The weekend is near! With all the fuss over buffet brunches, Egg Benedicts and whatsnot, hawker centres still hold a certain charm for me, starting the day with a frills-free, delicious meal. For one of such morning, I joined the girlfriend and her mom at one of their favourite hawker centre for breakfast: Tiong Bahru Market!
I was told that the hawker centre was much more airy and spacious after a major renovation. Getting a seat could require a little waiting with the bustling morning crowd but shouldn't be a problem overall. Being my maiden visit, I left the ordering to the experts!
Soy Bean Milk and Fried Doughsticks
There wasn't any media or critic endorsements pasted on the store we bought this from, but you couldn't go wrong with freshly made doughsticks and thirst-quenching soy milk. Simple pleasures!
The girlfriend's mom loved the glutinous rice from this particular Nonya store and I could quickly understand why. Each grain was steamed to just the right hardness, had a sticky texture and yet not in a messy lump. Psst, even though you could order a mix of both, the uncle will purposely give less of the nicer sweet variant because that's the better selling one!
Again, I didn't know where the kuehs were bought from, but 韭菜粿 happened to be one of my favourite kueh and it didn't seem to be easily available among kueh shops. Nothing particularly outstanding, but I liked how the skins were chewy and didn't stick stubbornly to my teeth.
Shark Meat Lor Mee
One of the more well-known stores in Tiong Bahru Market, each bowl was not stingy with ingredients and definitely a steal at only $2.50. The gravy had a good starchy consistency that didn't turn watery easily, though its selling point of shark meat tasted just like normal white fish.
At long last, I have tried the (arguably) most famous chwee kueh store of all! And I was so glad that it didn't disappoint. Generous scoops of crunchy, savoury chai poh poured over soft, bouncy steamed rice cake. This was addictive!
Wanton Soup, Char Siew Noodles
There were two wanton mee stores that had very long queues, so we decided to try something from each! For the soup, the wantons were huge and stuffed full of water chestnut bits and minced meat. Glad that the ingredients felt very fresh!
The charsiew noodles was yet another famed one. Using the 不见天 (Don't see sky, literally) part aka armpit of pigs, each slice was incredibly tender, well marbled and very well glazed. Together with a good supply of springy yellow noodles, this was one amazing plate of char siew noodles!
So finally, the goodness of Tiong Bahru Market explored! The average quality of food here seemed to outshine plenty of hawker centres, with the hoards of visitors reaffirming its popularity among Singaporeans.
What's your favourite store in Tiong Bahru Market?
Tiong Bahru Food Market 30 Seng Poh Road
Individual Stores: Soy Bean Milk, Dough Sticks and Kuehs - Unknown. Apologies! Glutinous Rice - HarriAnn’s Delights #02-25 Shark Meat Lor Mee - 178 Lor Mee #02-23 Chwee Kueh - Jian Bo Shui Kueh #02-05 Wanton Soup - 华丰面家 #02-24 Char Siew Noodles - 忠于原味云吞面 #02-30