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Friday, April 26, 2013

Veggie Cottage - Little India

I am eternally indebted to Heng Mui, one of my facebook followers, who suggested I check out this new 100% vegan eatery, located just behind The Verge.  This establishment opened its doors in April 2013, and it brings to Singapore a completely unique approach to vegan dining and food.  All the staff at this establishment are completely vegan.  For Buddhists, take note of dishes that contain onion.  Most of the local dishes are without onion, but the more continental dishes often include this pungent spice.

Veggie Cottage
Location: 13 Dalhousie Lane
Contact: 67856771
Opening Hours: Tue-Fri 10am-8.45pm, Saturday 9am-9pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Closed Monday and last Sunday of every month

CLOSED DOWN - As of 14/10/2016

The ambiance of this eatery is unquestionably the nicest I have ever seen in Singapore.  Upon opening the door, you feel a peaceful and relaxing energy flow through your body.  It also gave me distinct flashbacks to the times when I ate in small little cafes in England and Australia.  What a wonderful and rare feeling this is, in such a bustling society like Singapore.  This eatery is small and cosy, with a bookshelf and a small children's table.  The signboards, menu signs and other design features were all handmade by the owners, and you can really feel the love that was put into creating this setting.

I started this particular stomach-filling session with the Mini Cottage Pie.  The menu at Veggie Cottage is currently a work in progress, with a series of new dishes planned to be introduced in the future.  As of right now, the menu changes depending on the day, so it is best to check their Facebook page or give them a call, in order to find out what is available that day.  Upon consuming this cottage pie, it gave me a nostalgic flashback of old pie shops that are on every street corner of my old country (England) - Minus the freezing cold conditions of that country.  This pie is filled with chiefly potatoes and carrots.  These ingredients are encased in a delectably flaky pastry.  The top of this pastry was cooked until golden brown, which added extra flavour to this moreish snack.  Leave the fork on the table for this one, it is much better eaten with hands.

Price: $2.00.     8/10

During my second visit to Veggie Cottage, the snack available was the Cinnamon Roll.  This was another well done snack, which had the right amount of sweetness, and a lovely cinnamon flavour shimmering throughout the entire bread.  It was not too sweet, with a lot of the sweetness coming from raisins, which is definitely healthier than white sugar.

Price: $1.00.     7/10

Veggie Cottage also has a number of eyebrow raising drinks on offer.  One of those is the Soy Latte.  Once again, all hot drinks are entirely vegan, with soy being used as a replacement to cow's milk.  The owners of this establishment painstakingly sampled numerous soy-to-coffee combinations, in order to find the perfect quality desired for these drinks. The result of this hard work is a great tasting, mild and creamy hot drink, which is a perfect accompaniment to the ambiance of the cafe.

Price: $4.00.     8/10
Before we move onto the solid food, I decided to test out one more of the drinks, which was the Plum Lime Drink.  This homemade concoction was a pleasing blend of sweetness, saltiness and sourness - But thankfully none of these were too overpowering.  Really great value also.

Price: $1.50.     7/10
Moving on to the main meals, I started with the Spaghetti Bolognese.  Over my many years of food reviewing, I have learnt a painful lesson - It is practically impossible to find good Italian food in Singapore.  Due to this, I have simply stopped ordering Italian food in Singapore.  Having said that, this spaghetti is one of the best I have ever tasted in Singapore.  I have finally found a chef in Singapore that knows how long spaghetti needs to be cooked for - Finally!  Thus, the texture of the pasta was ideal.  The tomato sauce was also packed with flavour.  The TVP used inside added even more desirable texture and flavour.  A couple of sprigs of coriander were placed on topped, which enhanced the freshness of the dish.  This dish contains onions.

Price: $6.50.     9/10 

The dish I was looking forward to trying the most from Veggie Cottage was the fish and chips (just seems like a perfect dish for the ambiance of the eatery).  But alas, the two times I visited it was not on the menu.  Therefore, I settled with the Hamburger with Fries.  The fries were average, personally I am not a big fan of the crinkled variety.  The burger was highly enjoyable, though.  The mock meat patty was packed with flavour and matched well with the tomato, lettuce and pickle that were also sandwiched inside.  It is certainly a relief being able to order a burger without the worry that cheese will be inside, or the mayo has egg.  Good dish overall.

