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Tong Xing Roasted – Char Siew and Roast Pork Rice still only $2!
By Alfred October 25, 2009
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Tong Xing Roasted – Char Siew and Roast Pork Rice still only $2!
Fast Facts
Char Siew Rice (叉烧饭) Pork Belly (烧肉)
Chinese Cuisine
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Food Centre:
Old Airport Road Food Centre
Recommended For:
Dinner Lunch
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Is globalization a good or bad thing for the world? The impact of globalization means that the world has become smaller. So economically, socially, culturally and technologically and in many other ways, there are interactions between different countries. One of the good things, as everyone know is that companies can relocate to take advantage of the attractive markets in other low-wage economy countries(like china) for their production arm. But have you wondered, if production cost has gone down, why then are our food prices increasing?

Unfortunately, it’s not globalization but the speculation of commodities that has pushed food prices up. Globalization has a hand in it by tying the trade markets together and then the mother nature takes over. With more people betting on staple foods, it effectively(or artificially) drove up demands which put the supply in dire condition which then led to hoarding.

So just imagine that if all of Singapore’s wet markets are shut and we have a centralised one which everyone goes to, then if the prices are expensive, you still have to buy right? And when prices go up, it’s across the board. That’s what globalization has done.

The result of it is that, in Singapore, $2 foods are hard to come by nowadays. Fortunately there are some hawkers that do not take advantage of the cost hike and still subscribe to conservative views.

$2 Char Siew cum Roast Pork Rice

Tong Xing Roasted at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre is one of such stalls. I discovered the $2 meal sometime back and the quality of the roasted meat here is surprisingly quite outstanding. The funny thing is that whatever I ordered from this stall, it’s always $2. Even when I get a mixture of Char Siew and Roast Pork, it’s still $2.

The best part of this $2 deal is that everything is roasted in the stall every morning. I personally think that the Char Siew is one of the better ones around. The Char Siew strips are thin and very well roasted – with bits of charred around the sides and corners. The sauce which has a unique sweetness to it tasted very appetising to me everytime.

I have tried the Roasted Duck, Char Siew and Roasted Pork and all are good. This is one roasted meat stall that I would even buy from if it were to cost me $3 a meal.

Hard to find disappointment here, even the chilli sauce is good. For a stall which is a one woman operated, whom still bothers to roast it’s own meat and whom still doesn’t believe in pricing her food higher to offset the higher material cost today, I think this must be one of the most underrated stall in Old Airport Road Hawker Centre. I’m sure a “Everything $2” sign at the front of the stall would have people coming from everywhere forming queues in no time. So if you are around Old Airport Road area and need a meal, lend your support to this stall, for these kind of stalls are fast diminishing in the market and they definitely deserve more accolades than they are receiving.

$2 Char Siew cum Roast Pork Rice

Price: $2

Recommendation: $2 mix roast pork and char siew as the meat seems to double but price remains the same.

Conclusion: A very good Char Siew here which has a unique sweetness. Well roasted and definitely authentic. I’m just surprised this stall is not well known. For $2, I think there can’t be anything to be faulted. The sauce is just as good and my plate of rice wasn’t exactly very small in size too. This is what it takes to complete a fantasy $2 Char Siew Rice dream!

Likes: Char Siew is very well roasted and the sauce is very good. Only $2 for 2 meats!

Dislikes: A bit more fats on the Char Siew would be nice.

Address Overall Rating

Tong Xing Roasted
Blk 51 #01-158 Old Airport Road
Old Airport Road Food Centre
11am to 7pm
Off: Thursday

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Readers' Comment(s) : 5
Jessen says:

2 dollar for that is extremely cheap. And I think it looks nice and tasty too :p

Posted October 26, 2009
Jasmine Tan says:

S$2 is quite a steal. Usually such combo costs S$3.

Posted October 26, 2009
Foo says:

Is the sauce bitter kind? I like cantonese roast type of sauce which is slightly bitter sweet.

Posted October 26, 2009
Alfred says:

It is slightly bitter.

Posted October 26, 2009
Smurfsoh says:

I’ve been eating at this stall for the past 10 years. I must say this is the bestest $2 meal to be found in singapre.

Posted November 7, 2009
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