If you’ve ever had a craving for some good and yummy hawker food that is under S$3, you’ll probably find a couple of hidden gems tucked away at the Hainanese Village Centre, which includes the mother-son duo kway chap specialists who run Lai Xing Cooked Food.
Lai Xing Cooked Food at Hainanese Village Food Centre is known for their super affordable Kway Chap set which is only S$2.50. They open from 6.30am to 1.30pm from Tuesdays to Sundays, but sometimes they can close earlier if they are sold out for the day. To avoid disappointment, please go before 12pm. And do note that they will occasionally close on Tuesdays (depending on the owners’ mood).
Lai Xing Cooked Food’s Mixed Kway Chap Set (S$2.50) comes with a generous serving of pig innards, egg, tau pok and fish cakes.
The rice noodles itself were served soaked in a light herbal soup with fried shallots as garnish. Though it might seem as if this might create a lack in flavour for the kway, we thought that it actually further enhanced the dish, giving us an opportunity to fully taste the pairing of the thin and delicate noodles together with its side dishes.
With everything braised together in one pot, all of the ingredients were able to retain the flavour of the sauce; which wasn’t too salty and tasted just right. One thing that we were impressed with was the handling and cooking of their innards.
Despite some kway chap stores missing the mark with their key dish, the folks at Lai Xing Cooked Food served up a good rendition of innards which had a manageable chewy texture that was free from any hint of foul odour. Their accompanying chili sauce also made for a good complementary taste to the innards!
While there are many popular kway chap stalls in Singapore, Lai Xing Cooked Food has our vote not just for its affordable price, but also their commitment to consistently producing quality food.
Lai Xing Cooked Food
105 Hougang Ave 1
Tuesdays to Sundays: 6.30am – 1.30pm
Nearest station: Kovan