Price: $6.50.     7/10

I also sampled one of Veggie Cottage's local offerings, which was the Nasi Lemak.  Many aspects of this dish differ from the conventional nasi lemak.  The rice is subtly infused with lemongrass, which gives an unusually refreshing feel to the rice.  The other components of the dish all worked in harmony together.  In particular, the stir-fried carrots and cauliflower were packed with flavour.  One criticism I have is the chilli, which had a maliciously high spice level to it.  If the spice level of the chilli was reduced, then I would have to say this dish was practically faultless.

Price: $5.00.     8/10

I finished this highly satisfying meal off with the Pandan Cupcake.  One difficulty that vegan desserts (especially cakes) seem to have is replicating the texture and moisture of non-vegan desserts.  Even vegan dessert guru Delcie - As brilliant as she is - Can struggle with this issue.  This pandan cupcake, is indeed, a little too dry and crumbly and doesn't quite capture the texture of a non-vegan cake.  Nevertheless, the infusion of pandan works very well, and the sugar level of this cupcake was perfect.

Price: $1.00.     7/10

Conclusion - Once the Veggie Cottage menu fully matures, I believe wholeheartedly that Veggie Cottage will be one of the best vegetarian/vegan eateries in the entire country.  I intend to do a second review of this establishment in a few months, once the menu has been finalized.  One small problem is the waiting time for the food, which is too long.  However, considering this place is only a few weeks old, all I can say is this place is incredible.  A breath of fresh air for the veggie scene in Singapore.  I can't wait to see this eatery fully blossom. 


Overall Rating
Food - 8/10
Ambiance- 10/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 8/10

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Ming Hoe Vegetarian Food - Paya Lebar

I always get an odd gratification from visiting the more dilapidated, dirty and smelly hawker centres and coffee shops in Singapore.  Singapore always likes to portray this image of being pristine and clean, but unfortunately a consequence of that is a loss in culture.  These old eating houses represent an example of true character and culture, which unfortunately is dwindling away as the years go by in Singapore.  In this establishment, you may see cockroaches on the floor, or a stray cat lingering around your chair leg - I can understand that some would want these sort of conditions to be abolished.  For me, this is the real Singapore, and I wouldn't want it to change.

Ming Hoe Vegetarian Food
Location: Blk 30, Eunos Road 5, Tai Peng Canteen
Contact: Unknown
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 7.00am-2.00pm.  Closed Sunday.

The biggest attribute that Ming Hoe has is the doting auntie that works there.  Her level of English is surprisingly high, and the care she gives each customers is laudable.  The food (like most industrial eating houses) is really cheap, and the quality I found acceptable.  One unusual dish that I selected with my White Rice and Dishes, was deep fried cauliflower.  The cauliflower is fried in a thick batter, and surely fans of greasy food will love it.  Personally, fried food is not my thing, but I found this rendition of cauliflower interesting.  I also ordered a few types of tofu, as well as long beans - Which were all flavoured and cooked well.  The food also comes with a flavourful bittergourd and tofu soup.  Extremely good value.

Price: $2.50.     7/10

Conclusion -If you ever get the chance to visit the industrial areas of Singapore, it is definitely worthwhile to visit the eating houses there.  They may be dusty, dirty and smelly - But often very delicious and cheap vegetarian food can be found there.

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 8/10

Sunday, April 21, 2013

O'Bean Organic Soya Store - Raffles Place

Over the last decade, Singapore has seen an exponential rise in soya bean stalls, that sell a variety of desserts, drinks and other items.  O'Bean is one of the newer kids on the block, but has already established a number of stalls in locations such as Toa Payoh and Tanjong Pagar.  For the purpose of this review, I visited their newest establishment, located in Far East Square.  It is conceivable to walk from Chinatown MRT and Raffles Place MRT, in order to reach here.

O'Bean Organic Soya Store
Location: #01-01, 1 Amoy Street, Far East Square
Contact: 91186375
Opening Hours: Daily 8.00am-8.00pm

CLOSED DOWN - As of 24/01/2015.  Update 15/07/2016 - They have relocated to 30 Tanjong Pagar Road

O'Bean is unlike most drinks/desserts eateries, as they also have a somewhat detailed savoury section to their menu.  Prices are not cheap, and some of the dishes do contain egg, so be cautious when ordering.
One issue O'Bean really needs to address is the baffling waiting time.  For the first dish to arrive, which was the Soya Ramen with Dumpling, I waited almost 20 minutes.  Upon tucking into the dish, I was pleased to find that the soup base was not too salty, and had good flavour.  But that was contrasted by the disappointment of the ingredients being hopelessly overcooked.  The vegetables were so overcooked they were practically rendered to mush.  Moreover, the dumplings were stuck together in one big blob.  It is a shame, as these amateurish mistakes ruined what could have been a really decent dish.

