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The Opeh Leaf Hor Fun Challenge: Wrap-Up
By Alfred December 1, 2009
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The Opeh Leaf Hor Fun Challenge: Wrap-Up

The Opeh Leaf Hor Fun Challenge

Hor fun is something one can eat at many cze char places but more often than not, it is ’severely abused’ in the form of a $3 pack. Let’s face it – for $3, there is a limit to the shiokness attainable, right?

There are many ways to make a plate of hor fun more shiok but if like me, you find it needless to reinvent the wheel, then an opeh leaf version might just be what that can turns you on. An opeh leaf hor fun is cooked and packed(or served) via the authentic way where the emphasis is to make you more SHIOK. The classic concoction for a savory opeh leaf hor fun is created using luxurious ingredients like king prawns and sea cucumbers which easily justifies the higher price. Meanwhile, the complex flavour includes the prized wok hei when combined with the delicious gravy, offers you a taste that is heaven-sent on the opeh leaf.

Why this challenge?

Today, this good food is a rare find. The history of this traditional food seems to be diminishing and the opportunity to devour it is running thin and the fact is I had only ever eaten at Fei Lao. But in various parts of Singapore, the opeh leaf hor fun is being resurrected and if it is indeed making a comeback, then the search is on to find the best – be it the best in value, wok hei, or any other areas that can provide heavenly shiokness on the opeh leaf.

If your favourite food is hor fun and more importantly, eager to experience this retro shiokness, but are daunted by all the unfamiliar locations, feel free to browse AlfredEats.com google map application which has all the stall locations marked.

The Opeh Leaf Hor Fun Data Table

Part
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Stall Name
Fei Siong
Seafood
Ah Wok
Restaurant
Chu Yi Kitchen
Hong Kong
Street Chun Kee
Fatty Weng
Hong Sheng Restaurant
Top Seafood
Fei Lao
Seafood
Location
Bukit
Timah
Orchard
Ang
Mo Kio
Bukit
Merah
Kallang
Toa
Payoh
Toa
Payoh
Bedok
Open For
Lunch
Dinner
Lunch
Dinner
Lunch
Dinner
Lunch
Dinner
Lunch
Dinner
Dinner
Dinner
Lunch
Dinner
Closed
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Mon
N/A
Tues
Ingredients
7.0
6.5
8.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
8.0
8.5
Gravy
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
5.0
7.5
8.5
9.0
Wok Hei
7.0
9.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
7.0
8.5
9.5
Authenticity
8.0
8.5
9.0
5.0
6.0
8.0
8.5
9.5
Value
7.5
7.0
9.5
7.0
5.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Overall
7.8
7.5
8.5
6.3
5.3
8.0
8.3
9.0

Conclusion

An opeh leaf hor fun is not only about the opeh leaf, just like an otah is also not only about the banana leaf. The 3 distinct points of an opeh leaf hor fun are the wok hei, ingredients used and the gravy.

After eating from 7 stalls, the quest in searching for a better plate than one at Fei Lao Seafood still remains for 2 very good reasons. 1) No stall has managed to impart the wok hei to the hor fun as ferociously as Fei Lao Seafood. 2) Fei Lao Seafood tasty gravy is made of ‘genuine stuff’ from a good assortment of ingredients with no sign of any artificial flavouring, not even soya sauce or oyster sauce.

As it is, Fei Siong’s gravy comes the closest to take the throne off Fei Lao but the other areas namely, ingredients and wok hei at Fei Siong lack a bit of oomph. While Ah Wok comes close with the wok hei, it’s gravy and ingredients failed to hit the spot. Chu Yi Kitchen produced a plate that can give Fei Lao’s plate a run for it’s money but the use of eggs somehow discredit the gravy a little. Hong Kong Street Chun Kee and Fatty Weng are to be avoided if you are serious about eating good quality opeh leaf hor fun. Hong Sheng Restaurant and Top Seafood manage to stand tall with their authentic taste and not forgetting the good value they can provide.

