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Hong Lim Food Centre is situated pretty much in the heart of Chinatown.  We actually walk our way there from Chinatown market and although it looks far from the map, but then again, its always a short walk  🙂  There were road renovations around that area, so we gotta figure how to cross the road etc.  🙂

You may have read about Barcook Bakery from my previous post, and its also situated at Hong Lim Food Centre.  Anyway, Hong Lim is just like any other food court that you see all over Singapore, and they provide plenty of choices.  🙂 But our tummy can only eat that much.  LOL  😛

Let’s see what we had.  🙂  First of all is this stall #02-43 known as Ah Kow Mushroom Minced Pork Mee.  Minced Pork Mee is also known as “Bak Chor Mee” in Hokkien.  So we ordered a bowl, and well, its worth the try but if you don’t really like vinegar, please do tell them cos their vinegar is one of their signature taste in the mee.  Oh, and there is free flow of pork lard if you like.  🙂

Ah Kow Mushroom Minced Pork Mee (just go to Second Floor and find Stall number 43 – #02-43)

Like I said, free flow of pork lard

Soup with Seaweed

And the Bak Chor Mee

Next, then we went to stall #02-68 known as The Old Stall Hokkien Street Famous Hokkien Prawn Mee.  The prawn mee is the soup version ala Penang style but with a twist.  🙂 The prawn mee is served with their “specially made delicious soup” and with their famous chilli powder.  🙂

2nd Floor stall number 68

Famous Prawn Mee

and their signature chilli powder

Oh and there is this stall next to the prawn mee, there is this uncle (he looks pretty grouchy to me on that day), he serve quite nice Yau Char Kwai tossed rojak style.  TRy it  🙂

So drop by if you are there and let me know if there is any other nice food there, I’m sure there is.  🙂

Hong Lim Food Centre

Block 531A Upper Cross Street

For those hawker-food-addict, you would have known the existence of Maxwell Food Court in Singapore.  Maxwell Food Court is situated in the Chinatown area (Maxwell Road).  Plenty of choices and my advice if you’re going on weekday, try to avoid the office lunch crowd.  🙂 We went earlier and glad that we did.  😉

Maxwell Food Court is situated opposite the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple

Maxwell Food Centre

The seating area in Maxwell

The Uncle that prepare my drinks 🙂

First up, is the famous Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Stall #01-10).  Check out the queue (we’re early le..)

The plate of Hainanese Chicken Rice.   🙂

Then we bought the “yau-char-kuai” from one of this stall (the stall is next to Madam Tan Nasi Lemak, see below)

And the best way to eat it (IMHO) is to “dunk” it in thick Kopi-O  😛

Madam Tan’s Nasi Lemak (Stall #01-25)

The Nasi Lemak is quite nice but i prefer more chilli.  And best part, i get to eat my Nasi Lemak with pork.  We are just too pork-deprived in Malaysia.  LOL

This is a place that I’ll defintely be back for more food tasting.  🙂

Random: Building with opera mask (nearby Maxwell)

okie…. that’s all for now 🙂 hope you’re not drooling  😛

If you know me well enough, you should know that I love Dim Sum that I don’t mind having dim sum every single day.  That’s provided its nice la.  So when Nirav wanted to meet me in Singapore, he trusted me with the itinerary (including restaurants etc).  Dim Joy is one of the restaurants to visit (in my itinerary) and since its right in Chinatown, I can bring Nirav to look-see-look-see the Chinatown surrounding.  🙂

Anyway, if you want to visit Dim Joy, my advice is to make a reservation first.  Since it was a weekday, and we avoid the lunch crowd, we got there around 1130am or so, and most of the tables are taken (reserved) and there is only one table (near the entrance) which was available at that time.  So we took that table but the air conditioner is a bitch!  It was like hot and mind you, there is only like one table occupied.  :I

The outdoor sitting area

Inside Dim Joy – Simple settings (but they must do something about the air-cond)

There is one plus point for Dim Joy, which is small little things, like telling the story of some chinese “legends”.  There’s a paper (behind the chopsticks) that list down the story/legends of some Chinese traditions, which includes, The Origin of Finger Tapping (you know when someone pour chinese tea, we will tap our finger?), meaning of Yum Cha, the norm for Teapot Refills, The Importance of Toothpicks, Chopstick Etiquette and not forgetting the meaning of Dim Sum.

Chinese Tea (Price varies from SGD1.50 – SGD3.00 per person depending on the tea you choose)

King Shrimp Har Gao (SGD4.00), All dim sum are freshly made upon order and this you can tell from this har gao, fresh prawn.  Although the skin can be a bit thinner, but I think its ok cos a lot of other dim sum place serve the har gao with like super thick skin (So Dim Joy one is acceptable).  You know the feeling when you eat your har gao, only to be *yuck* by the skin and remove the skin, only to eat the prawn by itself?

Honey Syrup Char Siew Bao (SGD4.00).  This char siew bao skin is nice, really soft! But the minced pork meat inside is ok ok only.  🙂

Shrimps & Chives in Rice Roll (SGD5.00).  The rice roll is not bad too!  The skin is thicker than what we usually have but the whole roll is coated evenly with the sauce that makes it taste so smooth.  🙂

I forgotten what is this called but its very nice.  The vegetable , dried mushroom and the chives makes the whole dish so delightful!

Must order this Century Egg with Lean Pork Congee (SGD9.00).  The porridge is so smooth, you might mistaken it for soup but then again, at the same time, its so tasteful!  Although I hate century egg, I still find this congee nice!

