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SINGAPORE Chicken rice restaurant Pow Sing suspended for link to gastroenteritis outbreak

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The Ministry of Health (MOH), National Environment Agency (NEA), and Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) are investigating several cases of gastroenteritis reported between 4 and 11 July 2016, traced to the consumption of food prepared at Pow Sing Restaurant, located at 63-65 Serangoon Garden Way. As of 12 July 2016, a total of 29 cases were verified to be affected, and further investigations are ongoing.

MOH, NEA and AVA were first notified of the cases on 4 July 2016 and had immediately conducted joint inspections of the restaurant’s premises on 5 July 2016. Several hygiene lapses, including failure to maintain temperature records and allowing an unregistered food handler to prepare food, were observed. The operator had been instructed to rectify them immediately. On receiving further notification of another 4 affected persons on 11 July 2016, there is reason to suspect that there might be a continuing source of infection in the premises.

To protect consumers from public health risks, NEA has suspended the licence of Pow Sing Restaurant with effect from 13 July 2016, and required it to dispose all ready-to-eat food, thawed food and perishable food items, conduct thorough cleaning and sanitising of its premises including equipment, utensils, work surfaces and toilets, and review and rectify the lapses in food preparation processes identified during the joint inspections.

AVA has collected food samples from Pow Sing Restaurant, as part of the investigation. Laboratory tests are ongoing.

MOH has collected stool samples from the affected cases and the restaurant’s food handlers have been sent for stool screening. Only food handlers who are tested to be free of food poisoning pathogens, and have re-attended and passed the Basic Food Hygiene Course will be allowed to resume work. MOH and NEA will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Members of the public are advised to report such incidents by calling our 24-hour NEA Contact Centre at 1800-CALL-NEA (1800-2255-632).



[Branded Content] POW SING: Traditional Nyonya Delicacies within reach

Traditional Peranakan delicacies go a long way back in history, and it’s getting extremely difficult to find authentic restaurant serving Peranakan delicacies anymore.
Pow Sing managed to uphold its traditions over the years by serving the oh-so-famous Hainanese Chicken Rice as well as their Nyonya dishes that kept customers coming back for more.
Situated in Serangoon Garden, its inaccessibility really do turns me off at times but yet you know it’s worth it because of the food. I really do have this love-hate relationship with Pow Sing. I even kind of got lost in the process of finding this place ._. #roadidiot
Anyway, that’s not the main point, I believe everyone is more interested in the food than me right, so let the pictures speaks a thousand words.
Nyonya Cabbage Roll – $10/$15/$20
Cabbage wrapped in my favorite otah, topped with laksa-liked gravy sauce. It does not taste too milky nor spicy, just the perfect taste I’m comfortable with. Cabbage did not get all soggy even after soaked in the gravy for some time.
Prawn with Nyonya Traditional Sauce $18/$27/$36
It’s one of my favorite dish of the day. I love prawn so much I named myself ‘Prawn Chua’ – gotten my idea from Fish Leong. This dish tasted like Assam Fish Head, spicy yet a little sour but on the good side of the scale. Prawn is fresh and I love its sauce. (Y)
Nyonya Chap Chye – $8/$12/$16
It’s Pow Sing’s award-winning dish but because I’m a carnivore, I can’t appreciate the goodness of it, it feels soggy and I think it’s more for elderly reminiscing the old times where they have this dish at home as well as those that have difficulty chewing food. This is for them.
 Hainanese Chicken – $5/pax
Another of their ‘best-seller’ dish in Pow Sing. I think it just tasted normal, nothing like ‘oh-so-awesome’ but just traditional white chicken. The meat is not tender enough but the sauce added some point for this dish.
Crispy Nyonya Tauhu – $8/$12/$16
Crispy Tauhu that doesn’t feel crispy, it’s rather disappointing that it’s not what I expected.
Instead of crispy, it’s more like taupok ._.
Fish Head Curry – $32/$36
Okay, the main dish of the day, their curry fish head. Their fish is very fresh, all you get is tender white meat melting in your mouth. Their Assam sauce is powerful enough, not too spicy nor sour, best among those I ever eaten. (Y)(Y) It’s the best among the rest (whoo)
The ambience is more family-like, having big tables like those ‘zi-char’ place. It’s very noisy during peak period because everyone come in big group and they chat loudly so perhaps choose a better timing before dropping by. Beside Pow Sing Restaurant, they have one along the same stretch of road, namely Pow Sing Kitchen. It’s their sub restaurant but mostly selling stuffs like ‘Hor Fan’, ‘Chicken Rice’ all these. If you are not in groups, maybe that is more suitable for you.
I had a great time eating all these dishes though I can’t say I really appreciated them but they have a long way coming, maintaining their Nyonya spirit. It doesn’t come easy but I believe for them it’s worth it. They were featured in newspapers, given awards for their various dishes.
Ending of with my not-so-nice Lemon Tea, I suggest y’all choose Tea instead (:
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