Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup

Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup
467 Changi Road
Opening Hours: 5pm to 4am, daily

A row of taxis lines Changi Road, near Jalan Masjid, at night, with patrons dining al fresco in a closed section of the street.

Chinese seafood, halal Muslim and Cantonese cuisine, Indian food and even an Italian pizza eatery line the road. Taxi drivers on the night shift come in droves to the 24-hour Malay stall and a Chinese seafood place that stays open till 4am to serve them.

Convenience and good food are the draws. Parking along Changi Road is free after 5pm from Monday to Saturday and all day on Sundays and public holidays.

Never mind that its signboard says Seng Kee Black Chicken Herbal Soup, the stall which is open from 5pm to 4am daily, is more popular for its seafood.

Mr Lee Thiam Hock, 34, the owner, says four years ago he started to sell black chicken soup, but over time customers mostly prefer his seafood.

There is no printed menu. Choice of food and cooking style are left to customers, who dine under the stars outside the stall. They can choose from a selection of fish, ranging from $6 for red snapper to $28 to $30 for threadfin, on display.

‘The food is cheap and good, and the outdoor breeze is nice,’ says cabby of five years Sng Bock Chong, 33, who dines there several times a month.

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