Is good food worth queuing for? I would think so! Kok Sen Restaurant has probably become a possible favourite zi char restaurant for me! Keong Saik Road was a known red-light district in the early days but it has transformed into a bustling street of great cafes and restaurants as well. Kok Sen was recommended by my classmate so the few of us decided on this place for dinner.
According to Daniel’s Food Diary, they were listed in the Singapore Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016 and 2017! He also mentioned that queues and waiting times were getting longer too. But yes, if it is so highly recommended, I must try it too!
Queues start on the outside of the restaurant, towards the right. Staff will ask the standard question of “How many people are there in your group?”. Be prepared to share a table with other diners and I believe they are doing that so as to reduce the waiting time.
We had the Braised Ribs with Bittergourd in Black Bean Sauce which was amazing. The meat was tender from the long braising, and the harshness of the bittergourd was mellowed because of the rich but flavourful sauce.
A must-have would be their Claypot Yong Tau Foo. You’ll be able to spot your friendly vegetables: Eggplant, beancurd, and chilli. Their filling is a mixture of fish and prawn paste, and it had a rustic charm to it because it was not pounded to a fine paste like other Yong Tau Foos. Oh one more thing, it’s served bubbling hot!
And who can ever forget the usual Kangkong? I’m a fan of both the Sambal Kangkong and the normal (清炒) version that is fried with garlic. It was good, but there was a slight absence of the familiar wok hei you can taste whenever you order this dish.
Finally the last dish: Kung Bao Frogs’ Legs! It is a spicy stir-fried Chinese dish that is normally made with chicken as many people know it by its Chinese name: 宫保鸡丁 (Gong Bao Chicken). Meat was tender, no doubt about it. The slightly charred dried chilli gave this dish a smokey aroma and a nice kick to it.
30 Keong Saik Rd
Outram Park MRT Station (EW16)
Mondays – Sundays: 12:00PM – 2:00PM, 5:00PM – 11:00PM