As MasterChef Singapore is coming back with a Season 2, some viewers may be wondering what happened to its Season 1 alumni.
Winner Zander Ng has hosted “On The Red Dot: Chef’s Mission”, conducted cooking workshops and collaborated on a few pop-up cooking events; while runner-up Genevieve Lee has started her online bakery Sourbombe Baker selling Italian-styled doughnuts.
And it is Aaron Wong who first opened up a hawker stall.
Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway at Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre gained some buzz due to the MasterChef Singapore factor. Ex-contestant Aaron is known for his “neighbourhood Ah Beng” persona and always seen with a trucker cap.
By the way, Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre is located opposite SAFRA Mount Faber, and do not confuse this with the other Telok Blangah Food Centre.
While you are there, other famous stalls in the same hawker centre include Soon Heng Fishball Noodles, Fei Lou Porridge, Uncle Lee’s Hong Kong Noodle & Rice, Su Yuan Vegetarian, Teochew Hand Made Squid Ball and Hai Kee Teochew Cha Kuay Teow (though this is opened later afternoon onwards).
Note that at Jiak Song, as every bowl is made-to-order and the line is very long, orders may take up to more than an hour’s wait. Food can also get sold out by lunch time.
I counted about slightly more than 10 customers in front of me, but I only got my food came unexpectedly slightly after an hour.
Aaron revealed that the average time needed to prepare each bowl would be about 2 minutes (dough hand-rolled upon order), but there may be a couple of customers who ‘bulk buys’ above 10 bowls.
Wait till the buzz comes down, or have a lot of patience. (Don’t buay song before you jiak song.)
There may be another reason so for its popularity: a bowl of Mee Hoon Kway in soup or dry version goes for an inexpensive $3.50.
For more liao, there is an All-in Combo with pork slices, pork ball and shrimp ball at $5.00. You can also opt for a Ban Mian option.
While the dry Mee Hoon Kway gets tossed in little sauce, it was the texture that was appealing – doughy-soft, smooth and chewy and quite unlike the typical styles.
While portion of the noodles may not be too far, it was adequately filling.
I liked the addition of pork and shrimp balls – almost Beauty in The Pot style, though would have preferred if there was a juicier bite.
The soup version was clean-tasting yet flavourful, with an obvious fragrance from the shallot oil.
With the texture of Ban Mian on the softer side, I suspect this bowl may work better when dined-there rather than da-bao.
Jiak Song Mee Hoon Kway
11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre, #01-108, Singapore 090011
Opening Hours: 9am – 1pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon (or till sold out)
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