Talk about popular fried hawker dishes in Singapore, and Char Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Fried Carrot and Oyster will come to mind.
Oyster Omelette 蠔煎, commonly called ”Orh Luak” consist of starch (typically potato starch), egg batter and small oysters fried today, usually enhanced with a spicy chilli sauce with lime.
The Singapore style is quite different from say the Taiwanese version – which is starchier and has a sweet-sauce poured over.
However, this is not a hawker dish that everyone loves, as it can be heavy and greasy.
Some of the notable stalls to get it from include Ang Sa Lee (Chomp Chomp Food Centre), 85 Bedok North Fried Oyster (Fengshan Food Centre), Heng 興 (Newton Food Centre), and Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette (Toa Payoh Lor 7), and Huat Heng Fried Oyster (Whampoa Drive Food Centre).
Huat Heng Fried Oyster is also listed in the Singapore Michelin Guide with a “Michelin Plate”.
Note that Whampoa Drive Food Centre has two blocks. Stalls in Block 91 mostly offer breakfast food and many close after lunch; stalls in Block 90 are usually open for lunch and dinner or even until midnight. Huat Heng is at Block 90.
It offers the popular Fried Oyster ($5, $8, $10), usually eaten as an accompaniment to your main meal, and a dish for sharing. The stall is not that crowded (ie you don’t normally see a long line.)
The way the baby oysters are fried with the eggs is different from other stalls, as you don’t get clumpy, large pieces of fried batter. The batter is cut up with a spatula during frying so you get a more even presentation.
A notable difference is that while portion seems smaller, the outer eggy layer is more crisp and not so starchy.
The fresh oysters remain succulent and juicy, and don’t dry out like shrivelled raisins. The $5.00 portion gives you about 5 pieces of oysters.
Another highlight is the accompanying chilli sauce. Their chili sauce is worth mentioning for its inherent sourness, with a subtle taste of lime. One of the better tasting chili sauce you can find here.
Compared to other hawker dishes, Fried Oysters are slightly more expensive. But if you factor in the freshness and taste of the oysters you are getting here, then it is well worth your money.
Huat Heng Fried Oyster
90 Whampoa Drive, #01-26 Whampoa Drive Hawker Centre, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 1pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)