Category Archives: Balestier Area

Otah and Nasi Lemak from Lee Wee & Brothers

Squid Otah Assam Fish Ikan Bilis
Lee Wee & Brothers Foodstuff Pte Ltd
Outlet 1:
Basement 1 Tangs Plaza
Tel: 6235 9122
Outlet 2:
#B1-K16 Tampines Mall
Tel: 6789 9122
Outlet 3:
Blk 209 Hougang St 21 #01-02
Hougang St 21 Market and Food Centre
Tel: 6280 9122
Outlet 4:
Blk 51 Old Airport Road #01-79
Tel: 6348 9122
Outlet 5:
Blk 254 Jurong East St 24 #01-33
Tel: 6565 9122
Outlet 6:
Blk 20 Ghim Moh Road #01-38
Tel: 6464 9122
Outlet 7:
Blk 90 Whampoa Drive #01-639
Tel: 6254 9122
Website: http://www.leeweebrothers.com/

I personally tried the otah from the stall’s outlet at Kovan FC (can’t remember the date).  What I loved about its otah is that if you ordered the prawns otah, you actually get a few small pieces of prawns; and if you ordered the squid otah, you actually get a few small slices of squid inside your otah.  You get the idea. 

And you would think like you have to pay more than S$1 to get a stick of otah like this.  Well, you can get it at S$0.60!!  Excellent value for money!

They also have nasi lemak, assam fish, ikan bilis, chilli sauce, etc. for sale at their stall. If you want, you can ask them to cater for you or even cater the food for your BBQ.  Check their website for pricing details and order form.

Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House

Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs
Ng Ah Sio Pork Ribs Soup Eating House
208 Rangoon Road
Singapore 218453
Tel: 6291 4537
Opening Hours: 6am to 2pm, closed on Mondays

Just what is so special about bak kut teh that politicians court potential embarrassment just to get a taste of it at this stall? This is the BKT stall which turned down Mr Donald Tsang’s request for a bowl of the fragrant soup. Another local satirical site claims it kicked out Mr Thaksin Shinawatra after a disagreement over a bowl of innards…

The soup was a peppery blast – typical of Teochew-style bak kut teh. Robust and spicy, it is guaranteed to clear your sinuses (if it doesn’t, please see your doctor!). The garlic and pepper residue at the bottom of each bowl is evidence of how long the stuff has been boiled. Unfortunately, I did not manage to order the prime ribs that day and we ended up having off cuts, so the meat was a bit dry. I think the prime ribs would have been better.

Anyway, I can’t understand why Mr Thaksin would come here for Ter Kah (braised pig trotters) because the ones I had in Thailand were so much better. The pig trotters here was not as soft as I expected it to be. It could be that this was a new batch and did not spend enough time in the braising sauce.

Note: This review was extracted from Asiaone Wine & Dine.
Post-Makan Note

Finally! I managed to make my way here to taste the bak kut teh (BKT).  Each small bowl of BKT (this shop only has 1 standard size of BKT) costs S$5.50 and has 3 pork ribs plus soup .  A small bowl of rice goes for S$0.50.

The soup is not as peppery as I expected it to be; not that spicy that it clears your sinus but peppery enough so you can taste it in the soup.

Maybe I went there too early (I was there at 8am) so the pork ribs weren’t the kind that slides off the bones type.  I would much prefer those…. if you don’t want the fat pork ribs, please let them know while ordering.  I didn’t and they gave me the fatty ones, which are not my favourites.

What impresses me most about this place is that the “waiter” taking your order does so by using a palm.  Damn cool for a BKT place!

Parking here is a nightmare if you drive.  If you can’t park at any of the lots along the road, turn into Kent Road and park at the car park behind Blk 52.

Founder Rou Gu Cha Cafeteria

Founder Rou Gu Cha
Founder Rou Gu Cha Cafeteria
347 Balestier Road
Tel: 6352 6192
Opening Hours: Noon to 2pm, 6pm to 3am, closed on Tuesdays

First, he simmers pork bones, herbs and other ingredients to make a big pot of stock. That becomes his base stock in which the Founder boss cooks his bak kut teh. The result is a soothing, light peppery soup with a very subtle flavour of Chinese herbs. The owner calls his restaurant Founder because he came up with the recipe himself. Many Taiwanese and Hong Kong stars have come to love it. One wall of the restaurant is filled with huge pictures of the boss posing with the likes of singer Fei Yuqing, boybands like 5566 and actor Andy Lau.

Post-Makan Note:

My family and I tried the food on 8 Oct 2007; what we felt was that the soup was very peppery and quite a bit of MSG coz we felt so thirsty after the meal. We ordered 2 bowls of Bah Kut Teh, 1 bowl of pig’s stomach, 1 plate of salted vegetables, 1 plate of pig’s trotters, 1 plate of you tiao and 3 bowls of rice and it came up to S$26.40. Not that ex and we even got a refill of the soup.

Note: The review was extracted from Stomp Foodies Club but this restaurant was first recommended to me by my colleague, Tiong!

