GLC Restaurant at Tai Seng
Zi char has always been my favourite. I tend to go around searching for good zi char stalls and would recommend them to my friends if the eateries are worth a trip down. It has been difficult, however, to recommend zi char places to my Muslim friends, as most of the famous spots are not halal-certified. But I’ve recently found a halal-certified zi char spot, GLC Restaurant, that offers a range of classic zi char dishes. So I headed down to see if it’s one that’s worth recommending.
Food at GLC Restaurant
Over at GLC Restaurant, my colleagues and I ordered one of their popular dishes – Salted Egg Chicken Dice Rice ($5.50), along with their Hokkien Prawn Noodle ($5.50) and Hua Dan San Mee ($5).
We dug into the Hua Dan San Mee first, in fear of it turning soggy. Situated in the middle of the plate was a bunch of crunchy chye sim, plump slices of fishcake, strips of lean tender chicken, and pieces of fresh prawns, doused in a thick piping hot egg gravy.
The noodles produced a distinct crackling with every mix I made. As the noodles softened from its contact with the gravy, we devoured it in split seconds. “Chewy” was the first word that came to my mind. However, the noodles still possessed a subtle crispiness on the edges.
As my colleagues and I saw the Hokkien Prawn Noodle dry up a little, we immediately went for that dish next. The Hokkien mee at GLC Restaurant is the slightly wet version, with yellow noodles, thick beehoon, eggs, and prawns making up the dish. The sambal made a great addition to the dish. It tasted similar to hae bee hiam and is suitable for those who can’t take spicy food well.
I loved how the gravy was not salty yet full of prawn flavour. The noodles soaked up every bit of that umami flavour that my colleagues and I enjoyed very much.
Despite the thick and flavourful goodness of the gravy, I was disappointed by how the Hokkien Prawn Noodle did not carry any wok hei. That would have been a bonus point.
Last but not least, was the dish that got me the most eager to try – Salted Egg Chicken Dice Rice! I was tantalised by the fried chicken dices that were drenched in the shimmering golden salted egg yolk sauce. The addition of a fried sunny side up made the entire dish look more complete.
The salted egg yolk sauce was stir-fried with curry leaves and chopped chilli padi, making it extremely fragrant and slightly spicy. Though overwhelmed by the generous amount of salted egg yolk sauce, the chicken dices still managed to retain their crispiness.
Ambience at GLC Restaurant
GLC Restaurant is a non-air-conditioned restaurant situated along a stretch of stalls. The interior reminded me of some coffee shops in Malaysia, but brighter. Besides zi char, GLC Restaurant also sells grub such as Chicken Rice ($3.50) and Wanton Noodle ($3.50).
Overall, I was very satisfied with our meal at GLC Restaurant, especially with the Salted Egg Chicken Dice Rice. The price of their food is roughly the same as that of typical zi char stalls at hawker centres. For a more spacious and comfortable environment than those, I wouldn’t mind coming back here. For more halal-certified places to jio your entire clique to for the next squad gathering, check out our list of halal zi char places!
Address: 121 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 534836
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 9pm, Sat 9am to 9pm
Tel: 6581 9338
GLC Restaurant is a halal-certified eatery.
This is an independent review by Eatbook.sg