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Fork & Spoon Ban Mien

12 April 2008

Me and Daphne have been pretty tied up with work, and me especially with school events. We have not had much time to eat together, and when we do, somehow it's just a quick one at one of the foodcourts near her place. Toa Payoh's Fork & Spoon foodcourt happens to be our fav in the area. It's situated next to Toa Payoh Entertainment Centre.

More precisely, our fav stall has to be the "Ban Mien" one. The two pictures above aren't mine, they were lifted off another site, and if I'm not wrong they're currently doing slight display changes to the stalls.

Seafood Soup: 6.5/10

This used to be very good, consisting of prawns, crabsticks, fried fish, sliced fish, tofu and sotong, yet somehow with slightly higher prices it did not correlate to an increase or maintenance of the standard. The soup was pretty bland, and I did not find the fried fish added this time round (cost-cutting measure?). Why like that...?

Fried Fish Soup: 6.3/10

The girlfriend likes to add milk to her soup, which explains why there isn't much to see now. The anchovies, or ikan bilis as locals like to call them, weren't as crispy or fresh as in the past.

We used to easily give 7.5 to both dishes, but this time round after a change of displays (to reflect price changes I suppose) and probably a change of staff, the food isn't as good as it was in the past. There used to be a malay girl serving us but she wasn't around. We'll probably give this stall another chance when we return next time.

Friendly, though this depends on who serves you. Sometimes I ask politely for slighly more anchovies, and they would smilingly add, like this time round, though there were a couple of instances where they insisted I had to pay for a spoonful extra of those tiny things.

$4.80 for the seafood soup and rice,
$4.30 for the fried fish soup

Block 470, Toa Payoh Lorong 6,
Level 2
(Next to Toa Payoh Entertainment Centre and/or Courts)

Additional Comments
1. Fork & Spoon is a foodcourt that is similar to the Banquet 'Halal' foodcourt concept.
2. Here at the Toa Payoh branch, the stewed beef (stewed beef stall) and laksa yong tau foo ("bagus ytf") is pretty yummy too!

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