I’ve always said that pessimistic predictions of the death of hawker culture are greatly exaggerated. Many young hawkers have taken up the mantle. True, many of them have incorporated international elements in their food, they don’t cook the “traditional” hawker food like hokkien mee. But our “traditional” hawker food has all along borrowed elements from elsewhere and made it our own; you can’t find Hainanese chicken rice on Hainan island. Given long enough time, food from these young hawkers will become traditional hawker food too.
8 new hawker stalls:
Boat Noodle Express
118 Rivervale Drive, Rivervale Plaza #K1-26/27, Singapore 540118
Tel: +65 9068 8060
It’s a kiosk opened by young people selling Thai Boat noodles at $4.80. You have a choice of pork or beef, soup or dry. The sides include fish wontons ($3.50) and fish satay ($3.50).
Char Sticks and Grill
2 Geylang Lorong 29 Singapore 388058
Tel: +65 8188 2902
Sun-Th 3pm-11pm, F & SAt 3pm-12.30am
This Geylang kopitiam stall serves kushiyaki, Japanese grilled skewers, starting from $1.30 a stick. Try the bacon cherry tomatoes ($1.60) and cheesy grilled oysters ($10.50, 3 pcs).
Fish and Chicks
88 Tanglin Halt Road, Koufu Food Court, Singapore 141088
Tel: +65 9828 3490
After their immense success of salted egg yolk fish and chips at Ang Mo Kio and Cineleisure, Fish & Chicks opens a third outlet near Commonwealth MRT and has 3 new Thai-inspired flavors: tom yum pasta, green curry and Thai chilli sauces.
Fresh Generation Seafood Soup 鲜一代
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Upper Bukit Timah Market Stall 164, Singapore 588215
Tel: +65 9451 1633
11am-9pm, closed M
Their seafood soup goes for $6 but their signatures are crayfish seafood soup ($10) which has clams, prawns, sliced fish, lobster ball and crayfish; and lobster seafood soup ($28) which has prawns, clams, lobster ball, and lobster. They fry their ingredients first before making them into soup, thereby bringing out the fragrance. With the soup, there is a choice of rice or handmade noodles.
Prawn Village 虾乡味
505, Beach Road, #01-97 Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
9am-5pm or till sold-out, closed Sat
When the two young hawkerpreneurs were in Penang, they asked a hawker if he could teach them the recipe. The Penang hawker actually agreed! They learnt for two weeks and came back to Singapore to open this stall selling Penang-stylee prawn noodles soup for $4.
Song Kee Fish Ball Noodle 松记
128 Tembeling Road Singapore 423638
When Song Kee, famed for their handmade fishballs and yellowtail har keow (fish dumplings), closed last July, legions of fans mourned. In their closed shop space at Upper Serangoon, a “Finest Song Kee” sprang. It is supposed to be opened by their relative, but fans lament it doesn’t taste the same. Now the original Song Kee is back with the same hawker Chua Soo Chai at Tembeling Road.
Shake Mee by Face to Face
50 Jurong Gateway Road, Koufu @ JEM #05-01, Singapore 608549
Tel: +65 9783 4183
The owners of Face to Face noodles, which is one of my best meals under $20 in 2016, have come up with “diet-sized” versions of their popular noodles (ban mee, chilli ban mee, kolo mee, etc) at $3.90. You shake it to mix the sauce properly before you eat.
7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Street Food Centre #02-128 Singapore 069111
11am-2.30pm, closed Sun
Joshua Koo and Dylan Ong made waves a few years ago when they moved from a kopitiam stall to to open Saveur restaurant and quickly expanded into the Saveur Group. Both of them have left the Group and are currently flying solo. Koo went back to his roots and opened Taste Affair, a hawker stall in Amoy Food Centre, selling pasta and rice for $5 to $7. On 15 Apr, Ong will be opening The Masses, a restaurant that serves affordable fine-dining food.
Photo Credit: Photos are taken from the respective establishments’ facebook pages.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: New Restaurants