Singapore's street food is second to none. From Maxwell Road to Chomp Chomp, our hawker centres bustle with activity both day and night to feed the hungry masses. This means that there's stiff competition out there for producing top-notch chilli crab, chicken rice or stuffed bean curd a-plenty. We've rounded up a few top picks to get your hawker food fix.
1973 Chong Pang Nasi Lemak
Do you have a massive craving for nasi lemak? Get your fix at 1973 Chong Pang Nasi Lemak. The fragrant rice is cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves to give it unbeatable flavour. It's then accompanied with marinated chicken wings, salt-cured anchovies and peanuts. That's just the standard Chong Pang set, but you can also add on a hotdog, fish fillet, egg or other protein-packed toppers. Just be sure to slather on plenty of the signature chilli sauce, which walks the line between sweet and spicy. Opened in 1973 in the Chong Pang Village Hawker Centre, this tiny eatery has grown to become a bona fide local institution.
Alibabar the Hawker Bar
If you can't decide between visiting a coffee shop or a hawker centre, AlibabaR the Hawker Bar gives you the best of both worlds. This upscale bistro bar concept features five in-house hawker stalls. You'll be able to fill up on curry chicken and spicy noodles to your heart's content. Start your day with kopitiam coffee shop staples like kaya butter toast with soft boiled eggs and a sweetened coffee. Then by night, the AlibabaR Burger Bar rounds out the selection with hawker-inspired wonton noodles and a full menu of gourmet burgers.
Chui Huay Lim Teochew Cuisine
Chui Huay Lim is the place to be for mind-blowing Teochew food. This healthy Chinese cuisine is known for being light-handed with the salt and oil, making it the perfect antidote if you've been overindulging lately. At Chui Huay Lim, you'll find a bevy of Teochew hawker favourites to tempt you. Seafood is a particular specialty here, like the baked Boston lobster dished up with a fermented bean and garlic sauce. Wok-fried prawns with asparagus are light and fresh, while the Teochew-style noodles with seafood include a mountain of succulent scallops.
Pontian Wanton Noodles
Noodles take top billing in hawker centres, and Pontian Wanton Noodles have cornered the market here. What's the secret to their success? Some noodle-y dishes can get bogged down in sauces. No one likes a mushy noodle, but Pontian Wanton Noodles are famously springy. You can order yours 'wet' or 'dry', and both versions come with the added bonus of wontons. The wet version puts the wontons in a separate bowl of soup, while the dry noodles offer crispy fried wontons as a topper. Apart from the wontons, you'll also get sweet chilli ketchup, bright leafy greens and tender barbecued pork as part of this drool-inspiring dish.
Ji Xiang Confectionery
The legendary Ji Xiang Confectionery puts hawker food's sweet side on prime display. They are basically wizards when it comes to producing 'ang ku kueh', or red tortoise cake. This Chinese pastry is crafted from sweet rice flour and coconut milk moulded around a sticky filing. At Ji Xiang, you get to choose between a peanut or red bean paste filling. We'll have to try a bit of both, we think.
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