Going to Tiong Bahru Market is like stepping back in time. From the walk-up art-deco shophouse apartments gazetted for conservation, to the sleepy neighbourhood vibe and the generally slower pace of life felt here. Tiong Bahru Market boasts some of the more famous culinary hawker finds, and it's always packed to the brim on weekends with locals hankering for their favourite prawn noodles, lor mee, chwee kueh and/or chicken rice. Please note that Tiong Bahru Market is predominantly a breakfast and afternoon market (i.e. a fair number of the stalls open only in the morning and afternoon and are closed at night).
Jian Bo Shui Kueh arguably serves up one of the best, if not the best chwee kuehs around, a steamed rice cake topped with diced preserved radish (chye poh) and chilli sauce. The Chwee Kueh ($2.50 for 10 pieces) here well deserves its reputation, the plainess of the soft rice cakes was balanced out by the saltiness of the chye poh, with sweetish, dried shrimp-based sambal belachan adding spice and flavour.
The shop front. There's usually a very long queue but it moves very fast as well. This is one queue I don't usually mind joining.
Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Open daily from 6am to 10.45pm
I was introduced to this curry fish head stall by Beeps and her hubs. The Curry Fish Head ($18 for half a head) is generously packed with fried yams (which is an unusual addition), tomatoes, beancurd skin, lady's fingers and brinjal. The fish is always fresh, clean and soft, and the kickass nonya-style curry is thick, rich, luscious and really spicy. Bring tissues for your runny nose.
The stall facade. This stall used to be at Marina South, but moved to Tiong Bahru Market when Marina South underwent extensive construction for the Marina Bay Sands Integrated Resort (IR).
Marina South Curry Delight
Closed on Mondays
Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road