Discovered another hidden gem today while I was looking for undiscovered food places in Geylang area during lunch today. This whole coffeeshop belongs to one owner and apparently their curry rice is quite popular too. But let’s focus on the roast meat stall first. 😉
Ordered my standard char siew and siew yoke rice as that is my benchmark to test for good roast meats. Siew yoke’s skin was crackling and the meat was tender while the char siew had lightly burnt ends and half fat proportions. Rice was little but I was ok with it as I didn’t wanna eat too much for lunch. The roast meats were charcoal roasted and really yummy. There goes my diet, damn.
You know I’m not someone who chases fad and visits latest happening places. I’ll prolly go such places after the Hoo-ha dies down. But I was craving for some good Soy Sauce Chicken, given the fact that these were readily available for me when I was based in Guangdong, China. So with some crazy ass foodie friends, we went to check out this recently awarded Michelin 1 Star hawker. Good thing my friends were patient enough to queue from 9.30am when the stall opens only at 11am! So here’s our verdict.
You know most places the soy sauce chicken is either too lightly braised or bland. This one has the right tones, lovely texture, tender and well cooked throughout. Salt level is just right too. Love it. The ribs and char siew are to die for too! As for the base, we all agreed the hor fun is really good, followed by the rice. Really yummy.
From $2 for a plate of Soy Sauce Chicken Rice… For Michelin Star… Where to find? One whole chicken only $14! No wonder the queue so long lah! Actually even before the awards, this stall already have to queue more than half an hour already.
They tried to take orders before opening at 11am. Very thoughtful.
Blk 335 Smith Street, #02-126 Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
10:30am to 7:00pm (Mon – Fri), 8:30am to 7:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed on Wed.
Recently I had the craving for kway chap cos I have not eaten that for a long time. Headed to my favourite stall To-richo but it was closed! Damn! So I went around to look for something nice for lunch and I came across this Roast Paradise which I haven’t seen around. So I decided to try it. I also noticed the guy behind the counter is pretty young hence I enquired some info from them via email.
I found out from them they just started on August 2015 only and the 2 partners, Kai and Randall, are in their 20s. Both of them used to work in the night life industry which made me curious why such a big change in profession. I was told that they realised that there are not many true char siew roasters who would spend hours slow roasting their meats to get the right texture. That is why their passion for char siew took over and hence entering the F&B market.
Hawker centre is the natural choice instead of some fancy shops due to keeping overheads lower. Char siew afterall is a traditional local dish which should not cost an arm and a leg. Starting out was tough for them as they have no prior F&B experience hence a steep learning curve for them from day 1. But most importantly, like in all trades, they must enjoy what they are doing and do it with passion. I wish these 2 lads all the best and I hope fellow Singaporeans can support budding entrepreneurs like them and support local businesses. #supportlocal #supportlocalfood #soshiokpork
Rating: 4.5/5. Some adjustments will see them having a perfect score.
Taste: Char siew won me over. Good proportion of fats and meat which makes it more delicious. But the rest of the accompaniments are important too for a better overall eating experience for the customers, so I hope they will work towards improving them.
Portion: Slightly below average.
Ambience: Hawker Centre.
Price: As indicated with the pics.
Location: #01-122 Old Airport Road Food Centre. Hours: Not given but I believe from morning till 3-4pm. Closed on Mondays.
Guan Chee HK Roasted Duck has been around for some time but I remember only coming to this place a few times. They are located at the corner of a coffeeshop, roast their meats daily behind their stall, hence you can smell their amazing aroma from the roasting from far away. I was here for groceries after work and managed to catch them before they close at around 8pm.
I can’t believe I didn’t write about one of my favourite places for canton roast meats in Singapore! I reckon it’s prolly because I frequented this place way before I started eatwithroy! Believe me, this place has been here since I started working 17 years ago! (Damn, I’ve just disclosed my age!) My memory about this place can sum up with only one word, crowded. Especially during lunch hours. Nevertheless, they always have enough supplies to serve their customers as they roast all their meats at their simple kitchen facility behind.
I visited this place again recently hence I was able to snap pics of the place and the food. Seriously, the standard of the food here did not drop a bit! Love it when they maintain the food standards so that the younger generation can get the taste of the good foods that we eat when we were young! Check out the pics and reviews below:
Taste: 5/5. I like it because of the nice roast burnt taste on the char siew. The roast pork is not fatty type, so good for me. Roast duck’s skin is fragrant and very tasty. Love it!
Service: 4/5. They are trying their best to serve fast but during lunch hours, they are usually damn busy.
Ambience: 3.5/5. Coffee shop style. No air con. Can get quite humid during a hot day.
Price: Less than $25 for 2 pax. Cash only.
Location: 87 Beach Road (Opposite Shaw Towers) Tel: 6334 0268. Opens for lunch till late afternoon only.