Jia Yuen Eating House – A Hidden Gem in Eunos!
This unnamed family business has made great strides since its humble beginnings. It started out as a food delivery business, and eventually expanded to a physical stall at 15 Crane Road. Diners can place an order via the usual food delivery services, or directly with the stall. The boss actually delivers island-wide personally. Now, isn’t that laudable? “What’s their signature dish,” you may ask. Well, sources pointed us to one thing — Salted Egg & Buttermilk Chicken Rice. Apparently, this dish is very popular with legions of national servicemen. According to Gary, and his mother, orders from SAF camps and bases make up the bulk of their business.
Since we were the only walk-in customers then, we were served pretty quickly. Online reviews seem to disagree, with many customers expressing their disappointment at their service standards. “We are very new at managing a walk-in business. We handle delivery orders well as we are experienced in that. If there’s an influx of walk-in orders, we will have difficulty,” shared Gary. There is only one item on their menu, and that’s the Salted Egg & Buttermilk Chicken Rice ($8). The boss uses only premium ingredients in his dish. It’s true, we witnessed it. That explains the price tag, which some might find a tad hefty.
Bite-sized chicken pieces are first fried, before they are coated with a rich and creamy salted egg & buttermilk sauce. “We don’t add water into our sauce. This way, you get to savour the fullness of the cream,” commented the lady boss. The full-bodied sauce is concocted with a dollop of chilli padi to give it a fiery kick. The salted egg yolk sauce here sets the bar really high, and it will serve as my benchmark in the future. I am absolutely in love with the thick and milky consistency of the sauce. Eating the chicken chunks on their own might make you feel that the sauce is too jelak, so don’t forget to pair every spoonful of chicken with some rice to cut through the richness of the sauce. As much as I love the dish, I wished that the chicken pieces were bigger.
Our journey to 15 Crane Road has been rewarding, albeit exhausting. I’ll probably place an order online the next time! If you have a huge order in the middle of the night, the boss may consider delivering it to you. How nice!
Jia Yuen Eating House
Address: 13 Crane Rd, Singapore 429359
Phone: 9712 0259
Opening Hours: 12pm to 10pm daily (inclusive of delivery times).
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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