Combining both the old and new, Singapore has kept its roots yet developed as one of the fastest growing nations. The one place where this is most evident is in the Central Business District Area, and Raffles Place in particular.
Amid the tall, glitzy buildings in Raffles Place, there is a peppering of traditional hawker centres that still keep true to Singapore’s humble beginnings. Time-pressed office workers are always looking for nearby food centres where they can spend a very reasonable amount of money on delicious foods – it’s always more expensive to eat in the CBD.
People can get tired of routines, however, and so, if you are a Raffles Place-office-dweller and are on a lookout for new, affordable hawker stalls to try, this food guide is tailored for you.
I have sectioned out a few prime areas in Raffles Place where there is a statistically higher number of good food stalls, but do share more of your hidden finds in the comments too.
Now, let us begin with Lau Pa Sat.
— Lau Pa Sat Festival Market—
Save the eye-rolls and harrumphs, I am fully aware that most, if not all who work around Raffles Place already know what Lau Pa Sat is, where it is and what it has to offer. But this list would not be complete without Lau Pa Sat (a hawker centre that has become slightly more “tourist-y”) and this place does have to offer quite a few good hawker stalls.
Lau Pa Sat Festival Market: 18 Raffles Quay, 048582 | Monday to Sunday 24/7 | Tel:6220 2138
1. Seng Kee Local Delights
As someone who values a good ol’ plate of greasy local food, I went for Seng Kee Local Delights first to grab a plate of Char Kway Teow ($4). Since this was the first stall I tried in the Raffles Place area, I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that the prices were not inflated just because of the location.
Cost aside, I really liked this plate of Char Kway Teow because apart from the grease, there was a good amount of other ingredients like chinese sausage, cockles, fishcakes and bean sprouts tossed into the mix and the noodles had a lovely charred taste.
The dish was just overall very tasty and I had zero regrets. This stall also sells other tasty local delights like Hokkien Mee and Laksa which, judging by how the Char Kway Teow was, probably tastes just as great, if not, better.
Seng Kee Local Delights: Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, 18 Raffles Quay Singapore 048582, Stall 10
2. Sanuki Udon