Sometimes you find the most unusual awards in the most unlikely places. "We spend $120 a month on pest control," beams the owner of this drink stall located at the Beo Crescent Market, who declined to be identified.
It is still early, and the lines haven't started to form yet, so the owners of the famous Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak stall at Adam Road Food Centre are busy stocking up for the anticipated crowds. Those stacks of fried fish will be gone in a flash.
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak is famous for its use of long-grain Basmati rice in its signature dish of coconut-flavoured rice with selected meat and fish items ($4). "We use Basmati rice because it is healthy for diabetics and blends itself well with the nasi lemak's flavour," says stall owner Abdul Malik Hassan.
The scene at Bedok South's food centre is one of quiet preparation for the impending lunch rush that usually starts at about 11am.
At Bedok North 85 Minced Meat Noodle stall, the pork dumplings are fresh and fried right in front of you. Don't be misled by the stall's name though. It is located at the food centre at 16 Bedok South.
The bowl of noodles from Bedok North 85 Minced Meat Noodle at Bedok South's food centre can be had dry or with soup. Throw in some mee pok (flat, egg-based noodles) and a dash of chilli and you have a hearty breakfast for $4.
"These days, most bao (steamed bun) stalls sell the factory-made ones, even though they cannot match the flavour of our handmade Cantonese baos." says TS Koh, 50, as she prepares another batch of char siew baos (roast pork buns) to sell at New Hong Kong Home Made Tim Sum and Pau, located at Bedok South's food centre.
Patrons at the Aljunied Market & Food Centre still get to see a thoughtful reminder of a hot issue that bothered stallholders and customers decades ago.
Stall owner Lucy of Lucy's Penang Delights at Aljunied Market fries up some fresh Penang-style char kway teow (noodles with sweet soy sauce and cockles). "I was born in Penang but I've been here since the 1960s and have basically become Singaporean," she says, when asked if she went back to vote in the Malaysia general elections in May. The market is located at block 117, Aljunied Avenue 2.
Penang-style char kway teow (noodles with sweet soy sauce and cockles, $4) peppered with lots of fried lard and served on a banana leaf for a different kind of breakfast. From Lucy's Penang Delights at Aljunied Market located at block 117, Aljunied Avenue 2.
A hawker (far left in background) uses the quiet time to take a break from food preparation and have breakfast at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
"Lor mee originated from China so we wanted our customers to experience an authentic Chinese lor mee to see how it differs from the Singaporean variant," says Ru Zhuming, 40, of Xiang Ji Lor Mee Zha Jiang Mian at Old Airport Road Food Centre as she shreds some fried fish for an order. Lor mee is a dish of yellow noodles in a starchy gravy garnished with garlic, vinegar, and fish and meat items.
This bowl of lor mee (yellow noodles in a starchy gravy garnished with garlic, vinegar, and fish and meat items) with its generous helping of fried fish, may just be the brain food you need to perk you right up in the morning. The kick from the chilli helps too. From Xiang Ji Lor Mee Zha Jiang Mian at Old Airport Road Food Centre.
The food centre at block 50A, Marine Terrace is always crowded during the breakfast period on weekends as families grab a quick bite together before beginning their day.
"What do you want?" this harassed hawker exclaims as he makes a fresh batch of thick peanut pancakes at his stall, Yong Huat Peanut Pancake, located at the food centre of Marine Terrace, block 50A.
Peanut pancakes, with their proteins and carbohydrates, are great pick-me-ups in the morning, especially if your last meal was more than 12 hours ago. These from Yong Huat Peanut Pancake at Marine Terrace's food centre have the right mix of ground peanuts, sugar and batter to fire your brain up for the challenges of a new day.