Hawker food newbie? Here are 5 food items to try!

Singapore's hawker food stalls have taken the world by storm. These hawker food stalls are open air complexes with tables and chairs in the middle and food stalls surrounding these eating areas. This is Singapore's answer to street food delicacies - clean, hygienic, and cooked to perfection food that can rival restaurants. So if it's your first time to go to a hawker food center, what will you order? Here are the top 5 best dishes for you to try!

1. Hainanese Chicken Rice

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Though this isn't the official Singaporean food, if you'd conduct a survey now what is Singapore's national dish, this could be the second, if not the first. This is also one of the dishes served on a Singapore Airlines flight. But why would you order Hainanese Chicken Rice that has it's origins in the Chinese city of Hainan when you're in Singapore?
Well, that's exactly what gives it the distinct flavor. Using the Hainan system of preparing the chicken and the rice will you only get this dish.

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Maxwell Food Centre
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2. Chilli Crab

Do not be deceived. Though it's called chilli crab, this dish isn't very spicy at all. The crabs usually used for this dish are mud crabs, and these crabs are stir-fried in a sweet and savoury tomato and chilli based sauce.

This is what Singapore promotes to be their national dish, and is included in CNN's world's most delicious food list.

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Maxwell Food Centre
Address:
1 Kadayanallur St, 069184, Singapore
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3. Char Kway Teow

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Char kway teow, which translates to stir-fried rice cake strips in English, is made mainly of flat rice noodles. To make this dish, you need a highly heated pan and you will stir fry the noodles with light and dark soy sauce, chilli, belachan, whole prawns, de-shelled blood cockles, bean sprouts and chopped Chinese chives. Then you will add eggs, pork fat, Chinese sausage and fishcake.
This dish has been dubbed as highly unhealthy because of the amount of cholesterol you can get from eating it. This is probably because this dish was first served to laborers in order for them to be able to do hard labor work for the fraction of the cost.

Name:
Maxwell Food Centre
Address:
1 Kadayanallur St, 069184, Singapore
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4. Bak kut teh

Bak kut teh translates to meat bone tea in English. And as the name implies, this soup consists of pork ribs that is simmered in water with the herbs and spices such as star anise, cinnamon, cloves, fennel seeds, garlic, etc.
The name says that there's tea in this dish, but that's not really the case. It just means that this dish is usually served with a strong oolong tea that is believed to dissolved the fat that you consume when you eat this dish.

Name:
Maxwell Food Centre
Address:
1 Kadayanallur St, 069184, Singapore
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5. Hokkien Mee

Hokkien mee hails from the Fujian (Hokkien) province of China but found it's way to Singapore's hawker food scene. Hokkien mee is made of egg and rice noodles mixed with egg, slices of pork, prawns and squid. It's served with vegetables, small pieces of lard, sambal, and lime.

Name:
Maxwell Food Centre
Address:
1 Kadayanallur St, 069184, Singapore
HP:
Foursquare.com

Conclusion

Remember that food in hawker food centers will cost you less than $5 for a full meal. This is relatively cheaper than eating in restaurants. And you won't even have to worry about having a sick stomach the following day. These hawker centers fit the Singaporean standard for clean - and we all know that's really high in country that bans gums.

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5 things I can't live without: coffee, books, my iPod, wifi, and my husband :D Born and raised in Manila, Philippines but I've lived in Qatar, Indonesia, and the UAE. I am currently living in Romania, and I have been on vacations to Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Vietnam :) And does a stop over in Bahrain and Germany count?