After a good few months of closing for renovations, I’m glad that Chomp Chomp Food Centre at Serangoon Gardens as finally reopened! Now, I don’t have to travel too far away from home to have sambal stingray and hokkien mee.
The hawker centre is now better ventilated with more fans installed, and I tried out six different food items to see if the food is still as good as I remember.
1. Sugarcane Juice Tower From Ding Hao
Ah, I remember when I used to chug giant mugs of sugarcane juice with my friends at Chomp Chomp. Now you can quench your thirst together with this three litre tower from Ding Hao.
It may be a little pricey at $15, but this was comfortably shared between four of us and the juice was sweet and concentrated, so I’d say it’s a good buy!
Ding Hao: #01-16/21, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
2. Sambal Stingray From Lucy BBQ Seafood
Lucy BBQ Seafood always catches my eye, simply because it’s two stalls wide, so I usually get my sambal stingray from there.
At $20 for the most expensive portion, it’s certainly not cheap but worth it, since the stingray is significantly meatier. The sambal seemed to be slathered on a little thinly, however, the meatiness of the stingray made up for it.
Lucy BBQ Seafood: #01-05, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
3. Hokkien Mee From Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee
I love hokkien mee; I would eat it all the time if I could, but it’s so hard to find stalls that serve consistently good hokkien mee. So when I returned to Chomp Chomp, there was no way I was going to give up the chance to have the Hokkien Mee ($3/4/5) from Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee.
The noodles had just enough gravy without being too watery, and came with plenty of squid and prawns. The chilli had a good amount of spice as well, and the lime added a nice touch of freshness.
Ah Hock Fried Hokkien Mee: #01-27, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
4. Chicken Wings From Daily Fresh
The culprit of all the smoke in Chomp Chomp before, it’s hard to be upset at the chicken wing stalls when you taste the delicious wings. I tried the ones from Daily Fresh, with each wing going at $1.30 with a minimum order of two wings.
The skin was crisp and nicely browned, with the meat tearing away from the bone cleanly. Dip the meat in the chilli for a nice kick of heat from the sweet and spicy chilli!
Daily Fresh: #01-03, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
5. Satay From Hong Li Sha Satay
The good old days of $0.50 satay are over, most of the satay stalls at Chomp Chomp now go for $0.60 a stick, including Hong Sha Li Satay, but it’s still good.
The charred exterior combined with the succulent meat, and the peanut sauce that has dollops of pineapple puree for an added burst of sweetness. Just divine.
Hong Li Sha Satay: #01-32, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
6. Oyster Omelette From Ang Mo Kio 409 Fried Carrot Cake
Looking at the long queues for Ang Mo Kio 409 Fried Carrot Cake, we decided to give it a try. We waited close to half an hour for our orh jian (oyster omelette), but it was worth the wait.
Crispy bits of egg with plump, fresh oysters paired nicely with the chilli provided. For $5, I’d say the serving of oysters is sufficient, but I’d like to have more egg, just because I really enjoyed it.
Ang Mo Kio 409 Fried Carrot Cake: #01-24, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Honorable mention: Barbecued Eggplant From The High BBQ
The High BBQ stall is new to Chomp Chomp, and I was quite impressed with the execution of the Barbecued Eggplant ($6) since it’s pretty interesting in texture. The vegetable was sliced lengthwise and opened up before being roasted and topped with minced meat, garlic, chilli and spring onion.
The High BBQ: #01-07, Chomp Chomp Food Centre
I’ll certainly be coming back to dine at chomp chomp again, and I’m glad that the food is still as good without as much smoke/stuffiness now. Classic supper place not to be missed in Singapore.
Expected damage: $20 – $30 per pax for sharing