Hong Kong 88 Roast Meat Specialist – Biscuit Sio Bak is back!
For those of you who are looking for the crispy sio bak that we were raving about last year… Here’s the good news, they are back in action! From “Cross Way Bay Sio Bak” in Tampines to “Tong Tong Hong Kong Delicacy” in Johor Bahru to “Hong Kong 88 Roast Meat Specialist” in Bukit Batok and now at Jalan Besar, we have managed to track him down again at his new place in Foch Road (same coffeeshop as fried porridge shop).
As many of you know, the boss Martin does one of the best sio bak in town! All foodies fell in love with its biscuit-like sio bak skin that we kept going back for more. Unfortunately, Martin only served a short stint in Bukit Batok last year. The new stall owners that took over the business re-use his brand name. So don’t be fooled okay, same same name but the sio bak quality is erm… way different.
How good is their sio bak? Well, you really want the skin to be crispy. I think Martin has got the right formula. The skin is crispy brittle to the point that it is almost breaking. You can hear the crackling sound when you bite the skin. It is dry and tastes like biscuit, with the first bite producing a noisy crunch from the skin before it gives way to the juicy layers of well-seasoned tender and moist meat under it.
Just look at the fatty layers of pork belly, I think you can literally count the different layers. When you bite onto it, oh man, the juices… I can’t resist… Our foodie friend John was asking for sauce to pair with the sio bak. I told him, the sio bak is soooo good on its own that it doesn’t even need any sauce. After eating it, he agreed and didn’t stop at one.
The other meats were pretty okay. We went today where the char siew was quite decent. It is tender and not too sweet. The roast duck was similar as well. I should try the chicken next time, I remembered it was drizzled generously with sesame oil the last time.
Glad that the real sio bak master is back in action and I hope he doesn’t move anymore. He says he will be serving wanton mee from next week onwards, I am looking forward to that! Oh yes, don’t say I never remind you, please go there early if you wish to have the best cuts of the roast meat!
Hong Kong 88 Roast Meat Specialist
Address: 30 Foch Road, Singapore 209276
Opening hours: 10.30am to 9.45pm daily
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