Rumours about Ah Chuan’s retirement have been circulating around my old neighbourhood, so I decided to make a trip down to affirm it. My fears were unfounded when I spotted the familiar sight of a long queue from a distance…at least they’re still around for now (I’ll make it a point to ask them about the rumours the next time I’m there).
Over the years, Ah Chuan’s fried oyster omelette has garnered mixed reviews from local foodies – “Too oily, too much starch, not crispy, too little oyster, great starchiness, crispy, generous portions of oysters”…etc. To each its own, these comments were all valid at some point of this stall’s existence.
However, (taking 11 years of patronage into consideration) I must say that in this year alone, they’ve been consistently good. I used to dislike oysters growing up (it’s sacrilege, I know), but this stall changed my taste buds. I used to dislike the gooey-ness and faint semi-rawness of oysters, but Ah Chuan’s oysters are sufficiently cooked…and rid of that queer taste. The chinese parsley it’s topped with balances the overall taste of the dish as well.
One thing I really…..love about their omelette is how crisp it is. Sure, their standards may have faltered in the past…but now, it’s great. Really. He doesn’t add to much starch either. If you’re feeling guilty about indulging in oil-laden food, feel free to ask for less oil. It’s always good to keep track of cholesterol and such. Ah Chuan sells both Prawn & Oyster omelette ($3, $4, $5, $8) – between the 2 the prawn omelette is less oily. Give both a shot while you’re there. Refrain from da-baoing (getting a takeaway) because you run the risk of the omelette losing its crispness.
Taste – 9/10
Price – $
Service – 7/10
Ambience – 5/10
Accessibility – 7/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
[* to *****] – rating(s) for individual dishes
Block 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh
Monday to Sunday: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Dress code: Casual
Nearest MRT:Toa Payoh
Buses: 232, 238, 57