Lavender Food Centre isn't just good for the famous Kok Kee Wanton Noodles. There are also a couple of noteworthy cze char (local Chinese cooked food) stalls here. We like Hao Xiang, which serves up some pretty delectable cze char fare.
Our favourite dish here is the Beancurd with Assorted Mushrooms ($10). Silky smooth beancurd, sliced Chinese black mushrooms and enoki mushrooms, sliced pork, fragrant garlic and oyster sauce make a luscious but delicate gravy. We regularly takeaway this dish here for dinner.
In comparison to the beancurd dish, the San Lao Hor Fan ($5) is only just average. The gravy is a little too starchy and the beansprouts aren't relieved off its heads and tails. That said, the fish is fresh and smooth and the flat rice noodles are soft and chewy.
The Yang Zou Fried Rice ($3) was better than the noodle dish. Each grain of rice was evenly fried and there was that smoky fragrance of a hot wok.
The Hotplate Venison ($15) was a wee bit salty, but the venison was fresh, without any trace of that yucky gamey taste. I liked that peppers were added to cut through the heaviness of the oil and oyster sauce gravy.
The Stall Front.
Update 20 August 2012: This is closed down
Hao Xiang International Pte Ltd
380 Jalan Besar
Lavender Food Centre
Open daily from 5pm to 12.30am