If Manila has fast food joints and Jolly jeeps in the Central Business District (CBD), here we have hawker centres which is not only limited to CBDs but can be found in residential areas too. I'm so lucky that there's one that's just a few steps away from my office and this is where I would buy lunch almost everyday. I love the variety yet at times, this can be quite challenging as I couldn't make up my mind whether I'd like to get chicken rice or duck noodles, or perhaps go healthy with some salad or to keep it light with a piece of curry puff with a fruit juice. The choices are literally endless and by that I'm talking about stalls after stalls of yumminess.
This then gave Paul and I the idea to do our Saturday night project in which we call the Singapore Hawker Challenge. With a set budget of S$15 for the two of us, we would check out a different hawker centre per weekend.
The hawker centre is located at the 2nd level of the entire complex. I was impressed that this one had an escalator so no need to climb all your way up to good food. Normally, hawker centres are extremely busy during the weekdays where it's the go-to place for most office workers. The vibe during the weekend is more relaxed and some stalls are not open too.
For first time hawker visitors, the number of busy stalls and the quick pace can be quite intimidating. Personally, I like to do a quick round before making my decision. Of course, that is if you're not in a rush. Go around and check out the different dishes or cuisines being offered. Expect to see a good mix of Chinese, Malay, Indian, Indonesian and a bit of Western in almost all hawker centres.
I just have to say that I LOVEEEEEE the prawn mee. It was one of the best that I've had here in Singapore so far and I even would daydream about it days after our Tiong Bahru visit. The noodles had a perfect bite and the consistency of the sauce was just right. A bit creamy yet not too saucy. This dish was truly a winner and I highly recommend for you all to try this.
Lastly, we ended our meal with some dessert! Singapore actually has a number of local desserts which are really worth trying. Most of these comes with crushed ice as to help you beat the heat during the day. I bought our desserts from the Tian Tian Yuan Dessert House which also had a line but a shorter one this time (thank goodness!).
So, were we successful with our first challenge? Here's the breakdown:
Starting money: S$15
less: Prawn Mee (S$3)
less: Kuey Teow Soup (S$3)
less: Chwee Kuey (S$1)
less: Tiong Bahru Pau dimsum (S$1.70)
less: Ice Chendol (S$1.70)
less: Bo Bo Cha Cha (S$1.5)
Remaining balance: S$3.10 = SUCCESS!
We went home so full from our hawker challenge and feeling extremely triumphant that got to spend below our set budget.
Check out the Tiong Bahru Food Market and Hawker Centre at 30 Seng Poh Road, Tiong Bahru, Singapore. This is located right across Link Hotel.