Hawker Hunts

Hawker Hunts

Featuring Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre, Whampoa Makan Place (Block 90), He Zhong Carrot Cake (Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre), Tanglin Halt Food Centre, Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre), Kampung Admiralty Hawker Centre, Food Pavilion (Clementi 443), 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee (Golden Mile Food Centre), Xie Kee Hokkien Mee (Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre), Sing's
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Seems like Pao Fan (泡饭), or so they call “submerged rice”, is marching into the local food scene pretty aggressively with several stalls opening one after another. While I have not tried the rest, I am certain to say that you should really give @kingofpaofan a try.

Not just because it’s helmed by a team of professional chefs including an ex-raffles hotel chef, but the fine quality of food given its wallet-friendly prices. Just take the seafood pao fan for example, at $7, there’s a medley of seafood consisting medium-sized prawns, fried fish and flower clams. But that’s not just it, the real star was probably the seafoody broth that was exploding with umami flavour and sweetness considering the long long hours of simmering. I couldn’t resist each comforting sip especially in this rainy season. Each bowl is also topped with fried egg floss and crispy golden fried rice puffs.

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Seems like this is one of the must-try stalls at Golden Mile Food Centre. A rather different than usual char kway teow, with a bed of Chye sim covering the aromatic fried noodles. By the way, it’s also known as a healthier version as it’s not fried with any pork lard. In addition to the delightful wok hei although this one’s slightly oily, I love the extra crisp from the deep fried whitebait, as well as the plump fresh prawns! The only downside is the small portion, enough only if you are deciding to explore other stalls within the same food centre.

You’ve probably read about this relatively fried hokkien prawn noodle stall at Golden Mile Food Centre and the man behind the wok, a 21-year old chap. I, too, was curious about how it tasted and decided to join the snaking queue.

The fact that the noodles and beehoon were thoroughly soaked up with the broth that was packed with umami, proved its deliciousness. You get a choice of thick or thin beehoon. The portion was probably just enough for one person, though not completely satisfied. Ingredients too, were slightly lacking. Nothing to hype about the sambal belacan, but you will be rewarded with strong wok hei in the noodles. Way to go!

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Head down to Golden Mile Food Centre for a bowl of comforting Penang-style prawn noodle by @oneprawnnoodle before the food centre closes for renovation in December 2020. Indeed we were reminded of the 888 Hokkien (Prawn) Mee we had in Penang.

After trying it for the first time as a delivery, I was impressed particularly by the murky broth that was extremely rich. Even better when I had it at the stall for the second time as I also introduced it to the Boyf. The umami sweetness was alluring and addictive, every sip was a burst of crustacean flavour. We kinda wonder how much prawn shells actually went in for such a wonderful yet painstaking broth. Thanks to the extra crispy pork lard, you get an enhanced aromatic flavour. Served with fried shallots, kangkong, bean sprouts and a peeled prawn. You won’t want to miss those bouncy handmade prawn balls out that highlight the natural sweetness of fresh prawn meat and prawn roe either.

As we wandered around Bukit Batok Central not knowing what to eat, we remembered hearing about this white beehoon located at Happy Hawkers beside the MRT station. Pro tip: Don’t be deceived by the sign above the stall that says ‘Nasi Lemak’, nor be misled (which I was) by the economic beehoon that they were also selling. Upon asking, the seafood white beehoon was actually available but I do think that they should avoid confusing diners.

A wide selection of white beehoon from lala with prawns, lala with red grouper, lala with crab, lala with crayfish. The medium portion fed both of us more than just comfortably, but we also had a taste of 6 fresh plump prawns and an abundance of lala that seemed unlimited. While the egg broth here was slightly lacking in a tinge of creaminess, the crustacean sweetness made up for this imperfection. Extremely enjoyable on a rainy day. Friends of Bukit Batok, don’t miss this!

Equally homely-feeling, you should also give the Gu Fa steamed sliced fish a shot. Priced affordably at $6 which can be shared between 2, the fresh fish slices were firm and served along crunchy black fungus. The savory light soya sauce dressing was very much signature of a Cantonese steamed dish. It’s a cheap and good dish, given the generous portion and freshness of the fish slices.

