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#Hawkerhopping

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

I certainly do, and love it a lot because not only can you get several cooking options of chicken, meat, seafood and vegetables, there’s even the rice and noodles staples that will fill you up in no time. Economical with a certain degree of wokhei-ness in each dish, zichar is a truly beloved dining spot for most families as you can order a variety of dishes to appeal to each family member. With the circuit breaker now, it’s impossible to dine in the coffeeshop and only takeaways or deliveries are available. Nonetheless, you can still bring the party back home with favourites such as 排骨王 and 星洲米粉.

For me, I’m getting my Indian food craving fix by taking away an egg prata, masala thosai and maggi goreng. Out of the three, the best has got to be maggi goreng for its spicy flavour and of course the amazing texture of the instant noodles.

I wonder when can we go back to our normal lifestyle again.
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📍Tong Ah Eating House
35 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089142

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Typically you will not categorise菜饭 as one of the healthier food options, but you can always try to make it as healthy as possible like how I usually order 1 meat and 2 vegetables with half the rice portion. What’s your favourite meat or vegetables from a 菜饭 stall?

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Appam is a fermented rice pancake that’s served with orange palm sugar and is usually eaten for breakfast or as a snack. Fortunately, there’s one stall at Tampines Round Market & Food Centre that you can get them at Rajarani Thosai (Stall 01-33) which only charges $1 for a single portion. The batter which is used to make the appam contains fermented rice and coconut milk which you can taste a mixture of tanginess and savouriness from each bite together with the sweetness from the palm sugar. Another stall which I discovered during my trip there was 第11 街 Fish Soup which was a hidden gem as the sliced batang fish was tender to the bite while the soup packs an umami punch, not the ones that are loaded with MSG kind, with a sour note from the tomatoes in it. If you are at this food centre, do consider dabao-ing from these places for your meal.
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📍Tampines Round Market & Food Centre
137 Tampines Street 11, Singapore 522137

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Tiong Bahru Fried Fishballs (Stall 01-38) sells a wide variety of fishballs and fishcakes in different flavours and shapes that you can takeaway for a mini home party and how can you not have cravings for our local fried carrot cake? There’s a stall Xin Xing Carrot Cake (Stall 01-44) that sells a decent plate with a generous amount of beaten egg covering the radish cake. Request for more of the spring onion to give it an additional texture and flavour to each bite.
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📍Tampines Round Market & Food Centre
137 Tampines Street 11, 522137

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In our hot and humid weather, we will usually opt for a cold beverage or dessert after a meal. However, I was intrigued by the stall’s Green Bean Soup with Coconut Milk ($1.50) that I went out of my norm and got this hot dessert instead. Just a little background, it was a scorching hot day and I just had my lunch inside the hawker centre, but I succumb to my curiosity and got it nonetheless. At first glance, this is definitely not your typical green bean soup as it’s thickened by the coconut milk and probably cooked with gula melaka as it comes in a brown hue. From the first sip, it instantly reminded me why sweating buckets while eating this is all worthwhile as each spoonful is not cloyingly sweet and there is a general amount of green bean and sago in it. The addition of the coconut cream adds to the richness to the overall mouthfeel which makes it so unique that other dessert stalls do not have. Definitely a must-order when you are here.
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📍Haig Road Market & Food Centre
14 Haig Road, Singapore 430014

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The only stall that probably is the most recognizable would be Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring (Stall 01-18), which has won plenty of accolades prior to also being featured on Netflix’s Street Food. Nonetheless, there are still several hidden gems from mee soto, mee rubus to even a braised duck rice that was recommended by @misstamchiak. Coming here for lunch, I honestly have no idea what to eat except the wanton noodles and kolo mee which I had previously, but from the blog article, the braised duck rice caught my attention. From Stall 01-58, Tong Kee Traditional Braised Duck Rice might not look attractive from stall front, but the quality and flavour of the food more than makes up from it. There’s absolutely no gaminess from the duck meat and the braised rice that comes with it is perfumed with hints of herbs. The game changer for me, in addition to the duck meat, is the chilli sauce that you definitely have to get as it takes the flavour up a notch by balancing the savouriness of the braise with the tanginess of the chilli.
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📍Haig Road Market & Food Centre
14 Haig Road, Singapore 430014

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Most, if not all, of the stalls that are selling satay here will probably entice you with the aroma from grilling the meat skewers at their stall front but most people will usually make a beeline to Haron Satay, which I believe has the better flavour. At $0.70 per stick (beef, chicken or mutton), each satay is grilled upon order and you can be assured that you are getting the freshest batch once your buzzer rings. The meat is well-marinated and well-cooked over the charcoal fire, which also results in a strong smokiness that is present in each skewer. There’s no better way to enjoy grilled meat than on a stick with a dip into the homemade nutty peanut sauce and chase it with some cut onions and cucumbers.
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📍East Coast Lagoon Food Village
1220 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468960

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Though it took many years for the expansion, this new outlet still boasts a menu of their signature Peranakan dishes in a classy and modern space. The restaurant is not new to the F&B scene, having amassed a wealth of experience in Peranakan cuisine and was even awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand for the past three years, a testament to the quality and taste of the food.

What you can expect dining in this restaurant includes having starters such as a winged bean salad called the Kerabu Kacang Botol ($11.50) and Kerabu Timun ($8.50) which is a tossed cucumber salad with chicken gizzards. When it comes to the mains, you can expect full-on flavour packed dishes that goes perfectly well with a bowl of white rice. From Beef Rendang ($20) to Pork Ribs Assam ($20) and Ayam Panggang Blue Ginger ($16), there is definitely a meat option for everyone. My favourite from the three has got to be the beef rendang which is made from a family recipe rempah that are pounded by hand and cooked with love. This dish is made from tender chunks of shin meat in a thick curry that is reminiscent of an authentic peranakan dish. For vegetables and seafood, diners can opt for the deep fried eggplant in fresh chilli paste called the Terong Goreng Cili ($13) and another crowd favourite, the Sotong Keluak ($22), tender cuts of squid stir fried in buah keluak and tamarind juice. To fill your tummies, there is the Nonya Noodles ($15), similar to our local hokkien fried noodles but this is flavoured with bean paste. Last but not least, its desserts time and what better way to end the meal than with a bowl of Durian Chendol ($7).
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📍 The Blue Ginger
1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, Unit 01-106, Singapore 237994

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