I came across what his son wrote on Facebook (no, we are not friends) and thought it was meaningful. “Woke up this morning and found out that my parents have been awarded the Michelin ‘Bib Gourmand’ award. They are passionate hawkers who serve from their “Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa” store at Hong Lim Centre, Chinatown.
Barring arguments on whether the list represents the best in Singapore food. This is a great endorsement from Michelin for the hard work my parents have done day-in-and-out to serve their customers, and to have provided my brother and I a better life. I am so proud of their achievements and honoured to be their son. To Daniel and Susan Soo, you are very best, no less.”
[Original Entry] So I posted a challenge to some fellow food bloggers to find a unique, strange, interesting, never-seen-before hawker food, possibly found in a lone stall in some hawker centre or coffee shop. Thus, the hashtag #UniqueHawker
After a search, this is my discovery – a stall at Hong Lim Market called the “Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa”, though its laksa is hardly as famous as Katong’s.
However, their signature dish is most likely the only one in Singapore, found at no other place… Presenting… The Fruit Juice Crayfish Mee Siam ($6). Huh?
When I texted my friend I wanted to try Hong Lim’s famous Fruit Juice Crayfish Mee Siam, she thought I left out the “and” and meant fruit juice and clayfish and mee siam. No, no, no. This dish is everything in one.
Mee Siam is a dish of thin vermicelli cooked in a light, spicy, sweet and sour gravy, though the Chinese and Malays in Singapore cook it slightly differently.
Ingredients are simple and similar, such as hard boiled egg, bean sprouts and dried bean curd. But NOBODY calls it fruit juice mee siam, or adds a crayfish on top.
Owner Daniel Soo is one of the friendliest hawkers I ever met, mild-mannered with all smiles. He explained in fluent English that his food is “healthy, all-natural, good quality, and found no where else in Singapore.”
I believe him. He uses only fresh products and ingredients because health for customers is his number one priority.
The mee siam is more tangy, sour and slightly citrusy, very unlike any other mee siam you ever tried. There is no assam added, only some “secret ingredients” which the owner refused to reveal.
I guess there is pineapple juice added. Tell me what you think.
The Asia Delight Laksa ($3/$4/$5.50 with crayfish) is also one of a kind.
The gravy cooked using fresh coconut, scallops, dried oysters and dried prawns is rather sumptuous and flavourful, yet very very thin with texture like some chicken soup. It is not as ‘lemak’ (coconuty) or thick like the normal (unhealthier) ones, but taste is not compromised.
Mr Soo is also generous with the ingredients with fishcake, prawns, cockles, tau pok and slices of chicken added. Where to find?
Delicious? Yes. #UniqueHawker? Definitely. Mission accomplished.
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Market & Food Centre #02-66, Singapore 051531 (Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:15am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
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