U.S. vlogger calls Old Airport Road Hawker Centre a “food heaven with a roof on top”
Making plans to go back there now.
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Previously, we wrote about the US vlogger Mike Chen’s encounter with various Singaporean breakfasts.
That wasn’t all that Chen had when he was here. His next adventure was at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre — and he immensely enjoyed everything he ate, of course.
Here’s what he had:
- Lamb Biryani from Selera Rasa
- Fishball Noodles from Ru Ji Kitchen
- Char Kway Teow from Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow
- Curry Puff and Black Pepper Puff from Wang Wang Crispy Curry Puff
- Salted Egg Crab from Mattar Road Seafood Barbecue
- Hokkien Mee from Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee
“The rice is like the Marshmallow Man, all sorts of puffy.”
This was pretty crazy to us — he spent a good three minutes of his screen time to obsess over the deliciousness of… fishball soup.
“Look at how beautifully bouncy these things are… I feel like if I were to throw this against the wall, it’s gonna come right back at me.
Looking at the soup, this might seem really clear and see-through, but trust me, there’s some magic going on here…..Things I say cannot do this – you guys just need to come here and try this, seriously.
*confused look* That was confusion, caused by food euphoria.”
Dry Mee Pok
“I love this. Perfect amount of al-dente, nice and chewy, eggy. These are wide so they grab onto that sauce so well, and [this spicy noodles] will make you hurt.”
Dry Mee Pok AND Fishballs
“Mind-blowingly good…You get the chewy noodles, the tender fishball, the delicious soup – all swimmin’ together – you’ve got a love story folks.”
Char Kway Teow
“Lup cheong (Chinese sausage) is one of the greatest things created by the food gods. I mean that sausage can make anything so fragrant and delicious.”
Curry Puff and Black Pepper Puff
“I’m not trying to judge a curry puff by its cover here, but that looks pretty darn good. Looks good, smells good… and it tastes even better.
I could almost eat the crust on its own. As much as I love chicken, I really love this crust. Add a little seasoning to it, that just makes my day.”
“I’m confused. Where is all that flavour coming from? Essentially this is a plate of fried noodles… but this is almost borderline buttery. This is ridiculously fantastic.
The shrimp is like every single female Final Fantasy character: Sweet and perfect.
I wanna apologise to this (plate of Hokkien Mee) right now. I saw what it was and was like, ‘Alright just some stir fried noodles, what’s the big deal.’ I’m sorry I didn’t see all your potential.”
The Crabby Trinity
A trip to Singapore wouldn’t have been complete without trying the holy trinity of Chilli Crab, Black Pepper Crab, and Salted Egg Yolk Crab. Hehe.
Chen tries the salted egg yolk variety at Old Airport Road Hawker Centre and the former two at Jumbo Seafood and Long Beach Seafood before giving his verdict on which is the best. We won’t spoil it for you.
Watch his videos below:
Top image via YouTube.
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