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At the first sight, it looked like a small eatery located in the middle of a row of shophouses, off the main road. But you would surprised at the long history behind this place. Many years ago the family started an eatery called Chye Seng Huat which was located in Tanglin road. Various relatives helped in the place which built up the menu with dishes such as Hainanese Pork Chop (made with cream crackers), and otah (which originated from an relative who was from Muar, Malasyia). The eatery was la
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At the first sight, it looked like a small eatery located in the middle of a row of shophouses, off the main road. But you would surprised at the long history behind this place. Many years ago the family started an eatery called Chye Seng Huat which was located in Tanglin road. Various relatives helped in the place which built up the menu with dishes such as Hainanese Pork Chop (made with cream crackers), and otah (which originated from an relative who was from Muar, Malasyia). The eatery was later closed when government took over the land for redevelopment.

About 15 years ago the current owner's mother fell in with the current location, when she drove past the place and decided to setup a restaurant with the family's recipes. Most of the ingredients were bought fresh daily.
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Sambal Brinjal & Lady’s Fingers (S$10)
While spicy, there was no slimy around the lady's fingers (a sight of very cooked) which was no easy to get it right. Like the firm texture of the vegetable.
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Beef Rendang (S$13)
Made of beef shank, the meat was very tender and flavourful. Could feel it melt in the mouth without much chewing.
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Home-made Ngo Hiang (S$11)
Unlike the usual version (Hokkien version?) which had water chestnut in them, the version here was replaced with leek (Teochew version). It was different kind of sweetness in the dish.
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Chilli Prawns 🦐 (S$13)
The flavour was similar to the sotong version, but packed with crunchy prawns.
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Century Egg Tofu (S$10)
While simple in look, the strong flavoured egg was balanced by the sauce and bland beancurd.
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Nyonya Chap Chye (S$10)
The version was slightly different from the usual braised until very soft version. Here the vegetables remained with a slight bite and crunch.
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Sambal Sotong (S$13)
Well cooked with the squid still tender, while the sauce was spicy with a sweet aftertaste.
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The meal was accompanied with Grass Jelly with Milk (S$2.50) which was grass jelly strips topped with evaporated milk. Quite refreshing.

Overall the dishes had a home cooked feel. No wonder the busy residents staying around have been packing the food for takeaway.
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had not dined at curry wok for the longest time. it is located next to thai noodle house at coronation arcade.used to like the great value set which included fish head curry & 元蹄 (stewed pig trotter). i knew the prices had gone up a few years back. anyway i went with sis & b-i-l & a chinese friend to try it on 6.2.2014. the set, now S$56 (+1o% service & no GST), included the pig trotter, a small fish head curry, a ngo hiang & a chap chai dish.the pig trotter was really very good, very tender, ge
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had not dined at curry wok for the longest time. it is located next to thai noodle house at coronation arcade.

used to like the great value set which included fish head curry & 元蹄 (stewed pig trotter). i knew the prices had gone up a few years back. anyway i went with sis & b-i-l & a chinese friend to try it on 6.2.2014.


the set, now S$56 (+1o% service & no GST), included the pig trotter, a small fish head curry, a ngo hiang & a chap chai dish.

the pig trotter was really very good, very tender, gelatinous w/o feeling too oily 肥而不腻, quite excellent!
for comparison, i would say it was equal or better than the S$28 pig trotter 元蹄 dish at shin yeh.

the fish head curry was also very good, however my b-i-l commented this was the smallest fish head curry he had ever eaten, and it was! the ala carte menu said the price was S$22 (S$26 for large). it was more like S$12 (for this tiny size)!

the ngo hiang S$10 was pretty good. the chap chai S$10 was another small dish & ordinary.

we were greedy so added a sambal sotong (squid) for S$10 ala carte. it was good but portion was too small.

overall the food was good especially the pig trotters, and the fish head curry was likewise an excellent dish if it came in a more decent size. it was too expensive at S$22. as we took the set for 4pax, the total bill came to about S$77 w/o drinks (just water), so it was not really expensive but it was also not any special value. likewise the ala carte pricing for the sotong, ngo hiang & chap chai, ok not great.

i would come back for the pig trotters though when i have the kakis.
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2013-08-19 64 views
Yes, that's the dish i would definitely want to try next when i return again. Wanted to actually go to Penang Kitchen for lunch but decided to try out its neighbor instead. Initially when i was standing outside the shop, i struggled to find menu for 1 person i.e. individual portion. That's where a middle age man (i suspect he's the boss) came out and pointed to me there is a jumbo set and comes in 3 different variation. I opted for the jumbo pork chop set and chose to sit indoors. Interior wise
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Yes, that's the dish i would definitely want to try next when i return again. Wanted to actually go to Penang Kitchen for lunch but decided to try out its neighbor instead. Initially when i was standing outside the shop, i struggled to find menu for 1 person i.e. individual portion. That's where a middle age man (i suspect he's the boss) came out and pointed to me there is a jumbo set and comes in 3 different variation. I opted for the jumbo pork chop set and chose to sit indoors. Interior wise its very much like next door, small and cosy, different combination of square and rectangular tables. The air con is sure a comfort to the sweltering heat outside. I also ordered a ice barley to quench my thirst. While seated, i observed many tables eating curry fish head, which is served on metal hotplate instead of clay-pot. And from far it looks really good. I also see the otah being a common dish ordered. From the wall deco i also see other potentials like the ngoh hiong, loh bak and sambal sotong.

