There was a period of time before my surgery when I kept going to Yishun because I had to go Khoo Teck Puat Hospital for medical appointments. And one of those days, the husband and I went scouting around for a place to eat and we found this eating house located near the Yishun MRT Station that served up Xinghua or Putian cuisine.
My first and only experience with Xinghua cuisine was when K brought me to Putien Restaurant (read my 2013 review here) many years ago that I realised there was actually a white version of Lor Mee which was pretty tasty. Well, in fact most of the dishes we had there were really good so for those who haven’t eaten at Putien Restaurant before, go check it out. 🙂
Here’s a look at the menu at Heng Hua:
They also have set meals for 2 to 10 persons but you will need to call them to make reservation beforehand.
The Stir Fried Sliced Yam (S$10 for S portion) is one classic dish of Xinghua cuisine. Bite-sized yam pieces that were fried to a golden crisp exterior and then coated in this savoury-sweet caramel-like sauce. The inside of the yam was soft, fluffy and almost melting in the mouth. Simply moreish and very delicious.
We ordered the Village Style Fried Kway (S$5 for S portion) because it sounded quite interesting. It was like a dry version of mee hoon kueh (hand-torn noodles/面粉粿) done in a fried bee hoon style. It had such a sumptuous spread of toppings & ingredients that I couldn’t even notice the kway. Crunchy peanuts & vegetables, clams, chinese mushrooms, fried tofu puff, fatty pork, seaweed, etc. The kway was quite nicely cooked so it wasn’t tough or soft and had a QQ bite/chew to it. I loved how sweet the clams were and that the other ingredients lent great textures to the dish too. Overall, it was a homely and tasty dish that I wouldn’t mind having again but I would suggest that this dish be shared with others so it wouldn’t get too sickly as the kway can be a little doughy and monotonous in flavour.
And this was the white lor mee I was talking about earlier. Their Heng Hua Style Lor Mee (S$4.50 for S portion) came in a huge portion. I don’t think I can finish this on my own if I’m here alone!
I loved the QQ texture of the noodles that was like the typical Chinese la mian. The broth was flavoursome without being overly starchy. The ingredients in this were the same as the fried kway. I must say the clams they used were really sweet and somewhat flavoured the soup further. Very hot and comforting dish indeed.
Great Xinghua food at heartland tze-char prices. We will definitely be back to try the other dishes.
Heng Hua Restaurant (兴化美食)
Blk 748 Yishun Street 72
Tel: +65 6757 1762
Opening hours: 11.00am to 11.00pm daily