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KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee

James Chan

The Weekly Glutton (11/9 – 17/9)

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Dare To Take Up The Spicy Chilli Ban Mee Challenge?

KL traditional chilli ban mee the chilli board

KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee

Originally located at Macpherson Road, KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee has expanded to Serangoon Garden Way. Judging from the lunch time crowd, they are as equally successful in Serangoon Gardens.

KL traditional chilli ban mee different levels of chilli

where’s number 3? don’t worry it didn’t disappear, it’s on your respective tables!

If you have never heard of them or tried their ban mee before, you’re in for a treat. Let me explain to you how their chilli system works. There are five different chilli levels to choose from (1 being the least spicy and 5 being the most spicy). The nice people at KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee don’t want to be responsible for you if you pass out in their store so they give the customer a free reign of the “chilli corner”. You alone have the control over how much chilli goes in (or not) and how spicy you want it to be.

I noticed some people not adding any chilli in their Ban Mee though. Come on, it’s called KL Traditional Chilli Ban Mee for a reason no? You’re not getting the full experience without the chilli!

KL traditional chilli ban mee menu

Signature Chilli Ban Mee, with Level 5 Chilli, $5

I can’t speak for the rest of the menu but you can check it the rest of their offerings in the image above. I only ordered the Signature Chilli Ban Mee.

ALWAYS order the dry. It tastes so much better even though it gets gobbled down a lot faster than its soupy counterpart. Also, with the dry version, you can have fun with the chilli! I’ve never tried the Tom Yum one (it sounds mad spicy).

It’s really hard to describe the Level 5 in words. I love chilli, I cannot go a meal without some form of chilli or pepper. However, right after my first bite, my forehead and neck broke out in perspiration almost instantaneously. It tastes great, don’t get me wrong but it definitely has a “kick”.

My only gripe with this dish (like most places) is that the portions are minute. I’m a big guy, there should be an “off the menu” option of adding noodles or something.

Dare to take up the chilli challenge?

KL traditional chilli ban mee original ban mee with level 5

LEVEL 5 CHILLI mixed in the Original Ban Mee

Thai Milk Tea, $2.50

Pair your chilli creation with a cup of soothing Thai Milk Tea! It aids in putting out “gastro fires” that you might have caused in your mouth. They serve it in those traditional cups they used like twenty or thirty years ago. Not like you millennials would care but it’s BIG.

Psst, ask them for less ice. #auntyhacks

 

KL traditional chilli ban mee Serangoon Gardens

We’ll probably be doing a video and an audio summary for this so stay tuned!

KL Chilli Ban Mee
Address: 55 Serangoon Garden Way
Singapore 555951
Tel: 8737 0555
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 08:00pm
Address: 476 MacPherson Rd
Singapore 36812
Tel: 9052 0555
Opening Hours: 11:00am–7:45pm

 

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Brunch on Budget

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Tolido’s Espresso Nook – Brunch without Breaking Your Bank

It’s easy to find good brunch places in Singapore. However, it’s not easy to find ones that are not expensive. A brunch/breakfast and a coffee in Singapore generally sets you back more than 20 dollars!!!

When we come across a cafe which serves yummy and cheap brunches, we are ever so eager to recommend said cafe to our readers. It so happens that this week, we found such a cafe! Enter Tolido’s Espresso Nook on Crawford Lane.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook Salmon Carbonara

Salmon Carbonara, $17

The Menu

Tolido’s Espresso Nook serves all day breakfast, pasta and a few sandwiches. For breakfast, you get most egg variations here like omelette, scrambled egg or sunny side up. If you are vegetarian, there are few sweet selections you can choose from such as French toast or pancakes.

Fancy something more Italian in nature? They offer a decent variety of pastas albeit with a spicy twist. There’s also an interesting locally inspired dish like 462 prawn laksa pasta. Prices start from 10 dollars. We could not believe that our All American breakfast costs just 10 bucks. A great deal indeed!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook wall mural

wall mural decorating the cafe

The Ambience

The cafe is small and cosy with both indoor and outdoor dining options. Choose from a normal dining table or a couch to gobble up your brunch. The latter is usually occupied whenever we visit the place though. It can get pretty packed during lunch hour as there are many offices nearby so come early or after the peak hour if you want to avoid the crowds.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook All American Breakfast

American Breakfast Platter, $10

The Food

We’ve tried both breakfast and pasta here before. The food is decent although we would not say that they serve the best brunch in Singapore. Their serving of an American breakfast is relatively smaller compared to other places but how can we complain? It costs less than half of what most cafes in Singapore charge!

If you have a sweet tooth, don’t miss their Pandan waffle, which comes with vanilla ice cream and Gula Melaka drizzled on top. We highly commend Tolido’s Espresso Nook for their effort in serving good and sincere food at an affordable price.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook drinks menu

handwritten beverage menu

The Coffee

Their coffee is lovely. They source their coffee beans from Yahava Koffeeworks. If you are a coffee addict like me, don’t leave the place without trying their cuppa.

