After receiving a request from one of my readers to head down to Defu Lane 10, I gladly obliged and went down to see what vegetarian stall could be lurking there. Initially when I arrived at block 32 I suspected it might have all been a cruel prank (it has happened before), as it seemed like this industrial block couldn’t possibly be hosting any coffee shop or eating house. To my relief, after circumnavigating the block I finally found the place. This eating house is incredibly old fashioned, and it really feels like stepping back in time. Ci Xin has been existing at this address for over 16 years now. The stall serves different daily specials everyday, in addition to rice/bee hoon and dishes.
Ci Xin Vegetarian Food
Location: Blk 32, Defu Lane 10, Soon Soon Lai Eating House
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 6.00am-1.30pm. Closed Sunday
The daily special for today was Mee Siam, and so that is what I ordered. This was a well cooked mee siam overall, with a nice amount of ingredients inside (I particularly loved the cubes of tofu). I thought that the soup/gravy base could have been a little thicker (it was very watery), but for just $2.50 it would be criminal to complain too much.
Price: $2.50. 7/10
Conclusion – Ci Xin is a stall that has stood the test of time, and has a positive following from the workers and individuals living in the Defu Lane area. This entire coffee shop is worth visiting, as this old design can barely be found in Singapore these days. With Singapore so concerned with making everywhere so brand new and squeaky clean, it is nice to escape that pretentious falseness and head to a place like this, which has heart and identity.
Food – 6/10
Service – 7/10
Value – 7/10