Chasing a plate in … Singapore, the Michelin edition

Kiwi food YouTubers Thomas & Sheena Southam are on an eternal quest to find the most delicious local food the world has to offer. This week, they explore the best of Singapore’s Michelin eats.

Hawker food is one of the highlights of Singaporean food culture, and no visit to the island is complete without eating some of this delicious local food. With over 30 Michelin Bib Gourmand (Michelin’s award for wallet-friendly eateries that don’t compromise on taste) hawker stalls and two Michelin-starred hawker stalls there is no shortage of mouthwatering street food to sample. Here are our top 5 Michelin-recommended dishes you must eat when in Singapore…

1. Bak Chor Mee at Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles – One Michelin Star

Bak chor mee or minced pork noodles from Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles is a must for your Singapore eating itinerary. This humble stall currently hold one Michelin star and one taste of their bak chor mee will reveal why. Opt for their dry version where springy noodles, slices of tender lean pork, pork mince, creamy pieces of liver and crunchy bites of fried fish wallow in a puddle of black vinegar and sambal (chilli sauce). Each mouthful bursts with sour, sweet and spicy notes. Make sure you show up at least 15 minutes before opening otherwise you’re in for a long wait!

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles, 466 Crawford Ln, #01-12, Singapore 190465. Open daily, 9.30am-9pm.

2. Carrot cake at Chey Sua Carrot Cake – Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018

A popular street food in Singapore is carrot cake but you won’t find any cream cheese icing here. This savoury snack is made up of pureed daikon radish and rice flour which is then steamed into a cake, chopped up and fried with egg and preserved radish. Chey Sua’s version is a contrast of crispy and creamy textures and it’s oily in the best possible way. The accompanying dollop of sambal adds a sweet, mellow heat and a sprinkling of spring onion offers a burst of freshness. Well worth eating.

Chey Sua Carrot Cake, 127 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310127. Open 6am-1pm. Closed Monday. 1

3. Curry Puffs at J2 Crispy Curry Puffs – Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018

The curry puffs at J2 Crispy Curry Puffs raise the bar when it comes to this ubiquitous snack which can be found all over Singapore. The pastry is carefully kneaded and folded to ensure the end product is extremely flaky and crispy. Our pick is the sardine curry puff. A generous moist filling of minced sardine, chilli and onion is stuffed into the pastry before deep frying – the result is insanely good. Grab a few, these things are addictive!

J2 Crispy Curry Puffs, Amoy Street Food Centre, stall #01-21, 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 06911. Open 8am-4pm. Closed Sunday.

4. Fried Prawn Mee at Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee – Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018

It looks like a big gloopy mess but tucking into a plate of fried prawn mee is satisfying to say the least. Hong Heng use both vermicelli and yellow noodles in their dish which sees noodles, egg, poached sotong (squid) and prawns wok fried with ladles of seafood broth. The noodles soak up the seafood stock in the wok and the resulting dish is creamy and flavoursome. The plate of fried sotong prawn mee is accompanied by a splash of sambal which adds a whack of heat. And don’t forget a squeeze of calamansi for tartness.

Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee, Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre, 30 Seng Poh Rd, Tiong Bahru Stall number #02-01. Open 11am-8pm. Closed on Monday.

5. Claypot Chicken Rice at New Lucky Claypot Rice – Michelin Bib Gourmand 2018

Claypot rice is the perfect one-dish meal. Rice is cooked in a claypot together with chicken, lap cheong (Chinese sausage) and nuggets of salted fish, which add an umami burst. New Lucky Claypot Rice continue to cook their version the traditional way from start to finish, over charcoal (often newer stalls will pre-cook the rice before transferring it to the claypot to crisp up). Before eating make sure you pour the accompanying oil and dark sauce over the dish before giving it a thorough mix up to combine all the varying textures and flavours. And don’t forget the best bit about this dish: the crispy rice which has stuck to the bottom of the pot. Scrape it off with your plastic spatula and crunch away!

New Lucky Claypot Rice, 44 Holland Dr, #02 19, Holland Drive Market & Food Center, Singapore 270044. Open 11am-1pm and 5pm-8pm. Closed Wednesday.

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