Frenzlink Cafeteria (S$2.00 Noodles at CBD Area)

Frenzlink Cafeteria

Address: 56 South Bridge Road S(058687)

Operating hours: Not exactly sure, but it was already opened at 7.15am on a weekday until lunch time. I will find out the exact timing and hope to share with everyone soon.

Introduction

I chance upon this small cosy Cafeteria while walking to work from Good Morning Nanyang Cafe. It looks very old school, and the thing that particularly caught my eye was the stall signage – $2.00 for all of their noodles. Frenzlink sells items like Wanton Noodle, Minced Pork Noodle, Mee Rebus, Mee Siam, Laksa, Fishball Noodle, Lor Mee and Prawn Noodle. There is already a good crowd early in the morning and instead of a typical breakfast food – Fried Bee Hoon (they sell fried bee hoon also), almost everyone are having noodles, particularly their Wanton Noodle dry.

So i made it a point to visit this place and try out their $2.00 noodle. I heard that Frenzlink had kept their price low at $2.00 for the past 18 years since. I miss the days where the stall helper will bring your food and drinks to your table instead of “self-service” and Frenzlink is still one of such places. This place is ran by apparent locals and were greeted with a “thank you” or “good bye” after my meal for all of my three visits.

Wanton Noodle ($2.00 or $3.00)

I had tried a couple of their noodles and Wanton Noodle is one of my favorites. Their Wanton Noodle is the sweet black sauce style with lean Char Siew and not the gravy or oil style. Not mentioning about the soup that is a little bland and the mini wanton, i think their noodle is actually quite good for it’s taste and texture. The portion is not very big so i will order the $3.00 noodle if i am feeling a little hungry.

Mee Rebus ($2.00 or $3.00)

Their Mee Rebus is one of the best items in Frenzlink. The gravy is smooth and flavorful and not too sweet and comes with a whole hard-boiled egg. Imagine the egg cost $0.50 so i am actually paying $1.50. for the noodle  The sauce don’t taste starchy and the smooth sauce coats the noodles without being too thick or watery.

Lor Mee ($2.00 or $3.00)

The Lor Mee is not bad. Gravy’s taste is acceptable, just that it’s slightly watery. It comes with two pieces of braised pork belly, half an egg, pieces of deep-fried wanton skin and two pieces of Ngor Hiang (five-spice roll). Quite OK for a $2.00 noodle. I prefer the other noodles compared to this Lor Mee.

Laksa ($2.00 or $3.00)

I think their Laska exceeded my expectation. I was not expecting a lot from a $2 Laksa but it is really decent. The gravy don’t taste “cheap”. It is rich, filled with coconut fragrance and the sweetness from the grinded dried prawn. There are 2-3 pieces of Tau Pok, half an egg and a few slices of fish cake. No cockles (hum) though.

Minced Pork Noodle ($2.00 or $3.00)

I didn’t have the photo of their minced pork noodle, but it’s not like our traditional minced pork noodle with lean meat, minced pork, pork ball and mushroom. Frenzlink version is rather unique with their own braised style of minced pork, and noodle. Not my favourite kind of minced pork noodle or at least not what i was expecting. Sorry, this minced pork noodle will be on my last-to-order list.

Conclusion

Frenzlink is not the kind of place that i will travel all the way from Jurong or from Woodlands to have a meal here. This place is more of a hidden gem within the vicinity and is more of an interesting eat rather than an amazing eat.

I am pleasantly surprised that such a place still exist in the CBD area and i thought i can still pop by in the future to support them whenever i can.

Ramen Keisuke Tori King

Ramen Keisuke Tori King

Address: 100AM, Amara Hotel, 100 Tras Street, 03-15,

Operating hours: 11.30am to 10.00pm daily

Introduction

Tori King = 鸡王(Chicken King). The founder, Keisuke Takeda, was once selected as the top ramen chef in Japan and crowned as Ramen King. We can easily identify this place by the queue forming out the restaurant during dinner. No reservation is allowed so just be prepared to queue, especially during dinner time.

Like Ippudo ramen at Mandarin Gallery, seating priority will be give to those group with all members present.

The menu is very simple. You got three kind of soup bases, the original, peppery black spicy, and green Spicy.  The ingredients for the ramen are the same for all the three soup bases. That’s right!! The secret to their great tasting ramen is definitely the chicken soup (鸡 白汤).

After waiting for about 30 minutes for my seat, the first thing that was served in Tori King was the mixed sesame bowl, for me to grind them into powder form, and probably to be added into the soup, or dip it with the chicken. Or maybe they just want to keep me busy while waiting for my ramen.

Original Soup Base

Tori King uses chicken broth unlike the majority, many traditional ramen places use pork broth. In comparison to Marutama ramen which also uses chicken broth, the taste of Tori King’s broth is stronger and much more flavorful. The stock is made from chicken bones, chicken feet, Japanese seaweed and an assortment of vegetables and boiled for eight hours. The original soup base comes with a piece of pork slice, giant seaweed, half boiled egg and the star of the show – the chicken drumstick!

Chef Keisuke said the chicken is boiled for 45 minutes and submerged overnight in soy sauce and is grilled before it’s served. The chicken drumstick is so tender that the meat comes off the bone so easily. A pair of chop sticks is all you need. No fork and knife involved.

Black Spicy Garlic Soup Base

The original broth with added black spicy garlic. I got to pay $1.00 more for this broth. I prefer this to the original. I like my ramen to be spicy.

Free flow condiment

There are a lot of sauces at Tori King – There’s a glass jar containing chilli sauce which there is a written instruction on the wall mentioning that it goes well with the chicken.

Like the Keisuke Tonkotsu King, there’s also free flow hard boiled egg, pepper and bondito flakes available. The mayonnaise goes pretty well with the chicken too, though i am not exactly sure that it’s the correct way of eating it. Remember to sprinkle some bonito flakes into your ramen soup!

Conclusion

For those who prefers a blander kind of soup base, you may think that Tori King’s thick soup broth is a little too much to take.

If you do not want to queue for too long, try to reach this place before 6.15pm and you should be able to get a seat for two quite readily.

Did i mention that that i was quite a ramen fanatic previously when Standard Chartered Bank released a list of top 10 ramen in Singapore and i tired about seven or eight out of the ten, like Noodle Ken at Somerset, Ippudo at Orchard, Santouka and Marutama from Clarke Quay, Yoshimaru at East Coast, Mentei and Baikohken at Raffles Place etc.

In my opinion, Tori King serves one of the best ramen that i ever had till date cuz the soup is awesome! And not forgetting the drum stick. Try it. Now.