Thursday, March 15, 2012

Best Cheng Tng in Singapore - Ye Lai Xiang Cheng Tng (夜来香清汤) @ Bedok Food Centre (Bedok Corner)

When a specific craving strikes, you can see me travelling from one end of Singapore (the north) to the other end (the east) just to get my hands on a bowl of liquid dessert.

And i am obviously not the only one; on weekends, it is likely to be the stall in Bedok Food Centre with the longest queue! And many of those customers hail from regions beyond the east.

Ye Lai Xiang - a hawker stall, that has been in operation since 1939 and offers a singular item (just one, nothing more) on its menu, is our main draw. There's another key factor; the damn friendly boss who can miraculously make a gloomy day appears cheerful.

This epic cheng tng in Ye Lai Xiang is the sole reason why i patronise the hawker centre; ordering from food stalls are merely spillover effects. To put it bluntly, Ye Lai Xiang is like the anchor tenant for the hawker centre.

Unlike most cheng tng in other places, the one here was filled with a wide array of yummy ingredients that complemented perfectly with the fragrant soup which was added last. You can read more about my first review on this stall here.

My order today was the more expensive "special' cheng tng. So how special was it? I don't have any idea except it seemed that there were much more liao (ingredients) than either the small (S$1.50) or big (S$2) serving. Taste wise, the light broth remained as thirst quenching as before!


1 Bedok Road, Stall #31
Bedok Food Centre

Additional Information
There is another Ye Lai Xiang next stall selling only cuttlefish kangkong but it belongs to another person.

For my review on other stalls within the hawker centre, please click here.


  1. fyi,the stall that sells cuttlefish kangkong is actually run by the brother of the late cheng tng man. :)

    1. i only know they are related because they have the same signboard! haha. honestly, i didn't quite enjoy the cuttlefish kangkong which i attribute to an acquired taste. :P