12 dishes in 24 hours

Paige in Singapore

Paige trying mutton briyani, chicken murtabak, and bandung on her first night.

Recently, a friend from Canada visited Singapore for the first time. She asked us to bring her on a hawker food trial. We obliged. Our first overseas Hawker Hunters ‘customer’.

She visited coffee shops and hawker centres and sampled 12 dishes & 5 drinks in her first 24 hours – chicken murtabak, mutton briyani, chicken rice, char siew & roast pork, white & black carrot cake, yong tau foo, lobster seafood soup, wanton noodles, chendol, char kway teow, braised pork buns, fish hor fun (sum lo), bandung, milo dinosaur, teh tarik, bua long long juice, sugar cane with lemon.

Other dishes she tried during the rest of her stay included – kaya toast and soft boiled eggs, pig’s trotters bee hoon, bak chor mee, horlicks, salted egg yolk fish skin and chips, fish maw soup, french beans fried with minced chilli shrimp, chee cheong fun.

Her absolute favourite was the pig’s trotters bee hoon at Tong Ah Eating House (35 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089142).


Pig’s Trotters Bee Hoon at Tong Ah Eating House

Here’s to more Hawker Hunters excursions. Only people who enjoy eating need apply. Paige certainly qualifies!

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Boon Lay Hawker Centre

Boon Lay Hawker Centre is located at 221 Boon Lay Place, Singapore 640221. It’s a great place for dinner and late night supper!

The most famous stall here is the Power Nasi Lemak, always has long queues. The other foods that we like here are the duck noodles, hokkien mee, pork and chicken satay, chicken wings, char kway teow, penang laksa, thosai and egg omelette.

Holland Village Market

The Holland Village Market & Food Centre is located at 1 Lorong Mambong right in the heart of Holland Village. Most of the food stalls here are decent, and there are some that are our favourites – the economy bee hoon, the porridge stall which also sells roast meat, dry ban mian, kim chi beef ramen, nasi lemak.

My absolute favourite ice coffee in Singapore is right here from Shan Quan Cafe stall – ice coffee for only $1.20, and the coffee has a kick to it!!!

And also, just walk over to the wet market section, the first stall on the left from the connecting staircase is Guan Seng Coffee. This is where I buy my coffee grounds from – cheap local coffee grounds for $1 per 100 grams which makes great cold brew coffee (and hot too, but I like cold much better!). He also sells ‘western’ coffee beans or grounds like arabica and colombia coffee etc.


Guan Seng Powder at Holland Village Market

Thai Food at Balestier Market

Balestier Market is located at 414 Balestier Road (just after the Boon Tong Kee). For those driving, there is a public car park behind the market, enter from Prome Road and turn right at the top of the hill.

We love the thai food there from the back right corner stall called John Thai Food. A really nice dish is the lemongrass steam squid which reminds us of our favourite Bangkok restaurant (Sa-Bai-Jai). The other dishes from this thai stall are really good too! Go check it out.