Hawkers’ Delight

I’m a sucker for hole in the walls, I don’t know the exact reason why but I’m thinking value has a whole lot to do with it. I’m a bit baffled at myself for having waited so long to eat here. I knew this place existed a long time ago, but I never had the chance to try it out.

Hawkers’ Delight touts itself as authentic Singaporean and Malaysian cuisine. I’m not quite sure what defines Singaporean cuisine, but there are some great Malay dishes here.

When you walk in, it’s a narrow and close-quartered restaurant. There are giant pictures of the selection and a self-serve area equipped with hot water, cold water, dishes, bowls and utensils.

I was curious as to why it’s called Hawkers, so I used good old Google to do some research. Hawker Centres are open-air complexes that sell cheap food for people who come and go frequently. Very cool.

Today Brian and I had the Vegetable Fritters, Stuffed Tofu Puffs, Laksa and Mee Goreng.

The Vegetable Fritters (2 for $1.12) were a last minute addition as we were ordering, they had it right next to the till and their deep fried goodness called to my Filipino side. Crispy and battery, these fritters had chopped celery, carrots and onions in the middle. Not too bad.

The Laksa ($5.75) had a combination of chicken, pork, beef, a boiled egg, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts and noodles. The broth was a little watery than most places, but it was sweet and beefy tasting. The Laksa wasn’t too spicy either, so it’s perfect if you’re wanting to try Laksa for the first time but are not into spicy foods.

The Stuffed Tofu Puffs ($0.75/puff) was bigger than I expected it to be. What are they stuffed with you ask? Cucumber, celery and bean sprouts. Not bad, an interesting concept. On the bottom they were sitting in some soy sauce and the top is a peanut paste that gives depth to the dish. The tofu with the soy and peanut sauce is definitely a good balance of sweet and salty.

The Mee Goreng ($5.25) is much bigger than we expected it to be as well. In fact, it’s perfect for 2-3 people to share. The noodles are spicy (but not too spicy, you can ask for “not spicy” too) and are tossed with some bean sprouts, tofu, green onion, potato, celery and green pepper. I definitely recommend this dish – it has a great light taste to it as a noodle dish. It’s smokey wok flavour is sealed in the noodles and veggies.

For this feast we paid under $20- worth every penny! If you’re in the area, it is definitely something to try out!

Food:

Service:
When we arrived, we were the only ones at the restaurant so our food came pretty quickly. However, more people started to come in and they had to wait about 15-20 minutes for their dishes to be done.

Value:
Yep, 5 forks. I love that almost all the dishes are around $5.

Ambiance:
It’s a little bit of a dive, but if you let it go, you’ll have a great meal.

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About Dee

Inspired by her father’s cooking savvy and impeccable taste and her love of trying out new places, Dee decided to pursue her love of food. Although she much prefers eating at a local restaurant, she has also taken up cooking as a novice who has lots to learn and many recipes to try. Join her quest to rise from cooking mediocrity and fine tune her palate at different restaurants!