Great Food at Kovan Hougang Market and Food Centre

Enclave in Hougang Street 21, Kovan Hougang Market and Food Centre offers a wide variety of delectable food. Well-connected with public transportation, you can even get there via the North-East Line at Kovan MRT station. Kovan is an amalgamation of  traditional  shops and modern shopping mall - Heartland Mall. At the food centre, there are numerous food stalls with long queues, from duck rice to economical rice to Singaporean salad.

Here I will update periodically the food stalls I tried at Kovan Food Centre. You may also share or recommend your favourite stalls. 

A1 (#01-15) Kway Chap and Duck Rice
Kway Chap (果汁) is a Teochew cuisine that serves broad, flat rice sheet in a soup made with dark soy sauce. The flat broad sheet is served with pig offal (skin, pork belly, intestines, etc), firm beancurd, fried beancurd, preserved salted vegetables, braised boiled eggs, fish cakes and many others.

There are two stalls of A1 - Duck Rice and Kway Chap, and Hainanese Chicken Rice. There are various set menu combinations for both dishes. I ordered ala carte Kway Chap dishes like fried beancurd, intestines and braised boiled eggs. 

We ordered a set meal for two, which included the pig's innards, braised egg, fried beancurd and duck meat. The skin was chewy and full of collagen. The innards, particularly the intestines, were very well cleaned and did not leave a smelly and bitter aftertaste. The fried beancurd was soaked in the delicious broth for hours, which its aromatic fragrance had infused the beancurd. The duck meat was surprisingly delicious - tender, fragrant and appetising. The highlight of the entire meal was the chilli sauce mixed with lime juice, which was both spicy and sour, giving the food the extra oomph. (Food rating: 4.5/5)

The flat broad noodles were firm and chewy in the dark soy broth. The bowl of noodles were then garnished with fried shallots and Chinese coriander. The portion was just nice to accompany the side dishes. 

Kovan Rojak (#01-39)
Rojak (囉喏) is a Singaporean-style salad that comprise of fruits and vegetables. Rojak means 'mixture' in Malay. The rojak is commonly comprise of bean spouts, pineapple, cucumber, fried fritters, fried beancurd, which are then tossed into the spicy fermented prawn paste and then drizzled with finely chopped roasted peanuts.

I ordered a take out and the fried fritters (a long crispy strip of fried fritters) were still crispy when I reached home. The rojak sauce was very rice and it was neither too dry nor too wet. The aroma was richer with the roasted peanuts. After a couple of hours, the rojak tasted as good as it was eaten immediately after it was prepared. It was very addictive and I could not stop eating it. I ordered myself a serving of fried fritters only rojak at SGD3.00. (Food rating: 4/5)

Jin Ding Xiang Herbal Soup • Mutton Soup

I bought these goodness home.

The pork ball soup was a simple dish but the broth was rich with goodness. The pork essence was rich and peppery. (Food rating: 3/5)

I was totally surprised by the mutton consomme or mutton soup. The soup was rich and sweet. The mutton ribs were tender and were so good that I regretted for not buying more. (Food rating: 4/5)

How about having a collagen boost by having braised pork trotters? The pork trotters were cooked for long hours that they were tender. It exuded a very nice fragrance which made it so enjoyable. This dish went well with a bowl of steamed white rice. (Food rating: 4/5)

Nothing beats sweet preserved mustard vegetables. This side dish went very well with steamed rice. (Food rating: 4/5)

Address: Kovan Hougang Market and Food Centre, Blk 209, Hougang Street 21, Singapore 530209
Price: $ (You can get them at less than SGD10)
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 4.5/5 (Hearty Meal)