The first time I ate here, I was unimpressed, finding the popiah too simple for my taste. But subsequently, I began to appreciate the homey style of Good Chance’s traditional Hokkien popiah.
Previously located at Telok Ayer Street, this family-run eatery has made a name serving roll-it-yourself popiah. In the old days, preparing popiah at home for extended family gatherings was a laborious, communal affair! All the prepared fillings and condiments are then laid out, and everyone would DIY and eat nothing else but big, fat rolls of popiah!
Replicating the old-school flavor, the ingredients serve here are basic but fresh. The main ingredient, the finely-shredded turnip, is stewed in a flavorful stock. At first, the taste is subtle, but the lovely sweetness slowly reveals itself.
Begin by smearing the sauces on the popiah skin: sweet sauce, chilli, and minced garlic. The good thing about DIY is you can control the amount according to your preference! Be warned, the chilli here is very spicy! I like the minced garlic but hate my breath afterwards! Lots of crushed roasted peanuts is always good.
Next, place other ingredients like lettuce, beansprouts, omelette strips, and coriander. You can also order prawns for an extra price.
Then, take two spoonfuls of stewed turnip, squeezing out as much of the liquid as possible. Excess liquid will make the roll too soggy and tear the delicate skin.
Finally, try to pack all the ingredients as compact as you can, then roll everything up as tightly as you can! Pick up the roll with your fingers and bite. Inevitably, your fingers will get wet and sticky, but that’s part of the fun!
Good Chance also serves restaurant dishes like stewed pork belly with buns (kong bak pao), fried Hokkien mee, steamed fish, stirfried veggies, etc, but they’re of an awfully amateurish standard. The fried rice we had was to fill up some of the empty gaps in the tummy; surprisingly they were generous with the prawns but overall it was just ok.
Good Chance Popiah Eating House
Blk 149 Silat Ave
(off Jalan Bukit Merah, opp. SGH)
Tel: (65) 6271 069
11:00 am to 2:30 pm
6:00 pm to 9:30 pm
Closed on Mondays