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Mar 25, 2008 11:49 AM

Oyster Pancake (Oh jian) in Singapore recs?

It's my first time being back in Singapore after 12 years, and looking for a great place for Oh Jian. I just can't find any good versions in the bay area, even Nyonya in NYC doesn't make it as good as I remember in Singapore.

Also, is Boon Tong Kee still the place to go for Hainan Chicken Rice?


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  1. Boon Tong Kee is still dependable, although many folks also like Tian Tian (Maxwell Food Centre), Wee Nam Kee (opposite Novena church) and Nam Kee (Upper Thomson Road).

    When you mention "Oh Jian", are you referring to what we refer to in Singapore as "Oh Luak" (oyster omelette)? You can find quite a good version at Newton Hawker Centre.

    1. The best "oh jian" (Oyster Omelette) , in my opionion, is in a restaurant called Beng Thin Hong Kee Hokkien Restaurant at OCBC Centre #05-02. This place also cooked very good Hokkien Mie (fried noodle Fujian style) and Ngo Hiong, both tradtiional dishes from Southern Fujian province, where most of the ancestors of Singaporean Chinese are from.

      If you want to try the "oh jian" on hawker centers, the legendary name is Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette at Blk 22 Toa Payoh 7 #01-25. It is not very convenient for tourists to go there. Quite frankly, I don't go there myself too. The one recommended by klyeoh at Newton is pretty good too, but I can't remember the stall name and number, and there are 2-3 "oh jian" stalls there so you may get confused too.

      As to chicken rice, my personal favorite is in the coffee shop Chatterbox in Meritus Mandarin Hotel. It is much more expensive than those hawker stalls but i think the taste and the comfort make up for it. I actually don't really like the chicken rice at Boon Tong Kee. The three on klyeoh's list are also very well known, and if I may just add another one is Sin Kee at Margaret Drive in Queenstown.

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      1. re: FourSeasons

        Thanks guys. That's great to know. I'm excited about my trip this time and would love to try many different things, old and new.

        Newton is probably a good idea also for my Oh Jian craving. Also I remember there's a good "Chai Tow Kue" stall there, I wonder if it's still there. I think it's the white version rather than the dark version. If it's still there, any of you know what's the stall name and number?

        I'd also probably be visiting Lavender Food Center for sentimental reasons, any recommendations on what's good there?

        Thanks So much!

        1. re: Problem Child

          Re "Chai Tow Kue"- they called it "Carrot Cake" in English. Newton happened to have my personal favorite carrot cake stall in Singapore, stall no 28 Heng. It is operated by a couple for many years at Newton, and I rate it the best carrot cake stall in Singapore. This dish itself is worth the trip to Newton. Please beware that they only opened in the evening.

          For whatever reasons, Newton has many seafood stalls, most likely due to the high rentals and tourists trap, but I will also recommend you to try steamed cockles (with side serving of local balachan chilli sauce) and grilled sambal stingray. Both are favorites of locals. (both are slighly spicy)

          I will recommend the legendary Kok Kee Wan ton noodle stall in Lavender Food Center. Always a long queue that you have to wait for like 10 minutes before you can place your order. (it is self-serving) This is also my personal favorite wanton noodle stall. Other notable ones in Lavender include the Bugis Street Beef Kway Teow stall and Albert Street Hokkien Prawn Mee stall.

          1. re: FourSeasons

            fourseasons, are u a famous blogger..??didnt know u live in sg too

            1. re: Lucil

              Mistaken identity. I don't even have a blog.

              1. re: FourSeasons

                hmm... not many people know abt what to eat in tokyo so yea... be sure to try the maguro-zuke nigiri at sushi mizutani if it is available

                1. re: Lucil

                  Have you been to Sushi Mizutani? How do you rate it?

                  1. re: FourSeasons

                    i have not been there yet, wanted to ask. when u made a booking, wad kind of details they need?? do they need a deposit?

                    1. re: Lucil

                      No deposit is needed. Just need your name and contact number. Best if you go thru hotel concierge.