Chomp Chomp Hawker Center
One of the experiences you absolutely will not want to miss when you are visiting Singapore is to eat out in a local hawker centre. Situated all over the island, these restaurant-like complexes contain former street food stalls and offer a huge variety of Asian meals at low prices. One of the best cheap restaurants in Singapore is Chomp Chomp Hawker Center in Serangoon Gardens. In just this one hawker center, you can taste good quality versions of several popular Singaporean dishes. Locals are frequently come here every day, and it has not been utterly spoiled by tourism like other popular hawker center like Maxwell or East Coast Lagoon. Chomp Chomp Hawker Center comes to life in the evenings, when food lovers from all over the island and flock to the hawker center to enjoy local signature dishes such as grilled stingray, barbecued chicken wings, carrot cake, ice kacang, popiah, Hokkien Mee and many more. This is the place where you will enjoy a quality dining experience where you can watch the spontaneous acts of kamikaze-type chefs as they prepare your food, and the vibrant, bustling atmosphere of the place.
Chomp Chomp Hawker Center is located at 20 Kensington Park Road Singapore 557269 near the Serangoon Garden, so that it is also known among the locals as the Serangoon Gardens Food Centre. There are several ways to reach this place, especially if you are coming from the Changi International Airport. You can either take a bus or MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) from the airport. If you want to take a bus, you can take either bus service 73, 136, 315 or 317 to reach Chomp Chomp Hawker Center. As for MRT, you can take East West Line from the airport, then stop at Paya Lebar to take another MRT, Circle Line, going north and stop at Serangoon Garden. You can already see the hawker center from the garden.
This hawker center is famous for its delicious barbequed food. If you happen to visit this place, you definitely have to order a barbeque stingray (usually eaten with lots of sambal chilli) and barbeque chicken wings. The barbeque stingray is cooked on banana leaves and served with sliced shallots, sambal chilli, garlice and most importantly, lime. Squeezing the lime over the squid makes for an exquisite mix and it is very delicious. The satay, skewered meat cooked over charcoal, served here which is served with cucumbers, onions, and peanut paste is really good as well. If you want, you can enjoy the satay along with ketupat (compressed rice wrapped in palm leaves). There is a stall here that has persistently long queues, which is the Hokkien Fried Prawn Mee. It is a fried dish consisting of yellow and white noodles cooked with prawns, egg, meat pieces and bean sprouts. For drinks, the sweet, light and refreshing sugarcane juice is the way to go here.
A food trip in Singapore is not complete without visiting one of the hawker centers in the island. One glance at the crowd and you’ll know the reputation of Chomp Chomp Hawker Center is not just for name only. This cheap restaurant in Singapore offers a cheap, authentic, and wonderful way to sample the local specialties.