Oyster Omelette 蠔煎, commonly called “Orh Jian” or ”Orh Luak” consist of starch (typically potato starch), egg batter and small oysters fried together, usually enhanced with a spicy chilli sauce with lime.
There are different styles all around for this dish Hokkien and Teochew origins.
Shrimp can sometimes be substituted in place of oysters; and there is a version without the starch called “Hao Dan” or Oyster Egg.
The Singapore style is quite different from say the Taiwanese version – which is starchier and has a sweet-sauce poured over.
Some of the popular places to get this hawker dish include Song Kee Fried Oyster (East Coast), Simon Road Oyster Omelette (Serangoon Road), Hougang Oyster Omelette (Hougang Ave 8), Hock Kee Fried Oysters (Serangoon Garden), Geylang Lor 29 (396 East Coast Road), and Xing Li Cooked Food (Old Airport Food Centre). (Ah Hock Hougang Fried Oyster at Whampoa which was really famous, has closed.)
Here are 10 more places to get your Orh Luak fix:
Lim’s Fried Oysters
#01-32 Jalan Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Tel: +65 9386 0732
Opening Hours: 7pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
A ‘hidden’ find because still not many people known about this stall at Berseh Food Centre.
This is one of those old hawker stalls with a recipe that has been around for more than 40 years.
The homemade batter with secret spices and a perfect balance of flavours is what makes the Fried Oyster Omelette such a hit.
Focusing on one main dish also gives them the chance to pour all their time and attention in the preparation and execution of it, which is always a plus point.
There are three serving sizes of $5/$8/$10.
Where they got it right: the slightly-charred crispy outer layer contrasted with the gooey starchy middles.
They make the batter themselves along with two types of chilies for the fried oysters and the dip for oyster omelette. Like a symphony of textures and flavours in the mouth.
Only thing is, it is on the very greasy side and may put-off the health-conscious people.
Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette
22D Lor 7 Toa Payoh, #01-25, Singapore 314022
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
At Kim Keat Food Centre, expect a long line when you come here, especially when the stall is only opened for 3 hours (or less) a day.
Reminisce the old-school flavours of this dish, that can be hard to find in Singapore now.
Their Fried Oyster Omelette ($5) is of very good portion. The almost crunchy edges have a perfect consistency against the gooey centre filled with juicy oysters.
But to me, the real draw is the seasoning that added to the batter that made it rather addictive.
There are several average stalls around that add too much starch, but Ah Chuan is not stingy on the eggs.
Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette
#01-73 500 Clemenceau Ave N, Newton Food Centre Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
While Newton has always been known to be a tourist food centre, and there are so many stalls selling more or less the same thing, this Oyster Omelette stall deserves the attention.
Hup Kee combines the richness of oysters, with the fluffiness of eggs and sticky heaviness of sweet potato paste to give you a hearty and filling meal.
Priced at $6, $8, $10, their signature Fried Oyster Omelette ($8) is quite filling, and deliciously crispy. On the oily and greasy side though.
But if you are a fan of oysters, you should enjoy this version as there are plenty of fat ones to pick.
Newton Food Centre #01-28, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495
Opening Hours: 6pm – 1:30am (Mon – Sun)
Heng 興, also at Newton Food Centre is awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
While most customers seem to come for the Carrot Cake, their Fried Oyster Omelette ($5, $8, $10) would actually be what I would head for again.
There was this nice crisp layer of egg without being too starchy, accompanied with tasty plump oysters.
Huat Heng Fried Oyster
90 Whampoa Drive, #01-26 Whampoa Drive Hawker Centre, Singapore 320090
Opening Hours: 1pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Huat Heng Fried Oyster is listed in the Singapore Michelin Guide with a “Michelin Plate”, offering the popular Fried Oyster at $5, $8, or $10.
The way the baby oysters are fried with the eggs is different from other stalls, as you don’t get clumpy, large pieces of fried batter.
