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Upper Cross Street Salted Egg Rice: Egg-Cellent Salted Egg Sauce With Tempura Prawns & More In Chinatown

Last Updated: September 3, 2019

Written by Tressella Chang

It seems like the salted egg yolk craze isn’t going to die down any time soon.

I came across a post about Upper Cross Street Salted Egg Rice on Facebook, so I decided to give it a try. Located on the second floor of Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, this stall is dedicated to selling only dishes with salted egg.

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Upper Cross Street Salted Egg Rice doesn’t exactly have a menu. Instead, pictures of the stall’s dishes are plastered over their glass display, so you can see what’s in each dish. Although they are not halal-certified yet, they are in the midst of receiving their certificate.

Most of the dishes here cost S$5, such as Fried Fish with Salted Egg, Fried Chicken with Salted Egg and Fried Prawn with Salted Egg. The prawn variation isn’t on the menu so don’t be afraid to ask.

The meat-less dishes, such as Fried Enoki Mushroom with Salted Egg and Fried Eggplant with Salted Egg, are priced at S$4 a set.

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The first dish we tried was the Fried Chicken With Salted Egg (S$5). At first glance, the dish looks like a plate of nasi lemak—it even came with sambal. Unfortunately, I was slightly disappointed that it was just plain rice without the fragrance of coconut milk.

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The sambal that came with the dish also added a nice kick.

As I mentioned, I would have preferred the rice to have a little more fragrance to allow the sambal to shine through. Don’t get me wrong, the chilli was still a good accompaniment to the overall dish.

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I doused the chicken cutlet in the salted egg sauce, which was made from scratch. Creamy and light, the salted egg sauce was different from the usual kind which tends to taste thick and powdery. Even after continuously eating spoonfuls of the chicken and rice, it wasn’t jelak at all.

However, I felt that the chicken could be juicier and there could be more sauce for a better mouthfeel, since both components of the dish were dry.

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The salted egg sauce is served in a little cup, so for those who prefer not to slather your chicken in the sauce, you can enjoy it as a dip as well.

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We also tried the Fried Enoki Mushroom with Salted Egg (S$4), which also comes with egg and sambal. The mushrooms were fried to perfection and had a nice crunch to it. They were so addictive that I even forgot about the rice!

I secretly wish that I could buy a whole bag of these just to snack on them while watching my K-dramas.

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Since the mushrooms came in smaller pieces than the chicken, there is less surface area to get all the sauce if you dip it, so I’d recommend pouring it over the mushrooms.

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We also ordered the Fried Fish with Salted Egg (S$5) that came with a serving of cabbage on the side of the dish. The cabbage helped to refresh my palate after the copious amounts of meat. The fish, on the other hand, was light and crunchy.

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The flakiness of the fish and the crispy outer layer gave a good contrast in mouthfeel.

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I’d recommend dribbling the salted egg sauce over the fish, because the pieces might be too big to dip into the small cup.

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They have limited stock of the prawns every day, so you’ll have to ask them directly if you want to order the Fried Prawn With Salted Egg (S$5).

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I thought the prawns would be fried with the same batter as the fish. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the prawns were fried tempura-style, unlike the fish which was fried using a normal flour batter.

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We dunked our prawns in the salted egg dip, and the savoury salted egg sauce enhanced the sweet and juicy prawns. The batter also absorbed the sauce, so when I took a bite from it, the sauce oozed out spectacularly.

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Alternatively, you can also enjoy the tempura prawns dipped in sweet sambal chilli to get a good mix of salty and spicy flavours.

Since the sambal was slightly sweet, it was a good alternative to the salted egg dip. The sweet and spicy flavours from the sambal really added some oomph to the dish.

This might just be my favourite dish from Upper Cross Street Salted Egg!


Overall, I can understand why they only focused on their salted egg dishes since it’s their speciality, and they certainly executed the dishes well.

Even though the menu at Upper Cross Street Salted Egg was quite limited, the few dishes available were exceptional. To be able to bring out the flavours from the food such as the enoki mushrooms and the prawns just by pairing it with some salted egg sauce is remarkable.

The dishes were, however, a tad dry so it is best enjoyed with a drink.

Expected Damage: S$4 – S$5 per pax

Price: $

Our Rating: 4 / 5

Upper Cross Street Salted Egg

531A Upper Cross Street, #02-08, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Singapore 051531

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Our Rating 4/5

Upper Cross Street Salted Egg

531A Upper Cross Street, #02-08, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre, Singapore 051531

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm (Daily)

Operating Hours: 10.30am – 4.30pm (Daily)

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