Continuing our series, “Is it worth queuing?” This time, we queued at the famous 85巴刹.
Affectionately known as 85巴刹 to local Chinese, instead of its actual name, Fengshan Food Centre (凤山中心, Blk 85 Bedok North Road, Singapore 460085), this hawker centre houses many award-winning stalls. There are three things I like about it: (1) the boisterous atmosphere, so festive and local; (2) it opens till late night, a great place for supper; and (3) no queues! Or rather, queuing done in an old-school way. You place an order, giving them your table number, and they deliver it to you. Most hawkers don’t practice this anymore.
Paiseh for the blurred photos. You can tell how hungry we were by the degree of blurriness.
1. Chai Chee Pork Porridge 菜市猪肉粥
Ordered a porridge with everything in it–what can I say? I’m an equal opportunity eater. The portion was smaller than other places’. The porridge was bland and wasn’t smooth. Only the minced pork was tasty; other ingredients, even the century egg, weren’t. Go for the minced pork porridge if you have to.
Waiting Time 13 mins
Is it worth waiting? Not a long waiting time, but I won’t wait if I am starving.
2. Xing Ji Rou Cuo Mian 兴记肉脞面
There are two award-winning bak chor mee stalls side by side, the other being Seng Hiang Bak Chor Mee. 14K, who used to live in Bedok, claimed Xing Ji is better. Xing Ji only sells bak chor mee soup, not dry. The soup was very lardy, hence very tasty. But my friend complained that the noodles had “an alkaline taste.” Tiny portion. What? Bedokites are small eaters?
Waiting Time 50 mins
Is it worth waiting? No, it was delicious but not that delicious to warrant waiting for almost an hour.
3. Chan B.B.Q.
The sambal was shiok and spicy but not fragrant or sweet enough. One piece was slightly undercooked, and the other overcooked and dry. And where was the cincalok?
Waiting Time 10 mins
Is it worth waiting? Maybe. 10 mins wasn’t a long wait, and the service was swift and friendly.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.