It’s been more than xx years since I last visited Toa Payoh Lorong 7 Food Centre. Actually, my primary school is just a stone’s throw away. On days that my best friend and I would go to Toa Payoh Library after school, we’d drop by the hawker centre for char kway teow first. Sadly, I’ve long since lost touch with Hui Li. I wonder how/where she is now.
The small, dark hawker centre that I remember has been replaced with a new, airy building. Most of the original stalls are still there, like old-timer Old Long House Popiah.
There’s quite a number of rave comments on the net on Old Long House Popiah. But our panel of taste testers that day, namely my two brothers and sisters-in-law, commented that the popiah was just average.
I thought it was above average, but a little over-rated. It had its merits, but wasn’t perfect. The skin could have been thinner, but at least it was resilient without being too dry. Also, the popiah was too loosely rolled, and ingredients were quite skimpy.
But what I liked was the flavorful and juicy yam bean (turnip) filling that was well-stewed without being too wet or mushy. The crunchy fish batter bits were also very addictive! At S$1.20, Old Long House’s popiah offers unbeatable value as a tasty snack or side dish.
Old Long House Popiah
Blk 22 Toa Payoh Lorong 7
#01-03 Kim Keat
Open: 6am to 4pm (earlier if food sells out)
Closed: Mon & Tue