Places are really closing faster than I can try them. There I was at Geylang Lor 17 to check out the famous Jia Xiang Ho Po Hakka Lei Cha Fan (rated six chopsticks in the Makansutra guide). I had seen it a couple of times when I went to Old Mother Hen, and assumed it would always be there. But it was gone. In its place, some refurbished food court, with a 24-hour dim sum joint.
I was incredulous. I literally called up the owner and they confirmed that they were not selling anymore for the time being. Devastated, I wandered around in a mindless stupor, kicking myself for not coming earlier. But I didn't wander far. Just over at Lor 15, comfort food beckoned - kway chap! This 富成潮州卤鸭果汁 stall at Tai Say Eating House I'd seen numerous times too, but no one seems to have reviewed it much.
Well, the kway chap (S$3.50) fared better than my expectations (which admittedly were not very high in the first place). The innards were clean and came in a lovely gravy. The only let-down was the "kway" rice sheets. The soup did not come piping hot, and the rice sheets did not taste as smooth as I've had elsewhere.
They have braised duck too, and lots of strange parts I could not identify. The whole coffee-shop looks rather run-down and old school. But some might just find that adds to the appeal of the place.
Tai Say Eating House
Corner of Geylang Lorong 15 and Sims Avenue