Hawker To Try

Hawker To Try

Featuring Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, A Noodle Story (Amoy Street Food Centre), The Burning Oak (The Bedok Marketplace), Japanese Curry Express, LAD & DAD, Kota Zheng Zong Bak Kut Teh (Holland Village), Hideki (Yishun Park Hawker Centre), Lai Kee Dim Sum (Clementi), Mentai-Ya Japanese Cuisine
Gabriel Lee
Gabriel Lee

The Siew Mai Pork And Shrimp Dumplings (SGD $3.50) or Seafood Siew Mai has minced pork, deshelled shrimp, and garlic chives, lending a depth of sweet savoury vegetal flavour to the dumpling.
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The Beancurd Skin Roll In Sweet And Sour Gravy (SGD $2.20) has a dense firm filling of moist fish cake within the thin brown slippery grainy beancurd skin, and is small in size. However, the robust gravy saves this with its sweet and sour flavour. Poor texture but decent taste, odd.
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The 4 Treasures Chicken (SGD $2.50) is so named for the 4 ingredients within the thin beancurd skin, including boneless chicken, carrots, yam / taro, and shiitake mushrooms. With a tender chew to texture, this has mild earthy sweet savoury herbal flavours.
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The Fan Choy (SGD $1.80) features a base of sticky glutinous rice, topped with tender char siew / roasted pork loin, chewy dried Chinese pork sausage, and a slice of hard boiled egg. With smoky meaty savoury sweet salty flavours, the version here is decent enough to satisfy.
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Lai Kee Dim Sum
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🍘Hidden in a kopitiam in bukit panjang, the mentai don is pretty decent. The mentaiko that slightly torched and melted on the salmon or chicken katsu, bring the umami taste of the dish.
It can be better if the sauce on the rice to be balanced in a good amount.
明太子鸡肉饭,烤得微焦的明太子带出鲜美的味道。白饭浇上酱汁,稍有过犹不及
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Food Quality: Excellent
Overall Service Quality: Excellent
Cleanliness: Excellent
Order Accuracy: Excellent
Speed of Service: Excellent
Value: Excellent
Overall Experience: Excellent

All right, so apparently this bak ku teh very famous in Malaysia. Heard the rave about it so had to give it a try since I'm a BKT fan. Taste's subjective but honestly thought it was ok only, plus it ain't cheap. Not worth the price unless there's an offer.

The Siew Mai Pork And Shrimp Dumplings (SGD $3.50) or Seafood Siew Mai has minced pork, deshelled shrimp, and garlic chives, lending a depth of sweet savoury vegetal flavour to the dumpling.
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The Beancurd Skin Roll In Sweet And Sour Gravy (SGD $2.20) has a dense firm filling of moist fish cake within the thin brown slippery grainy beancurd skin, and is small in size. However, the robust gravy saves this with its sweet and sour flavour. Poor texture but decent taste, odd.
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The 4 Treasures Chicken (SGD $2.50) is so named for the 4 ingredients within the thin beancurd skin, including boneless chicken, carrots, yam / taro, and shiitake mushrooms. With a tender chew to texture, this has mild earthy sweet savoury herbal flavours.
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The Fan Choy (SGD $1.80) features a base of sticky glutinous rice, topped with tender char siew / roasted pork loin, chewy dried Chinese pork sausage, and a slice of hard boiled egg. With smoky meaty savoury sweet salty flavours, the version here is decent enough to satisfy.
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Lai Kee Dim Sum
More details in profile & blog

Hmm it was not bad, avocado was fresh. Not crazy over avocado so it was not bad! It was good but won’t crave for it - will want to try something else next time I visit.

