Zheng Swee Kee, Singapore

A stones throw from Raffles, where I’ve had one of my most expensive beers ever, is a small chinese restaurant that has to be one of the best value places in Singapore for freshly cooked dishes, and a decent priced beer.

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Zheng Swee Kee is a traditional Hainanese chicken rice restaurant and is on Seah Street which is a bit of a food and drink street.

For starters, a bottle of Tiger is $9 which is very good value in Singapore.

I visited around 5 times during my 2 visits in Singapore in 2015. Looking at my receipts I gravitated to 2 particular dishes which were both traditional and magnificent.

  1. Traditional Chicken Rice – elegant in it’s simplicity and so very tasty with a chicken broth and some chilli sauce. And a steal at $4.50.
  2. Sweet and Sour Pork – I love traditional sweet and sour pork that’s not overloaded with sauce. Good proportion of pork to the vegetables. Slightly more expensive at $14 but this is for a reasonably large serve, and rice is $0.80 extra.

I used to go to the hawker food centre in Raffles City, but I think the quality, taste and freshness of the food at this restaurant far exceeds what you can get in the food court. It does get busy but I managed to visit outside the peak times so I nearly always was able to get a seat.

Highly recommended.