NEX recently just had a bunch of new F&B tenants moving in recent months, which saw quite a few interesting concepts open within the mall lately.
New to NEX is Tai Lei Loi Kei, replacing the hardware store that sits in between the mall and the bus interchange previously. Originating from Macau since 1968, Tai Lei Loi Kei specialises in its famed Macau-styled Pork Chop Bun. Other items on the menu include Noodles and Rice with both Pork Chop or Chicken Wings, or Breakfast sets. There is also Sawdust Pudding available; the only dessert that is sold here.
(Pork Chop Bun)
My dining partner wanted something light, so she went for the Pork Chop Bun Set, which came with the Pork Chop Bun alongside a drink and the Sawdust Pudding. The Pork Chop Bun was pretty no-nonsense, coming with just two slices of bread and quite a huge slab of pork chop in between just like how it would have been served in Macau. The Pork Chop was savoury and was not too dry, grilled and well-marinated, though some might find the marination a bit too salty. It tasted pretty similar to Vietnamese Pork Chops, while the buns were quite similar to a crustier and lighter baguette. While the portion seemed fine for one, I am not sure if its exactly filling or because my dining partner was not too hungry, but she eventually did not finish the bun.
(Pork Chop Rice Set)
I ordered the Pork Chop Rice Set, which comes with that similar Pork Chop alongside Rice with egg and curry at the side. Rice was pretty fluffy, and the curry at the side was somewhat similar to Japanese Curry but with a more spicier and sweeter note which was pretty flavourful. Pork Chop was very much the same as the one from the Pork Chop Bun, while the egg was well-executed, with yolk oozing out when burst.
When I noticed they sold Sawdust Pudding, it got my mind thinking of Hatter’s Street variant. Thankfully the one from Tai Lei Loi Kei came without the “Smoked” part, but it was generally quite a different dessert. Instead of eggy custards, it was replaced with a thick cream that hinted of light sweetness amidst layers of fine biscuit crumbs. While it was not what I actually expected, it was actually pretty delicious and my dining partner loved it as well.
Tai Lei Loi Kei adds yet another option to Singapore’s vibrant F&B industry, allowing us to have a taste of Macau’s famous street snack. Some may find it gimmicky, but I guess this is how close it gets to being the real deal. If you are one who is keen on trying how Macau-style Pork Chop Buns are like, you should probably head down to Tai Lei Loi Kei and have a try and see if it fits your bill.
Tai Lei Loi Kei 澳门大利来记
23 Serangoon Central
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/taileiloikeiSG