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Must-Try Local Fare

Must-Try Local Fare

Featuring Kim Keat Hokkien Mee, Dahlia Cafe, Koufu (Punggol Plaza)
Shamini Thilarajah
Shamini Thilarajah

It was my first time trying their "Laksa Goreng" although I have been coming to Dahlia Cafe for a couple of years.
Not sure if the cook missed something out or I was under a wrong impression but my tastebuds couldn't detect any "laksa" flavour in here. It was also sweeter (in a "chilli sambal" plus tomato sauce way) than I anticipated. Having said that, these factors did not detract from it being a tasty thick "beehoon" dish. The amount of prawns, squid, fish cake and egg was rather plentiful for the price too.
Therefore, as long as you don't expect a classic Nonya laksa fried dry-style (which is what I had in mind), you won't be disappointed.

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You might need ear plugs because the fried chicken is covered in a batter with the most resounding crunch! Douse it in their house-made garlicky chilli sauce for maximum yumminess. Although the fried rice can be a little clumpy in parts (probably from being slightly damp during the frying), its tastiness level still ranks pretty high to me. Super "shiok" when eaten with the pickled green chillies.


The Hainanese may have invented chicken rice but this is the more devilishly decadent version. Deep fried till the skin is super crispy, the chicken or "ayam" that this Muslim stall serves has obviously been spending lots of time wallowing in the most aromatic spices. Because let me assure you, the fragrance of those spices are so deeply-infused, it permeates every bite. Strangely, the chilli sauce lacks kick but with chicken so good, you don't really care. Plus it only costs $4!


A rare find at kopitiams or food court; this Claypot Chicken Rice is packed with generous servings of green veg, wholesome chicken (breast meat!!!) and lap cheong. Love the tinge of saltiness from the salted fish with every spoonful of rice. I highly recommend opting for their sambal chili and pass on the chili padi. This pot, large enough to feed 2 hungry souls or 3 small eaters cost only $8.80!


Just when I thought Hokkien Mee with Siok Ba coupled with a good sambal chilli is almost non-existent in today's modern Singapore, I stumbled upon this stall that serves Claypot Hokkien Mee with oysters and topped with generous amount of crispy Siok Ba accompanied with a good prawn paste sambal chilli (not belachan)! The mix of flavors - saltiness from crispy Siok Ba, spiciness from the sambal (we had heaps as it lacked the kick) and sourness from the many limes nailed it. This pot of gooey goodness cost $10, serves 2-3 is simply irresistible!

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