King of Fried Rice

Hunkered down in the far flung recesses of Golden Mile Tower's mazy basement, pompous sounding King of Fried Rice is anything but. Read: diminutive, sparsely done up eatery with cheap tables and chairs seen splayed across nearly every inch of real estate tenanted. An uncomplicated poster-sized menu stuck out front highlights four fried rice variants (egg, tom yum, X.O, mala) sold; folks may also opt for meaty sides (pork cutlet, shrimp, chicken drumstick), assorted greens (broccoli, asparagus, cabbage, nai bai) or quick nibbles (Shimeji, tobiko, sunny side-up).

Owned/operated by one Lester Li who formerly worked at Jumbo Seafood, King of Fried Rice (sited right opposite DMAX nightclub) opens daily from 11.30am-8.30pm except Sundays. Haul ass though if you desire pursuing its bestselling mala and tom yum flavoured mains cuz these two typically go poof once the ravenous lunch crowd descends.

Shop looking somewhat unkempt aside, what truly matters is whether the food taste good. So shush already and tuck in.

What knocked our socks off:

The Tom Yum Fried Rice With Shrimp & Tobiko lit us up good: a shrill yet most agreeable acidulousness suffused meekly buttered, well tossed short grains, whilst them real solid shrimp just couldn't get any crunchier. The X.O Fried Rice With Pork Cutlet delighted oodles too: lean, ultra tender piggy steak (swathed in a near perfect marinade btw) undergirded granular fluff smoked and spiced with great finesse......sinfully oily affair this was indeed, then again who's complaining?

Tom Yum Fried Rice With Shrimp & Tobiko ($7.80)

X.O Fried Rice With Pork Cutlet ($6.80)

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

Egg Fried Rice With Shrimp ($6.50)

Note: Prices subject to change without prior notice. Kindly clarify with eatery before visiting or ordering.


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Score: 8.4/10

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Editor's Note: Fourteen other outlets have subsequently opened; their addresses are included below as well for convenient reference.

Locations

Golden Mile Tower Chinatown Food Street Kopitiam Square New Century Food House
6001 Beach Road, 41 Smith Street, 10 Sengkang Square, 828 Tampines Street 81,
#B1-56 Stall 11 #01-48 #01-254
Singapore 199589 Singapore 058953 Singapore 544829 Singapore 520828

GHK 407 Food House Tampines Mart Sin Ming Ville Wisteria Mall
407 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, 9 Tampines Street 32, 23 Sin Ming Road, 598 Yishun Ring Road,
#01-733 #02-01A/E Stall 7 #B1-07
Singapore 560407 Singapore 529286 Singapore 570023 Singapore 768698

FoodHub (Bedok Central) Happy Hawker Coffee Shop ION Orchard (Hawkers' Street)
209 New Upper Changi Road, 132 Jurong Gateway Road, 2 Orchard Turn,
#01-633 #01-271 #B4-66
Singapore 460209 Singapore 600132 Singapore 238801

Grains & Hops Bistro Chang Cheng Mee Wah Fu Chan Coffee Shop
978 Toa Payoh North, 166 Woodlands Street 13, 139 Tampines Street 11,
Singapore 319001 Singapore 730166 Singapore 521139

151 Coffee & Tea
151 Serangoon North Avenue 2,
Singapore 550151