This is another ‘famous’ stall that probably went quite under-the-radar.
Singapore’s most known Rojak stalls probably includes Balestier Road Hoover Rojak at Whampoa, Rojak, Popiah & Cockle at Maxwell Food Centre, Brothers Rojak at Clementi, and Lau Hong Ser Rojak at Onan Road.
Aside from its proximity to Bugis Plus and Bugis Junction, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre is located in a heritage district, making it a very attractive destination among locals and tourists.
Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu, Hock Lee Fishball Noodles, Angel Horse Teochew Fish Soup, Guan Kee Black Carrot Cake, and Siraj Famous Waterloo St Indian Rojak are some of the more-known hawker stalls there.
One of its stalls serves the so-called “Singapore Famous Rojak”, and is run by the second generation of the family.
Rojak is an Asian-style ‘salad’ of chopped fruits and vegetables, peanuts, bean curd, and fried dough fritters in a dark sweet thick dressing.
While different versions of rojak abound, the Singapore Famous Rojak ($3, $4) doesn’t have too much of that dark prawn paste sauce.
Their special home-made sauce is on the sweet side and not too thick, just adequate to coat the cut-up pineapple, cucumber, turnip, bean sprouts, and tau pok.
Just before serving, the hawker sprinkles a handful of roughly crushed roasted peanuts to the rojak.
Unlike other versions with finely ground peanuts, this one adds a nice textural crunch to the overall dish.
The accompanying deep-fried youtiao is more chewy than crispy, which some may find delightful while others would frown upon.
While it was not as rich and fragrant (pungent) as the prawn paste takes on a secondary role, I enjoyed how the flavours come together rather well-balanced.
The spiciness was more pronounced than usual, gentling coating every piece that would give that slight shiokness, especially with pineapples.
The crunch and complex sweet-spicy flavours make this a worthy Rojak to try out.
Singapore Famous Rojak
270 Queen Street #01-45 Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
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