To-Ricos Guo Shi, or more commonly known as the Blanco Court Kway Chap, is one of the many hawker legends at the renowned Old Airport Road Food Centre. It's been on my to-try list for the longest time now, and we made sure to arrive early over the weekend to avoid the purported snaking queues. It opens at 11am, and a somewhat manageable 15-min-long queue had formed by 11.05am when we arrived.
While some have lamented that the quality has gone down over the decades, I found it perfectly lovely and delicious. While most kway chap are redolent of robust heavy herbs, this was harmoniously delicate and nuanced.
A very substantial set to stuff 2 persons to the gills for just $16.30.
I customised our kway chap platter with Large Intestines ($4), Beancurd ($0.80), Braised Egg ($0.70), and Pork Belly ($5), all of which were scrumptious and slathered in a delicate soy-based gravy layered with subtle accents of cinnamon and star anise. This was the Hubs' virgin foray into offal and he actually took a liking to it! The fact that the innards were squeaky clean went a long way in facilitating his newly acquired taste for pig's intestines, and he particularly enjoyed chomping on its delightfully chewy texture.
The Pig's Trotters ($5) were moist and tender enough, but the Hubs griped about the similarity in the gravy with the kway chap. He thought it should have been thicker, richer and more heady, to balance out the body of the trotters.
The flat rice noodles ($0.40 for small) were smooth as silk, and slid down the throat like a dream.
The Chilli was moderately spiced but tart, adding a bright spark to the kway chap.
The stall facade for reference, in case you can't see its long snaking queue.
To-Ricos Guo Shi
(prev of Blanco Court Food Centre (3rd Storey) fame)
Old Airport Road Food Centre #01-135
Blk 51 Old Airport Road
Open Wednesdays to Sundays from 11am to 3pm; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays