Any Authentic Singapore Hawker Center: "Don't Leave SG Without Eating at a Hawker Center" Singapore Restaurant Tip by Rodan44

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  Muslim Hawker at Tekka Market
by Rodan44

If you want to try all the best food that Singapore has to offer or if you want to know where all the local Singaporeans go out to eat, then look no further than one of the many hawker centers that dot the island. Not long ago, hawkers were street food vendors, but Singapore decided to move them off the streets and into food court type eating halls. The advantage is not only that they are easier to regulate, but also it provides a great variety of hawkers all in one area, allowing you to sample many different dishes in one meal.

Hawkers generally fall into 3 categories: Chinese, Malay, and Indian Muslim. Then there's one stall that serves hot and cold drinks and another that sells fresh fruit and fruit juices. All hawkers display menus of available dishes with a fixed price, and unless you are getting something really exotic, an average hawker dish will cost anywhere from $2 to $4 SGD, a real bargain! Each hawker stall proprietor takes great pride in the dishes that he/she serves, and they generally only serve a small selection of dishes that they specialize in.

No trip to Singapore would be complete without sampling the local treats at a hawker center.

Favorite Dish: Here are some of the my favorite dishes that you should keep an eye out for:

Char Kway Teow
Ban Mian
Duck Rice/Noodles

Nasi Lemak
Mee Rebus

Indian Muslim:
Roti Prata

Price Comparison: least expensive
Directions: Good hawker centers close to the city are Lau Pa Sat (downtown), Maxwell (Chinatown), and Tekka Market (Little India)
Price: less than US$10
Rating: 5
Theme: Local

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written May 18, 2004
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