Coffeeshop Talk: "Long-awaited" Yi He Eating House, Veerasamy Road
SINGAPORE: This might be the most queued coffee shop around the area. Located just off Jalan Besar Road, it houses some very good hawker stalls, with each of them leaving you to crave for more. If you want to try them, you will need strong determination and enormous patience because you can expect to wait for at least 30 mins each during lunchtime!!
You have to plan your attack and stick with it. This is what I have done...Arrived at 11 am, find a table. Beeline to Jin Xi Lai (Mui Siong) Minced Meat Noodle, place the order for a large bowl and get a buzzer. Head straight to Johor Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge and do the same. Next, go to Victor Famous Chicken Wing Rice and join the queue, it is self-service. The end result is you will get chicken rice for the starter, noodles for the main and porridge to finish off the meal. STUFFED!
1) Victor Famous Fried Chicken Wing Rice
Anyone who is born in the 70s or 80s will surely find this familiar. Back then, it is called the Carona Fried Chicken. Although the household name no longer exists, its 30-plus years' recipe survived. I do think they are the genius who made the combination of fried chicken wings and chicken rice popular. At least this is how I remembered.
This is one of those sinful dishes that there is nothing not to like. Who doesn't like fried chicken wings and who doesn't like chicken rice? Pair it with the tangy chilli sauce, like those you get in a traditional chicken stall, just made this meal additive. Below is a plate of fried chicken wing rice, plus two extra wings. Soup is free-flow, I just grab a bowl myself.
2) Jin Xi Lai (Mui Siong) Minced Meat Noodle
First of all, the queue is really a turn-off. At first sight, I thought the stall is not busy. But, the moment I want to order, the auntie quickly told me that it will be a 45 mins wait. WOW!! I have to decide quickly as every bowl ahead of me will be few more minutes to wait. I bite the bullet, ordered a large and was handed a buzzer.
I have no regards at all. The noodle is cooked just right, but the star of the show is the porky livery broth. It simply blown my mind. I don't know how they prepared the liver that turned out to be soft and tender, yet there is a crunch when I bite into it. I finished the soup till the last drop.
3) Johor Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge
To many people, rice porridge might be the food you eat when you are sick. However, fans of Johor Road Boon Kee Pork Porridge will not agree to that. This is a bowl of rice porridge with everything, including 2 types of egg. You can tell they have been doing this for a long time by looking at the deformed pot they used to whip this bowl of hot gooey goodness.
Step up to the stall, tell the lady what you want. You will be given a number and let the wait begin. If you follow my attack plan, you should get this right after finishing your chicken wing rice and minced pork noodles. This will be the cherry on the cake. Now you are ready for bed, right after a satisfying lunch.
Address: 638 Veerasamy Rd, #01-101 Yi He Eating House, Singapore 200638