Lavender is a subzone of Kallang with historic street names such as King George’s Avenue, Horne Road and Jellicoe Road. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) Building, Jalan Besar Stadium and the headquarters of People’s Association are located in the area served by the 劳明达 Lavender MRT Station (EW11). Besides trendy cafes (see TOP Cafes in Lavender), Lavender also offers many cheap and good food options. 1 Michelin Star Hill Street Tai Wah Pork Noodles in Crawford Lane is well known but there are many other hawker stalls with good food in Lavender. The Sliced Fish Bee Hoon, Mee Hoon Kueh and Teochew Kway Teow Mee stalls in Ta Sun Eating House are examples of places for cheap and good noodle dishes.
Ta Sun Eating House
This food centre in Kitchener Complex is often referred to as “Tai San” although the sign says “Ta Sun Eating House. It is located on the ground level of Kitchener Complex, just next to NTUC FairPrice Supermarket.
Sliced Fish Soup
The Sliced Fish Bee Hoon stall does not seem to have a name. The signboard just shows you pictures of what they sell. It is usually the stall with the largest queue.
Essentially the stall offers fish soup. You can choose plain sliced fish or fried fish and have the fish soup with noodles, rice or porridge. It seems that they have recently raised their prices. A basic bowl of fish bee hoon soup is $4.
We had the Mixed Sliced Fish with Mee Sua ($5.50). It was one of the better versions of fish soup noodles that we had tried. The portion was quite generous. The fish had a firm but tender texture and tasted fresh. The dipping sauce provided made the fish more enjoyable.
The soup was tasty with a nice blend of sweetness and saltiness and a hint of Chinese cooking wine. The toppings of fried egg made the dish even more interesting. It was a delightful bowl of fish soup with mee sua.
Mee Hoon Kueh
The Mee Hoon Kueh stall also does not seem to have a name. The signboard says “Mee Hoon Kueh.Claypot Rice” shows pictures of what they sell.
The stall offers a selection of different kind of noodles – such as ban mian, macaroni and U-mian. A bowl of noodles with standard ingredients costs $3.50.
We had a standard bowl of Mee Hoon Kueh Soup ($3.50). The ingredients included minced meat balls, ikan bilis, vegetables and egg. The light broth was well-seasoned and tasty. The mee hoon hueh was soft and just a little chewy. The bowl of comfort food had lots of different textures and flavours. We would happily eat this again if we were looking for cheap and good food in Lavender.
Teochew Kway Teow Mee
There is another stall selling Teochew Kway Teow Mee with Fuzhou fish balls and meat balls.
We had Bak Chor Mee ($4) with mee kia (thin noodles). It had the usual ingredients of pork slices and fish cakes plus Fuzhou fishballs, which were nice bouncy fishballs with minced pork inside.
The noodles were nicely cooked and retained a good bite. The sauce had a sweet and sour tang. It is not as good as the Hill Street Tai Hwa Teochew Bak Chor Mee but it is not bad at all. We thought it was quite tasty and we liked the Fuzhou fishballs.
If you are looking for cheap & good food in Lavender, there are more options than you might think. The noodles stalls in Ta Sun Eating House are a few examples of eating places in Lavender where you can have a tasty meal for less than the price of a cup of latte in some cafes.
808 French Road
#01-03 Kitchener Complex
Nearby MRT Station: Lavender
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