Of all the 9 new hawker entrants to Michelin Bib Gourmand Singapore 2021, Hainan Zi 海南仔 at Chong Pang Market and Food Centre is probably the stall least heard about to the general public.
The name of the stall “Hainan Zi” (technically it should be pronounced Hainan Zai) does not give a strong clue to what it actually sells.
At the bustling Chong Pang filled with popular stalls such as Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck Rice, Wan Xing Nasi Lemak, Super Penyet, Tian Ji Shu Shi and Ho Heng Kway Chap, Hainan Zi serves up a variety of fried local food.
These include Fried Kway Teow ($3.50, $4.50), Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee ($4, $5, $6), Carrot Cake ($3, $4, $5), Fried Egg with Oyster or Prawn ($6, $8, $10), Fried Oyster ($5, $8, $10) and Fried Prawns ($5, $8, $10).
Initially, I had no inkling what to order if I could only pick one. In terms of Fried Carrot Cake, there are two other popular stalls in the same food centre – Pin Xiang and Bee Kee Cooked Food.
According to the Michelin Guide Singapore, ”Not to be missed is their popular fried kway teow, which is cooked-to-order with cockles and Chinese sausage.”
How about the other well-loved Char Kway Teow such as No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow (Zion Road Food Centre), Hill Street Fried Kway Teow (Bedok South Food Centre), Hai Kee Teochew Cha Kuay Teow (Telok Blangah Crescent), and Meng Kee Fried Kway Teow (Havelock Road Food Centre)?
The other Char Kway Teow with Michelin Bib Gourmand are Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Hong Lim Food Centre)
Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow (Ghim Moh Food Centre) and Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Old Airport Road Food Centre).
Anyway, Hainan Zi serves up a not-bad rendition of Fried Kway Teow ($3.50, $4.50) which was rather sweet-saucy, semi-wet style, well coated with sauces, with ingredients of cockles and lup cheong (Chinese sausages).
There was a touch of wok-hei but won’t say it was overly strong.
Compared to some of the other famous Char Kway Teow, this version may lack some unique characteristic; but it is decent choice if you happen to have cravings in Yishun.
I also ordered the Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee ($4, $5, $6) as Fried Oysters were not available early morning. This was an okay-rendition, though nothing to shout about if you are looking for something with more prawn stock flavour or wok-hei
Hainan Zi 海南仔
Chong Pang Market and Food Centre #01-129, 105 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760105
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
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Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (Hong Lim Food Centre)
Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow (Ghim Moh Food Centre)
Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (Old Airport Road Food Centre)
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No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow (Zion Road Food Centre)