After attending an event at Keong Saik, and hearing the name ‘Kok Sen’ mentioned multiple times, he wanted to visit the eatery (not quite a restaurant) while I was not as enthusiastic. When an F&B place gets honored with Michelin stars and whatnot, standards are likely to drop because of the sudden influx of customers and quality is compromised when the kitchen cannot keep up with the increase in demand. What’s more, Kok Sen appears to be a long-time favorite of many folks who like zi char meals. So we ordered only one dish at Kok Sen, of Michelin Bib Gourmand fame, and kept our fingers crossed, hoping it would taste good. And be worth that *gulp* exorbitant pricetag.
Even before 5.30pm on Saturday evening, the place was already packed with diners. We managed to get the last remaining table right out at the front, next to the parked cars… and the green garbage bin. And we settled down to what we thought would be a quiet dinner for two. Alas! The store assistant tasked with taking orders ushered three more folks to join us at the table. Apparently, there’s no fixed number of diners who may be seated at any table. Simply drag some plastic stools with you and you’re free to join in. So we had three pairs of eyes watch us and the food, because they arrived later and their food was being prepared while we ate. (@_@)
Here’s the menu if you’d like to browse:
When it was served up, I had to ask what dish this was, as it looked like a dish of chili crab due to the color of the sauce. It was the Big Prawns Hor Fun he had ordered. This dish costs $17.50. Probably the most pricey hor fun I’ve ever eaten by the side of the road in non-airconditioned discomfort.
I have only two words to describe the dish: Over-priced, over-rated.
The prawns are big, yes. I think there were all of 3 prawns. Some noodles, some veggies, and lots of fried shallots. The sauce is thick and gooey, like chili crab sauce but saltier and with some heat from the chili. I’d hazard a guess that there was MSG as well ‘cos I was so thirsty after eating this.
Thankfully, there wasn’t any GST or service charge added to the bill. So $17.50 it was. And they didn’t charge us anything extra for the wet tissue (which we didn’t use anyway). I think I’ll keep the $17.50 next time.
If you’d like to visit anyway:
30-32 Keong Saik Road
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 5pm-11.30pm, closed every alternate Monday.