126 (搵到食) Eating House at Sims Ave (review)

Interior of 126 Eating House
Packed with customer even in the late night

126 (搵到食) Eating House is located in Geylang where it is famous for food along one side of the street and Singapore’s red light district on the other side of the street. The eating house has been around for business since 1985, which is almost three decades.

Uniquely as the name might suggest, 126 has similar pronunciation for eating house in Cantonese and their address was at 126 Sims ave as well. I thought that the founder must be really creative to come up with this idea while it is much easier to remember the name and location.

I have been eating in 126 eating house since I was 18 and their business was red hot throughout the years and mainly customers comes in the midnight for snacking or supper. While I managed to visit the eating house yesterday night after my foot reflexology session with my friends at White Panda Massage at Arab Street. We ended our session at 1am and one of my friends has a slight craving for Wu Xiang. However, as far to my knowledge, there wasn’t any Wu Xiang stalls area that area and instead, we decided to have some snacking at 126 eating house .

Sour Plum Juice at 126 Eating House
Sour Plum Juice 酸酐水($2.50)

Ever since I had been eating at 126 eating house, they have served their home-made drinks in takeaway containers has shown above. I ordered the sour plum juice where you can actually sees that they put in sour plum instead of just syrup. The juice is slightly sour but cooling at the same time. It was much healthier than drinking carbonated soft drinks.

Fried Banana Mango Roll at 126 Eating House
Fried Banana Mango Roll 金蕉香芒卷($4.00)

We was looking for some dish that was less meaty and took order for this dish. It is our maiden try on this dish and it turn out to be second-rated. The appearance alone has hinted the fried banana mango roll was over-fried as the ends of the roll are charred. Our assumption was confirmed on our first bite but the perk was that it is served hot. The taste and aroma of the banana has covered the entire dish, except a sudden hint of mango within. It gives me the impression of having a Goreng Pisang in a Popiah skin.

Fried Prawn Roll at 126 Eating House
Fried Prawn Roll 炸虾卷($4.20)

The most common dish that we always ordered at 126 eating house. The marinated minced prawns are wrapped using tofu skin before rolling down the boilng oil. Perhaps they have prepared this dish more often, the consistency and taste was always that perfect.

Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Roll) at 126 Eating Hosue
Chee Cheong Fun (Steamed Rice Roll) with Cha Siew 叉烧肠粉($3.80)

One of the features of their chee cheong fun is the sauce which they have used. The usual way in Singapore of eating chee cheong fun is with black sweet sauce, sesame oil & sesame seeds. However, they have their own unique sauce that tasted much differently from the conventional chee cheong fun. Furthermore, it is rolled into smaller sizes that makes eating it much easier as well. There are different flavors available such as Cha Siew, Prawn or Crab Meat filling.

Steamed King Prawn Dumpling at 126 Eating House
Steamed King Prawn Dumpling 虾饺王($4.80)

The dumpling does not seems to be much different from the normal prawn dumpling which is on their menu, except that the size of the dumpling are slightly bigger. I think I will have to go back to 126 eating house one more time to eat both dishes to see the difference. The skin which they are using are translucent, comparing to some restaurants in Singapore that might not be on par of their standards.

Bird Nest with Steamed Egg at 126 Eating House
Bird Nest with Steamed Egg 燕窝炖蛋($6.00)

Another no-meat dish ordered by my sister. I was looking forward this as more like a dessert rather than a snack. The dish was not rich in flavors as opposed to its colors with a dash of sweetness of the bird nets’s topping while the steamed egg tasted original. Good for those that in favor of light taste and non-oily food.

Century Egg Porridge at 126 Eating House
Century Egg Porridge 皮蛋粥 ($3.00)

Topped with century eggs, minced meat garnished with chopped spring onions, the porridge is a perfect dish for those seeking carb-load in the night. Though the portion was not very large, one bowl of it proved to be fulfilling for a midnight snack. The porridge was cooked with minimum seasoning so it was not that salty. There are also soy sauce and pepper available which one could season it to their liking.

For midnight snack, I would recommend the century egg porridge and chee cheong fun as they are not cooked without using much oil. We ordered the minimum amount of food and for that ,we spent estimated $8-10 per person which was quite reasonable. The only drawback was their service that night, when we tried requesting chili from the waiter, he came back with the chili and he seems unwilling to serve us by literally throwing the chili on the table. I heard that they have a second branch in Serangoon but I does not have the exact address of it.

126 (搵到食) Eating House
126 Sims Ave, Singapore 38749
Tel: 6746 4757, 6745 4869
Opening Hours: 24 hrs daily.
Parking: If you are lucky, you can find parking lots along the roadside, or you have to go about in Geylang Lor 15 or Lor 17 to find a parking space.