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Who doesn't love hawker food? From the familiar favourites to the unknown gems; reviews of local food all around Singapore.
Yeung Kai Ho
Yeung Kai Ho
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Have yet to find a carrot cake better than the one at 618 Sim Carrot Cake! Crispy and topped generously with cai poh - long queue but totally worth the wait!


Kolomee makes for a great breakfast! The wriggly noodles are a nice change from the usual meekia/meepok that we are used too. Their texture is a lot softer/doughy, but it still has a nice bite. The dark soy flavour is my favourite as it adds a nice sweetness to the noodles. Although it already comes topped generously with lots of minced meat, indulge and add char siu and wanton to complete the dish!


So happy to chance upon cheap and good dim sum at Cheng San Market & Food Centre! They don’t offer as many items as proper dim sum restaurants, but there’s still a relatively good variety of fried and steamed dim sum. Their carrot cake and chicken glutinous rice were particularly good. Prices are also very reasonable. Pay then a visit at Nian Nian Fa Dian Xin Mei Shi (年年发点心美食) #01-121

The hae mee tng is chock-full of natural goodness and flavour from the prawns! The broth has no additional sauces or seasoning, and a lot of the flavour comes naturally from the prawns they use to cook the stock. Pricey, but yummy! They offer Japanese somen as an option, but having tried both I think I still prefer the traditional vermicelli.

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The moonlight horfun from KEK Seafood really lives up to its name! Usually not a fan of moonlight horfun cause the thought of eating raw egg is quite a turn off, and sometimes it can be quite dry; but this was pretty excellent. The egg after mixed it made the noodles have the perfect consistency and texture. Super flavourful, with a good wok hei, and generous amounts of lard for added crunch and indulgence. They were also quite generous with their other ingredients like squid, lup cheong and prawns, making each bite very satisfying.


The salted egg sotong from KEK Seafood at Alexandra is definitely one of the best! It is a little pricey, but the portions are substantial - the small portion would be enough for 4 or even 5 people. Batter was crispy while the salted egg was not too overwhelming. It also was not overly salty, and had the right balance of flavours. One of the must orders here!

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School’s out, and the summer holidays are here! Pigged out on a plate of har cheong gai fried to perfection from @ahtanwings at Yishun Park Hawker Centre. Loved the crispy exterior, and how the prawn paste was fragrant yet not too overpowering when eating it. Definitely not too jelat, and you will definitely want to down a few of these!

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The dry prawn noodles from Noo Cheng Adam Road Big Prawn Mee is worth queuing a bit for! The broth is super solid, and the noodles with their chilli has a great kick. Their prawns were quite fresh, and the pork belly slices had a nice chewy texture. Pretty much always has a long queue during lunch period, although it isn’t as crowded in the evenings!


Famous hakka yong tau fu from Ghim Moh market - the long queues are worth the wait; their homemade yong tau fu along with their chilli and sauce combo makes for an excellent lunch! Be sure to order more pieces because they will go quick (if you’re sharing) and you wouldn’t want to queue again.

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The porridge wasn’t too mushy, and went wonderfully well with the sauce from frog legs. The frog leg meat was cooked just right, very smooth and silky. The spicy variant comes with chilli padi which gives the dish a nice kick. The portion would be just right for 2-3 people, depending on your appetite. Great for a cold rainy day like today!


Zi char from Old Place Seafood Taiwan Porridge (now located at 59 Joo Chiat Place) - dishes are super affordable, and each plate is served at lightning speed directly from the kitchen to your table. Pictured is the fried pork, which is definitely one of the must-haves at this place! Super tender, with a good amount of fat that makes each bite super addictive. Other highlights include their chai poh omelette and har cheong gai!

Never thought I would pay 15 bucks for prawn noodles, but Wah Kee makes it worth it! For 15 bucks, you get 3 huge tiger prawns; very fresh, juicy, succulent and most importantly already 90% peeled for you so little work involved. The prawn heads also have a lot of roe/zhup if you’re into that. The soup is very flavourful, very rich - couldn’t finish it. Noodles were great too! Cooked just right and very springy. Also plus points for the generous amount of lard and fried shallots sprinkled on top.


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