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Hawkers With A Passion

Hawkers With A Passion

There are times when you eat at a Hawker stall and walk away feeling moved by the insistence of the Hawker to produce only the highest quality and best tasting food even it means at the expense of his own time and profit margins. I hunt for stalls as such and document them here.
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Yes - I braved the storms to visit Tiong Bahru Hawker knowing that it would be swarmed with people since we are getting closer to the cny period .

Just to get to one of my favourite breakfast stalls. ...
I like observing how the auntie uses her special scissors to prepare the chee cheong fun and how much concentration and passion she puts in her work ๐Ÿ™.

The dried shrimp chee cheong fun with their homemade chilli and sweet sauce is what you need for a simple but satisfying breakfast.
Find the texture of the rolls a little too thick this morning - hopefully itโ€™s a one off ๐Ÿ˜Š

The ginkgo porridge though bland ( the way I like it ) has a creaminess to it an a subtle ginkgo flavour ( but where did all the gingkos go ๐Ÿ˜‚?)


One of the most reliable places to get a thin- skinned shun kueh with a flavourful interior of turnips , black fungus and dried shrimps.

Pair it with their homemade chilli for a perfect breakfast treat .

I say skip the yam cake ( too much flour and too Little of the real stuff )and the yam abacus seeds and / or the glutinous rice ( too greasy and mushy ) and just get the soon kuehs .


Wei xiang kitchen

10/10 sweet and sour pork ....

I have tasted enough sweet and sour pork to know what makes a good one .

Having said that , I have been disappointed on so many occasions that I now only go to one place for my sweet and sour pork treat .

Crisp with a thin flour coating over lean pork and a very well balanced sauce that is neither too sweet or sour . While most places skip on the condiments , wei Xiang uses fresh pineapples , well ripened tomatoes and crisp cucumber pieces to harmonise this dish to a 10/10 perfection .

I have tried sweet and sour pork at high end Cantonese restaurants and none have come close to this standard .

The serving here is generous even when you order it as part of a rice set . Add on a sunny side up and this is really quite a perfect dinner .

Coffee euphoria

I am not sure where or how this brand started but they sure serve up a wickedly good cup of coffee . There are actually quite a few branches all over Singapore .

Yes - better than the usual local brand names.
Youโ€™d be surprised at how good this is.

Try their astronaut ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿš€ buns ( Tai Kong pau). The fluffy and soft bread is heaven when toasted - actually resembling Y Y ka fei Dianโ€™s toasted bread very much .

I love how good the homemade kaya here is too .

Without a doubt - go for set 5 ! ( thick bun, eggs and Kopi )

This fried kway teow is so well balanced and speaks of a high degree of competency from the chefs .

Neither too wet nor too dry and with just a right balance of the sweet and savoury. The noodles were neither too soft nor too hard.
Importantly , it wasnโ€™t too oily .

This is one of the best fried kway teows for me.
Slippery , slithery , addictive goodness.

On the mark for the next Michelin maybe ?

Remember to add on that terrific otah - I wouldnโ€™t say they complement the noodles the best so maybe go get a toasted bun from the de fai toast and coffee stall within the same Hawker.

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Zan zan prawn noodles

Kwang Huat was closed today so I tried this stall and I must say that it was actually pretty good.

The prawns are fresh and the noodles are cooked in a tasty stock. A little more egg would have made these noodles closer to a full score .

I asked for more chilli and what a generous scoop of sambal ๐Ÿ˜‚.

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Guan kee grilled seafood

Chanced upon this stall during our last visit to Newton food centre and decided to get our sambal stingray again today because it is simply soooo good.

I like how Fresh the fish is and that the sambal is leaning to the savoury side than sweet and that it is not oily at all ( we walked past a few tables and saw how oily some of the sambal stingrays were )

I would call this a healthier choice for sambal stingray ๐Ÿ˜‚

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Very refreshing mango salad and very affordable too !

I asked for a huge heap of peanut powder on my salad and am actually liking it very much this way ๐Ÿ˜›

Nice thai stall in Newton circus selling authentic thai food .

They make a very mean thai omelette and rice ๐Ÿ˜Š too

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Blk 19 toh yi drive
Coffee shop next to 7-11
Small stall next to chicken rice stall

Following my previous post on what I deem as the best yam cake ( besides mine I suppose ๐Ÿ˜›....)

This is the lovely Chef showing off her yam cake and her homemade sambal chilli with ikan bills ( loser left hand corner ).

Head down this weekend for a yammy breakfast ๐Ÿ˜Š

Do try her turnip chee cheong fun and her rice dumplings .

Go early to avoid disappointment ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป


Blk 19 toh yi drive
Coffee shop next to 7-11

Yam cake lovers alert ๐Ÿšจ!!!!!
Coffee shop next toh yi drive

In a pretty vibrant coffee shop known to its residents in toh yi drive is a breakfast stall ( thatโ€™s next to the chicken rice stall ) that has been my to- go place for a what I call the best yam cake ever ๐Ÿค—

I love cooking and I know how much work and ingredients is required to make a good yam cake and thatโ€™s why I am telling you that you need to go experience this yourself .... it is sooooooo good. It is extremely good . I assure you - it will be worth all the travelling .

The yam cake is so full of authentic yam ( some mashed within and some left unmasked for you to savour ) . Paired with a homemade ikan billis chilli sambal type chilli that is purely homemade - you canโ€™t ask for anything more .

She has a unique chee cheong fun that is filled with savoury turnips and carrots and then rolled up which is also really lovely .

This morning she was so Glad that I came by because she wanted to share her homemade black sesame powder which she liberally sprinkled on my yam cake and chee cheong fun and I actually liked the combination you know ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿป ...

Her Hokkien Bak Zhang and nonya Zhangs are also popular.

Be sure to beat the crowd by arriving early ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š

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Guan Kee Duck Rice

What a pleasant find in a stall hidden at the back row of the Hawker .

Generous pieces of duck stewed till tender and rice so fragrant of shallots and dried shrimps .
The beancurd was soft and fresh and the peanuts were well stewed . There was absolutely nothing not to like about this dish . The homemade sambal chilli was also a killer ๐Ÿ˜‹

I topped up with a silky bowl of kueh chap and this made a very satisfying dinner :)

Excellent duck rice ๐Ÿ˜Š

This wanton Mee reminds me of my younger days when my mum would buy my sister and I wanton noodles during our weekly visit to our grandparentโ€™s home .

Nothing spectacular but its just the sincerity that has gone behind preparing this . This stall and the stall next to it ( Tian Tian porridge ) is run by a passionate group of elderlys.

The chilli is lovely - because instead of sambal which most wanton mees are served with these days - they use a slightly more savoury type of chilli with a hint of vinegar .

At 2.50, this is such an affordable lunch.


I dream of food .

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