Le Troquet Cafe Bar

Le Troquet Foie Gras 2 Creme Brulee 2
Le Troquet Cafe Bar
529 Balestier Road #01-01
Tel: 6736 1070
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm; off on Sundays only
Website: http://www.letroquet.dolob.biz/

I was dying for creme brulee and did a search on the internet for it.  The thing is I want to eat it in Singapore! And I want it cheap and good! 😛 Not an easy task but I managed to find one that’s reasonably priced.  No cheap creme brulee…. 😦

One of the main highlights in French cuisine is the pan fried Foie Gras ($18) (see picture above). How skilful a chef is depends on the quality of the Foie Gras he prepares. At Le Troquet, the Foie Gras is wholly marinated with 3 brandied cherries and when consumed together, brings on an all intense flavour, wholesome and gratifying. The Foie Gras had a crispy outer lining while maintaining a warm and soft interior. The main course served was the confit de canard ($25) which was essentially duck confit . It may appear to be more salty to the locals’ taste buds but that was the way the French liked it. Beneath the crispy layer atop were all the hidden fats which literally melted in our mouths. However, the meat was tough and not as tender as it could have been.

Saving the best for the last, we had the home-made Crème Brulee ($6.50) (see picture above) which had a crispy outer transparent layer and a smooth custard-like texture which glided down our throat easily, making it a pleasure to savour.

For S$48 for a set dinner, you get 1 glass of red or white wine selection of the day, 1 starter (pay another S$8 to get the pan fried foie gras as your starter), 1 main course, and choose either the French farm cheese platter OR 1 dessert + coffee/tea.

Check out their sister cafe, Makarios Cafe Bar.

Note: Some of the review was extracted from Street Directory.

Urban Pooch Cafe

Urban Pooch Cafe Urban Pooch Cafe Grilled Honey Lamb Cubes Grilled Honey Chicken Cubes
Urban Pooch Cafe
530 Balestier Road #01-07, Monville Mansions
Tel: 6252 5046
Opening Hours: 11am to 10pm daily, closed on Mondays
Website: http://www.urbanpooch.com.sg/U_Pooch_Menu.html

Situated at a secluded corner of Balestier Road, is an airy local doggie paradise that any puppy worth its whiskers would love to visit. Featuring a playroom, gourmet fare, a small canine art collection and friendly humans dying to make a fuss of you, what more could a pooch ask for?

Conceived after repeated refused entries into restaurants, owner Raye Tan decided that enough was enough. Together with friends, they promptly set up an establishment that would welcome dog owners. Including a separate doggie menu that had been assiduously concocted after much research and consultations with local vets, owners can even order up some special treats like the hugely popular Blueberry cake ($2.50) for their doggie companions, much to standing ovations of approving yelps and growls.

The human fare is pretty decent too, with the lusciously fresh and crunchy signature Urban Pooch salad ($6.50) and the bountiful selection of their Sampling Plate ($6.50). For a more filling meal, diners would be well-advised to tuck into the Teriyaki Chicken Steak on Rice ($10.80) and the BBQ Pork Chops ($12.80), wholesome meals with equally wonderful flavors.

Other animals are definitely welcome here, but as owner of this doggy dominated café, Raye Tan describes the other non-canine customers as “…cat comes in cage, cat stays in cage, cat leaves in cage…” Highly deserving of a big paws up, Urban Pooch is a must-visit for any diner, dog-lover or pooch alike.

Pictures shown above are for your doggies, not for human consumption. 😀

Note: This review was extracted from somewhere (I lost the link before I could copy it down).

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant

Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Lotus Vegetarian Restaurant
Level 3, Quality Hotel
201 Balestier Road
Tel: 6254 0090
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm (lunch) & 6pm to 10pm (dinner)
Website: http://www.qualityhotel.com.sg/incoutlet/lotus-restaurant.asp

Indulge in a lavish banquet that features an attractive spread of dishes, mostly handmade, for its buffet lunches and dinners. Savour the flavours of the wide range of Taiwanese vegetarian cuisine, which amazingly, remains creative and unique despite its variety. Make a pit stop at their “Dian Xin” Corner and revel in a sumptuous spread of “Dianxin” in Hong Kong, Taiwanese and Japanese styles. Don’t miss their weekend “eat-all-you-can” buffet lunches and dinners comprising of over 100 delicious varieties of cooked food. For those who prefer the homely aroma of wholesome soups, they would appreciate the painstakingly prepared stewed herbal soups. A bonus is that food is prepared avoiding deep frying methods, perfect for the health-conscious.

There is also an ice-cream station to which you can help yourself to unlimited servings. Free-flow beverages are also self-service. Available are a variety of soda, hot coffee, tea, and Chinese tea.

For a non-vegetarian like me, I truly enjoyed the cuisine that they served here. It’s so tasty you wouldn’t believe it’s vegetarian. Personally, I really love their dianxin. A die-die must try would be their soup in puff  pastry. Be fast… once the bowls of soup leave the kitchen, they disappear in a blink of an eye. Oh, you should also try their Japanese handroll.  Yummy!