From this challenge, it is clear that Fei Lao is still the place to go for a plate of opeh leaf hor fun and the next place as a good fix for me would have to be Top Seafood at Toa Payoh, in terms of flavour, value and authenticity. It is difficult to create my dream opeh leaf hor fun from all these stalls because some are really authentic in their own ways but if there is one thing that really can up the tempo in a Fei Lao’s plate, then I will suggest adding the prawns from Chu Yi Kitchen to it. I guess it can be really shiok and I wouldn’t even mind paying $20 for it.

No one plate of opeh leaf hor fun is sure to satisfy everyone. Though Fei Lao Seafood is where I grew up eating, coincidentally they are still the best for me. If you are living on the eastern part of Singapore and have not tasted a plate of opeh leaf hor fun from Fei Lao Seafood, then there is no question where you should head for your next meal.

Some Quick Facts

  • Only at Ah Wok Restaurant, Hong Kong Street Chun Kee, Fei Lao Seafood, Fatty Weng and Hong sheng Restaurant do you get a take away pack wrapped in a piece of opeh leaf.
  • At Fei Siong, Top Seafood and Chu Yi Kitchen, you get a small piece of opeh leaf at the bottom.
  • If you are an ingredients person, head to Fei Lao Seafood, Chu Yi Kitchen or Top Seafood for it.
  • If you are a gravy person, head to Fei Lao Seafood, Fei Siong Seafood or Hong sheng Restaurant for it.
  • If you are a wok hei person, head to Fei Lao Seafood, Chu Yi Kitchen or Ah Wok Restaurant for it.
  • Hong Sheng Restaurant and Fatty Weng are the only stalls that use ter tor(pig stomach) as ingredients.
  • Eggs are used in the gravy at Hong Kong Street Chun Kee and Chu Yi Kitchen.
  • Top Seafood and Fei Lao Seafood are the only stalls that used sea cucumbers.
  • If you like big prawns, head to Fei Lao Seafood or Chu Yi Kitchen for it.
  • Scallops are used as ingredients at Fei Siong Seafood and Top Seafood.
  • The cheapest plate can be eaten at Hong Sheng restaurant at $5.
  • The most expensive ones are found at Fei Lao Seafood, Chu Yi Kitchen, Fei Siong Seafood, Top Seafood and Fatty Weng at $10.
  • If you’re living on the Western end of Singapore, Fei Siong Restaurant at Bukit Timah is your nearest place to get a fix.
  • If you’re living on the Northern end of Singapore, Chu Yi Kitchen at Ang Mo Kio, Top Seafood or Hong sheng Restaurant at Toa Payoh is your nearest place to get a fix.
  • The Opeh Leaf Hor Fun Challenge Series

    Part 1: Fei Siong Seafood At Lorong Kilat
    Part 2: Ah Wok Restaurant At Ion Orchard
    Part 3: Chu Yi Kitchen At Ang Mo Kio
    Part 4: Hong Kong Street Chun Kee At Bukit Merah
    Part 5: Fatty Weng At Guillemard Road
    Part 6: Hong Sheng Restaurant At Toa Payoh
    Part 7: Top Seafood At Toa Payoh
    Part 8: Fei Lao Seafood At Bedok


    Readers' Comment(s) : 4
    Gary says:

    Interesting. Never seen nor eat this before. Will try at fei lao if i’m near to bedok.

    Posted December 3, 2009
    alamak says:

    There are many more horfun in Singapore that is better then those you’ve listed here . It looks like those you listed is not even in my list of top 10 . :) Try searching harder ok ?

    Posted March 2, 2010
    foodlovee says:

    I have eaten at Fei Lao before and have say it’s really very good.

    Posted March 3, 2010
    FoodFollower says:

    I did a takeaway at FeiLao yesterday night (2-May-2010). I ordered “horfun” and “yeemee” and they came in two plastic containers for takeaway? Hmmm, I told myself, ok, I will ask for the leaf the next time I order.

    The “horfun” tasted fresh and smooth but little trace of “wok hei”, ok, again I told myself, I will ask for it the next time I order.

    The “yeemee” is not going to be in my to order the next time. It is not my taste.

    As for the ingredients, they are fresh except for the prawns. It looked lovely but one bite of it, one can almost taste the “thaw” (frozen taste)!

    Ok final verdict, will I go back again? No.

    Posted May 3, 2010
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