Patronizing hawker centers and coffee shops has been my favorite past-time since the university days. Aside from my usual cafe-hoppings, I do love my local delights as much as the rest too! I did notice the trend that there are more and more young hawkers around these days and how they evolve and make hawkers more hipster. From bringing interesting (unconventional) hawker foods into the scene to changing something traditional/old school into something hippy like for example converting a coffeeshop into hipster chill out coffee shops (2 Face Pizza and Taproom at Eng Hoon Street & Salute Coffeeshop at Bukit Merah Lane). Seriously, i didn’t expect this to happen one day.
Anyway these young hawker heroes definitely deserves some support from us for the courage to start a food business, giving up their current comfortable jobs and bringing good vibes into Singapore’s F&B industry. So let me share with you some of my favorites among them all.
A Noodle Story
With only one main dish, I am pretty sure this noodle stall is doing quite well as it always has a long queue during the lunch hours. It’s either they are lucky to be being to tag on the CBD’s crazy lunch crowd at Amoy Street Food Center or the bowl of Singapore style ramen that they are offering is really that good.
My answer to the question above is the latter one.
This bowl of ramen is a combination of many different concepts in my opinion.
It is like
Roasted meat’s noodles without the meat
Hong Kong Style Dumplings
Braised Pork Belly
Delicate Potato wrapped Prawn
And another pointer worth mentioning is their presentation, you will get an almost like fine dining finishing bowl of noodles in a hawker center for a hawker price. Not so bad right?
I think this bowl of noodles is definitely worth a try for their creativity, effort and the taste of course.
Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road #01-39
The Soup Bar
I thought it is a pretty smart move to have a soup bar in a hawker center in the central to target those working crowds. This stall surely attracts office ladies like me, sometimes we just want to indulge ourselves with some good hearty soup without overconsuming. Especially on those days when I feel fat, I will definitely choose a bowl of soup over a plate of char kway teow, laska or chicken rice.
They do serve pretty decent western soups like mushroom soup, chicken stew soup and beef in red wine stew etc. This place is definitely a stall you can have your daily soup without burning a hole in your pocket too (cheaper than soup spoon).
This huge bowl of mushroom soup is only $5.20 for takeaway and it comes with a bun and butter spread. One word to describle, satisfied.
I would love to try their beef in red wine stew one day! It looks damn good but I was on a tight eating schedule that day :p
Tanjong Pagar Food Centre
Block 6 #02-51
Truly Curry Rice
I always admire youngsters who gave up their day job and decides to enter the hawker line to continue whichever that was passed on to the younger generations. Not only that, it also helps to preserves the hawker heritage that Singapore are left with. Seriously, we need more of such young people if not 30 years down the road, we will never ever get to taste the real Singapore again.
Even before I knew it was opened by 2 young ex-traders (according to what my boyfriend told me), I got to taste their hainanese rice by chance during my lunch time because my favorite hainanese curry rice stall (#01-03) at the same food center sold out most of the dishes by the time I got there.
And I must say it was pretty good! The curry was soury (a little like assam) and mild, pork chop was not so bad and the chap chye was perfectly executed. My favorite of all them is the chap chye, the vegetables is tender and have absorbed the flavours of the “chap”. To be honest, I wasn’t even expecting much initially because I saw young people managing the stall and the signage was too trendy for me (oops!). Sorry for judging it, I can take back all my words now.
Oh, one of the must have for me whenever I order my hainanese curry rice is braised pork belly. Their braised pork belly is tender and melts in the mouth but I thought the flavor can be more intense though.
Telok Blangah Drive Food Centre
79 Telok Blangah Drive #01-29
They are many other young hawkers out there like Brothers Ramen And Bokky Curry that are worth mentioning. I hope to try them one day and to show some support to those young hawker heroes for keeping our hawker heritage alive or even reborn.