I’ll never visit Singapore without a trip to Chomp Chomp Food Centre. It’s been around since the beginning of time, it seems. It was upgraded recently, however, so it’s nice and bright and airy now. The vibe is awesome, really exciting and bustling with all the hawkers cooking up a storm and people chowing down frantically on their food. We arrived at 6pm, just before the dinner rush.. otherwise expect to wait half an hour for a table and longer for your food. It’s basically THE place to go for local, authentic Singaporean food.. at ridiculous prices ($3 gets you a full meal, $0.80 for a massive jug of drink). I LOVE IT!!!
Since I’m trying (sort of?!?!) to eat less, we didn’t go nuts and just ordered a few dishes to share around. Kicked off with, what else, Popiah – my latest Singaporean food craze. It’s amusing how every time I come to Singapore, I ‘discover’ a new local food I never used to eat. I (bizzarely) never used to like or eat local food, until a few years ago when I was living in Australia. Go figure! Anyway, the Popiah actually wasn’t as nice as the one at Marina Square’s food court. It was a bit too sweet/wet and the skin wasn’t as nice. The hawker happily announced that there were “crispies” in it and “no lard”, and he was a nice guy though 🙂
Had the all-time famous Hokkien Mee, with a “15 min wait” which was reasonble since it was only just past 6pm (the wait extends to 30+mins in peak hour). It came on a cool-looking dried leaf and was done just right – quite a thick gravy with an incredibly fragrant flavour. It was awesome! Best Hokkien Mee in Singapore.
Also had my usual BBQ Sting Ray, because I can never get enough of the stuff. Mum noted it was a bit overcooked, but I couldn’t tell the difference. This time, I had it with the sambal chilli seared and BBQ’d with the sting ray (I normally ask for it “on the side” because I am a chicken Singaporean and cannot handle my spicy food) and I agree that it’s better cooked WITH the sambal. The smoky smell and taste of the sambal is totally mind blowing :)~
Tried out Satay Bee Hoon there as well.. it’s one of Dad’s fave dishes and he said that it was one of the best there. I can’t compare since I’ve never really had it, but it was gooooood. The satay sauce was thick and tasty, and it came with sea hum (little clams) – a big fave of mine. Delish! Australian food courts should start selling this, it’ll be a hit IMHO amongst the Aussies.
Also had some Chai Tow Kway – which I can never seem to find (authentic, that is) in Australia. Yummy little morsels of addiction 😉 Dessert was an assortment of Grass Jelly drink, Soya Bean drink, Soya Bean Curd and Fresh Cut Fruit.. before we scooted off to Church for a Christmas musical.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Hokkien Mee (SG$2.00)
BBQ Sting Ray (SG$8.00)
Satay Bee Hoon (SG$3.00)
Chai Tow Kway (SG$3.00)
Grass Jelly (SG$0.80)
Fresh Fruit, Soya bean drink, Soya bean curd dessert