Famed for their handmade dry mee hoon kueh, Greenview Cafe at Far East Plaza serves a variety of Asian rice and noodle dishes at affordable prices. Handmade noodles or ban mian is one of our favourite local dishes as it is an economical and a straightforward dish. The soup version is hard to mess up, however, the dry version is usually a hit or miss.
We’ve heard many of our friends telling us “You must try the Dry Mee Hoon Kueh at Far East Plaza!!! It’s damn shiok!”, so we had to feed our curiosity and try it out to see what the rave is all about.
We started with a spicy and zesty bowl of Seafood Tom Yum Soup (S$6). Woah, the spice kicked us hard at the back of our throats, but it also quickly dissipated. The tangy soup had a strong lemongrass profile and was so robust that it sent us straight to the streets of Bangkok.
They were very generous with the fish cake and used fresh seafood ingredients. This would pair nicely with a bowl of white rice.
Once served, we all exclaimed: “Woah, looks super good!”. The irregular-shaped Dry Mee Hoon Kueh (S$5) was coated in a dark brown sauce, and was loaded with spinach and some minced pork.
Now, what makes a good bowl of dry mee hoon kueh is definitely the noodle’s texture and the sauce that goes along with it. Their mee hoon kueh was extremely chewy and QQ, reminiscent of yam abacus seeds. It was a delight to chew on and we give it a 10/10 for its texture. The sauce was nothing much to shout about – slightly sweet and savoury, with a kick of spice and prominent lard fragrance.
The dish was missing the usual egg, fried ikan bilis and shallots which would have definitely elevated the dish. However, we would still order this again because the kueh is so addictively chewy, which justifies its price point. It is not the cheapest option out there, but it stands out from the crowd. You’ll have to try it to believe it.
Fried rice with wok hei will forever have a place in our hearts, and this Seafood Fried Rice (S$6) takes up 50% of the space within. It tasted homely, deliciously savoury and a little similar to an Indonesian nasi goreng, except without the spice and with less oil. The wok hei fragrance hits you with every bite and had us reaching out for more even though we were stuffed.
We believe that overnight rice was used and we all know that that’s the secret to all the good fried rice dishes out there. This plate of fried rice will certainly satisfy a carb-slave.
For those on the hunt for a pocket-friendly and fuss-free option in Orchard, Greenview Cafe is one that we highly recommend. All three dishes took us by surprise and exceeded our expectations. They have a variety of items on their menu from Fried Mee Tai Mak to Fishball Noodles and daily specials, so there’s something for everyone.
14 Scotts Rd
#04-96, Far East Plaza
Tel: +65 6734 2312
Mon to Sat: 10am – 8pm
Nearest Station: Orchard