ABCDEFG, where can we find the best Hokkien Mee! Is it right here at ABC Brickworks? Well, we shall see. It’s Fridayyyyy and welcome to our latest episode of Food King! And you’ve guessed it… we are going to bring you another hawker episode this week. Why? Because this is the CORE of Food King and we are so happy to be back trying our favorite hawker fare once again. Look, underneath all these belly fats are the CORE of all beloved hawker food in Singapore. And we are proud to flash them.
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ABC Brickworks Food Centre is one of the first hawker centres to be built in Singapore in 1970, and is located at 6 Jalan Bukit Merah. Here, we will be specifically trying 4 hawker gems which is said to be really good and the stalls have been around for more than 30 years. Let’s see if they are as worthy a hype as their name and age. Fun fact: ABC Brickworks is actually named after “Archipelago Brewery Company”, the first commercial brewery in Singapore.
First up, we will be trying the Baos from Bao Zai. These baos are special because all of them are especially made only by hand (traditional style) on a daily basis. They may look irregular in shape and aren’t exactly beautiful to look at, but these baos compensate with their extraordinary taste and quality. Bao Zai’s signature is the Big Bao (Da Bao) and Char Siew Bao.
Most Da Baos we had were either mediocre factory-made ones, or contain just one dollop of meat wrapped around thick layers of dough. But not these. They are super duper generous with the serving and you can see the meat filling the buns to the brim. They are so full, it’s incredible.
Next up, the Char Siew Baos. The char siew fillings are sweet and juicy, and the meat is roasted fresh in a traditional charcoal oven which allows the full flavor of the meat to come out. The meat is very well seasoned and the consistency of the fats are also legit spot on. You can taste even taste the char taste in the Char Siew, which already takes this to a whole new level. Soooooo good! Before making baos, the owner had also previously sold roast meats which explains why the char siew is damn delicious. Fun fact: The uncle has been making the same baos for the past 40 years. And they still taste wonderful and consistent all these years. Talking about dedication! Needless to say, this is hands down the best Char Siew Bao we’ve ever eaten. Period.
Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-135 Singapore 150006
Sun to Wed, 10AM to 8PM | Fri to Sat, 10AM to 8PM
Next up, we will be trying Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice. This stall sells authentic fragrant claypot rice cooked over charcoal stoves. The uncle is actually 73 years old now and has been making claypot rice for the last 30 years. Wow!
The rice comes with tender meat that is marinated in a special spice mix over 5 hours, and other generous amount of toppings such as Chinese sausages and salted fish. Unfortunately, there is no charred taste as much as we would’ve liked. Overall, this is still a pretty good claypot.
Ratings: 2 Stars
Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-38 Singapore 150006
Sun to Tues, 4PM to 11PM | Thurs to Sat, 4PM to 11PM
What’s hawker food without roast meat and duck! Yup. It’s time for roasted delights! Today we will be trying char siew, roast pork belly and roast duck from Fatty Cheong Roast. This stall has been making roasted meat for more than 30 years and that’s insane. They are known to serve some of the best char siew in Singapore and we can’t wait to find out.
Fatty Cheong’s Char Siew is indeed very good – nicely charred, good balance of perfectly caramelised lean meat and fats, and yes, they all melt in your mouth! The fats are actually really thick and fatty too. And you know the burnt ends? It’s so sweet and smoky! There are just too many flavours bursting in your mouth with every bite. The thick gravy in the fragrant rice complements the flavor of the meats really well. Fun Fact: All their meat are cooked in a traditional charcoal oven, which is quite rare to see nowadays.
The Roasted Duck is done very differently from other roasted ducks. In fact, we feel this is simply on another level on its own. What really impresses us is the skin – it is paper-thin and has so much fats and texture underneath, you can literally feel an explosion of flavors inside your mouth. Their duck sauce also stands out for us. It is really thick and super gooey, unlike the water-downed served in many places. You’ve got to try it to believe.
Ratings: 2 Stars
Fatty Cheong Roast
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-120 Singapore 150006
Sun to Wed, 11AM to 8.30PM | Fri to Sat, 11AM to 8.30PM
Last but not least, we will be trying Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee. This recently awarded Michelin Bib Gourmand stall has been around for close to 40 years, and is run by the second generation Mr Toh (who is often seen wearing goggles).
Whenever we eat Hokkien Mee, we always Dabao (take away). This is to ensure all the flavours and aroma are locked. We guaranteed it will taste a whole lot nicer than having them served in the plate. Really! Ok back to the noodles… And boy, is this out-of-this-world – This Hokkien Mee is mind-blowingly good! Easily on par or even better than the one we had in Golden Mile. And that’s already our number Hokkien Mee in our list. Amazing! This one has everything you want in a good Hokkien Mee. It is not too wet or too dry. Just about right. The noodles comes with a sizeable amount of toppings including prawns (the shells are specially hand peeled), sotong and pieces of pork belly. What makes it so special is the sambal chili with bits of ikan bilis. The chilli is very spicy but also has a sweetness to it. So shiok! This is a MUST TRY! Miss it and you will regret it.
Ratings: 3 Stars, Food-King Good!
Tiong Bahru Hokkien Mee
6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-13 Singapore 150006
3PM to 10.45PM Daily
It’s a wrap and boy are we full! Belly full!!! So who’s belly is the biggest of them all? No prizes for guessing this time! Well, you can still click on our video below now to find out!