Singapore is a superb one stop eating destination if you are looking for hassle free dining. From the hawker delights to the pinnacle of fine dining, this busy republic seem to have it all! In this post, I took a morning trip with my resident aunt for some delicious hawker fare in town.
First stop was Hong Lim Food Complex which boast two levels of affordable hawker fare. I started with the Outram Park Char Kuey Teow stall as everything else was still close at 9am!
Fresh out of the wok, the noodles cost just a little over $3 for the lot. The noodles come out coated with egg and a dark caramelised coating. Juicy cockles are part of the fare but Singapore’s Best Char Kuey Teow felt a little lacking in that final bit of kick that stems from a good frying in the wok. Instead, the Fried Kuey Teow was a little wet and had a slightly creamy coating from the eggs. It was decent by all means but I found my adventures to Penang 2 years back to be more hearty and it got more tongue wagging too! See my three Fried Kuey Teow reviews from Penang below:
Once we were done, I started looking around for the famous Heng Kee Curry Noodles but was told that they do not open until closer to lunch. Oh well! My aunt then brought me to Tekka Centre on 655 Buffalo road in Little India just a few MRT stations away for more awesome eating. As I enter the food court, I started drooling! There were so many stalls around and I honestly wanted to order everything!
I started with one of my biggest cravings the Roti Canai or if you prefer Prata. Doused with fish curry and a spoonful of sinfully delicious Sambal at Prata Saga Sambal Bermuda. This cost no more than 80 cents and holy crap it was lovely. Thin, and middle crispy with little pockets of air the take in all that lovely curry.
To help fend off Singapore’s hot weather was Chendol! This drink is served with a splash of coconut milk and a generous scoop of palm sugar. Super delicious as I would expect it to be as the palm sugar used was of high quality as it had that slightly savoury fragrant. Even the green stuff known as Chendol was super fresh unlike the ones in Perth that comes out of the can.
To finish was a serve of Indian Rojak at Temasek Indian Rojak. On the plate we had the customary cuttlefish, hardboiled eggs, fried spiced batter, fish cakes and all that other yummy goodies!! To top if off were some freshly chopped vegetables with a bowl of peanuty-mildly sweet Rojak Sauce. It was a little oil but like all Indian Rojak, it is simply something that you would expect!
Believe it or not, at this point I was thinking of whether I should go for the Mutton Briyani that was simply staring at me from no more than 20 metres away. Yet I did not go for it as I knew I had to reserve my stomach for my lunch later on. But I definitely wold when I come back to Singapore next time as this place is promising from the Mamak and Indian food I have tasted!
If you are a Malaysian like myself, you are almost certain to downplay the success of the local Singaporean hawker scene which is very similar to Malaysia. But this is definitely not true! While the Char Kuey Teow is mediocre by Malaysian standards the Roti Canai, Chendol and Indian Rojak that I had puts most Mamaks in Malaysia shame! Definitely a return for me.