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Hawker Fare

Hawker Fare

Brave the heat of Singapore and you'll be duly rewarded with some of our best foods. Full of our culture, great taste and value for money, I always find myself craving some good hawker fare.
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“45 minutes wait. Ok?”, auntie says. Good things come to those who wait, and Chey Sua rewards those with the patience to get their carrot cake breakfast fix! It might not look like much, but meticulous care is taken to fry each plate of this fluffy, eggy mess. Slightly crisp, the generous amount of egg almost made this feel like a Thai omelette, and the kueh is ethereally light and soft. Then smeared across the surface is a layer of sambal that give it its red hue and a addictive sweet, spicy heat.

It’s been two years since I’ve had this, but it’s still on the top of my as one of my favourites.

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Been a while since my last meal at Fatty Thai! Still a great rendition of Thai wanton mee, with meaty chunks of char siew and lotsa lard. It might look unassuming, but the noodles are tossed in a light but tasty sauce that packs a punch with chilli flakes. Only thing that fell flat today was the fried wantons that were kinda stale.

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Fell in love with this wanton mee! There’s a few other options here for wanton mee, but Burpple and the queue told me that this was the better of the bunch. The noodles here also leans more towards the thinner, Hong Kong style mee with a less eggy texture and every mouthful had a great bite. But the thing that brings it all together is the generous spicy, slightly sweet sauce coating every strand. Even their wanton, something I don’t normally care much about, earns my vote of confidence for the well seasoned meat and silky skins!

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For those who are unaware, you can now get Roast Paradise’s epic char siew at the Kopitiam in Tampines Mall! Was pretty surprised when we saw no queue for this, as their KL-style char siew won my belly over since their Old Airport Road days. Expect the same charred crust, tender meat and plenty of juice from the fat (no one said this was healthy). This outlet also has a Rose Wine Soya Sauce Chicken which we tried which was alright but we’d stick with their char siew any day!

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Long queue for this kway chap in a busy Tampines neighbourhood! Smooth sheets of rice noodles is my perfect way to start a public holiday, made even better with the tender intestines that were beautifully braised. Sadly, uncle and auntie are going to retire soon and their last day of operations will be on 23 June, so all you Tampines residents know what to do!

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Mmm hmmm... Saucy, spicy and generous with the juicy minced pork, I can’t recall the last time I’ve had a bowl of mee pok this good! The noodles had a QQ texture and soaked up the sauce perfectly, with just the right amount of twang from vinegar. If you want prawns, fork out a little more as only >$5 options have them!

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Apparently Lim doesn’t sell their Hokkien mee in the day. :( So I settled for their CKT instead. It was nubbad, with a light wok hei and a good spicy kick. Didn’t enjoy the tiny little prawns used though as it dried up.

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Hunting down the best mala in People’s Park Complex is no easy feat, there’s just way too many options! Our search brought us to this corner stall with its disgruntled lady manning the stall. For ~$13, we got this pretty massive bowl packed with all kinds of veg, mushrooms, sliced meats and of course luncheon meat. Shoutout to the perfectly crisp potato slices that I loooove (don’t know how all these Chinese stalls do it). Although we got 中辣, felt it could do with a little more oomph. Definitely a nice, affordable bowl of MLXG, though I’ve had better.

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Tucked away along Foch Road(opp Cheng Mun Chee Kee), The Tipsy Wolves seems to have opened quietly in March. A western stall that seems to have quite interesting dishes to its name, their beer-battered barramundi was actually quite yummeh, with a thin, crisp crust encasing soft, flakey fish. We couldn’t stop dunking everything into their thick homemade tartar sauce too.

Opened by a bunch of young dudes, I only managed to dig out that the chef used to work in a restaurant. Though not much is known about their background, their FnCs speaks for itself. Definitely keen to try their other dishes like their laksa pasta and grilled pork belly.

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Old Airport Road has no shortage of prawn mee, but then I heard about this stall tucked away in the middle that offers live prawns! Kallang Cantonese Live Prawn Noodles’ (#01-83) Tank-to-Table concept nets you one live prawn/$2 and obviously, it was suuuuper fresh. Easy to peel, firm and sweet flesh, and don’t even get me started on the juicy head... 👅 The rest of the bowl was good too, with an umami-sweet prawn broth, sprinkled with a generous topping of fried shallots and lard. Definitely a thumbs up for the uber fresh prawns!

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Done with their minor facelift, Lam’s at Race Course Road is back with some upgrades to their menu, but I’m going with the tried and true choice of their salt baked chicken thigh. I always pick rice over noodles cause it’s just soooo good at soaking up all the juices oozing out from that moist, tender chicken. Add $1.80 for their jammy eggs (a little salty today though) and you’ve got a pretty good lunch. 👅💦

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You didn’t read that wrong! This set at 吃了吗 is a mere 5 buckeroos and it comes with pomfret (well, half a pomfret). Chanced upon this stall at Golden Mile Food Centre with a looooong queue in the morning and jumped right in. The fish is steamed perfectly and comes in a light soy sauce. The set even comes with steamed egg and watermelon slices! They’ve got a total of three sets, the other two fishes being sea bass ($5) and grouper ($6). They open from 10:30 daily and closes once they sell out, so I’d recommend you come early.

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