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The inspiring Travelling Gourmet goes to Chinatown…
MY favourite Hokkien restaurant in Singapore is Beng Hiang on sleepy Amoy Street in Chinatown. Amoy is a town in China in the Fujian province from where many Hokkien people came to Singapore years ago to seek their fortune.
This is no Michelin Star restaurant and the plates are not Bernardaud porcelain but Hoover Melamine ware. However, the Kong Ba Pow is delicious & you can’t get that in a Michelin Star restaurant! This Hokkien version of a Hamburger has braised melt-in-the-mouth tende 10mm thick slices ofrPork Brisket in dark soy sauce with garlic, sandwiched in a rice flour half moon shaped bun, with aromatic coriander leaves, and fresh cut red chilli if you like it spicy ($15+ small). It is super yummy! The traditional Hokkien Mee ($7+)in a very gooey, rich brown sauce with crispy flakes of deep fried salted fish, chicken, prawns and bean sprouts and chives is also highly recommended. The plump noodles are like tagliatelle. For your antipasti, you simply much crunch into Ngoh Hiang which is a kind of spring roll with minced pork spiked with 5 spice powder. The other goodie is Ha’ir Cho or a deep fried ultra-crunchy roll filled with prawn mousse & served with a sweet dipping sauce. A combo of both costs $8+. This is a 3G restaurant by which I mean you see 3 generations dining together from Grandpa & Grandma to, papa, mama & the grandchildren. The atmosphere is boisterous and loud but very happy especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year when everyone is doing ‘Lo Hei‘ with the prosperity raw fish salad or Yu Sheng. Very loud shouts of “Haut Ah!” echo in the large dining area! It means “Prosper! in the Hokkien language.
I wrote about Beng Hiang long ago in the famous Food & Wine magazine of the time called “The Food Paper”. I am pleased to say that my framed article has pride of place on one wall of the restaurant. The owner, Mr. Ng is also a talented Chinese Calligrapher and his charming daughter, Ms.Ng is the GM who makes sure everything is well.
A Sweet I recommend is Cheng Theng Dessert Soup wih Tang Yuan ($25+ large)
There is no service charge but GST (Goods & Services Tax) of 7% is added to your bill.
Beng Hiang Restaurant
112-116 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 62216695