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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.

The rice was not bad, each grain was separated and it was quite fragrant from the sesame oil, q tasty even though it wasn’t cooked w chix stock. The mock “steamed chicken” was abit like fish cakes without the bounce, however I didn’t think it was v similar to chicken - it was rather soft & there was no bite to it, too nua for my liking. The “roasted chicken” was actually taukee, preferred this as there was some crunchiness to it. Visually, both really did look like actual chicken if you didn’t look closely! The ginger sauce could be more punchy, because I prefer a spicier ginger kick but still a nice accompaniment. Achar was sour and yummy! I love when they give achar in chix rice. They also gave a generous amount of baicai + a wedge of tomato. Would want to return and try their other stuff, I saw lemon chicken, sweet & sour chicken on their menu and I’m curious to try!

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Charsiew was nicely caramelised! It’s lean (I like!) but still pretty tender, with a few pieces having some fatty bits. The ratio of lean to fat was to my preference :) Roasted duck was also rather juicy with a herbal flavour, not bad but I found it quite salty so eat it with the rice. Rice is just white rice but was of a pretty decent quality. The additional sauce given was average, lacks a depth of flavour. Wouldn’t mind having this again, but it’s quite out of the way so probably only if I find myself around the area again. Service is not bad, they were quite friendly :)

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Thought this was quite average. Rice had some coconut flavour but could be more fragrant, peanuts & ikan bilis was crunchy, fried chicken was decent, egg was q standard and chili had some heat to it but still relatively manageable. It’s okay la but nothing to shout about!

Was excited to try but this was a major disappointment. Visually, there was a layer of film (the fat congealing as it cooled) so that was kinda off putting. Taste wise, it failed to impress as well.

Soup: the seafood one had additional seafoody sweetness compared to the fish ones, the fried fish one was extremely oily. The sliced fish one was the nicest out of the 3, but all 3 didn’t rly have that depth of flavour? It’s not bland by any means, just that I really can’t say that it’s good soup.

Ingredients: sliced fish has a slight fishy smell, fried fish was average, seafood was okay.

Overall this was really really meh, I don’t know what’s the hype about or why there is a queue for this. If you come to this coffee shop you’re better off having the porridge, leicha looks good, there’s a decent lor mee here too. Don’t waste your stomach space!

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This is from level 1 corner stall, it’s called amoy st cai fan I think. Cabbage was best dish out of the 3, it comes with taukee and glass noodles and was stewed nicely. Spinach was okay only, and the worst was the gulurou. I can’t really call this gulurou because it felt like I was eating crunchy batter.... where’s the meat?? It was so unsatisfying that I decided to go on a hunt for good caifan in cbd area, which was what prompted my 5-day caifan streak the next week I was back in the cbd.

My friend patronises this stall every now and then so it isn’t terrible, but please please don’t ask the auntie / uncle for gulurou, it’s a massive disappointment.

This is from the one furthest away from the escalator, not in the same unit as tofu lane.

Spinach and cabbage were decent, but they put those smol shrimp as topping which is not what I prefer. Also the cabbage was very oily. Sweet and sour pork is alright, some pieces were crunchy so those were great, but some didn't have much batter so it was just cubed pork. They put cucumber with their gulurou, which was a nice combi! Rice wasn't clumpy.

Actually thought the gulurou was okay only because not all pieces were consistently great, but after having the other caifan gulurous around the area (amoy, interim, tjpg) I realise this was the best LOL so yeah I would come back!

The only one out of the 5 I tried that week that offers brown rice (+$0.30 compared to white rice)! This is from tp plaza lvl 1, the corner stall right at the end (after you walk past the whole row of standalone stalls). It was decent, they have pumpkin (!!) but unfortunately it wasn’t very well done as it wasn’t as plush or creamy compared to others I’ve tried. Spinach and gulurou was okay only. Probably wouldn’t return, it wasn’t horrible la but it’s just very average.

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