We visited the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre on our first day after travelling to Singapore. It was Saturday lunchtime and we arrived after an interesting walk through the culture and history of Chinatown. It was also a welcome escape from the rain shower that was starting as we arrived and luckily just ended as we left! So in summary let’s put this out there – the Hawker Centre is not the cleanest place we have visited, it is hot, sweaty, seating is not always comfortable, service is mainly functional, and is very busy often requiring queuing for the best foods plus a place to eat.
But on the other hand where else can you find such a wide choice of honest incredibly cheap food and soak in the local culture & people in the Centre of a major City?
Firstly we walked up and down the aisles to see the different foods and were amazed at the sheer variety and quality of the food presented. We then reserved our seats by placing tissues / guidebooks on them (thank you for earlier tip on TripAdvisor). We choose somewhat safely, and like many others to eat Tian Tian's famous Hainanese Chicken rice with soup on the side, along with some stir fried greens in garlic. Along with 3 mineral waters (from a drinks stall) this came to just under S$20 – or £10 GBP that is simply astonishing value for money. The food is tasty, healthy, and extremely succulent / full of flavor (especially the chicken). To show the diversity of diners we also had the pleasure of sharing our table with both a local businessman, and then a lady who was cleaning the tables in between eating her own lunch.
All in all as it was our first day in Singapore, our first visit to a Hawker Centre, and we were still recovering from the red-eye long-haul flight the previous day the reality of hawker centers came as a bit of a shock . However as the quality of the food was so good along with the prices so reasonable, our only regrets were that; (1) we didn’t trust our food instincts more and went for the slightly ‘safe’ food option at Tian Tian rather than trying the amazing variety and diversity of food on offer; (2) we didn’t return once we had become more acclimatized to Singapore… So don’t let the honesty of this review put you off - we will be back on our next visit to this AMAZING City!
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