Price: $7.80.     5/10

Next dish was the Peanut Soya Porridge.  This dish has the option of large and regular sizing.  I opted for the regular.  I was quite pleased that the portion sizes at O'Bean were not at as small as I anticipated.  Therefore, this dish was suitably sized for the price.  I was impressed by the flavour and texture of this porridge.  The only improvement I would suggest is having more rice grains present, to give the dish more substance.

Price: $3.00.     7/10

I picked out one of the side dishes to order also, which was the Braised Beancurd.  All the food from O'Bean is completely 100% vegetarian.  However, some of the side dishes do have egg.  This beancurd was sat in a deliciously strong mushroom broth.  Some customers may find this broth too salty or overpowering, but for my salt-obsessed taste buds, it was just fine.  A satisfying little snack.

Price: $1.20.     7/10

We move onto the desserts, and we start with the Original Beancurd.  Price wise, I found this dessert was definitely reasonable.  However, quality wise I found that there was some improvements that could be made.  To start with, I found that too much sugar was used overall, a reduction in the aforementioned ingredient would be welcomed.  Also, the beancurd didn't have that delectable creamy consistency, that some of the more famous beancurd dessert stalls in Singapore have.  With a few adjustments this dessert could be much better.

Price: $1.80.     6/10

Another dessert I selected was the Black Glutinous Rice & Banana.  This item was unfortunately the most disappointing of the meal.  What was delivered to our table was vastly different from what the picture suggests.  Firstly, the dessert was way too diluted.  I expect a dish like this to be served hot and creamy, instead the texture was more like water and the temperature was lukewarm.  Secondly, the chef rather lazily just added slices or raw banana into it.  I was expecting the banana to be cooked, so that its texture becomes more creamy and flavour more caramelized - But sadly that was not the case.  All in all, the dish looked like it was put together by a seven year old - Not something I would suggest anyone order.

Price: $3.50.     4/10

Conclusion - Definitely significant improvements need to be made in all aspects of service and food quality at O'Bean.  Considering how simple the dishes are, I just couldn't understand why there was such a long waiting time.  Singapore is a country that has incredibly low waiting time for food - Therefore, I doubt many other customers will be able to accept it either.  But it is not only waiting time - The quality of dishes, especially the banana glutinous rice really needs vast improvement, just to get to an acceptable level.

Overall Rating
Food - 5/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 4/10
Value - 6/10

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Sin Min Vegetarian Food - Bedok

Having reviewed hundreds of vegetarian establishments, I admittedly get a little tired of the repetitive dishes that are on offer at most eateries. Therefore, it was refeshing to see Sin Min Vegetarian Food selling a variety of uncommon dishes.  This stall has built up a loyal following, chiefly for their four Japanese set meals, which are all sold at only $5.  The yong tau foo is also a popular seller.  During the brief talk I had with the owner, it is clear he has great pride and passion in his dishes, which always scores brownie points with me. 

Sin Min Vegetarian Food
Location: #01-357, Blk 205 Bedok North Street 1
Contact: 93876488
Opening Hours: Daily 8.00am-9.00pm

CLOSED DOWN - As of 09/05/2014

It was inevitable that I would order one of the Japanese meals.  I went with the Japanese Unagi Bento Set. The components to this set meal are as follows - Fish (unagi) slices in special sauce, white rice, watermelon, mayo, and dessert.  This set meal can potentially be a minefield for vegans like myself.  The dessert contains egg (and possibly milk as well), and the mayonesise also is not vegan.  The mock meat joined very well with the rice, and I was pleased by the flavour of the sauce that was drizzled over the fish. 

Price: $5.00.      7/10

I wanted to order another dish, so I packeted the Noodle with Special Sauce.  Although the price seemed a little steep at first, I was impressed by how jam-packed the container was with food.  This dish could be considered a little too salty for most, but other than that I found the flavours to be very nice.  Ingredients within the dish are small pieces of mock char siew, another type of diced mock meat, beansprouts, vegetable and fried tau kee.

