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Walking down memory lane ... ...

The present people's park complex is quite different from what I remember it to be as a child. It really is CHINAtown now and the Hawker is pretty much dominated by China Operators.

So thankful that there a few stalls that seemed to have been frozen in time and this dessert stall is one of them. The desserts are not particularly cheap ( most desserts are 1.70 - 2 dollars onwards as opposed to the more common 1.30 price tag of other Hawkers ) but there is this "homely- ness" feel of my whole experience of ordering and then waiting for the Aunty who very kindly brings the dessert to you.

The green bean and sweet potato soup is cooked till the beans are soft and with a hint of a Chou Cao ( also known as garden rue or herb of grace ). Pretty rare for this herb to be used these days but I like how it adds a unique dimension of taste to the dessert and better still helps to dispel heat and detox.

It was nice to see that an traditional dessert stall like this have also moved with times and they have improvised to serve their black glutinous rice dessert with a dollop of ice cream. Nice !

It was such a comforting sight to see that this stall had the support of so many regulars whom seem to favour. this stall for the same reasons as I do .

Walking down memory lane ... ...

For those of you whom are confused with where this is - this stall is housed within the Hawker that is next to OG people's park.

I literally grew up eating these pastries because my Uncle has a shop at people's park and he would baby-sit us while my mum does had routine shopping at the infamous Swanson ( too crowded for little kids to navigate ).

I used to snack on the cute sponge cakes ( in the shape of a flower) here but in the recent years - I grew to love the pastries here more. The green bean pastry ( Dou rong ) is a must try. I haven't had a pastry that is so fresh and crispy and non greasy . The crispy and slightly flaky pastry goes so well with the delectable home made bean paste. You would agree with me that the bean paste is homemade when you try it . It is so smooth and non sweet ( very rare these days !) and almost like a cross breed between salted bean and lotus paste. The red bean pastry is also good with very fragrant home made red bean paste.

The other mention worthy items are the steamed egg cakes ( which come in plain or Pandan Flavours ), the old fashion custard pie and the custard buns.

Grab some home and share them with your parents or your grandparents and watch their eyes twinkle because these pastries are really so authentic and old school .

Peoples Park Food Centre, #01-148. I saw some review on the internet and decided to give this a try despite the big crowd over at Ri Ri. I seldom go there to eat because of the humidity. There was not a single soul patronising the stall. The items were by price. Not worth it at all as we got barely few ingredients and the total was $9(I assume the 3 mushrooms we got was $1/pc). The lady tending the stall demanded me to pay straightaway which was a big turnoff because we were just sitting beside her stall. Even worst was when the food came, there was only 3 pieces of broccoli, too many stalks of kangkong, a lacklustre amount of food for the both us. Definitely a no go. Never complaining when there's a huge bowl of mala in front of me for slightly more than $9 again and feeds 2 people well.

Just a few stalls down from the 2nd Ri Ri Hong stall (facing the MRT), there's this stall selling great ma la xiang guo at the same prices too ($1 for veg, $2 for meats, $3 for seafood)! I got the medium spice and it was quite mild, but I really liked the lingering heat and numbness. It wasn't as oily but still very fragrant and fried very thorough, although I was hoping for more peppercorns and that herb kind of flavours. Another plus, portion's big and there's no queue!

Thanks for the tip my ma la buddy @riinns! We both agree Ri Ri Hong's standard is kinda slipping and inconsistent now, you can give this a try if you're in the area!

πŸ“ιΊ»θΎ£ι¦™ι”…ε±… Ma La Xiang Guo Ju
People's Park Food Centre #01-104

Mix of tendon and beef

Nothing particularly impressive apart from its decent portion and softness. Soup lacked beefy notes and tasted bland/of msg

OK it's not bad enough to be put into this list but it definitely doesn't go into "good hawker"

Sorry if there's a page for the specific stall I can't seem to rmb it

But this is totally the bomb fall off the bone tender mutton I never expected mutton to be this tender. I literally sucked the meat off the bone. U know those tender chicken wings where u can pull the bones out and eat the whole wing? This is the mutton version of that. Moreover it's very well marinated and a dash of chili flakes completes this incredibly meaty snack

Stall #01-1080 sells two types of oyster omelette - one which is literally omelette style and the other is our usual mixed starch with egg batter. I got the latter and I see why the hefty price tag ($5/$8/$10). If we are talking by food centre's standards, these oysters are obese! 😍 I also love the seasoning and enjoyment between the softness and light crisp of that batter. I will join that queue again!

Stall #01-1080 has no name yet its popularity at the food centre is proven by the faithful customers who are willing to queue in such hot weather. πŸ€—

They must have used real good eggs, just look at that golden yellow omelette. I love the soft steamed radish cake cubes and bits of preserved radish which added some beautiful aroma and saltiness to every bite I took. πŸ˜„ The carrot cake comes in $3/$4/$5 and it is a great choice for sharing! Makan up~~

Despite the sweltering heat, people still have steaming baskets of these plump babies on their tables. Reason is very simple - there are SIX soup-filled dumplings with the right stretchy chewy skin for just $4! Though the skin is a bit thick, this is one of the cheapest xiao long baos with pleasant taste of pork broth and meat filling. πŸ˜™ Look for Jin Feng Mei Shi (ι‡‘ε‡€ηΎŽι£Ÿ) at #01-1130.

Mixed platter for 2pax at $18. The roast meat is fatty and crispy but a little on the dry side. The char siew as well, quite dry and alittle salty for my taste. The roast duck was tender but salty. Overall, the dish was more towards salty.

Located near to Upper Cross Street, Zhen Zhu Fang Roasted Delights featured in 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore, they offer cantonese roast meats like pork chop and duck rice.

When it comes to duck, who doesn't know Toh Kee, one of the oldest duck stall in Singapore. Nicely charred, yet not too oily, the crisp duck is still tender and flavourful. Drumstick is my all time favorite. Wooofff!!! I'm drooling again.

There will be times in your life when you feel so elated because a certain food was done in a certain way and you feel that someone understands you finally.

I like my Hor fun served white ( Bak in Cantonese like what the auntie at the stall calls it ) and sans oyster sauce , oil and the whole other myriad of other sauces that most would like.
I like my char siew lean , very very lean and a little charred at sides with a honey Glaze.
I like my vegetables served crunchy and still green ( not limp and yellow ) and I'd prefer Kai lan anytime over Cai Xin.

This stall at the OG market has done it all right ( for me ) and I am glad that I finally found time to revisit this stall ( which has been an anchor stall at the market for many years ).

I was very very very satisfied with all the elements on my plate.

Having said that, my noodles were made plain according to my instructions so if you like it more tasty - just go with the regular order.
I have also asked for less meat because I was pretty sure it was going to be quite a huge portion and I didn't want it to go to waste ( so expect a larger char siew portion).

At Sgd 3.50 for authentic HK roasted meat, this was a generous portion and very value for money .

A bit too spicy for me, as I am not a chilli lover.
Price: $4

Feeling hungry while doing CNY shopping at Chinatown, we spotted this stall displaying all these glossy-looking and well-roasted meats. πŸ˜„ We ordered Twin Mix Noodles and I was impressed by the generous portion of roasted duck and char siew albeit it was a little dry. It was still a decent and filling plate of noodles topped with lots of meat.

The dumpling soup was too bland for our palates but worth the money as there was a prawn in every dumpling. 😊

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