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Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Singapore

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Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, Singapore

Limster | Jan 23, 2005 07:28 PM

This is one of the best hawker centres in the downtown area. General tip: look out for long lines, the odds are slightly better.

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Ngoh hiong guan chiang stall, middle section, at the end of the row. Called Hokkien Street Fritters I think.

Ngoh hiong guan chiang are a variety of chinese sausages or bean curd skin wraps and other miscellaneous fried items. This is one of the old stalls from the distant days and still makes this Singaporean Hokkien dish in the traditional way -- it's hard to find, even in Singapore. My parents say that good versions are starting to be a lost art.

Small selection at the stall but all excellent. Had the ngoh hiong (right balance of fatty and lean minced pork wrapped in bean curd sheets and deep fried to a perfect crisp), guan chiang (red dyed sausages), ngoh hiong with liver and scallions, egg and lard cakes (my favourite since I was 10). 2 dipping sauces: a thick sauce made from stock and flowery egg whites and a thin moderate chilli sauce. Eaten with a side of stir-fried thin rice noodles (bee hoon).

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Hainanese Chicken Rice Stall (the one with the long lines)

Chicken is slightly overcooked (bones no longer have that red tinge) but still very silky. Good hearty sauce of sesame oil and soy sauce and pleasant amount of cilantro and scallions. Awesome chilli sauce, brought down to bright orange with plenty of ginger.

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Finally got some freshly squeezed sugar cane juice (most stalls differ very little in quality). Got mine with some lemon for added tang.

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