haven we are, we are spoilt for choice! Michelin has just introduced Singapore’s very own Bib Gourmand awards and awarded Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle in Crawford Lane and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle at Chinatown Food Complex (both located less than a 15-minute drive away from the hotel) one-star rating in 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore.We concur that good food doesn’t have to come with hefty price tags so we are dishing out other stalls that are highly recommended by the locals to try out while you are here!
One of the only few stalls that still skilfully mill their own rice flour, the reputable Jian Bo Chwee Kueh is a legend, and it’s still holding out strong despite changing hands through the year. Essentially steamed rice cakes, Chwee Kueh is a common item off many Singaporeans’ breakfast menu.
Photo Credit: Miss Tam ChiakWhat makes Jian Bo Chwee Kueh truly stand out is the melt-in-your-mouth yet smooth texture of the Chwee Kueh. When topped with the stall’s fragrant and crunchy Chye Poh (preserved radish), the umami flavour of the Chye Poh shines a spotlight on the plain jane Chwee Kueh. The Chye Poh is also fried together with sesame seeds, giving it extra texture, and if you are game for some heat level, you might want to request for the sambal belachan for an additional kick!
Jian Bo Shui Kueh #02-05, Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10.30pm; daily
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)
Nasi Briyani is saffron rice accompanied by tandoori meat and vegetables drenched in thick curry gravy. Seemingly like a simple dish, the briyani at Thambi’s is a diaspora of flavours, hitting you at the right note on every level of sweetness, sourness and spiciness.
Photo Credit: SethluiUnlike the average Nasi Briyani, Thambi’s take of this traditional Indian rice-based dish leaves many health-conscious a run for their money as it is made with healthier peanut oil.So for some guilt-free indulgence, find Thambi’s!
Thambi’s #02-92, Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Rd
Opening Hours: 6.45am to 4.00pm; Mon – Fri
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line), Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Looking for a Nasi Padang fix? Trust Hajjah Mona when it comes to cooking the local Malay fare that consists of steamed white rice plate with your selected choice of sides chosen from a smorgasbord of flavourful meat and vegetables.
Photo Credit: ZilzarRaved by many prominent food bloggers in Singapore, some recommended sides are the Beef Rendang, Ayam Opor (chicken in coconut stew) and Sambal Terung (eggplant with chilli). The Beef Rendang is meltingly tender and full-flavoured from the blend of spices, while the Ayam Opor is stewed rich from the aromatic coconut milk and lemongrass.Upon reaching the store, the perpetual long queue might deter you at first glance, but don’t fret – service is quick and breezy!
Hajjah Mona Nasi Padang Stall No. #02-166, Geylang Serai Food Centre
1 Geylang Serai
Opening Hours: 8.00am to 7.00pm; closed on Wed
Nearest MRT: Eunos (EW Line), Paya Lebar (EW Line)
- Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon
Nestled in the heart of central business district, lies the holy grail of all sliced fish bee hoon at the food magnet that is the Maxwell Food Centre. Cooked Cantonese style, Jin Hua is dab hand at serving up value-for-money portions of sliced fish bee hoon soup. Depending on your preference, there is a choice of clear or milky broth. If you are a milk lover like me, you will adore the latter which has additional evaporated milk.
Photo Credit: ExpatednaBe it the clear or milky broth, I heard that the actual sweetness of the light flavourful soup came from the game changer ingredient – Brandy. What’s more, fresh and succulent cuts of fish are used daily, leaving you with a natural sweet aftertaste that lingers in your mouth.
Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon #01-77, Maxwell Road Food Centre
1 Kadayanallur Street
Opening Hours: 11.00am to 9.00pm; closed on Thursdays
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT Line)
With the shopfront plastered with framed articles and accolades earned over the years, No.18 Fried Kway Teow, situated at Zion Riverside Food Centre is easily identifiable from the long stretch of stalls.Although looking like a plate of black mess, don’t be fooled! The Char Kway Teow at No. 18 Fried Kway Teow is cooked with enough Wok Hei
(an aromatic charring flavour that comes from stir frying in the wok over high heat) and is on point in terms of texture and moisture. Every mouthful of it is bursting with flavours from the generous portions of ingredients – plump and juicy cockles, lup cheong (Chinese sausages), crunchy beansprouts, chives and eggs. These are stir-fried together in a sweet and savoury black sauce and the quintessential pork lard, making the plate of kway teow a little more sedap
Photo Credit: TheSmartLocalPsst... We heard that this is one of Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s favourite hawker stalls. Hence the snake-like queue. Then again, what’s queue when there’s yummy food!
No. 19 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow #01-17, 70 Zion Road
Zion Riverside Food Centre
Opening Hours: 12.00pm to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 11.00pm; closed on alternate Monday
Nearest MRT: Outram Park (NE Line, EW Line, NE Line), Tiong Bahru (EW Line), Orchard (NS Line)