We were walking around Chinatown and decided to stop by the Chinatown Food Center to grab a snack. Chinatown Food Center is a cool looking hawker center that is on the second floor that has a huge amount of hawkers, I used to come here pretty frequently when I lived here. It’s actually pretty funny that Singapore has a Chinatown given it’s a country that is 75% Chinese.
We first stopped by Wu Shi Nian Dai for kaya toast and since it was one of our last meals, after walking around I decided that my gf should try popiah as I really like them and it is impossible to get decent quality popiah in the US.
Popiah (bao bing 薄餅) is a sort of non-fried spring roll type of dish that is thin paper-like wheat crepe that contains grated turnip, cooked bean sprouts, lettuce leaves, grated carrots, Chinese sausage, sliced fried tofu, chopped peanuts and shredded egg and fried pork lard. You eat with a sweet sauce that sort of tastes and looks like hoisin and chilli sauce. They are awesome when done right, I could eat them everyday as they aren’t that heavy and have a great texture because some of the interior is crunchy.
It happened that one of the only places I could find it that day that was open (we were there at an odd hour) was a place called Fu Cheng Shi Pin 富城食品 (no English name), which means “rich city food stuff”. They specialized in popiah and so I decided to give them a try.
The popiah turned out to be pretty good, nice skin, good flavors and nice pieces of crunchy stuff in the interior with a sauce that I believe was homemade. We both thought it was pretty good and my gf was really surprised as she had had it in the US and thought it was a crappy dish, but I told her she needed to have it in Singapore because the difference in quality would be huge. 8.25/10
I’d definitely come back here again.
Blk 335 Smith Street
#02-04 Chinatown Complex Market S050335