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Simple Food @ Tampines (The Food)

Posted by icyelite on September 17, 2008

In my opinion, I would still prefer Roma Deli as compared to Simple Food due to the ambience in Roma Deli. The first time I went to Simple Food, I take away lagsana for dinner. To my dismay, I brought back a sour-taste lagsana. I called them back to “complain”, they suggested for one-to-one exchange. But I rejected because I had already reached home with a hungry stomach, no more energy to go change again when I still need to take 2 buses to get there.

Despite this scenario, it didn’t stop me from visiting them. However, I was resisted to order lagsana again. Other foods like chicken chop and such, which is freshly cooked, should not have this problem unless they did not keep the mock meats in the fridge.

The 2nd time I visited them, I lunched in together with my cousins. Simple food has a special offer menu. They had a standard set meal that comes with a drink, soup of the day and main course. I ordered a set meal with vegetarian seafood chicken chop as my course. The soup of the day is creamy mushroom soup, which tastes quite bland and watery. I feel that my creamy mushroom soup is thicker than theirs just that mine is not creamy.

Take a look at the food I had ordered on my following visits to Simple Food:

Special Offer Menu Soup of the Day
Seafood Fish Chop Hawaiian Fish Chop
Baked Rice Mango Salad

The different flavors of fish chops are something which Roma Deli did not provide. So if you wish to eat some western food, you can go to Simple Food. In fact, Simple Food sells cai fan that you can order dishes and eat together with rice. In addition, they are selling Zi Char like hokkien mee, fried bee hoon, etc.

Read Simple Food @ Tampines (Introduction & The Shop) again.


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Simple Food (Introduction & The Shop)

Posted by icyelite on September 17, 2008

Simple Food is another foodstore that sells oriental, western and italian cuisine just like Roma Deli. As compared to Roma Deli, Simple Food’s ambience is like a coffeeshop. Simple Food serves more variety of food in the menu as compared to Roma Deli. Price wise, both are on par. In addition to the western food served like Roma Deli, I think they served chinese Zi Char food too.

Address: Blk 462 Tampines St 44 #01-64 Singapore 520462
Telephone: 65 6782 6142
Email: contact@simplefood.com.sg
Operating Hours
:Tue to Fri. 08.30am-09.30pm
Sat & Sun. 09.00am-10.00pm
Open on alternate Monday, on every public holiday, and on every 1st & 15th day of Chinese calendar.
Website: www.simplefood.com.sg

Simple Food is not near to any MRT station. The nearest MRT station is Tampines MRT and you need to take a feeder bus before you can reach the destination. Simple Food is located diagonally opposite the side of Tampines JC, this landmark is easy for you to locate Simple Food.

Front outlook of the shop Posters pasted on the wall

The outlook of the shop looks just like a coffeeshop. First glance, the front view of the shop is decorated with the menu on top. At the side of the walls, it has been pasted with posters all around.

Continue reading Simple Food @ Tampines (The Food).

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Piao Xiang Vegetarian @ Fortune Centre

Posted by icyelite on September 15, 2008

Piao Xiang Vegetarian is a very old stall. I had always tagged along with them to their new location.  Last time, they were located at bedok coffeeshop. Their new location is at Fortune Centre, Bugis now. Everytime I visit the stall, there are always alot of people.

Address: Fortune Centre Level 2, go up from the escalator and turn left

Piao Xiang Vegetarian is known for their zi char. In the past, Xing Zhou Bee Hoon, Hong Kong noodles are their signature dishes in my opinion. Till now, these are still their signature dishes. Today, they came up with new dishes like Claypot rice, Nasi Bryani and Baked rice. Well, I hadn’t got the chance to try all their new dishes yet.

Andy tried their Claypot rice today, his comments is “it tastes normal”. I guess claypot rice is still new to them, so not as good as other places yet. More improvements to be done.

Ever since Piao Siang moved to fortune centre, the food initially tastes as good as before. However, recently, I realised there is a drop in their standard. Nowadays, the food tastes salty, feedbacks were given to the store owner and he mentioned that there was a change in the chef. Well, last time, the foods were cooked by the store owner himself. I guess he’s near the retirement age, he wishes to pass it on to someone else to cook while he stays in the frontline tending to the customers’ needs, easier job.

Last time, I used to like their Bak Kut Teh. The smell of mushroom and the amount of pepper in it tastes superb. It tastes like they had boiled the soup for a very very long time. But now, it no longer have the strong smell, only smell of pepper. The Bak Kut Teh doesn’t taste as nice as last time too.

Alright, it wasn’t really too bad comments for them, overall their food is still quite good. For instance, their Hong Kong Noodles, Mee goreng, etc still tastes as nice. Do visit them if you pass by.

Pictures of the food that I had ordered before:

Mee Goreng Claypot Rice

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Loh Mai Kai (Chicken in Glutinous Rice)

Posted by icyelite on September 15, 2008

Cooked Loh Mai Kai

Loh Mai Kai, as the name goes, it is the favourite food of Cantonese or rather they are the one that found this chicken in glutinous rice.

Glutinous rice is a starch food when cooked, it becomes sticky and it can be very filling when you eat half the normal rice intake. You may even feel bloated eating glutinous rice. What I usually do to stop bloating is to drink some chinese tea. It is not an immediate effect of stopping bloating but it does helps to make you feel more comfortable.

Loh Mai Kai is similar to dumplings that is wrapped in banana leaves. In fact, you may be more creative too by adding in chesnuts. You can mix your vegetarian char siew with honey so that it tastes sweet and appetizing. Otherwise, you can have your creation by having dumplings wrapped in disposable bowls instead of banana leaves. However, your “dumplings” will lack of the smell of the banana leaves that lends the dumplings a unique fragrance and flavor.

