Circuit Road Market Vegetarian
Location: Blk 80 Circuit Road Market #02-03
Opening Hours: Daily until 1pm
Veg Lontong is not a dish you commonly find in typical vegetarian stalls, so I decided to seize this opportunity and order it here. The dish comprises of cabbage, long beans, a huge chunk of fried tofu and of course the vital ingredient of rice cakes (lontong). The mellow curry sauce was just perfect, it was creamy and smooth, without falling victim of being too spicy. The highlight of the dish for me was the cabbage, it was cooked just perfectly and absorbed all the curry sauce exceptionally. You can request this dish with or without an egg. A really tasty version of this popular Asian breakfast dish.
Price: $2.50. 8/10
One of the dishes Jiao urged me to try was the Mee Siam, and so I obliged. For those unfamiliar with this dish, it is similar in appearance to mee rebus, but flavour wise it is quite different. The noodles in this dish are the thin vermicelli variety. The sauce (instead of pumpkin) is derived from peanut, it is sweet, sour and spicy all at the same time - Superb. Once again, I think this dish was brilliantly done, with it being jam packed with flavour. This is another dish that is synonymous with breakfast munching. It's a little odd for me, as it's too rich, spicy and flavourful for morning time, I can't see it replacing my cereal and toast!
Price: $2.50. 8/10
Finally, we have the Fried Black Kwey Teow. I am an easy man to please when it comes to this dish, as it would rank among one of my most loved. However, something that can be improved upon in this dish is not mixing the chili spice into the dish. I prefer the chili to be either non-existent, or separate so I can choose to add it if I so desire. Additionally, I found it lacking that undertone of sweetness, which I typically expect from a good fried kuey teow. The rest of the flavours hit all the right marks though, so hardly a disastrous dish - Some areas for improvement though.
Price: $3.00. 6/10
Conclusion - What do we as customers want from a good hawker centre stall? The answer to that is great tasting food at really cheap prices. This vegetarian stall in circuit road certainly has astounding ticks in both of those boxes. The food is simple, yet really delicious. One minor critique would be that the mee siam and kuey teow was a little too spicy, I found myself needing a dish that had little spice and richness to it. For myself, I used to work very close to this area and was surprised I had not heard of it before. It's a place I would certainly recommend you try if you're in this area.
Food - 8/10
Service - 7/10
Value - 9/10