Foong Kee Roasted Meat: Super Duper Sio Bak!

Sio Bak $32/kg

Foong Kee has been battling an identity crisis ever since they were featured on Straits Times as the best Wonton Mee in town.  I admit that even I made the same mistake when I wrote about them as part of my quest to find the best Wonton Mee back in 2007.  When I went back to write about their roast meats in 2009, somehow the roast meats didn't wow me that much.  But a couple of kakis and I were around the area recently and dropped in again and this time we were compelled to order a second plate of Char Siew and Sio Bak because it was just so good!

Derrick the Chef Owner admits that Sio Bak can sometimes be a little finicky, so there are days when it is exceptional and other days when its just good.  I must have come on a day that the Sio Bak came out just perfect.  The rind was thin and crisp and the meat was seasoned all the way through and leaves you with that satisfying nutty, porky taste that lingers at the back of your throat.  It is the best Sio Bak I have had in a long while and I would actually rank it up there with the stuff they sell at Crystal Jade except that for the same amount of money, you actually get more than a few mouthfuls.  All you need to do is to bring along your own French Mustard and you are in pork heaven!  4.6/5

The same story applies to the Char Siew.  This time round, I specially asked for the half lean half fat Char Siew and it was excellent!  The meat had that wonderful, bouncy texture and it was well caramelized on the outside with that smokiness that we all love about roasted meats. Again, you need to get the right cut to experience the Char Siew in all its glory.  Too lean and you probably find it too dry.  That bit of fat really gives it just the right amount of texture and juiciness. 4.5/5


Foong Kee really should be classified under Roast Meats instead of Wonton Mee.  That said, if you are the type who look for good Char Siew with your Wonton Mee, then this stall will be sure to satisfy.  The Sio Bak was exceptional that day and its the best Sio Bak I have had for a long time.

Foong Kee Coffee Shop
6 Keong Saik Road
Singapore 089114
96953632 Derrick
11am to 8pm
Closed Sun and PH


Anonymous said...

though I read most of the posts and I seldom comment, but ....
2 weeks ago I just had Wonton Mee,
reached there after 5km run from home
and the standard
7.5/9 (There's no perfect 10)
Yes it is declicious.
Sio Bak never tried.

market2garden 2012.03.15

FooWalker said...

Nice post. I was just beside this place 2 days ago, but pressed for time so didn't go in. Devastating!! I'll have to go back soon however, because by the way you describe it, it may be one of just a handful of contenders for great roast pork, like Fatty Cheong's. Gee, I might have to eat BOTH on the same day!!

RC said...

Anyone has the link the the straits times article where Foong Kee is listed no. 1? I need to read it. Currently deveoping a wanton mee.

ieat, will you ever give a 5/5 rating for something really delicious?

ieat said...

5/5 is something really exceptional. But some people think that perfection is never achievable.

Cliff Anderson said...

After quite some time, I've just checked out your THE MUST TRY LIST again. I've never commented here before, but rest assured, I've been following your blog since 2008! ^^

And I must say... THE SIO BAK PICTURE is lovely! And now I'm hungry... Haha. Thanks for sharing, I should really hunt for it next week! :)

ieat said...

Glad you like the photo!


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