The name of “Chin Sin Huan” may be vaguely familiar, especially to those staying around Jalan Batu and Guillemard area.
The coffee shop houses Tanjong Rhu Pau, known for its mini-sized Char Siew Buns of slightly-sweet skin and moist pork fillings.
Chin Sin Huan 振新园 along Jalan Besar, however, is a local café concept by the second generation of the family.
They retained the name of the shop set up by their grandfather, and also because it represents “new ideas” and “determination”.
The new venture is all about retaining a part of the tradition, while introducing new flavours with technology in the process.
Perhaps because they are just starting out, the menu remains fairly “predictable”.
Offerings include its signature Char Siew Pau ($0.80), Small Pork Pau ($0.80), Big Pork Pau ($1.50), Chicken Pau ($1.50), Red Bean Paste Pau ($0.60), Lotus Paste Pau ($0.60) and Siew Mai ($0.50).
There is also an intriguing Yuan Yang Pau ($1.30), a combination of lotus paste, red bean paste and salted egg yolk which I am keen to try next time.
The Char Siew Pau ($0.80) remains a favourite, that you could finish in a pop of the mouth or two. Some would think this is small and expensive.
Its beauty is in how fluffy-soft the outer layer is, with barbecued pork fillings that has a good ratio of meat and fats and still remains rather juicy.
The shop marinates and roasts its own Char Siew meat before mincing them up and wrapping them in the dough.
The other must-get is the Fan Choy aka Char Siew Rice ($2.00).
Though still slightly on the greasier side, the rice was moist and had sweet-savoury flavours with nuances of pepper, best added with some of the chilli sauce.
Comparatively, the Lo Mai Gai ($1.80) though above average wasn’t as memorable. (Anyway, the last time I had Lo Mai Gai must have been in cookhouse!)
As the café has limited seats, this is more suitable as a takeaway place. I wished it had a larger space for families to come enjoy some pau and local kopi.
Chin Sin Huan 振新园
285 Jalan Besar Singapore 208948
Tel: +65 6906 4957
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sat). Closed Sun, PH