Imagine having such piping hot claypot rice on a wet rainy day like today. 🤤 The boyf introduced to me 廣東香港味道 at Beo Crescent Market & Food Centre, which is usually a day market, that specializes in claypot rice, steamed rice and stewed soups. Be prepared to wait for at least 15 minutes.

Consisting of tender, well-marinated chicken chunks, the lip-smacking dish also had chinese sausage, bacon and salted fish. The best part? Scrape through to the bottom to reveal those crispy burnt rice grains.

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Having been around since 1949 but queues at Armenian Street Char Kway Teow have gotten longer and longer since the cockles-related phrase shot to fame. Besides, remember who the MP of that area is now? 😉 Be prepared to queue for the uncle fries only one precious plate at a time. It was a pity that they had ran out of cockles already at 5pm, but we were still fortunate enough to get ourselves a plate of the wok hei-filled noodles with each strand coated by the sweet dark soy sauce. What was delightful was not just the crispy pork lard and lup cheongs, but the aromatic garlic and chye por (preserves radish) of extra crunchiness.

Check out their business hours and waiting time on their Facebook page before heading down at https://m.facebook.com/ArmenianStreetCharKwayTeow/.

How many of you have tried this disappearing snack/side dish? 🙋🏻‍♀️

Before you start racking your brains to figure out what this plate of mess is, why not try it out the next time you are at Duncan Food Centre? Tau Kwa, or commonly known as fried bean curd, sliced and stuffed with a myriad of ingredients which include braised egg, cucumber, deep fried yam, fried fish cake. Interestingly, most of the ingredients were overflowing out of the fried bean curd. To complete the dish, you need to have their gooey braised duck gravy (since they sell braised duck rice too) slathered over. The boyf who introduced me to this ordered a plate of the deep fried yam alone, which had an ultra crispy batter over the yam filling. Dip in the tangy chili sauce for an extra kick!

I can’t say for sure I really like/dislike this, it made me quite confused as to what I am actually eating. But I know it’s definitely one that’s worth preserving in our hawker culture.

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Not the best that I have ever had, but definitely one of the cheapest around! Nestled within the same eating house as the famous Mr & Mrs Mohgan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata, Hui Carrot Cake is one cheap eats worth checking out. Other than the overall generous portion and the fragrant chye poh (preserved radish) given the price, what’s worth taking note of was the distinct wok hei in the black which also had sweetness that was just right. The white was layered with eggs but would have been better if it was crispier. Even with chili fried along the diced carrot cake, the heat was definitely manageable.

Highly raved as one of the top favourites, and it can be evidently seen from the long queues frequently formed in front of Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee stall at Golden Mile Food Centre.

Looked forward to this very much since I have missed their business hours a few times previously. Surprisingly, the queue moved pretty quickly despite its length. Tinge of wok hei hidden within this plate, which could do with more. A big batch of yellow noodles and thin beehoon are fried each time. If you are a fan of the not so common dry and perhaps slightly soggy Fried Hokkien Mee, then you would probably like this. Don’t expect to find the wet version here. Priced at $4/plate, I didn’t find it worthwhile for the portion given.

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Traveled from west coast to east coast to show some support to the uncle and auntie at Yong Huat, after reading about their retirement due to health issues from @veronicaphua and @juliuslim. Tip-off by @cweizhi about the limited seats so we arrived slightly before lunch time. True enough, by the time we left at 1pm, a snaking queue has already formed. Fortunately, there was an auntie who helped to allocate seats.

The wok hei game was indeed strong in Yong Huat’s fried mee sua, which was highly evident from its aroma even before tucking in. This flavorful plate of mee sua exuded distinctive smoke notes, and therein lies its charm. However, some might find it slightly oily from the pork lard that’s used in frying as it coats every strand beautifully. Served with generous amount of vegetables, pork belly, prawns but what’s not to miss is really the sambal chili which packed a hell load of punch.

Before time runs out, show them some ❤️ till end of August!

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