Compared to hawker centers like Maxwell and Newton Circus, Chinatown Complex Food Center is not such a popular tourist attraction … until Liao Fan Hawker Chan received a Michelin star. When we learned that this humble center would undergo reforms from March 1 to May 31 of this year, we had to visit it, partly for fear that some of the beloved street vendors would choose to retire rather than return. Here is our list of 12 stalls you should try when visiting:
JIA JI MEI SHI (# 02-166)
In Jia Ji Mei Shi is a local crowd of elderly uncles, and when even the uncles went to the queue to eat, it is when you know a dish as old as the Yam Cake with Chee Chong Fan ($ 2). The texture of the Yam Cake is dense and full of flavor, perfectly complementing the fragile and lightest range of chee chong. Also you should not miss your Nonya Rice Dumpling ($ 2).
Jia Ji Mei Shi is located at Stall # 02-166, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
ANN CHIN POPIAH (# 02-112)
What makes Ann Chin's Popiah ($ 1.60 / pc) great is how much it is packed with tasty ingredients – pieces of turnip can not help falling off the plate wrapped in tenderness. Its sweet soy sauce unites everything by enhancing tasteless ingredients like boiled egg whose taste is often completely lost.
Ann Chin is located at Stall # 02-112, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
OLD AMOY CHENDOL (# 02-008)
Old school desserts are so hard to find nowadays. Thank goodness for Old Amoy's Chendol ($ 2). It is basically nostalgia in a bowl, which naturally contains the signature of green rice flour jelly, a pleasantly sweet portion of coconut milk, and a sinful layer of palm sugar syrup at the bottom.
The Old Amoy Chendol is located in Stall # 02-008, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.
JIN JI TEOCHEW CATCHED THE DUCK & KWAY CHAP (# 02-156)
Duck rice worthy of the Instagram was one thing? Only when the innovative people of Jin Ji brought the Duck Rice Bench ($ 8) a thick plate of roast duck meat, tofu, pork belly, rice dumplings, eggs with a soft center and mustard leaves Canned. Oh, and an aromatic herb soup and superb sambal pepper too. Your kway buddy with ass pork bowels is something to try too.
Jin Ji Teochew Roasted Duck and Kway Chap is located at Tent # 02-156, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Sun. 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
TERRY KATONG LAKSA (# 02-094)
You do not have to travel to Katong to get your hands on a bowl of the famous laksa. Laksa Terry ($ 3.50) offers the same thick, creamy and spicy broth, fresh chubby shrimp, brought together by their noodles. You can order additional ingredients such as cockles or shrimp for only $ 1, while additional fish cakes cost $ 0.50. Additional pasta and sauce are also available.
Terry Katong Laksa is located at Stall # 02-094, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily (except Wednesdays and Thursdays) from 7am to 10pm.
XIN XUAN PANCAKES (# 02-099)
Photo courtesy Chinatown Complex Food Center
Xin Xuan Pancakes was a pleasant surprise. Each piece is served hot and freshly made, promising a soft and fluffy center that ends in a satisfyingly crunchy crust. Available in three fillings – red beans, coconut and peanuts – at just $ 0.80 / pc, Xin Xuan Pancakes make for great snacks for those moments of famine in the afternoon. Professional Tip: They also make great snacks to eat while queuing for other stalls.
Xin Xuan Pancakes is located at Stall # 02-099, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 10:30 am to 9:00 pm.
XIU JI IKAN BILIS YONG TAU FU (# 02-088)
Get your fill of Yong Tau Foo in Xiu Ji Ikan The Billis Yong Tau Foo can be as affordable as $ 3 per six pieces of ingredients. Select from the regular yong tau foo staples of fried tofu, fishcake, taupok, pak choi, noodles or bee hoon and more – with the added touch of the bay of your signature salty and crunchy Ikan Billis. Its light broth completes the entire dish, creating the best food for the soul.
Xiu Ji Ikan The Bil Yong Tau Fu is located at Stall # 02-088, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.
LIAN HE BEN JI CLAYPOT RICE (# 02-198)
If you believe in rice as the best carbohydrate, Lian He Ben Ji is the place to go. The result of a minimum wait of 25 minutes is a bowl of an incredibly fragrant bowl of fresh, steaming rice topped with generous portions of ingredients – such as chicken, duck liver sausages, pork belly, salted fish and Chinese sausage. Do not forget to dig the bottom of the bowl to scrape the pieces of rice burned with charcoal. Prices start at $ 5, while the larger portions can reach $ 20.
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot is located at Stall # 02-198, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily (except Thursdays) from 4:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
SMITH STREET TAPS (# 02-062)
The Smith Street Taps is the epitome of the unassuming, where beer can be enjoyed with healthy local food. Equipped with an international beer selection especially imported from Japan to the United States and with prices starting at an affordable price of $ 9 per liter, it's no surprise they are making a big trade here most nights. Read our review here.
Smith Street Taps is located at Stall # 02-062, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open Tuesday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., from 2:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Closed on Mondays and Sundays.
SUPER MOMMIA OSTRE OMELETE (# 02-103)
Super Mummy is the place to get your fry treat. Selling classics such as Fried Oyster Omelet ($ 6 / $ 8 / $ 10), a plate of fresh oysters and soft dough mixed with egg and a spicy pepper sauce, as well as Black or White Fried Carrot Cake $ 3 / $ 4 / $ 5). A jewel tucked away in the most enlightened stalls, for a small queue and a quick and tasty meal for the hungry.
Super Mummy is located in tent # 02-103, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 8am to 10pm.
ZHONG GUO LA MÍRIA XIAO LONG BAO (# 02-135)
With only $ 0.60 per piece, you really can not go wrong with Xiao Long Baos of Zhong Guo La Mian ($ 6 / 10pcs).
You can savor the meticulous work put into making these handmade jewelry at every explosive bite, making the wait worth it.
Open at odd hours, with extremely limited stock, makes it difficult to obtain these gems, it is no wonder that the queues begin to form even before the bay opens.
Other must-have dishes include the Szechuan Spicy Wanton ($ 4.50 / 10pcs) – for that spicy sauerkraut of vinegar and its La Mian with fried bean sauce ($ 3.50), a heavy serving of firm noodles an incredibly affordable price.
The Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao is located at Stall # 02-135, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily from 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM and from 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
HAWKER CHAN HONG KONG SOY SOUP RICE OF CHICKEN & NOODLES (# 02-127)
Of course, the cheapest Michelin star dish will be on our list. The famous Chicken Rice with Soy Sauce ($ 2) offers a portion of incredibly soft and fragrant roasted chicken with herbs. Although the rice itself was disappointingly not chicken rice. So I suggest opting for your Noodle Chicken Noodle Chicken ($ 2.50) instead – which also happens to be lower in calories.
The tent also offers other baked dishes, including Roasted Pork Rice ($ 2.50), Char Siew Rice ($ 2.50) and Pork Rib Rice ($ 3). You can also buy the famous chicken with soy sauce for $ 7 for half chicken and $ 14 for a whole chicken.
Chicken Rice with Hong Kong Noodle Soup and Noodles is located at Stall # 02-127, Chinatown Complex Food Center, 335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335. Open daily (except Wednesdays) from 10am to 8pm.
This article was first published in City Nomads.