What impressed us with Mei ji Rojak is their rojak sauce, the prawn paste, chilli, sugar, lime juice and tamarind complemented very well with the refreshing fruits, crisp youtiao and veggies, provided a very pleasant and umami taste.
Mei Ji Rojak @ Tao Payoh Lorong 5
Mei ji Rojak is one of the popular Chinese rojak stalls around, located in the food centre along Tao Payoh Lorong 5, the night operating food centre is famous for its fishball noodles, bian mien, fried kway teow and Mei Ji rojak is definitely has its loyal followers as well.
You will find the usual rojak ingredients here, besides the crispy you tiao (deep fried dough fritters), there were pineapples, cucumbers, apple, beansprouts, Turnips, young mango and torch ginger or bunga kantan – a few small slices are usually added to elevate the overall flavour, however, many rojak stalls tend to omit this small and important ingredient, not realizing the extra fragrance from the pinky flower which has the magical effects to the good taste of the rojak.
Many rojak stalls tend to serve intensely rich prawn paste that resulted in overpowering pungent flavour, there may be distinct supporters and naysayers but a more balanced and subtle taste is somehow closer our liking. What impressed us with Mei ji Rojak is their rojak sauce, the prawn paste, chilli, sugar, lime juice and tamarind complemented very well with the refreshing fruits, crisp youtiao and veggies, provided a very pleasant and umami taste. The generous sprinkled of fresh roasted grated-peanuts helped to lift up the overall taste a notch higher.
Mei Ji Rojak serves vegetarian version of rojak as well, perhaps we shall try the next round.
Price: $3.50 / 5 / 8 Our verdict
The price of Mei Ji Rojak may be a little steep from a hawker stall but in return you can truly enjoy a plate of savoury and piquant rojak.
Mei Ji Rojak 美记啰惹
A: Blk 75 Toa Payoh Lor 5 Food Centre, Blk 75 Toa Payoh Lorong 5 #01-04, Singapore 310075
H: 1.30pm to midnight, closed on Mondays