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Hawker FareA century and more ago, Singapore food sellers went door-to-door, carting around their pots and serving customers on the street. Since the 1970s, the descendants of these humble cooks have been organized in more than 100 no-frills hawker centers across Singapore, and a handful have attracted serious attention. Both Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle and Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle have earned a coveted Michelin star, the first street food stalls to gain such recognition. More than a dozen have been awarded Michelin’s Bib Gourmand status for good-value meals, including 328 Katong Laksa on East Coast Road for its spicy noodle soup with prawns and cockles. No wonder Anthony Bourdain named Singapore a top street food destination.
You might start your street food adventures with breakfast at an old-school kopi tiam for the traditional tastes of kaya toast—bread topped with pandan-leaf-infused coconut jam—and strong Singapore-style coffee, or kopi, made with spoonfuls of sweetened condensed milk. Many enjoy it with a couple of half-boiled eggs; instead of kopi, some are partial to teh tarik, a hot milky tea repeatedly poured or “pulled” at great heights between two mugs to get it nice and frothy.