Was at Tiong Bahru Market with my gf last night for dinner. I haven't been there since the cramped and stuffy old premises were demolished to make way for this spanking new and airy two-storey building. When we got there at about 1830hrs, about a third of the stalls were closed and there was an abundance of seats around.
Not wanting to confine ourselves to any one dish, we ordered food from various stalls to sample. (The food stalls sell pretty similar food, so there wasn't much of a choice either) We had Roast Duck Rice, Fried Black Carrot Cake, Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun, BBQ Chicken Wings and for desserts, Ice Jelly and Dino Ice Kachang.
The Roast Duck Rice was disappointing really. It had looked good with its glistening skin, which looked really crispy. But the sad truth was, it wasn't. And at $3, not cheap, considering the meagre pieces of duck that was given.
The Black Carrot Cake was pretty normal but there was quite a bit of egg in it, which I personally like and at $2 for a huge plate, fairly reasonably priced.
This Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun was a little different. It had lettuce in it, which actually formed quite a decent combination with the Char Siew. The gravy was light and not too salty. Pity about the average Chee Cheong Fun though. It was a little too thick for my liking and not very smooth. $2.50 is a little on the high side although it is quite a size.
BBQ Chicken Wings are a nice addition to any dinner and I found these ones better then your average wings. I liked it because the skin was a little dry and crispy, unlike the usual moist ones. Standard price of $1/wing applies.
The Ice Jelly was average and so was the Dino Ice Kachang, which was just Ice Kachang with a sprinkling of Milo and crushed peanuts. Tasted just like Iced Milo with red beans and the usual Ice Kachang stuff. A rip off, if you ask me @$2 a bowl. The Ice Jelly was $1.50, which is pretty standard.
Total bill for the night came to a grand total of $13/- for 2 pax. Ahh, the good old hawkers. No exorbitant prices last time I checked. Will try the Lor Mee the next time I'm in the area.
Carrot cake - Five Star Home Made Carrot Cake
Roast Duck Rice - Original Tiong Bahru Golden Pig and Roast
Char Siew Chee Cheong Fun - Teng Yu Chee Cheong Fun Porridge
Desserts - Liang Liang Garden
BBQ Chicken Wings - Can't remember the name, but its the stall next to the Chee Cheong Fun stall.