I was searching for food at the basement of KINEX, when I chanced upon Yang’s Epok Epok – also known as ‘The Epok2 Ganja’ at Bedok Food Centre.
Now, how many of you do crave for Epok Epok at night, but cannot really find one? Especially since it is usually considered a morning snack.
Yang’s Epok Epok started as a humble stall from Madam Yang Hassan’s kampong days, where she sold Curry puffs, Goreng Pisang, Nasi Padang, among other dishes.
The recipes which are passed down from her grandmother, have stood the test of time.
From Bedok Food Centre, it has recently expanded its footprint with a new outlet at KINEX (Paya Lebar) termed “Chapter 1”.
This venture is a significant step for the brand, steered by the second-generation siblings of the family.
Worthy to note is that the food remains inexpensively priced.
The seating area, shared with other tenants in the basement, offers a no-frills dining experience.
Now first: let’s understand what Epok Epok is and how it is different from a Curry Puff.
Epok Epok, often smaller in size, is known for its thin, crispy crust and is traditionally filled with spiced potatoes, sardines, or other fillings.
In contrast, Curry Puffs are usually larger, with a thicker crust and a curry-based filling, often including meat.
The Epok-Epok at Yang’s is priced at a modest $0.70 per piece.
Available in Potato, Sardine and Vegetables fillings, you would find the outer shell thin and crispy, with a satisfying crunch at the edges.
What is remarkable is how the crust retains its crispiness, even if some batches are left there for a while.
Between the Potato and Sardine, I preferred the Sardine better.
Its buttery and flaky crust encased aromatic fillings of sardines, onions, chilli sauce, and sambal. To me, the draw was the crimping adding that extra crunch.
Not to be overshadowed, the Banana Fritters ($0.70) seems like a popular choice among customers.
The menu extends beyond their signature snack to include a variety of local dishes, all maintaining an affordable price range.
Among these, the Nasi Lemak ($4), Mee Soto ($5), Bee Hoon Soto ($5), Soto Ayam ($5), and Mee Rebus ($4.50) are notable mentions.
I liked the Mee Soto ($5) for its rich, aromatic broth. It was tastily spicy, but not over.
Topped with chicken and a sprinkle of fried shallots, each spoonful came with warmth and flavour.
Turning to the Mee Rebus ($4.50), the noodles were bathed in a thick, spicy gravy, which was the heart of the dish.
The gravy, rich in potatoes and a blend of traditional spices, had velvety texture that was thicker than usual. I enjoyed this too, but only wished it was much warmer for more oomph.
Whether you are a long-time fan or a curious first-timer, do give their Epok Epok a try. And it’s really so affordable for a mall outing.
Yang’s Epok Epok – Chapter 1
KINEX B1-K8, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437157
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Yang’s Epok Epok – Bedok
Bedok Food Center, 1 Bedok Road, Singapore 469572
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
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