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Friday, August 26, 2011

Hin Hollywood Canteen

Wonderful memories flooded to my mind the moment we reached this area tucked away off Tanjong Katong Road.

If you were a stranger to this place, you may not decide to have a meal here.

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Small, cramped, untidy, almost dilapidated.

Little would you expect to find a few gems of a stall here in this small canteen!

My colleagues and I purposed to visit this place for lunch as the mostly aged stall owners are counting down to the last few days of their tenancy here…. after half a century of operations.

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I passed by this ordinary-looking tree situated firmly outside the canteen. Almost every Sunday from the years 1999 – 2002, my church friends and I would, due to a lack of space, set up table under this very tree to have our lunch. We risked falling leaves and bird shit dropping into our savoury bowls and heads! I will definitely miss this tree for sure too…. Nostalgic indeed…

When we reached the canteen at a quarter to two pm, it was still hustling and bustling with the lunch crowd.

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Judging from the queue at the wanton mee stall, it must be delicious! Strangely, I couldn’t recall ever having it during those old days. Not a big wanton mee fan anyway…

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The char kway teow looked good too but I did  hear of a couple of cockroach incidents related to this stall… You may still want to support this really old char kway teow uncle chef and order a plate for compassion sake! Say your grace before tucking in!

I remembered I only ate 2 things here – Duck porridge/rice and dry ban mian. Many of my friends and I believed the stall here invented the dry ban mian. I don’t really care about its history, I just know I love it!

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We decided to order and eat like there’s no tomorrow (true in a sense!). Here’s a feast for your eyes!

Dry Ban Mian.

With fried shallots and anchovies and drenched in a slightly sweet black sauce + chilli.

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The soup that accompanied it. Inside the soup are minced pork, vegetables, fishcake, mushrooms and egg.

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Duck meat.

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Delicious chilli.

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Tau pok and egg.

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We finished almost every morsel of food on the plates.

Verdict: SUPER SATISFIED!

Some info that you may be interested to know.

  • The canteen will shut down by the end of August.
  • A few weeks ago, I wanted to come here for a late lunch at 3pm. By then most of the stalls are closing as they had sold out their food… Come early!
  • The ban mian & wanton mee stall has no plans of relocation as yet.
  • The duck rice stall will be shifting to Sims Place Market & Hawker Centre.

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  • And here’s the address of the canteen if you are interested to visit over the next few days.

Tanjong Katong

57 Tanjong Katong Road

(S)436952

It’s beside the soon-to-be-gone-too Lion City Hotel.

7 comments:

San said...

Wah, thank God I didn't blog cos the food looks SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO much more delish on your camera than my sad BB. :P

I will *sob!* miss HW Canteen!!!

Jerb said...

Me too!

Raymond said...

Hi there,

Some how I stumbled on your blog while looking for Mt. Alvenia delivery.

I was at this place last Thursday as well, going to miss one lunch place.

thanks for sharing!

Jerb said...

Hi Raymond, thanks for dropping by!

Gilbert said...

Hi, i heard from the boss of hollywood lian kee duck rice will open on 21/09/11. due market cleaning on 19/09/11 to 20/09/11.

Raymond Ong said...

I will miss the Macdonalds there. I remember snatching fries before the bus ferries me home after children church! haah

Anonymous said...

wanton mee had been shifted to Haig Road Market