Come July 1 when KTM ceases its operations at Tanjong Pagar Railway Station, one thing sorely missed would be the food at the station. I did not wait until recently to have my first meal at the station of course. Exactly 2 years ago I blogged about my first and last trip on the Tebrau Shuttle where I sipped teh-tarik at the platform before the train departure. The memory now is sweet, just like the beverage two years ago.
Sensing the end is near, I made more trips to the station recently from my convenient workplace location at Si Pai Por to try out new stalls and to order again the Nasi Padang which I first tried last year. On 22 June, I tried the mee rebus for the first - and last - time. Delicious! Peter just told me their mee soto is delicious too, unfortunately I think that mee rebus was my last meal at the station.
On 16 June I also tried the much-raved Nasi Biryani. It was good though I found the serving a little small for the price. The stall - Ali Nachia Biryani Dam - must be very popular and enjoys a big fan base because their relocation notice seems to be everywhere at the station. Even the tree at the side gate was not spared as an advertising platform. Today (27 June) when I re-visited the station, it had relocated, its counter empty but still attracting an ah-pek no less (see photo below) to have his photo taken in front of it.
What was once Ali Nachia Biryani Dam. Here is how it used to look when I tried its nasi biryani.
The sudden surge in lunchtime crowd made the place a little unbearable. Both eating places are not air-conditioned and they could do well with better ventilation. Having to endure the still and oily air was no joke, after all this customer walked all the way from Si Pai Por in business attire. With only three days left before 30 June, you may want to try other alternatives if you decide to visit the station one last time. Near the station there is Ya-Mahyuddin 24 hours restaurant at Blair Road and the coffee shop at Everton Park. I have tried both and the food is good too.
Ya-Mahyuddin restaurant where I tried their prata. The restaurant is open 24 hours.
The coffee shop at Everton Park. I was surprised to find this eating option tucked neatly in the housing estate. The street directory does not indicate to me its existence.