Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center
If you are visiting Singapore and looking for a place to eat good meals, do not worry because there are many cheap restaurants in Singapore. One of them is Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, which is situated right at the heart of Singapore’s Centre District (CBD). This hawker center is a place where all tourists must not miss while visiting Singapore. It is the largest remaining Victorian filigree cast-iron structure in Southeast Asia and was built in 1894. Formerly a wet market known as Telok Ayer market, this place is now restored to a hawker centre at CBD area offering a wide range of Singapore local food. During day time, the hawker is nothing different from others hawker centre as it served foods that you can find in most of the hawker centres and food courts around Singapore. However, Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center is special during the night that it will amaze you. During night time, the whole street south of the Lau Pa Sat is blocked out to give way for an open air hawker. The road is filled out with tables and chairs for people to eat BBQ food with an unique ambience and feeling surrounded by lighting and tall buildings.
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center is situated in the heart of Singapore’s central business district, at the corner of Boon Tat Street, Robinson Road 048582. To get there, you can get a bus from several bus stop like 10, 10E, 57, 70, 97, 196E, 75, 167, NR1 and NR6. If you are coming from the Changi International Airport, you can take a MRT (Mass Rapid Transit), a common public transportation in Singapore. To reach Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, you have to get the East West Line MRT and get off at Raffles Place. It is already near from there, you can take a walk for about 5 minutes to reach the hawker.
Along the street of Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center, there are about 10 stalls setup selling Satay, BBQ prawn and BBQ chicken wing. Satay and BBQ chicken wing are two of the most famous and popular dishes on this hawker center. Satay is sold for around SDG 0.60 per stick and you can choose to have mutton, chicken or beef satay. There are no pork satay though, because most of the satay vendors here are Muslim. You may want to order the rice cake the peanut source to go with your satay. You can also try some Singapore local seafood at the hawker beside the anchor dish Satay and BBQ chicken wing. The famous seafood that is sold at La Pau Sat Hawker Center is the stingray which come with different size, with price ranging from $10, $12 and $15. You should also try baby squids, mussels cooked in local style and Mee goreng. As for drinks, you must try the teh tarik which is a popular beverage at Lau Pa Sat. Look for the only stall that has the longest queue, that is the stall that served the best teh tarik.
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Center in Singapore is rather a historical place then a hawker center because it is set in a lovely, cast-iron Victorian structure, with delicate columns and an octagonal floor plan. A huge range of different food, reasonable prices and a vibrating atmosphere make this hawker center not only a tourist attraction but also a cheap restaurant in Singapore to get a good meal.