By Sakura Lo
When you think of hawker food, it’s almost instant to relate the term to “street food”. Well, think again. Is it possible to enjoy restaurant-quality food at hawker price? Check out the 10 not-so-ordinary hawker stalls that you must visit for their A-quality food.
The Plug Food Co.
Address: Best Café Coffeeshop, Block 1A Eunos Crescent #01-2461, Singapore 401001.
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 9 pm (daily, excepts Thursdays)
Started and running by three young hawkerprenuers, this coffee shop stall offers a selection of mouth-watering Western food, from burgers to pasta, everything under S$10. Its cooked-to-order base to ensure the freshness of the food – rest assured, it’s worth the wait. Do check out their Mentaiko Pasta (S$7.90) and Beer Battered Fish & Chips (S$6.90).
Supreme Ramen Xiao Long Bao
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Address: 46 Holland Drive, Singapore 270046.
Operating Hours: 9 am to 1.30pm, 4.30pm to 8.30pm (daily)
Chef Li, who is an ex-dim sum chef at Crystal Jade and Tung Lok restaurants, ventured out and runs his own stall that serves affordable quality Chinese cuisines. He made an effort to arrive the stall 3 hours earlier before operating hours to prepare the soup dumplings by hand. Definitely give their Shanghai Xiao Long Bao (S$4.50 for six pieces) a try –it won’t disappoint you.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle Stall / Hawker Chan
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Address: Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, 335 Smith St, Singapore 050335.
Operating Hours: 10.30am to 7 pm (Mon-Tue, Thurs-Fri), 8.30am to 7 pm (Sat-Sun)
The iconic chicken rice dish can never go wrong. With less than S$4 per serving, this hawker stall is rewarded as the cheapest Michelin-star meal in the world. Don’t miss the legendary Cantonese-style Soya Sauce Chicken Rice at only S$2.
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Address: 211 Lor 8 Toa Payoh, #01-01, Singapore 310211.
Operating Hours: 12pm to 2.30pm, 5pm to 8.30pm (Mon-Fri), 12pm to 8.30pm (Sat-Sun)
Not your usual Kopitiam as this serves you restaurant-quality Japanese cuisine. Having said that the founder is a Teppanyaki chef with 20 years of experience, they serve value-to-money bentos as low as S$6.80, which comes with a side and a drink. Don’t miss their speciality – Yoko Yoko (S$6), a dish somewhat similar to takoyaki, but instead, it contains tilapia fish and crab meat, mixed with two different homemade mayonnaise.
Hill Street Tai Hua Pork Noodle
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Address: 466 Crawford Lane, #01-12, Singapore 190466.
Operating Hours: 9.30am to 9 pm (closes on every 1st and 3rd Monday)
Homemade springy noodle laced with its unique blend of vinegar and other sauces – this is not-your-ordinary Bak Chor Mee that you can find elsewhere. The vinegar blend is savoury satisfying to some, while others who are not fond of strong sourly taste might find it hard to accept at first. Their signature Gan Mian (S$5 for regular size) – topped with minced pork, pork meatballs, pork liver and fried salted fish is an all-rounder – absolutely worth the 1 to 2 hours waiting time.
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Address: Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, 110 Pasir Ris Central, #02-03, Singapore 519641.
Operating Hours: 12 pm to 3 pm, 6 pm to 9 pm (daily, excepts Wednesdays)
Muslim-owned Burgernomics is no ordinary burger stall. With its café-quality, IG-worthy and affordable burgers, no wonder it quickly rises as a food hotspot. People are queuing even before the stall opens. Give their Deluxe Burger (S$6.50) a try – juicy beef patty coated with blow-torched cheddar cheese, loaded with truffle aioli, caramelised onion, mushroom, and finishing with slightly toasted buns.
Hao Lai Ke
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Address: 204 Bedok North Street 1, #01-393, Singapore 460204.
Operating Hours: 11 am to 2 pm, 6 pm to 8 pm (daily)
This hawker stall at Bedok is opened by an ex-Din Tai Fung chef, serving gastronomic and authentic Chinese food at half the price. The food here doesn’t taste exactly like what is served at Din Tai Fung, nevertheless customers are coming back for more because of its own rustic flavour and generous portions. With its extensive food menu, do try their signature dish Dan Dan Noodle (S$4.50) and Pork Ribs Fried Rice (S$6).
The Leggy Business
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Address: 67 Ubi Avenue 1, #01-05/07, Starhub Green, Singapore 408942.
Operating Hours: 10 am to 3 pm (Mon-Fri)
Started by a brother duo, Jovan and Joel Goh, this food stall is serving restaurant-worthy Southern Asian fusion food at hawker price. Notably, chef-owner Jovan was a former cook of Michelin-starred restaurant back in Bangkok. Here you can find various poke bowls; for instance, Leggy Bowl (S$7.50), which is a Thai-inspired bowl, starring Thai-style pork trotter, drizzled with savoury minced meat sauce, topped with pickled papaya, blanched nai bai and onsen egg.
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Address: 24 Raffles Place, #B1-01/10, Stall #13m Clifford Centre, Singapore 048621.
Operating Hours: 8 am to 7 pm (daily, excepts Sundays)
Little did we know, the masterminds behind this humble stall located at the CBD basement food court are two Ex-Saveur chefs. This hawker stall is serving an extensive noodle and rice menu at a wallet-friendly price. To name a few, Value Meal Shio Noodles (S$6.90), Mentaiko Salmon Rice Bowl (S$7.90), Grilled Pork Belly Rice Bowl (S$5.90) – feeling hungry just by reading the menu.
Meet 4 Meat
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Address: 228 East Coast Road, Brunners Coffeeshop, Singapore 428925
Operating Hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm (Mon-Fri), 8.30am to 9.30pm (Sat-Sun)
Former Wooloomooloo’s chef, Jimmy Teo and his friend, Chef Gerald, opens up this hawker stall that serves premium steaks at a fair price. Besides, their home-made pasta also steals the scene with its well-balanced flavour. Check out their all-time favourite dishes, Jimmy’s Carbonara (S$9) and 100% Aussie Ribeye ($16).
We hope you enjoy your food discoveries with quality food at your table without breaking the bank. You’re welcome.