Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodles @ Toa Payoh
While I was having Chey Sua Carrot Cake and Teochew Pau for breakfast at Toa Payoh Lor 1 Food Centre, I noticed the long queue at Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodles (老沈鸡丝面). Out of curiosity, Derrick and I ordered two bowls of dry and soup noodles to try. It didn’t quite impress us initially. The mee kia dry was ordinary and comes with shredded chicken and slices of mushroom. The fishball soup had nothing to shout about as well
It was until Richard, the owner of Teochew Pau, told us that they are famous for their her giao (fish dumplings), then we realised that we totally missed the point! I know, I know, I should have googled in the first place. So we queued again and ordered a bowl of kuay teow soup with fish dumplings. Damn, it was so so good!
Richard shared with us that the owners handmade their fish dumplings every afternoon. The translucent skin is made of fish, which they painstakingly grind from fresh fish. The owner has to first debone the fish and knead it till it becomes a thin sheet. And the fillings in the dumplings has a generous taste of grinded fish meat with dried sole fish.
The whole process of mashing and frying the fish meat is so tedious and time consuming, so I really applaud the owners for their persistence in doing these by hand. Each fish dumpling is very plump and filled with the aroma of sole fish. To enjoy the Fish Dumpling or Her Giao, you have to either order the Fish Dumpling Noodle ($3.50) or the All-In (Fishballs + Fish Dumplings) Noodle ($4.50). I had the later which comes with two fishballs and two fish dumplings. As I am typing this post, it certainly makes me crave for it and I will be back for more!
老沈鸡丝面 Lau Sim Shredded Chicken Noodles
Address: Blk 127 Toa Payoh Lor 1 Food Centre #02-01, Singapore 310127
Opening hour: 8am to 1pm (Closed on Mondays)
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