Food concepts gathering the ‘best of hawkers under one roof’ is getting more common in Singapore, in the likes of Food Republic, Kopitiam, The Hainan Story, Chinatown Food Street and Singapura Heritage.
This is located in the heart of town though, at ION Orchard basement 4.
Hawkers’ Street to be opened by Select Group has taken over the space left by Let’s Eat!
While it is reported to be able to sit up to 92 persons, it does look slightly cramped and probably can fit less with safe distancing measures. (Was already quite packed considered dine-in not allowed yet, and I gone down to dabao at off-peak hours.)
Also, the stalls probably need time to iron operations, and have more consistent systems – some stalls provide buzzers, while others call out numbers. It is hard to differentiate with a crowd.
Here are the stalls you can expect there:
King of Fried Rice
Its signature item has been described as “Din Tai Fung-style” Fried Rice very often. The menu typed ”Mai Paiseh”, with just 4 types of Fried Rice – Mala ($6), XO ($6), Tom Yum ($5.50), and Pork Cutlet Egg Fried Rice ($6.90).
The basic Egg Fried Rice is at $4.50 per portion.
Customers can choose to add on tobiko (popular), crabmeat, pork cutlet or shrimps at extra cost.
The wok-hei was strong on this short-grain white rice, and the grains fluffy and flavourful. One of the longest queue spotted here. King Of Fried Rice (Golden Mile Tower)
Ann Chin Popiah
The Michelin-recommended Popiah stall can be found at many places now. Sharing a space with Jian Bo Shui Kueh, items sold are Popiah ($2.50), Kueh Pie Tee ($4 for 4 pcs) and Handmade Fried Yam Roll ($2).
The best parts to me are the juicy turnips and crunchy bits, balanced by the light and sweet sauce wrapped in smooth and silky skin.
There is no pork and lard used in this stall. Ann Chin Popiah 安珍 (Chinatown Food Centre)
Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Jian Bo Shui Kueh has become quite synonymous with Tiong Bahru Food Centre, with many calling it “Tiong Bahru Chwee Kueh” unofficially.
The Shui Kueh cost $3.20 for 5 pieces here. Also available are Yam Cake ($3.20), Chee Cheong Fun ($3.20) and Glutinous Rice ($3.50).
While that hot-piping, soft melt-in-your-mouth feeling from my childhood days is no longer around, I still find Jian Bo one of the best you can find around for its chye poh and chilli with hints of dried shrimps.
You may find an oily glob haphazardly presented on top, but the aroma and mildly-salty pickled taste can be addictive. Jian Bo Shui Kueh (Tiong Bahru Food Centre)
Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee
The recipe for this home-recipe
The Signature Bak Chor Mee Noodles is priced at $5.50, while the basic bowl is $4. Also offered are Meatball Soup ($5) and Dumpling Soup ($5).
I thought that the noodles had a slight alkaline taste, especially when mixed into the soup. But the overall mixture was still tasty. I found the soup version better than the dry generally.
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee
Of all the Hokkien Mee in Singapore, Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee probably has one of the most mixed reviews.
Their Hokkien Mee ($6, $10) is cooked to the dry side using thin vermicelli rather than the thick bee hoon style, with strong seafood flavours coming from the prawn and ikan billis stock. Of all the stock base, this came across as one of the sweetest.
Another thing to note is that eggs are fried till fluffy with separate pieces, rather than ‘clinging’ on to the noodles.
Also, they do not serve sambal chilli but instead with cut chillies. A decent plate with its own character, though I wished there was more wok-hei.
Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice
Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice 美芝律剪刀剪咖喱饭 was one of the pioneers of Scissor Cut Curry Rice, somewhat like your chye png stall with ingredients cut up for easier consumption, drenched with various gooey sauces.
You can opt for the standard sets of Curry Chicken Wing Curry Rice ($4.90), Pork Chop Curry Rice ($5.30), Chicken Chop Curry Rice ($5.30), Braised Pork Belly Curry Rice ($5.30), and Signature Curry Rice ($7.80); or pick and choose chye peng style.
My personal favourite dish to order usually is the Braised Pork, sliced into thin rectangular shapes, of tender meat braised in a dark greasy sauce. Depending on the time you visit, usually I feel some items could be warmer for a better food experience. 10 Best Hainanese Curry Rice In Singapore
Hill Street Coffee Shop
The kopi and kaya toast stall with Steamed & Toast Bread Sets, Chendol and various local beverages.
Ion Orchard #B4-66, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun) (The drinks, popiah, chwee kueh,BCM stalls open earlier at 7am.)