I have not tried nice and cheap popiah for a long long time. $1.20 was the cheapest I could find, and that was when the famous Queenstown Popiah was still at the now-demolished Margaret Drive Food Center. But one fine day some months ago, I passed by Bukit Batok Central and discovered this humbled stall at S11 Food House by the name of Tian Tian Xiang Popiah, I was amazed by their price, $1. I thought at this price, they probably have to compromise on some expensive ingredients, and lost some spark in quality. But even so, the taste was exceptionally great!
I noted no less than 8 ingredients from the stall, minus fragments of shrimps and Chinese sausage, but retaining the basic egg, shredded peanuts, lettuce, bean sprouts, garlic, prawn paste, chili paste, some kind of crispy chunk, and of course, stewed turnip. Leaving out shrimps and sausage may have lost some taste to the popiah, but seriously, many other outlets simply going through the formality of adding just a few tiny flakes of these and charging much more, the fact is, I couldn’t even taste any trace of them! On the contrary, Tian Tian Xiang’s popiah was excellent with that crispy chunk inside, which I suspect made of fried flour or something. Although the thickness of their popiah skin was a little thin, it was still good enough to last for more than 30 minutes without giving way. Overall, the flavour of the ingredients blended quite well together!
I specially bought a few home for the old folks to try, surprisingly, mum told me it wasn’t the first time she had it, and that even my uncle also gave it full credit a few months back. And if you google, you will find a few more good reviews about it!
Unfortunately, however, Tian Tian Xiang is also succumbing to increasing price pressure, they will raise their price by $0.20 comes 01 July 2013. That might tarnish my interest a little bit, but let’s hope it doesn’t take away the quality.
Tian Tian Xiang Popiah
S-11 Food House
Block 640 Bukit Batok Central #01-40
Opening Hours: 12pm-8.30pm daily