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Hawkers’ Street, ION Orchard


Be prepared to wait a while.
The seating area is really small.

Hawkers’ Street at ION Orchard is a pretty good concept — famous hawker food housed in one location, right in the heart of town. If you’ve always wanted to try these famous dishes without going all over Singapore, this is the place for you:

  • Beach Road Scissors Curry Cut Rice
  • King of Fried Rice
  • Nam Sing Hokkien Mee
  • Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee
  • Hill Street Coffee Shop
  • Ann Chin Popiah
  • Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Famous Eunos Signature Bak Chor Mee, $5

The soup of the Signature BCM was rather flavourful, much to my surprise. There was an abundance of minced meat floating around, giving off a delicate flavour that was enhanced by the spoonful of pork lard. While this dish was better than average, there was nothing much to shout about, except for the pork balls. The winner of the bowl goes to the pork balls. Each pork ball felt very loose to the bite (unlike those super hard and rubbery kind), making it a very light and easy bite but at the same time not compromising on the flavours.

Nam Sing Fried Hokkien Mee, $10

Unfortunately, this could be the worst plate of Fried Hokkien Mee I have ever eaten. At first glance you would think that this is the wetter type but blink your eyes three times and the noodles would have absorbed the soup, tipping the dish on the drier side as you continued eating. Such a pity really, because the broth, before getting absorbed by the noodles, was fantastic. Once absorbed, it was not enough to permeate throughout the whole plate. There was zero hint of wok hei (check out how pale the eggs looked) and the prawns were sliced in half (come on, for $10 please don’t slice my prawns) which if it wasn’t bad enough, the prawns were absolutely tasteless.

Jian Bo Shui Kueh, 5 pcs for $3.20

I am a super big fan of Jian Bo Shui Kueh and would take any opportunity available to eat them when I see them in malls. As expected of the Jian Bo standard, the chye poh here was yummy and rice cake was soft. However, I don’t think you need me to state the obvious — The amount of chye poh is just miserable. I had to ration the chye poh quite a bit (the chye poh barely covered half of each shui kueh) which honestly took out the fun of eating for me.

Ann Chin Popiah, 1pc $2.50

Like Jian Bo Shui Kueh, Ann Chin Popiah is another big name that’s familiar to the common folk. The vegetable mixture was delicious and the chilli packed a good punch. While I enjoyed my popiah at the start, I couldn’t help but notice that the skin of the popiah became dry and slightly hard fairly quickly. I don’t usually encounter this situation when having popiah elsewhere, so this is definitely something that Ann Chin can work on.

If you had to pick only one brand to try, do go for Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee. The rest are not worth the calories and money and you are better off eating something else at the nearby Opera Food Court. I have yet to try King of Fried Rice and Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice but I am hoping they would be game changers.

ION Orchard
2 Orchard Turn
Singapore 238801

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