure to put parking coupon! When colleague and I arrived on the second occasion at 9pm, he decided to take the risk of not putting since free parking starts at 10pm. Bad move. We joked that the parking attendant must be staying in one of the landed properties because my colleague’s ticket was timed 9.12pm. Gasp.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), we ordered:-


1) Crispy salted egg sotong, $12.80 (above)


2) Hakka crispy pork, $12.80 (above)


3) Garlic fried chicken, $12.80 (above)

4) Qing long cai, $12.80 (above)


5) San lao bee hoon, $8.80 (large) (above) – Let’s be real… I think san lao beehoon is almost synonymous with J.B Ah Meng. So although it wasn’t fair to compare the two since they are cooked with different style, comparing was still inevitable. And the difference between the two was TSCR’s was paler in colour and the burnt surface was not as charred. But the (real) distinct difference was TSCR’s was cooked with prawn, pork, egg and vegetables and was wet with (some) gravy at the bottom. TSCR’s was still enjoyable, but not my favourite rendition of san lao beehoon.


6) La la bee hoon, $4.80 (small) (above)


  

7) Claypot seafood da lu mian, $8.80 (small) (above) – Saw some patrons eating this dish during my first visit and it looked so good. So yes, one can say I came back specially for this dish. And it didn’t disappoint. But if one intends to share this, get the bigger portion. We really enjoyed the chewy noodles which was too little for 2 to have enough of since TSCP was more generous with the ingredients.


8) Traditional claypot rice, $13.80 (medium) (above)

I second my brother’s recommendation. I truly enjoyed the food at Traditional Sembawang Claypot Rice. If one is in Sembawang and is unsure of where to head to for a meal, do check them out! One must really get the claypot noodle. When I told my youngest brother that I went back for the claypot noodle, he said he too noticed that dish and would return for it. Keke. Great minds stomachs think alike.

SEMBAWANG TRADITIONAL CLAYPOT RICE
4 Jalan Tampang, Singapore
6757 7144, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sun : 11:00 – 22:00
Ambience: 6
Value: 8
Service: 6

Dinner @ Long Ji 龙记

September 12, 2017 in Chinese

These days I am pretty much into zi char. And Long Ji really caught my attention with their crab beehoon dish. So with that, reservation was made for 6 people for a weekday dinner. Eating in a big group for zi char is the best cause I can order lots. Keke.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5), we ordered:-

1) Kai lan stir fried with garlic, $10 (regular) (above)

2) Green dragon vegetable, $12 (regular) (above)


3) Salted egg pumpkin, $12 (regular) (above)


4) Minced pork omelette, $8 (regular) (above)


5) Fermented pork belly, $15 (regular) (above)

6) Salt & pepper pork rib, $13 (regular) (above)

7) Braised chicken in Taiwan style, $12 (regular) (above)

8) Long ji bee hoon crab, market price (above) – We followed the staff’s recommendation to order our dishes in regular size so that we could order their signature dish in a bigger serving. And for that, the staff mentioned he would get us a ~1.3kg crab. And it was definitely a good idea to get the crab beehoon in a bigger serving for us to have at least 2 bowls’ worth of the flavouful bee hoon. And it was as though the staff heard our thoughts because just when our dish was running low on the broth, he suddenly appeared with a big bowl for us to replenish. Too good. And for this dish, we paid $91.


9) Deep fried ice cream, $3 (per piece) (above) – With 4 flavours of chocolate, yam, strawberry and vanilla, we decided to go with 1 each. Keke.

My colleagues and I were extremely pleased with our dinner at Long Ji. I left the restaurant feeling really happy. There were no misses that night. All dishes that we ordered was a hit. And it was a big bonus that Long Ji’s food was very price-friendly too. We were surprised when our bill for 6 people was in the low $200 even with some orders for beer. And we were also dining in the comfort of air-conditioning.

Highly recommended!

LONG JI 龍記
253 Outram Road, Singapore
9790 5682
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sun : 17:00 – 23:00
Ambience: 7
Value: 8
Service: 7