Salted Egg Chicken Rice still enjoys quite a following despite Salted Egg everything being in trend a few years back.
Some of the well-known names serving this dish include Jia Yuen Eating House, GLC Restaurant, and Taste Good; while New Station Snack Bar at Far East Plaza is known for its Salted Egg Pork Rice.
During a random visit to Sim Lim Square to buy camera accessories, I headed up to the 2nd level where some of the food places are, and noticed a familiar dish and face (people call here “Sister Mandy” or “Mandy Jie”) found at another eatery.
3 Meals A Day 一日三餐 is a newly set up shop that serves up the famed dish of Salted Egg Chicken Rice ($6.50).
There are three other ‘heavenly kings’ of Butter Pork with Rice ($5.90), Spicy Lemongrass Chicken with Rice ($5.90), and Cereal Chicken with Rice ($6.50).
You may ask, “Does it taste good?”
This is possibly Sim Lim’s best-kept food secret and hidden gem.
Other than rice dishes, there is a spread of items from noodles, bee hoon, double boiled soups, fried rice, omelette, vegetables, to other wok-fried dishes – all affordably priced.
Most of the items are from the $4.50 to $6.50 range.
You would notice the menu and many posters featuring the happy faces of the staff working here (instead of illustrations of models), and should find some of them looking familiar if you patronise the eateries at Sim Lim often enough.
I could have written a title like “Ex-Chef and Staff of XXX restaurant opens…”, but decided not to, so let’s just leave this here.
Heading straight for the Salted Egg Chicken Rice ($6.50, +$0.60 for additional egg), this was indeed one of the tastiest versions I had in recent times.
The chicken was crispy-fried while the meat remained tender, the sauce sweetly-milky and luscious-tasting, with the unmissable wok-hei.
What I enjoyed about the sauce was that it was rich but not overly jelak (cloying), nicely coating the chicken pieces with enough for the rice.
There was some chilli padi in the sauce which gave the alluring kick, and I would recommend adding some sambal chilli to elevate the flavours.
The Butter Pork with Rice ($5.90) was also quite ’shiok with the deep-fried pork meaty yet succulent, while the sauce was on the milkier side.
I wished it was slightly less sweet though.
There are also keropok on the side to add some crunchiness and differentiate from other stores. Perhaps achar could have worked well too, just to cut some of the greasiness.
3 Meals A Day 一日三餐
1 Rochor Canal Road, #02-01 Sim Lim Square, Singapore 188504
Opening Hours: 9am – 7:45pm (Mon – Sun)