Cheng’s @ 27 coffeeshop in Tiong Bahru looks very different from the typical zhi char coffeeshop in Singapore. It is bright and very clean. According to a Straits Times article :25 years and counting: Hainanese coffeeshop Cheng’s 27, the Cheng family regularly receives generous offers to buy over the well positioned corner coffeeshop, but they are not selling. The business has operated in this location since 1989. Previously known as Cheng’s Delicacies, a new generation of Chengs had taken over this business and renamed it Cheng’s 27.
Beach Road Prawn Mee is not at Beach Road but at East Coast Road. Albert Street Prawn Noodles is not at Albert Street but Old Airport Road. Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee at Jalan Ayer is quite some distance from Jalan Sultan. It is thus not surprising to find that Great World Prawn Noodle is nowhere near Great World City. Great World Prawn Noodle is located in Suntec City Food Republic Food Court.
Spend less, live better – that seems to be the prevailing counterculture in the face of mindless consumerism. Ah Chiang’s Porridge in Tiong Bahru, with cheap and good food, should please those into the frugal and green lifestyle. It is located in a conservation low rise estate and is naturally ventilated. It does not have unnecessary decorations, napkins, tablecloths, expensive tableware or any staff to change your plates after every course. If only it also lay claims to using organic ingredients and sustainable food, Ah Chiang’s Porridge will be a darling of the clean and green living set. Well, the shop does say it has “GMO Free” bean curd.