Set up by Temasek Polytechnic Culinary & Catering Management alumnus Jeremy Han, this hip yakitori stall in The Bedok Marketplace is gaining a reputation for its amazing wagyu beef dishes. Prior to setting up shop, Jeremy honed his chops in fine-dining kitchens including Saint Pierre and the defunct FiftyThree. If it's your first time here, get the Truffle Wagyu Donburi ($16), which Tastemaker Amanda Liu says will hit the spot for beef bowl cravings. Expect a bowl filled with rice (almost to the brim), topped with perfectly seared Tokyo-style braised wagyu, minced beef and a perfect onsen egg. Order the 72-Hour Slow-Cooked Angus Beef Short Ribs Skewers ($6/stick) on the side — while pricey, this is tender, smoky and absolutely yummy. You might also want to share an a la carte order of Iberico Pork Cheeks ($12), which is melt-in-the-mouth soft. Tastemaker Amanda warns that the portion sizes here are rather generous, so either come hungry or bring a friend. Waiting time can get painfully long especially during peak meal hours, so you've been warned.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Amanda Liu

The 'lad' the stall's name refers to is none other than owner Keith Koh, who studied in London. Together with his dad, the duo serves up British comfort food. Since their move from Serangoon Gardens to the more centrally located Maxwell Market, the menu has also expanded from their initial offering of stews to include more iconic English eats like Bangers and Mash ($8) and a most indulgent Bacon and Chip Butty ($4). As Tastemaker Wei Zhi Chiang says, how can anybody not love the combination of toasted buttered buns, bacon, fried hash brown and a fried oozy egg? There's also the option to add a savoury layer of melted mozzarella cheese — this is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Tastemaker Jean Kao loves the English Fry-Up Platter ($12), which left her gobsmacked with its generous portions and spot-on preparation. In addition to the usual baked beans and sausages, it also includes grilled cherry tomatoes, mushroom and sweet onion relish, and homemade potato hash. As Tastemaker Jean aptly puts it, "this plate would've cost almost twice as much in cafes, and some will not be able to even achieve the same level of awesome". If you're here for lunch, don't miss their Beef Stew ($10) that comes with their much acclaimed, dreamy Yorkshire pudding. You can also enjoy the Yorkshire pudding with vanilla ice-cream for only $3.
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Jean Kao

This hawker stall at Amoy Street Food Centre has come a long way since its humble beginnings in 2013, working its way to being awarded the Michelin Bib Gourmand in both 2016 and 2017. Run by Shatec graduates and fine-dining-trained chefs Gwern Khoo and Ben Tham, A Noodle Story puts a premium spin on local wanton noodles, and their service is top-notch too! Brave the queues for their lauded Singapore Style Ramen ($7). Unlike what its name suggests, the base features thin, springy wanton noodles laced in an umami-rich sauce, topped with painstakingly prepared ingredients — juicy prawn-filled dumplings, a crisp-golden potato prawn, an oozy lava egg and, in Tastemaker Kelly Wong's words, "melt-in-your-mouth chashu bathed in a sweet and savoury gravy". Be prepared to wait an average of 30 minutes for a bowl of this deliciousness, although the Burpple community seems to have had luck with 15-minute waits when they visit at the magic hour of 6:15pm. Our advice? Better early and wait than late, for they close the stall the moment noodles run out, more or less around 7pm.
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Kelly Wong

🔥Yummy and affordable Xiao Long Bao (S$6.50 for 10pcs). Each mouthful bursts with flavoured soup broth and the dumpling skin is just the right texture not too thick.

Ordered the spicy and sour soup as well but it was served lukewarm and tasted average. Recommend the Xiao Long Bao 👍.

📍Location:
Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao
(Stall 02-135)
Chinatown Complex Food Centre
335 Smith Street
Singapore 050335

❤😋 BRAISED DUCK KWAY CHAP feast in Chinatown. The food was good!

Ordered a variety of items; pickled vege, eggs, tofu, braised pork belly, pork skin, braised duck and 4 bowls of kway chap. Total cost around S$24. Value for money for this quantity and quality.

The highlight was the tender duck meat and tasty sauce, the chili was nice too. Recommend 👍.

📍Location:
Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap (02-156)
Chinatown Complex Food Centre
335 Smith Street
Singapore 050335

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