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Hill Street Fried Kway Teow

Published May 31, 2016 by piggie

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It has been more than a decade since I last patronise them at their Hill Street premise (hence the name), and I don’t know how many times have they shifted ever since. Their current location at Bedok South is not really a convenient location for me to ‘stop over’ for a bite, as it’s some distance away from MRT station. However, it seems destine I’m returning after a long decade, as I have some business to do at a nearby industry park, I simply walk over specifically for it!

I was there around 3.15pm on a weekday, that kind of time when most hawkers will be sneaking for a break in-between hectic meal hours, and one naturally don’t expect a long queue there. Not for this stall. There was a queue of around 8 patrons before me, and I ended up queueing for roughly 20 minutes. Good thing I have my iPad.

With prices from $3.50 nowadays, I can’t say it’s cheap for hawker center food (having said that, there’s a hike in cockle price recently though), especially the surrounding are residential area and industrial park. However, the quality is there, though I can’t tell whether it’s as good as before. The ingredients consist of sliced sausage, cockles, egg, all in adequate portion, unlike many other hawker stall’s chay kway teow these days where they simply drop sausage totally or merely having an unmeaningful quantity. Hill Street Fried Kway Teow has a very delicate balance of oil and taste, along with just the right degree of sweetness which render their Kway Teow one of the best in Singapore, and rightly so. I guess that somewhat justify their price.

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow
Block 16 Bedok South Road #01-41
Bedok South Market and Food Centre
Singapore 460016
Tel: +65 90421312

 

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Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo

Published May 15, 2016 by piggie

I wrote a post on Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo way back in 2013, but that was in their former premise at Parco Millenia Walk. Time changed, things changed, address changed too. Rather than appending to my previous post, I decided to write an entirely new post on this restaurant. And of course, I won’t want to miss their signature crab broth ramen too, despite my recent bad experience at their Orchard Cineleisure franchise of a different name.

Crab Stock Ramen, $13.90++

Crab Stock Ramen, $13.90++

As usual, Takeda Keisuke’s creation can hardly be faulted where taste is concern, however, their Crab Stock Ramen is a disappointment here. Not that it’s ain’t good enough, but that it’s obviously a downgrade from the same order back at their former Millenia Walk outlet. Compare with my previous visit, the broth is significantly lesser, the seaweed is missing, and they no longer supply bonito powder. But the basic bamboo shoot, leek, chikuwa, and of course, charshu remains. However, the texture of the charshu seems to deviate, it was more like ham last time, but this time round, it’s more of charshu. And they actually charging a little wee bit higher for this ramen. OK, inflation, I buy that. Taste wise, I can’t actually remember the difference with that I tried from their previous franchise, but yes, I like it nevertheless. In case you are wondering, there’s no crab meat in the ramen, merely crab stock in chicken broth. It’s the taste that matters here! Oh, by the way, my tummy had an upset later in the evening too.

Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen, $13.90++

Spicy Miso Tonkotsu Ramen, $13.90++

This is one of my favourite from all of Keisuke’s franchises in Singapore because of my love for spicy stuff, even though the chilli takes away some of the tonkotsu aroma from the ramen. Doesn’t matter, I am not very particular over that. Other than the chili paste, the main different ingredient from the Crab Stock Ramen is the addition of black fungus, and the portion of broth as well as the noodles are more generous. Noodle wise, they are using round noodle here, to differentiate from the flat noodle used in their Crab Stock Ramen. Overall, this is a very delicate mixture of tonkotsu’s sweetness and chili paste’s spiciness, though in my opinion a bit pricey for the chili paste.

Tonkotsu Ramen, $11.90++

Tonkotsu Ramen, $11.90++

This is Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo’s classic ramen, and gosh, they did it great! This, is one of the best classic tonkotsu ramen I ever tried. It looks like lard was added into the broth, giving it more flavour than conventional tonkotsu, yet the broth doesn’t taste as salty as some outlet I tried before. The broth was rather rich. Other ingredients include black fungus and leek, though I very much wished seaweed could be included, but I wasn’t willing to pay extra $2++ for it :P. It’s almost common in Keisuke’s franchise that seaweed are not part of their standard ramen, it’s an option upon ordering, along with runny eggs. And patrons get to determine the richness of the broth, the texture of the noodles etc. This outlet, however, doesn’t provide free hard boiled eggs like their other franchises I visited, they do provide free seasoned bean sprouts though.

