Quintessential Singaporean

Quintessential Singaporean

hawkers or traditional food that's always cheap and good
Lorraine Ge
Lorraine Ge

This store is run by a lovely old couple who have been making their chwee kueh daily for years, from steaming the rice cakes to making their special savoury chai poh sauce, it truly is heartening to see a pair so dedicated to their craft. Perhaps the last of savoury chwee kueh in Singapore (at least that I know of). I asked the auntie to help me separate the sauce cos I was 打包 (takeaway) -ing and she popped in an extra one for me just because there was extra space in the wrap. ❤ Guess I'll have to eat more chwee kueh before it disappears one day, and all we're left with is the factory made stuff.

Side note: If you stare really carefully to the left of the photo you can see a funny little message left anonymously which was pretty apt.

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Really surprised at the dedication here that they put to serve customers! The young hawker entrepreneurs at Coffee Break have a small list of simple words of different languages in order to make it easier to communicate with others who offer coffee. It shows how much they truly care, not just about their passion for coffee, but also for their willingness to put extra effort for their customers.

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Despite it unassuming appearance, this old school French Toast was eggy with a good char from using a grill, a switch from the usual pan-fried French Toast. Paired with their sweet, eggy and aromatic homemade kaya (which tasted akin to Tong Ah's, with similar texture and consistency) which was sandwiched between the French toast layers and served in a generous helping by the side, it was a true match make in heaven. The auntie saw how quickly I wiped out the kaya on the first piece of French toast, so she immediately offered to refill. (so kind of her!) The family which runs the shop are incredibly friendly, and their coffee here is pretty famous too, so do get a cuppa to give you extra energy to fight the day!

You can never go wrong with ordering anything on their menu here, because you ultimately come to enjoy their rice drowned in their 4 different sauces. I have to say, I absolutely loved their fried eggs and braised cabbage! Truly, a beautiful mess indeed.

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This place was so raved about, I had to make a trip down just to eat here! Expect a no-frills, cheap and hearty lunch here, with no fancy chairs or tables, and poor air ventilation. Just good comfort rice drowned in flavourful curry, black sauce and a heap load of chilli. While you enjoy each mouthful, expect to hear the busy snipping of scissors as they continuously dish out each new plate of rice and its ingredients. We ordered cabbage, bean sprouts, chicken cutlet, fried eggs, fish cake and braised pork, and everything was well cooked and flavourful. Just pick anything and it will taste so darn good with the heaps of sauce.

Seriously in love with this kaya toast, jam packed with homemade fragrant kaya, with slabs of butter melting directly into the warm ciabatta which ended up soaking directly into the slices of bread. As someone who absolutely loves anything citrus, the fragrant orange peel helped to bring this kaya toast to an entirely new level! On the side note, I came on a weekday morning, and the service was really amazing with this Uncle helping to serve cups of Kopi and clear plates, whilst having the widest smile on his face. Such a pleasant start to the morning!

Fish porridge was flavourful, though the actual pieces of fish were not very fresh, and weren't very nice to eat. Would recommend to get the porridge but not with fish! Dumplings and LSB were better than average, (read my other review!) and the steamed rice roll with char siew was also quite flavourful, though the rice rolls were slightly too thick. Overall a satisfying, no-frills Dim Sum experience.

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Chock full of chives, carrots and mushrooms, and very pretty to look at! Wished that the cubes of vegetables were chopped more small so the flavours could soak through them more though!

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Oozy 流沙包!Their LSB literally explodes salted egg yolk when bitten into. Yum! Sadly the bao skin was slightly tough and not outstanding! The skin itself was also too thick but nevertheless, their LSB is able to satisfy cravings!

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Hawker take on French toast but it was really good and eggy, with a slap of melting butter and heaps of homemade kaya. Mmmm... Wish I had ten more scoops of the kaya! It's not too sweet, but I do wish it was a little bit more pandan-y. Quintessential Singaporean breakfast of kaya toast, eggs and kopi is a must!! The only downside is they aren't as generous with the kaya as some places.

Traditional peanut pancakes made lovingly by an elderly couple. It's funny how we go to cafes sometimes to order pancakes, when hawker stalls sell these beautifully chewy, hand-crafted, traditional goodness for only 80 cents per piece! And look at how generous they are with their peanuts! I am a convert. This takes the cake for my favourite 'pancake' in Singapore. Run down quickly to get your hands on these - the elderly couple make them from scratch, even taking 2 days off per week to grind their own peanuts - that is real dedication. Be prepared to queue and they usually sell out in the morning so go down early! Incredibly happy that I bought 5 pancakes home and being able to taste a truly dedicated hawker's incredible treat.

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Came here on a day where they were super packed, which made waiting time really Long and service incredibly slow. Ordered lots of different pratas, but if I really had to go somewhere to eat prata, I wouldn't mind walking a little further to eat at Al Azhar for consistently yummy prata. Nevertheless, still a decent Prata fix! :)

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Huge sweet-tooth, and yes - I do attempt to eat dessert for every meal.

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