Encik Tan

Encik Tan by Fei Siong Group is a halal certified F&B endeavor cultivated to spread the love for local hawker fare among Muslim folks in the little red dot. From one single outlet at Kallang Wave Mall, the establishment has since expanded significantly, presently spanning close to 20 locations across the island. A typical setup comprises individual stations, each being responsible for accepting and preparing orders for a designated cluster of food items (delightfully served in old school dinnerware). Beverages and desserts such as Chendol are also sold on its premises.

What knocked our socks off:

The wanton noodles won us over through and through with its springy mee-kia variant doused in a light yet zesty sauce and complemented by incredibly sweet, succulent pieces of char siew. The dumplings in soup were also considerably packed with meat and assorted ingredients. However the downer is overall quality of this dish varies from one outlet to another; while it deserved a thumbs up at its Bedok Mall branch, we were rather dismayed by the cold, overly sinewy char siew rendered at its VivoCity branch.

Wanton Noodles ($4.00)

There was much to rave about the Penang fried kway teow as well - a sensational aromatic stir-fry of flat rice noodles with eggs, prawns, beansprouts, Chinese chives and a dash of homemade chili. While we would have preferred a soupier version alongside a toss of pork lard croutons (excluded out of deference to Islamic dietary requirements) to accentuate the wok hei flavors already competently enshrined in the dish, nevertheless taste buds were more than sufficiently tantalized.

Penang Fried Kway Teow ($5.00)

What didn't work out:

On the other hand, the fishball noodles was a monumental disappointment. The mee-pok (hurriedly mixed together with sullen, unappetizing dollops of ketchup) were a turn-off no thanks to the lingering whiff of alkaline which assaulted our taste buds after having a few mouthfuls. We can't insist the fishballs were horribly textured, then again they weren't exactly up to the mark either.

Fishball Noodles ($4.00)

Other items sampled but turned out to be non-events:

Hainanese Curry Rice Chicken Cutlet ($4.30)

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Score: 6.1/10



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