The color of the rice depends on individual, it can be black or white. Usually with a mixture of oyster sauce, dark soy sauce and soy sauce paste, the rice will be black. The recipe that I had provided below is cooking black-colored rice.

Recipe of Loh Mai Kai (Chicken in Glutinous Rice)


Glutinous Rice
Vegetarian Chicken
Vegetarian Char Siew


Mushroom Seasoning
Dark Soy Sauce
Soy Sauce Paste
Oyster Sauce (Wan Jia Xiang Brand)


  1. Dip the glutinous rice in water first while you prepare other ingredients.
  2. Fry the mushroom, vegetarian chicken and vegetarian char siew.
  3. Put the mushroom and vegetarian chicken in a pot.
  4. Add in all the seasoning shown above.
  5. In addition, add in starch to the pot of mushroom and vegetarian chicken.
  6. Let it boil and cooked. (Similar to cooking dark gravy with beancurd – look at the picture below and you will know what I am referring to, a dark gravy mixture)
  7. Filter out the glutinous rice and put inside a tin.
  8. In the tin, add in all the seasonings above again.
  9. Add in hot water into the tin of glutinous rice.
  10. Bring the tin of glutinous rice to steam.
  11. When the glutinous rice is cooked, put the mushroom, vegetarian chicken and vegetarian char siew at the bottom of the mould.
  12. Following on, fill up the mould with cooked glutinous rice.
  13. Bring it to steam for another 5 mins.

Finishing: Scoop out the ready loh mai kai onto a plate and serve. You may serve it together with belachan chilli.

Thinking of what type of vegetarian char siew and vegetarian chicken you can use? Take a look at the pictures I had taken, use it as a reference for you.

Vegetarian B.B.Q Meat (Char Siew) Vegetarian Fragrant Chicken (OKK)
Sliced Veg Char Siew Dark Gravy Mixture

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Lao Di Fang @ Apollo Centre

Posted by icyelite on July 4, 2008

Lao Di Fang in chinese means usual place or old place. First impression of the name makes me feel that the place will be an old place just like back into the sixties or seventies. But when you reach the restaurant, the ambience of the restaurant wasn’t too old too. Looks average, not too modern or too oldies. The restaurant resembles a typical Chinese village in the olden times, where the extensive use of wooden furnishings, textured cement walls, and antique Chinese ornaments creates a distinctively rustic touch.

Not sure how many Lao Di Fang outlets there are currently. Last time, there are alot of Lao Di Fang outlets and one of the outlets is designed like ‘ming ge chan ting’ where customers can eat and listen to songs at the same time. But now, the outlet has closed down, not sure why but it has been closed long time ago.

Currently, there is only a outlet that I know of. The outlet now is at Apollo Centre, near to clarke quay mrt station. Opposite the apollo centre is the ministry of manpower if I’m not wrong. The building of apollo centre seems abit quiet, abit dark, if you feel uncomfortable, get someone to go there with you. In fact, the shops at apollo centre are mostly travel agencies and upstairs has KTV if I’m not wrong because sometimes when I’m having my dinner there, I can hear people singing. The toilet at the building may seems abit scary, haha, girls if you are worried or scared, better get another girlfriend of yours to accompany you.

Address of Lao Di Fang:

2 Havelock Road
#01-38 Apollo Centre
Singapore 059763

Tel: 6535 2513 / 6533 8959
Fax: 6535 7763

Opening Hours of Lao Di Fang:

Open Daily
11.30am – 3.00pm (Lunch)
5.00pm – 10.00pm (Dinner)

When you first reached the restaurant, they will serve you with the menu, ask for your choice of drink and the pickles and wet towels.

Recently, Lao Di Fang has a change  in their menu, I mean the appearance of the menu, lol. But the list of foods are still the same. They had a healthy mushroom pot but I have never try before. But if you like mushroom, maybe you can give it a try. Look at the full list of dishes here: http://www.classicldf.sg/menu.html

The choice of drink. You can choose to go for traditional Chinese tea, chrysanthemum tea or even the choice of bubble tea. If you had chosen chinese tea or chrysanthemum tea, your teapot will be refilled free, they count it as a teapot price. However for bubble tea, you can only have one and only one cup. For a teapot of tea, it costs $5.

For pickles which is the appetizer and wet towels, you have the choice of rejecting it. The appetizer given are usually achar and peanuts. In my opinion, the achar doesn’t taste as good as the achar served in Grand Court Vegetarian Restaurant. I would recommend that you don’t take their appetizer which in my opinion it is not nice and it is expensive. 2 appetizers served to you and each plate costs $2. The wet towels is 30 cents each. You can bring along your own tissue which could be cheaper. In this case, if you reject the appetizer and wet towels, you actually saved $4.30.

In fact, I would grade Lao Di Fang as average. It is only a place that I would go when there I had no idea where to go for lunch/dinner and when I need to settle my meal at Chinatown area.

Recommendations of food that I had personally tried:

  • Stir Fried French Bean 干扁四季豆 – $8.80 for small plate
  • Stir Fried Chilli Fish 煎烤辣酱鱼This dish is cooked like how outside cooks the stingray with chili. It is quite spicy. If you can’t take it, don’t order it, else you will regret. The fish comes in a whole piece so you will have to cut the fish yourself.
  • Claypot Tofu – There is no egg tofu, only plain tofu available there.
  • Sweet and Sour Spare Ribs

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