Hawker Food To Try Before You Die

Hawker Food To Try Before You Die

Many hawker stores, but not all worth your calories.
Evan Mua
Evan Mua

The noodles, on the other hand, were very much just passable. You've got the most generic sauces and a decent noodle texture that wasn't particularly springy or soggy.

Don't be mistaken, they are simply a stall of soup savants masquerading as noodle peddlers.

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One of my favourite hawker gems closer to the north of SG โ€” Ding Ji is a famous teochew noodle stall where the noodles aren't the actual star. Yep that's right, the real showstopper at this hawker is actually the soup that comes with their ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—น๐—ฒ ($5, $8 with fish maw)

Each bowl is an ocean of richness, a treasure trove of ingredients, and running your spoon through it is like churning up tidal waves brimming with indulgence. One moment there're sightings of soft gelatinous fish maw chunks. The next, wisps of umami seaweed swim onto your spoon. Eventually, you'd be slowly fishing out more and more well-cooked parts, like meatballs and pork liver, to never ending bewilderment.

But really, the essence of the soup is in itself โ€” there's no greater warmth than slurping down the wholesome elixir, enriched from being clouded with porky particles while tinged with the vibrant sweetness of Goji berries.

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To many, this stall at Golden Mile serves the best dry ๐—›๐—ผ๐—ธ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ($5) in Singapore. Yes, they can be inconsistent but these retro flower-adorned plates have the potential to floor you with an astounding home run.

For starters, it's not easy to locate a good plate of dry-style Hokkien Mee. It's a different experience with how sapid seafood flavours are locked into each strand of moist, bouncy noodle โ€” not gratuituously sloppy or borderline slimy, which the ubiquitous wet variety can be guilty of.

You won't find many plates rivalling this in satiating your appetite for rich, bold seafood flavours. The unbridled umami, the tasteful whiffs of smoke, the medley of chilli heat, and the complementary citrus twist โ€” simply chef's kiss.

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Alas, my experience did meet a slight dip in enjoyment as I dug into their noodles. Honestly, these noodles that were pretty forgettable but serviceable enough to not dampen the overall mood โ€” not with the euphoria this bowl of soup elicited.

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It was a long wait, but after Mui Siong's legendary ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฝ ($5) hit the table, I could feel my lips quaking in anticipation of those salaciously thicc and pinkish pieces of liver, submerged within a pool of murky broth shimmering tantalisingly under the glow of the noon sun.

I fished out a single slice into my mouth and took a meek bite โ€” what a life-changing bite. The pig organ seemingly dissolved with a satin-like elegance despite its impressive size. But as I chewed on more, it became apparent each bite was still answered by a bouncy recoil even with its gentle melt-in-mouth properties.

A second piece was quickly fished out, then a third, then I was smitten like a crack addict. Taking a break from devouring those morsels of iron-filled richness, I then fiercely slurped down a mouthful of broth and was greeted by a robust and umami-loaded indulgence.

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A hidden gem opened by an ex-Crystal-Jade chef โ€” expect comfort food with the heartiest flavours at this stall tucked away atop Bishan Bus Interchange. Oh, and expect super affordable prices too.

You can't pass on their ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐˜‡๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐——๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฆ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ($6). Delicate and silky parcels engorged with flavoursome meaty goodness, then bathed in a crimson pool of vinegar-laden sauce that delivers a satisfying spice kick without being overpowering.

It's simple but soul stirring with its efficacious medley of flavours โ€” a choice you won't regret at its price point, comparable to offerings at iconic institutions such as DTF. Sometimes, it's the stripped-down indulgences that really hit the spot the hardest.

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Yishun might be a hellhole but it's also an underrated food haven. So as a denizen of said hellhole, I've decided to make a ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—บ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฌ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ป. ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—บ๐˜† ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ด, ๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฏ๐—ถ๐—ผ!
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Starting with thisย ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜…๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ ($5) from Old World Bak Kut Teh. A hood known for psychopaths are experts at cooking organs. Who knew? ๐Ÿ˜ˆ๐Ÿ”ช
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Wok-fried with a wealth of pork and organs, it was supremely rich and heavy-hitting in profile whilst perfumed with a gratuitous dose of smoke. ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
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This would scratchย allย your wok hei itches and the smoke even helps to soften the offal taste. So damn good, I've eaten this more than my blood sodium levels are comfortable with. ๐Ÿ™ƒ Skip their bak kut teh though.

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Wanna send noods to your crush? The famous #Michelin Bib Gourmand ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป ($9) will send them crawling back for more.
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I thought their wanton mee base was done well and chili was fragrant, but the allure was in the ๐’‘๐’“๐’†๐’Ž๐’Š๐’–๐’Ž ๐Ÿ’ฏ ingredients.
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Besides thicCcc boi prawn wantons and sensual melt-in-mouth chashu, the famous potato wrapped prawn was a true star with its sexy crackle. ๐Ÿ˜ฉ
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Worth a try even if prices are a bit steep โ€” ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—พ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ฎ ๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ.

