Operating since 1989 as a corner kopitiam at Tiong Bahru, Cheng’s 27 has modernised into a well-lit, clean and comfortable Hainanese eatery. Some may still remember it as Cheng’s Delicacies.
This family-run business spans 3 generations, originating from the grandparents’ Chinatown home and moving to Tiong Bahru.
Unsurprisingly, even the logo is inspired by the family pet – a cat that roamed in and out of the shop for food back in 1989.
Cheng’s 27 offers home-style dishes for lunch and dinner, sourcing its fresh ingredients from the markets daily.
You can also ask them for the daily special, or choose from the meat, prawn, fish, soup, noodle, and vegetarian-friendly options.
Well, the prices are on the higher side compared to the average zi char restaurant, but they still continue to enjoy popularity among residents around due to its Hainanese style food.
The one dish I would usually go for is the Canned Pig Trotters Bee Hoon ($20.00).
This came in a rather saucy version yet the bee hoon did not taste too soggy and retained its bite. I do not know what else they added to the base, but the flavours were robust and well-infused within the vermicelli.
Complete with wok-hei.
It is expensive and perhaps some say you can easily cook this up at home, but I can see why people are willing to pay more for this. There is just this extra umami-touch.
For its sweets, Cheng’s uses the finest Nanyang ingredients like pandan leaves, gula melaka, tapioca and coconut to create their specialties.
Their Artisanal Hainanese Kaya ($15.00, 0.3li), is made with freshly squeezed pandan juice and fresh eggs, painstakingly cooked over a hot stove for hours.
Their best-selling Gula Melaka Chiffon Cake ($5 per slice, $40 for 8 slices) is made with extra-virgin organic coconut oil.
Moist-in-the-centre and low in gluten and sugar, this cake is baked fresh daily to offer the best flavour and texture. $5 may make people think twice (and thrice) before ordering though but it’s a good, fluffy cake.
You can also find gula melaka in Cheng’s hand-crafted, made-to-order butter cookies ($50, 1 li).
Island-wide delivery is available with no minimum order.
– From Wed – Mon, 10.30am – 9pm. Closed Tues
– $10 for areas within a 3km radius
– $11 – $18 for other areas
– Free delivery on orders above $150
– Estimated delivery time is 30mins to 90mins depending on your location
– Tracking will be provided via WhatsApp when order is ready for delivery
– Place order via +65 6223 7883 or +65 9847 4716
Check their online menu for a list of items for take-away, including the popular Steamed Pork, Crispy Chicken Chop or Prawn Fritters with Curry Sauce, Home-Made Prawn Rolls, Sliced Fish with Ginger & Spring Onions.
Available in Regular, Medium, and Large sizes ($15, $25, $30).
There are also vegetable and omelette items priced from $12 to $24 such as Sambal French Beans with Chicken Minced Meat, Stir-Fried HK Cai Xin with Garlic, Home-Made Tofu with Chicken Minced Meat, Home-Cooked Omelette.
Cheng’s 27 (Tiong Bahru)
27 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168654
Tel: +65 6223 7883
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9:00pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
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