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Wong Hing Kitchenette – Cantonese food at hawker price!
By Alfred August 31, 2009
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Wong Hing Kitchenette – Cantonese food at hawker price!
Fast Facts
Food:
Black Bean Beef Crispy Noodle
Type:
Chinese Cuisine
Setting:
Hawker Centre
Price Range:
S$1 - S$5
Rating Range:
7 to 7.9
Location:
Changi (樟宜)
Food Centre:
Changi Village Hawker Centre
Recommended For:
Dinner Lunch
Reviewed by:
Alfred

For those who have been to Changi Village Hawker Centre, I’m sure you have joined the queue for the Nasi Lemak there at the corner stall. Changi Village Hawker Centre has probably turned into a holy grail of Nasi Lemak such that if we are to go so far east of Singapore and not having a plate of Nasi Lemak, it’s as silly as going all the way to Jalan Kayu and not eating a Roti Prata.

Nasi Lemak at International Food Stall(that corner stall) at Changi Village Hawker Centre is truly great. It’s greatness can be identified in a number of ways such as popularities, queues and sales statistics. In these 3 compartments, they are the unbeatable CHAMPION of all time as far the game of Nasi Lemak is concerned. And all these things shed light on one thing – that magical quality which is authenticity. You cannot get a queue longer than that unless of course you’re selling hello kitty.

If however you’re not a fan of Nasi Lemak and have never joined the queue at any Nasi Lemak stalls and cannot find any reasons to travel to Changi Village before, then what you’re going to read after this line may just make you head your way there for your next meal.

At a quick glance, Wong Hing Kitchenette may seems like any other ordinary hawker stall selling hawker food such as fried hokkien mee or char kway teow. At second look, especially into the details on the signboard, they’re selling cze char food in broad daylight which looks seemingly out of place in a hawker centre.

If you’re visiting Changi Village Hawker Centre for the first time, it’s easy to ‘discriminate’ this stall because as far Singaporean’s are concerned, nobody purposely goes all the way to Changi Village Hawker Centre to eat cze char food.

But after witnessing queues forming at this stall on several occasions and especially when walking pass there, it’s always the scene of the cook doing the ‘wok toss’ ferociously, I have no choice but to feed my curiosity.

If you are at Changi Village Hawker Centre and it is meal time, proceed to the last row of the centre and count how many people are having a plate of this thing called Fried Mee with Bitter Gourd & Pork Ribs on their table. I counted and it was 8, not forgetting numerous plates of other things like Black Bean Sauce Beef Hor Fun and some other things they’re selling.

Authenticity quickly springs to mind and I proceed to order what I would normally order at a new cantonese eatery. The Black Bean Sauce Beef Hor Fun is one of the most popular dishes in cantonese cuisine so if a cantonese chef wants to excel, he must learn to do this well(at least that’s what I think). Though this time I asked to exchange the hor fun to crispy noodles because I don’t have the habit of eating hor fun in broad daylight.

Wong Hin Kitchenette is no doubt serving cantonese food and we all know that cantonese food in hawker centre is as rare as finding turtle soup anywhere. But they are not only selling cantonese food, they are getting the queues too. So by the look of it, I was half guessing my $3.80 for a plate of Black Bean Sauce Beef Crispy Noodle is a sure win bet.


Wong Hing Kitchenette Black Bean Beef
Crispy Noodle


Wong Hing Kitchenette Black Bean Beef Crispy Noodle

The crispy noodles are nothing much to rave since it came out from the bulk pack and it didn’t need any cooking but the sliced beef and bitter gourd with the black bean sauce that’s poured on it is something that you can never find in Singapore for $3.80. I am very sure.

There is that familiar wok hei cantonese flavour in the sauce that would cost you nothing lesser than $10 if you were to go to places like Crystal Jade. Indeed the flavour is ‘restaurant standard’ and it’s only because the cook had came from Hong Kong and worked as a chef in restaurants back home.

This plate of Black Bean Beef Crispy Noodle, like any other plate of good cantonese cze char, smacks of a good balance. Yes it is indeed authentic and the chef even imported the black beans from China.

And what I ate was not even what Wong Hin Kitchenette is popular for. Everyone was ordering the Crispy Noodles with Bitter Gourd & Pork Ribs and I’m suspecting that, their Crispy Noodles with Bitter Gourd & Pork Ribs could just be the real ‘cantonese’ gem of the east which I’m going to find out in my next visit.

Price: $3.80

Recommendation: Black bean sauce beef/pork rib hor fun/crispy noodles.

Conclusion: For $3.80, this will probably be the cheapest and most authentic cantonese food you can find in Singapore. Why I’m saying this is because I’ve been searching everywhere for good value cantonese food but most turned out disappointment in value or authenticity. This is really the kind of food and flavour that you can get easily from any street in Hong Kong but yet has eluded Singapore’s hawker centres and kopitiams. This stall will be proof that good cantonese flavour doesn’t necessarily mean high end restaurant in Singapore.

Likes: Terrific cantonese cze char flavour.

Dislikes: Would be better if more and good quality cooking wine are used but then again for $3.80, can’t really ask for much right?

Address Overall Rating


Wong Hing Kitchenette
Block 2 #01-14
Changi Village Road
Changi Village Market & Food Centre
Lunch:11am to 3pm
Dinner: 5 to 9pm
Off: Thursdays


Food:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 

Value:
9/10 ★★★★★★★★★☆ 

Service:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Ambience:
6.5/10 ★★★★★★½☆☆☆ 

Cleanliness:
7/10 ★★★★★★★☆☆☆ 

Overall:
7.5/10 ★★★★★★★½☆☆ 


Readers' Comment(s) : 5
Nic says:

So far, my cost to changi won’t be $3.80 already lor.

Posted September 1, 2009
Andrew says:

Was $3.50 a while back. Tried the ribs chrispy noodle. The ribs is very good. Tender and nice. The bones are chewable type so can swallow. But the food a lot of msg.

Posted September 1, 2009
BLurfish says:

Tried the Fried Mee with bitter gourd and pork ribs, not bad but not salty enough, dunno is it he forogt to put salt.

Posted September 1, 2009
Susan says:

I saw this stall at Changi Hawker center many times but never try. Next time will try.

Posted September 1, 2009
Alfred says:

Any use of bicarbonate soda?

Posted September 1, 2009
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