In the Tiong Bahru area? Looking for something to fill your stomach with? Looking for good food? Well, here are some places you will want to check out 😉
Ye Zhi Mei Handmade Dim Sum
Address: 208 Jalan Besar (at the corner of Maude Road)
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 24 hours
The “Amy Yip Pau” ($3) is a Malaysian style bun which weights 500g and is a complete meal in itself. It is filled with an assortment of ingredients like turnip, mushrooms, chicken, pork and a whole egg. In Malaysia, Chinese sausages are also added. The slightly sweet marination is rich and dark and is not too oily, not when compared to the buns of other pau stalls.
Lao Liang Cold Trotters & Shark’s Meat
Address: 166 Jln Besar #02-37 Berseh Food Centre
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am-3pm
Lao Liang Cold Trotters & Shark’s Meat is possibly the only stall left in Singapore selling boiled shark parts. For just $5, you can get a basic plate of boiled shark parts. Shark cartilage, skin and insides are also available although at a higher price. However, this plate is more impressive: fresh, lovely gelatinous bits and complex mix of textures, is served with homemade plum, chilli and peanut sauce. The plum sauce is made with preserved plums which take up to three years to make. Tip for the adventurous: if they have shark liver and shark head for sale, order them – these parts are very rare to come by.
Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup
Address: 166 Jalan Besar, #02-44, Berseh Food Centre
Opening hours: Mon-Fri, except public holidays 11am-2pm
This stall makes a gutsy lovely stock ($5), with added fried shallots and pickled vegetables. The soup comes with thick slices of fried or boiled fresh Spanish mackerel (or a mixture of both) whose taste only comes through when you eat the fish without the soup. Take note however, this stall draws a long queue during lunchtimes, usually selling out shortly after 1pm; takeaway is not allowed; and extra servings of their spicy chilli will cost you extra.
Sungei Road Laksa
Address: Blk 27 Jln Berseh #01-100 Jin Shui Kopitiam
Opening hours: Daily 9am-6pm, except first & third Wednesdays of the month
This stall could be one of the last places in Singapore that still keeps their laksa gravy gently heated in an aluminium pot over charcoal fire just like in the olden days. The laksa isn’t visually impressive – it comes in a small bowl, with merely a few slices of fishcake, and isn’t rich and creamy as there isn’t much coconut milk. What it does have is a lovely fragrance and a generous amount of fresh hum (Chinese dialect for “blood cockles”). All of these for only $2!
Very Lucky Turtle Soup
Address: 166 Jalan Besar, #02-38/49 Berseh Food Centre
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 11am-8.30pm
Berseh Food Centre has three turtle soup stalls and is known as the “turtle soup” hawker centre. Of the three, the portions at Very Lucky Turtle Soup are the smallest, but it stands out because it offers a version which is not the usual tonic-like soup: instead of packing it with herbs and brandy, this business of over 50 years do a Teochew version which is simply stock flavoured with ginger. The meat is soft and comes with the usual gelatinous insides and soft shell at $10-12 a bowl.
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