Some of Singapore’s best zi char places could very well be hidden in industrial estates and carparks.
Yup. I travelled past this Chuan Kee Seafood 泉记海鲜煮炒 quite a number of times, and was curious at how this seemingly ‘ulu’ place was almost always full.
It is located not in the most convenient of places at Lower Delta. Diners could get there by driving, or via a very long walk from Tiong Bahru MRT station.
Chuan Kee Seafood started as a stall at Tanjong Rhu Food Centre, and further expanded to two outlets at Toa Payoh and Lower Delta.
This is a zi char restaurant specialising in seafood dishes in a casual setting. You are in for the freshest seafood dishes at affordable prices.
Alternatively, you can order takeaway via phone or have your food delivered from ordering here: http://chuankee1975.getz.co. (Although website does not seem to work well all the time, and so I would recommending using WhatsApp).
For residents around Bukit Merah area, Chuan Kee Seafood is also providing free food delivery with minimum order of $30. (WhatsApp +65 9878 9924)
I can understand why families would support this place. Other than the fact that there is ample carparking, they are quite customer oriented – not that commonly seen in similar establishments.
More often than not, you get free ice-cream, popcorn, cotton candy and tau hway.
Even if you order deliveries or takeaways, you would find some drinks (I had barley, green bean soup and liang teh before) given complimentary with orders.
Order above $50 for deliveries, and you get free satay. Service, service.
Chef recommendations here include Bi Feng Tang Wok Fried Prawn ($22), Deep Fried Diced Chicken with Dried Chilli ($10), Lotus Lead Duck ($18), Deep Fried Roasted Pork with Special Sauce ($12), Teppanyaki Oyster Egg ($12), Deep Fried Fish Skin with Salted Egg ($12), Mussels in Superior Broth ($16), and Signature Deep Fried Prawn Ball ($10).
The must-try is the Curry Fish Head (seasonal price), prepared with an aromatic thick gravy spiced just right and not overly lemak (coconuty-rich).
Served with plenty of tau kee and tau pok, this dish is a staple order for regulars at Chuan Kee.
I enjoyed its Si Fang Toufu ($12), a dish of dual-coloured seaweed coated homemade tofu, topped with shimeji mushrooms in a bed of brown sauce.
The presentation was restaurant-like, and you may momentarily forget you are dining next to a carpark lot.
Another favourite is the Four Heavenly Kings ($12), which was served with four special ingredients of long beans, okra, petai and brinjal. This reminded me of an upgraded version of “Gan Bian Si Ji Dou” (stir-fried French Beans with shrimps).
If prawns is your favourite seafood, you can try their version of Prawn Roll ($10); or the crunchy and fragrant Cereal Prawns ($20) – tiger prawns deep-fried shell on with a light Nestum cereal mix.
Those who prefer crabs can try the Salted Egg Crab, served with a delectable grainy sauce.
At Chuan Kee, it is not all about seafood though.
Try their duck wrapped and steamed in a lotus leaf. Even curd nerds will be delighted here with the Pork Ribs with Cheese ($12).
For Fried Rice lovers, you may be astonished to find easily more than 10 versions here, from Classic Hokkien, Beef Fried Rice, Salted Fish Chicken, Sausage, Ikan Billis, to Sambal Fried Rice.
At a wallet-friendly price starting with $4.00.
Chuan Kee Seafood (Lower Delta) 泉记海鲜煮炒
1091A Lower Delta Road, 169207
Tel: +65 9878 9924
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Another outlet: Lor 7 Toa Payoh, #01-264 Block 19, Singapore 310019
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