Hong Kong star Sammo Hung visits Geylang for turtle soup

Hong Kong action star Sammo Hung with restaurant owner Chen Chonglu. Hung was in Geylang on Friday afternoon for some local dishes.
PHOTO: Shin Min Daily News

SINGAPORE - Veteran Hong Kong action star Sammo Hung dropped by Geylang on Friday (Feb 3) afternoon for some local dishes with his family, surprising diners there.

Hung, 65, visited Ser Seng Herbs (Turtle) Restaurant at Geylang Lorong 21 for turtle soup with six other family members, Shin Min Daily News reported on Saturday (Feb 4).

Restaurant staff told Shin Min that there were no seats available when Hung arrived at about 2pm, but he waited outside patiently while his son Timmy Hung entered to order.

"They had no airs at all and waited their turn in the queue. At first, we didn't recognise Timmy Hung, and realised a big star had arrived only when Sammo Hung sat down," said a staff member who did not give his name.

Restaurant owner Chen Chonglu told Shin Min that he personally waited on Hung's table.

The martial artist ordered many dishes for his family, Mr Chen said. This included a $65 claypot turtle soup and black chicken soup that cost $13.

Hung told Mr Chen in Cantonese: "The soup is very good!"

Read also: Chow Yun-fat spotted at Founder Bak Kut Teh again

The veteran actor left about an hour later.

Mr Chen said: "To have a huge star visit us during Chinese New Year and have a satisfying meal, I'm really honoured and proud!"

Hung is known for his body of work in Hong Kong action cinema, churning out more than 230 movies since his film debut in 1961. He has acted alongside actors such as Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan.

He is also a fight choreographer, movie director and producer.

Chow Yun-fat enjoys local fare in Singapore

  • Hong Kong superstar Chow Yun-fat was recently in town over Christmas holidays, and won the hearts of many Singaporeans with his friendliness.
  • During his visit, he was also spotted enjoying some of the island's famous local fare.
  • Chow was first seen indulging in kaya toast in a Ya Kun Kaya Toast outlet last week.
  • From a small coffee stall in the 1940s, Ya Kun is now a local cafe chain that serves old-school breakfast favourites of Singaporeans
  • - kaya toast with slices of butter, as well as fragrant kopi and tea - among other newer offerings.
  • Shin Min Daily News reported that Chow also dropped by Tian Tian Chicken Rice at Maxwell Food Centre for three consecutive days.
  • The Hainanese dish features tender, succulent chicken with fragrant grains, which scores a hit with local foodies and those beyond Singapore.
  • Did you know that Tian Tian Chicken Rice was also voted Best Hawker Stall at the AsiaOne People's Choice Awards 2014?
  • The Hong Kong star also enjoys a bowl of peppery pork rib soup from Founder Bak Kut Teh.
  • Located along Balestier Road, the restaurant serves recipes devised by former pig farmer Mr Chua Chwee Whatt, who started cooking the dish himself using his own pigs after he was left unsatisfied by the bak kut teh offered by others.
  • who started cooking the dish himself using his own pigs after he was left unsatisfied by the bak kut teh offered by others.
  • Mr Chua recommends drinking tea before eating the dish, which enhances the flavour of the soup.
  • According to CNN Travel, Chow is also a fan of Hoover Rojak located at the Balestier Food Market.
  • The tasty local-style fruit salad is prepared by Mr Lim Ngah Chew who has over 50 years of experience of making the dish.
  • He is also known for adding jellyfish to his rojak which adds a satisfying crunch to the salad.
  • Local foodies also love the sauce made from his homemade prawn paste.

This article was first published on Feb 4, 2017.
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