Sunday, 24 June 2018

Hong Kong Style Kitchen @ Toa Payoh Lor 4 Market & Hawker Centre, Singapore 港式小炒

We enjoyed a nice and simple lunch at Hong Kong Style Kitchen 港式小炒 in Toa Payoh Lorong 4 market and hawker centre. It's a good go-to place for reasonably priced and tasty homely HK style dishes when no one wants to cook at home 😄

The signboard doesn't say Hong Kong Style Kitchen, only the Chinese 港式小炒 - look out for stall #01-44 and the red sign that reads "Fried Bitter Gourd Fish Head" 炒苦瓜鱼头.鱼片.

Hong Kong Style Kitchen 港式小炒 is a classic mom and pop hawker stall - Mr Tang 汤 does all the cooking singlehandedly and his wife handles all the front office work - take orders, delivers, collects payment and gives change. So, they are extremely busy during operation hours.

The couple hailed from Hong Kong. Mr Tang worked nearly two decades in Guangzhou and Hong Kong before the couple came to Singapore in 1993 to work in Prima Restaurant 百龄酒楼 near the Bank of China building at Battery Road. When that restaurant closed, Mr Tang went to work in a Teochew restaurant in Centrepoint. Mr Tang set up Hong Kong Style Kitchen in Toa Payoh in 2009.

Our first dish was chicken stir fried with fried pork skin, black fungus, mushrooms and fermented black beans. The gooey sauce was moderately savoury sweet and we were able to taste the various ingredients' natural flavours.

Fried pork with yam. The gooey sweet savoury sauce complemented the natural sweetness of the tender yam and pork. I especially enjoyed the soft mashy grainy yam texture.

Crunchy sweetish bitter gourd stir fried with lightly battered fish slices and dressed with fermented black bean paste sauce.

By this third dish, we got the idea - Hong Kong Style Kitchen's dishes come with sauces that have well balanced, moderately intense flavours that allow us to taste all the ingredients' natural flavours. I like dishes that work this way 😋

Old school Har Cheong Gai made with pieces of lightly battered chicken (not only wings).

The marinade had the distinctive savoury taste of fermented prawn paste and still allowed us to enjoy the natural sweetness of the fresh, tender juicy chicken pieces.

Cantonese style steamed grouper.

The fresh grouper fish was steamed, dressed with a blend of gently savoury soy sauce.

👉 From our sampling of humble, homely dishes at Hong Kong Style Kitchen 港式小炒, we enjoyed the comforting flavours and tastiness of every dish, especially the stir fried ones. Our total bill for 5 satisfied and satiated diners came to S$51 including rice.

Restaurant name: Hong Kong Style Kitchen 港式小炒

Address: Stall #01-44, Block 93, Toa Payoh, Lorong 4 Market & Food Centre (Palm Spring), Singapore
GPS1°20'18.2"N 103°50'59.9"E | 1.338390, 103.849968
Nearest MRT Station: Braddell
Tel: +65 9385 0417
Hours12:00 noon - 2:15pm | 5:00pm - 9:00pm (Monday off)

Non Halal

Date visited: 24 Jun 2018

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  1. total bill $51 ? how much does e grouper cost ?


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