As mentioned earlier in my blogpost about Punggol’s Oasis Terraces, there’s this one eatery that people don’t mind queuing up for. In fact, when we first walked into this mall, my darling told me “See that long queue over there? Confirm Singapore Pools.” We walked closer to investigate and it was actually a queue to enter Lau Wang (老王). SG Pools is located downstairs, within the FairPrice supermarket. 😛 Because we were dining at Penang Kitchen yesterday, and the queue outside Lau Wang did not seem to ever get shorter, it got me really intrigued. So this morning, I cycled all the way to Oasis Terraces just to find out what’s so magical about this Lau Wang place that makes people stand in line on a weekend.
On weekdays, getting a seat is a breeze, no queuing required. The downside is that the other stores nearby are still undergoing renovation (so the noise level is quite bad). Few will stay behind after their meal and enjoy a drink or read a book because the constant hammering and drilling noises will make you want to quickly eat your food and leave. On weekends, there’s no renovation noise issue.
I wanted to try the Homemade Ngoh Hiang ($5) at lunchtime today but it’s not available because apparently they “did not have time to make it” and it’ll only be ready around 5pm today. I did try the Nyonya Chap Chye ($5.20) and Sambal Seafood ($8.50) though.
~ The Taste ~
Because the food’s served in claypots, you can be assured that they stay warm for a long time. When I was ready to leave, and to pack up the food which I couldn’t finish, I could still see steam rising from the sambal seafood dish. The latter’s slightly saltier, with a rather thick layer of oil floating at the top. There’s a good number of prawns, fish slices, sotong, and veggies like ladies finger and also mushrooms. And there’s A LOT of onion in this dish. The nyonya chap chye dish was delightful, somewhat like my comfort food.
I really can’t say that the food blew me away but I think the service is good. The lady who served up the food actually handed me the chopsticks instead of just putting it on the bowl or on one of the claypots. I don’t remember that ever happening at eateries in Singapore. Then she did the same again when she served a male diner his order. There are also helpful reminders to be careful as the claypots are really hot.
On top of having friendly staff, there’s also no GST and service charge here. So, obviously, that’s GREAT! Assuming a family of 4 comes by and orders rice for 4 pax, ngoh hiang, the nyonya chap chye I had, plus the sambal seafood and a (large) Herbal Chicken soup dish, it’ll cost just $29.60 in total, just over $7/ pax. No wonder people don’t mind the weekend queue to enter Lau Wang!
I believe I’ll be back, ‘cos I want to try the Ngoh Hiang. It’d better blow me away, ‘cos the staff said it’s always sold out really fast, and I’m pretty peeved I did not get to try it today. I thought the stars were aligned; there was no queue, I could pick any table I wanted, and service was good. Alas!
Lau Wang is located at #01-15 of Oasis Terraces, Singapore 820681 (681 Punggol Drive)