I love hawker centres with a passion! Went to one I’d never tried before one rainy weekday afternoon, at Lorong 1 Toa Payoh i.e. the really big one on the 2nd floor near Creamier. Seems like we hit the jackpot with this one because there were quite a few famous stalls with snaking queues – always a sure sign of yumminess. The handmade baos were delightfully soft and fluffy, with a very decent filling to skin ratio (of course it could be that the baos were tiny hence the filling looked proportionately substantial). Particularly interesting was the way the char siew was done, almost floss-like in texture without any of that awful stringy fat threatening to choke you up. We both really enjoyed the hokkien mee (Tian Tian Lai) as well, since it wasn’t particularly wet and had a nice depth of flavour in the stock and char. Fish soup could have done with more ginger, but was a great way to get back into the richness of local food; my stomach is still having some problems adjusting sigh! Best of all though, the lively atmosphere and freedom to really feast, and simply appreciating the banquet we have in front of us each and every day. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere else in the world.
Toa Payoh Block 127 Market and Food Centre
Blk 127, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh S(310127)