Tolido’s Espresso Nook exterior

Tolido’s Expresso Nook

Where to Locate Them

Tolido’s Espresso Nook is located on the ground floor of an old building along Crawford Lane. Not many people may know where it is. It’s near Lavender MRT but I usually go there from Nicoll Highway MRT or sometimes walk from Bugis or Arab Street Area.

They are also open quite early in the morning on weekdays (8 AM). Do note that they are closed every Monday!

Tolido’s Espresso Nook signboard

Tolido’s Espresso Nook
462 Crawford Lane, #01-63
Singapore 190462
Tel: 6648 0178
Opening Hours: Tue – Fri 8 AM – 6.30 PM, Sat & Sun 9 AM – 6.30 PM, Closed on Mondays

 

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Get ready for the Michelin Guide Singapore 2017

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It’s that time of the year yet again. With the release of the Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2017, you know the Singaporean Michelin Guide 2017 won’t be too far off.

The Evolution of Food, or at least, our perception of it

There are very few things human beings truly need to survive. Food, as Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs suggests, is one of them. Yet, just as humanity has evolved through the ages, so has our perception of food.

Appreciated as an art form, food isn’t just about simple nourishment anymore

Food is a beautiful thing. With it’s potential to bring people together, bring back childhood memories(remember the food critic from “Ratatouille”?), bring comfort, joy and so much more, it’s no wonder people flock to eateries and restaurants alike.

With 15 million restaurants (a rough estimate) worldwide, a definitive list of the world’s best places to eat would be nearly impossible.

Enter: The Michelin Guide.

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The Michelin Guide

With the world’s most revered chefs clamoring for a place in the list, the Michelin Guide is the foremost authority on the best food in the world. It aims to serve as a guide to the best restaurants and hotels around the globe. Naturally, a place in the guide is incredibly difficult to attain and a Chef’s dream.

Humble Beginnings

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It began as a free travellers’ guide with instructions on changing tyres, information on where to fill up on petrol, and a list of places to take shelter for the night.

Andre Michelin, the founder decided to focus on the sections pertaining to food and lodging as they were more popular. He hired a team of restaurant inspectors, or ‘mystery diners’ to dine and review the restaurants with a disguise.

Andre Michelin didn’t just hire ordinary diners to act as judge and jury for these restaurants for whom, the addition or removal of a Michelin Star could mean the beginning or the end of the restaurant. Michelin hires industry professionals whose verdicts are based on their professional opinions as diners in these restaurants.

Additionally, no single entity has the power to decide whether to award a star to a restaurant or not.  All opinions are considered and put to a collective decision to ensure fairness,

However, despite their attempts at anonymity, a Michelin Inspector does get recognized on occasion, affecting the authenticity of their dining experience at the restaurant.

Check out this video of what happened when Gordon Ramsey recognised a Michelin Inspector in one of his restaurants!

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Awarding the Stars

Based on the following criterion:

*     : “A very good restaurant in its category” (Une très bonne table dans sa catégorie)

**   : “Excellent cooking, worth a detour” (Table excellente, mérite un détour)

*** : “Exceptional cuisine, worth a special journey” (Une des meilleures tables, vaut le voyage).”

Stars have to be earned progressively

It is interesting to note, however, that it is possible for restaurants to lose stars in case of deterioration.

Other Accreditations the Michelin Guide offers.

Sure, everyone knows about the Michelin Stars, but did you know there are other accreditations that Michelin offers as well? Some of them reside closer than you might think!

One of the little known accreditations the Michelin Guide awards establishments is the Bib Gourmand, a mark signifying excellent food offered at reasonable prices.

Did you know there are several restaurants and stalls in Singapore that have attained the Bib Gourmand? In case you didn’t, here’s a few!

michelin guide carrot cake

Chey Sua Carrot Cake, Blk 127, Toa Payoh Food Centre, #02-30, Singapore 311125

michelin guide rice

50 Dunlop St, Singapore 209379

michelin guide rojak

90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 Whampoa Makan Place

The Michelin Guide also notes establishments that excel in their offering of notable wines, cocktails and desserts, as well as the level of comfort one can expect when visiting these establishments.

 

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More than just food. 

Not only does the Michelin Guide tell you about the best food in the world, it also recommends some of the best hotels to stay when you’re out travelling the world looking for these food gems.

Singapore in the global culinary arena

Clean, green, and amazing food. These are just some of the things that are synonymous with Singapore. The Michelin Guide only features 200 local establishments. Strange for a country that’s been labeled to have the best food in all of South East Asia.

But given the recent attention to the local hawker scene from the Michelin Guide, we could see an increase in the numbers.

The announcements are just around the corner! Stay tuned people!

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Get a copy of the Michelin Guide, Singapore for yourself:

https://guide.michelin.sg/en/order-guide

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