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 item(s) sampled but turned out to be non-event(s):

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: Twenty-nine other outlets subsequently opened (the ones at Chinatown Food Street, Fu Chan Coffee Shop, Tong Lai Eating House, GHK 407 Food House, Kim San Leng Food Centre @ Owen Road and Grains & Hops Bistro permanently closed in 2021-2023); 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 Hawkers Hawkers' Street - ION Orchard
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 Mei De Coffee Shop
978 Toa Payoh North, 166 Woodlands Street 13, 139 Tampines Street 11, 279 Bukit Batok East Avenue 3,
Singapore 319001 Singapore 730166 Singapore 521139 Singapore 650279

151 Coffee & Tea HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok One Nanyang Food Court
151 Serangoon North Avenue 2, 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7, 31 Holland Close,
#01-41 #01-09B #01-241
Singapore 550151 Singapore 659003 Singapore 270031

Kopi Breweries Food Court @ Keat Hong Pride Kim San Leng Food Centre
429 Jurong West Avenue 1, 803 Keat Hong Close, 511 Bishan street 13,
Singapore 640429 Singapore 680803 Singapore 570511

Food Loft @ 431 Tong Lai Eating House Kimly Coffee Shop Kimly Coffee Shop
431 Clementi Avenue 3, 283 Bukit Batok Avenue 3, 65 Telok Blangah Drive, 134 Lorong Ah Soo,
Singapore 120431 Singapore 650283 Singapore 100065 Singapore 530134

Kim San Leng Food Centre City Food Court Happy Hawkers Kimly Coffee Shop
324T Changi Road, 27 Bendemeer Road, 201 Kim Tian Road, 365 Sembawang Crescent,
Singapore 419799 Singapore 330027 Singapore 160201 Singapore 751365

Hougang Mall 261 Food House Kim San Leng Food Centre Happy Hawkers
90 Hougang Avenue 10, 261 Serangoon Central Drive, 46 Owen Road, 671 Edgefield Plains,
#04-11 #01-15 #01-267 #01-01
Singapore 538766 Singapore 550261 Singapore 210046 Singapore 820671

AMK 347 Food House Kim San Leng Food Centre Coffee United @ Elias Mall
347 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, 259 Bukit Panjang Ring Road, 623 Elias Road,
Singapore 560347 Singapore 670259 Singapore 510623