Just like Taiwan is known for its night markets, Singapore is known for its hawker centres! Large open-air markets serving delicious and affordable street foods. This foodie could not be happier! We went to a few hawker centres and specific food stalls.
Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre
Located in Singapore Chinatown, the ground level is mainly for shopping. You have to go upstairs for the food stalls. It’s a bit dark and cramped in there. So be prepared.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
What started as a small stall at the Chinatown Complex Centre now has its own dine-in restaurant across the road. In July 2016, Liao Fan was awarded a Michelin star in the inaugural hawker food category. This led to the expansion of this already popular stall.
Their most popular item? Hong Kong style soy sauce chicken with rice.
Changi Village Hawker Centre
Located in the Changi Point Ferry Terminal, this hawker centre is the perfect stop for a quick meal before or after your trip. This centre is smaller than other but prices are also lower.
Mee sua noodles (面线) is a Singaporean specialty. The noodles are first cooked, drained, then topped with different types of pork and other ingredients. You don’t eat this completely dry though. Instead of a broth, a mixture of sauces is ladled into the bowl. I had my first bowl of mee sua at Haowii, and it was haowii (tasty)!
Crawford Lane is technically not a hawker centre, but you can find many hawker stalls in this particular part of the road.
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle (大华肉脞粿條面)
We ventured to Crawford Lane just for Tai Hwa, the other hawker stall to be award with a Michelin star in 2016. They’re known for their bak chor mee, a Teochew style dry noodles. The bak chor mee here comes with wide egg noodles, a mix of pork meats, organs, and wontons. The sauce is the best part. A simple combination of chili, soy sauce and vinegar.
Maxwell Road Food Centre
The other food centre located in Chinatown. Personally I like this one better. It’s more spacious with better air circulation.
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (天天海南鸡饭)
I’ve had my fair share of Hainanese Chicken before. I was unimpressive by how simple and plain the dish looked. But of course, Tian Tian is well known for a reason. Their chicken is super tender with just enough flavor from the sauce.
This stall has no visible name. They offer stir-fry and pan-fried cakes. We tried their carrot cake, which had chunks of turnip cooked in eggs. A bit of chili sauce and vinegar, delicious!