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The Pasta Stop, Hougang: What Lee Hsien Loong Ta-Bao (Polling Day on Friday!)

the pasta stop hougang reviewI urge everyone to vote wisely. If you have 2 lousy parties running in your constituency–for instance, one party is elitist, money-grubbing, and unconcerned for citizens, and the other party is a bunch of well-meaning morons–remember this: a void vote is also a vote.

How does politics link to food? Well, I long for the day it isn’t news when a minister appears at a hawker centre to buy food during elections. It’s news because the appearances are rare, right? I also long for the day when a minister goes to a public area for the sake of enjoying the facilities regularly, instead of pulling publicity stunts, shaking hands and carrying babies.

the pasta shop ci yuan community centre So yeah, the new 24-hour hawker centre at Ci Yuan Community Centre is run by Fei Siong. And The Pasta Stop is by fine-dining Italian restaurant, Ristorante da Valentino, at Grand Stand, Turf Club Road. According to online sources, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited the new hawker centre and ta-bao-ed from this stall. There are photographs of the Prime Minister at the stall front.

the pasta stop singapore review

The shop’s speciality, chicken conchiglie (known better as the shell pasta, $7.50), was tangy and appetizing, but was undercooked and hard. There was hardly any chicken in it.

the pasta stop sg

The spicy fried chicken combo ($10) fared better. Very aromatic when it came, the chicken was crispy. Mr Fitness thought it too salty and didn’t like the Hainanese-chicken-rice-chilli-sauce-meets-buffalo-wings spicy dip. But I didn’t mind its saltiness, and I thought the spicy dip was refreshing.

The pasta that came along with the chicken had a sauce that was similar to the dip but was less spicy. Rather well done. And the carrots seemed to be soaked in a lemon emulsion which gave it a refreshing taste.

the pasta stop singapore

If you add $2.80, you can get a set of garlic bread, mushroom soup, and tiramisu. The mushroom soup was beautiful and subtle, but a little too bland. Nothing salt and pepper couldn’t solve.

There were 5 guys in the small kiosk, cooking and taking orders. I have never see a hawker stall with so many people in it. It did seem that too many cooks spoil the soup, because the orders were mixed up; they were good natured but blur.

But the food here has great potential. If they could tweak some things, this stall will be a legend in time. We paid $20 for two persons.

The Pasta Stop

51 Hougang Avenue 9, Ci Yuan Community Centre #01-27, Singapore 538776

Value: 6/10
Food: 6.5/10
Service: 6
Decor/Ambience: NA (hawker centre)
Rating: 3.083/5

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