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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Food Republic @ 112 Katong - Bringing the Best of Local Fare

The following are the 16 dishes that we gobbled up last Saturday at Food Republic at 112 Katong. We can now find more of Singapore's favourite local delights in this new Food Republic.

Thye Hong Fried Prawn Noodle
Fried Hokkien Mee
Thye Hong has a history of over 40 years.  They serve its fare on Opei leaves specially imported from Malaysia and Indonesia.  The leaf infuses a subtle, wood fragrance to enhance the taste of the noodle.  I love the gravy, it was very tasty and of course, I always like to eat the fried hokkien mee with the accompanied chilli to give it an extra kick.

Thye Hong was hand-picked by the Singapore Tourism Board to showcase his Char Kway Teow as one of our nation's most celebrated local specialities at the Culinary Institue of America in California.  I would definitely like to try the Char Kway Teow and Fried Oyster Omelette for this stall in the near future.

Yong Soon You Tiao
You Tiao (Fried dough fritters)
This trade was started by Mr Low's grandfather over 20 years ago.  Mr Low continued the trade and picked up the skill of making thee savoury treats.  You Tiao is one of my favourite food for breakfast.  The "You Tiao" (Fried Dough Sticks) here are all freshly fried at the stall and it is nice to consume them when they are cripsy and hot.

The other specialties are the Butterfly fritters and Xian Jian Bing (Deep-Fried Salty Fritters). The Xian Jian Bing comes with new exciting flavours such as coffee, pandan, red and green bean. Muslim friends will be glad to know that these dough fritters are certified Halal.

Fu Lin Tofu Yuen
7 pcs set with noodles
This stall serves Hakka Yong Tau Foo which is something new to me. After choosing those Yong Tau Foo that you want, they will be cooked cripsy upon order and served with their specially made minced chicken mushroom sauce and chilli. You can also order a bowl of their speciality minced chicken mushroom gravy with noodles to go with the Yong Tau Foo.

Fu Lin Tofu Yuen started in 1994 in the East Coast area to provide a different kind of Hakka Yong Tau Fu. Now, you are still able to get the authentic Fu Lin Tofu Yuen here at 112 Katong Food Republic.

Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodle
We sampled this bowl of Mee Pok (Dry).
Simply love!  These fishballs were soft and "bouncy"!
Li Xin's fishballs are made with yellowtail only and kept chilled in cold water but never frozen, and made twice daily.  Li Xin also make their own chilli sauce and crispy lard pieces.

Owner Eddie Lim, son of founder Lim Lee Seng, says that this method of making the fishballs has been used since his father's time since 1968.

Huat Huat BBQ Chicken Wing
The barbecued chicken wings are succulent and juicy. Do try it with their chilli sauce. Huat Huat BBQ also has a histroy of over 20 years.

Dapur Padang
We had Nasi Kuning Set which is an Indonesian rice dish cooked with coconut milk and tumeric (thus the rice is yellow).

The presentation here signifies the mountain (rice in conical shape - tumpeng) as origin of this dish, Indonesia is a very mountainous region. You can choose the other dishes that you like to be placed at the sides of the rice. I tried the rice, it was really very fragrant.

Side dishes....

Cho Kee Wanton Noodle
Spinach Noodle
This is one of my top picks amongst all the food that I had sampled.
Fried Dumplings
Very springy noodles. These were spinach noodles and they also have carrot, beetroot and seaweed noodles specially created for Food Republic at 112!
Cho Kee Noodle started the wanton noodles trade in Old Airport Road in 1965. Another stall with a rich history.

Formosa Delights
Dao Xiao Mian (Beef)
With the open-kitchen concept, you might sometimes be able to see the chef slicing the white dough right in front of a boiling pot. The sliced white dough will "fly" through the air and go straight to the pot.

Bangkok Gem
Phad Thai with Prawns
I normally like Phad Thai that is dry and topped it with lots of crushed peanuts.

Ju Shin Jung Korean Cuisine
We sampled the Mixed Vegetable Rice in Hot Stone.
This dish has a very nice presentation as well with a nice egg yolk right at the centre, sprinkled with some white sesame seeds on top.
Of course, you cannot miss this if you are having Korean food!  Kimchi!!

Ah Yip Herbal Soup
Herbal Duck Drumstick Soup Noodles
The duck meat was quite tender and it was easy to tear the meat from the bone.

Herbal Soups at Ah Yip take more than10 hours to prepare. It was established in 1993 with the objective to help to keep people healthy. The founder, Mr Cheng Keng Yip, was a physician for more than 10 years. Based on his expertise and knowledge in Chinese Herbs, he specially created a range of herbal soups that capitalizes on the efficacy of herbs.
Chef from "The Song of India"

Butter Chicken with Garlic Naan

Everything that Melissa ate seemed extremely delicious. Do not underestimate her petite size! She can eat the whole naan by herself!
Fragrant Hot Pot
This one might not suit everyone as I can already feel the "numbness" on my tongue although I just tried a small piece of veggie. Take it only if you can take super spicy stuff, otherwise, you might not get to enjoy this. All the ingredients that you choose will be stir-fried with their special "Ma La" sauce, made from over 20 different herbs and spices.

Originated from Beijing, the Fragrant Hot Pot is widely popular with Chinese nationals here.

Pepper Lunch
Pepper steak
This one needs no further introduction. You can cook your own foo the way you like it and I like to drizzle it with a lot of honey brown sauce.

This is one of the mini restaurants found in Food Republic 112.

Wee Nam Wee Chicken Rice
Chicken Rice with Dumpling Set
This is the other mini restaurant found here.
Wee Nam Kee Hainanese Chicken Rice Flagship store is located at 275 Thomson Road. Its succulent steamed and roasted chicken rice were voted the best hawker at the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2010. The restaurant was also invited by the Prime Minister's Office to participate at its Singapore Day in Shanghai.

We rounded up our hearty meal with Chendol from Ice Shop for desserts. The Chendol was served in tall glasses. The chendol remined me of my failed quest for Chendol 88 during my trip to Malacca last week. The taste was alright, not too sweet but somehow, I still prefer my chendol to be served in a bowl and eaten with just a spoon. Ok, other than chendol, you have over 15 cold and 5 hot selections that you can choose from here. Definitely a perfect sweet ending to any meal.
Can you see them waving at you??  "DRINK ME!!" 
My tall glass of Chendol.
I would like to take the opportunity to thank OMY.SG and Food Republic for the invite so that I got a chance to sample all these great local fares and international cuisine.

Check out this link at OMY for the other 11 bloggers' experience at the Food Republic food tasting event.

Address:  112 East Coast Road, #04-01, 112 Katong
Opening Hours:  Monday - Thursday, Sunday and Public Holiday:  10am to 10pm
                             Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday:  10am to 11pm 
Total No. of Stalls:  17 (14 stalls; 2 mini restauants; 1 kiosk)


FoodieFC said...

wow what a lot of food!

CelestialDelish ツ said...

hey, nice meeting you last Sat!

I saw my face on your post, pssssst *shy*

Miso said...

Nice to meet you too! You look quite pro in the photo mah.. dun *shy* :P

sgfoodonfoot said...

Hi Y-Lyn, nice meeting you at the event.

Miso said...

Hi Derrick, nice to meet you too! I like to read yr blog and has added it to my favourites. :)