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Although my firm favourite is #fengjikwaychap at Jalan Batu Hawker Centre, I do make it a point to try “kway chap” from different stalls. More so when they are operated by older hawkers.
Such is the case for this one located inside the not-many-know-it-exists Jalan Benaan Kapal Food Centre. If you go during peak hours, do note you’ll need to exercise patience as the elderly couple takes pride in how they serve their food but are, quite understandably, a little slow in their movements.
I always order a mix of everything for @huatkaliao and myself. Their style of “kway chap” is decidedly “gao” (thick) and that applies to the “zhup” (braising sauce) and bowls of “kway” (rice noodles). The mouthfeel they’ve seemed to aim for is the opposite of Feng Ji’s which is light and clear. I must admit, the heavier textures of stickiness and starchiness have their own old-school appeal which is hard to find these days.
If you enjoy “spare parts”, don’t miss out on this stall’s pig’s tongue and very bouncy pig skin. They do them exceptionally well, in my opinion.

The open-air food court at Jalan Benaan Kapal was somewhere that I have been wanting to visit for years; a spot that is located away in the Stadium/Tanjong Rhu neighbourhood that seems to be a little bit in the middle of nowhere, and carries a vibe that is more Malaysia than in Singapore.

Most people are in here seemingly for the cheap coffee which we had also tried — our bill at Kang Siang Coffee Stall for a Kaya Butter Toast and 2 cups of Kopi and 1 Teh Siew Dai came up to only $2.90; a price that is pretty much unheard of elsewhere. But considering how we had made a special trip into this spot (because a friend drove), we thought it would be good to give another stall a go.

Reading up some reviews, we went for the Nasi Lemak from Warong Mak Esah (Stall No. 9); the Nasi Lemak came with basmati rice, while we opted for a fried egg and chicken cutlet instead of the chicken wing because it was easier to share. The Basmati Rice comes perfuming of a coconut-y fragrance; liked how the grains were not too moist — fluffy, yet fragrant without being heavily “creamy” in terms of the flavour, which we found to be really alluring and not particularly jelak, and all paired well with the sambal which was balance of sweetness and spiciness that is rather manageable for those tolerable to moderate levels of spiciness — carries a rather distinct note of the fragrance of fresh chili that runs at the back of the tongue as well. We were also impressed with the sunny-side-up; nothing of that “plastic egg” (as some may call it) nonsense here, but a proper fried egg with a molten egg yolk that oozes as one pokes through with a fork — pretty much attention-to-detail here that even some economic bee hoon stalls tend to miss. The chicken cutlet may be a little generic; using the garlicky breading that may seem a tad commercial to some, but comes with that satisfying flavour and crunch whilst not being too dry within, while the Ikan Bilis still retains its crunch whilst being just so ever slightly saltish, and without feeling as though it was absorbed in grease.

The Nasi Lemak from Warong Mak Esah is not the best, but it delivers at its price point at $3.50 — each of the elements seemingly being well taken care of, and certainly beats quite a number of other variants offered at other stalls at this price range. The place may take quite a bit of effort to get too if one does not drive — but I do really enjoy that idyllic vibe of the open-air food court; does really bring one back to those simpler times.


Better than Changi village! $2.50 for this! Super crispy ikan bilis and delicious sayur lodeh


Amazed that I passed by countless times and never noticed! Hard to find single storey coffee shop by itself, with free parking directly next to it, in Singapore already!
The Nasi Lemak is good. Definitely worth a try if you are around this area. Rice is hot, fluffy and not clumpy nor greasy. Ikan bills very crunchy, not limp. Fried chicken is crisp and tasty, and again not greasy. Chilli is slightly sweet, not overly spicy and really compliments.
Coffee is 70 cents! Where to find man. I heard vadai is good. Shall try next time.
Just for that half hour, felt like I was outside of sg, despite being in a pretty affluent neighbourhood of sg.

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Pictured above is my order which cost $6.60. It’s from one of the rare old-school “kway chap” stalls that offers pig’s tongue, pig’s stomach along with the usual suspects of intestines, pork belly and egg. Their “zhup” (gravy) is fragrant and “gao” (thick) to the point of opaque blackness.
It is easy to locate them as it is only stall selling “kway chap” in the small, rather “ulu” hawker centre. You must be prepared to wait when you order though because the elderly couple who run the business, move quite slowly and therefore, need more time to prepare each order.