Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre
A taxi driver told me a few months ago that Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Hawker Centre had some of the best selections around the island for claypot rice, bak chor mee, and fishball noodle. We stopped on by there tonight to see if there were any truth to his claim. There certainly were a number of cabs parked out front.
The stall with the longest lines was Song Kee Fishball Noodle (#1-354M), so we went ahead and got that first. The dry mee pok version seemed to be the popular choice. I liked how they had two different types of fishballs, one of which was coarser in texture and a bit tastier (or at least, relievingly different). But while the overall dish was spicy and oily, the mee pok was overdone to the point where it was mushy and thus still brought down the entire dish in the end. Maybe the other noodle options would be better.
The claypot rice available from stall #1-330M looked decent, but they needed us to wait 20 minutes. So in the meantime, I also grabbed a bowl of bak chor mee from their neighbor at #1-328M. This was quite different with a dark sweet sauce that just didn't appeal to me. The claypot rice came shortly after that. This didn't quite do anything for me either. I didn't taste bad, but the only thing that really sparked my interest was the crispy scorched stuff on the bottom, and even then, it was a bit hard to scrape off.
I'm pretty sure that I won't be making any huge effort to come back here when there are others that I like better. I think the only thing interesting that I saw were these fish skeletons hanging from some lady's stall, but I was so focused on the skeletons that I didn't even look at what she was actually selling.