From a tantalising plate of char kway teow to sticks of mouthwatering satays, the newly revamped Chinatown Food Street offers a diverse spread of iconic local dishes.
The Chinatown Food Street now has 24 street hawker stalls, six shophouse restaurants and ad hoc street kiosks, and can seat about 650 to 700 diners. The food street is back in business and reopened almost a month ago on Feb 22.
Of the original seven to eight stalls operating at the old Chinatown Food Street, only two - Boon Tat BBQ Seafood and Food Street Fried Kway Teow - remained after passing a taste test conducted by Select Group Limited (which was also behind Singapore Food Trail at the Flyer) to check the quality and authenticity of their dishes.
The new stalls include famous hawker stall brands such as Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters, Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge and Fatty Weng Restaurant.
Spoilt for choice on what to order? Here are the top five dishes to try at the new Chinatown Food Street.
1. Oyster Omelette from Katong Keah Kee Fried Oysters (Unit 5)
The chef heading this stall, known as Uncle Law, has been frying 'or luak', or Teochew fried oyster omelette, for over 40 years. His oyster omelette is slightly crispy on the outside, with fragrant eggs and fresh plump oysters. This dish comes with chilli sauce that the chef mixed himself.
2. Dried Chilli Frog Porridge from Geylang Lor 9 Fresh Frog Porridge (Unit 10)
This is the famous claypot frog porridge that got supper-goers queuing at its stall at Geylang Lor 9. Served in a traditional clay pot, the tender frogs' legs are cooked in very spicy and sweet sauce, and goes best with a bowl of rice or porridge.
3. Sambal Sotong from Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood (Unit 1, 3)
The sambal sotong from Boon Tat Street BBQ Seafood is famous for its sweet and spicy chilli sambal sauce, as well as the home-made dipping sauce made with red spring onions and lime juice. The squid meat was fresh and chewy, and did not carry a 'fishy' taste.
4. Satay Bee Hoon from Old Airport Road Satay Bee Hoon & BBQ Steamboat (Unit 2)
This famous beehoon dish from Old Airport Road comes with tau pok, squid and prawns, covered with steaming peanut sauce. The rich peanut sauce, which tastes sweet and slightly spicy, is a family recipe.
5. BBQ Chicken Wings from Chomp Chomp Goodluck BBQ Chicken Wings (Unit 11)
This stall is from Serangoon Garden's Chomp Chomp Food Centre, which is said to be the best hawker centre in Singapore. Chicken wings served here are evenly grilled and the skin is crispy, yet its meat remains moist and juicy. Supper-goers who head down to Chinatown should definitely order this.
Here is a list of the hawker stalls and shophouse restaurants located at the new Chinatown Food Street, by unit number.
Street Hawker Stalls
Bugis Street Famous Hainanese Chicken Rice (Unit 4)
This stall offers roast chicken and Hainanese chicken rice with tender chicken meat.