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Zhichar / Hawker Food

Zhichar / Hawker Food

Featuring WANTON Seng's Noodle Bar, Kok Sen Restaurant, KEK Keng Eng Kee Seafood (Alexandra), Ri Ri Hong Mala Xiang Guo (People's Park Complex Food Centre), Ah Hua Kelong (Riang), Taste Good (Sim Lim Square), Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, Chey Sua Carrot Cake (Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre), Tekka Centre, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
Emma Fangs
Emma Fangs

A good plate of fried rice is one where there is strong wok hei, moist but not wet, lightly salted but not over powering and where each grain of rice is separated yet fluffy and coated with sauce i.e. not white rice anymore.

Imaroy Thai Food at Tekka Centre gets it right! Seafood Fried rice for $4 is a comfort food on any day.

One of my favourite Thai food places and definitely one of the most affordable ones in Singapore.

Gets a little bit crowded during lunch but nothing too crazy (abt 20mins max).

Nearest MRT: NEL/DTL Little India

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Affordable and authentic Mala Mee Xian by Lao Yao Yao Mi Xian found at Bendemeer Ville Kopitiam which is just outside Boon Keng MRT. The Mee Xian was super yummy, very chewy while the soup is as my friend described 'taste like when I stayed in China, I go downstairs the shop buy one, very authentic'.

They also have non spicy version but I love mala.

Ingredients provided were vegetables, a tiny bit of chicken (true China style) and 2 quail eggs. For $5.50.

Wish there were more ingredients as it cost $5.50 but the soup is really 👌🍜

Will definitely be back!

A yummy pot of seafood with mushrooms and vegetables. The sauce was light but flavourful. Ingredients given was generous but this is a small pot for $30.

Overall, a delightful dish. Best for those who love sea cucumber and fish maw.

We reached Kek at 6.30pm on a sat night and waited 20 mins got a seat. Food came in about 15 mins.

Moonlight Hor Fun is one of their signature dishes. A small plate costs you $6 which slightly on the high side for zhi char stalls though you hardly find any places offering you seafood stuff at $4 anymore. While we weren't expecting a hor fun with dark soy sauce, it was quite tasty with very strong wok hei. It was not too dry nor oily either.

Overall, it is decent but wasn't wow.

Look at their Char Siew! Grilled to perfection! Can be more tender though.

How do you like your wanton mee?

Personally, in terms of noodles, Eng's is really better for the texture and the taste. Will be good if Wanton Seng mix the sauces instead of getting customers to mix it ourselves.

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Would you pay $10 for Wanton Mee? Starting from $9.90, Seng's Noodle Bar is not your typical wanton mee store. They serve the wanton Mee with crispling pork belly and grilled char siew! You cna tell from the photos that their char siew looks quite different. There's wantons too but it's hidden inside.

What was well done - what tasted like double boiled free soup, crackling skin of the pork, chewy noodles, thin and smooth wanton skins and flavourful char siew.

What can be better is that they let you mix your own sauces which means that in and of itself, it is quite tasteless. The pork belly is nice but not super tender and soft.

Queued 20 mins for 2 pax.
For the price point, I may visit again if there are no queues.

$5.70 for creamy butter chicken with rice. It's kinda mid range pricing as compared to hawker food which ranges from $3 to $5 for this portion.

The food is well done but the sauce was off today. It is supposed to be sweeter but the flavour was flat. Maybe the chef is having a bad day :(

You can also choose to add dishes to your cooked food. Very popular dining place and always full during lunch time!

Red Lips Mala Tang (麻辣烫) at @jewelchangiairport
Originally from Shanghai, you can tick the items you want, similar to build your own pokebowl. I ordered mushrooms, vegetables, pork belly, cheesy tofu and lobster roe ball and thick beehoon for $9.60.
Some of the items such as lobster roe ball or cheese tofu is only 1 pc per order.
The Mala itself is more of a sweet spicy, it does have a kick and the peanuts gives it an additional crunch to the dish. Slightly numbing taste.
I would say suitable for people who eat 小辣.
Very enjoyable snack (note: not a meal)

Located at Potong Pasir within Jin Biao coffee shop is Man Man Mala Xiang Guo. What is special here is that they have eggs when they fry is like char kway teow eggs into your mala as well as fried potato and youtiao! They will fry the youtiao till it is crispy and it soaks in all the goodness of the Mala pot.

The spicy level here is low. The zhong la is like xiao la. It is more la (spicy) than ma (numbing). Very shiok! Must try when you are in the area.

There are 2 Jin Biao coffee shop, this is the one behind the playground and it doesn't have a zhichar stall. Blk 137, Potong Pasir Ave 3.

For the amount of ingredients ordered plus rice and Maggi was $20.90. The fragrance of chilli and the numbing aftertaste is a good combination. For this store, it is more ma (numb) than la (spicy). I like it that it isn't too oily.

Where is your fav mala place?


We were told to go for steamed kaya toast but couldn't resist the toasted version. Cold slices of butter on warmly toasted bread with the sweetness of kaya - always a favourite!

Fried fish Lor Mee for $4. Look at the amount of crispy fish for $4! Half an egg was given too. The beauty of Lor Mee is in the crispy fish and the sauce. It should be thick but still light enough for enjoy. Definitely a comfort day food.

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