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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), Xie Kee Hokkien Mee (Bukit Timah Market & Food Centre), Sing's, Cheng Ji Chao Xia Mian Hao Jian (Seah Im Food Centre)
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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.

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Geylang Lorong 29 Charcoal Hokkien Mee, famously known for their traditional frying over charcoal fire. Read a number of mixed reviews about fluctuating standards, but I was really glad to have ordered, which made every tummy on the table happy.

Every lobster Fried Hokkien Mee would be wrapped nicely in Opeh leaf, which is from the betel nut tree. For the normal rendition, only portions costing $15 and above would be wrapped. It surely served as an influential visual aid to call it a traditional Hokkien Mee, as the older generation believed that the leaf would impart a subtle woody aroma to the noodles, which my parents believed too.

Expect to slurp up yellow noodles and beehoon drenched in an umami-filled stock, enhanced by the delightful aroma of fried garlic and some flavorsome pork lard. My curiosity was fulfilled the moment I tasted a distinct smokey wok hei, different from the usual hokkien mees, and parents-verified. It had to be from the charcoal fire. This flavour bomb was also embellished with generous fresh seafood like prawns and squids, but of course the star had to be the sweet lobster.

Not the most mind-blowing part yet, until the sambal chili touches your taste buds. Fragrant is an understatement. Elevating the dish with a whole new complexity without being overly spicy, but a stimulating umami explosion again. Think hae bee hiam-filled sambal chili. Uncle asked if I liked, of course I do! Swept the entire bowl clean even without noodles.

Islandwide delivery without minimum order at a fixed delivery cost of $10, going entirely to drivers. Uncle mentioned that he doesn’t know how to use Instagram, so do check out their fb page. Prompt responses received through WhatsApp ordering. Pre-order 1 day in advance required.

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One of the nicer fried oysters around, with reasonable portion. The ratio of egg to starch was just right, without being overly starchy. Despite the long distance to Jurong, it amazingly retained some crispy edges. Star of the dish had to be the fresh, briny oysters that were more than average. Pair with their chili sauce for a spicy kick!

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Mum and I had been eyeing on this aesthetically pleasing Nasi Lemak from @kampungkia_nasilemak.sg for a while, until they finally decided to expand their delivery areas. Food came delivered in boxes with handwritten messages and drawing which was pretty heartwarming. Infused with blue butterfly pea flower, the fluffy rice exuded a light coconut milk aroma while the sambal chili was a real bomb. Highly recommended to pair it with the rice. Spiciness of otah was on point even though it was slightly lacking on smokiness and fishiness. Alongside the rice was also the chicken wing, whose meat was pretty firm. Served with the accompaniment of peanut, ikan bilis, cucumber and a sunny side up with a runny yolk. We all agreed that the portion was truly generous.

Check out their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/kampungkianasilemak/ for their daily delivery schedule. Minimum $20 order, $5 delivery charge for orders below $35.

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What are your must-haves for Mala? It’s been more than 3 months since I last had this Mala Xiang Guo from Joyful Paradise, possibly one of the best finds in the West. Generally cheaper than average, and you get to enjoy a free-of-charge base. This stall is known for its extensive selection of fresh ingredients, but do also be cautious when selecting the level of spiciness as they are pretty generous with the dried chili and Sichuan peppercorns. That being said, I’ve heard from many who felt that they have calibrated the spiciness to locals’ preference, so you’ll be fine unless you decide to take a leap of spiciness to the highest.

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