It’s mid week and perhaps time for a more extravagant lunch. Tucked away on the quiet Casaurina road is Ban Leong Wah Hoe Seafood which is quite popular amongst resident staying in the North.
A restaurant housed in a single storey coffee shop, the entire restaurant is non air-conditioned with a couple of tables along the corridor for al fresco seating. The setting is typical of a Chinese stir fry restaurant known as zi char with it’s signature red plastic chairs and round tables.
Some of their signatures include crabs and seafood dishes which has won some notable awards.
One of the more popular dishes is this fried shrimp paste chicken wing which was totally delicious. The skin was crispy to the bite with a loud crunch sound and the meat was well flavoured with a strong hint of shrimp paste saltiness. Despite the crispiness, the meat was juicy and tender.
The stir fry dou miao (pea shoots) was lightly fried with garlic and soy sauce. The result is a refreshing and crunchy plate of vegetable where each strand of pea shoots is still juicy.
This is the hot plate egg tofu which is probably inspired by the famous chili crab. Instead of the usual hot plate tofu that comes with cracked egg, pork, onions and prawns. This dish only had prawns and tofu and this semi spicy gravy. The prawns were huge and succulent which is uncommon for this dish in other zi char store. The sauce is not exactly like chilli crab but it is still very savoury and goes well with rice. The interesting part is that they have quail eggs in this dish which is slightly fried before cooked on the hot plate.
Overall, Ban Leong has very good food and no doubt on why they have their regulars. It is definitely worth travelling there for a nice meal.
Address: 122 Casuarina Rd, Singapore 579510
Operating hours: 11 am to 2.30 pm and 5 pm to 11 pm