I finally made my way here to eat the much lauded 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist. It was lunchtime on Sunday, and the queue had already begun before the stall opened at 11:30am. But it moves fast, so don’t worry, just jump in. It is going to be worth it. My foodie friend and I each got a plate of char siew and roast pork (S$5.50 each).
The roast pork here gets so much publicity. Indeed it is commendable with that ultra crispy and crumbly biscuit-like skin. However, what really surprised my foodie friend and I though, was the char siew: this kind of quality you’ll only find in KL, usually. Each juicy bite is an epiphany with the perfect marinade and expert roasting. To think I almost didn’t want to go for char siew; I’m usually not a fan. But this one blew me away. We both found this more impressive than the roast pork.
We found that every aspect of the meal was thoughtfully done. The texture of the rice was perfect, not mushy. The quality of the condiments: good sambal with dried shrimp, and a nice tangy garlic chili dip. Even the gravy is gorgeously thick and richly infused with Chinese herbs and spices.
Definitely worth many return visits despite its location.
88 HONG KONG ROAST MEAT SPECIALIST
53 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207566
Open daily 11am to 9pm (Sundays they open a little later at 11:30am)
And they often sell out the roast pork by 5pm, so go early