Steamed Spare Ribs with Garlic (SGD5.50).  I find this dish so-so.  I think the marinade/garlic is not strong enough.  Just like eating plain spare ribs, a bit bland.

Siew Mai (SGD3.50).  You know, my siew mai requirement is pretty simple.  Make sure that the siew mai don’t smell like one old pork.  Don’t get me wrong, I think its pretty important to make the siew mai, minus the strong pork smell.  You know what I mean if you are a regular dim sum eat-er. Look the siew mai is pretty big, k?  *love*

Pan Fried Radish Cake (SGD3.00).  This is nice too, what I like, is that you still can taste the small strips of (fresh) radish.

Ok, here comes the killer.  I really love the Char Siew So (SGD3.50).  The pastry is flaky and crispy.  I don’t know how to describe, but this is really really nice. Must try.

And here comes by all-time favourite (i mean dim sum) is the Custard Bun (SGD3.00).  The filling of custard and salty egg yolk is on the mild side and the skin is a bit too thick for my liking.  But this is so much nicer compare to those places in KL (i.e. Reunion Bangsar)

I guess I’ll come back (if I got time) the next time I visit SIngapore.  =)

Dim Joy Restaurant

80 Neil Road, Singapore

(65) 6220 6986

Website: Click here

I always think that the best thing about Asia is that you will never go hungry at any time.  Malaysians eat till wee hours in the morning with 24-hour mamak stalls ever-ready to serve them all sorts of roti canai, nasi lemak, mee goreng, the maggi mee faze, etc etc.


Same goes for Singapore.  I didn’t realise there’s so many choices of food that I was spoilt for choices.  Without further “bla bla bla”, let me introduce to you what I had when I was in Singapore.  Prepare your tissues/towels/etc to stop your saliva from drooling! *devil smirk*


  • Singapore Hokkien Prawn Noodle (aka Hokkien Mee) @ Chinatown Complex Food Court
    • As compare to the soup-based Prawn Noodle serve in Penang, the Hokkien Prawn Noodle serve ala Singapore is actually fried and no soya sauce is added during the frying process.  🙂  This only cost SGD3.50
    • Serve with prawns, slices of fish cakes, sambal and lime.




  • Singapore Dry Fishball Noodles @ Chinatown Complex Food Court
    • This dry mee is serve dry, tossed with some sesame oil, chilli and serve with plenty of fishball, fish cake and minced pork.  Plenty of stalls around with price range from SGD2.50 – SGD3.50.
    • The fishball is bouncy and smooth to perfect the dish.  Guess what.. They serve it with pork lard….. *evil*




  • Longan Ice with GrassJelly @ Chinatown Complex Food Court
    • Anybody who has sweet tooth will love this dessert!  Cost only SGD1.50 plentiful of longan and one big slab of grassjelly and eat to your heart content.  Need I say more??




  • Drown yourself with Tiger Beer in Singapore.  I had mine for SGD7 for a big bottle.  Walk around and you can spot big bottled beer costing from SGD6-SGD7. 




  • Cool myself down with ice-cream serve with crispy waffle!
    • Varierty of flavours to choose from chocolate, sweet corn, mango and even durian!






  • Kueh Chap @ Chinatown Complex Food Court
    • Trust me, you hardly get this dish in KL.  I still can’t find it.  I have cravings for kueh chap every now and then and this is one of the must-eat dish if you are in singapore (or probably nearer, you can get it in Johore).
    • Its serve with this thicker rice noodle (almost similar like koay teow) serve in black not-overpowering-herbal soup.  This dish comes with all sorts of pork internal organs (includes intestines, tongue, skin, lean meat, etc etc), tauhu and hard boiled egg. 
    • Don’t like internal organs but still want to try?  No fret!  Just ask the boss to give you the lean meat, eggs, and tauhu.  Must try must try!




  • Singapore Food Festival 2008 (Chinise Dialect Food Showcase) – CANTONESE 
    • The Cantonese stall serve a few dishes and I tried the Salted Egg Spring Roll.  Fried to golden perfection, the minced meat content is juicy but crispy on the outside.  Being a salted egg lover, the salted egg in the spring roll is just a plus point for me!!






  • Singapore Food Festival 2008 (Chinise Dialect Food Showcase) – Hokkien
    • By right, I’m actually a Hokkien but sometimes I can’t differentiate which cuisine is which.. hehhe… This braised meat (a lot of fats involved!!) and serve together with pillow-soft white bun…. Used to eat this in my hometown but that was ages ago… hahaha…





  • My cousins (Lemon and Leo) brought me to this China restaurant (in Chinatown too) and the food is good.  I don’t know the name cos its written in Mandarin characters (but I got the picture of the signage) and there’s a lot of ppl in there.
    • We had fried vegetable, some white jelly-feel thingy (but my cousin say its pork), Szechuan Vege and Pork Soup, various grilled stuff (bun, pork, lamb, beef – check out the herbs on the grilled stuff), cereal prawn, Ku Lu Yok serve with plenty of peanuts and pork dumplings.













  • And last but not least, Ah Balling Peanut Soup in Chinatown Food Street.
    • This dessert is similar to “tang yuan”.  Instead of serving with sugar syrup, this one is serve with peanut soup.  There are a lot variations of flavour that you can choose inside the glutinous rice ball.  But because we were late, they only left the peanut filled glutinous rice ball.






As much as I love Malaysia’s wide array of food, but I always believe the foods elsewhere is not that bad either and its only waiting for us to be discovered.  🙂  No regrets going down to Singapore…..


*burp*  *excuse-me*