The cafe scene in Singapore has been an ongoing affair since years back and we can be sure to see more of it in the foreseeable future. Despite the influx of new cafes, it’s harder to attract customers as people are getting bored of the usual cafe settings. No longer is there any ‘wow factor’; be it in the food or atmosphere. So where else can we turn to? Back to the past, I reckon!
Before cafes were introduced to Singapore, hawker centres were the ‘in’ place for a meal and just like the saying goes, “the old is the new NEW”. So, here we have 9 different hipster hawker stalls you should check out for delicious food that will not hurt your wallet.
1. Ah Bong’s Italian
Our good friend, who founded the blog with us, left his lucrative office job to start from scratch. He's currently a cook at Ah Bong's, an Italian "bak chor mee" stall at a kopitiam! So proud of him, so happy for him that he's pursuing his passion. Speaking of kopitiam, we'll be taking over @tigerbeersg's ig account tmr and posting our hawker food photos there. Show your appreciation for local food by hashtagging #uncagestreetfood.
Serving comfort Italian food, Ah Bong’s Italian’s ambience is similar to a typical coffee shop setting with friendly staff. The place gets really crowded during lunch time so I highly advise people to go earlier in the morning to avoid the peak hours.
2. A Noodle Story
4. Lad & Dad
Lancashire hotpot. Double salad and a Yorkshire pudding. #love #TFLers #tweegram #f4f #photooftheday #amazing #smile #look #instalike #igers #picoftheday #food #instadaily #iphoneonly #instagood #bestoftheday #instacool #instago #all_shots #webstagram #colorful #foodspotting #yumz #sgfoodporn #sgfood @sgmakandiary #sgmakandiary @ladanddadsg @leuncy
The father and son duo opens a Singapore hawker stall serving its own spin on British’s comfort food and one of their bestsellers is the Beef Stew. The Beef Stew cost only $8 while the set with three side dishes is priced at $12.
5. Seasalt – The Seafood Place
Located at Salute Coffeeshop, experience the feast with a wide spread of fresh seafood in a different atmosphere at Seasalt! Try their signature Fresh Mussels In Garlic Cream and indulge in the taste of juicy and succulent mussels.
6. Stew Kuche
Enjoy a night of drinking beer and eating Swiss-German cuisine at affordable prices. Also located at Salute Coffeeshop, you get to enjoy Authentic German Pork Knuckle and Swiss Oxtail Stew at coffeeshop prices!
7. Smith Street Taps
Another craft beer scene cross off our list! As we stumble into chinatown, this little gem was hiding in a hawker centre. None the less, technology lead us to them. Good selections of craft beers, Japanese Shiga Kogen beer and Kaiju beer even on draft. Plus point is you can taste some of the best Singapore delicacies while sipping ice cold beer. Ok I need to stop typing now, I am drunk! #thebrewculture #craftbeer #beer #ipa #ale #drunk #singapore #bar #smithstreettaps
A collaboration between Good Beer Company and bottle shop Brewer’s Craft, Smith Street Taps provide customers with craft beers that are not only cheaper but also with more interesting flavours. Smith Street Taps is an all-tap pop-up beer hawker stall featuring around 10 premium and craft beers on tap in Chinatown. You no longer need to spend ten over dollars for a bowl of truffles fries when you can have local dishes for one-third the price.
8. Truly Test Kitchen
Truly Test Kitchen is located within an industrial building along Macpherson Road and has been around for a really long time. However, due to its remote location, the place has been a hidden gem until the second generation owners took over and brought fame to the stall through social media. Bosses and staff from both stores are friendly and are more than willing to offer a complimentary dish or two. Recommended food items include curry rice, chicken and waffle and homemade pumpkin cakes.
9. Fish & Chicks
Fish & Chicks jumped on the Salted Egg Yolk wagon with its latest signature dish of Salted Egg Yolk Fish & Chips. Another signature dish is the Chilli Crab Fish and Chips. The fish is crispy on the outside and soft on the inside while the sauces complement the fish really well.
So the next time you crave for cafe cuisines but do not wish to spend that much on food, you know where to go!
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