Located in the heart of Singapore’s buzzing CBD is Lau Pa Sat, also known as Telok Ayer Market. Considered one of many iconic historical buildings, the hawker centre still stands strong ever since its iron structure was shipped in from Glascow back in 1984. (Straits Times, 2016)
Yesterday, we arrived here to try out Roast Paradise, which became popular due to their signature Caramelised Char Siew. The meat was neatly sliced and stacked beside freshly cut cucumbers and Char Siew sauce on the side.
The Char Siew was well caramelised, with its slightly charred skin gleaming in the light. The meat was very tender and sweet, the sauce accentuating its smokiness. It was served with fragrant chicken rice, which goes really well with any of the meats served here.
We were also served a plate of Roast Pork. The skin was crispy, and the fat to meat ratio was well balanced, providing a nice contrast between the crunchy skin and tender fat that melts in the mouth. It was served with honey mustard sauce that added a burst of flavour.
Finally, we had the Rose Essence Soya Sauce Chicken, which is soya sauce chicken braised in rose cooking wine. I kind of wished that there was more meat since there were bones present. Nonetheless, the chicken was moist, juicy and tender.
The chicken was served with Mee Pok (Flat Egg Noodles), topped with minced meat, pork lard, sliced cucumbers and chili on the side. I felt that the noodles were slightly plain by itself, but it definitely went well with the other meats.
While we were having our meal, we noticed that a long queue was forming at Roast Paradise. It was so long that it started snaking between tables towards the center of the hawker center. It posed no surprise since you can get such amazing Char Siew and Roast Pork at such affordable prices! The cheapest set being sold for only $4.20.
Lau Pa Sat Food Centre,
18 Raffles Quay,
Tel: +65 9786 7396