The batter is cut up with a spatula during frying so you get a more even presentation.
A notable difference is that while portion seems smaller, the outer eggy layer is more crisp and not so starchy.
Their chili sauce is worth mentioning for its inherent sourness, with a subtle taste of lime.
Ang Sa Lee Oyster Omelette
Stall #33, 20 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557269
Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
There are a couple of stalls serving up in Oyster Omelette at Chomp Chomp Food Centre, but I personally prefer this stall.
The oysters were plump and juicy, and its sour-spicy chilli deserve a mention.
Ang Sa Lee stall serves up both Fried Oyster aka Orh Jian ($5, $8, $10) and Oyster Omelette ($6, $8, $10).
What I liked was the lack of excessive starch (which some hawker stalls can gear to), and it is generous with the amount of eggs.
However, its eggs were fried to the more ‘soggy’ style without those crispy edges as I would have preferred, and could be a little greasy.
Ah Orh Seafood Restaurant
115 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-1627, Singapore 160115
Tel: +65 6275 7575
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
Indulge in traditional Teochew dishes and one of the best oyster omelettes in town.
This is a famous zi char restaurant at the older estate of Jalan Bukit Merah that serves authentic Teochew dishes.
The restaurant is claimed to be one of the best places to get oyster omelettes in Singapore by many loyal customers.
The secret lies in their preparation of the dish. The Oyster Omelette ($13) has very rich flavour of oysters that are pre-boiled, cooked and fried with gravy containing oyster sauce.
It was not starchy at all, giving you all the eggs, eggs, eggs and scrumptious oysters. Just look at those.
Far East Plaza 02-10/11/12/13, 14 Scotts Road Singapore 228213
Tel: +65 6365 0501
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Few would expect to find Oyster Omelette in a Far East Plaza eatery.
Owner Mui Leng first learnt to cook Oyster Omelette not in Singapore, but from her yearly winter vacations at Hokkaido. She fell in love with the fresh large sashimi grade oysters and wanted to see how she could incorporate that with her own recipe.
This resulted in a version ($10.80, $15.80, $20.80) with crispy layers, fluffy eggs and creamy plump oysters sourced from Korea.
Yes, complete with that specific tangy chilli sauce.
You may not get that high heat and greasiness associated with what you have at the hawker centres, but this is one version that strikes the proportion right with the egg and gooey starch.
The fat Korean oysters definitely elevates the dish.
85 Bedok North Fried Oyster 勿洛北85蚝煎
Blk 85, Bedok North Street 4 #01-09/10 Fengshan Hawker Center, Singapore 460085
Tel: +65 8180 7751
Opening Hours: 4pm – 2am (Mon – Sun)
The hawker dish of “Orh Luak” (or Fried Oyster Omelette) was dragged into politics a few years ago, and it certainly made some of the stalls at Bedok 85 aka Fengshan Food Centre even more popular.
85 Bedok North Fried Oyster serves more than just Orh Luak, and also includes White or Black Carrot Cake ($2.50, $3), Fresh Cockles Kway Teow ($3, $4), and Fried Hokkien Mee ($3.50, $4, $5).
Their Orh Luak ($5, $8) was visually rich in colours, featuring plump oysters and eggs topped with some fresh Chinese parsley.
Their style of frying the egg happens to be part crisp and part fluffy. However, it was neither particularly crisp nor fluffy, and could be better if it went more on the crisp side. Not bad, not fantastic.
Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters
Singapore Food Treats, 30 Raffles Ave, #01-09/12 Singapore Flyer, Singapore 03980
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Uncle Law who has been frying this for close to 50 years, says his entire family sells Orh Lua, having different stalls under different names around the island.
His Oyster Omelette ($8, $10) is full of fluffy eggs, light crispy on the outside, with fresh plump oysters on top.
However, do take note Singapore Food Treats at the Singapore Flyer is closed temporary, and Chinatown Food Street is undergoing revamp – it is unsure if the stall will return after that.
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