04 November, 2006

What's the Opposite of Beauty?

People often associate the opposite of beauty as ugly. However to those staying in the Western side of Singapore, the opposite of Beauty World is often associated with the word ‘delicious’. I reckon since I was mentioning about the stretch of Cheong Chin Nam Road, let me continue on my quest to introduce you the other delicacies found along this row of shophouses. Somehow along this road, there is another strong association between a famous local delicacy and the franchise serving it. Think famous chicken rice, and immediately the favourite Boon Tong Kee comes to mind. Although along the same stretch, it faces a formidable foe - Five-Star Chicken Rice. (Known for their lean kampong chicken, which somehow I think the lack of oil makes their chicken less fragrant, and lacked of punch.)

However with Boon Tong Kee, you are ensured that their rice is aromatic and their chicken juicy. Apparently, similar to the cooking methods of another famous stall, Tian Tian Chicken Rice, in Maxell Food Centre, the whole steamed chicken is dipped in cold water before serving to make the meat tender. Other dishes I tried that evening were the Deep-Fried Tofu served with Mayonnaise and Fried Spinach with Century and Salted Egg.

I have to say the tofu is getting pretty normal and uninteresting compared to the very first time I ate at their River Valley outlet, but the spinach was pretty good.

The serving was huge and the century and salted egg was generous. The whole garlic used also gives the dish an extra punch, resulting in the each ingredient working harmoniously with one another. However, like what people always say, every good things comes with a heavy price to pay.


Food: 4/5
Service: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Price: 2.5/5
Total: 12.5/20
18 Cheong Chin Nam Road
Singapore 599742

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