FISH HEAD STEAMBOAT
"This steamboat is a treasure pot of fish slices, fried yam chunks, Chinese cabbage, tofu and seaweed swimming in a thick fish stock with evaporated milk. The tomato slices and wolfberries inject sweetness. I love how the cabbage and fish absorb the rich flavours of the stock. Together with fried prawn paste chicken and stir-fried French beans with dried shrimps, it was a perfect meal."
Ms Joyce Xu, 31, senior planning executive
Get it from: Teck Ee Seafood Fish Heat Steamboat, 01-13 Block 277C Compassvale Link, open: 1 to 11pm, daily, call 6481-1132
"The mee siam is sweet and spicy, and has an acidic kick from the tamarind juice used in the gravy. I love how the eggs soak up the savoury gravy. Other dishes I ordered are nasi lemak, kueh pie tee and two cups of teh O kosong (tea without sugar and milk)."
Mr Ian Low, 46, music trainer
Get it from: Old School Delights, 215M Upper Thomson Road, open: 11.30am to 10.30pm, Tuesday to Friday; 11am to 10.30pm, weekend; close on Monday, call 6458-4518 or go to oldschooldelights.com
"Having grown up in Geylang Serai, putu piring brings back many childhood memories. It is soft and fluffy and is filled with gooey gula melaka. The kueh melts in your mouth, with a hint of pandan aftertaste and saltiness from the grated coconut topping."
Ms Liang Huining, 25, quality management executive
Where to get it: Traditional Haig Road Putu Piring, 01-12, 970 Geylang Road, open: 11am to 10pm, Monday to Thursday, 11am to 11pm, Friday and Saturday, 10am to 10pm, Sunday, go to facebook.com/haigroadputupiring
Price: $2 for five
SALTED EGG PRAWNS
"Stir-fried prawns with salted egg sauce are simply satisfying. The prawns are crispy and go perfectly with the rich and fragrant sauce, which has some spiciness from the curry leaves and chilli padi. I enjoy using mantou (steamed buns) to mop the sauce up."
Dr Tan Teck Tee, 28, doctor
Get it from: Keng Eng Kee Seafood, 01-136 Block 124 Bukit Merah Lane 1, open: noon to 10pm daily, go to kek.com.sg
"I can hardly taste the starch in this fried oyster omelette, thanks to the generous amount of eggs. The omelette is moist yet crispy at the edges. The fresh oysters are fat and juicy, so I don't mind paying $2 to have more of them. This is one of my favourite hawker foods, and I enjoy it up to three times a month."
Ms Amber Lim, 27, digital specialist
Get if from: Song Kee Fried Oyster, 01-15 East Coast Lagoon Food Centre, 1220 East Coast Parkway, open: 1pm to 1am
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