Fried rice with well marinated pork chops, not from Din Tai Fung, but rather in a kopi thiam setting in Ang Mo Kio. Lets find out how it faired.
First off, pork chops were tender and juicy. Exterior was well caramelized and seasoned, subtly sweet and pepperish with tons of other layers of flavour.
Next up would be their egg fried rice, the main star of Hong Style Fried Rice 四哥炒饭. With all the hype and fanfare surrounding them, it was an absolute dismay and probably an understatement when we say that we find their fried rice underwhelmingly dissapointing.
It was clumpy, wet, and immensely lacking in any sort of flavouring. Taste was blend, no wok hey what so ever, probably lacking in any sort of sodium presence or even MSG. It was in the exact opposite of what any decent egg fried rice should be.
They had 2 kinds of condiments. One was a black vinegar sauce with chili oil and seeds infused, which elevated the taste of their blend fried rice. The other sauce was a thick and “sandy” chili, which was deep in flavour and texture. We described it as “sandy”, as it felt grainy and almost sand like with every dip.
It was a weekday lunch time when we visited them, and the queue was extraordinarily long, with almost 25 pax in line. Most patrons were ordering in bulks for take aways, and some individual orders. Taking into account that they had some recent social media presence and was caught up in some news writeups, their amazing turnout seems justifiable. However, in terms of their quality of food, it is hardly anywhere near awesomeness.
If any consolation at all, it was filling to our tummy.
At $6.50 a plate, or rather, takeaway box, as they did not serve it on a plate even though we had ours at the location, Hong Style Fried Rice 四哥炒饭 egg fried rice is way overrated, and mediocre at best.
|Tuesday||11am – 5pm|
|Wednesday||11am – 5pm|
|Thursday||11am – 5pm|
|Friday||11am – 5pm|
|Saturday||11am – 5pm|
|Sunday||11am – 5pm|
Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Johnson Eatery, Block 332, Singapore 560332