Price: $3.80.     7/10

Conclusion - Possitive attitude can go a long way in the hawker/food business.  So often I visit stalls and see a tired and apathetic look on the face of the staff.  For this stall, it was refreshing to see the owner show such dedication and care in the food he presents to the public.  The food is not perfect, but definitely above average.

Overall Rating
Food - 7/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 9/10
Value - 7/10

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining - Bugis

It is pleasing to see how fortunes can change in the space of a few weeks.  During my first review of Bespoke, I highlighted how unfortunately there was a lack of customers dining at this restaurant.  Well, upon returning two weeks later, I was delighted to see that the restaurant was full of eager customers during the lunch time.  I have been told by my readers this is also the case for dinner time.  I am sure the current 30% discount has something to do with the increase in customers.  I would also like to think my first review has helped too.

Bespoke Japanese Vegetarian Dining
Location: 91 Bencoolen Street, #01-50 Sunshine Plaza
Contact: 63377050
Opening Hours: Daily 11.30am-3.00pm & 5.30pm-10.00pm

Japanese food always has such close links to the sea, due to the geographical location of Japan and the ingredients that are used.  The main one of those being fish.  Seaweed, however, is another one of those ingredients that manages to capture the true essence of ocean food, within its flavour.  This dish, named Stir Fried Japanese Seaweed with Carrot & Green Bean contains extremely fresh, high quality seaweed, which almost melts in the mouth.  Although some people may argue this is an incredibly simplistic dish, I would retort that simplicity is one of the fundamental characteristics of Japanese cuisine.  Simple fresh flavours and quality ingredients are the key, which this dish certainly has.

Price: $3.00.     7/10

Another side dish that I picked out was the Mushroom Shitake.  The picture on the menu looks completely different to what actually arrives on the table.  The picture shows a dry, raw looking mushroom, when in real-life it is doused in a special sauce and char-grilled nicely.  The biggest criticism I have with this dish is too much salt in the sauce.  The issue of high amounts of salt is a reoccurring problem at Bespoke.  Putting that issue aside, the mushrooms were packed with juice and charred wonderfully.  You will received two skewers of mushrooms for the price, which I find reasonable.

Price:$3.00.     7/10

One of the more expensive dishes on the menu is the Three Kind Sashimi.  The concept of mock sashimi became well known in Singapore thanks to the late Zen Vegetarian Restaurant, and now Bespoke is offering an almost identical dish - No surprise, as the head chef from Zen is now working at Bespoke.  The three kinds of mock sashimi are served on a platform, with a bed of ice cubes underneath.  Since I was dining with two non-vegetarian colleagues, I asked their opinion on whether the mock sashimi was similar to the real thing - Their response was that the fake version tasted nice, but was lacking in certain elements, such as flavour and texture - Compared to the real thing.  For those that have never eaten real sashimi (like myself) then this dish will provide quite a novelty, irregardless of how authentic it is.  But price wise, it is shockingly high.

Price: $18.00.     6/10

Without a doubt my personal favourite dish from Bespoke is the Green Tea Soba.  Last time I visited, I had this soup as part of a set meal.  This time around I had it simply by itself.  The dish is a conglomeration of different subtle flavours.  The bits of tempura batter that are floating on the top added a fantastic textural and taste element to the dish.  The soup flavour has the right balance of salt, and the green tea soba is bouncy and fresh.  Definitely a dish that you must order when visiting Bespoke.

Price: $9.00.     9/10

Conclusion - Now that business has risen exponentially, I see the sky being the limit for Bespoke.  100% vegetarian Japanese restaurants are practically non-existent in Singapore, so Bespoke has the market entirely to itself.  Some adjustments need to be made in a few of their dishes, especially in terms of salt levels, but overall their food is excellent.

Overall Rating
Food - 8/10
Ambiance- 9/10
Service - 9/10
Value - 6/10

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Kiat Lin Vegetarian Kitchen - Bedok

A special thank you to an anonymous reader who urged me to visit Kiat Lin a while back.  Bedok (especially Bedok North) is definitely a hotspot in Singapore for vegetarian food.  There are really a lot eateries, and all of a high quality, too. Out of the numerous vegetarian stalls that are dotted around Bedok, the most synonymous one is arguably Lin Lin, for its awesome wok hei taste.  Kiat Lin, however, also has a pretty heady audience of regular customers.  So without further hesitation, let us discover what Kiat lin has to offer...

