Singapore is a foodie nation, and nothing beats some home-grown hawker food. At Tiong Bahru market, you can find your traditional wet market filled with a plethora of vendors selling fresh Asian ingredients. What’s more, there is a food court right above the market that serves up some signature local delights. Here is a compiled ultimate foodie guide to Tiong Bahru Market, filled with must-tries and to-die-fors!
Let’s Makan: Addictive Breakfast Chwee Kueh
According to this Burpple Tastemaker Jonanthan Wong, he would gladly eat the Chwee Kueh from Jian Bo Shui Kueh “over and over again”, pointing to the overpowering addictiveness of this perfect breakfast treat. Think bouncy, tangy goodness as you sink your teeth into the Chwee Kueh. A hearty dish that is best finished as quickly as possible- lest the oil gets too overwhelming, it is nevertheless a go-to treat for a breakfast fix.
Source: Miss Tam Chiak
Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Price: 8 pcs $2.40
Shiok!: Dry Tantalising Prawn Noodles
The quintessential prawn noodles can never be missing from a typical Singaporean establishment. Lightly tossed in pork lard and fried shallots and garnished with several meaty, supple prawns, the Pork Rib Prawn Noodle is sure to capture your tastebuds. The noodle base is a mix of rice vermicelli and yellow noodles, a perfect blend of chewiness and slurpy goodness. Add on the tender pork ribs and you have yourself a dish that can only be described with one word: Shiok ah!
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Min Nan Prawn Noodle
Win Liao Lor: Award-winning Chicken Rice
This Hainanese Chicken Rice stall has been a consecutive recipient of the Michelin’s Bib Gourmand, an award given to eateries offering “exceptional good food at moderate prices”. This chicken rice dish is outstanding for its flavoured rice, which creates an aromatic explosion on your palate. Pair that with some finely sliced chicken and you have yourself a winning plate that is lusciously rich on the palate.
Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
Siao ah: Michelin Bib Gourmand winner Fried Hokkien Mee
Another classic and a second Michelin-certified hawker dish is this Fried Hokkien Mee, simmered in a rich prawn broth for hours to achieve the savoury flavour that punctuates each bite. Topped with a bold chilli flavouring at the side, you are sure to be back again and again.
Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee
Don’t say I Bojio: Heat-crushing Cheng Tng
After a hearty meal, it is time for some ice-cold desserts to beat the merciless onslaught of heat and humidity in tropical Singapore. At a jaw-dropping $2, a bowl of Cheng Tng beats the heat wave like a fresh Spring breeze. Filled to the brim with crushed ice and a choke full of traditional ingredients, you are sure to get a brain freeze along with a nutritional fix. If Cheng Tng is not your thing, try other desserts here like the Ice Kachang to satisfy your cravings.
Liang Liang Garden
Price: $2 for Cheng Tng
To try all of this, why not come on a Singapore Culinary Experience workshop? You get to experience the sights and sounds of the Tiong Bahru wet market, selecting fresh ingredients which you will use to cook up a storm back in a cooking studio. Before that cooking fest, you can also check out these sought-after local delights in the food court. Bringing you from the ingredients to the kitchen to the eating spot, this workshop is sure to satisfy your inner foodie. Grab a friend and check out this Singapore Culinary Experience + Market Tour workshop!