To round up this post, I see Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo as a summarisation of Keisuke’s ramen franchise in Singapore, offering crab broth along with the more common tonkotsu and chicken broth. But if you crave for lobster broth from Keisuke, you can only find it in their Clarke Quay outlet.

Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo
3, Temasek Boulevard, #02-391/392
Suntec City
Singapore 038983
Tel: 63377919

Opening Hours:
Daily: 11:30hr – 22:00hr

Ramen Keisuke Kani King 蟹王

Published May 12, 2016 by piggie

 

Keisuke_Kani_King-P_20160328_191900This review is far overdue, I have been pondering about posting this, and only after two months, finally decided in doing so. And the reason, I shall reveal shortly.

Ramen king Takeda Keisuke’s vision is phenomenon, his creations once again defy the gravitational classification of typical Tonkotsu, Miso, Shio, and Shoyu ramen, into a borderless class of his own. It’s not the first time I’m trying his crab broth ramen, I tried it in Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo when it was in Millenia Walk, and by the time I’m writing this, I had already been to their new Suntec City outlet, twice. Anyway, that will be another story in another post, let me quickly get over this first.

Amidst all the fanfare of super long queue when his new outlets opened, me and my dining companion were greeted with a handful of diners in the queue before us, and was seated within reasonable wait in an early weekday evening on March 28.

We had already determined what we gonna order while in the short queue, and wasted no time in ordering. Soon as we placed our order, we were given a small dish to grind our own sesame, set to bring up the taste of the broth. On top of that, it’s a practice in all Keisuke’s franchises that diners get to select the thickness of the broth, hardness of noodle, as well as other accessories options, such as spring onion, egg, seaweed etc.

Crab Broth Ramen (Rich soup), $13.90++

Crab Broth Ramen (Rich soup), $13.90++

Their classic Crab Broth Ramen boast two pieces of flavourful charshu, black fungus, and flat noodle, served in a bowl exclusively for their Crab Broth ramen (well, actually it’s a mixture of crab and chicken broth), I guess this is a way to tell the chef so that they won’t mixed it up. This somewhat made me appreciate those traditional hawkers in Singapore who never seen to get it wrong with all kind of noodles they serve. Anyway, the broth was rich, with a strong aroma of crab soup. But don’t expect any sign of crab meat inside though!

Spicy Crab Broth Ramen, $14.90++

Spicy Crab Broth Ramen, $14.90++

My initial selection was their Crab Broth Ramen, but decided to order a different one to try out a different broth. The only difference here is the addition of chili paste, which turned the soup over into a spicy broth. However, on a personal note, it overpowered the aroma of a crab broth, and if you intend to appreciate the crab stock, my recommendation is to stay away from this. Otherwise, if you are so crave for spicy stuff, might as well go for a bowl of laksa elsewhere for a cheaper price. Nevertheless, that doesn’t take away the taste of the noodle overall.

Keisuke_Kani_King-P_20160328_191947And like Keisuke’s many other outlets (with the exception of Suntec City’s Ramen Dining Keisuke Tokyo, as far as I know), Ramen Keisuke Kani King offers free side dishes such as unlimited hard boiled eggs (if you want their runny egg, you need to pay for it separately), marinated bean sprouts, and Nira cabbage garlic (Nirakyabe Ninniku).

All in all, I would recommend this restaurant if not for what happened after 30 minutes. I had a stomach upset. My dining partner had it the next morning, but she didn’t finish the whole bowl of soup like I did. We did not have any common meal apart from this on that evening.

Ramen Keisuke Kani King
Cathay Cineleisure #01-03
8 Grange Rd
Singapore 239695
Tel: 62626968

Opening Hours:
From 12:00hr – 15:00hr, 17:00hr – 22:00hr daily
Fri, Sat, Eve of Public Holiday opens until 02:00hr