Kiat Lin Vegetarian Kitchen
Location: Blk 515 Bedok North Avenue 2
Contact: 94373882
Opening Hours: Daily 8.30am - 8.00pm

UPDATE - 21/06/2015, this stall has now been replaced with a different vegetarian stall.

Rather frustratingly, this stall doesn't have any pricing on the walls, so it means having to constantly ask the staff.  Kiat Lin has more expensive dishes that range from $6-$8, and more affordable dishes such as fried rice and noodles, these dishes are only $3. 
First dish I selected was the Fried Hor Fun.  This was actually a pretty impressive rendition of the dish.  I enjoyed the variety of ingredients that could be found - Especially the two types of mushrooms.  Fried hor fun varies so much depending on which stall you visit.  There is the more anemic type, and on the opposite end of that scale, there is the type that has a large quantity of dark sauce.  Kiat Lin's hor fun definitely belongs to the latter category, which is my personal favourite.  A delicious and satisfying dish overall.

Price: $3.00.     8/10

Looking for another dish to tuck into, I settled on the Braised Beancurd.  Let us start with the few positives - I did like the fact that there were many ingredients, such as black fungus, capsicum, mushrooms, tomato (a really under-utilized ingredient) etc.  However, this dish suffered greatly from the two deadly S's - Spice and salt.  The dish was ridiculously spicy.  Not only is there sliced red chilli's floating around, but the sauce itself was burning hot.  It should really come with a warning about the spice level.   Additionally, the chef was equally as liberal with the salt amount - Way too salty.  This dish has the potential to be a winner, but right now, it should be removed from the menu as it is virtually inedible.

Price: $6.00.     2/10

Conclusion - I am really not sure what to think about Kiat Lin.  My dining experience was a roller coaster of highs and lows, and the only way to have a more balanced opinion will be to order more dishes - Which I plan to do in the future.  If you are going, I certainly recommend their hor fun, which I could have happily eaten three plates of.

Overall Rating
Food - 5/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 6/10

Saturday, April 6, 2013

D24 Durian

I know some people have been itching for my next Durian Dictionary installment, so here it is - D24 Durian.  The reason for my lack of posting is simple, April is a lousy month for durian.  The early 2013 crop of hong xia, yi yang, tawa etc have all finished (or almost finished) their season.  From April until late May the durian season is at one of its lowest points.  Therefore, during this period most part time durian sellers will usually head back to Malaysia.  There are a few stalls that remain open and selling though.  This stall, located near Hougang MRT is one of them.

D24 - Otherwise known as 'the sultan' - Is probably the most well known durian that exists.  It is cultivated all over Malaysia, with this particular stall importing from Genting.
When it comes to durian, I am an extremeist.  I prefer my durian it be either extremely sweet or extremely bitter.  Which is why D24 has never been a durian I really enjoyed.  D24 is a 'neutral' durian, which doesn't have strong bitterness or sweetness.  Therefore, I am sure this durian would be great for someone who is new to the world of durians.  The one good thing about D24 is the flesh - It is very thick and creamy.  I selected one of the 'better' grade boxes, but the seeds are still huge.  There are many different grades and sub-species of D24.  Although ripe, I found this durian lacking in flavour.  For those that like the texture of D24, but are looking for a more intense flavour - I recommend D100.

Price: $15/box.     4/10

Conclusion - D24 may be one of the most popular durian species in Singapore, but it is seldom one that I will opt for.  Gradually over the years this species has been surpassed in popularity by mao shang wang.  For those that like a durian that has thick dense flesh, then this durian will tick that box for you.  However, in terms of flavour, I find this species quite forgettable.

Big Bites Pure Vegetarian Restaurant - Sengkang

Most people who read my blog know that I have the misfortune of residing in Sengkang.  Sengkang is a pretty dismal place for those who refrain from eating meat.  This is my second review of Big Bites, the first review was conducted over two years ago.  For those looking for healthy vegetarian/vegan food, kindly run in the opposite direction of Big Bites - As the food in sinfully high in oil and salt.  I must shamefully confess that Big Bites is a place that I will frequent, perhaps a couple of times per week.  Kopitiam Square has been an absolute disaster, but one positive from this flop is there are always plenty of seats, and this hawker doesn't have the level of stress that most have.

