The Muttons – famous Class 95 DJs Justin Ang and Vernon A, have opened a Roast Meat Restaurant at Killiney Road in collaboration with Roast Paradise. Roast Paradise currently have stalls at Old Airport Road Food Centre and Ang Mo Kio. Young hawkerpreneurs must support.
They sell many kinds of meats, but mutton. (Sorry, just had to add that in.)
Writing this review can be tricky leh. They are the ”Ah Ge” of radio – must show respect. Just like if Zoe Tay would to open a restaurant one day, who dare say not nice?
To be fair, Fook Kin 福劲 has already been enjoying a steady crowd despite being in the soft opening phase. Many of the previous restaurants here, did that really have that kind of privilege.
In terms of décor, mood and pricing, Fook Kin got it quite right.
It reminds me of a more casual version of Sum Yi Tai with its slightly dark lighting and neon pink signs. It is “In The Mood For Love” but Singapore version. They play remixed versions of oldies and Cantonese hits that would reveal your age if you know how to sing them.
They are known for Specialty Roast, with items such as Caramelised Char Siew ($6.80, $17, $34), Golden Crackling Siew Yoke ($6.80, $17, $34), and Roast Duck ($12, $16, $26, $50).
If you work at SingTel and nobody wants to have lunch with you, you can have the Roast Delight of Char Siew or Sio Yoke with rice or noodles, inexpensively priced at $8.80. (I know there will always be people who say hawker centre will cost half its price, but rental here expensive.)
There are small plates for sharing such as Crispy Squid ($12.80), Two Way Kai Lan ($9.80), Golden Lotus Roots Crisps ($7.80), Salted Egg Wings and Drumlets ($9.80), and Fluffy Omelette ($8.80).
Char Siew is the type of food item that gets people quite divided – some like them fatty, lean, super charred, thick, thin… it goes on.
Cannot Fook Kin please everybody.
The Caramelised Char Siew is KL-style and uses a top grade of pork, charcoal-fired roasted, with a good balance of both meat and fat. It is not the style you typically get from your wanton mee, in fact, I seldom see this version sold in Singapore.
Some would like that the outer layer was quite sweet and charred, and because there was a good proportion of fats, it did have a melt-in-the-mouth effect. I don’t mind having this again, but I can imagine diners wanting a meatier cut.
As for the Siew Yoke, I enjoyed its crispy crackling, though thought it was on the saltier side and the meat portion could be moister and more tender.
The other of the side dishes ordered, I thought were the weaker links.
The Triple Happiness ($9.80) of cold tofu, chopped salted and century egg and topped with floss and salmon roe, looked like a quickly assembled dish without much synergy.
Like you are forced to be part of a team with a bunch of colleagues who do not know you are all. Perhaps a more unifying, hotter sauce would have worked better.
You know what? The Night Owl Cinematics (NOC) team should just come and review this, and perhaps declare on Youtube, “Fook Kin is Food King Good”. I wanna know what Dee Kosh has to say.
For me, it is a 2-star (out of 3). Not bad, not bad.
Fook Kin 福劲
111 Killiney Road, Singapore 239553
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)