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.
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.
Today’s post is about our lunch at Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre. It is a lunch of Michelin Hokkien mee from Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee and noodles from Min Nan Pork Rib Prawn Noodles 闽南抢摊排骨虾面. We completed our lunch with some sweet desserts from Tian Tian Yuan Dessert House. Hong Heng is probably the most famous of these three stalls at Tiong Bahru Market as it received recognition as a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant in the 2017 Singapore Michelin Guide. These are restaurants which are regarded as serving “quality cuisine at affordable prices in approachable and friendly establishments“.