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Qi Ji

Published June 24, 2016 by piggie
Laksa (Cockles + Prawn), $5.20

Laksa (Cockles + Prawn), $5.20

This ain’t the first time I try Qi Ji, but let me start this post with their Laksa. They have two prices for Laksa, the first, $4.20, comes without prawn, just the standard cockles along with tau pok, fish cakes, egg, and what I believe to be shredded chives. The second is what I ordered here, $5.20 with added prawns.

I won’t say $5.20 is cheap, hence I expected some quality here. Notably, the ingredients here is considerably sumptuous as compare to many food court or hawker center stalls elsewhere, and we also need to factor in the costly rental in the locations they settled. The spicy broth is at least delightful, as with the comprehensive quantity and quality of the ingredients present, with the prawns used being relatively large ones. For such price, it’s more worth than what you can get from Toastbox and Heavenly Wang. The former was mediocre with their quality, the latter is so pathetic that I don’t even want to blog about it. All three franchise are selling their laksa about the same price.

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Popiah, $2.80 (with prawns)

Qi Ji’s popiah is their signature dish. Their ingredients include ‘homemade’ sweet and chili sauces, garlic, lettuce, bean sprouts, crispy bits, egg, prawn, parsley and turnip. When I first tried them after a one-hour drive home, I feel the finished item lacked cohesive character. It’s like eating all those ingredients by themselves, and I believe the main flaw is their ‘homemade’ sweet sauce. However, when I eventually beat their lunch queue and eat on the spot, it tastes very much better. I suspect their sweet sauce dried up after a while and somewhat rendered the popiah’s bland in taste. In addition, whoever behind that counter preparing your popiah makes a significant difference too! Anyway, I can’t emphasise enough how I hate the term ‘homemade’ is misused. It’s their own recipe, ok fine, but was it made in any of their staffs’ home or at the premise itself? No. Anyway, the popiah I bought comes with prawns. For $2.80, you get to choose whether you want prawn or chicken filling. There’s a plain version (neither prawn nor chicken) which cost just $2.20.

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Mee Rebus Deluxe, $5.80

Qi Ji has two versions of Mee Rebus, the conventional one selling at $4, while their deluxe version costing another $1.80 more. You probably won’t see the chicken cutlet and deep fried fish cake on the conventional version, for that, the price may look somewhat expensive. However, that doesn’t take away how great their noodles taste. Their gravy wasn’t as thick as I’ve tried elsewhere, but the calamasi fragrance was powerful, making it overall a very appetising meal. I don’t usually find the chicken cutlet and fish cake tasty, but complementing their mee rebus, I found the chemistry works to a tee!

Updates:

Qi Ji has since upgraded their Laksa menu, there are no more cockles, replacing with clams. And they are now serving brown rice mee hoon (thick vermicelli) with their Laksa (option: noodle) instead. With that healthy upgrades, a price rise of mere 10⊄ is more than reasonable.

Tian Tian Xiang Popiah天天香薄饼

Published June 22, 2013 by piggie

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I have not tried nice and cheap popiah for a long long time. $1.20 was the cheapest I could find, and that was when the famous Queenstown Popiah was still at the now-demolished Margaret Drive Food Center. But one fine day some months ago, I passed by Bukit Batok Central and discovered this humbled stall at S11 Food House by the name of Tian Tian Xiang Popiah, I was amazed by their price, $1. I thought at this price, they probably have to compromise on some expensive ingredients, and lost some spark in quality. But even so, the taste was exceptionally great!

I noted no less than 8 ingredients from the stall, minus fragments of shrimps and Chinese sausage, but retaining the basic egg, shredded peanuts, lettuce,  bean sprouts, garlic, prawn paste, chili paste, some kind of crispy chunk, and of course, stewed turnip. Leaving out shrimps and sausage may have lost some taste to the popiah, but seriously, many other outlets simply going through the formality of adding just a few tiny flakes of these and charging much more, the fact is, I couldn’t even taste any trace of them! On the contrary, Tian Tian Xiang’s popiah was excellent with that crispy chunk inside, which I suspect made of fried flour or something. Although the thickness of their popiah skin was a little thin, it was still good enough to last for more than 30 minutes without giving way. Overall, the flavour of the ingredients blended quite well together!

I specially bought a few home for the old folks to try, surprisingly, mum told me it wasn’t the first time she had it, and that even my uncle also gave it full credit a few months back. And if you google, you will find a few more good reviews about it!

Unfortunately, however, Tian Tian Xiang is also succumbing to increasing price pressure, they will raise their price by $0.20 comes 01 July 2013. That might tarnish my interest a little bit, but let’s hope it doesn’t take away the quality.

Tian Tian Xiang Popiah
S-11 Food House
Block 640 Bukit Batok Central #01-40
Singapore 650640
Opening Hours: 12pm-8.30pm daily