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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat Restaurant 黄埔庆鱼头炉餐馆 @ 28 Biz Hub (Chai Chee)

The 3rd outlet of Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat opened in Chai Chee neighbourhood area!  Another great steamboat option for the Easties! Yay!!!  It has plans to establish additional outlets in North-East regions of Singapore as well as overseas venture too!

The 15-year-old restaurant brand opens at the ground floor coffeeshop space taking up 3 stalls selling Whampoa Keng Economic Rice,Whampoa Keng Fish Soup Noodle and the signature Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat with other local famous Zi-Char dishes.
 Air-con seats are available next to the coffeeshop if you prefer to have your steamboat in a more comfortable setting.
 You can choose from 3 types of fish - Red Grouper, Bucket Pomfret and Bardan Sliced Fish (Boneless) to be cooked over the traditional charcoal-fired steamboat!  Definitely this would add to the flavour of the soup!

 We had the red grouper for our food tasting session.

Whampoa Keng Signature Fish Head Steamboat

(a) Red Grouper $40 (1-2pax),
(b) Red Grouper $50 (3-4pax),
(c) Red Grouper $60 (5-7pax),
(d) Red Grouper $70 (8pax++).

The fish was fresh and meaty and you could also find fried yam in the steamboat. Probably typical in a teochew-styled steamboat. The soup was sweet and rich, and the flavour got more and more intense. It was really enjoyable slurping the hot soup especially during cold, rainy days.

Whampoa Keng also serves many well-executed Zi Char dishes that you can order alongside with your steamboat.

PS:  All the Zi Char dishes below were plated elaborately for the food tasting session only.  :P

Signature Prawn Paste Chicken Wings
(a) $10 (1-2pax)
(b) $15 (3-5pax)
(c) $20 (6pax+)

Personally, I love this dish as the meat was really well-marinated and juicy. The exterior of the mid-wing joints was deep-fried to a nice crisp.

Specialty Tofu
The homemade tofu was smooth and it came with a generous potion of seafood gravy.

Signature Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs with Fried Cod Fish
(a) $15 (1-2pax)
(b) $20 (3-5pax)
(c) $25 (6pax+)

A slight twist to the standard Zi Char dish by adding in fried cod fish strips. These cod fish strips were really addictive and I ate them in between dishes as snacks.

Nonya Sotong
(a) $15 (1-2pax)
(b) $20 (3-5pax)
(c) $25 (6pax+).

Our table enjoyed this plate of nonya squid rings in particular. The squid rings were soft and the sauce definitely went well with our bowl of rice. Do give this dish a try if you are here!

Seasonal Vegetables with Scallops
 (a) $22 (1-2pax)
(b) $28 (3-5pax)
(c) $34 (6pax+)
Its colourful presentation will make it look great as a Chinese New Year dish.

 Salted Egg Yolk Prawn
(a) $20 (1-2pax)
(b) $30 (3-5pax) 
(c) $40 (6pax+)
These bite-sized prawns were fresh, succulent and crunchy. The amount of salted egg yolk sauce was about right, not too much. Again, another standard Zi Char dish that will not disappoint.

 Price List for steamboat:

Currently, there is not GST or Service Charge at this outlet.  Make your reservation through @hungrygowhere and enjoy a discount of 25% on steamboat for this outlet too!  I had enjoyed this makan session and would definitely consider bringing my family here for a hearty steamboat meal!

Whampoa Keng Fishhead Steamboat
28 Senang Road S416601
(28 Biz Hub)
Tel:  6386 3228 (for reservation)
Operating Hours (Weekday):  Monday to Friday: 11am to 3.00pm and 5pm to 11pm
                            (Sat/Sun/PH): 11am to 11pm
Capacity:  45 tables (Co-share with Coffeeshop),
                 12 tables in Air-conditioning room, reserved only for Whampoa Keng’s customer)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

O Christmas Tree!

It is just around 1 week to Christmas and I am thankful to the nice folks from for delivering a Christmas tree to my doorstep!  I finally own my first Christmas tree after 30+ years!  Floral Valley is an online florist and gift shop that aims to provide customers with all-in-one florist services.  You can find beautiful bouquets, festive hampers and gift boxes in their online store.  Do check them out.  :)

I got the 1.5m Christmas tree and I was surprised that the tree could actually be packed in the box seen below.  It was very portable.  After Christmas, I could pack the tree back to the box and keep it.  Floral Valley is collaborating with Christmas Trees Singapore. They have a great array of Christmas trees!

 The Christmas tree came in 2 parts with a tree stand.

 The top part of the tree.

After putting the parts together, it was time to spread out the branches so that it would look more dense and complete.

After that, complete the Christmas tree with a tree topper, decorations and lightings!  It is that easy, isn't it?


Floral Valley
WhatsApp number: 92328078/93874394

Teochew Festival 2016 @ Sands Expo and Convention - Teochew Food Street

Last Monday, I went to the Teochew Festival held at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre with my parents and grandmother.  We bought our ticket from Ding Tai Fung at a price of $9 per ticket and they gave us a free recipe book.  

Do remember to use the ticket to get a rebate of $3 off from the food you are buying from the food Zone (美食区) and Teochew Delicacy Zone. In addition, visitors can also enjoy full day parking at Marina Bay Sands at only $8 on weekdays.   

To encourage cashless transactions, only NETS payment is accepted at the fair.

The food street features 20 vendors comprising of homegrown Teochew eateries as well as food vendors from Shantou and Chaozhou, China. 

 My mum saw an elderly man with 3 tickets in his pocket while he was paying for his oyster omelette and she told him that he could use the tickets to get discount.  He wasn't aware and thanked my mum for telling him.  3 tickets could get him a rebate of $3 x 3 off from the total cost which means that his oyster omelette cost only $1!  :)  The stall vendor will take the tickets away from you at your first redemption so you cannot use it for another time.

 Fried oyster omelette ($10), the stall with the longest queue.  The oyster omelette was crispy and had many small oysters in it.  It went well with the chilli.  Fish sauce was provided too.  Heard that the traditional teochew way of eating the oyster omelette is to dip it in the fish sauce.

Teochew Char Kway Teow ($5)

 Surprisely, a meatless char kuay teow dish could taste so good!  I would recommend this dish as it had great "wok hei"!  This teochew char kuay teow is not the black ones that we normally have.  Instead, it resembles more like Penang Char Koay Teow with its white appearance, but with the prawns/egg replaced with Cai Po and diced kailan vegetables.  

Braised Duck rice ($10/ set).  If you are looking for a substantial meal, you may want to order this.  I was lucky to get the big drumstick  The duck meat was tender and well-braised.  Even my grandmother had all praises for it.  

  These kuehs were quite hard so we didn't really like it.  2 pieces for $3. 
Tang Yuan
Other kueh...

 Dad bought two big popiah at $5 each.  The popiah had some minced meat in it too.  As we were all very full, I took a small piece and tabao the rest back.

Teochew Festival (潮州节2016)
9 to 18 December 2016, 10.30am to 9.00pm daily
Sands Expo and Convention Centre Level 1 Hall A
Cost: $10 (Standard Ticket),  $9 (PAssion Card members)