A meal is complete only when it ends with something sweet. Well, for me, at least. In my case, dessert can be anything – ice kacang, cheng tng, a piece of dark chocolate, a light souffle or a decadent slice of cake.
Even the humble peanut pancake or mee chiang kueh, does it for me. And, as I found out last week, the version offered at Bedok Mian Fen Guo Pancake in New Upper Changi Road is pretty decent. It left me satisfied.
Peanut Pancake ($0.70 each) at Bedok Mian Fen Guo Pancake. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
A slice of peanut pancake here costs $0.70.
I went halves with one of the judges on the Singapore Hawker Masters panel. They had been tasked with tasting the three finalists in the mee rebus category and I had been assigned to cover it. As a bonus, I found the peanut pancake stall. The thick and warm but slightly crispy pancake, filled with fresh and crunchy ground peanuts tossed in sugar, was such a welcome change in flavour and texture after having tucked into mee rebus from two stalls at two hawker centres.
The stall was recommended by Mr Dennis Wee, chairman of real estate agency Dennis Wee Realty, who is one of the judges on the
panel. The stall also offers pancakes filled with red bean ($0.60), coconut ($0.70) and cheese ($0.80).
Run by Mr Goh Kian Tiong, 60, and his wife, pancakes here are made by hand from 6.30am until about 1.30pm, or whenever the pancakes sell out. The couple used to run a wonton noodle stall for more than 30 years, and three years ago, decided to start selling mee chiang kueh instead. Mr Goh says that preparing wonton noodles had become too laborious for the couple, who are getting on in age.
I like that the pancake here is not as stodgy or heavy like at stalls elsewhere. The couple are generous with the peanut filling too. There is plenty left in the bag to munch on, long after the pancake has disappeared into my tummy.
Ah, to finish off a meal with a traditional, lighter- than-usual peanut pancake is bliss, indeed.
BEDOK MIAN FEN GUO PANCAKE
Block 58 New Upper Changi Road, 01-163
Open: 6.30am to about 1.30pm daily, or when sold out
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