Having spent a lot of time in Singapore and South East Asia, we were very excited at the prospect of eating at The Star’s latest pop up. Singapore Hawker food is one of the best feeds you will ever have. Nothing is as genuine or authentic as hawker food. And Singapore Hawker Style are here to give you that great hawker experience!
The pop-up space, previously occupied by the immensely successful Sokyo Ramen, has now been given a new look. Prepare yourself for loud splashes of colour as the space takes on the look of your traditional Singaporean hawker centre!
Singapore’s densely populated country consists of 3 main ethnic groups: Chinese, Malay, and Indian. This is the heart of where Singaporean food comes from. And this is perfectly reflected in the very authentic menu on offer at Singapore Hawker Style.
If you haven’t yet tried a Singapore Sling (Singapore’s most famous cocktail), then you have been missing out. And it’s something you should probably rectify. Quickly. But in the meantime, Singapore Hawker Style have you covered with a Virgin Singapore Sling. Alternatively, there’s the Sirap Bandung. Rose cordial and evaporated milk. Slightly creamy in a refreshing way – and absolutely delicious.
We started our hawker feast with some Old Airport Road Hokkien Prawn Mee (and yes, there really is an Old Airport Road in Singapore!) An extremely popular dish eaten by both locals and tourists alike, it consists of yellow noodles, rice vermicelli, big meaty prawns, squid, fish cake, pork belly strips, egg and crunchy fried lard. One of our favourites for the day and so authentic in terms of ingredients and flavours.
We then moved on to a dish that is quintessentially Singaporean. The Redhill Market Chicken Rice. Soft and tender poached boneless chicken thigh, aromatic rice that so full of flavour, chilli and ginger sauce. The rice is so absolutely critical in this dish, as is the chicken broth that comes served along side it. And every element was a clear winner here. This was possibly our favourite dish.
The Indian influence came from the Jalan Kayu Roti Prata. A housemade Indian crispy pancake and chicken curry. Everyone loves roti. And what’s not to love? Flatbread with crispy edges and smothered in butter. With a delicious chicken and vegetable curry to dip it into. Delicious. Make sure you use your fingers for this!
The main event was without a doubt, the Master Djohann’s Chilli Crab. Nothing says Singapore, quite like chilli crab. Wok tossed Queensland spanner crab in their signature chilli sauce and mantou buns. The sauce is rich, sweet and has a mild spice level, so it’s fairly safe for everyone.
The deep fried mantou buns are essentially to dip into the chilli sauce. This is an absolutely must order dish. Roll up your sleeves and dig in! (They give you wet wipes so don’t worry! And there are plenty of bathrooms around).
We then finished off with a piping hot bowl of Katong Laksa. Seafood and coconut soup, rice vermicelli noodles, bean sprouts, squid, clams, prawns and fish cake. If you love coconut, this is your dish. If you love seafood, then this is your dish too. There is an abundance of seafood in this dish and you may be hard pressed to finish it as it is such a hearty portion. But the rich coconut and seafood broth is delicious with a nice mild kick.
A Singaporean Hawker experience is like nothing you’ve experienced before. It’s street food at it’s absolute best. When you have legitimate Singapore chefs behind the woks at the Singapore Hawker Style POP UP – serving you authentic hawker food, then you know you’re on to a good thing. If you haven’t been to Singapore, then this is your chance to experience a hawker centre. This is the real deal.
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Contributed by Susan, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys