5 Best-Kept Secrets Of Singapore’s Hawker Food Scene … According To Miss Tam Chiak Food Notes

Food blogger Maureen Ow, who goes by her popular moniker Miss Tam Chiak, spills the beans on her favourite hawker food and stars in a hilarious video with local funnyman Hossan Leong. Support this video and help her win $5, 000 for Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home!

When it comes to unbiased food reviews in Singapore, indisputably the top food blogger who comes to mind is Maureen Ow – better known as Miss Tam Chiak. Her love of the local food scene isn’t limited to high-end restaurants; in fact, few dishes excite her tastebuds better than good ol’ hawker food! Here, Maureen shares her favourite hawker dishes across Singapore you may not have heard about.

1. 136 Hong Kong Street Fish Head Steamboat
Address: Blk 19 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh #01-264, Singapore 310018
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 10:45pm daily

Even though the signboard only mentions fish head steamboat, there is a wide array of zi char dishes that you can check out too. One of them is Mee Tai Mak. Slippery mouse-tail noodles full of smokey aroma, thick umami gravy spiked with raw egg, prawns, minced meat, and crunch vegetables, brilliant wok hei … this is, hands down, my personal favourite from the stall. And, it’s only $5 per claypot! Worth every cent.

2. Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap
Address: Blk 335 Smith Street, #02-156 Chinatown Complex, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: Sat-Thu 10.30am to 6pm+ or till sold out. Closed on Fri

Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck & Kway Chap has always been serving classic teochew braised duck for more than 30 years. It was only recently that the second-generation hawker, Melvin, added a spin on the classic with Duck Rice Bento to attract the younger crowd. What I love about the dish is its top-notch quality – the slices of braised duck meat are succulent and adequately tender without losing bite. The yam rice is rolled into balls and topped with dried shrimps and fried shallots. To make the bento extremely sexy, there’s a lava egg with custard-like consistency.

3. Enak
Address: Blk 16 Bedok South Road Market & Food Centre, Singapore 460016
Opening hours: Opens daily till late lunch. Closed on Tuesdays.

Opened for less than a month in Bedok South, the talented Indonesian cook serves one of the cheapest Nasi Ambeng in town. For only $5.50, you get steamed rice surrounded by some of Indonesia’s greatest hits: beef rendang, sambal goreng, bergedil (potato patty), achar (pickled vegetables), terung (spicy brinjal), serunding (grated coconut) and an excellent sambal belancan.

4. Lim’s Fried Oyster
Address: #01-32, Berseh Food Centre, 166 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208877
Operation Hours: 6pm to 12am daily (impromptu off days)

Hidden in a corner on the ground floor of Jalan Besar Food Centre, Lim’s Fried Oyster has been around for about four decades. Their fried oysters – big and juicy ones from Korea – come with a heavy egg ratio. Each bite gives you the perfect texture of chewy and crispy starchy bits. The Teochew Ah Hia makes the batter by himself!

5. Uncle Chicken Rice
Address: 348 Simpang Bedok, The Bedok Marketplace, Singapore S469560
Opening Hours: 12pm to 8pm (closed on alternate Mondays)

Sin Kee was a popular chicken rice stall at the now-defunct Commonwealth Avenue Food Centre at Margaret Drive. Now, the second-generation Leong brothers set up a stall at Bedok Marketplace called Uncle Chicken Rice. Besides chicken rice, I love Lo Ding – a traditional Hong Kong-style Maggi mee with chicken. The instant noodles is cooked al dente and topped with soy sauce chicken, a lava egg, luncheon meat, fresh greens and their signature ginger and scallion dip. Seriously, this dip is heavenly! I don’t recall tasting such good ginger dip before!

Help Maureen Win $5, 000 For Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home!

If you, like Maureen, would like to make a difference in the lives of the elderly, support this video by sharing it with your friends on Facebook today! If this video scores the most number of views in the Drive For Good campaign, Maureen will win $5, 000 from Go Away and donate the full amount to Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home. This campaign will run from March 7 to April 7, 2016, and is supported by Volkswagen Singapore. You may also view this video on Go Away’s Facebook Page here.

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