Sunday, October 6, 2019
Fook Kin (福劲) @ Killiney Road - Heavenly Char Siew Brought To You By Roast Paradise
Nestled along the shophouses at Killiney Road, Fook Kin is all about damn good Char Siew. With its brightly lit with neon lights and retro-Chinese furnishings juxtaposed with edgy graffiti murals, it is not difficult to spot. Conceptualised by The Muttons DJs, this restaurant serves up dishes centred around Cantonese-style roasts in a modern setting, and partnering with the famed Roast Paradise hawker stall means Fook Kin is not just about the ambience, it is about the food too.
While most of such modern concepts and even Chinese restaurants have switched to using automated equipment for their roasts, the team here still uses the labour-intensive traditional Apollo Drum roast oven. What resulted is a plate of their signature Caramelised Char Siew ($6.80), that I find unbeatable. It had a sweet, smokey charred exterior that behaved almost like the caramelised sugar crust of a creme brulee. A very subtle crack as I took a bite and the meat encased within was delicious with its fats nicely broken down. Its texture was impressive, like a perfectly seared Waygu beef steak. Even when picking up the thicker cuts, they were just as good.
As for the Golden Crackling Siew Yoke ($6.50), the cracking was excellent, and the meat was tender, but a fattier cut would have made it even more satisfying.
Side dishes are available for sharing as well. One of the popular appetisers here is the Triple Happiness Tofu ($9.80), featuring cold tofu topped with floss, roe and century egg. The amount of century egg was disappointing, and its much-anticipated flavours didn't come through as well.
Two Way Kai Lan ($9.80) is delightful with a portion of fried finely chopped Kai Lan. It tasted a lot like kale, and I find it really moreish with the floss topping.
With its roasts and this bowl of Golden Lotus Roots Crisps ($7.80), Fook Kin has a great potential of being a themed bar. After all, they do have a private dining room behind, like where a speakeasy bar will be situated. Tossed with salted egg yolk, these thick cuts of lotus roots chips are finger-licking tasty bar bites to have along with your beers. The beer selection is limited but good enough for an affording drinking session with yourself or your buddies.
Fook Kin offers hearty rice and noodle dishes too. A light version of Maggie Choo in Bangkok, I would say.
Written and photography by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
Fook Kin 福劲
111 Killiney Road
Tel: +65 67373488
Nearest MRT: Somerset (NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 930pm
1) Alight at Somerset MRT station. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Cut through Comcentre to Killiney Road. Turn right onto Killiney Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]