food hawker

$5 dry portion, Tai Hwa Pork Noodles

This is the Hong Lim Complex branch/estranged family member of the one michelin star Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles. The Bottomless Pit already had to queue half an hour for this after lunch hours, so imagine how crazy the queue at the michelin-starred main branch must be.

What makes this different from other bak chor mees is the addition of the ti po (fried dried fish) that gives it another layer of umami, and the removal of the usual stewed shiitake pieces.

And yes, this cost $5 (USD $3.50) and is considered expensive for hawker food, and no, the cheapest michelin starred meal is the $2 (USD $1.50) chicken rice, also in Singapore.

anonymous asked:

you did not tell the anon going to singapore what exactly to see ;-;

hahah i asked them how many days they’re coming for ;____; i need to know before i know what to rec, otherwise it’ll just be a rly long list. 

i guess some standard things would be: 

1. night safari!!!!!!! since it’s not a thing omg, i realised after run bts
2. eat the local food!! google hawker centers near your accommodation and go eat :>
3. sentosa! 
4. singapore art museum/national art gallery/national museum (they’re all different)
5. gardens by the bay
6. shopping at orchard/mustafa 
7. chinatown/little india
8. singapore flyer, it it falls within your budget
9. food and graffiti @ haji lane
10. hang out at the airport itslef lmao honeslty it’s the best thing here

What role does the law play in regulating taste? According to some aficionados, and plenty of hawkers the world over, the fewer regulations governing street-side food vending the better (or as one prominent LA restaurant critic told me: the best tacos in town are in Tijuana). Unregulated street food meccas like Rio de Janeiro and Mexico City certainly support this theory. But in places like Singapore and Portland, Oregon, where strict rules govern but encourage vending, the street food remains top-notch.

Laws can both help or hinder the business as well as the quality and diversity of the offerings, depending on whose interests are prioritized. Implementation and enforcement in different cities often fluctuates, too, depending on neighborhood, time of day, political climate, type of vendor, and the whims of authority figures. Even Chicago’s famous hot dogs are actually illegal to sell on the street (sausage-vending permits exist, but only for park grounds). Most vendors just ignore or remain unaware of the city’s arcane and largely unenforced laws governing the sale of cooked or prepared food on the sidewalks. Back in 1997, Windy City health inspectors ignited the “elote wars” labor dispute by cracking down and dousing bleach on the tropical fruit salads and barbecued corn ears of unsuspecting food carts in a random effort to clamp down on illegal hawkers.

Street food vending can be risky business, and the relationship between the law and street food is a complicated one. The chart here won’t necessarily clarify what sort of legislation allows for maximum tastiness. Rather, it demonstrates that what’s strictly legal (or illegal) doesn’t dictate the reality on the streets. Like heat-resistant microorganisms growing in a sunless hydrothermal vent, street food can persist even in the most seemingly inhospitable environments.

Lara Rabinovitch is a historian and writer living in Los Angeles. She’s working on a book about pastrami and the people who brought it to North America.  

Illustrated and designed by Helen Tseng

Stew Küche, Singapore

Just behind the Alexandra Food Village in Singapore, you’ll find the Salute Coffee Shop (here, “coffee shop” means “private hawker center”) where most of the stalls sell foreign foods. Cupcakes, Buffalo wings, burgers, fancy French fare… many young chefs are opening small hawker stalls here where they can experiment with international influences. One such stand, the biggest one in this section, is Stew Küche, a mini German beer hall…

While they have “stew” in their name, and as German beer flows freely from their taps, it’s neither of these things that Stew Küche has become known for. What most people come here to eat is the deep-fried pork knuckle…

Tender and juicy on the inside, the real star if this show is the crispy pork skin…

Served over brown gravy with a mustard potato salad, the chef here includes Perankan achar pickled vegetables instead of sauerkraut to give the dish some local flavor…

Stew Küche and all the other young vendors located in the Salute Coffee Shop are bringing Singaporean style to their cuisine and it will be interesting to watch how they push the boundaries with these foreign fusions here.


Inside the Salute Coffee Shop

Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-40

Singapore 151119



Singapore: ABC (Art + Books + Coffee)

My trip two weeks back to Singapore was an attempt to explore a new city alone - and with that, I was able to discover lots of nice art places, bookstores and coffee shops along the way. :-)

1. BooksActually - a quaint bookshop in Yong Siak Street selling a wide range of titles and vintage trinkets. This is the ultimate destination for bibliophiles.

2. Red Dot Design Museum - for a taste of modern design in different fields, visit this museum along Chinatown. It’s a pretty small space but there are a lot of inspiring things to see in various art fields - Typography, Graphic Design, Advertising, Product Design etc.

3. Duxton Hill - this place houses a lot of restaurants, cafes and pubs. The buildings are brightly colored and beautifully displayed on every corner as well, and there is a small bookstore along the area (Littered with Books) and some street art.

4.Chinatown - a bustling place full of Singapore’s culture. Don’t miss this when you take the bus or MRT - there are a lot of hawker food stalls (visit Maxwell Hawker Center!) and souvenir shops with quirky finds (got my postcards and brushes here).

5.Forty Hands - located in front of BooksActually, this cafe is not to be missed. Super A+ coffee (like, probably the best I’ve tasted in my life), good service and really yummy cakes. I’ve yet to try the breakfast food but I suppose it would be delicious as well.

6.Art Friend - situated inside Bras Basah Complex (aka art heaven, and I’ll do a separate post on this), this huge art stores houses various brands of art materials and I can’t help but go crazy over which to purchase (I have issues with expensive materials lol). That aside, it’s really a great place to look for hard to find materials (especially if you’re in Manila)

I’m still sorting out photos and stories to share, but hope this helps for reference! If you’re traveling to Singapore sometime soon, do give these places a visit. :-)

anonymous asked:

I hope this isn’t too weird, but it makes me giddily happy that you reblogged the article on Singaporean hawkers being awarded Michelin stars. My entire family grew up eating at one of those hawker stalls, and it was kind of amazing to login to Tumblr to find one of my favourite authors reblogging news about my favourite hawker food. Also I got the urge to reread The Foodieverse, and it’s always a joy to reread anything you’ve written. Cheers and have a great day!

Aw, I’m glad it delighted you! I love street food and I feel like it’s finally getting the respect it deserves, although there’s a perilous line to walk there – in Chicago there are a lot of places that do “upscale street food” which can get pretty classist, like, that was poor peoples’ food and now you’re charging $50 for it, GTFO and make your own food. It’s why I really liked seeing Michelin stars going to the people who sell the food on the street, where it originated, and not to places that stole it and “upgraded” it.

It turns out I’m a lot more passionate about food than I thought. *narrows eyes at self*