Explore Singapore’s hawker food scene with our monthly guide to some of Singapore’s favourite hawker centres and food courts
We’re lucky enough to have our office space smack in the middle of three of the CBD’s most vibrant food courts – Amoy Food Centre, Maxwell Food Court and the perennially crowded Lau Pa Sat (your tissue paper chope game better be strong!). We’ve already brought you our tried and tested recommendations for the former two in our previous Hawker Hunts, so we figure it’s about time we share our favourite stalls in Lau Pa Sat as well.
But as you already know, Lau Pa Sat is famous for its abundance of Singaporean hawker stalls, not to mention, adjacent to the iconic supper spot of Satay Street; so what about the other lesser-known stalls? In this month’s edition of Hawker Hunt, we highlight five of our favourites that aren’t what you might expect.
Sunny Viet: Pho
Fancy a lunchtime meal that won’t weigh you down too much, or need to stave off last night’s alcoholic overindulgence? Pho is exactly what hits the spot for me in situations like these, and perks me up in the afternoons. The beef pho at Sunny Viet stands out with a rich, flavourful broth that isn’t too sweet, along with silky smooth rice noodles that are supple and not soggy. You’ll also get an ample portion of sliced beef, all for just $6. The owner of Sunny Viet is Vietnamese as well, so bonus points for authenticity!
Ang Hapag Kainan: Pork Calderata
Despite Singapore’s status as a food capital, Filipino food is still relatively hard to come by, especially in hawker centres. If you want a break from the usual hawker fare, head to Ang Hapag Kainan for a taste of unique Filipino dishes like adobo, as well as grilled meats and fishes. One of the stall’s signature items is the pork calderata – a rich, spicy gravy packed with potatoes and tender cubes of pork. Be warned though, you’re going to have to wrestle with a food coma after this meal!
Japanese Yakitori & Teppan Azmaya – Pork Katsu Curry
When you’re absolutely famished and want something substantial, there’s nothing like a huge fried pork cutlet draped in lashings of rich Japanese Curry. This is a dish I’m particularly fond of, but unfortunately, most of the hawker centre offerings tend to offer curry that’s too thin or too sweet. The curry here, however, is rich, thick and savoury, and offers one of the most bang-for-your-buck meals at the hawker centre at just $8.50.
Bao Luo Wan Xiang – Dim sum
It’s not often you find hawker stalls dedicated to dim sum, so Bao Luo Wan Xiang is a mighty rare find. Here, you’ll find all manner of dumplings from mushroom siew mai and har gow (Cantonese prawn dumpling), to fan choy and the crowd-pleasing char siew bao. The char siew bao is one of my favourite dim sum dishes, and the rendition here hits all the right spots with its soft, fluffy bun and rich, satisfyingly sweet pork filling. The meat-to-bun ratio is just right, and it’s always served fresh out of the steamer! And at a dollar a pop, it’s easy on the wallet too.
Seng Kee Local Delights: Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
Fine, so we couldn’t resist harping about one hawker delight on this list! If you’re willing to brave Seng Kee’s snaking lunchtime queues, you’ll be treated to a piping-hot plate of Hokkien mee ($5), soaked in a thick, rich gravy and topped with two reasonably sized whole prawns. The draw here is how generous Seng Kee is with the fresh seafood in the dish.
Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay, Singapore 048582.