88 Congee – Hotel Quality Hawker Food
88 粥品 (88 Zhou Pin) at Toa Payoh serves up a familiar yummilious taste of Hong Kong styled congee, the quality kind that you would find along the roads of Nathan Lane. On a fine breakfast outing, the single bowl relieved my cravings for Kowloon street food.
The porridge was cooked thick and smooth – where the rice was cooked patiently till disintegrated into a silky texture that could be stirred evenly. No more clumps.
What’s Congee without the good old familiar youtiao? The dough stick was freshly deep-fried on the spot and served one long stick on top of the bowl in its entirety. Not the usual soggy-limp or overly deep-fried overnight you char kway.
Some of the recommended Congee included the Meat Ball & Century Egg, Prawn Ball and Meat Ball & Intestine Congee where the meatballs were home-made with a secret recipe.
If you wonder why you could get hotel quality food in a hawker centre, that was because Chef Au worked in Westin Hotel, Raffles Hotel and Hong Kong’s Shangri-La before he moved up to set up his own stall.
Dipping the whole youtiao into the hot piping congee, it again made me recall of that good old Hong Kong feelin’.
88 Congee, Blk 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh #02-29 Singapore 310127 Tel:+65 94752678
Opening Hours: 0700 – 1500 (Tues-Sat), 0700 – 1400 (Sunday) (Closed Mondays)
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