Singaporean bites: Chicken Rice, Sungei Road Laksa, Fishball Story and Roland Restaurant

Our first full day in Singapore was a foodies dream… a day of eating non-stop, and by the end of it all, we weren’t sure how we managed to eat so much let alone still be standing upright and not rolling around on our bellies! Three lunches in the one day, and a pre-dinner before dinner… that was totally unheard of! Haha.

Check out the photos below!

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre

Our first stop for the day, Maxwell Food Centre… woohoo!

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Saturday lunch crowd

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The line up at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

We were ecstatic to pay a visit back to Maxwell Food Centre for the famed chicken rice at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, as we did on our first visit to SG only a few months back.

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Tian Tian chicken rice feasting!

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The star of the show, the amazing steamed chicken that is silky in texture and incredibly flavourful in its own juices

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Roast chicken with a caramelised golden skin

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Bok choy in oyster sauce

We made a mental note not to finish off the entire meal, only cause we knew there was another lunch destination just straight after, but it was so hard not to polish off the chicken… the bok choy. Even the fragrant rice on its own was a meal in itself! Absolutely delicious and a meal we would keep coming back for time and time again.

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Tiger beer; $6.50SGD

We started our day quite early with some bubbles… haha 😛

As we miserably failed to stop polishing off our entire chicken rice meal, we just hoped that we weren’t too stuffed for our next destination.

Sungei Road Laksa

Amazing laksa at Sungei Road Laksa at 27 Jalan Berseh! There was already a long queue when we arrived, but pre-orders had been made so it didn’t take long for some 20 plus pink bowls of laksa to come out of the kitchen.

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Open kitchen with everybody hard at work

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Laksa; $2.00SGD

A small bowl of laksa with fresh cockles, fish cakes, crunchy bean sprouts, short pieces of rice noodles in a rich yet light coconut broth, topped with aromatic chopped laksa leaves and a side smear of spicy sambal. Thankfully it was a small serving cause we barely got through the small bowl, even in all its delicious glory! Long time readers may know that coconut milk isn’t a favourite of mine but this was beyond splendid; the spicy broth which is made over a charcoal burner was light, mild and fragrant without the heaviness or thickness of coconut milk that I usually associate it with. The rice noodles are cut into short pieces and the laksa is served with spoons only so each spoonful slurped should contain all ingredients, noodles, fishcake, bean sprouts, cockle and broth. I told myself that I was only going to have a few spoonfuls cause my belly was on the verge of popping… but it didn’t take long before I was halfway through my bowl!

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Fishball Story at Golden Mile Food Centre

Our final lunch for the day was at Fishball Story owned by 23 year old Douglas Ng. Using his grandmother’s simple traditional fish ball recipe, he has adapted it and uses only the best ingredients to hand make these little gems everyday at 4am in the morning – the fish balls are made using pure yellow tail fish with no flour. Not only does Douglas hand makes his own fish balls, he also makes his own fish cakes, sambal and lard to be used in his fish ball noodles dish.

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singapore, fishball story, douglas ng
The Chowzter group shuffling in to take photos of the little hawker stall

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Douglas in action

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singapore, fishball story, douglas ng

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Fishball noodles; $3.50SGD

We opted to share a bowl of fish ball noodles cause there was no way we could make a dent in a bowl if we got one for ourselves. A bowl of dry thin flat noodles, tossed in sambal chilli, lard and finished off with fish balls, fish cakes, fresh crisp lettuce leaves, scallions and fried shallots came accompanied with some fresh chilli on the side in soy sauce and a small bowl of soup. Mmmm~

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The noodles were al dente with a slight chewy bite to them and the fish balls were naturally sweet, bouncy, dense and springy. A nice texture and mouthfeel, although we did favour the fish cake slices more, as we found them to be more flavourful, thinner in shape and easier to bite through. Overall, a delicious bowl of fresh and tasty ingredients made by hand and oozed the feeling of comfort home food.

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singapore, fishball story, douglas ng
Douglas Ng sparing a few minutes of his time to speak and take photos with us – nice guy!

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We had a few hours to spare between our epic lunch and dinner, and instead of doing the right thing… as in to rest, we went shopping instead! It was time to give the credit card some exercise at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands before meeting up with the chief Chowzters that evening for dinner! 😉

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Lechon

Come dinner time, we had a slight detour and popped into the sold out Pepita’s Kitchen, a pop up stall from Manila, Philippines who won ‘Tastiest Dish in Asia in 2014‘ for their stuffed lechón and was coincidentally in Singapore that weekend! *Excitement!* We were fortunate enough to sample the Pepita’s famous stuffed lechón, a roasted pig stuffed with truffles and rice. The pork was incredibly flavourful and succulent… and that crackling! Oh my. Unfortunately there was no truffles and rice for us, but the pork pieces were enough to treat us.

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And then look who turned up! KF Seetoh, Singaporean street food expert.. you might recognise him from that episode with Anthony Bourdain on No Reservations when they filmed in Singapore. A bright, colourful and passionate character.

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singapore, seetoh

Then we got a little side tracked and found a coffee stall and got one of these for the road!

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Potent delicious coffee in a bag

Roland Restaurant

Dinner was held at Roland Restaurant that evening, a large Chinese restaurant with a long history situated on the top level of a car park.

We had our own private room that evening, check out our feast below!

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Braised shark fins with sea treasures in superior stock

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Lobster and deluxe seafood combination

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Famous USA duck

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Teo Chew steamed pomfret

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Singaporean chilli mud crabs with fried mantou (buns)

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singapore, roland restaurant
Salted egg yolk mud crabs

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Steamed lotus leaf rice with deluxe seafood

Suffice to say, after all that food, we all rolled back onto the bus and went straight home for a much needed rest!

[dbites dined at Tian Tian, Sungei Road Laksa, Fishball Story, Pepita’s Kitchen and Roland Restaurant courtesy of Chowzter as part of the Chowzter Asia awards weekend]

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Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Stall No. 10 and 11
Maxwell Food Centre Singapore
1 Kadayanallur Street
Singapore 069184 Singapore
Opening hours
7 days 10.30am-8pm

Sungei Road Laksa
Block 27, Jalan Berseh
#01-100 Jin Shui Kopitiam
Opening hours
7 days 9am–6pm, closed on 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month

Fishball Story
#01-85, 505 Beach Road
Singapore 199583
Opening hours
Mon-Fri 9am–15pm
Sat 9am–7pm
Sun 9am–3pm

Roland Restaurant
Block 89, Marine Parade Central
#06 – 750 Singapore 440089
Opening hours
Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm
Sun 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm

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