Kim San Leng Food Centre Hot
This coffeeshop has a variety of stalls, including one selling chicken rice and porridge.
Hidden find amongst the heartlands
Hidden amongst the heartlands, Kim San Leng is a coffeeshop often overlooked by meal goers because of how run down it appears to be. Perhaps only those who are familiar or have lived around the area for a long time would know that this place is actually a rare find.
There are a few stalls worth trying here - mainly the Hakka Yong Tau Foo (my all time fav) and the chicken rice. The chicken rice stall is famous for its steamed boneless chicken rice, of which the chicken is cold. Doesn't seem too appealing, but it definitely tastes otherwise. You can expect a long queue for the chicken rice during meal times though.
I usually order the Hakka Yong Tau Foo because there's hardly ever a queue and it's, well, a healthier choice. For some reason the noodles, which look too bland to be edible, are always very, very tasty. If there's one reason for me to eat from this stall, it surprisingly isn't because of the soup or the ingredients but because of the noodles.
Other stalls include Indian food, and the famous Yu Kee Duck Rice.
Don't be deceived by the image of this coffeeshop, you'll be surprised to know it's actually a rare find amongst the heartlands!
User Ratings Summary
User rating summary from: 5 user(s)
Best Yong Tau Foo stall here
I've been visiting Kim San Leng food centre ever since I was a kid, and my all-time favourite stalls are the yong yau foo stall and the chicken rice stall. These two stalls are definitely one of the bests in their own leagues.
The yong tau foo stall is different from other yong tau foo stalls. The secret probably lies in their fresh ingredients and their sauce. I have no idea what the sauce is made up of, but it's extremely delicious and goes well with both the minced pork noodles and the yong tau foo soup. The chicken rice is to-die-for, with its tender chicken meat and succulent rice. Even the chicken breast meat was tender!
These two stalls always have long queues during mealtimes though, so try to visit the place during off-peak hours, or try the food from other stalls which are generally quite decent and of a better standard than other food centres.
A satisfying chicken rice meal!
When my friends and i have a chicken rice craving, where do we go to? The answer seems obvious, but Kim San Leng Food center has a stall which sells superb and yet affordable chicken rice.
We always buy one whole chicken and it is definitely enough for 8 people! The meat is smooth and tender, and the portions of vegetables are quite a lot. And the broth! The broth is so good when mixed with the rice, that my friend ordered 3 bowls of rice for dinner! No exaggeration.
The service is also not bad, the stall owner is very helpful and willing to refill soup upon request. A nice hawker center experience overall.
Go for the Chicken rice
If i come to this food centre, it can only be for one purpose, the chicken rice! The queues are crazy, especially during lunch hours and can even stretch up to 3pm on weekdays. Nonetheless its worth the 20-30minute queue!
For just $3 you get a huge plate of chicken rice that comes with many chicken pieces, and a refreshing salty picked vegetable soup. The star lies in the chicken. It is chilled chikcen which was covered in ice before serving. Heard that it makes the chicken more tender, trust me, even the chicken breast was soft and tender! The rice was also flavourful yet not too oily for the stomach.
There are also other choices in Kim San Leng that has queues at times like the Yongtau foo and the duck rice stall. At night, the zi char stall is also bustling with business! I envy those who stay around the Bishan Neighbourhood!
Neighbourhood food centre
I believe majority of the people that live nearby would settle most of their meals there if they aren't cooking at home. They have a variety of different stalls and hence it is able to cater almost everyone's liking.
I would rather settle my lunch or dinner at this food centre than Junction 8 as the food here is just way too affordable compared to those in other eateries. The best part is that it tastes way more delicious than those in the malls as I believe that they focus more on the taste of their food than the looks of it.
Palatable Fishball Mee Pok!
Kim San Leng food centre at Bishan is the only place I have my meals whenever I head down to Bishan. Might sound a little exaggerating, but since the only area I go down to Bishan for is near the food centre itself, I prefer to have my meals there rather than Junction 8 or other eateries.
I usually order the Fishball Mee Pok, which is savoury and yet filling. It has both quantity and quality. For just $3, you get 3 fishballs, mee pok, and a bowl of soup. Other than the Mee Pok, the chicken rice there is also a must-try. If you are not a fan of queueing up for delicious food, however, you can give it a miss. I queued for about 15 minutes for the chicken rice, and I must tell you that it's extremely worthwhile.
If you're working in its vicinity, try heading down to Kim San Leng for dinner because it would (most of the time) be crowded during lunch hours.