31 Oct '11, 2am

#sgfood Beng Thin Hoon Kee opens in Toa Payoh: Singapore oldest Hokkien restaurant expands. Is it worth checking out?

#sgfood Beng Thin Hoon Kee opens in Toa Payoh: Singapore oldest Hokkien restaurant expands. Is it worth checking out?

Cantonese and Teochew restaurants are dime and a dozen in Singapore but Hokkien cuisine rarely ever feature on Chinese restaurants’ suzy turn tables. The lack of Hokkien restaurants is ironic given that Hokkiens account for a good 43% of the Chinese population in the country (source: 2010 Singapore census). So you can imagine the spurt of excitement when I realized that the grand dame of Hokkien cuisine, Beng Thin Hoon Kee , was planting an outlet at Toa Payoh, just a few steps away from Shop & Save supermarket. The seniors amongst us will know that Beng Thin Hoon Kee, reportedly Singapore’s oldest Hokkien restaurant, started life humbly in year 1949. Since year 1979, however, the restaurant started operating from OCBC Centre and it wasn’t until 31 years later before it branched out. This much I discovered from perusing the restaurant’s history clearly recorded in the menu...

Full article: http://food.insing.com/feature/beng-thin-hoon-kee-opens-i...

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