Cheap & Good: Generous, hearty servings of Heng Hwa-style noodles

Putian lor mee from Xin Hua Lou Putian Cuisine at The Food Market by Food Junction at Century Square.
Putian lor mee from Xin Hua Lou Putian Cuisine at The Food Market by Food Junction at Century Square.ST PHOTO: EUNICE QUEK

SINGAPORE - The Putien restaurant chain is my default dining destination when I am craving its delicious Putien lor mee filled with pork belly, prawns and clams in a flavourful thick soup. The dish is very different, of course, from the local version of lor mee with a dark starchy gravy and yellow noodles.

Over the past few months, I have noticed stalls in foodcourts selling Heng Hwa or Putian fare from China's Fujian province, similar to what one may get at Putien restaurants. It turns out that many of those in foodcourts are under the Xing Hua Lou brand, which runs a casual restaurant in Kovan's Heartland Mall.

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