Singapore 2011 - Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre

Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre is located at the heart of Singapore’s CBD on Robinson Road. It was formerly built as a wet market, and was later restored and converted into a hawker centre. Due to its proximity to the financial district, this hawker centre is usually packed to the seams during lunch time. If you don’t have the patience to wait, it is best to come mid-morning or after the lunch hour rush.

This hawker centre is worth a visit due to its beautiful Victorian architecture. It is one of the largest cast-iron structures in South-East Asia and the original structure was imported all the way from Glasgow. Despite the huge crowd and the lack of any air-conditioning, the building is really pleasant inside owing to the very open design and high ceiling - which provide plenty of natural ventilation. The old architects do know their stuff.

We've heard good things about the fishball noodles so decided to give that a try. This is great when you want something light. Tasty clear broth with soft silky kueh tiaw, fishballs, pork balls and minced pork. Simple tastes but delicious.

The Char Kueh - pan fried radish cake is not bad. Crispy and flavourful, with a generous quantity of "chai poh" - preserved turnip.

At night the streets beside Lau Pa Sat transform into an open air food paradise. The barbeque here - seafood, chicken wings and satay are famous.


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