(Written by Dora)
Located in the west of Singapore, is a favourite childhood haunt of mine. Despite the stall moving around several times from its original location at Holland Village to its current location at a void deck kopitiam at Dover Crescent, it always attracts hoards of zi char aficionados to its simple but yummy fare.
Family favourites include the ‘San Lor’ Hor Fun($12 for 2pax), an unassuming yet insanely flavourful dish of Hor fun, a generous serving of sliced fish and an abundance of beansprouts and spring onions. The simple stir fry lets the ingredients speak for themselves and it’s certainly a dish that draws me back everytime!
Another must-order dish is the ‘yu gai’ stir fry with black bean sauce($12 for 2pax). The unique thing about this dish is that the fish slices are cut thicker than normal thus provides a more satisfying mouth-feel when biting into this dish. But the star is definitely the aromatic, thick and dark black bean sauce that truly brings out the illusive ‘wok hei’ that is ever so important in zi char cooking. Tossed together with a myriad of vegetables, it’ll definitely be difficult to put your chopsticks down with this dish!
Finally, on to the namesake dish: the XO fish head beehoon($12 for 2pax). To truly appreciate all this stall has to offer, this dish is a must try. Some may find eating fish head an unsavoury experience, but others may find it delectable. I belong in the latter. Regardless, the milky soup and springy beehoon makes the stall deserving of its best fish beehoon in Singapore title IMHO. Remember not to skip out on the XO when asked!
Overall it’s a true testament to the foodie culture in Singapore. Tried and true favourites are what draws locals back time and time again! Be sure to check it out and you’ll be HOOKED (geddit geddit?) for sure (;
Holland Village XO Fish Beehoon
Jumbo Coffee Hub
#01-05 Blk 19A Dover Crescent