When my dish arrives, i could understand why is it called a jumbo bowl, with a huge plate, you get one chicken wing, one potato, one hainanese pork chop in sweet sauce, one chap chye and a small portion of sambal belecan chilli. Curry gravy is poured over the rice, kind of reminds me of curry rice. i would like to give 2 recommendations here:
1 - to include at least 1 more potato
2 - cut the chap chye into small pieces
3 - provide more sambal chilli, the current portion is way too pathetic
4. check in advance with client whether they want curry or hainanese sweet sauce on the rice beforehand and offer more gravy if desired

#3 is suggested as that chilli packs a real good punch, comparable to those prepared by muslim counterparts for nasi padang stalls. The hainanese pork chop is also nicely prepared, with tomato and onions as well. the chap chye is nice but i really felt the vege slices was a tad too big for diners consumption. My bill adds up to be $11, $8 for the jumbo rice, $2 for drink and 10% service charge. I parked at kings centre beside this building and parking costs $1.50. I will return for the curry fish head and otah one day!
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The food from this establishment is really yummy and not too expensive. We had some snacks for a party including chicken wings and ngor hiang. The rolls were fried to perfection being juicy and moist while being very crunchy and savory. The rolls have some crunch to them, and are flavoured strongly with Asian herbs. Each rolls costs about $5 which is still affordable.
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The food from this establishment is really yummy and not too expensive. We had some snacks for a party including chicken wings and ngor hiang. The rolls were fried to perfection being juicy and moist while being very crunchy and savory. The rolls have some crunch to them, and are flavoured strongly with Asian herbs. Each rolls costs about $5 which is still affordable.
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We ordered from this place to cater for a family gathering. All the food tasted great! I especially liked the otah! It was really soft and succulent and each piece was juicy. The otah was filled with chunks of real fresh fish and prawns and all these added tons of texture and flavor. It was a little spicy but not too much such that you can't taste the other flavours. Overall a really great dish that goes well with other dishes! The otah dish costs $8/pc and this was a catered dish ordered a la
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We ordered from this place to cater for a family gathering. All the food tasted great! I especially liked the otah! It was really soft and succulent and each piece was juicy. The otah was filled with chunks of real fresh fish and prawns and all these added tons of texture and flavor. It was a little spicy but not too much such that you can't taste the other flavours. Overall a really great dish that goes well with other dishes! The otah dish costs $8/pc and this was a catered dish ordered a la carte.
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Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.comThe best way to describe Curry Wok's fare is "local" because, like our melting pot culture, the food served here is a veritable mix of Peranakan, Hainanese, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and Malay cuisines. I suppose the majority of the dishes here are all based on its moniker, i.e. curries, although I do spy a fair number of non-spicy dishes.We had:1) Sayur Lodeh ($8): a medley of wilted cabbage, long beans and crunchy sweet carrots simme
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The best way to describe Curry Wok's fare is "local" because, like our melting pot culture, the food served here is a veritable mix of Peranakan, Hainanese, Hokkien, Cantonese, Teochew and Malay cuisines. I suppose the majority of the dishes here are all based on its moniker, i.e. curries, although I do spy a fair number of non-spicy dishes.

We had:

1) Sayur Lodeh ($8): a medley of wilted cabbage, long beans and crunchy sweet carrots simmered in a rich and spicy curry. Seriously one of the best renditions of this Malay/Peranakan staple

2) Curry Chicken ($8): Nonya-style and cooked to perfection that even a finicky Peranakan doyenne will approve. It's creamy and heady, with just a film of chilli oil for extra kick. It's spicy without numbing your tongue, and I could finish the delicious gravy on its own with bread or rice.

3) Otak Otak ($8): We LOVE this. It's fresh and moist and nicely textured with whole chunks of fresh fish layered into it. We've been known to takeaway the otak on its own for supper as a wonderfully addictive snack

4) Sambal Sotong ($10): Cooked through but not rubbery, it is well balanced between the chewy and soft. Beware the sambal though, its roasted sweetness belies how spicy it really is

5) Curry Fish Head ($22): swimmingly fresh, so it's a joy to pick off the flesh. The curry is creamy and full of coconutty goodness, with just the slightest hint of tang

