#Hawkerhopping

#Hawkerhopping

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Julius Lim
Julius Lim

This is my first and most probably my last time visiting Tanglin Halt Food Centre as the place is due to be demolished by end of this year for future housing developments. We tried the food from most of the recommended stalls there, except the peanut pancake which was the only food regret that day as they sell out by the time we are there at 11:30am.
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✨ Tanglin Halt Food Centre
📍 1A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001
🍴 [Self Funded]

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Many have covered this place in the past, and till today the stall has remained its quality and consistency. You can never go wrong with their biscuit-skin texture on the sio bak that has the absolute addictive crunch to it while having a perfect fat to meat ratio that I like. On the other hand, the char siew is nicely charred and caramelised with a stinky consistency that will have you swooning over for more. Be it rice or noodle, either option will go well with the roast meats, but I will recommend the latter as the thin egg noodles are cooked so well that there’s no alkaline taste to it and tossed in a lard oil mixture before served.
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✨ 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist
📍 308 Lavender Street, Singapore 338814
🍴 [Self Funded]

It definitely has one of the softest textured around but there’s nothing wow or fantastic about it. Perhaps the popiah might be a better option as there were a few others ordering it when I was the queue, to the point that it was sold out by the time I was at the front of the line.
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✨ Lagoon Famous Carrot Cake and Popiah
📍 1220 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Unit 01-40, Singapore 468960
🍴 [Self Funded]

When you makan at such a hawker centre, the quintessential food orders always include chicken wing and it’s no exception this time round. Crispy and charred golden brown on the outside while retaining a juicy bite in the inside, these are the type of chicken wings that you can always not achieve during your own BBQs, and it’s best to just eat it here. Give it a squeeze of lime and dip it in their tangy chilli sauce for that zing as you chomp down on a perfect finger food snack.
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✨ Ah Hwee BBQ Chicken Wing & Spring Chicken
📍 1220 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Unit 01-14, Singapore 468960
🍴 [Self Funded]

Out of the many stalls there, several of them stood out the most, evident from their long queues such as Song Kee Fried Oyster. As you inch closer to the front of the line, you can witness the master at work, as if the chef was dancing around the wok, frying up plates of oyster omelette. This stall served two variations, the oyster omelette and oyster egg, with many going for the former. The egg and tapioca starch batter is fried till crispy before fresh raw oysters are added at the very end and given a quick fry. After plating, the dish is topped with spring onions and served with a tangy dipping chilli sauce.
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✨ Song Kee Fried Oyster
📍 1220 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Unit 01-15, Singapore 468960
🍴 [Self Funded]

And that’s especially since I have to wait for almost an hour to get these charcoal grilled chicken skewers ($0.70 each) that are so well marinated that you can taste the spices and sweetness from each bite.
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✨ Haron Satay
📍 1220 East Coast Parkway, East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Unit 01-55, Singapore 468960
🍴 [Self Funded]

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This review on Sean Kee’s duck rice is the first time that I am trying, hence, I am not able to determine if there are any differences from this outlet to the original stall. However, based on what I have order, the most basic Braised Duck Rice is priced at $5.90 which comes with braised peanuts and bean sprouts by the side. There are other variations with the addition of a braised egg and beancurd, plus you can get the duck meat with noodle or porridge as well. All in all, a solid plate of braised duck rice with an excellent braising sauce over it, which probably is the key factor as compared to other competitor brands. The meat was neither dry nor gamey while the rice has a nice herbal aroma.
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✨ Ya Lor
📍 7 Wallich Street, Guoco Tower, Unit B2-32, Singapore 078884
🍴[Self Funded]

Together with Swee Guan, Nam Sing and Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng, these make up my top few places to go to for fried hokkien mee in Singapore as you can truly savor the wok hei in every strand of the noodle. Whether you prefer the dry or wet version, choosing either one of these places will surely satisfy your craving. Over at this stall, the noodles are fried till its soft with a wetter consistency that you can literally slurp them all up. The usual suspects of squid and prawns are added into the dish with a scoop of pork lard to go along with it. A new pairing for fried hokkien mee can also be experienced here as they have a stall just beside the fried noodle, selling chicken, pork, mutton and the unique pork belly satay.
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✨ Geylang Lorong 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee
📍 396 East Coast Road, Singapore 428994
🌐 https://geylanglor29hokkienmee.oddle.me/en_SG/
🍴 [Self Funded]

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If you are new to this zichar dish, it is essentially marinated chicken cuts in the umami prawn paste mixture, before coating it with a batter and cooking it into the deep fryer. Packed with flavour and bursting with juices from each bite, this is one place to get your prawn paste chicken fix if you are around the area. Do note that they only sell their zichar dishes in the evenings and they are closed on Mondays and Tuesdays each week.
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✨ Sin Ho
📍 216 Bedok North Street 1, Unit 01-75, Singapore 460216
🍴[Self Funded]

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If you are at the original outlet at Old Airport Road Food Centre, you will be expected to queue for an hour at least but fortunately, we only queued for 30 minutes this time round at the Tampines stall. Managed by two sisters from the original outlet, Old Airport Road Zheng Zong Lor Mee is the exact reflection with each bowl going at $4 onwards (pictured is the $5 portion). In addition to lor mee, this stall also has prawn mee, served with either the dry or soup version.

The golden question on everyone’s minds is whether the taste and ingredients are similar to the original outlet and I am pleased to say that it’s the same. What you are going to get is a choice of your noodle drenched in the thick gravy with toppings of a braised egg, braised pork belly, fish cake and shredded fried fish. The other condiments include minced garlic and parsley while customers can add the black vinegar and sambal chilli according to each preference. Give everything a good mix and slurp down this bowl of goodness.
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✨ Old Airport Road Zheng Zong Lor Mee
📍 477 Tampines Street 43, Unit 01-192, Singapore 520477
🍴[Self Funded]

Packed with ingredients and your preferred noodle (I will recommend you order a mix of yellow noodles and bee hoon), pictured is the $5 portion which comes with tau pok, bean sprouts, fish cakes and chopped poached chicken. The star of the dish, undoubtedly is the curry broth that is not too spicy but still packs a punch with the right amount of lemak-ness from the coconut milk. Be it on a hot day or cooling day, you will still see queues of people lining up to get a bowl of curry noodles that is so slurp- worthy that all the calories you have burnt in your gym session were well worth it.
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✨ Hock Hai (Hong Lim) Curry Chicken Noodle
📍 208A New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Unit 01-58, Singapore 460208
🍴 [Self Funded]

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However, if you want the OG stall that won the Michelin Bib Gourmand, this is it. With a perpetual queue for these steamed rice cakes, the popularity started way before they were listed in the Michelin Guide Singapore, and since then, the queue gets even longer on peak hours. Though it might look simple, the pairing of these rice cakes with preserved radish, that is of a sweet-savoury flavour, and the sambal chilli is just a perfect snack at any time of the day.
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✨ Bedok Chwee Kueh
📍 208A New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Interchange Hawker Centre, Unit 01-19, Singapore 460208
🍴 [Self Funded]

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