Big Bites Pure Vegetarian Restaurant
Location: Kopitiam Square, 10 Sengkang Square

Contact: 62976297
Opening Hours: Daily until 10pm

For all the complaining I do about living in Sengkang, one good thing I can say, is just a stones throw away from where I live is one of the best Masala Dosa in Singapore.  The masala dosa from this stall has changed a lot over the months and years, depending on the type of chef, and the general mood of the chef.  In particular, the potato masala filling can fluctuate a lot in texture and spice level depending on the day.  The texture of the dosa itself is thin, crisp and perfectly charred.  This stall also has one of the best sambars I have tasted too.  An outstanding dosa.

Price: $3.75.     9/10

The infamous Indian orb that will bring joy to your taste buds, and suffering to your arteries.  Yes, of course I am talking about Channa Bhattura. This dish can range from absolutely perfect to dismally poor, depending on the mood of the chef again.  When it is done right, the texture the chef manages to achieve is ideal, and the channa masala that accompanies it is delicious.  When the chef is feeling lazy, he will serve a bhattura that has not correctly puffed up, leaving the texture tough and brittle - Almost inedible.  I always make sure to state that I want it to 'puff up', just so the chef is clear that I won't be willing to accept his half-assed version of a bhattura.

Price: $5.90.     8/10

One significant change from the last time I reviewed Big Bites, is the inclusion of a real tandoor oven in the kitchen.  This has lead to breads like the Plain Naan to have a vast improvement.  Although it has improved, I still would rate this as an average naan only.  I would prefer a great charring on this bread.  On some particular days the naan quality is very nice, with it being thin, flaky, charred yet chewy at the same time.  However, most days I find the naan a little too flat and doughy.  For those who are non-vegan, I recommend ordering the garlic or  butter naan - I've not eaten it myself, but it looks perfect.

Price: $1.60.     7/10

Conclusion - My biggest frustration with Big Bites is consistency.  I really adore some of the dishes they produce, I just wish there was a level of reliability in what I am ordering.  Instead of, as it is now, ordering and just hoping they prepare the dish the same way they did last time.  Sengkang has a high proportion of Chinese residents, and I hope in the future that these individuals will be less cautious when it comes to plucking up the courage to order food from Big Bites.  Please, I am begging you, step out of your comfort zone and try something new!  Business is generally very impressive at nights, especially as Indians love to eat dinner very late.

Overall Rating
Food - 8/10
Ambiance- 7/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 7/10

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Lin Lin Vegetarian Delights - Bedok

Just over two years ago, I wrote a post on Hungry Ang Mo about Lin Lin, where I declared they sold possibly the best vegetarian dish in Singapore.  That dish is fried hor fun.  Recently I found myself back in Bedok again, and felt a magnetic pull from my stomach to this stall.  It would be a crime for anyone to go to Bedok and not eat at this stall.   Just to be sure not to visit on Monday, as they are closed all day.  So without further day, let us visit the king/queen of wok hei.

Lin Lin Vegetarian Delights
Blk 412, Bedok North Ave 2, 01-114, Bedok
Contact: 62427010
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 10.00am-10.00pm. Closed Monday.
After ordering Fried Hor Fun, I watched the kitchen in amazement, as I saw it fill with a thick smoke.  The wok hei (smoke flavour) is so strong that the chef has to wear a mask!  I have had a lot of people comment proclaiming Jing Yi has stronger wok hei.  I am sorry, I still feel that Lin Lin is miles ahead.  You must make sure it is the wife or husband owner that cooks it however.  I did once have it cooked by another member of staff, and the wok hei was not as strong.  If you like wok hei, then you must go and order the hor fun from this stall.  Since my first visit, the price has undergone an increase - I do still feel it is worth it though, because the quality of the dish is so high.

Price: $4.00.      10/10 

Conclusion - Surprisingly Lin Lin does have quite a vast menu of other dishes.  For myself though, I am very single-minded when visiting, my focus is totally on fried hor fun.  To achieve this level of smoke flavour, yet not burning the ingredients too severely is a masterful skill.  You simply must visit and order this dish.

Overall Rating
Food - 9/10
Ambiance- 6/10
Service - 8/10
Value - 7/10
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