63 Jurong West Central 3, #03-90 / 95, Mongkok Street @ Jurong Point, Singapore 648331
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That day, Mon Beau came to Jurong Point to meet me after my appointment, so we could have dinner. After walking about the massive shopping centre, we decided to find something to eat in Mongkok Street section - thereby chancing across Central Hong Kong Cafe.
Vintage decor of the place brings one back to Hong Kong, probably in the 70s - 80s period. Posters, old-fashioned flasks and Hong Kong restaurant tables and chairs formed part of the decor; we enjoyed the settings because I love Hong Kong and its culture.
We started with a beverage - Hot Coke Boiled with Lemon and Ginger (SGD$3.90) ; soothing, tasty, and I suspect, beneficial as well.
The Che Zai Mian aka "Cart Noodles" (SGD$6.00) was offered in dry or soup option; we chose the latter. Broth was clear and light in flavor; but the fine noodles had the texture we like - springy and delicate. Best of all, the bowl was filled with pots of ingredients such as fried chicken wing, hard boiled braised egg, fried pig's skin, fishball, crabstick, sausage, vegetables and spring onion. It made for a very satisfying dish.
The item that had caught our attention before we stepped in was Durian Fried Rice (SGD$8.90). We had some concern over the taste before trying, like, wouldn't it be weird? However, the first bite immediate set us at ease and we enjoyed this dish immensely.
Rice was grainy but well-moistened; delicious with the smokey wok's breath flavour that worked in good harmony with the gentle aroma of durian. Besides fresh shrimps and eggs, one could also find tiny bits of durian flesh within the fried rice, making it immensely enjoyable.
Overall, we enjoyed our dining experience at Central Hong Kong Cafe and look forward to being back eat the above dishes again, or try other items on the menu.