The list of must-eat local Singaporean delights would never be complete without the Oyster Omelette, or as the locals fondly call it, orh luak. Juicy, fresh oysters atop a bed of crispy potato starch and eggs fried to perfection — just who can resist them? We’ve picked out the top 10 oyster omelettes you don’t want to miss!
If the goodness of the oyster omelette is proportional to the time the shop’s been around, then Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang takes the prize, for it’s been around since 1927. The fragrance of the dish is undeniably inviting and the omelette ($5/ $6/ $8) has a crispy, slightly chewy and springy texture, leaving a delightful crunch with each bite. Complementing the omelette are the oysters, bigger and fresher than other oyster omelette stalls. Oh and their chilli packs a punch - a homemade concoction with a good balance of spicy and sour. Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang, #01-54, Whampoa Drive Makan Place, 90 Whampoa Drive, Singapore 32009 (Image: OpenRice user MYCC)
Chuck aside your diet when you meet with a plate of Simon Road Oyster Omelette ($5).The uncle dishing out these plates of heavenly cholesterol-rich goodness has spent almost a lifetime perfecting this very dish. Starting out as a stall assistant at the tender age of 12, he served and washed dishes at an oyster omelette stall. It was only when he hit 20 that he was allowed to begin frying the omelettes, and then many years later did he set up his own stall at Simon Road Coffeeshop (around 20 years ago). This seasoned hawker has got so much experience up his belt, it’s no surprise that the sweet potato starch is fried to a delectable wafer-like crisp, wonderfully accompanied by fluffy eggs and a generous portion of fresh oysters. Simon Road Oyster Omelette, Mee Sek Food Court, 965 Upper Serangoon Road (Simon Road), Singapore 534721 (Upper Serangoon) (Image: OpenRice user bladyslacker)
With each 5-dollar-serving of Cheng Ji Xia Mian Hao Jian’s oyster omelette comes a generous serving of 8-9 oysters and chilli that complements the gooey omelette superbly.The stall also whips up scrumptious plates of Hokkien Mee so it’s like killing two birds with one stone for all oyster-omelette-cum-hokkien-mee lovers. Cheng Ji Xia Mian Hao Jian, Seah Im Food Centre, 2 Seah Im Road, #01-59, Singapore 099114 (Telok Blangah) (Image: OpenRice user Abiteofeverything)
The Old Airport Road Food Centre is an iconic hotspot - being one of the first hawker centres in Singapore - for authentic local delights at reasonable prices - hokkien mee, char kway teow, carrot cake, oyster omelette, you name it. Katong Ah Soon Fried Oyster is one stall not to be missed. A dip of its fresh, plump oysters into the slightly sour - yet sweet and spicy - chilli sauce is a heavenly combination. The slightly charred omelette ($5) is fried to tasty perfection with gooey potato starch bits stained by oyster juices. Katong Ah Soon Fried Oyster, #01-07, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Blk 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051 (Image: https://jackandmathew.wordpress.com/2012/03/)
The man behind this dish - that is absolutely worth the calories - is Uncle Tan, a 67-year-old Teochew, who has been selling fried oysters for almost five decades. In 2005, he was even featured as one of the hawker legends by Makansutra. The flavorful, moist and slightly crispy omelette is paired with delicious, succulent oysters imported from Korea! Each bite of the omelette ($4/ $5/ $8) reveals a good blend of crispy and chewy starch bits, accompanied by coriander leaves and a watery chilli sauce at the side. Fret not, Uncle Tan also serves up a decent prawn omelette if you’re not an oyster lover. Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette, #01-25, Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre, Blk 22 Lorong 7, Toa Payoh, Singapore 310022 (Image: OpenRice user qqmonkey)
Located at the heart of infamous Chomp Chomp Food Centre, Ang Sa Lee's oyster omelette already has a following of its own. Many of its regular patrons like it for its pleasurable contrast between the crispy edges and gooey centre, along with its golden ratio of egg to starch. Pair it with their spicy and sour chill for an extra kick. Ang Sa Lee Fried Oyster, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Road #01-33Singapore 557269 (Image: OpenRice user Serenetang0819)
Chinatown Food Street is the perfect place to bring your tourist friends - from the famous Geylang frog porridge to barbequed chicken wings and seafood, the place is certainly brimming with authentic local fare. Not to be overlooked is Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters, with numerous branches at other tourist locations. With over 40 years of experience, the chef, also affectionately known as Uncle Law, whips up plate after plate of crispy and well-fried oyster omelettes topped with fresh and sizeable oysters starting from $5. Of course, we’re not forgetting the zesty chilli sauce prepared by Uncle Law himself. Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters, Chinatown Food Street, 335 Smith Sreet #5 Singapore 050335 (Image: OpenRice user FNeo)
If you are willing to brave oil and high cholesterol, Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette might just be your favorite stall in Singapore. With a practised hand, the chef deep fries the egg and starch batter until it attains the right level of crispness and serves it with plump and succulent oysters. Well worth the calories, we say. Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette, Newton Food Centre #01-73, 500 Clemencau Avenue North Singapore 229495 (Image: OpenRice user wenxi)
With oysters hailing from Korea and a choice of wet or dry for the omelette, you will definitely find something to please your tastebuds at Lim’s Fried Oyster. While the dry version is fluffy and nicely charred at the edges, the wet version offers a smoother consistency.The smallest portion costs a modest $4 - a real steal with the extra large oysters. Lim’s Fried Oyster, Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Besar #01-32 Singapore 208877 (Image: Lim’s Fried Oyster’s Facebook page)
Compared to the rest of the eateries on this list, Chui Huay Lim Restaurant stands out as a more upscale place to have your Oyster Omelette. Although their version of this sinful indulgence will set you back $14, you will be served a decently large portion that can be shared with a few others. As Chui Huay Lim is a Teochew restaurant, patrons will not be disappointed with the authenticity of their oyster omelette (originally a Teochew dish) - they can look forward to a gooey texture and accompanied by the subtly infused flavour of the oysters. Chui Huay Lim Restaurant, 190 Keng Lee Road, #01-02 Chui Huay Lim Club, Singapore 308409 (Image: OpenRice user Shauneeie_) See also: Other popular oyster omelettes in Singapore Must try local favourites Updated on 28 May 2015.
Written by Eunice Tang and Mandy How