Jalan Bukit Merah has a number of hawker stalls who have garnered a loyal following among the likes of office workers in the vicinity. Today, I present you the first part of my ABC hawker series [Alexandra Village Hawker Centre is another nearby food place with great food so that’s next on my makan (eating) itinerary] where I found a replacement for my dearly retired Cathay Popiah who closed their doors when Tekka Market closed for renovations. It took me an eternity to find a worthy successor, and Ong Khim Popiah is it. I was so happy I had 2 popiahs during lunch and 2 more at tea time.
What sets Cathay and Ong Khim apart from the likes of Glory’s and another popiah stall at a Balestier Road coffee shop at the T-junction of Kim Keat Road opposite Balestier Point…is the popiah skin. There are essentially 2 camps when it comes to popiah – the wet, (turnip) bang kuang-soaked type and the dry, fine-skinned type. Ong Khim’s has the staple ingredients like turnip, egg, ground peanuts, fried shallots/garlic and chinese parsley (wang swee), with the addition of crab meat. Each popiah costs $1.30, and contains neither pork nor lard.
What I love about their popiah is how their bang kuang is served from a simmering pot (ensuring its freshly-made quality), the abundance of crisp shallots, egg and very thin popiah skin. As all popiah lovers will know, the bang kuang and popiah skin can make or break a good popiah. None of those thick, mass-produced popiah skins for us. You must try them if you’re in the vicinity!
[$]-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
6 Jln Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Food Centre, #01-124
11 am – 8 pm
Nearest MRT: Redhill/Outram (NEL)
Buses: 147, 855, 123, 153, 196…