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Hawker Food

Best hawker food, tried & tested 🥟
Edith Loo
Edith Loo

My partner loves Hambaobao’s pulled pork burger, and for good reason - the pulled pork is really tender and flavourful and the buns are perfectly grilled and buttered. Tucked in Beauty World centre in an unassuming location, Hambaobao is definitely a must-try for gourmet burgers at very wallet-friendly prices.

Finally tried this after living a short walking distance away for my entire life - it didn’t disappoint at all! Had the signature prawn dumplings (hargao), liu sha baos, xiao long baos and the siew mai! All dishes we ordered were simply amazing. The prawns in the hargao were incredibly fresh and springy, the xiao long baos were so juicy and well-flavoured and the liushabaos were delectably buttery. Definitely restaurant standard dim sum in a coffee shop setting.


The dry ban mian here was insanely good. You can choose between large, fresh prawns (that you have to peel yourself) or meatballs - I had the meatballs and they were delicious, soft and filled with meat, and in a large portion too (6-7 pieces for a small $4 bowl). Topped with two different types of chilli (fresh chilli and fresh belachan), the spice level is really high. If you’re afraid of spice, please don’t mix all the chilli in! Put some to the side and mix it in slowly. The waiting time during lunch gets up to 40 minutes, so be prepared to wait.


Braved the insanely long queue to get this piping hot bowl of fish soup and boy was it worth it. The soup was really rich and flavourful and the fried fish slices were huge, crispy and fresh. At $4.50 (+ $1 if you want to add fish), it’s really worth it. My friends tried the tom yum fish soup as well and it’s good too! I prefer the original though, for the rich fish soup goodness.

We ordered two portions of chicken wings and all this cost $5.50, which was really quite affordable. The basmati rice was so incredibly fragrant, fluffy and flavourful, the egg was perfectly done with a runny yolk and all the ingredients had significant effort put into them - all fresh and satisfying. The only gripe I would have would be that the chicken could be bigger (but then again I’m very used to Punggol Nasi Lemak’s giant chicken drumsticks), and the chilli wasn’t very spicy.

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We had both the harcheonggai wings and the cutlet, and we loved both! The portion size was so generous that I was struggling to finish my food at the end, and the wings and cutlet were so juicy and well flavoured with the prawn paste. I’d definitely recommend this place, so give them a try. The prices are really affordable too, $5+ for a large cutlet. Their rice is fragrant and the chilli is really good as well!

The huge juicy fried chicken is to die for everytime! Their standards are consistently high, and their ingredients are freshly made and really good.

Back here again! Coffee here is strong, smooth, extremely well-flavoured and really the whole package. I’ve introduced this to my friends and they have consistently been mindblown by the standard of the coffee here, as well as the really affordable prices. This is really my absolute favourite neighbourhood/heartland coffee place!

($13) This was good! The sotong pieces were large and juicy, and the salted egg coating was very flavourful, with just the right amount of spicy flavour. Our only gripe is that $13 feels rather pricey for a relatively small dish, but most zhichar places do charge prices like these.

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We ordered the Large (portion for 4-5) for $15 to share among 3 people and this white bee hoon was glorious! It was incredibly smooth and flavourful yet light, the noodles were coated in the broth perfectly. The flavour was creamy with slight wok-hei, and the servings of prawns and squid were pretty generous. Would definitely come back again for this!

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Second time trying this, and this time I got the white version ($5, comes in $4/5/6) and it was really good! The white version may look plainer on first glance, but I assure you it’s very flavourful, yet light on the palate. For $5, you get quite a good portion of nice springy noodles, with 2 fried dumplings, 2 wantons with a really flavourful prawn soup, and lots of char siew and fried Thai sausages. Being a spicy food lover, I added at least half of the chilli flakes into it and it really gave it an extra spicy kick. I’d come back anytime for this!

We had 中辣 which didn’t feel too spicy; I’ve had spicier 中辣 mala from other places but it still packed sufficient punch. A huge plus point here is that the ingredients here were really fresh and the prices decently affordable - we shared this between 2 people and it cost $11.40. Will recommend if you are in the area!

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