Hawker Centre Recipes

Gado-Gado Recipe (Indonesian Salad with Peanut Sauce)

Gado-gado is a healthy salad served with peanut sauce that can be eaten as a side, a starter or a main meal. Origin of Gado-Gado Gado-gado is definitely Indonesian in origin. However, exactly where in Indonesia and when, is a topic that has many versions. There are various theories as to how gado-gado came about; …

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kangkung belcan on a plate

Kangkung Belacan (Stir-fried Water Spinach with Shrimp Paste)

Kangkung belacan is a rustic, quick and easy vegetable side dish that is simply perfect on its own with some rice, or as part of a Malay, Chinese, Nyonya or Eurasian meal. It is a very typical hawker fare not just in Singapore and Malaysia, but also the surrounding region. What’s in a Name? Let’s …

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mee rebus (egg noodles) topped with eggs, tofu, chillies limes and gravy

Mee Rebus (Malay Hawker Centre Egg Noodles in Gravy)

Mee Rebus is Malay Hawker Centre fare. It’s a delicious bowl of egg noodles in gravy, topped with all the usual suspects: eggs, tofu, chillies and limes. This is just the way my granny used to make it. What’s in a Name? Mee Rebus is what these noodles are called in Malay. Literally translated: mee …

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Sirap Bandung (Rose Syrup with Milk) in a glass

Sirap Bandung (Rose Syrup with Milk)

Sirap Bandung or Rose Syrup with Milk is a deliciously sweet and creamy drink that smells of roses. Especially if that rose syrup is homemade! Sirap Bandung Let’s do the pronunciation exercise as usual, first. Sirap = see (short) – rup Bandung = bun – dohng (silent h) Sirap is basically the Malay spelling of …

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teh tarik in a glass, milky tea

Teh Tarik (Delicious Frothy, Milky Tea)

Teh Tarik is practically an old, national pastime in Singapore and Malaysia. It may be a drink, but it’s also a habit; but sadly, one that’s on the decline in the 21st century of fancy schmancy chain store coffee. What is Teh Tarik? It’s tea with milk, for starters. But that’s only half of it. …

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