#Hawkerhopping

#Hawkerhopping

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

Over at Desa Rancapanggung, this nondescript hawker stall within a food court might seemed unassuming but oh boy, they are more than your regular nasi padang stall. Especially the beef rendang which was cooked till fork tender, this is truly one of the best versions that I have tasted as the rempah has seeped into the meat and you can truly taste the Asian flavours and herbs in each bite. Besides that, the sambal goreng is a great complement to the rice but I would wish for more tempeh in it.
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📍 Desa Rancapanggung Malay Cuisine
739 Bedok Reservior Road, Singapore 470739

The eatery is aptly named Downstairs and decorated to resemble a void deck setting under a HDB block. The food that they serve is also leaning towards the comforting kind with stuff like braised pork belly rice, nasi lemak and the pictured, Rice with Honey Glazed BBQ Pork and Lava Egg ($6). The sweet savoury sauce on the charred pork with the creamy yolk is enough to make my lunch is super satisfying one.
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📍Downstairs
6 Changi Business Park Avenue 1, UE BizHub East, Unit 01-30, Singapore 486017

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If it’s up to me to choose, I will say to go for both of them! The Chicken Dum Biryani ($6.50) is the version that we are all familiar with, in which the marinated chicken is cooked together with the basmati rice while the Chicken Mandi Biryani ($6.50) is not commonly seen elsewhere. What makes the mandi unique is that the rice is cooked in a mandi spice mixture and separate from the chicken. Upon each order, the chicken is then blow-torched to give it a smoky aroma and charred flavour. Just the appearance and colour alone is able to distinguish both biryanis and each is served with a different condiment. The mandi comes with a side of yogurt and green chilli chutney, the latter very similar to the Thai green chilli sauce, while the dum briyani comes with a dhal and a chutney that I suspect is made from plums. Overall, an excellent go-to for biryanis which you will surely feel satisfied and fulfilled at the end of the meal.
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📍Café Mariam
116 Changi Road, Unit 01-02, Singapore 419718

When it was still at its hype, I actually feel that the taste and flavour is near similar to the ones sold in the restaurant, but at a fraction of the price. Fast forward months later, I have decided to give their pork chop fried rice ($6) another try and this time round it felt that the standards might have dipped a little. The rice did not have the eggy fragrance and some grains were undercooked. It does not have that appetizing factor that will make you want to keep eating it as opposed to the original from Din Tai Fung. Granted that it’s a fuss-free meal without the air-conditioned environment or service by the wait staff, this is still a decent option if you are craving for an egg fried rice. However, if given the choice, I will still patronize the restaurant for the original version as you can definitely taste the difference in both.
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📍Hao Lai Ke
204 Bedok North Street 1, Unit 01-393, Singapore 460204

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The order of Chicken Rendang, Chap Chye and Bakwan Kepiting is more than sufficient for 2 pax and the total bill only came up to $21.50. The chicken rendang comes in a thick and lemak coconut curry sauce with two huge chicken drumsticks while the bakwan kepiting soup contains huge balls of minced pork with bamboo shoot. The chap chye is a medley of vegetables that has been braised in a fermented beans sauce for hours till the connecting tissues have broken down and the vegetables turn super soft that you do not even require teeth to bite through.
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📍Charlie’s Peranakan Food
505 Beach Road, Golden Mile Food Centre, Unit B1-30, Singapore 199583

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No doubt it’s a very good plate of hokkien prawn mee, but I kind of expected more from it? Probably we got the final few plates from the wok, it was not as hot as if it was freshly fried. Another thing that threw me off was that it was neither wet or dry kind, but more towards soggy and the noodles are cut into small pieces that you can scoop it up with a spoon. Flavourwise the noodles had the slight wok hei, prawns were fresh and the sambal chilli was fantastic. I would have preferred if it was warmer with a better texture. Nonetheless, this stall is a must-visit when you are here to get a taste of a Singapore dish.
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📍Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
505 Beach Rd, Golden Mile Food Centre, Unit B1-34, Singapore 199583

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Another hidden gem just popped up months ago and it’s surprisingly by the Astons Group. The outlet does not sell anything else except prawn noodles and pictured is the Classic Prawn Noodle ($5) which comes with your choice of noodles, pork belly slices, bean sprouts and kang kong. At this price, this is absolutely a steal as the prawns were huge and meaty. At first glance, the orangey prawn broth is already a welcoming sign and from the first slurp, it truly justifies itself as a hidden gem. The umami-ness of the broth instantly hits you and you will feel like many prawn heads have went into the making of the soup. Some might feel that the richness can be too much to handle but I very much prefer this kind of broth. This is truly the benchmark of what a good bowl of prawn noodle should be and anything below this standard shouldn’t even be considered.
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📍East Treasure Speciality Prawn Noodle
328 Joo Chiat Road, Unit 01-01, Singapore 427585

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Well known for serving a different type of Chinese soup daily and free flow achar, the other winning factor for me has got to be their poached chicken which was tender to the bite and the sesame oil soya sauce mixture that was pour onto it gives it an edge over others. The addition of the fried garlic ups the ante even higher and every bite was an absolute joy. The only letdown for me would be their rice as it was lacking the aroma and oiliness. Perhaps a little ginger garlic paste in the rice might make it better?
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📍Delicious Boneless Chicken Rice
865, Mountbatten Road, Katong Shopping Centre, Unit B1-85, Singapore 437844

Lightly toasted upon order, the crispy outside and fluffy inside is an amazing bite and there are even bits of orange peel hidden within the bread with their homemade kaya sandwiched between it. What’s also difference with them versus the other brands is that their kaya is more of an eggy consistency which has a much better texture as compared to the more commonly seen kaya. Furthermore, the kaya is just mildly sweet, which is perfect to pair with the bitter orange peel and traditional kopi.
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📍 Good Morning Nanyang Café
14 Scotts Rd, Unit 02-23, Far East Plaza, Singapore 228213

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From the handmade prawn paste to potent chilli sauce, all the ingredients here are fixed which you do not need to pick as per usual yong tau foo. Everything is made fresh per order and you can truly taste the quality in each bite. Though it’s slightly pricer that what you would normally pay, it’s the quality that matters. Heck, even the bee hoon (which can be upsized for free) is damn good.
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Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu
Address: 270, Queen Street, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, Unit 01-106, Singapore 180270
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The soft steamed rice cakes with the chai poh and sambal chilli is a match made in heaven. Though it might looks simple and unassuming, the taste more than makes up for it to be awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand.
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Bedok Chwee Kueh
Address: 270, Queen Street, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, Unit 01-79, Singapore 180270
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From what I have been told, this stall is actually a long-standing tenant in this coffeeshop and the cauldron of innards and meats is simmering in a braising liquid from an eternal flame, which also means the braise that started it all still contains some essence of it in today’s liquid. The stall owners will add in water and herbs daily and over the years, the flavours have intensified till umami stage. I don’t know how true is that but if someone can verify it for me, that would be great). Nonetheless, all the checkboxes first a good kway chap has been ticked from the flavour-packed zhup to innards that are cleaned thoroughly. Oh and did I mention that they actually make their own chilli dipping sauce which you must absolutely get to pair with the braised ingredients.
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Ya Wu Kway Chap
Address: 138, Tampines Street 11, Singapore 521138
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