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Hawkers’ Street, ION Orchard


Edited 20 Oct 22 to state that Jian Bo Shui Kueh and Ann Chin Popiah has been replaced by Chef Wei Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun.

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
  • Chef Wei Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun
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.

Chef Wei Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun — Char Siu Chee Cheong Fun, $4.80

Did you know that Chef Wei Hong Kong Chee Cheong Fun wasn’t originally here? Replacing big names Jian Bo Shui Kueh and Ann Chin Popiah, Chef Wei HK CCF is a good choice, and I can’t help but beam with smiles because I would choose this anytime over Jian Bo and Ann Chin. (not to say they are terrible brands, but for some reason the ones at Hawker Street were exceptionally bad).

The chee cheong fun itself is silky smooth and rather thin, so you don’t get that chunky mouthfeel at all. Each scoop is packed with ingredients which is a score! The char siu chee cheong fun is rather different from the sweeter rendition we are used to. It’s more on the savoury, saltish side which overpowers the sweet sauce by quite a bit, but personally I liked this refreshing change.

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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