Hawker

Hawker

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aggs & xi :D
aggs & xi :D

Back again! I really liked the omelette - it was still hot when served, and very fluffy and moist, with a nice charred exterior. The chap chye was decent - soft cabbages with dong fen and tau kee, but I think the sayur lemak (which I ordered previously) was better. The fish cake was good as well, bouncy and well-seasoned, there’s so bits of prawn in there too! I panicked and pointed to what looked like firm tofu, but it was actually firm tofu with tempeh. Tempeh is not my thing, and if I had to eat it I would have it fried. This was alright, but the tofu was tasty. The dish also came with some green beans and onions! Will be back for the prawn fritters, which were unfortunately sold out / not avail when I went today!

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It’s a good caifan stall! The fried chicken was decently moist, and it was huge. The uncle cut it with scissors so it’s easier to eat. Enjoyed the soft stewy cabbages in the sayur lemak (there was some taupok in it too), and the tender potato. The curry is rather lemak but didn’t feel too heavy - it’s not too spicy, just a nice comfortable heat. Go before 12 to avoid long queues!

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Although the soup is definitely not as robust and 鲜甜 compared to hankee / piao ji, it’s pretty decent. The fish slices were rather large and succulent, was pleasantly surprised! Had a nice bite to it, and didn’t have any foul fishy smell. Quite a lot of bai cai in it too. My friend and I both particularly enjoyed the fried fish, with the crunchy batter encasing the soft flaky fish within - was rather yummy! In terms of fish soups I don’t think this is anything spectacular, but idm eating this again, and if u go please get both the fried & sliced fish option. Also the auntie is pretty friendly and u can use cdc vouchers here too! Yay!

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Loved the crispy thin skirt around the generously-filled dumplings!! While the meat filling (which had scallions) was decently tasty and meaty, it could have been juicier for a more shiok experience. Still I wouldn’t mind having this again, and at this price point the queue is pretty justifiable.

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All 3 of my planned options for lunch at chinatown complex were closed, so I ventured around the hawker centre and found a queue forming at this stall and I went for it! The caifan is rather decent but I didn’t find it particularly amazing. The rice is average; sweet and sour pork was alright but I would prefer if it were crunchier. I liked the cabbage w black fungus and carrots which were nicely cooked - soft but slightly crunchy, as well as the ytf items (2 types of stuffed taupok) which were juicy with a bouncy paste. Can’t say I would be compelled to walk 15 mins here just for this, but it is rather light on the palate and tasted quite homely so that’s probably what the folks in the queue were queueing for. Worth a try!

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Was good! Cabbage was soft but mildly crunchy, tofu was decent and the fried fish was rather crunchy and flavourful. Queue is long but moves rather quickly! Rather satisfied with this for lunch.

Leicha was alright, not bad but not outstanding. Could do with more roasted peanuts. Opted for brown rice shao fan, the brown rice is p decent, not v hard. Overall tastes quite healthy and more plain compared to most, which I didn’t mind - most of the saltiness stemmed from the heibi so it wasn’t v salty. I liked the cabbage, it was cooked the way I like it - soft and tender with a slight crunch, but not raw. Not very oily! Soup is kinda diluted / bland, didn’t like it. Added on a fried taukwa ($1) which was quite large, not bad - tofu was soft and fresh, the meat paste was quite well-seasoned. Might add on a meatball next time to try, that’s cheaper at $0.50. Also, it’s $4 for white rice!

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My childhood chicken rice!! Also my favourite chicken rice. I haven’t had it in a while and I’m so happy to know that it is still pretty damn good. The piping hot rice was flavourful & fragrant, but isn’t very oily. I love it, even though the rice grains are broken up (I wonder if it would be nicer if the rice grains were whole, possibly making the rice more fluffy? But then again shouldn’t fix what’s not broken 😛).

Chicken was tender and soft and succulent throughout - even for the chicken breast! The oily soya sauce underneath the chicken is super good, a bit salty but very tasty. The chicken is cold btw, I think they use an ice bath to stop residual heat from further cooking the chicken. I usually don’t eat chicken skins bc it’s mostly quite meh + unhealthy, but for this it’s rly quite nice and worth the calories. There’s the gelatinous bits under the skin that my bf likes! I’m okayish with it :x Veg was p standard, crunchy and comes with oyster sauce.

Ginger sauce is the watery sort, with minced ginger bits. It gives a nice gingery heat / spice, but idk why it was so much saltier than before. I didn’t have the chili but my bf says it wasn’t v satisfying.

Have been eating this when it was called sin kee during its margaret drive days, when it shifted to mei ling market, and at its present Holland drive location (it shifted stall units within the same coffee shop) and I think it remained consistently goood. Even tho I might be biased because it’s my childhood chicken rice, I’m pretty sure it’s objectively good (Michelin bib gourmand leh!!) :p

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This was quite nice!! The ccf was soft and chewy, texture was v nice - quite comparable to duo ji at Chinatown market. The savoury-sweet sauce was tasty, but lacked a bit of that sesame fragrance compared to duo ji. Bought the soon kueh ($1 each) for my dad too, he said it was nice but really smol, he prefers the one at yuhua. The uncle is quite friendly! Will come back for the ccf, also wanna try their other stuff :)

Had the same 2 types of ccf from the same brand (freshly made chee cheong fun) at their old airport road outlet and thought that it was better than this outlet’s ccf. Within the same plate there were some consistency issues - some pieces were nice and silky, but some pieces were thicker and not as enjoyable.

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The sweet n sour pork is a bit meh, the outside was soggy (no crunch) but its q meaty (not too much fat, and it's not too sweet). But the other veg dishes were good tho! Mao gua tasted quite fresh and not too starchy. Loveee the taukwa in the broccoli, broccoli was delish too. I think it’s quite popular because it had the longest queue when I went, out of all the stores! I think most people go there for curry rice but I wanted to try their "caifan" first, will come again :)

The queue for this is crazy. It moves very slowly, I spent about 1 hour queueing for this because the sunk cost fallacy kicked in. Started at ~11.45am on a Sunday.

It’s quite good! There’s ikan bilis, mani cai, long beans, leeks, cabbage, peanuts, firm tofu cubes and cai po. I added on a fried taukwa (which was huge). Each component was done quite well, textures and flavours were great - peanuts/ikan/longbeans were crunchy, veg/tofu were soft with a bite, and the taukwa was freshly. The soup was quite palatable, not too bitter but not as nutty as lindama’s. I would definitely come back again, it was a very satisfying meal. Just that the 1-hour queue is a turnoff so I’ll probably come much earlier next time.

started off from eating school caifan together in 2014 Instagram: @coldbutter.sg

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