Singapore has one of the world’s busiest ports and airports. It is also one of the world’s richest countries in the top ten range with the highest concentration of millionaires. Being a tiny dot on the map does not stop it from becoming a financial center and also a food haven for tourists, nomad travellers, and locals. For a start, one can tour Singapore’s Bib gourmand hawker stalls as described below:
1. A Noodle Story at Amoy Street Food Centre
A Noodle Story serves Singapore-style ramen at the popular Amoy Street Food Centre. Complete with sumptuous gravy, boiled eggs, and veggies, it is eaten with chopsticks and a spoon where one scoops the thick gravy that complements the savoury flavour. Sometimes, it is paired with a small bowl of miso soup.
Since the 1950s, the French tyre company, Michelin, has created guides that have highlighted restaurants or hawker stalls offering “exceptionally good food at moderate prices,” a feature now called “Bib Gourmand.” Menu items are priced below local economic standards. Bib (Bibendum) is the nickname for the ubiquitous corporate logo of the Michelin Man.
Singapore-style Ramen Hawker Stall at Amoy Street Food Centre
Address: 7 Maxwell Rd, #01-39, Amoy Street, 069111 Singapore
2. Alliance Seafood at Newton Food Centre
Singapore’s Newton Circus Food Centre has a myriad of hawker stalls serving local seafood delights like crabs. The chili crabs come in a thick gravy of vinegar, egg white, soya sauce, a pinch of sugar, salt, and some flour to add ‘body’ to the delicious meal. The braised crab dish is cooked together with whole shells and succulent flesh that are chopped into halves for easier dining and separating the meat from the shells.
Crabs and Seafood Dishes Hawker Stall at Newton Food Centre
Address: Newton Food Centre, 500 Clemenceau Avenue North, Singapore 229495
3. Rojak at Whampoa Makan Place
The top left picture above is rojak, a type of local fruit and vegetable ‘salad’ tossed with a thick, brown sauce. Rojak sauce has the texture of black shrimp paste with a sweet, salty, and spicy flavour. It is a healthy dish with a piquant taste, full of vegetables like cucumber and turnip and fruits like pineapple and young mango. The dressing is made up of water, belacan (shrimp paste), lime juice, sugar, and chili, giving rojak a kick.
Whampoa Makan Place
Address: 90 Whampoa Dr, Singapore 320090
Website: Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
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4. Chinese Herbal Soups Hawker Stall at ABC Brickworks Food Centre
Herbal soups are popular amongst the health-conscious Chinese who may consider it a full meal in itself. These come double-boiled in an aluminium steamer, and the soups are infused with a burst of flavours like various herbs with chicken or pork added. They are usually steamed overnight and served in porcelain bowls to withstand the constant heat for hours. The long slow cooking has infused the soup with a burst of flavour from the herbs and ingredients. There are also a variety of other soups like watercress with pork and old cucumber with calamari.
ABC Brickworks Food Centre
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, Singapore 150006
5. Claypot Laksa Hawker Stall at Alexandra Village
Singapore’s version of claypot ‘laksa’ is like curry noodles in Penang that are commonly served as street food there. Complete with bean sprouts, bean curd skin ('taupok’), calamari, blood cockles, sliced fish cake, and rice noodles in a thick sauce of coconut milk spiced with red chili and sambal on the side, claypot laksa is a dish you must try.
Alexandra Village Hawker Centre
Address: 123 Bukit Merah Lane 1, Singapore 150123
Facebook: Alexandra Village Hawker Centre
6. Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
This dish comes served with okra, tomatoes, pineapple cubes, ginger flowers, curry leaves, and curry, is garnished with mint leaves, and served with a whole fish head. This is a must-try dish for the uninitiated. The spicy curry gives it a piquant flavour that adds zest to the dish. It is best eaten with rice for a wholesome, nutritious meal.
Zai Shun Curry Fish Head
Address: #01-205, 253 Jurong East Street 24, Singapore 600253
7. Liao Fan Hawker Chan, specialise in Cantonese-style roast meat
Liao Fan Hawker Chan serves authentic Cantonese-style roast meat that is garnished with parsley. It also has a menu featuring roast meats, soy beansprouts, seasonal vegetables, Thai-style tofu, and wonton soup. This dish is a favourite amongst locals and tourists alike.
Liao Fan Hawker Chan
Address: 78 Smith Street, Singapore 058972
8. Chey Sua Carrot Cake
If you are a visiting traveller to Singapore, this carrot cake consists of chopped white radish added to rice flour batter, fried with eggs, and garnished with green spring onions. Crispy on the outside, the inside texture is soft with juicy bits of scrumptious white radish.
Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Address: 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127
Delicious hawker food in Singapore
The above list is not exhaustive; there are many more food gems for the gourmand foodie to find in Singapore. Priced at affordable rates, these hawker stalls are suggestions for you to try Michelin Bib-rated quality food. Instead of hunting the streets of Singapore for the best hawker stalls, check out this article for the top list that are a favourite amongst tourists, visitors, nomads, and business travellers in this island nation. Though a small dot on the map, it is very much a happening place and a beehive of activities.
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