DIY Hokkien Popiah shop Good Chance Popiah from Blk 149 Silat Ave has opened another branch at New World Centre, replacing well, McDonalds.
3rd generation owner “Ah Boy” says it is a good chance (pun not intended) and opportunity for the restaurant to expand after being around for 30 years. I am quite ‘suaku’ as it is my first time here despite hearing so much about this heritage restaurant.
Wrapping your own may be more expensive than your usual hawker stall prices (or Qiji) outside – 4 rolls are at $16.80, 6 rolls at $22.80, 12 at $42.80, and 18 for $59.80.
Chinese sausage, prawns and crab meat at additional cost – $5.80, $7.80 and $7.80. If you throw in all ingredients, and using the 4-roll combination as a reference, it would have cost $38.20 to wrap your own popiah, almost $10 for one!
Help. Good chance, why no good price.
Being a first-timer, I asked auntie about the ‘bang kuang’ (yam bean) which came in a claypot, she quickly commented, “Not just bang kuang, okay?” Then I learnt there were more than 7 ingredients in the fillings which included cabbage, carrot, long beans, bamboo shoots, garlic and shrimps.
The taste was rather old school, which reminded me of what my grandmother used to cook. Yes, I remember wrapping popiah together with her, and so I can *ahem* wrap quite a generous portion without breaking the skin. (Come, come, who knows how to wrap popiah here?)
I looooove the chili and tasty ‘bang kuang’ at Good Chance, the fillings are moist and yet does not cause breakage easily.
The thing about DIY popiah is the fun, bonding, and interaction it creates with fellow diners. You can always anyhow anyhow wrap, and include your favourite ingredients and sauces in the proportion you want.
I had no space for more, but will be back for the Pork Trotters Bee Hoon ($16.80) and Fried Hokkien Mee ($9.80).
We spotted several MediaCorp artistes dining next table, including Xiang Yun, Jin Yinji, Richard Low, Henry Thia and Harley Woo. I asked boss Ah Boy why he wasn’t taking a photo with Ah Jie Xiang Yun, he said, “Take before already. These are regulars.” I see.
Good Chance Popiah
No. 1 Jalan Berseh #01-15 New World Centre Singapore 209037
Tel: +65 96229445
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm
Blk 149 Silat Ave #01-58 Singapore 160149
Tel: +65 62710698
Opening hours: 11am – 2.30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm. Closed Mon
* Daniel’s Food Diary pays for restaurants reviewed, unless otherwise indicated.