Choo Zai Zhai is one of the oldest hawker stall at Circuit Road Food Centre. It is also the only hawker stall at the food centre which sells Zi Char.
Choo Zai Zhai has always been well known for its vegetarian oyster paste. I am happy to announce that it is still the undisputed king of vegetarian oyster paste in Singapore. The oyster paste is very crispy. Other stalls will overwhelm their oyster paste with eggs while Choo Zai Zhai did it just right. Choo Zai Zhai even gets the watery chilli right on the spot. Do eat it while it is still hot and freshly prepared. The quality of oyster paste deteriorates quickly while the dish turns cold.
On the other hand, the Hokkien Mee is quite lacklustre. Choo Zai Zhai uses too much yellow noodles (面) that their taste overwhelms the dish. Ingredients are used sparingly in the form of sliced dried beancurd, mock cuttlefish and vegetables. Also, this makes the dish dry and stiff to the taste. The lack of gravy coupled with the generic texture of the yellow noodles makes the noodles taste sticky.
The main ingredients in Fried Rice from Choo Zai Zhai are surprisingly Kai Lan vegetable and fried beancurd which is definitely not what you will see in conventional fried rice. Sadly, the taste of the fried rice is slightly bland.
We strongly recommend the vegetarian oyster paste from Choo Zai Zhai.
Circuit Road Food Centre is quite far away from major public transport hubs. The quickest way is to take a bus from the nearby Macpherson MRT along the Circle Line or Aljunied MRT along the East-West Line. Do take note that almost all of its vegetarian hawker stalls (except for Choo Zai Zhai Vegetarian and Tang Leng Chay Vegetarian Food) open from late afternoon onwards.