How Google let me down on the hunt for kway teow in Singapore

Published April 30, 2022, 12:05 PM

by Sandy Daza

My search for the local finds among the hawker places continues. I do love the fine dining restaurants. For sure, you’ll get a great meal but to me, it’s a game. Finding the inexpensive and yet great food, that is the real discovery. Of course, I go to Mr. Google, which I have learned is not always reliable. I also ask the locals, especially the Grab or taxi drivers. I find most of them very kind and helpful.


My first experience with Google pointed me to a fried kway teow place along Zion Road. It said, no. 18 Zion road. Not only did I get lost, there was no restaurant there. To make matters worse, it poured and I was so hungry. But I walked around in the rain and found Boon Tong Kee, a restaurant chain specializing in Hainanese chicken rice. Very good but my mind was not set on that. I had their platter of Hainan chicken rice with a side dish of fried tofu. I also ordered a chili stir-fried kangkong. Sarap ha!

Hotel breakfast of nasi goreng, sambal, and chicken rendang; Stir fry chili kangkong of boon tong kee


That night, I learned the kway teow I was looking for was at the Zion food plaza. The next day, off I went. I fell in line for 30 minutes with great expectation. The dish was freshly made and hot. This dish of flat noodles, sliced fish cake, mini oysters, bean sprouts, and egg should have a smoky aroma, with a bit of sweet and soy flavor. It was okay, but I’ll never go back. As soon as I took my first bite, I knew never to trust Google 100 percent. There goes Mr. Google’s credibility.


Here in Singapore, every place you go, you have to scan your info. Which means you have to have wifi. My Pokefi is busted so I kept on showing my vaccine card at the entrance. Kakahiya. All the guards were scratching their heads wondering what I was showing them. That also meant I could hardly use Grab to go to places. So with that, I just explored the surrounding areas. In the evening, I didn’t want to eat too much so, I’d take home 2 Mc Do Fish filet sandwiches, which I miss so much. This I did twice. Calling Mc Do Philippines!

My first experience with Google pointed me to a fried kway teow place along Zion Road. It said, no. 18 Zion road. Not only did I get lost, there was no restaurant there. To make matters worse, it poured and I was so hungry.


I’d also pass by sandwich places and take home tuna or chicken baguette, which were quite good too.
On the evening before flying home, I just went back to Paragon Plaza and did one last dig at Din Tai Fung. Since it was my last night, I decided to break my meat diet and go for the shao long bao. I’ve been trying to stay away from meat, but I had six pieces of that. The oriental wanton was the one I really loved. These steamed wantons with a lean ground pork filling were swimming in a soy vinegar and chili sauce, which was a bit sweet too. It was good. I loved the stir-fried dou mio in garlic. Very simply made but healthy and outstanding! Not sure if we have this vegetable in our local franchise DTF. Now, I’m excited to compare.

Char kway teow; Fillet-o-fish from Mcdo; and Oriental wonton of din tai fung


Every morning though, I just had breakfast at the hotel. They have set breakfast and I probably tried each one. And just before I got tired of it, it was time to leave.


I love Singapore. But next time, I’ll make sure my pokefi works. Hassle!


Happy eating!

 
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