Many Singaporeans are always on a look-out for authentic-tasting Penang food, and it is not easy for eateries here to re-create those flavours. Somehow, there is always that something missing.
Let’s be honest here. Those who have been to Penang and eaten their street food would them unforgettable and unbeatable.
I was curious about Jia Yi Wan 加一碗, which specialises in Penang cuisine.
The eatery serves up Penang Curry Noodles ($5.80), Claypot Mee Tai Mak ($7.80), Chicken Horfun Soup ($5.80), Penang Prawn Noodles ($6.80), Penang Lor Mee ($5.80) and Penang Char Kway Teow ($5.80), and sounds rather promising.
However, their menu also (strangely) includes Claypot Bah Kut Teh and Korean Toasts. While those toasts look quite all of place with the Penang theme, I suppose it was there to appeal to the CBD workers in the vicinity.
Jia Yi Wan opens at quite an early time of 9am, considering many eateries around only offer lunch and dinner services.
It is located at the fringe of CBD along Hoe Chiang Road, a 6 to 10 minutes’ walk away from Tanjong Pagar MRT, but it may not be a stretch people will usually take note of.
Food wise, a Penang chef helms the kitchen to cook up the Penang favourites.
I thought that the Penang Char Kway Teow ($5.80) was decent – smoky and rather flavourful, with noteworthy wok-hei considering the space constraints in the kitchen.
It was not quite the real-thing yet, but if I have cravings this would be one of my go-to places.
I would consider the Penang Prawn Noodles ($6.80) better than the average ones I had in Singapore, but perhaps the broth could be more robust and intense.
The eatery serves up “Korean Toasts” of ham & cheese, tuna & cheese, bacon & cheese, and ham & cheese special ($3.50 – $4.50).
It probably lacked of that distinct Korean-element of a blend of gochujang-type spiciness matched with honeyed-sweetness.
One of their winning elements is also the murals on their brick walls, painted by a local Penang artist, incorporating many iconic images of Penang and 3D elements.
If you can’t spare time to fly up north to Penang, this is a place you can come to.
Jia Yi Wan 加一碗
7 Hoe Chiang Rd, Singapore 089313
Tel: +65 6904 2580
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)