Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood @ Alexandra Village Food Centre


Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood is one of the top 20 winners of this year Singapore Favourite Food 2013. The zi char place took up 2 stalls at Alexandra Village Food Centre. The stall is owned by Mr Eng Boon Har but you will not be surprised to see his 18 years old son behind the wok cooking your delicious food. His son has been cooking since 13 years old under the watchful eyes of his father has learnt the trade well. He is probably one of the youngest hawker in Singapore. Looks like there is hope for the next generation in Singapore's hawker heritage. By the way he is quite good looking too.

Prawn Paste Chicken 3.5/5

The Prawn Paste Chicken was deep fried to a nice crisp golden brown colour. However the prawn paste flavour was a bit mild.

Salted Egg Pork Ribs 4.2/5

I guess anything that is done with salted egg already is a winner for me. The Salted Egg Pork Ribs at the Zi Char stall was really good. Further enhanced with the curry leaves, the flavours were top notch for the succulent pork ribs.

Sambal Stingray 4.2/5

This is probably one of the better Sambal Stingray I have tried. The chilli was the star that complemented the BBQ Sambal Stingray. Besides the sambal chilli, a must for me is the chinchalok dipping sauce to go with the stingray. I am glad that the zi char stall serves it too.

Stir Fried Kai Lan 4/5

Timely to have a huge plate of greens to balance off the feast. The Stir Fried Kai Lan was not overcooked, still have a nice crunch to it. The fried shallots gave the vegetable a nice fragrant and crisp when eaten.

Stir Fried La La 3.5/5

When shellfish is not cleaned probably, you end up eating sand with the flesh. I have to say I did not have such encounter with the Zi Char stall's Stir Fried La La. The La La may not be very big but they were really sweet.

Cereal Prawns 4.2/5

The Cereal Prawns was pretty awesome too. Besides the fresh and succulent prawns, the cereal condiments with the hint of curry flavour was heavenly. It gave the dish an additional flavour and texture enjoyment which complemented the prawns.

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood at Alexandra Village Food Centre serves pretty delectable cooked food. The stall can be easily identified as their staff are dressed in a bright orange tee shirt.

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood
Alexandra Village Food Centre
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1
Singapore 150120
Nearest MRT: Queenstown (EW Line), Redhill (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 4pm - 11pm

1) Alight at Queenstown MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop at Queenstown MRT station (Stop ID 11149). Take bus number 195. Alight 3 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Redhill MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to bus stop opposite Redhill MRT station (Stop ID 10201). Take bus number 33 or 120. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to destination. Journey time 10 minutes. [Map]


  1. Oh, i love this stall. But I think it's different. The old stall is called "Rong Guang" and it moved to Clementi. This one is "Star Yong Kwang." Hm... are they brothers opening different stalls?

    1. I think original stall is Rong Guang then it moved to Bukit Merah HDB..before moving a few doors to the hawker centre.

  2. worst service ever! I ordered Stingray and Sotong. The lady asked to pay first and told me it was $30 in total. I was totally shock by the price and asked ahow were the charges for each dish. She replied that the $14 Stingray was out of stock?!!? And was left with the $18. Only telling me after I had paid? Waited nearly 45 minutes for my order to arrive and what shock me was that the plate had written S$16 for the Stingray and $10 for the Sotong??!?? I asked the person who brought the food to our table and demand an explanation! A few minutes later, a lady came over and she mention that it was the S$18 Stingray served and the $12 Sotong served and she mention that the service staff had written the wrong pricing. I asked her, can't it be that coincidental that BOTH plates was written with the wrong pricing? And she just walked away rudely. Does it mean that the Chef had cooked accordingly to the price written on the plate and had over charged us??!

    1. I am sorry to hear about the experience. Dishonesty will evenutally lead to the downfall.

  3. The food taste alright but I found it pricey as the portion us too small for the price charged.

    1. I heard about their pricing, unfortunately I can't tell them what to do. Probably their rental is ex too. However if customer does not find it value for money, they will eventually survive and lose their customer base.

  4. We came looking for a quick late dinner and settled here since most stalls were closed. Ordered a small horfun and a plate of spinach.. And we were told that the bill is $22. The horfun was $8 while the spinach was $14. To be honest, we were surprised by their steep prices for the food. It is still located in a hawker centre after all, not a stand alone restaurant. To add on, the food served was really mediocre.. Totally nothing to rave about at all.

    1. You are not the first to to complain about their pricing. If they continued to be like that most likely they will lose the customers. I guess next time better check the price before ordering at any zichar stall.To be fair, you have horfun and spinach. Probably the incident has already spoilt your experience.

