Food Hunter

Tong Ah Eating House @ Keong Saik Street

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Tong Ah Eating House always fascinates me when I walk along Keong Saik Street. It is one of the most versatile coffee shops. The coffee uncle works in a small triangular work space and people sit around the shop’s triangular periphery having their coffee or their meals.

However, this iconic 75 year old  coffee shop located in a red and white shophouse has sadly relocated due to a new development making way; it is still along the same stretch in a smaller shophouse at 35 Keong Saik Street.

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Tofu with Minced Pork and Chai Por (preserved radish) | Claypot Fried Chicken | Stirred fried Kai-Lan (Chinese broccoli) | Coffee Ribs 

This place has two must tries. Its serves zhi char (Chinese home-style dishes) and has one of the best traditional coffee! Apart from the vegetables in the picture, the other three were chef recommendations. The coffee ribs dish is a must try especially if you are a coffee lover. The fried chicken had a tangy lemongrass twist to it.

If you are not there for dinner, the breakfast is also amazing. Their coffee is brewed in the old Nanyang style and the crispy kaya toast with its cold butter strips are sure to kick start your day!

How I wish that old places like this would carry on its heritage and be retained instead of being relocated. I do miss this old peculiar triangular shophouse!

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