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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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I was at coronation plaza last week and had the ann Chin popiah there .

The skin was dry and hard and the ingredients were pathetic .

So my popiah crave was less than satisfied.

This led me to the original stall st Chinatown complex and I must say that standards here are still the best .

I’d always ask for my popiah to be spared from the cutting because I like to eat it like a burrito 🌯. It’s much satisfying this way .

The ingredients were fresh and plenty and the skin was lovely- chewy and elastic and soft .

10/10. Hawker food rockz.


Albert centre Market and Food centre

Same same but different

I am agreeing with the replacement of the usual thick bee hoon with the thin bee hoon. I find that the thin bee hoon holds the prawn stock and all the umami goodness better .

I first tried yi hi fried Hokkien mee at their old airport stall and mind you - there are 2 of them there - looking 99 percent identical - one of those issues in food foes and woes again.....

No confusion here at albert food centre because there’s only one of them here .

I call this the healthy fried Hokkien mee - because you literally can’t taste any greasy-ness ... it’s a wonder how they do it ...

I like how the stall claims they don’t use msg at all .

The chilli was such a bomb .. it lends so much character to the dish. Very spicy 🌶 .....

My only gripe is the use of crab sticks in the dish .. for what har ? 😂

Otherwise a very fine plate of fine fried Hokkien mee ... not the usual kind but my kind 😊.

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For those of you who watched Popeye during your growing up years - spinach does really make you strong .

Fresh tender spinach soup with three types of egg and an option to add on noodles , brown rice or macaroni .

Simple and hearty meal .

Deliciously smooth beancurd made on site with
Homemade red beans.

Quite hard to find freshly made beancurd / soy milk these days - even Mr bean has relegated to The Central kitchen concept - their soy milk is delivered via plastic packets to their stalls these days ( no longer freshly made on site 😢)

For 1.60 - this was really value for money .
Plus - the red beans are not sweetened so you won’t have a sugar spike 😝.

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Lin Da Ma Lei Cha

Living close by to holland, I am gaining a new appreciation for this Hawker centre.

Lin da Ma lei Cha is a local start up and they have stalls in abc market , Maxwell market and Holland drive market .

Given the sweltering heat , rice was not my thing today - and what a surprise to see a new cold noodle dish from lin da Ma .

They call this Ma Jiang mian and it comes with an egg and cucumber slices but I wasn’t in the mood for egg so i asked for a swap to the lei Cha condiments and very thankful that my request was allowed 🙏 - excellent customer service !

I name this thunder tea “ pesto “ cold noodles -
For those of you who prefer a stronger seasoning to your food - you won’t be accustomed to this dish because this dish is all about the all naturel vegetable pesto ( basically the thicken paste used to make leh Cha ) a top chilled noodles .

This was really what I needed to heal my lingering chesty cough . Mix in the Cooked and diced vegetables and peanuts and a dash of homemade chilli - so light but extremely satisfying 😊

Niang dou fu ( min 6 pieces of your choice ) plus kolo Mee

Would it be too much if I said I was literally dreaming of these noodles last evening ?

The satisfaction of getting there this afternoon and having them pipping hot and fresh is indescribable....

perhaps this is one of the reasons why I like dining alone because there is no need for compromise 🤸🏿‍♂️🤸🏿‍♂️

This is my second time writing about this stall but I feel I must give credit to this stall owner because his food is outstanding .

Each morsel of yong tau fu is freshly handmade .
I particularly love the bitter gourd , beancurd and Fishballs . I love the combined use of fish and porkmeat that the stall owner uses for his yong tau Hu .

As though 6 huge pieces of yong tau Hu is not enough , you get a substantial portion of spinach in your soup ( that is so very tasty - full of Ilan bikinis umami ) .

And on top of that your kolo Mee comes with generous portions of minced lean pork .

At 4 dollars , if this is not extreme value , then what is ? 🤣

Ask for your kolo Mee to be served without the black sauce because this allows the flavour of the homemade chilli, the pork oil and the shallots to shine through .

