Exploring Hawker Food Markets in Singapore
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Exploring the Food Hawker Centres in Singapore
Food, glorious food. I don’t need to introduce Hawker Centres to you – Mike Chenug can do that better than I can.
Instead, I’m going straight to the food adventures I had on the way in Hawker Centres.
Old Airport Road Hawkers Centre
To get to this one is a little bit of a challenge – you’ll be busing and MRT, or if you’re coming in fro the Hotel Indigo/Holiday Inn Express in Katong, there’s a direct bus. Or just use a Grab.
With places like this, there is almost too much choice. So the first thing to do when hitting a hawker centre is to circulate around and see what there is. Also, pay attention to the lines – this is important. If you see long lines, there’s a reasonable chance the food will be good.
I did a circle or two and settled on some wanton noodles and char siu for the princely sum of S$4.
And I’m not objecting what I got for S$4.
A decent portion of all those things, with some nice wanton tails which were well filled, some noodles (because noodles are a done thing), and tasty pork char siu.
I was done with that reasonably quickly enough and was heading to the exit – when I saw some Nasi Lemak in a bamboo leaf for S$1.80.
How could I say no to that?
Let’s open this package of wonders, with Rice, peanuts, fried sardines, and a fish hidden away.
Not bad at all for $1.80. Heck, best-priced meal this trip – end of the matter.
Albert Street Food Centre
Let’s move onto the Albert Court Food Centre. This one is near the Intercontinental at Bugis – and given the choice between an expensive hotel breakfast or cheap fun choose what you like for near enough S$5, I know which I can deal with.
My wallet also agrees with this too.
I stopped here for breakfast more often than not due to the location.
First up Pork, Pork and More Pork. In a soup. Yours for the grand total of S$3.
Simple and delicious – something I have no problem enjoying most days of the week. Heck, Soup and noodles and I’m a happy person 9 out of 10 times.
Also, there is Nasi Lemak. Yes. This is a thing in Singapore, and we’re all going to have to deal with it. And at S$2.80, I can deal with it.
This one is prepared fresh in front of you, so select what you want top in, pay and off you go.
More breakfast? Let’s move onto another Singaporean Classic – Laksa. And it’s a Spicy Noodle Soup.
What did I say about me and noodle/soup combos?
A nice coconut-creamy laksa here. And just the right level of spice too.
It wouldn’t be a meal without another Nasi Lemak – this time brought inside the market at Bugis.
This is a bit different from the one before – with everything fresh. Lovely to see here – and again – around S$2.
Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown
Moving on the granddaddy of them all – Maxwell Street Hawkers market near Chinatown
I arrived there after 8pm – and Tai Tian Tian had shut up shop for the evening. However Hainaese Chicken Rice is a thing, and by dingo, we’re going to have some this trip
I picked a reasonable looking one out – stretching to S$4 out (Look at me, breaking the food budget.) A pretty flavourful chicken and coconut rice combo to be nice.
Then again, it’s pretty hard to go wrong with Hainesse Chicken.
The one restaurant meal I had was for some Bak Ut Tee. This is pork bone rib soup, with the soup varying from either a medicinal taste to a peppery taste. This one was a lot more peppery – to say the least
And it was served with my vices – Chicken feet with Tofu skins.
I’ve paid more and have been disappointed more in the past – this was a good value meal out. Whilst I can appreciate a high-end restaurant, hawker centres offer good value for money – and I encourage you to seek them out if you’re travelling through Singapore.
It’s an enjoyable discovery experience, and it won’t cost the earth.
And if you do… have a Nasi Lemak for me, please? 😉
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