Strictly speaking, many of them aren’t extremely new; they are newish. It is harder to discover new hawkers because they seldom publicize themselves, so there is a lag in transmission of information.
This month, people are doing very interesting things with hawker food. Some are offering similar food found in restaurants; and some sincere food. There is definitely a change in the foodscape at hawker centres, which gives us consumers more options. Many of the stalls are worth visiting.
Birds Can Fry
537 Bedok North Street 3, #01-501 Singapore 460537
tel: +65 8498 7679
What a humorous shop name. As the shop name suggests, they sell fried chicken that comes with either rice or fries. A 2-piece chicken with coconut rice and hae bee hiam cost $5.50. They also have chicken burger ($5) and fried chicken caesar salad ($6.90).
Black and Gold Coffee Stop
Blk 531A Upper Cross Street, Hong Lim Food Centre #02-41 Singapore 051531
tel: +65 9688 9440
Forget Starbucks. Situated inside Hong Lim Food Centre, the drink stall provides specialty coffee and floral tea.
1 Kadayanallur Street, Maxwell Food Centre Stall 3, Singapore 069184
tel: +65 9689 8917
The hawker stall is helmed by Ipoh chef Ron whose signatures include nasi lemak, Penang laksa, Penang lam mee, curry chicken ($4.50).
Good Olden Days 1972
Blk 212 Hougang Street 21 #01-343 Singapore 530212
Good Olden Days 1872 is an air-conditioned kopitiam which houses traditional prawn soup ($4), porridge, toast, and cze char. The cze char has a 四大天王 (4 signatures): fish head with bittergourd and fermented black beans ($18/$24); secret recipe pork ribs ($10/$12/$15); deep-fried prawn roll ($8/$10/$12); and sambal potato leaves ($6/$8/$10).
7 Maxwell Road, Amoy Food Centre #02-126 Singapore 069111
11am-2pm, closed Sun
Gyu Nami has probably taken a leaf out of the books of Japanese restaurants such as Sandaime Bunji. Gyu means beef. It’s a mountain of roast beef slices with special yogurt and egg on rice. For only $10. Worth the buck.
Jiak Kang Tang
348 Bedok Road, #02-26 The Bedok Marketplace, Singapore 469560
11am till late
“Jiak Kang Tang” means “eat potato,” a euphemism for Singaporeans who are so Westernized that they can’t speak their mother tongue. Actually, the correct spelling should be “jiak kan tang” so we know that the stall-owners are jiak kan tang themselves. haha. In any case, the Western food stall focuses different ways of presenting potato but they also have salads and grilled items.
200 Turf Club Rd, Pasarbella @ The Grandstand #02-K29, Singapore 287994
Kitchen Machiya is opened by Yolk Concepts which also run FoodSmith. Machiya serves omu rice (Japanese omelette over rice).
1 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore 078881
tel: +65 9633 7314
Real Thai is a Thai fast food dining concept with set menu, ala carte, grab-and-go and retail options.
24 Raffles Place, Clifford Centre, #01-12A Singapore 048621
They serve an eclectic mix of dishes here: nasi lemak sets ranging from $3 to $4.50; lu rou fan (braised meat rice), and cheesy waffles.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photos without RERG logo are taken from the respective establishements’ facebook pages or websites.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: New Restaurants