Monday, August 24, 2009

Singapore - Lao Zhong Zhong Eating House

Ever since the hawker centre at Macpherson closed down, alot of good food stalls have gone missing. Thank goodness one of the stall I frequent most moved to the coffeeshop just opposite the road. But more on that stall later.

This coffeeshop has only 5 stalls, and out of the 5, they have 3 award-winning stalls. Probably not a place for the indecisive people to go, but its okay, you can always order from all 3 stalls and just take your time to finish the food.

First stall would be Jackson Noodles. They have a variety of noodles served with fried wanton, fishballs or abalone. from the banner alone, you can tell that they have pretty good publicity.

Meepok dry, with fried wanton and mushrooms. The noodles were springy and coated in well mixed sauce. however the wanton was quite tough, as the skin was thick and not crispy at all.
So I would suggest ordering something else (not the fried wantons).
Rating: 3/5

Moving on, its Soon Li Whitley Food Centre's Porridge/Macaroni/Seafood Soup stall. This stall has won best food award for its porridge.
I ordered the macaroni instead. Wanted the chicken one but by default, it was served as pork macaroni when your order just states 'macaroni'. So if you don't want pork in your macaroni, specify in advance. They gave quite alot of ingredients like pig liver, quail's eggs, pork pieces and cabbage, and the soup was rich and tasty. However, the taste was abit too overwhelming for me.

But base on the overall quality, I'd give it a 3.5/5.
The best stall of the lot, which moved over from the old Macpherson hawker centre which is under renovation now, is the Lao Zhong Zhong Five Spice Stall. The signboard shows many newspaper clippings and tv shows that have featured this stall. Every pick here is handmade, fresh and well cooked. Plus, it is reasonably priced. Down side is that they don't serve beehoon with it.
Here's what I ordered. Orange octopus cake, fried prawn paste cracker, fried springroll, ngoh hiang, toufu and fishball. The order only came up to around $7!

My favourite would be the fried prawn paste cracker. It is crispy and tasty and goes really well with the chili, another speciality of the stall.
The rest of the sides which I like are the fried toufu and the ngoh hiang. But then again, everything from this stall is good, so go ahead and pick what you like!
Rating: 4.5/5
Location is at 29
Tai Thong Crescent Lao Zhong Zhong Eating House

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