TELOK BLANGAH DRIVE FOOD CENTRE
Block 79 Telok Blangah Drive
Stall #01-19. Open Tue-Sun, 8am-3pm (or until sold out). Thick slices of lean pork blackened with caramelised sauce or chunky strips of ohso-juicy pork belly roasted till the skin delivers a snappy crunch? It’s a tough choice, so we picked both! At only $4 for a dish with a mountain of rice, this is one pork party we’ll be returning to, for sure.
TRULY CURRY RICE Stall #01-29. Open daily, 9.45am-1pm (or until sold out).
It’s a rare sight: two 20something-year-olds manning a hawker stall. Both ex-traders, one is the daughter of the retired owner and the other, her business partner. Thanks to them, our tummies got to enjoy this family recipe handed down through generations. The curry is made from scratch, and so scrumptious it begs another mouthful with every one taken. They rotate 10-odd ingredients daily, but our must-haves are the incredibly soft stewed vegetables ($1), homemade ngoh hiang ($1.30), and deep-fried pork chop ($1.50).
YUAN CHENG CHAI TOW KWAY Stall #01-33. Open daily, 4am-2pm.
Immaculately fried, the homemade carrot cake is firmly blanketed under crisp, charred egg, but melts the moment you start to chew. We reckon this’ll make a hearty breakfast for early-rising families, and there’s even a thoughtful yin-and-yang option ($2.50 or $3) for those who love the white and black versions with equal passion.
TIAN CHENG FISHBALL NOODLE & LAKSA Stall #01-20. Open Tue-Sun, 8.30am-2.30pm.
Simple, delicious food with a lashing of nostalgia. That’s what the elderly couple here dishes up to the neverending queue we saw during lunch hour. The familiar taste of the ketchup-tinged chilli sauce clinging to the springy ribbons of mee pok ($2.50 or $3) reminds us of recess time in our primary school canteens.