Wednesday, December 16, 2020

Famous Pao Fan (一泡而红) @ Jalan Sultan - Lobster Pao Fan For $16


Pao Fan is a dish that is only served in Chinese restaurants, has now made its way into the neighbour food centres and food courts. Actor Chew Chor Meng has recently opened Famous Pao Fan (一泡而红), offering the dish at an affordable price. Actor Chew Chor Meng is not new to the F&B scene, having successfully opened 888 Mookata and The Famous Zhou. There are a total of 7 variety of Pao Fan in the menu with a selection of side dishes.

Lobster Pao Fan 3.8/5

The signature is the Lobster Pao Fan ($16) which comes with half a lobster, clams, fried egg and crispy rice puff. The broth is the light and refreshing, unlike those that come with a rich crustacean flavour usually served in a Chinese restaurant. I understand from the Chew Chor Meng, the savoury broth is boiled for hours that consists of pork bone, chicken and prawn. By the way, the lobster pao fan has limited quantity daily.

Kurobuta Pork with Lala Pao Fan 4/5

Chew Chor Meng was sharing with me that his favourite is actually the Kurobuta Pork with Lala Pao Fan ($8). I can't agree more. I find that the sweetness of the kurobuta pork gives the broth that extra lift in flavour, complemented by the clams.

Fried Red Grouper with Lala Pao Fan 3/5

Double Fish Pao Fan 3.5/5

For the fish porridge lovers, you may want to try either the Fried Red Grouper with Lala Pao Fan ($6) or Double Fish Pao Fan ($6). Personally, I prefer the double fish pao fan over the fried red grouper pao fan. The red grouper is a little dry for my liking. The double fish pao fan fish meat is moister. 

Fresh Prawn with Sliced Fish Pao Fan 4/5

The other favourite of mine is the Fresh Prawn with Sliced Fish Pao Fan ($6). The sweetness from the prawn further enhanced the broth for a more satisfying enjoyment.

Fried Tofu, Luncheon Meat, Prawn Roll 3/5

Last but not least, you can complete your meal with some side dishes. Available on the menu is Fried Tofu ($3), Luncheon Meat ($3) and Prawn Roll ($4). It is nothing extraordinary, though.

For a bowl of pao fan starting from $4.50, this is definitely a steal. I was hoping that the pao fan is more generous with the accompanying ingredients as there was a lot of rice. I actually ended up eating plain rice with the broth as there were not many ingredients for me to finish the bowl of rice with. I understand cost is a factor, maybe the stall can consider the option of adding marinated minced pork at an extra cost. I think it can also help to enhance the broth.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Famous Pao Fan (一泡而红)
Sultan's Kitchen Food Court
100 Jalan Sultan
Singapore 199001
Nearest MRT: Nicoll Highway (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 1030am - 830pm

1) Alight at Nicoll Highway MRT station. Take Exit A. Take the overhead bridge to City Gate. Turn right onto Jalan Sultan. Walk towards the taxi stand at Golden Sultan Plaza. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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