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Hawker Gems

Hawker Gems

Go local! This list highlights the best of hawker fare, both well-known and unfamiliar, across the island. Eat cheap, but more importantly, eat well!
Jason Wong
Jason Wong
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I saw someone else ahead of the line order this, thought it looked like a killer combination, and it turned out to be so. Give the well seasoned mee pok a good toss together with the minced pork, spring onion and smokey chilli paste before combining it with a mouthful of fatty, charred Brazilian pork belly. I guarantee it’ll make your day.

Taste: 3.5/5

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There's usually a little queue on weekend mornings for their quality handmade paus. What I like about Home-make Pau Specialist - a blink and you'll miss it stall in a coffee shop nestled deep within sleepy Dakota estate - is that all their paus are freshly handmade and steamed right before your eyes. Sure, it’s a little small for 70 cents, but the succulent and moist char siew held within the soft and fluffy bun is big on taste.

Taste: 3/5

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Finally, a fan choy that isn’t a flop – the rice is far from the dry, mealy disappointment of ubiqituous mass-produced versions, having soaked in the sweet and savoury sauce from the tender char siew above. Also, egg!

Taste: 3.5/5

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After seeing @veronicaphua wax lyrical about the seafood soup here I knew I had to make my way down to try it. The broth proved absolutely stunning. Rich, intense and suffused with umami, the liquid gold fairly swam with fresh, delicate pieces of fish, large succulent prawns and loosely ground clumps of fatty mince pork. I’m ordering the large bowl next time.

Taste: 4/5

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The largesse of this bowl is impressive – a crispy piece of hand-cut battered fish and a meaty ngoh hiang roll sitting on a generous pile of noodles, drowned in a thick and savoury sauce teeming with tiny strips of pork belly. Comfort food at its finest and all for only $4.

Lay Eng Lor Mee
1st Stop Food Junction
3014 Ubi Rd 1

Taste: 3.5/5

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New week, new rice bowl from The Leggy Business, and what a (cream) cracker it is. A roll of the most tender and succulent sous vide chicken with gorgeous, golden crispy skin is topped with with a drizzle of sweet coffee sauce and a crumble of cream crackers that works surprisigly well. Chef Jovan piles on the umami further with french beans sauteed with dried shrimp and garlic. Of course, as with all rice bowls nowadays, it comes with an onsen egg.

Taste: 3.5/5

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My friend clued me in to this hidden gem in Ubi that has got to be one of the best versions I’ve tried. Opting for mee sua instead of beehoon proved to be a good idea, as the thin, silken noodles were lighter on the stomach than bee hoon and allowed me to savour more of the sweet, flavourful broth, so good that you’ll want to slurp down the entire bowl. I liked the big chunks of fried fish too, but they were already sitting in the soup and soggy.

Taste: 3.5/5

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Stalwart Foong Kee never disappoints. With the perfect ratio of crackling to melt-in-your-mouth fat and tender meat, you’ll want to slowly savour each and every piece of precious roast pork. The supporting cast are no slouches either – I enjoyed the springy egg noodles with a dollop of potent belacan chilli and four plump wantons languishing in a flavourful clear broth.

Taste: 3.5/5

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@honestbeesg ‘s new 60,000 sq ft ‘NewGen Retail’ space features not only cashless automatic checkout and robotic collection points for your groceries, it also plays host to over 15 F&B concepts, including popular roast meat specialty chain, Char.

Their Char Siew Rice has fatty slices of Brazilian pork belly lacquered in a sticky, viscous glaze, fanned out over a bed of jasmine rice. Completing the meal are some blanched greens and a shoyu soft yolk egg, which has become de rigeur of late in rice bowls. This is a familiar favourite since Char’s Jalan Besar incarnation that I’m always happy to return to.

Thanks to @burpple for the invite and @habitat_sg for the eye opening tour as well as the feast!

Taste: 4/5

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Loving the wide variety of food to be had at @habitat_sg, including this plate of smoke-kissed, slippery wok-fried hor fun from Heng Heng strewn with vegetarian char siew, crab meat, Peking cabbage, plump shrimp and a healthy dose of garlic. And to top it all off – a runny soft-boiled egg to sauce your noodles with.

Thanks to @burpple for the invite and @habitat_sg for the eye opening tour as well as the feast!

Taste: 3.5/5

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The eponymous pancakes lived up to their name – fluffy and light, these pillows of perfection served with a cloud of vanilla chantilly cream and maple syrup were enjoyed by all around the table.

Thanks to @burpple for the invite and @habitat_sg for the eye opening tour as well as the feast!

Taste: 3/5

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Can’t wait to devour this again at [email protected] Glutton’s Bay! The smoky and juicy slab of chicken chop is smothered in a categorically stunning salted egg sauce that easily rivals any tze char equivalent. Thicc, salty and redolent with salted egg and whiffs of curry, I finished every scrap of it with spoonfuls of rice.

Taste: 4/5

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