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Honestly, I haven't had enough claypot rice to judge, but this #Michelin Bib Gourmand stall had a pretty good one.
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Claypots are only put to the charcoal flame upon ordering, which means minimum wait times of around half an hour. The result though, was a ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜†๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ($12) brimming with well-separated grains of rice that packed good moisture.
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After jumbling the rice with some dark sauce, we indulged in spoonfuls of savoury bliss. Intermittent charred bits infused a gratuitous crunchiness along with intoxicating smokiness, but the rice itself was pretty mild in smokiness. Ingredients were also included rather generously, with the chicken being particularly succulent. For regular hour-long waits though, maybe pair it with a craft beer night at Smith Street Taps.
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[๐˜พ๐™๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ค๐™ฌ๐™ฃ] ๐™‡๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™ƒ๐™š ๐˜ฝ๐™š๐™ฃ ๐™…๐™ž ๐˜พ๐™ก๐™–๐™ฎ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐™๐™ž๐™˜๐™š
๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฑ ๐—ฆ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ต ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿณ/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿด/๐Ÿญ๐Ÿต๐Ÿต, ๐—–๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜…, ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฑ
โฑ๏ธ (Fri-Wed) 4.30pm-10pm; ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’๐’ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’–๐’“๐’” (was open on my Thurs visit though)
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*P.S. Minimum wait time of 30 mins, up to 1hr+, you can call in advance to reserve.

While most hawker food see a pool of contenders for "best", Xin Mei Xiang's rendition of ๐—Ÿ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ($4/5/6) seemed to have abnormally strong backing and recommendations from many โ€” reflected in their hour long queues.
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The essence of the dish is in its gravy and theirs was expertly rendered โ€” thick and consistent with little hint of starchiness. The drab shade of brown deceptively concealed a wealth of deep and robust flavours, accented by agreeable sweentess. Punchy vinegar zest and bright chili added levity to the hefty richness โ€” proportioning was inch perfect and not a shred of cloyingness was felt.
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In place of fried fritters commonly found in other renditions, an eye-catching amount of pan fried fish swam about the pool of brown, each mouth flaky and fresh. A very convincing classic, but didn't astound to the extent for me to consider another 1 hour queue. The Tiong Bahru ones might suffice for me.
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[๐˜ฟ๐™–๐™ ๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™–] ๐™“๐™ž๐™ฃ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™ž ๐™“๐™ž๐™–๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™‡๐™ค๐™ง ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™š
๐Ÿ“ ๐—ข๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—–๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿญ ๐—ข๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—”๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ฑ, # ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿญ-๐Ÿญ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฒ, ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿต๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿญ
โฑ๏ธ (Wed-Tues) 6am-2pm; ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐’๐’ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’–๐’“๐’”

Yishun is a bastion of diversity โ€” home to cat murderers, inter-dimensional wormholes and crazy people... If you class people who'd queue 30 mins for carrot cake as "crazy".
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Waiting time goes from 30 mins to 1 hour, but it's worth a try. Their ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ฒ ($4) was an outstanding rendition with a substantially crispy and eggy exterior which blanketed the moist but fluffy innards. It's supplemented with a lavish heap of cai poh that gave it a further sweet-savoury punch, but nothing too overwhelming. Plus, portions were generous, even with takeaway! Maybe my favourite stall in the hood.
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[๐™”๐™ž๐™จ๐™๐™ช๐™ฃ] ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด ๐™Ž๐™„๐™ˆ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ง๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ ๐˜พ๐™–๐™ ๐™š
๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด ๐—ฌ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฅ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿด
โฑ๏ธ (Wed-Sun) 7am-2pm; ๐’„๐’๐’๐’”๐’†๐’… ๐‘ด๐’๐’-๐‘ป๐’–๐’†๐’”

It was $19.50 for a 2 person platter with rice and noodles.
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The showstopper here was undoubtedly the ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ. My head cavity constantly echoed with the gratifying shattering of the stunningly crunchy skin, whilst my tongue was met by the beautiful texture of the meat with it's impeccable lean-fat ratio.
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The ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„ was also applaudable as an exercise in decadence with its melt-in-the-mouth fat, though I normally prefer my charsiew leaner. Still, I indulged in sweet-smokey bliss from its pronounced caramelisation, which had a better char than my previous visit.
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[๐™‡๐™–๐™ซ๐™š๐™ฃ๐™™๐™š๐™ง] 88 ๐™ƒ๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™†๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™๐™ค๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™Ž๐™ฅ๐™š๐™˜๐™ž๐™–๐™ก๐™ž๐™จ๐™ฉ
๐Ÿ“ ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฏ ๐—ง๐˜†๐—ฟ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜๐˜ ๐—ฅ๐—ฑ, ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฒ
โฑ๏ธ (Daily) 10am-8pm

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