While it may be smaller than most, the charming hawker centre is mighty with gastronomic gold
We did the math. Six substantial dishes plus a $2.50 putu piring and a round of sugarcane drinks split among four persons. Each had to fork out a meagre $7, which, if you look at Orchard Road's $6 mee pok noodles at a food court, is considered a steal when you dine at Haig Road Food Centre!
Located in the nook of Haig Road and Geylang, the food paradise is conveniently next to the wet market, so that fellow marketers, once done shopping, can adjourn next door for a breather of good food. Best part? The hawker fare is all at seriously competitive prices. We even chanced upon a store that sells economic rice (two veg + one meat) for less than $3. Since it's in the Malay neighbourhood, the centre boasts an extensive line up of Malay and Indian Muslim stalls, so that you can get your fix of roti john, mee rebus and nasi lemak.
Here, we rounded up seven dishes that you should try:
2. Mixed Mutton Bowl (Ribs, Tendons, Tripe) ($6), Hougang Jing Jia Mutton Soup
We sighed in defeat when the shopkeeper informed us that he was without lamb brains at the moment. (Yes, lamb brains; our adventurous tastebuds know no bounds.) Not letting disappoint succeed over us, we made do with the mix lamb bowl, filled with the meat parts such as the meat on bone, tendons and innards, swimming in its murky brown broth. Surprisingly, the unassuming bowl was a delight to tuck into, with all its meat tender and its broth potent with herby goodness. We’re definintely be back again, with lamb brains on the agenda.\