Star Yong Kwang BBQ is a Chinese late night zhi-char hawker store in southern Singapore. It is pretty much your run of the mill Zhi Char store. Tucked in Alexandra village hawker center, an NEA operated hawker center. Let’s see what’s on offer with a casual dinner dine-in.

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood Alexandra village food spread
The spread at Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood Alexandra village.

Also, you might know the neighbourhood for its myriad of car workshops and is suited near Ikea Alexandra. Also, notably, it is situated on the same row where we visited Mr Avocado drinks store previously.

The Asian seafood BBQ establishment occupies two full store units side by side, with one dedicated to storage and chillers and the other a dedicated kitchen area. Notably, there is a third store down the aisle notable for storage. This does makes a statement of serious business.

Star Yong Kwang BBQ double store front at Alexandra hawker center
Star Yong Kwang BBQ double store front at Alexandra hawker center.

Moreover, Star Yong Kwang BBQ at its core is a dinner place, with the store closed during lunchtimes and only open from 4pm onwards daily will 11pm. Also, the store is run by Chris Eng, a secondary school dropout who ventured into running his own Zi-Char Stall.

Try their Sambal stingray

Furthermore, the BBQ store does offer a selection of grille seafood comprising of shellfish and fish. Recommendations includes their seafood including their Sambal stingray ($11-20 per plate depending on size).

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood Sambal stingray signature dish
Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood Sambal stingray is their signature dish and is available in sambal and non-sambal BBQ versions.

You can’t go wrong pairing them with fried vegetables and claypot stews which makes it a hearty sharing meal for 4 diner or more. In typical Chinese zhi-char, your dishes are best ordered for sharing for a large table dining group. This is shared and paired with plates of plain rice per diner each.

Zhi-char staples

Star Yong Kwang BBQ fried rice
Their fried rice is prepared well and is flavorful. Suitable as a staple rice dish in your zhi-char dine-in

Also, do consider having their fried rice and mee goring as staples to go with your meal. They are flavourful and tasty cooked well. A signature dish is their Salted Egg Pork Ribs.

Star Yong Kwang BBQ also offers your run of the mill selection of meats and vegetables dishes, such as fried vegetables to complete your dish selections
Star Yong Kwang BBQ also offers your run of the mill selection of meats and vegetables dishes, such as fried vegetables to complete your dish selections.

Additionally, on typically dinner days, it is not uncommon to see the front of the store packed with customers, with crowds ordering from the staff. Their staff members are easily identifiable by their distinct red uniform colour.

Mee Goreng, also an alternate rice staple replacement too
Mee Goreng, also an alternate rice staple replacement too.

Also, the food price range is what you expect of restaurant style zhi-char at about the $20-25 price range per person. It is slightly cheaper than that from air-conditioned dine-in restaurants. An alternative would be KDK coffeeshop just around the block too.

Stews like this vegetable mix is a good dish for sharing and compliments the spicy dishes in your selection
Stews like this vegetable mix is a good dish for sharing and compliments the spicy dishes in your selection.

In addition, food does take some time to arrive too, especially during peak weekend dining days. The area is served mainly by buses and with the nearest MRT over a kilometer away. If you are driving, it is quite impossible to find a parking lot in the vicinity, though those located in the workshops are always available 500 meters away.

All in all, Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood at Alexandra Central Mall does not disappoint. Service can be slow on peak days, and if you are able to tolerate the less than ideal dining environment and the rather stuffy hawker center environment. But still, the price range is reasonable and paired with decent quality chinese zhi-char food even rivaling dine-in restaurants.

Verdict:

Must Go! | Actually pretty Good | Worth Trying | Shortlist Optionally | Should Avoid

Star Yong Kwang BBQ Seafood Locality Map

Alexandra Village Food Centre
120 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-04,
Singapore, 150120
Opening 4pm– 11pm daily

 

1 COMMENT

  1. Dear all I seldom post but this time I think I need to share this incident to prevent others from being overcharged by this black stall star yong Kwang bbq seafood at #alexandra village Blk 120 Bukit Merah lane 1 #01-03/04 Singapore 150120
    ordered ordered 1 sting ray , 1 baby kai lan and 1 fired rice all small. The stall lady ask me to upgrade my sting ray to 22 . which I declined.
    Later she ask me to pay 39 dollars I was shocked so I asked her how come 39 when my sting ray small only 18 and I ask her how much is baby kai lan she said 12.50 and fried rice was 8.50 .
    .I asked for small kailan but She said kailan only one size now 12.50 .
    Later I find that something is a missed I asked for a reciept she spend about 3 minutes just to issue my reciept and this is what she gave me.
    Look at the reciept all shading and self price adjustments
    I asked her when the prices increases she did a year ago?! Oh a year ago still didn’t update menu and reciept ?
    I Googled them and saw many customers have also been cheated by them and past reviews backdated to 2018!!!!!! Just beware of this black shop!

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