18.5.11

Tiong Bahru Market

Tiong Bahru Market is a must-visit for any tourist wanting an authentic taste of the local Chinese hawker fare. There's a mind-boggling array of hawker stalls selling almost any Chinese hawker fare you can think of. There's hardly any Indian or Malay stalls as Tiong Bahru is primarily a Chinese housing estate, so don't bother looking for Indian or Malay food here. You should ideally have breakfast or lunch here, and not dinner, as most stalls close and/or sell out by mid-afternoon.

I like going there on the weekends to enjoy a leisurely breakfast and take in the sights and sounds of a bustling marketplace. Also, I was craving for some lor mee, and Tiong Bahru arguably serves up one of the best versions of this local favourite.

Tiong Bahru Lor Mee

This stall is littered with newspaper and TV-show endorsements, and for good reason. The gravy of the Lor Mee ($3 for large) is thick, gooey and rich, just perfectly done, without being overwhelmingly heavy. A helping of black vinegar, white pepper and sliced chilli completes the dish perfectly. Ingredients like fishcakes, prawn rolls, battered fish fry, fried pork dumplings, stewed pork belly and soya braised eggs are plentiful and fresh.


The shop facade, there are like 3 shops selling this local delight, just head to the one with the longest queue and most endorsements.



Tiong Bahru Lor Mee
#02-80
Closed on Mondays

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Tiong Bahru Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted

We also like the Cantonese roasts at this stall, usually marked by a substantial queue as well. The Fiance's father loves to takeaway from this place.

The Roasted Duck ($12) is fairly fresh, very flavoursome, succulent and with just the right amount of fat to make this extra tasty without that much of the guilt.


The Roasted Pork ($8) is also very commendable, with a crisp golden skin, tender salty meat and nice thin layer of fat.


The BBQ Pork ($8), though not the best around, is moist and well-caramelized with a smoky charred crust, and slathered in a complementary stickily sweet sauce.


The shop facade for reference.



Tiong Bahru Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted
#02-60

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Tiong Bahru Market
30 Seng Poh Road

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