  5. Price is exorbitantly high for a hawker stall ! I just went there with my 13 years old son and was charged a total of $52.60 for 2 persons dinner at a hawker centre stall , we could have gone to a restaurant. I asked for small portion for all our order & the stall said OK. We had sambal mussels charged at $14 (full of empty shells,very few mussels,none of the mussel sticked to the shells & they are pathetically small), a small oyster omelette charged at $12. very small serving of sambal kangkong (very salty & oily) charged at $8 , 1 bowl of steamed rice (poor quality rice) charged at $0.60 and 1 bbq stingray ( asked for small but they charged me $18 which stated on the receipt as the price for the large portion & they claimed they have only 1 size. However, I later found out that was a dishonest claim, when I asked the cashier about the next table having a much bigger piece of stingray and was that charged at $18 since she said only 1 size & 1 price, then she said that was $22.
    Taste of food was below average ,sambal was too sweet. I told the stall cashier off that they are too expensive and not honest with pricing and that I will never return to them,first & last time patronizing. No expression from her face with such feedback from me. Full of regrets patronizing this stall. Avoid this stall at all cost!

    1. You are not the first to complain about the stall. I have not been back but I am definitely against dishonestly. I suspect the standard has also dropped since my last visit. Anyway they are more of a zichar stall not really a hawker stall where u get your item below $5. To be fair, for $52.60 you get 4 dishes , which is about there if you in at a zichar place.

  6. Avoid this stall at all cost! Pricing is exorbitantly high. I had dinner with my 13 years old son and we were charged at a total of $52.60, could have eaten at a restaurant. Moreover, food taste below average, sambal was too sweet. The sambal kangkong was very salty & oily. The sambal mussels were full of empty shells and with very few small sized mussels, none of them sticked to the shells. I asked for small portion for all our order but I was charged either large or medium portion pricing. When I confronted the stall, they said their stingray only has 1 size and 1 price at $18, no small one. I asked for the receipt and it was printed as $18 for large. Then I saw the next table having a much bigger size stingray & I asked her was that priced at $18 too like what she had just claimed. Then she told me it was $22 for that size. The printed receipt does not even have $22 portion. Totally dishonest & I feel so ripped off!! I told them off that they are too expensive and that will be my first & last time patronizing them. Will warn everyone not to patronize this stall or you will end up with a bleeding heart like mine, heartache!!!

    1. You are not the first to complain about the stall. I have not been back but I am definitely against dishonestly. I suspect the standard has also dropped since my last visit. Anyway they are more of a zichar stall not really a hawker stall where u get your item below $5. To be fair, for $52.60 you get 4 dishes , which is about there if you in at a zichar place.

    2. Thanks for agreeing on the point of dishonesty. We actually wanted to eat grilled seafood , that was why we went to this stall. Did not expect it to turn out to be a Zi Char stall. If we were looking for a Zhi Char stall, we would have gone to Hong Kong Street at the coffee shop next to the AIA building in the vicinity. For your info, it would have cost us much less. Just not long ago at our visit to Hong Kong Street Zi Char, we ordered 1 steamed fish head, 1 fried spinach, 1 tofu special & 1 Bittergourd soup, the meal for 3 only cost us $37. I really disagree with your reasoning of $52.60 for 4 dishes for 2 persons at a Zhi char stall is reasonable. Please blog on reasonably priced good food stalls, they are still quite a number of such stalls around in Singapore.

    3. 1 Steamed Fish Head, 1 Fried Spinach, 1 Tofu Special and 1 Bittergourd Soup against 1 Sambal Mussels, 1 Sambal KangKong, 1 Oyster Omelette, 1 Sambal StingRay. I left to the other readers to study for themselves whether you are comparing apple to apple.

    4. The comparison was made as such in response to your last statement that it was fair to expect & reasonable to pay $52.60 for 4 dishes at a Zi Char stall. If you are referring to an apple with apple comparison, let me tell you what I paid for 2 pax dinner at The Meeting P,ace BBQ Seafood at Clementi Ave.2 recently : Sambal Kangkong - $4, Sambal Mussels-$8,Grilled Stingray -$10,Seafood Fried Rice-$4,Cockles $6 and Seafood Omelette - $6 , a total of $38 for 6 dishes at this BBQ Seafood stall.

  7. I seldom leave food reviews online, but I just thought of sharing this to create awareness so people will not fall into dishonesty.

    We went to this stall to order 1 x stingray (small $10) and 1 x kai lan (small $8) and 2 rice ($1.20) for dinner. Total bill came up to S$27.20. We were totally shocked after checking my change and I immediately thought we were shortchanged so we walked back to the stall.

    I asked the the cashier whether she gave me wrong change - she told me immediately that the stingray was $18, not $10. I pointed to their menu which states $10 / $18 / $XX (Small/Medium/Large) for the stingray, she confronted me and told us that $18 is their “small”.

    I had no choice as I did not want to spoil my evening so I walked back to my table.

    This will be the first and last visit.

    Feeling damn sian because we never had a $18 stingray at a hawker centre before - not even chomp chomp!



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