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Kampong Rojak @ East Coast Lagoon Food Village: Review
Kampong Rojak at East Coast Lagoon Food Village serves traditional Chinese rojak. This Asian salad has a good mix of vegetables and fruits such as cucumber, turnip, bean sprouts, apples and pineapple. It is mixed with prawn paste and has more elaborate ingredients including toasted you tiao (fried dough fritters) and crushed peanuts for the extra bite and texture.
The mark of a good rojak is highly dependent on its sauce – particularly the sambal belacan or prawn paste. The prawn paste from Kampong Rojak has a pungent prawn flavour and could be a little overwhelming in our opinion. Luckily, a few drops of fresh lime juice added to the dish somewhat helped to neutralise the fishy shrimp smell. Perhaps some ginger flower could be added to further elevate the overall taste.
Besides the rojak, don’t miss out the toasted you tiao (fried dough fritters) tau kwa pau (deep fried bean curd cubes) as well. This typical Chinese dish may look simple but it is not easy to perfect. The grilled tau kwa pau is slit in half and stuffed with bean sprouts and cucumber. It comes served with a dipping sauce that has a nice medley of sweet and savoury flavour, grated peanuts was sprinkled over the sauce for the extra texture and flavour.
At Kampong Rojak, the slight charred bean curd skin and the filling went pretty well with the dipping sauce. In fact, given the choice of rojak and the grilled tau kwa pau, our preference lies with the tau kwa pau.
Both the rojak and tau kwa pau from Kampong Rojak are decent in taste and flavour, opt for the tau kwa pau if you have difficulties accepting the strong prawn paste flavour in the rojak.
Kampong Rojak @ East Coast Lagoon Food Village
A: Stall 9, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, 1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960
T: 6225 5632
H: Daily 10.30am – 11pm, Closed on Fridays