Tong Ah Eating House
I tend to shun crowded places and Chinatown is one of those spots which may have become rather commercialised for my taste. Despite my reservation, I am nevertheless perked up by the energy of this place when I arrive. It is true that there are locals who will still flock to the Chinatown Wet Market to do their weekly grocery shopping, and have their breakfast or brunch at the Food Centre located above the market despite the distance. Subconsciously, there is a lingering tinge of familiarity that I am akin despite the reconstruction of the walkways, roads and façade over the years. The cze char stall (in local Chinese slang, it means cooked fried which is a snug way to describe how the food is prepared!), Kok Sen, located at the adjacent Keong Saik Road may have garnered a cult following after being bestowed with a Michelin mention. For a less crowded experience, try Tong Ah Eating House across the road. It serves pretty decent cze char fare for that local experience. The wide selection may seem daunting at first so do not be afraid to ask for recommendations or look around you for hints. Do remember that cze char is best served with a few dishes (typically meat, seafood, veges and a soup dish) shared amongst a group with a bowl of rice or noodle each. You can also find Nasi Padang (local Malay rice and meat dish), Indian food and cafes along this stretch. The sight, sound and smell, including Chinese and Hindu temples and myriad of oriental merchandise and food options, can keep you occupied for a full day. #lunch #dinner #food #local #golocal #chinatown #culture #foodietour
Posted by Catherine Cheok
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