6) Hainanese Pork Chop ($8): not-so-great, especially when compared to the rest of the stellar dishes. The meat is just a little tough and lacking in a little moisture
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Curry Wok comes immediately to my mind when it comes to eating zi char! :> Curry Wok really excels in all areas of being a restaurant, and here's why: Food, the soul of the restaurantLet's face it: Without good food, a restaurant is nothing. And trust me, the dishes here are really yummy and has this homemade factor. The dishes are all sooo delicious that I can eat 2.5 bowls of rice whenever I come here. There's also a whole range of dishes that you can choose from, including Hainanese Pork
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Curry Wok comes immediately to my mind when it comes to eating zi char! :> Curry Wok really excels in all areas of being a restaurant, and here's why:
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Food, the soul of the restaurant
Let's face it: Without good food, a restaurant is nothing. And trust me, the dishes here are really yummy and has this homemade factor. The dishes are all sooo delicious that I can eat 2.5 bowls of rice whenever I come here. There's also a whole range of dishes that you can choose from, including Hainanese Pork Chop (my fav and must-order), Home-made Ngo Hiang (second favourite in the pork section), otak-otak, Curry Chicken w/ Potatoes, Prawn Omelette, Nonya Chap Chye, Century Egg Tofu! Okay those mentioned are the dishes that I've tried and certified DELICIOUS! Go ahead and try other dishes - I have absolute confidence that all the dishes are very yummy
The serving size is also just right or a little over more than enough depending on your appetite size.
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Service, gives good memories
The boss of the restaurant is a super friendly man that caters to your questions (what's delicious, what's recommended) and needs (where you prefer to sit, outside or inside?) very patiently, humbly and very friendly. I really like the way he runs his restaurant. Moreover, the speed at which they serve the dishes is quite fast, like within 10 minutes you'll be ready to eat. At the end of the meal, they won't rush you to go out even though the restaurant is very small. There was once I lost my handphone in this place and he actually helped me keep it until the next time I went back.

Cleanliness & Atmosphere, feels like home
It is really clean and spotless. That's why it feels like home when I eat here - they make sure everywhere is super clean and nice and really cozy! I really like eating with my friends in a big crowd too, because it's almost like a reunion dinner here. Love this place.

Price, super worth it
Okay students! You have a good deal here - $7/pax for 4 dishes + drinks each - with a group of 4 people! The boss is also very flexible with this offer, if you're coming in with a group of non-multiples of 4, he'll help give you an arrangement. If you're too old to enjoy this discount :X, you can look at the menu below here to see the prices:
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Even at about $14/pax, I can tell you it's super worth it because you'll be so full at the end of it, you can skip dessert happily and last for the next four/five hours without thinking about food. Every extra bowl of rice is $0.50. There's no GST/service charge, so what you see is what you pay.

Wondering where to go for your next dinner outing with friends/family? Curry Wok is a highly recommended choice.
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  • Hainanese Pork Chop
  • Home-made Ngo Hiang
  • Otak-otak
  • Curry Chicken w/ Potatoes
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For photos, please visit Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow: http://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/the-curry-wok-bukit-timah/The decor is old-skool homely style with two tables along the corridor. As a neighbourhood eatery, the boss/server knows everyone and is very friendly. She recommended a few dishes to us.Ngo hiang ($5). Wah, really quite solid. Not oily, crispy and you can really taste the home-cook-ness and hand-made-ness of this dish with slightly bigger piece of carrots to give it
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For photos, please visit Rubbish Eat Rubbish Grow: http://rubbisheatrubbishgrow.wordpress.com/2011/12/11/the-curry-wok-bukit-timah/

The decor is old-skool homely style with two tables along the corridor. As a neighbourhood eatery, the boss/server knows everyone and is very friendly. She recommended a few dishes to us.

Ngo hiang ($5). Wah, really quite solid. Not oily, crispy and you can really taste the home-cook-ness and hand-made-ness of this dish with slightly bigger piece of carrots to give it a sweetness and crunchiness. Very delicious – but can be less expensive?

Fish head Curry ($20) is their specialty. I prefer more sourish assam fish head but the boss/server told us that different people feedback-ed different things, so they adjust the curry to be half-assam, half-curry. The curry was quite robust but not very hot-spicy and the fish was fresh but not extremely fresh. Crowd-pleaser, everyone would love this. We drank up the curry and about 5000 calories.
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Normally, obedient Singaporeans would stop at two – but we don't live in the 80s anymore and Mr NGFL said he wanted to try the lor bah ($8) or braised pork and beancurd. This was the only dish we weren’t very satisfied because the pork was cold and wasn’t tender. However, the sauce was very flavorful, and had a kick.

Including rice ($2/bowl) and drinks, we spent a total of $44.

Overall, great unpretentious place with friendly service, serving the food at a quick pace. Delicious food that has a home-cooked quality. Definitely an eatery worth returning.
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This restaurant that I went to was recommended by my mum. She insisted that this restaurant has very nice food and we should go and try. After trying, it indeed didn’t disappoint me! The dishes are superb! The dishes that we tried were braised pork knuckle, chap chye and otah. The pork knuckle smells very fragrant and it is very tender and juicy! The chap chye is great as it is nicer than those that you will find from a typical mixed rice vegetable stall! The otah is very delicious and the spi
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This restaurant that I went to was recommended by my mum. She insisted that this restaurant has very nice food and we should go and try. After trying, it indeed didn’t disappoint me! The dishes are superb! The dishes that we tried were braised pork knuckle, chap chye and otah.

The pork knuckle smells very fragrant and it is very tender and juicy!

The chap chye is great as it is nicer than those that you will find from a typical mixed rice vegetable stall!

The otah is very delicious and the spiciness to me personally is just nice! ^^

I will certainly go back again!
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