In my opinion , this stall deserves a Michelin 😊

Ok - the secret’s out..... I foresee long Long Long queues from now .

Go eat .....

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Yes I know this weather is too crazy for a hot dessert but i woke up with a dense craving for orh nee - not just any Orh nee but the Orh nee specifically from ONly you. 😂

I like their version of Orh nee given that it’s not too sweet and that it’s not greasy - it won’t pass as a traditional Orh nee but it’s certainly good enough for me . It’s creamy and full of authentic yammy goodness - unlike most places that use pre packed Orh nee that’s cooked till sickeningly sweet - this is the real stuff .

3.20 is not cheap to pay at a Hawker but you do get quite a huge portion and topped with a generous amount of sweet potatoes and ginkgo nuts .

Craving satisfied !😇

Such a great start to the weekend !


Yoonhee nee food
Blk 40 Chang Cheng coffee shop

Very surprised to see a Korean lady operating a Korean stall in this Coffeeshop .

The litmus test to whether you should try any Korean food is to speak with the operator - if they are Korean - you are 99 percent in for something soulful and homecooked .

I love simple the menu offerings are - typical of what a Korean may eat at home .

I went in for the japchae or what i call Korean Chap chye 😝. Well cooked vermicelli with fresh and crisp vegetables and a strong hint of good quality sesame oil and a splash of sesame seeds .

You can see the details that goes into the Korean lady boss’ cooking . From the presentation to the taste of the well balanced dish . The kim Chi is also very well prepared - crisp and with a very seductive chilli paste.

All this for 4.50 - you can’t find more value than this . Each order comes with a side of kim Chi and a clear peppery soup .

I salute stall operators in f and b in this day and age because behind the great tasting food is a lot of hours of back breaking work , supply- chain coordination, good finance management and determination and persistency that is needed to keep the business going. Operating in a coffee shop by big brand names is also not easy because they typically charge high rents and the tenants are always at the losing end .

It’s not just all the glam - guys 😊
So please do your homework and get some financial counselling before embarking on anything new .

My re-visit to Penang Chiak Ho Liao for no fuss Penang delights ...

This is a slightly variant from the sweeter type sambal mee goreng that we usually eat .

This mee goreng was more savoury and had an interesting addition of moist potatoes , juicy beancurd cubes and crushed peanuts.

Overall an enjoyable dish and very generous portions for 3.50.

I like the affordability of this nasi lemak Set.
The rice , Ilan Billis and chicken 🍗 was a mere 3.50.

For an optional add on of steamed otah , it is an additional 1.20.

The chicken was moist but slightly under -seasoned on the inside .

A pretty decent plate of nasi lemak and the homemade sambal was tasty without being too salty .

My only gripe is the rice - a rather short grain rice was used and the rice was rather soft and lacked the coconut fragrance .

Would have preferred a slightly stiffer rice ( maybe even basmati ) and perhaps more aroma for the rice .

The best way to good food is to ask existing stall vendors.

The Hokkien mee auntie recommended me stall 40 for black carrot cake and boy ! This was really good .

Not greasy and very generous with the use of eggs. The black sauce was also used quite sparingly and not overly and sickeningly sweet .

I like that the carrot cake was chunky and not diced to small bits 😊🙏

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Yi pin tang

Corn and white fungus chicken soup

On the second floor of this underrated Hawker is this soup stall selling boiled soups that are slow cooked in a gigantic earthern ware .

The soups are cooked over slow convection heat and boasts of a rich flavour .

The white fungus is cooked till almost melted and lends such a silky and creamy texture to the soup .

There is a good variety of soups - ranging from lotus and pork ribs and peanut and black bean pork ribs , watercress pork ribs , old cucumber and pork ribs soup.

Soups so painstakingly cooked with so much love and passion .

Best for this sweltering weather .

I dream of food .

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