HOLLAND VILLAGE FOOD GUIDE: Leong Wei Roasted Delight
We all know the cost of food has gone up quite a fair bit. It’s no longer easy to buy a $2 lunch anymore. Even if you can find one, the quality of the food will likely be bad. As the saying goes, “good things not cheap, cheap thing not good.”
There are, however, always exceptions.
One of them is Leong Wei Roasted Delight in Holland Drive Food Centre. This stall is what I would classify as CNG (cheap and good).
Prices for a plate of char siew or sio bak rice starts from only $2. I am not kidding. Yes, $2, you heard it correctly.
Kudos to the stall owners who have not increased their prices for more than 30 years!
With this kind of price level, it is not surprising to see the queue every lunchtime. The queue usually starts forming even before the stall opens at 11.30am. After all, who can turn away from cheap and good food?
Don’t be disheartened by the queue because the service is usually prompt. But there are times when it is held up by someone who ta pao (takeaway) many packets.
I ordered my plate of char siew and sio bak combination for only $3, which came with a fairly generous portion. With an additional bowl of soup for only $2.50, I had a very hearty meal.
The char siew and sio bak did not disappoint me. Leong Wei Roasted Delight did live up to its name because the meats were sheer delight.
Char siew was savoury, tender, juicy and not too sweet. If you are looking for the Malaysian style that is caramelised and with more fats than meat, then this is not for you. If you are health-conscious, then you can eat without guilt, without any sacrifice on the taste.
Leong Wei’s sio bak was delicious with some amount of fats. The golden-brown skin was crispy. With gravy poured over the rice and with their special chilli sauce, everything tasted just right.
If you have the chance, you must also try their roast duck. You can order a lunch combo set with three kinds of meats and soup for only $7.90. So cheap where to find?
Choices of Soup for Only $2.50 Each
To top it all, the pork rib soup with sze chuan vegetable I ordered was very flavourful. It even came with three pieces of meaty pork ribs. I slurped up every spoonful of the soup.
Leong Wei offers many options of soups, all at $2.50 each:
- Peanuts with chicken feet
- Salted vegetable with duck wing
- Lotus soup with spare ribs
- Black eyed beans with spare ribs
- Sze chuan vegetable with chicken
- Sze chuan vegetable with spare ribs
- Winter melon with chicken
- Winter melon with spare ribs
- Watercress with chicken
- Watercress with spare ribs
My overall verdict: 4.25/5
Danny Han is a licensed property agent since 2005.
As a kampong (village) boy growing up in Holland Village, he has so many fond memories. He grew up with pigsty (yuk!), cemetery, swamp and communal-living (with 10 families under one roof). His childhood games were gasing (spinning top), marbles, kites, spider-fighting and tree-climbing. An open-air cinema was his source of entertainment. 7th-month Hungry Ghost wayang (Chinese opera) and getai (concert) was a once-a-year event that brought the entire village together.
What Danny is passionate about is not just about showing clients properties around Holland Village, but also enjoys sharing anecdotes and nuggets of information that are part of his growing up years.
Danny is an avid hiker and passionate foodie. He has covered most of the nature trails in Singapore, including some that are off the beaten track. Living up to his motto, “walk to eat,” he enjoys going out with his wife, a retired academician, on a food hunt across the island. He also has some foodie kakis who mix work with food. They then share their gastronomic experiences through food blogs. So do watch out, because every time he shows you a property, he will tell you what is the best food nearby!