I think that zhap cai png, also known as mixed vegetable rice or economy rice, is a staple for every Singaporean — all the different races have their own versions of mixed rice with vegetables.
It isn’t easy to find a zhap cai png stall that serves cheap and good food, and I’m thankful that I’ve found a hidden gem in the heart of Hougang.
For $2, I got a deep fried chicken wing, braised bean curd, and cabbage, on a bed of rice. It’s very rare to even see a $2 meal now. Even a plate of chicken rice or fishball noodles is usually sold at $3. Furthermore, if I were to get the exact same ingredients (2 vegetables and 1 chicken wing) at other stalls, I’m sure it’ll cost at least $3.50, or even more.
My standard to-go zhap cai png items would usually consist of stir-fried cabbage, a meat and either bean curd or egg. I’m glad to say that for the price of $2, this meal is a bang for the buck. The cabbage is not overly mushy and retains some form of crunch, and the bean curd is soft and appetising.
The chicken wings are fried in small batches, so diners will be getting crispy and piping hot wings most of the time. The wings are flavoured with a basic spice mix which you can taste even in the meat.
Goldhill Family Restaurant does see a long queue, which can stretch all the way to the carpark, during meal times. Many a time, the construction workers nearby would place a huge order, so be prepared to wait for a while.
Address: Blk 6 Hougang Ave 3, Singapore 530006
Phone: 6282 4232
Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturdays: 7.30am to 7pm Sundays: 7.30am to 2pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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