Is this a case of “Our Makan Places Lost and Found”?

Poh Hor Fun which was well-known for its Preserved Vegetable or Chye Poh Hor Fun ‘disappeared’ from Empress Road Food Centre and reappeared 2 years later at Smith Street Chinatown Complex Food Centre.

Two items on Poh’s signboard may excite you – Preserved Veg Hor Fun ($6) and Prawn Paste Chicken ($10).

The chef who prepares all the food has over 20 years of experience working around in different hotels.

According to KF Seetoh of Makansutra fame, Chef Ng Tham Siew used to work at Shangri-La and Kim Huat restaurant (in Clementi). He also wrote this in a newspaper article, ”Chye poh hor fun doesn’t get any better than at Poh.”

You can imagine the wok hei and richness of flavors and taste offered at the stall just by the skilfulness of the chef, and the care and precision put in the preparation of each dish.

Not like the typical zi char stall, this has limited selection of some really appetising dishes included Preserved Veg Hor Fun ($6), Shrimp Fried Rice ($5.50), Oyster Preserved Veg Hor Fun ($5) and Prawn Paste Chicken ($10).

The menu is streamlined from Empress, with previous dishes such as the Classic Hor Fun and Moonlight Hor Fun no longer on the menu.

I also wondered if the customer base in this food centre is willing to pay more for a plate of Hor Fun – considering there are many inexpensive zi char stalls here.

I ordered the Oyster Preserved Veg Hor Fun ($6). The chye poh horfun was intriguing, cooked in Teochew style and may remind some of a cross between carrot cake and oyster omelette.

There is a good amount of fluffy egg, with rice noodles cooked with slight char, and bits of preserved radish and pork lard to complete the dish in terms of flavours.

When you take a bite, you get that bite of sweet-saltiness from the chye poh, as well as light smokiness from the rice noodles.

There is definitely wok-hei, and I would think it is best to eat this there and then on the spot.

Shall leave some room for the Har Cheong Gai the next time, as the throat was feeling scratchy from the heaty food. Welcome back, Poh.

Poh Hor Fun
Chinatown Food Centre #02-11, Blk 335 Smith Street, Singapore 058956
Opening Hours: 10m – 3pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

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