Plum Village (梅村酒家) Oldest Hakka Restaurant in Singapore

Plum Village (梅村酒家) is said to be the oldest Hakka restaurant in Singapore. Located at Jalan Leban, off Upper Thomson Road, it is also one of the few traditional Hakka restaurants we know of in Singapore.

Plum Village (梅村酒家) -Oldest Hakka Restaurant in Singapore

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Plum Village (梅村酒家) -Oldest Hakka Restaurant in Singapore

Plum Village Hakka Restaurant is one of several food outlets at the cluster of retail shops near the Sembawang Food Centre e.g. Bee Heong Palace Restaurant, Springleaf Taiwan Porridge and Thus Cafe (a very popular hip cafe in this area). The are also some nostalgic elements about this place. An old taxi stand still remains (but not operational) which used to host the Sembawang Hill Taxi Services which was listed with a 5-digit telephone number.

The Plum Village restaurant is a small one. The decor is simple and it looks like it has remained the same for decades. I understand that it can get crowded at meal times, especially weekends. It is advisable to call in advance to make a reservation.

Plum Village (梅村酒家) -Oldest Hakka Restaurant in Singapore

Plum Village Hakka Restaurant Menu

This is a picture of the Plum Village Hakka Restaurant Menu. They probably have an English version but pride prevented us from asking for it. We could just about make up several of the dishes.

Plum Village Restaurant Menu

Like the rest of the restaurant, the decor and table setting at Plum Village harks back to the 80s or even the 70s. We ordered the 算盘 suan pan zhi ($9 abacus seeds), 梅菜扣肉 Hakka mei cai kou rou ($13.80 braised pork belly with preserved vegetables) and 客家酿豆腐 (三宝) three types of yong tau fu ($8.40 for two persons).

Plum Village (梅村酒家) -Oldest Hakka Restaurant in Singapore

Plum Village Hakka Yong Tau Fu

Hakka yong tau fu is probably the most familiar Hakka dish for us. It was recommended to us that we try the selection of three types of yong tau fu – referred as the 三宝 serving of yong tau fu. This cost $4.20 for each set of three pieces. The three pieces were bitter gourd, tofu and tau pok, all stuffed with fish paste and served in a soup. What impressed us about this dish was the simplicity. The pieces of yong tau fu were uncomplicated with the fish paste providing ost of the taste. The clear soup felt like the type of soup we would make at home if we were able to cook.

Plum Village Hakka Restaurant in Singapore Yong tau fu

The braised pork belly in contrast, was a rich meaty dish. The pork was well cooked till extremely soft and dark sauce was very good. What made it stand out from other types of braised pork was the preserved vegetables which had a sweetish taste to balance out the oiliness of the meat. This is a dish that has to be eaten with steamed rice ($1 each).

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