Singapore Sentosa’s Malaysian Food Street

Who hasn’t lamented and flipped tables at the atrocity tourist attractions try to pass off as food at extortionist prices?

Well, I certainly have been burned, which is why I usually bring home-cooked meals on zoo visits. So it took a lot of convincing on the behalf of dear friend Jenn to meet and have dinner at Sentosa’s Malaysian Food Street. Seriously, babe? What were you thinking?

But as it turns out, Malaysian Food Street has some awesome shit that is a tad pricier than at heartland hawker centres on the mainland.

Jenn went for the Klang Bak Kut Teh, which is comforting soup of pork ribs stewed with soy sauce, spices and Chinese herbs – think of it as the Asian chicken soup. Usually served with a bowl of rice, these tender pork ribs has been a late night supper staple for many of my teenage clubbing years.

The SO had to mind Bubby, so I ordered the Penang Lim Brothers’ Char Kway Teow and Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice.

Sentosa's Malaysian Food Street

Penang Lim Brothers’ Char Kway Teow

Penang Lim brothers’ Char Kway Teow is apparently quite famous in Penang and quite different from the Singapore version, which uses thick dark soya sauce. Penang char kway teow is saltier and lighter in colour. The Lim Brothers use fresh quality ingredients – prawn, lap cheong (Chinese sausage), beansprouts, pork lard and egg – in the stir-fried noodles. The queue to collect one’s order is testament to the popularity of this dish.

Sentosa's Malaysian Food Street

Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice

Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice might be a smaller personal version to the family style claypot rice you can get in Chinatown, but Heun Kee uses chicken broth to infuse the rice with a full-bodied flavour. Dizzled with fragrant sesame oil, shallot oil, Chinese wine (Hua Diao Jiu), ginger sauce, and dark soya sauce over the lap cheong and chicken (salted fish additional), the piping hot rice becomes elevated to a rich hearty meal fit for kings.

With food like this, who would want corndogs and fairy floss?