Mee Wak Katok

March 24 2017, I am somewhere in Orchard area and I am hunting food for dinner. I was thinking of eating noodle for dinner since I already had rice for brunch. My budget for dinner is $6 only even though I have $10 in my wallet. So today my mission is to hunt for a meal including a drink that will cost me $6. If less than that will be better then I know that my mission is successful. I decided to try to hunt some food in Lucky Plaza.

Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria is a Malay cafe located at first floor in Lucky Plaza.

Going around at first floor in Lucky Plaza I saw a small Malay cafe. The name of this cafe is Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria. I have been to Lucky Plaza numerous times and I ever saw this cafe before. I think this cafe has been around for many years but strangely I have yet patronize this cafe. Since I have yet to do so, I shall make it happen today to give a try.

This cafe is small and simple. There are few tables and chairs in the cafe. Even though it is small, it is just enough for me to move and squeeze in with my wheelchair. Menu can be found on the wall and most of the food are common Malay fried food and common western food. However there is one food that catches my attention to give it a try that is Mee Wak Katok.

Little history about Mee Wak Katok basically this noodle dish was once famous back in the 1970s. Back then this Mee Wak Katok was prepared by a Malay man who traveled around in some parts of Singapore with his little food cart. Some say why it is call Mee Wak Katok because he always seen in his shorts when he peddled around with his food cart.

I try Mee Wak Katok before back in 2015 at Amoy Food Court located in Tanjong Pagar but that stall was closed. I was been told that Mee Wak Katok is basically fried noodle that has gravy cook with chili paste. Now I came across Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria and it serve Mee Wak Katok. The price for this dish is $4.50 and there some sambal can be found in the dish. That will make it spicy however you can order it to make it more spicy if you want. Anyway as for my drink I just order mineral water and that cost me $1.20. In total I spend $5.70 for my simple dinner.

In conclusion my mission for hunting $6 dinner is successful. In fact the food that being serve by Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria is not disappointing at all. For your information I did ask around some of the people who are working in shops at Lucky Plaza about Cipta Rasa Cafe Ria and most of them say the food is nice and the prices are consider reasonable too. Next time I will make a comeback to try others.

The cheapest one tonne noodle

The big signage outside the mall. Photo taken during the night.

I always go to One Katong Mall or in short known as One KM to hang out and do my work at the same time. My usual hang out spot will be in Starbucks. Usually I will hang out there from early afternoon till midnight. During my hang out sessions in Starbucks, I can go hungry easily and therefore I will look for foods that are available in One KM. There are quite a number of food stores are available in One KM. Recce all the halal food stores in One KM will be my mission. I will start with the basement.

On the basement of One KM, there are some halal food stores you can get. Some are cheap and some are little bit pricey. I start with something that is consider cheap. There is one food store that is very new to me that is Encik Tan. This food store offer local halal Chinese food. The food that being served are mainly noodles such as Wanton noodle, Fishball Noodle and Laksa. Here you can view the full menu that being served by Encik Tan.

Wanton Noodle is pronounce as one tonne.

Encik Tan has a signature dish and it is called Signature Noodle. The name sounds little weird to me but I am not going to try that at the moment. I going for my all time favorite noodle, Wanton noodle. Wanton noodle cost $4 and I find it fairly cheap or in fact this is the cheapest Wanton noodle I can get in Geylang Serai area. That $4 does not include with the drink. If you were to include drink that will cost you almost $6 I think. Since my drink still in Starbucks, so I don’t really need a drink.

While I am eating, I love to appreciate the taste of the food.

Anyway Encik Tan has few other outlets located in Singapore. So one of the outlets I go to is located at One KM on first basement. The place is not that spacious and it rather small I must say. One of their outlet located at Bugis+ is more spacious for you to dine in. Even though it is small, the place is well kept clean. When I ordered Wanton noodle, I was being served with 2 bowl. First bowl consist of the noodle and the char siew chicken and the second bowl consist of soup and Wanton in it.

The noodle portion which I get is consider a lot and definitely will make me feel full. I like the taste of the char siew chicken. The noodle I ordered is spicy since I request for it. The chili which the staff gave to me is sweet and spicy and it goes well with the noodle. As for the soup it is a little bit tasteless and therefore you need to add some pepper to it to have some taste on it. As for the Wanton, I was given 3 pieces only and as for the taste is OK. I recommend to scoop out the Wanton and mix it in your noodle to have better taste.

Overall dining in at Encik Tan is not too bad even though the place is small but it is well kept clean. The price you pay are quite affordable which is similar to the price you dine in at hawker center. The price that I pay is worth the money as it make me feel full at the end of the meal. I definitely coming back to try out the others on the menu such as Signature noodle and maybe Rojak. Personally I rate everything 3 out of 5.