On the second floor of the new Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, you’ll find stalls selling dishes like Thai boat noodles, Cajun seafood boils and healthy grain bowls – hardly the hawker staples we’re accustomed to. Managed by NTUC Foodfare, the new hawker centre aims to attract and mentor the next generation of hawkers, or hawkerpreneurs. Here are five to check out the next time you find yourself in the east of Singapore.
Run by 24-year-old Cheryl Tan, Tasty Street is a healthy grain bowl stall that offers low-calorie options served with brown and pearl rice. There’s the sous vide chicken breast bowl ($3.50/$5.50) covered in wolfberry wine sauce and an assortment of colourful vegetables, but if you’re looking to indulge, we recommend the Iberico Lor Bah ($6.50) – braised pork belly cubes that melt in the mouth served with mixed greens and a luxurious onsen egg.
Boasting one of the longest queues at the centre, Wild Olives offers a Singaporean-style western food most of us grew up eating. But instead of baked beans and frozen crinkle-cut fries – the dishes here, like the grilled chicken ($8.90) with mushroom sauce and sirloin steak ($10.90), are served with roasted potatoes, coleslaw or fresh greens.
Prawnaholic sets itself apart from the other stall selling prawn noodles on the first floor through its toppings. It’s the only place we’ve seen serving prawn mee ($6.50/$8.50) with torched pork belly, sakura ebi and a springy homemade prawn ball in a robust broth full of umami goodness.
The hawker centre has a section entirely dedicated to Halal food – and that’s where you’ll find Epikebabs, a doner kebab specialist. Choose between rotisserie chicken, beef or have them both stuffed into your kebab alongside fresh vegetables and a sauce of your choice. Rolls are priced at $6 without any sides but you can choose to add fries ($3), rice ($1) or falafel ($2.50) if you’re feeling extra peckish.
Cajun on Wheels Express
Not only does Cajun on Wheels hawk Cajun seafood boils – buckets of seafood loaded with Sri Lankan crab, prawns, clams, mussels and more – it does so in an unpretentious hawker environment and is Halal too. If the seafood boils are a little too much for you (prices start from $92 for two to three people), there are also more affordably priced boxed sets such as the popular giant squid box ($9.50) and mixed seafood box ($9.50).
Visit Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre at 110 Pasir Ris Central.