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Hawker Food

Hawker Food

Featuring Mr Fish (Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre), Mr. Kneady's, Gina's Vadai (Dunman Food Centre)
Ding Ian Toh
Ding Ian Toh

I haven't had many Vadais, but this one is simply amazing. I had the prawn vadai ($1) which comes with 2 small prawns and a complementary green chilli. Just out of the fryer, it was crispy on the outside, light and airy on the inside. The prawns lent a delicious moreishness to the vadai, and the dough itself is super tasty - very fragrant without being too heavy handed on the spice. Take it with a bite of the green chilli and this'll be one of the best ways you can spend a dollar around.

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Had the fish slice beehoon soup ($5) and fish head beehoon soup ($6.50) at Mr Fish. Actually intended to get the yu ji (something like meatier fish slice) soup ($6.50) but I think my order was mixed up - no worries, just an excuse for another visit.

One of the first things you notice when you see the stall is the "no milk added" on the sign - something that you don't get very often with fish soups nowadays. The creaminess from the soup is purely from boiling the fish bones, soybeans etc. to extract the flavour from it. Fun fact: I was actually at the hawker centre for dinner one day and saw them cooking the next day's soup overnight. So none of that artificial carnation milk creaminess.

The effort gone into making the soup really does show - its pure sweetness, the fishiness having been mellowed out by ginger slices, and good, fresh slices of fish (or fried pieces of fish head). Beehoon is not the greatest but its a small gripe. Having been visiting the Chinatown hawker centre for years, and being a huge fish soup fan, I'm glad to have found this place.

The wait was pretty short for a Saturday lunch - around 15 min or so, and you simply have to make your order and the Auntie will bring the food to your table.

They offer several dishes with black bean sauce (horfun, fish head with bitter gourd) which I'll be back soon to try. For black bean stuff though, I'd generally defer to Kok Sen (right beside the hawker centre at Keong Saik St), which does an incredible black sauce. But I'll have to see.

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Pizzas here were made of sourdough, and you can tell when you bite into it that it's not ordinary pizza dough. Thickness was good, not too thick nor thin, and the texture lent to it by the sourdough was nice as well. Surprisingly light and with a slight chewiness.

Had the 3 savory pizzas -

Arlandia ($12) - a cheese pizza with brie, gruyere, mozzarella and tomato sauce. I'm not a big fan of cheese pizzas but this was good - not too jelat as I would generally expect, with the cheeses each lending a bit of complexity to the pizza

Space Oddity ($12) - a pepperoni pizza. Didn't find this particularly impressive, but worth a try if you're a pepperoni pizza kinda guy

Remedy ($12) - my favourite pizza of the 3. Came with a creamy, garlicky sauce, smoked chicken and onions. First impression was a domino's classified chicken but this is sooo much better. Sauce was excellent, creamy and tempered with a bit of garlic. Toppings were decent.

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