When I was back in December with J for our Singapore wedding, my dad brought us to Whampoa for dinner. He was insistent that Whampoa had really good food, and since we still had a car then, we all packed up the vehicle (wasn’t too hard, since it was just grandma, dad, mom, J and I — 3 missing brothers and their girlfriends!) Here are some other posts about food we had that night at Whampoa Makan Place (hawker center): Mang Jia Jiao Satay, Hoover Rojak, Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang, Whampoa Satay Bee Hoon, Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee.
This rojak was how we convinced my mum to join for dinner that night. My mum loves rojak, and she used to visit this particular stall a lot when she was growing up, since her school was close by. Hoover rojak was named because it used to be located next to the now-closed Hoover Cinema, just down the street from where Whampoa Makan Place is now. The power of good food can move people! Haha! Anyway, this is a very famous rojak stall. There was a long line for most of the night we were there (we sat two stalls away, and could just see the snakey line!)
Here, you can see J standing in line for plate number 2 of this rojak. So good! 2 plates!!
Rojak – $4 minimum: I will just say that this is the best rojak I’ve ever had in my life, and I can’t figure out why. Here’s what I figured that is good. The you tiao (dough fritters) are super crisp and still hold their crunch after being drenched in sauce. The sauce is less pungent and salty than other sauces, and they use a lot of peanuts–love! Also, there is jelly fish in this rojak for textural contrasts. If you know me, I’m mad about texture, and this is an instance where crunchy fruit/veggies, crunchy peanuts and crunchy jellyfish all go well together. Great rojak. Best rojak. Yum!
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
Address: #01-06, Whampoa Food Centre, 90 Whampoa Drive, Singapore 320090
Telephone: +65 90214593
Hours: W-M | 10.30am – 9.30pm
T | 10.30am – 6pm
Price Range: $ (Below $10 per person)
Overall: Very good!