Pork chop fried rice, prawn cakes & more by ex-Din Tai Fung chef in Bedok

by Christabel Tan

Is it a rite of passage for Din Tai Fung chefs to eventually leave and start their own business? And it’s not just any business — it’s always signature pork chop fried rice. Well, I’m not complaining. It’s nice to have more options for DTF-style fried rice at wallet-friendly prices.

Bedok is one such hotspot, and the newest contender Ding Gua Gua is no stranger to the wok. Helmed by two experienced former DTF alumni (a chef and a manager), the hawker stall puts its own unique spin on classics served at the renowned chain restaurant.

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Four types of fried rice

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Four different types of fried rice grace the menu. Go for the DTF-style Signature Egg Fried Rice (S$4), or stray away from the brand with the Sambal Fried Rice (S$4.50), or DGG Egg Fried Rice (S$4.30). But the dish that has made its mark islandwide — the Signature Egg Fried Rice with Pork Chop (S$6.50) — is placed front and centre.

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You can choose whichever fried rice you prefer and top it with the likes of Shrimp, Luncheon Meat, and Taiwanese Sausage. The DGG Taiwanese Sausage Fried Rice (S$5.80) comes highly recommended, with its smoky sweetness stealing the show for many.

Snacks reminiscent of DTF’s menu

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If these snacks remind you of those on Din Tai Fung’s menu, you’re not wrong. The Handmade Crispy Prawn Cake (S$8) is a must-try, with limited portions available daily. Other offerings of the deep-fried variety include the Fried Dumpling (S$3.80) and Crispy Duck Roll (S$5). There’s also Spicy and Sour Soup (S$5), better known by its Chinese name suan la tang, which I know some can’t get enough of.

Photo: Ck Low/facebook

Looking at the sheer number of such offerings, would anyone be up for an ex-DTF chef hawker stall food trail?

Ding Gua Gua
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???? Blk 69 Bedok South Ave 3, #01-498, Singapore 460069
???? 10.30am–8.30pm (Daily)

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