Advertisement

Cheong Fan Paradise, the two-month-old hawker stall opened by a former dim sum head chef of Shangri La’s Shang Palace restaurant, has been attracting massive queues since 8days.sg featured it on June 15. Chef-turned-hawker Kerene Cheng, 46, tells us the average queue time is now three hours in the morning. When we popped by the stall around 1.30pm today (June 25), the wait time was roughly over an hour  — plus an extra 45 minutes if you want the handmade chee cheong fun, but more on that later.

It’s not swanky hotel-style dim sum here at this industrial canteen stall, as the menu revolves around traditional Cantonese fare done simply. The highlight is silky made-from-scratch Hong Kong-style chee cheong fun from $3.50 a plate, and also, as we were later informed after our initial story was published, a selection of cheaper, thicker factory-made CCF from $2.40. Rounding up the menu are century egg congee ($2.80 a bowl), dumplings ($3) and fried carrot cake ($2.40).

“On the first few days, we had customers who ordered 20 rolls [of handmade chee cheong fun] at one go,” says Kerene. Now, the stall imposes a limit of four rolls per order to help manage the crowd.

Advertisement

WANT MORE? CHECK THESE OUT

WANT MORE? CHECK THESE OUT