In Singapore? Stop right now and make some time in your schedule to visit Keong Saik Road. Not only it is one of Singapore’s best place for hipster and trendy bars and delicious restaurant, but it is also home to the famous Kok Sen Restaurant. It is actually on many local Singaporeans go to when they are hosting friends or tourists in town. I was literally one of those that have been brought there by an amazing Singaporean native.
About Kok Sen Restaurant
Kok Sen is very known for its Tze Char cuisine and considered as Singapore’s most popular Tze Char spot. As much as I am eager to go back and try other dishes when I visited Kok Sen Restaurant last for a feed, we definitely ordered the best and most popular options. As of my observation, Kok Sen is definitely a good after-work group dinner in Keong Saik Road as well!
What is Tze Char? Also known as Zi Char, it is a Hokkien term used in Singapore in order to describe a Chinese joint that provides a wide selection of common and affordable dishes of home-cooked meals. Most Tze Char stalls are usually found in hawker centres in Singapore.
What to order at Kok Sen Restaurant
Order the popular Big Prawn Hor Fun and Claypot Yong Tau Foo. If you eat halal food, just make sure to mention it to the people there as they actually have halal menu items and the great news is that it also has halal clay pot dishes for you to feast on. Perfect for you folks from the Middle East or if you only eat Halal food.
For some, the Claypot Yong Tau Foo is the best dish on the menu of Kok Sen. It was definitely mine, I absolutely adore it! The clay pot with its sauce is still bubbling as it arrives on your table! Its thick gravy is delicious and, on top of it all, comes with a thick bit of tofu that is extremely well crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Other items include fish paste sandwiched between brinjal, or like we call it, eggplant or aubergine. The Claypot Yong Tau Foo costs from SG$15 for the small portion.
Pro-tip: Come early as they often sell out early. Dress comfortably as it’s pretty much warm and only has fans. Doesn’t help that the place is quite crowded!
Big Prawn Hor Fun is another fan favourite for those who eat often at Kok Sen. I gotta say I was fearing that it would be spicy as I cannot eat spicy at all, but its spiciness wasn’t overpowering at all and actually perfect considering I can’t deal with spicy. I had soya milk on the side just to make sure I would handle the dish well and it was actually a perfect mix for me. Big Prawn Hor Fun is their signature dish with thick, eggy and mildly spicy gravy. Just make sure to tell them the level of spiciness you can handle. It is packed with umami and quality big prawns! Wish it was de-shelled as I don’t really have the local skills to remove the shell only with a spoon and chopsticks!
Kok Sen Restaurant is located at 30B Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089137, Tel: +65 6223 2005 – Open daily 12-2PM, 5-10.30PM.