Whenever you’re feeling a little broke, Orchard Road is just not a choice pick for dining options. Saturated with fancy restaurants and overpriced cafes, the town area is pretty harsh on the wallet. Thankfully, Far East Plaza exists.
This old shopping centre has many affordable eateries dishing out really good grub. One of our favourite food places at Far East Plaza is the famous New Station Snack Bar which is known for their salted egg pork ribs rice. But what many customers don’t know is that they do a seriously legit rendition of claypot rice.
When we arrived, the place was bursting through its seams with diners. Thankfully, the turnover was pretty fast and we got a table fairly quickly.
Their menu was really extensive, comprising mains and à la carte zi char dishes, from Yangzhou fried rice to sweet & sour pork.
But of course, we had to try their raved-about Salted Egg Pork Ribs With Rice (S$6.50).
Visually, it was a stunner — the salted egg sauce looked dangerously creamy and the meat batter was a gorgeous deep golden shade.
The Salted Egg Pork Ribs Rice is the real star. Crispy and well-done pork ribs drenched in tasty salted egg yolk sauce; we love that the sauce is rich and extremely flavourful with a hint of curry from the curry leaves.
But, nothing could have prepared us for their Claypot Rice — Chicken (S$6). The moment it arrived at our table, we were hit by a smoky charred aroma so strong it was almost tangible.
One bite and we were sold.
The rice was drenched in a deliciously ‘chao da’ flavour. It was as if Wok Hei had slapped us in the face, but in the most loving way possible. If you’re not into smoky flavours, this dish isn’t for you.
Coated in an intense dark sauce, the rice was not as sodium-heavy as expected. The pot was bestowed with decent amounts of tender chicken thigh cubes, chye sim, lap cheong and salted fish.
Not to mention, their rendition absolutely nailed the ‘guo ba’ game. Pro tip: Smear some leftover salted egg sauce onto the burnt rice for a dangerously addictive indulgence.
We got some greens to balance out the heaviness of the other two dishes. Their Kailan with Oyster Sauce (s$7/S$11) was pretty standard. The veggies were fresh and crunchy but verged on the side of greasy. Not really worth the price tag, in our opinion.
New Station Snack Bar is truly a hidden gem. Although the dining experience isn’t optimal, with cramped seats and a mildly chaotic atmosphere, we’d happily return for their solid chicken claypot rice.
14 Scotts Road, Far East Plaza, #05-95
Tel +65 6734 2862
Sun – Fri: 11.30am – 9pm
Saturday: 11.30am – 9.30pm
Nearest Station: Orchard