Sing HK Cafe – Affordable Hong Kong Food At Everton Park. Some Food ‘Hou Sek’
”Sing K? Sing Karaoke at a café?” My friends sounded excited at the name. Nope, not KTV but HK which stands for Hong Kong.
Taking over defunct-Batterworks (if it doesn’t ring a bell) beside Nylon Coffee Roasters at Everton Park, Sing HK Café reminded us of a HK-styled Cha Chan Teng.
Tables in close proximity (could be a little noisy when crowded), food aroma drifting out of the kitchen and the friendly owner who would converse in English with Hong Kong accent.
The interior was simple with a slightly cramped walkway (similar to land scarce Hong Kong), posters of leng zai leng lui Hong Kong actors and actresses (Fans alert!) and street signs such as “Ladies Market, Nathan Road” hanging on the walls.
The pricing was economical and affordable.
Menu recommendation includes Hong Kong style breakfast such as Classic French Toast ($5.80), Scrambled Egg ($3.80), Classic Beef Brisket Rice ($11.80) and Western dishes such as Sirloin Steak ($18.90) and Red Wine Ox Tail Stew ($18.90).
Dishes were served in traditional chinaware that brings back some nostalgia. Our favourite was the Classic Beef Brisket Rice ($11.80) with chunks of beef braised for 4 to 5 hours before simmering overnight.
The beef brisket was tender with glistening fats, rich and savory stew sauce and sour pickles that cut through any jelak-ness (Richness). Hou sek!
Instant Noodle ($5.80) came with an option of Luncheon meat with Egg, Ham with Egg, Chicken Chop or Grilled Pork Belly.
We opted for the former, which looked like something that could be prepared at home for a quick fix in this fast- paced society. Noodles were springy and tossed in sesame sauce for flavouring.
Set meal option was available at an additional $3.80 that came with a drink and dessert-of-the-day. Most people may think that the HK Milk Tea (ala carte $3.50 for hot, $4 for cold) also known as “si wa nai cha” was made using “si wa” (means stockings in Chinese), but in fact, it was thus named due to the resemblance in its colour.
The HK Milk Tea was unfortunately more on the diluted side, not too sweet and with non- distinct, subtle tea flavour.
The dessert-of-the-day Mango Sago (ala carte $2.80) came with a few bite size sweet mango. The overall taste was pretty subtle and not too memorable.
The mains were pretty well executed with a Hong Kong touch and we would probably be back here to satisfy our cravings.
Not our craving to sing K, because 以后我叫刘德华唱歌给你听.
Sing HK Cafe
Blk 4 Everton Park #01-42, Singapore 080004
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm (Mon-Fri), 9.30am – 8.30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
* Written by Daniel’s Food Diary Cafe Correspondent Nicholas Tan @stormscape.
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