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Han's Cafe (Far East Plaza)

Han's Cafe used to be one of my favourite haunts many years ago, during secondary school days, when a more luxurious lunch was rendered. Those were the good old days when eating at a "western" restaurant was still considered as a treat. I relished the concept of multiple courses. First you start off with a soup of the day, usually cream of something and buttered toast, usually 2 triangular pieces of white Gardenia slathered with garlic butter. Then your main course would arrive shortly after. My favourites used to be their black pepper steak or chicken chop, that was when I still ate meat. Dessert used to be a peach tart or slice of pandan layered cake. I loved them both.

I seemed to have forgotten about this old favourite of mine until last night, when I somehow landed in Far East Plaza, to meet up with the mother. Whenever she wants food there, she almost always goes to the Han's Cafe and orders the beef hor fun (rice noodles).

She told me that the hor fun there was always consistently good, with sufficient wok-hei, tender beef slices and substantial portion. Why she orders only the beef version, as I found out later, was because it could be quite difficult to find them at neighbourhood tze char stalls because most of them do not sell beef for religious reasons.

So as we were meeting up around dinner time, the mother suggested dinner at Han's and I complied. No prizes for what she ordered; I took the seafood version (only to find pork slices in them - sigh!). Shortly after placing the orders, 2 piping hot plates of hor fun arrived. The smell was great and they looked really appetizing.

The thick rice noodles were fresh and pre-panfried first, with charred bits as evidence. The sauce could be a little less salty but I like my food bland so take that with a pinch of salt. The beef version saw generous slices of tender beef whilst the seafood one had a couple of prawns, some (frozen) fish slices and yes, pork slices too.

After slowly working through the noodles, I was comfortably full without space for the pandan layered cake. Oh well, nothing 'take-out' cannot solve.

While that hor fun was not the best around, it was definitely hearty and delicious, especially when eaten with my favouritest person on earth.

Han's Cafe
Level 3 of Far East Plaza


alicia said…
Reading this post brought back memories. My folks used to bring my brother and I to Hans regularly when we were young.
Like you, I looked forward to the different courses of garlic bread, soup with tons of pepper, black pepper steak or chicken chop, dessert and tea. I too, loved the pandan cake and always complained whenever they served fruit. LOL
Chubbypanda said…
Awww... Good post.

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