A relatively famous congee and rice roll shop has opened in Singapore. Yin Ji 银记肠粉店 which originated in Guangzhou in the 50s, has set up its Singapore flagship at Far East Square.
It is one of the largest chain stores you can find in Guangzhou, and you can also find branches in Canada.
CBD workers would be happy to find a comforting congee place, with prices that won’t break the bank.
It serves up Congee starting at $4, and Rice Rolls at $4.50. A breakfast Beehoon set, starts at $4.50.
Congee choices include the ‘all-in-one’ Boat ($6.50), Sliced Fish ($7.00), Sliced Pork ($6.00), Sliced Pork and Liver ($7.00), Sliced Tender Bee ($7.00) , Century Egg & Pork ($6.50) and Vegan ($4.00).
The texture of the Congee was very close to what I would find in a reasonably good Cantonese restaurant in Singapore – slightly sticky, with rice broken into smooth consistency.
It was not as out-of-this-world as some of the great Hong Kong ones I tried, but if you are craving for this particular style, it would be a good bet.
The bowl was topped with sliced egg, spring onions and peanut which added some crunch.
Some may find this overall slightly to the bland side, and reach out to some soy sauce. But I have the feeling people who work at Raffles Place are more health-conscious, and won’t mind something plainer for lunch.
Good “Zha Leong” aka Rice Rolls with fried dough sticks, are getting harder to find in Singapore, especially when many Chang Fen specialty shops and stalls have folded over the years. (Sad.)
Yin Ji makes a decent rendition of the Fried Dough Roll ($4.50), with thin flour skin wrapping over moderately crisp you tiao, poured over with a secret recipe soya sauce.
The outer layer was silky yet retained a certain level of elasticity.
The rice rolls are said to be steamed with cloth so as to ensure the texture is paper thin.
I suspect Yin Ji should get popular with the working crowd over there, very soon.
Yin Ji 银记肠粉店
Far East Square 133 Amoy Street #01-01 Singapore 048775
Tel: +65 6443 3875
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat), Closed Sun
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