Best Chicken Rice in old Katong

Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM

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The uncompromising Travelling Gourmet goes to a very old but very good eatery called…

MEI Yuen in old and very historic Katong, the haunt of Teochew millionaires in the old days. The roasted chicken is moist, tender, juicy and perfectly cooked…just cooked, not over, not under-cooked. Moreover, the marrow of the chicken bone is not red and raw as in some others. This is good.



Served with a light zesty-sour Nyonya style salad with shallots, pineapple and tau geh and freh lime to squeeze on. The dark, devilish soy sauce is of a good quality and the chilli garlic sauce, although somewhat watery, still has that bite I remember from my childhood days. Yes, I confess…I am  Katong boy. They used to have really great macho Tua Pow here in the good old days with a whole boiled egg inside!

The Wantan Mee has really crunchy ‘al dente’ springy yellow noodles freshly a la blancheur in piping hot soup with very lean healthy Char Siew that is not too over coloured, ie not overly red like the Paratrooper’s red beret..

Decor is not salubrious with cracked floor tiles, but I like the food and the old Grandfather clock at the far left corner as your enter…


To be continued…

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As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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