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Pang’s Hakka Noodles: Find Comfort in Chef Pang’s Homely Noodles at Xin Tekka Rochor

Last Updated: August 20, 2020

Written by Ping Er

Pang’s Hakka Noodles at Xin Tekka Food Hall opens up doors to delightful Hakka fare.

Located just a few steps from Rochor Station (Exit B), Pang’s Hakka Noodles beckons the moment you walk into the air-conditioned food hall at Xin Tekka.

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Opened by Chef Pang Kok Keong after the closure of his patisserie Antoinette, Pang’s Hakka Noodles takes his culinary journey in yet another direction as he delves into the comfort food of his Hakka dialect group.

One bite into the noodles and you can tell that he has made an art of his craft.

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These noodles are indeed a labour of love for all their fresh springiness.

We were lucky enough to find them on a less busy morning, though I’ve heard that they usually sell out pretty fast. Their menu may look simple, but the depth of flavour far makes up for the modest variety of options.

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For our meal, we tried the Signature Hakka Noodle Set (S$9.50) and the Hakka Rice Noodle Soup (S$7)To complete the experience, we also threw in a Homemade Sour Plum Soup (S$2) to end on.

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Starting with the Hakka Rice Noodle Soup, this bowl boasts a generous portion of rice noodles in rich, thick broth.

Though the rice noodles are a little plain on their own, I can see why they’ve chosen to make them so as they balance so well with the savoury soup. Everything here has been admirably planned right to the detail.

Definitely eat this with a little bit of fresh-cut chilli and soy sauce to add an extra punch to the noodles.

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Moving on, the Signature Hakka Noodle Set includes a bowl of their Signature Hakka NoodleHakka Stuffed Tofu Soup, and a pair of Hakka Fried Wings. 

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The star of the show, in my opinion, the Signature Hakka Noodle features springy noodles tossed in a homemade minced pork sauce. Chef Pang uses lard and spring onions to make this dish all the more flavourful and deep.

The noodles were so satisfying to chew into, and were marvellous with a mouthful of minced pork and sambal. A bit of spice goes a long way in cutting through the savouriness here, creating even more interest with each bite.

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I could barely wait to get my hands on the Hakka Fried Wings. Fried to crispy, golden perfection, the meat of the three-joint wings tore cleanly off the bone. Though I ate the noodles first, I was pleased to find that the wings weren’t dry or overly greasy when I got to them. They seem to have found a nice balance in frying the chicken.

With how cleanly you’re going to polish them off, you wouldn’t have a bone to pick with these Hakka Fried Wings.

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For a lighter taste, the Hakka Stuffed Tofu Soup works wonders to balance the rich bowl of noodles. Wash down the meal with a lighter, but no less flavourful broth.

Inside the soup, you’ll find a mixture of tofu and bitter gourd stuffed with minced pork, as well as loose pieces of mani vegetable. While Hakka noodle soups traditionally use wolfberry leaves, Chef Pang has swapped them out with mani vegetable to cope with erratic supplies of the former.

The mani vegetable, which is also commonly used in Hakka leicha (thunder tea rice), creates a slightly bitter contrast to the savoury broth that cleanses the palate.

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Stuffed with salty minced pork, the soft tofu and bitter gourd provide good contrast to the sometimes overpoweringly umami fillingThough I’m not a big fan of bitter gourd myself, I thought this was a good rendition for its softness.

To round off the meal with a burst of contrast, we tried their recommended Homemade Sour Plum Soup. I was surprised to see what looked like packets of deep crimson juice in the little refrigerator on the counter. Brewed with a mixture of smoked plum, hawthorne, roselle, orange peel, peppermint, licorice, osmanthus, and mulberry, this soup can be drunk right from the packet.

If you’re a little daunted by the ingredients, let me assure you that it isn’t as sour or herby as it sounds. In fact, the rock sugar that they add to the mix helps to cut through the aromas for a more subtle taste. Coupled with the fact that it’s chilled, it’s a great refreshment to end the savoury meal with.

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Pang’s Hakka Noodles are located in the friendly and relaxing Xin Tekka Food Hall. Built to imitate a food street, this place brings together the intimacy of comfort food with the ease of air conditioning for a cosy dining experience.

Expected Damage: S$7 – S$11 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 5 / 5

Pang's Hakka Noodles

2 Serangoon Road, Tekka Place Annex Building, #01-55-59, Singapore 218227

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Our Rating 5/5

Pang's Hakka Noodles

2 Serangoon Road, Tekka Place Annex Building, #01-55-59, Singapore 218227

Operating Hours: 11am - 3pm (Daily)

Operating Hours: 11am - 3pm (Daily)
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