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Balestier Hoover Rojak : Mysteriously Delicious
By Alfred June 3, 2009
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Balestier Hoover Rojak : Mysteriously Delicious
Fast Facts
Food:
Rojak (水果囉喏)
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Balestier (马里士他)
Food Centre:
Whampoa Drive Food Centre
Recommended For:
Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

If you have brought your overseas friends to try our local food before, I’m sure you would had came to situations where they don’t like a particular local food. And in such situations, we may actually wonder why and usually we loved that food so much until we can’t see how someone can actually dislike eating it.

I think many people would agree with me if I were to say their mummy’s food is the best. Apparently the food we grew up eating is always the best food for us. So your mummy’s food is the best for you and my mummy’s food is the best for me and that’s the case for most people.

So the truth is actually, a lot of food is a matter of taste acquisition more than anything else. Say for eg Durian, it’s no secret that people from South East Asia countries would love it more than say someone from Far East Asia countries. And this is due to the fact that Durian is a tropical fruit and therefore people from South East Asia countries can grow it and therefore they can be more exposed to it.

Now, other than Durian I think one other food that people from Far East Asian countries really hate is the Indian curry. This thing that is called Indian curry is really one of the smelliest thing in the world unless you were born in South East Asia or Middle East Asia. Whenever I asked my friends from China or Taiwan to try some delicious Indian Curry, they would react like I’m asking them to eat poo, no joke.

Though Indian curries are disliked by some Asians, it is popular in some western countries like France and UK. The reason is because they once colonized India and so their food cultures have a whiff of that influence.

Now if you turn it around, Stinky Tofu from the Far East is something that I would avoid at all cost. When I was in Taipei, even when everyone was saying ‘????!‘, for me it really smelled like poo – literally, and I have no idea why people would want to love eating such food and I would never want myself to acquire that taste.

But Indian curry is different, it had that superb aroma as a result of different spices being put together and for me, that smell is far away from poo, period.

Now, Rojak is one food that I didn’t grew up liking. I don’t know why but in the past I just seemed to feel like vomitting after eating it. The fermented shrimp paste does smell a bit but of course I know it is quite delicious too. But the thing is I managed to outgrow that and sometime in the last few years I actually grew to like eating it.

Sometimes I wonder why, for such a simple food like Rojak, there can be such a big difference in taste from different stalls. I mean it’s just the ‘Hae Kor’, Assam water, grounded peanuts and assorted cut fruit/vegetable cubes and you don’t even need to cook it using fire. I don’t really know about others but as I were to find out accidentally, this particular stall somewhere in Whampoa Drive can gives me an absolutely satisfactory Rojak experience because they are using a lot of Gula Melaka(Palm Sugar).

Balestier Road Hoover Rojak is really not any common Rojak stall you see in any hawker centres. The price here starts from $3 and as far I know(from my observation while queueing), most people would order the $4 or $5 plate which you’ll get things like jelly fish slices, sour mangoes slices and even a century egg. It’s hard for me to describe how fantastic this Rojak is but there is definitely something special about it. It’s just that bit sweeter, that bit more ‘Pang’, that bit more consistent and that bit more fulfilling. For me it’s about something that’s just a bit more of ’something’ but yet very few Rojak stalls I’ve patronised can produce this little bit more.

Well from a non-fan of the smelly ‘Hae Kor’ who have been converted to become a fan of Rojak, the accolades I must give to this Balestier Road Hoover Rojak because if not for their existence, I’ll still continue to avoid Rojak. If you want to know how popular they are, so far I’ve seen 2 local celebrities joining the queue. And Balestier Road Hoover Rojak have pictures at the stall showing how overseas celebrities patronised them too when they need a Rojak fix in Singapore.

Price: $3 onwards

Recommendation: $4 plate with century eggs(you have to mention include century eggs)

Conclusion: Something is special about this that can convert me this anti rojak person. I suspect it’s the Gula Melaka that’s doing the wonder but like any other outstanding food, they have the right balance and consistency too.

Likes: A mysterious aroma which I believe is the result of adding Gula Melaka to Hae Kor(Fermented Shrimp Paste).

Dislikes: A little expensive considering the bulk of it are fruits and vegetables that you’re paying for.

Address Overall Rating


Blk 90
Whampoa Drive #01-06
Whampoa Drive Food Centre


Food:
8/10 ★★★★★★★★☆☆ 

Value:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
6/10 ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 



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Readers' Comment(s) : 8
Lim Boon Tiong says:

A good rojak cannot look watery when served. It has to look sticky firm with peanut bits sprinkle on it to make it look good and tasty.

I also not a rojak fan because I dont like the turnip in there. It spoil the taste as I usually pick the YOU TIAO, DAO POK and pineapple.

Eating too much rojak is no good for health as one gets sore throat easily cos of the peanut and chilli i think.

hmm… i will give it a try at this whampoa stall very soon.
thank u for the recommendation.

Posted June 4, 2009
Alfred says:

Well you hit it on the nail there. Most rojak places use HAE KOR too little which resulted in it being watery.

I am not a fan of MANG GUANG too. The juice that comes out of it has a smelly raw taste.

Posted June 4, 2009
Lim Boon Tiong says:

I just tasted this rojak at Whampoa…
OMGGGGGGG !!!!
I literally licked up every drip of the HAE KOR with peanuts !!!
it is so damn tasty !

Posted June 4, 2009
Alfred says:

waaaa, usually i dabao back because didnt want to waste the sauce. At home i throw in sliced cucumber and pineapples to complete another round.

Posted June 4, 2009
Lim Boon Tiong says:

wa… smart move…… something like 2 packs for the price of one.

honestly.. this rojak is expensive… no cutlefish … just pineapple, YOU TIAO, MANG GUANG and bean sprouts…. $3.

Posted June 5, 2009
Alfred says:

Well it is definitely expensive but like all good food that Singaporeans are willing to pay, they always join the queue.

Posted June 5, 2009
IEatSmellyShit says:

Hey i am indeed a pig….. do u say indian food is one of the smelliest? I agree! I am dog son of a bitch even eat a poo from my friends asshole and why not even from a street dog….. thanks for your frank words and thank for your courage to say something about India . I should die soon for saying Indian food as smelly. I and my friends should rest in smelly hell soon.

Posted June 21, 2009
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