So I travelled all the way to Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre to try Reimondo Seafood Congee. Didn’t have space for anything else – just this.
This is an interesting duo storey food centre in the East, with more of the hipster hawker stalls such as Wild Olives, Prawnaholic, and Fins & Feathers located on the upper level.
Anyway, I think almost every food website in Singapore has featured Reimondo Seafood Congee haha, so I didn’t see the urge to head down earlier. Food King calls this “restaurant quality food in a hawker centre”, and ranked 3 stars “Food King Good”.
There is an interesting backstory of how the hawker Raymond Tan turned from a convict to a millionaire to a hawker, and I also learnt he used to sell Crab Wanton Noodles at MacPherson – which I quite enjoyed, though the stall is now defunct.
On its menu are four items – Seafood Congee ($6.90, $12.90), Smoked Salmon & Lala Congee ($3.50), Tea Smoked Salmon ($9.90) and Prawn UFO ($4.90 for 4 pcs) which are like flatten deep-fried pieces of wanton.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t a long wait and I got my food almost quite immediately.
Even though I have eaten quite a number of top-notch Congee in Singapore, I would say Reimondo’s version still stole my breath away, and probably deserve a spot to be one of the best hawker renditions.
How did they achieve that smokiness?
It was not just about wok-hei anymore, but that smoky flavour permenating every spoonful till the last (though I am not sure how it would be after dabao).
There were also generous ingredients for $6.90, ranging from Japanese scallops, prawns, clams, tea smoked salmon flakes to a kani stick.
The consistency of the congee was just right, not too thick or thin (but I would imagine some people prefer a thicker style).
The youtiao pieces were deep-fried till crunchy, adding a delightful contrast to the smooth texture.
There was some dashi and seafood flavours in the base, which gave it the base ‘Japanese feel’.
I was slightly more indifferent towards the highly-raved Tea Smoked Salmon ($9.90), perhaps because I heard too many good things and expectations were raised higher.
It was served looking pale orange, on the colder side, subtle tea flavour, and moist. May be a tad on the saltier side for some, but I can see this is value-for-its-money and quality.
A flavour-packed seafood congee at this price. And the smokiness is just so alluring. Looking forward to the day Raymond re-introduces Crab Wanton Noodles again.
Reimondo Seafood Congee
Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-07 Singapore 519641
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 8pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun)