If the Singaporean manner of doing issues is to be believed – the stall with the longest queue might be one of the best.
At Hougang Park Food Station, which has quite a lot of hawker stalls serving every part from fish soup to carrot cake, the longest queue on a weekday afternoon is at Zilan.
The Chinese-Malay stall, which is halal, is manned by two aunties who take the orders and what seems to be like a military of cooks for a small hawker stall.
While there are many zi char dishes on the board, akin to crispy egg noodles and sambal kangkong, everybody queuing in entrance of me orders the nasi ayam goreng ($6) – a tasty mixture of fried rice and fried rooster, with chilli sauce on the facet.
I discover an indication stating there’s a further cost of 50 cents for particular components of the rooster for takeaway and one other greenback a bowl for further chilli sauce – and I quickly discover out why.
Unlike your typical gingery and garlicky Hainanese rooster rice sauce, this chilli is a bit bitter and extra vinegar ahead. The chilli hit is delicate, however it’s all in steadiness.
ZILAN NASI AYAM
01-1348 Hougang Park Food Station, Block 684 Hougang Avenue eight; open: 10.30am to 9pm Saturdays to Thursdays, closed on Fridays
The chopped-up fried rooster is golden on the surface and never notably crispy or moist. But paired with the mound of fairly normal fried rice and the distinctive chilli sauce, it’s a profitable mixture.
The different standard choice appears to be the nasi ayam quarter with rice ($6.50), by which a beneficiant portion of the identical fried rooster is chopped up and doused in a candy and savoury, syrupy black sauce harking back to kicap manis.
Again, the sauce does the heavy lifting for the dish as a result of the plain white rice it comes with tastes a bit grainy and undercooked, prefer it was overlooked too lengthy.
The rooster doused in sauce would most likely work higher with the fried rice.
Either manner, the old-school environment and heat of the stall house owners make you’re feeling like you might be having a home-cooked meal. It is consolation meals.
The lengthy queue is price it.