Choosing where to eat at the newly opened One Punggol Hawker Centre can be a daunting task, especially with over 34 stalls for you to pick from. However, one hawker stall that stands out from the rest is The Usual Place, with its nostalgic tze char and seafood offerings!
Also opened on 31 Oct 2022, The Usual Place is actually a collaboration between Jiao Cai Seafood and the Timbre Group, the former having been in business since 1982.
Jiao Cai Seafood has also been awarded the Michelin Guide and Michelin Plate in 2021 and 2022 respectively. Better yet, we gave it five stars when we reviewed their Yishun outlet in 2019. Suffice it to say, they know their seafood!
The Usual Place has your typical zi char seafood fare, with dishes such as Sambal Stingray (S$13/S$16/S$20), Curry Fish Head (S$28), Prawn Paste Chicken (S$10/S$15) and of course Live Crab (Market Price) that can be cooked in various flavours such as Chili, Black Pepper, Butter and Salted Egg.
There are also a la carte zi char dishes such as Pineapple Fried Rice (S$6/S$11/S$17), Dried Chilli Beef (S$15/S$20) and Tom Yum Seafood Soup (S$8/S$12).
However, the highlight of The Usual Place is its lunch set that is available between 12pm to 9.30pm on weekdays and 5pm to 9.30pm on Fridays to Sundays. The lunch set has almost all of the a la carte items at a lower price, making this a perfect group lunch idea on the weekdays or a family dinner on the weekends!
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