Fun Fan (粉饭) – Have You Ever Tried a ‘Cheese’ Cheong Fun?
Yes you read the title correctly. Fun Fan (粉饭) is a hawker stall that serves Cheese Cheong Fun ($1.50)! If you think that sounds crazy, wait till you find out about their Curry Cheong Fun ($2.50) and Pulled Pork Cheong Fun ($2.50)!
When I first stumbled upon Fun Fan on social media, I knew I had to pay the stall a visit to appease my curiosity. Situated in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, the stall was opened just two weeks ago by Danny (38 years old) and May (50+ years old). The pair first met each other 15 years ago at Mandarin Orchard Hotel, where they were both working as chefs. Recently, both of them realised that they have a common desire to leave their corporate careers behind, to start their own F&B business.
Fun Fan has quite a diverse menu — diners can looking forward to Hong Kong, Taiwanese and even Japanese flavours! Their cheese cheong fun is is definitely something that I’ve never had before. This is May’s very own creation. I think that it’s admirable of Fun Fan to put their own unique spin on chee cheong fun, but the dish could easily offend the palates of the traditionalists out there. However, May shared that the reception for their cheese cheong fun has been extremely positive, even among older customers!
Fun Fan’s cheese cheong fun resembles a Japanese okonomiyaki, but don’t be fooled, they’re very different. The dish features rice rolls that have been wrapped around cheddar cheese. The rice rolls are then coated in egg before being pan-fried and slathered with chilli sauce and mayonnaise. Honestly, I was quite confused when I first tried it. “Am I supposed to eat this for breakfast? Or is this meant to be an afternoon snack?” I thought. I still can’t answer those questions, but what I can say is that I wouldn’t mind eating it again!
The cheong fun was soft and slightly chewy, and was complemented by the oozing cheddar cheese brilliantly. The creamy mayonnaise enriched each mouthful, while the chilli sauce added a touch of heat and a subtle acidic tang. I think the dish would greatly benefit from having a crunchy element (perhaps a thin batter that crisps up after frying), to add a contrasting texture.
If you’re more of a fan of meat and carbs, like me, go for Fun Fan’s TW Style Braised Pork Rice ($4.50). Danny and May have learnt and developed a lot of recipes over the years. So, this is Danny and May’s take on this Taiwanese classic!
This dish was so addictive! Sitting atop the generous portion of white rice were juicy, glistening pork chunks. The tantalising pork had a palatable chew, and a good amount of fat which just melted in my mouth. The sauce (卤汁) that the pork was braised in carried a touch of sweetness. The shredded vegetable salad was a great accompaniment to the dish — its spicy and acidic flavours cut through the fattiness of the pork.
I used to eat Japanese curry rice almost every day in secondary school, hence the weight gain, so I had to give their Chicken Cutlet Bowl Japanese Curry ($4.00) a try! Instead of Japanese curry, you can opt to have the chicken cutlet doused in their house-made ‘Korean’ sauce, if you like. Loads of stalls just use frozen pre-battered chicken cutlets from suppliers. However, Danny shared that they actually use fresh chicken and that they make their own breadcrumbs. The Japanese curry isn’t just any ordinary store-bought curry either. Danny fortifies the flavour of the curry by cooking it with a mixture of herbs, carrots and even apples!
To me, there’s nothing that’s more satisfying than a spoonful of rice and warm Japanese curry. This comforting dish really hit home for me. I just wished that there was more curry! The curry contained chunks of potato and carrot. While the chicken wasn’t the most tender or succulent that I’ve had, it had a lovely golden-brown crust.
Fun Fan is an incredibly unique hawker stall. Other than the dishes that I’ve mentioned, their Pulled Pork Porridge is also very popular. Unfortunately, it was already sold out when I visited at 10am on a weekday. Co-owner, May, also shared that they plan to introduce more versions of chee cheong fun in the coming months. I’m extremely excited to see what they come up with!
Fun Fan (粉饭)
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-103 ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: (Subject to Change) Monday to Thursday: 7:30am to 3pm, Friday to Sunday 7:30am to 7:30pm.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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