Die Die Must Try!

Singapore Hawker Food Orgy

BBQ Stingray.

If you ever visit the sunny island or little red dot on the world map called Singapore, also known as The Lion City, these are the foods you die die must try (Singlish :p) at the infamous tourist food spot, Newton Circus Food Centre (where most foods are served in Styrofoam and plastic cutlery since the days of SARS pandemic- best for hygiene, they say!)

I was shocked when one of my primary classmates (a fellow Singaporean) whom I recently had a chance to meet up with do not know where Newton Food Centre is, even though Singapore is a tiny island (Singapore has an area of 693 sq km [268 sq mi]). His reason was there’s no business for Singaporeans to visit such an “atas” (high class) food centre when we can get just as good food this tourist attraction serves. Ah… yes, Newton Circus has long been known to charge tourist prices and the hawkers used to be rather aggressive in touting their wares. But times have changed, why even Newton Circus has undergone extensive renovation. The hawkers now list their prices and are friendlier. You can sit anywhere you want to even if you do not order their food (used to be if you did not order their food, you cannot sit at the tables within their area).

Anyway, as I was saying, when in Singapore, you must visit Newton Circus and try the following dishes that are well, Uniquely Singapore! 🙂

Grilled Sambal Stingray

Grilled Sambal Stingray

Sambal Sotong

Sambal Sotong

Singaporeans love seafood and they also like their food spicy. What a delicious combination, Sambal Stingray and Sambal Sotong (Squid).

Satay

Satay

Satays are marinated spicy pieces of meat (chicken, mutton, beef and pork) skewered onto bamboo sticks and charcoal grilled. We eat them with sweet spicy peanut sauce, raw onions and cucumbers. Ketupat (rice cakes) are served at extra cost.

Satay Fish Ball Soup Popiah Newton

Satay Fish Ball Soup Popiah Newton

Mee Pok Tah (Mee Pok is our version of fettucine and Ta means dry) with fish balls soup and of course that dollop of chilli paste 🙂

Mee Pok Tah Newton

Mee Pok Tah Newton.

Mee Pok is usually served 2 styles – Fishballs or Minced Pork.

Bah Chor Meepok Newton

Bah Chor Meepok Newton

Salted Fish Beansprouts

Salted Fish Beansprouts.

Salted Fish Taugeh (bean shoots/sprouts) or Sambal Kangkong (Morning Glory).

Sambal Kangkong

Sambal kangkong.

Fried Hokkien Mee

Fried Hokkien Mee.

Fried Hokkien Mee and Indian Mee Goreng – Both are fried egg noodles, the first one has seafood and the latter is spicy and has bits of mutton.

Indian Mee Goreng

Indian Mee Goreng.

Chilli Crab

Chilli Crab.

Newton Circus FC

Newton Circus FC.

                                 My friends enjoying chicken wings and oyster omelet.

Quick boiled cockles

Quick boiled cockles.

Gong Gong

Gong Gong

Quick boiled Cockles and Gong Gong – These are popular with beers for the late night food grubbers having their happy hour after the happy hour!

There are plenty more food like the charcoal barbecue chicken wings, popiah, oyster omelet, carrot cake (white and black versions), tulang, roti prata and a long list more. If you’re in town, just go and absorb the food orgy. I bet you will not regret this sampling of Singaporean cuisine 🙂

P.S. Please double check food prices especially the barbecue seafood with the vendors before ordering!

Last but not least, use your hands to eat when you have to. Enjoy!

Newton Circus Food Centre (Map)
500 Clemenceau Avenue,
Singapore.

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