The Place Located at a quiet western corner of Punggol, this relatively new Tastebud Eating House is perhaps the only choice for many staying at the Matilda district here. Despite so, the residents are indeed lucky to find themselves in the safe hands of some rather good hawkers, compared to their peers in the area.
Walking distance from Soo Teck LRT Station, the coffee shop is well located with other convenient shops as well, including the up-and-coming supermarket, U Stars Megamart.
The Food If this is your first visit here, we implore you to go for the Hokkien Mee at 218 Zhong Xin Hokkien Mee. We are quite convinced this is possibly the best Hokkien Mee at the Northeastern part of Singapore.
Done slightly wet, you can expect 218 to serve you your plate of Hokkien Mee in no time as they typically prepare large servings of their noodles ahead and simmer them over low heat – which frankly made the noodles softer in texture. We liked the balance of the prawn soup base used, although we wished they could give the other ingredients here like the prawns and squid some warming up before serving – the chef just simply adds the cold pieces of cooked seafood to the noodles before plating them.
218 also serve up other items including Char Kway Teow, Orh Lua and Carrot Cake, although we found them unimpressive – not that it was bad though.
Rants Limited seats here, so make sure you avoid peak hours and perhaps just packet them home if you want to avoid dining in the not-so-well-ventilated coffeeshop.
Will I Return Again? It’s near home, so it wouldn’t be long before we return for some hearty and good Hokkien Mee.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 2/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
218 Zhong Xin Hokkien Mee
Blk 218 Sumang Walk
Tastebud Eating House
Matilda Portico Estate
Ranted by The Rantee