Dated back to 1950s, Hock Kee Birds Nest Drink (福记燕窝水) was started by Boon Leng's grandfather on a push cart travelling around Singapore. Boon Leng, now 26 years old is the 3rd generation taking over the business from his father has found a permanent stall for the traditional drink at Chomp Chomp Food Centre instead of the hassle of moving from one Pasar Malam to another.
Not known to many younger generation, a cup of birds nest drink is not just sugar water with agar agar. A cup of bird nest drink may look simple but it actually requires a lot of time, preparation and hard work behind the scene. The water are all 100% daily boiled to fragrance and the bird nest (Cui Yan) requires detailed picking and cleansing before serving each cup to customers.
At Hock Kee Birds Nest Drink, you can get the birds nest drink served in regular size cup ($2) and jumbo size cup ($3.50). The fragrant drink boiled with pandan leaves is very refreshing and cooling. After all the yummy hawker food at Chomp Chomp food centre, this will be the perfect drink to wash down all the greasiness or cooling oneself from the heat. If you are not into bird nest, the flagship stall has also introduced Ai Yu Drink at Chomp Chomp food centre.
For those that wanted to packet it back home to have the birds nest drink anytime of the day, Hock Kee Birds Nest Drink also sells them in bottle at $2.50 each. My little tip is to get the bottled one as it is more concentrated without the ice.
Hock Kee Birds Nest Drink (福记燕窝水) will be taking part in this year Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014 selling their Birds Nest Drink and Ai Yu Drink at the fund raising event. Do look out for Hock Kee Birds Nest Drink with the swallow bird signage.
The Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014 at Suntec Convention and Exhibition Hall 401 & 402 on 22 November 2014, 11am to 5pm is a fund raising event for the beneficiaries under the care of Touch Community Services regardless of race and religions. Coupons is required to purchase the food from the various hawkers and can be purchased at https://www.ultimatehawkerfest.sg/. While the hawkers sacrifice their time and some even a day's income to do a part for the needy and disadvantaged, I hope you can support them and do a part for charity too. See you at the Ultimate Hawker Fest 2014.
Hock Kee Birds Nest Drink (福记燕窝水)
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
20 Kensington Park Road
Nearest MRT Station: Lorong Chuan (CC Line), Serangoon (CC Line, NE Line)
Tue-Thu: 5pm - 1130pm
Fri-Sun: 5pm - 1230am
(Closed on Mon)
1) Alight at Lorong Chuan MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at New Tech Park (Stop ID 66021). Take Bus 73. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre. Journey time about 15mins. [Map]
2) Alight at Serangoon MRT station. Take Exit B or E. Walk to bus stop at Serangoon Central (Stop ID 66351). Take Bus 315. Alight 5 stops later. Walk to Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre. Journey time about 15mins. [Map]