By Nicole Lee from Weekender, edited by Mothership.sg
Lau Pa Sat, arguably the most iconic market in Singapore, took nine months to renovate and finally opened in July this year.
Here's a guide to eight of Lau Pa Sat’s food stalls.
Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee: Seng Kee Local Delights
I ask Seng Kee to serve me their best dish and they present this proudly to me. The prawns are well-cooked and soft, with the noodles savoury and complete with a generous serving of ingredients. I especially like how oily the dish is!
Laksa: Seng Kee Local Delights
Personally, I think what makes a laksa dish is how well the soup tastes on its own and this is marvellous. The prawns are satisfying and tender, my only complaint is the beansprouts but that's a matter of personal preference.
Kway Chap: Pig Organ’s Soup & Kway Chap
The most important element of any Kway Chap is the braised sauce, which can make or break the dish. The kway is smooth but is tasteless without the soup. I love the tenderness of the trotters and the velvety texture of the innards.
Ban Mian: Rong Ji Ban Mian & Fish Soup
At a glance, the ban mian looks ordinary and lacking. The soup is bland and while the ikan bilis is supremely well done, it does nothing to improve the dish. I will not come back to squeeze with the office crowd for this.
Dim Sum: Bao Luo Wan Xiang Dim Sum
Rating for Siew Mai and Har Gao: 3.5/5
Most hawker centres have a customary dim sum stall but it's hardly any good. Hence, it's a pleasant surprise when I discover that the har gao is smooth and soft. The siew mai is up to standard too, with a great aroma and succulent meat.
Pasta: Gustoso Grill Pasta Western Food
Rating for Chicken Pasta: 4/5
I am home. Being a foreigner to all local dishes despite being Singaporean (I am a disgrace), this is one dish I can properly judge. For what it’s worth, I think this is the biggest selling point of Lau Pa Sat. The pasta is soft and well-seasoned, the sauce is thick and fragrant, the chicken bits are tender and succulent and everything comes together wonderfully. Definitely my pick!
Pho: Sunny Viet Vietnamese Food
The stall owner is Vietnamese so this dish must be as authentic as it gets! I like the soft, chewy pork and the modest noodles serving but all in all, it is too tasteless for me.
Wanton Mee: Chicky Fun
While I do not commend the service of the staff, this remains one of the top offerings of Lau Pa Sat. The wanton is soft and juicy, the char siew is succulent and savoury and the noodles are fantastic – and this is two hours after buying it.
Did we miss any out? Let us know!
All food stalls are from Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay, 048582