Roland Restaurant

Chilli crab

We have some overseas relatives visiting us. Naturally we wanted to bring them to try our world famous Singapore chilli crab. Did a Google search and found glowing reviews of Roland Restaurant, who claims that they are the original creators of this iconic dish. And so a dinner was planned. Long story short: Our meal… 

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Toa Payoh Rojak

Rojak, S$3.00

I’m not a big fan of rojak, maybe because most are pretty average and fail to tempt me. But when I see a good rojak stall, I simply can’t resist! That’s what happened when I went to Old Airport Road the other day (actually to review another stall). This famous stall is now run by… 

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Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow

S$4.00 version, with prawn & squid.

This is one really “charred” char kway teow. And I really like this uncle’s version of fried kway teow. It’s kinda like a cross breed of Singapore-style and Penang-style kway teow — not too much dark soy, not too wet, and comes with seafood. The fat sea prawns and thick squid rings are cooked just… 

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Nam Kee Chicken Rice

Chicken rice for 1 person, S$4.00 ($3.50 for chicken rice + $0.50 for liver)

I’ve passed by this retro chicken rice shop several times, but never had the opportunity to sample their signature dish. The rice is mild on fragrance, but strong on the salt. The chilli is sufficiently spicy, but somehow lacks that X-factor. Unlike some places that deliberately undercook their chicken to maintain a soft juicy texture,… 

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Uncle Chicken

Chicken rice with add-on liver, S$4.50 + S$0.50.

Having discovered this gem of a stall a few months ago, this is my current favorite chicken rice at the moment. Boss Niven Leong is the son of the original Sin Kee Chicken Rice founder. His brother now helms the Mei Ling Street Food Centre outlet. There’s another Sin Kee Chicken Rice along Commonwealth Ave… 

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Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Noodle 忠于原味雲吞麵

Wanton noodle with premium char siew, S$4.00 + add-on soy sauce chicken S$2.00

At Tiong Bahru Food Centre, there are several popular food stalls (usually easily identified by their queues). Apparently, this noodle stall is famous for their premium bu jian tian (“pig armpit”) char siew. They only prepare a limited quantity per day, so come early if you want a taste of the “armpit” char siew.