Monday, May 5, 2014

Singapore Hawker Stop: Chinatown Food Street

It has been a while since Paul and I had our weekly hawker challenge and we just felt that it was time to go for one again. What a perfect timing that the Chinatown Food Street recently re-opened making it our next hawker stop destination.

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Admittedly, compared to the two other hawker centres that we've visited and reviewed, this one had a more touristy feel. It was better ventilated, the kiosks are quite limited but have a good mix of basically anything and everything you'd like to try in Singapore, tables are cleaner and you'll see a lot of tourists dining here all day long. We were a bit hesitant to do the Hawker Challenge here simply because we know that anything tourist-y also means it can be pricey but as Mommy would always tell me, you'll never know unless you try.

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The first step is to walk around. Visit every stall and see what they have to offer. Most of these were specially chosen from all other hawker centres so you're assured of getting pretty much the best. I really liked the cute looking carts which gives a vintage Singaporean feel. After going around, then you map out your ordering strategy. Since we planned to get three dishes, Paul and I split up the work. He went to one stall which required him to wait for the order while I took care of the two.

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Dish #1 is a bowl of Popular Pork Noodles (S$4.50) from Tai Wah Pork Noodle. I've never had dry mee pok or pork noodles before thus I was excited to give this a try. Sadly, it fell way short of my expectations as the flavor wasn't quite there and it was really dry that not even soaking it in the pork broth that came with it would save it. The serving was also very small for the price. *sigh* I'm not giving up though, I'll look for more Dry Mee Pok in the future and hopefully I'll discover a gem.

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Dish #2 was the Pork Ribs Rice (S$5) from the Tiong Bahru Meng Kee Roast Duck stall. I have to admit, I initially wanted the Roasted Pork Rice but after some unfortunate misunderstanding, we were given this instead. I'm not complaining though, the pork was fork-tender and the sauce that coated it had a good mix of sweet, slightly salty and spicy flavor. So good!

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Dish #3 is always my hawker staple -- Fried Oyster Cake (S$5) bought from Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters stall. I normally don't like oysters but since I've moved here, it has been one of my favorite hawker dishes that I'm actually happy to just have a plate of Fried Oyster Cake and a cup of rice. This one didn't disappoint.

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The oysters were very plump and fresh! I love how the egg was slightly salted and had a chewy texture to it which makes it even yummier! 

If you noticed, each dish averages at S$4-S$5 which is more expensive than most hawker centres. It's worth the visit perhaps for tourists but perhaps for residents like me, I was happy to check it out once and will definitely stick to my go-to hawker centres next time.

Starting money: S$15
less: Popular Pork Noodles (S$4.50)
less: Pork Ribs Rice (S$5)
less: Fried Oyster Cake (S$5)

Remaining balance: S$0.50 (no money left for dessert or drinks *sniffle*)

Related posts:
Tiong Bahru Food Market and Hawker Centre
Chinatown Hawker Centre

Chinatown Food Street is located at 335 Smith street, Singapore. Closest MRT station is Chinatown.

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