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Kok Sen Coffee Shop

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30 KEONG SAIK ROAD, Singapore, Singapore
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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Be there early as the tables get occupied fast. We had the the steam fish tail which was done just perfect. The frog legs with ginger was also delicious and top out with fried green vegetable with preserve bean. There was only 3 for lunch so was not so exciting. Go with a bigger group so can... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
CCS2016
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Singapore, Singapore
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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Be there early as the tables get occupied fast. We had the the steam fish tail which was done just perfect. The frog legs with ginger was also delicious and top out with fried green vegetable with preserve bean. There was only 3 for lunch so was not so exciting. Go with a bigger group so can order more.

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Thank CCS2016
Sydney, Australia
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Busy place and not the most comfortable seating and service but food definitely delicious. Especially the frog legs, the pieces were big and juicy. The prawn Kway teow is the famous dish there. Although they said small size serves 1, I suggest you order that so you get to try other food. The tofu with minced pork was well cooked... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I don't know what the English equivalent of 'zi char' is, but it's no matter. This is as authentic Singaporean Chinese cooking as it gets. Come try the hor fun, har jiong kai and ask for the chef's specialties. No chance of a good parking space, or even a table, if you're late (say, 7pm). Someone's review has it that... More 

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Singapore River, Singapore
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125 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015 via mobile

An absolutely unimaginative menu, but done to perfection. No fancy fusion experimentation, just fabulous old school Cantonese fare. Just realised that all 3 dishes I ordered were prepared with preserved condiments, thus the umami bomb! Must tries - Yong Taufu and Prawn Paste Chicken. Don't forget to ask for the belachan which gives a beautiful smokiness to the dishes.

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Thank HansiZhai
Portland, Oregon
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The Chinese food here is tasty and authentic. The Yong Tofu claypot is a must! However, I was sorely disappointed by the chili crab, billed as one of their signature dishes. It was expensive (about US $50), but it was quite small, and the chilly sauce was overwhelmingly gooey (like glue) and sweet. I couldn't taste the crabmeat because of... More 

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Thank Bette L
Singapore River, Singapore
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125 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Hawker food indoors is always a delight and Kok Sen does not disappoint. Cannot miss the superb prawn noodles bath in a belachan stock!

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Thank HansiZhai
Denpasar, Indonesia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

my friend took me to this place, because she read that this place is have delicious food. so they order (for us) pork sweet and sour : the meat is tender and the taste is very nice. Pork belly with kailan : the taste so rich with local taste. fish head saute with black pepper : i didnt recommend this,... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

I am staying nearby the food is really delicious and price reasonably. Be prepare to wait even when ordering take aways. Love their signature yong tau foo, prawn soup noodle, dried curry fish and sliced fish bee hoon. They start serving dinner from 5.30pm and rest on alternate Monday.

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Thank TE2011
Singapore, Singapore
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226 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 via mobile

First visit for me even though I'm local and this place is pretty well known The food here is amazing. The prawn noodles here is out of this world! Slightly spicy, with a hint of lemon grass, this is a Singaporean/Malaysian prawn noodle dish with a Thai twist. The har cheong chicken was also crispy and delicious and the frog... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

On our first night in the area we had a wander around and came across this place which was packed - full of locals, and holidaymakers. It is cheap, cheerful and fairly basic but the food is just amazing. I ordered a particular prawn dish which they didn't have but the waiter recommended a dish called big prawn hor fun... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 30 KEONG SAIK ROAD, Singapore, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Asian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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Chinatown
Chinatown is a classic combination of colorful sights, enticing smells, and sometimes startling sounds. The precinct is unique, however, in its blending of religions and cultures. A Hindu temple, an Islamic mosque, and a Chinese Buddhist temple sit almost side by side. This sense of cultural harmony continues as you venture just outside of Chinatown to the nightlife areas of Club Street and Duxton Hill. There you’ll mingle with Singapore’s multicultural residents at the modern bars and restaurants dotting the bustling streets. An afternoon in and around Chinatown will leave you culturally enlightened, well fed, and loaded with souvenirs. In the evening, reward yourself with a well-deserved cocktail as the locals come out to play.
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