Hawker food is one of the highlights of Singaporean food culture and no visit to the island is complete without eating some of this delicious, local food. With over 30 Michelin Bib Gourmand (Bib Gourmand is Michelin’s award for eateries that are wallet friendly yet don’t compromise in the taste stakes) hawker stalls and two Michelin starred hawker stalls- there is no shortage of great street food to sample. Here are our Top 5 Michelin recommended dishes you must eat when in Singapore…
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1. Bak Chor Mee at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
Bak Chor Mee or minced pork noodles from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles is a must for your Singapore eating itinerary. This humble stall currently holds one Michelin star and one taste of their bak chor mee will reveal why.
Opt for their dry version where springy noodles, slices of tender lean pork, pork mince, creamy pieces of pork liver and crunchy bites of fried fish wallow in a puddle of black vinegar and sambal (chilli sauce). Each mouthful bursts with sour, sweet and spicy notes.
Make sure you show up at least 15 minutes before opening (you still might find yourself waiting for about an hour) otherwise you’re in for a long wait. It’s totally worth it though, we promise you!
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles, 466 Crawford Ln, #01-12, Singapore 190465. Open daily, 9:30am to 9:00pm.
2. Carrot cake at Chey Sua Carrot Cake
Carrot cake in Singapore is actually made from pureed daikon radish and rice flour which is then steamed into a cake, chopped up and fried with egg and preserved radish. Chey Sua’s version is savoury, crispy and oily (in the best possible way).
The accompanying dollop of sambal adds a sweet, mellow heat and a sprinkling of fresh spring onions offers a burst of freshness. This is one carrot cake well worth eating.
Chey Sua Carrot Cake, 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127. Open 6:00am to 1:00pm. Closed Monday. Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018
3. Curry Puffs at J2 Crispy Curry Puffs
The curry puffs at J2 Crispy Curry Puffs raise the bar when it comes to this ubiquitous snack which can be found all over Singapore. The pastry is carefully kneaded and folded to ensure the end product is extremely flaky and crispy.
Our pick is the sardine curry puff. A generous moist filling of sardine, chilli and onion is stuffed into the pastry before deep frying- the result is insanely good. This is one snack you will not want to share!
J2 Crispy Curry Puffs, Amoy Street Food Centre, stall #01-21, 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 06911. Open 8:00am to 4:00pm. Closed Sunday. Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018
4. Fried Prawn Mee at Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee
It may look like one big gloopy mess but tucking into a plate of fried prawn mee is satisfying to say the least. Hong Heng use both vermicelli and yellow noodles in their dish which sees noodles, egg, poached squid and prawns wok fried with ladles of seafood broth. The plate of fried prawn mee is accompanied by a splash of sambal which adds the perfect amount of heat and a squeeze of lime. The noodles soak up the seafood stock whilst in the wok and the resulting dish is creamy and flavoursome.
Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee, Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre, 30 Seng Poh Rd, Tiong Bahru Stall number #02-01. Open 11:00am to 8:00pm. Closed on Monday. Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018
5. Claypot Chicken Rice at New Lucky Claypot Rice
Claypot rice is the perfect one dish meal. Rice is cooked in a claypot together with treasures such as chicken, lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and nuggets of salted fish which add a salty burst. New Lucky Claypot Rice continue to cook their version the traditional way from start to finish, over charcoal (often newer stalls will pre-cook the rice before transferring it to the claypot to crisp up).
Before eating make sure you pour oil and the dark sauce over the dish before giving it a thorough mix up to get those flavours mingling. And don’t forget the best bit about claypot rice- the crispy rice which has stuck to the bottom of the pot- scrape it off with your plastic spatula and crunch away!
New Lucky Claypot Rice, 44 Holland Dr, #02 19, Holland Drive Market & Food Center, Singapore 270044. Open 11:00am to 1:00pm and 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Closed Wednesday. Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018
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We hope this Singapore food guide has helped you eat and explore like a traveller, not a tourist!
Spending more time in Singapore? Check out our ‘Top 5 Local Dishes to Eat in Singapore’ post