With its myriad buzzing KTV lounges and sleazy nightclubs, Joo Chiat seems to be anchored as Singapore’s alternative red-light precinct, but the foodies among us know that its distinctive dining culture is part of its inimitable charm. Take the Teochew tze char (stir fry) stall Xu Jun Sheng Chao Zhou Mei Shi, a fluorescent-lit pre-war coffee shop. For 60 years it has been dishing out piping hot Teochew porridge from an unembellished kopitiam at Joo Chiat (incidentally, they recently moved across the street to another unit). On offer are heartwarming classics arranged on a glass counter including slow-braised pork knuckles in a thick, dark brew, and fried-to-order ngoh hiang (meat rolls). But what really steals the show is the star seafood cast: a whole pomfret fish steamed simply with salted vegetables in a light consommé; chunks of cold crab brimming with creamy golden roe; and a crispy wok-fried oyster omelette. Their not too sweet or nee (yam paste) crowned with chunks of golden pumpkin is the best we’ve had in a long time.
Main courses $4-$35.
|Venue name:||Xu Jun Sheng (Long Ji) Chao Zhou Mei Shi||Contact:|
121 Joo Chiat Rd
|Opening hours:||Mon & Tue, Thu-Sat 11am-3.30pm, 5.30-9pm, Sun 10.30am-3.30pm|