There are many cafes and restaurants in Singapore, but hawker centres remain unbeatable. Aside from the nostalgia it brings, traditional dishes in the airy and spacious Tiong Bahru Food Centre can lift one’s soul in an instant. From roast meat, lor mee, char siew to premium fishballs, you can have the same comfort you get from home-cooked meals without spending much.
If you’re on for a hawker food adventure this weekend, here are 5 stalls to consider.
1. Lor Mee 178
Crispy shark nuggets paired with the thick and savory sauce of lor mee can surely give you an explosion of flavors and textures in every bite. Lor mee is a very flexible noodle dish and there are many ways to eat it. Aside from their ‘shark fritters’, you may enjoy this bowl of noodle goodness with braised egg, sliced fish cakes or ngoh hiang.
You can have a bowl of lor mee for only $4.
Stall #: 02-23
Hours: 7:00 am to 1:45 pm – Tue, Thu, Fri, Sat & Sun (closed on Mondays and Wednesdays)
2. Tow Kwar Pop
If you want something light and refreshing but still want to get a variety of flavors in one serving, a plate of Rojak is the answer. Packed with charcoal-grilled bean curd puffs, fresh bean sprouts, fruits, cucumber, paired with their sweet and tangy dressing, drizzled with a bit of prawn paste, and topped with roasted peanuts — this salad is sour, sweet, smokey and savory all at the same time.
Rojak set is priced at $4.
Stall #: 02-06
Hours: 7:00 am to 5:30 am daily
3. Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted Meat
For meat lovers, anything roasted is a must! Char Siew fans would be delighted to get a serving of this smoky meat dish that has a little hint of sweetness but won’t overpower its natural flavors. And when the food is good, the queue is usually long. Is it worth the wait? Definitely!
Char Siew with Rice or Noodles topped with rich gravy is only $4 per serving.
Stall #: 02-60
Hours: 9:00 am to 8:00 pm – closed on Thursdays
4. 7 Original Tiong Bahru Fishball
Fishballs, bean curds, and the likes are popular snacks in many parts of Asia. But the varieties offered by 7 Original Tiong Bahru Fishball are top tier. With their five decades of experience in hawker culture, the key to their success is very simple–they use high-quality ingredients. The main star? Fresh Wolf Herring fish.
For $1 you can enjoy four pieces of their soft and bouncy Premium Fried Fish Balls, served with their homemade chili sauce.
Stall #: 02-22
Hours: 7:00 am to 3:00 pm – Tue to Sun (closed on Mondays)
5. Joo Chiat Beef King
Having a bowl of hearty and meaty noodle dish with a generous serving of fork-tender beef chunks and chewy noodles that are evenly coated with thick and tasty sauce is one of the best things this stall can offer.
Give some warmth to your stomach with a serving of their Beef Brisket that comes with a nutritious broth for only $4.50.
Stall #: 02-35
Hours: 9:00 am to 8:30 am Mon to Sun (closed on Tuesdays)
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