Old Chang Kee
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A Singaporean street- food joint in Covent Garden.
A light and bright Covent Garden outpost of the Singaporean snack chain, this place is famed for its curry puffs – big pastries with curried fillings, kind of like warmly spiced Cornish pasties. There’s also a short menu of noodles and soups served in cardboard bowls. Inside, it’s bright yellow and cheerful, but the vibe is grab-and-go, with just a sprinkling of seats.
Confirmed: the curry puffs are a delight. Lined up in the kind of glass counter you’d find in an old-school bakery, they have supremely buttery pastry and a range of fillings. Our favourite was the signature curried chicken with potato – tender meat and hearty chunks of potato, coated in imported spices. The chicken and mushroom was also excellent, and the veggie curried potato didn’t disappoint either. All puffs are two for £5 (or somewhere around £2.80 each, depending on fillings): great value given their size and quality.
Some of the other Singaporean dishes were decent, like the fish balls, or nasi lemak with curried chicken, but give the laksa a swerve: it was very ordinary, lacking the complexity it deserves. In short, stick with the curry puffs. They’re celebrated for a reason.
Other than our legendary curry puffs, we also bring you classic Singaporean and Malaysian food like our signature curries, Singapore laksa, nasi lemak (coconut-infused rice so flavourful it literally translates as ‘fat rice’!) and rendang. As they say in Singapore, ‘shiok!’ (Singlish for ridiculously delicious!).
Our customers come for the puffs, but often end up staying for our authentic meals and friendly SIngaporean-style service. We are a casual, quick-service eatery so please feel free to drop in whenever you like!