Kopitiams and Hawker Centres!

Kopitiams and Hawker Centres!

Celebrating the gems that can only be found in the distinct places that marks our local food culture!
Shaun Sim
Shaun Sim

Because I saw that my buddy, @parttimefoodiesg, ordered this last week, I got tempted too! And this whole set of goodness only cost $14.50 on @grabfoodsg and comes with a free bowl of mushroom soup! And this is super value for money cus I could split this into two meals!

Ranked as one of the Top 10 Mee Siam in Singapore, Hup Hup (合合) has been around to delight Singaporean tastebuds for over 50 years.

The gravy here is on a sweeter note and although it does come with the familiar twang of sour and spicy too, it is light enough to be slurped up on its own.

Apart from their signature Mee Siam, they do serve up delectable bowls of Laksa and Lor Mee too!

I got a steak coupled with fresh salad greens and Mac and Cheese from The Chef’s Place! And a side of popcorn chicken as well. The portions are huge! So it’s definitely value for money! Remember to mention your choice of doneness for the beef though!

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If I have to use one word to describe this, it will be value. The portions here are huge, especially the mixed grill, which came with full portions of the pork and chicken chops and a jumbo sausage, definitely more than enough to feed 2 pax! And it comes with a side of baked potato and aglio olio too!

I also like the chicken cutlet which retained its juices despite being deep fried. Although the pork chop was too tough though.

Wanted to try the fried porridge here but it was sold out; the soups here didn’t disappoint though. The pork liver was cooked to perfection here and everything else in my bowl was well executed too. Wish there was more soup to go along though.

Saw this on NOC’s Food King and got really intrigued! This fried mee sua is really good and has a taste of a Singapore in the world gone by (古早味). Really good that I ate 2 bowls of it!

This is fast becoming one of my favourite places for mala; with its reasonable prices and the fragrance of its mala sauce base. But idk if it’s just me or I caught them on a bad day, this was really spicy even though we got it at our usual heat level 🌶🌶 (中辣/medium spicy)

Still a good place to have mala though!

Haven’t been here in approximately 5 years since it’s across the island for me 😅 While most of the basic components of a nasi lemak - ikan bilis, chilli - was well executed here, the star itself, the rice, was lackluster. It lacks the lemak fragrance and the wings, while crisp, lacks flavour. The otah was pretty well done though!

If you craving for a taste of the UK, this is one of the place to be! However, it seems like @ladanddadsg is no longer at Maxwell as they prep to move into a place of their own; existing as a gastropub instead of a hawker stall. While I’m excited at what the lad and his dad will bring, here’s hoping that prices remain friendly too!

For cheap and good old-school western food, look no further than 5 Star Corner. Nestled in a neighbourhood kopitiam in Hougang, this humble stall drew a never ending crowd throughout the time we were there.

The food here is value for money and comforting; bringing me a slice of my childhood memories!


Was in NUS to run an errand recently and decided to explore the campus for some food. Wanted to go for Li Ji’s Chee Cheong Fun since it has a little bit of traction online but they only start serving at 3pm and so I got the next best thing instead.

The Ayam Penyet here definitely does not disappoint! It was crispy on the outside yet manages to lock in its juices, keeping the meat moist and tender. I also like the taupok that came along with it; a little weird to say that a taupok is flavourful but it sure was! Also glad that they drizzle curry over the rice and that the chilli was not too spicy. Finally, Li Ji’s drinks seem to be popular with the uni kids and my Yuan Yang Peng did not disappoint too. The delicate balance between tea and coffee was achieved in this cuppa!

I like that the Oyster Omelette comes with big, plump and juicy oysters while the omelette comes slightly charred at its sides, adding an extra crisp to the dish!

Educator by day, sgfoodie by night Follow me on IG: @helloshaunsim

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