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Kombi Rocks Diner @ Yio Chu Kang Road

Kombi Rocks Diner is the v2 of Koon Kee Restaurant (established 1971), serving Thai and Chinese recipes passed down for three generations. The owner’s wife is Thai so you will find some Thai fusion into the menu choices.

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Kombi Rocks Diner – Exterior

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The owner is obviously a retro car enthusiast

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Retro Kombi Rocks Menu

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Retro memorabilia

Kombi (I know it more as the VW Camper) has been made in Brazil since 1957 but production ends this year. There are only 13 Kombis in Singapore, and I believe the owner of the cafe owns 4-5 of them.  So if you are a Kombi Fan, or have friends (like our dear friend, M) who are Kombi Fans, this is a must go in Singapore to see the rows of Kombi parked outside the diner. This diner event rents out Kombis, and sells a selection of vintage memorabilia for wedding shoots if you need.

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M pretending to p on his favourite Kombi 😛

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One of the old Kombis being restored

From the shots I have seen, I always imagined Kombi Rocks to be in an ulu part of Yio Chu Kang with a huge carpark, but then it turned out to be a corner of an old 1 level shop house just opposite Serangoon Stadium.

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Kombi Rocks Diner at the corner of the row of shop houses opposite Serangoon Stadium

I would say the food overall was decent but I wouldn’t rave about it. 3 of us had Breaded Oysters, Half Dozen ($12) as starter to share, which was just ok for me (but I am not an oyster person). The Crispy Noodles with Fishmaw ($16) was quite a big serving with pretty big slices of fishmaw. This is very home cooked taste with minimal MSG taste. The crispy noodles tasted more like Ee-fu noodles after soaked in the gravy, rather than the usual “shang mee” taste. This must be the popular dish as almost all the tables around us also ordered this dish.

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Breaded Oysters, Half Dozen

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Crispy Noodles with Fishmaw

My favourite was the Koon Kee Mee Goreng, Small ($6). This was spicy, sour and had the necessary punch potency of the Mee Goreng.

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Koon Kee Mee Goreng

If you miss the A&W root beet float, do check out Kombi’s Root Beer Float ($6). It is a huge serving good for 2 to share and very reminiscence of A&W for me!

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Kombi’s super hugeeee Root Beer Float

Overall, this Diner is more about the retro Kombi theme experience but I wouldn’t specially go for the food.

Kombi Rocks
Address: 66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Operating Hours: Mon – Thu: 12:00 pm – 3:30 pm, 6:00 pm – 10:30 pm, Fri – Sun: 12:00 pm -11:00 pm
Tel: 65 9008 6918

 

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