I tried the rojak from this stall many years ago when my then-colleagues and I came by for 梁照记 duck rice (just next door to this) on a few occasions and there would definitely be long queues at both stalls during peak lunch time. Though I was here around mid-afternoon, the queue at this stall never seemed to end. It’s just like my favourite Soon Heng Rojak @ Toa Payoh – brisk business all day!
Went for the minimum price of $4 which I felt was quite expensive for a rojak at a hawker centre setting. Could also add century egg at additional cost. Price had gone up but portion seemed to have shrunk as well. This plate was probably sufficient for just one person. I liked the sauce that was nicely balanced – neither too sweet nor too fishy – with no strong, overpowering taste of prawn paste. I was delighted to find jellyfish that gave a good crunch but was disappointed with the you tiao that was soft and soggy.
Overall, I thought this was a good rojak but not outstanding. Taste wise, the standard had definitely deteriorated since the first time I had it. Perhaps the stallholder was rushing to meet with the demand hence compromising on the quality execution of essential elements like the you tiao & tau pok which I’m sure are the favourite for many. I wouldn’t mind having it again as I did like the rojak sauce but I would probably not join a long queue for it.
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
90 Whampoa Drive
#01-06, Whampoa Makan Place
10.30am to 9.30pm (Wed-Mon)
Closed on Tuesdays