CBD goers now have more options than ever, but the local cuisine scene there is booming now, especially with the new Hai Kee Chicken Rice and Old Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh pop-up along 49 Circular Road which opens today. At this space, Fortynine, how has partnered with the two brands, plays home to them, bringing them to the CBD for hungry office workers.
Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken
With outlets in the east, Hai Kee Soy Sauce Chicken is now venturing into the central region. Here, the menu is simple — either get Chicken Rice (S$4.90), Char Siew Rice (S$5.90), or the Signature Towkay Meal (S$7.50) which will get you the classic soy sauce chicken over a bed of chicken rice, homemade prawn beancurd roll, Shanghai greens, half a tau kwa, and half an egg.
The dishes here are served in Hai Kee’s signature striking red take out boxes regardless of whether you opt to dine in or take them away.
Old Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh
In operation since 1972, Old Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh has since been taken over by the successor of the OG owner, but the bak kut teh‘s just as good. They’re the first stall to have conceptualised the Stir Fried Bak Kut Teh (S$9) and what you’ll find is a gorgeous, fork-tender assembly of flavours that pair extremely well with plain White Rice (S$0.50).
The classic, peppery soup version of Bak Kut Teh (S$8) is also available for those who prefer that iteration of it, as well as sides to munch on like Braised Peanut (S$2.50) and Pickles (S$2.50). Again, the dishes are served as-is, and are even prepared by chefs from Old Hock Kee themselves, despite this concept being a pop-up.
We’re not sure what else is set to occupy the next pop-up just yet, but it’s worth keeping our eyes peeled for it.
📍 49 Circular Road
🕒 11.30am-10.30pm (Mon to Fri), 10am-6pm (Sat), Closed on Sun
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