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Mei Ji Rojak @Toa Payoh Lorong 5
Mei ji Rojak is one of the popular Chinese rojak stalls around, located in the food centre along Toa Payoh Lorong 5. The night-operating food centre is famous for its fishball noodles, ban mian, fried kway teow and Mei Ji Rojak, who definitely has its loyal followers as well.
You will find the usual rojak ingredients here. Besides the crispy you tiao (deep fried dough fritters), there were pineapples, cucumbers, apple, beansprouts, Turnips, young mango and torched ginger or bunga kantan – a few small slices are usually added to elevate the overall flavour. However, many rojak stalls tend to omit this small and important ingredient, not realising the extra fragrance has magical effects to the taste of the rojak.
Many rojak stalls tend to serve intensely rich prawn paste that results in an overpowering pungent flavour. There may be distinct supporters and naysayers but a more balanced and subtle taste is somehow closer our liking. What impressed us about Mei ji Rojak is how their rojak sauce, the prawn paste, chilli, sugar, lime juice and tamarind complemented very well with the refreshing fruits, crispy youtiao and veggies. It provided a very pleasant and umami taste. The generous sprinkle of fresh roasted grated-peanuts also helped to lift up the overall taste.
Mei Ji Rojak serves vegetarian version of rojak as well, which we might try the next time.
The price of Mei Ji Rojak may be a little steep for a hawker stall but in return, you can truly enjoy a plate of savoury and piquant rojak.
Mei Ji Rojak 美记啰惹
A: #01-04 Toa Payoh Market & Hawker Centre, 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh, 310075
H: 1.30pm to midnight, closed on Mondays