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Street food. Am I right? Is there anything better? Ubiquitous across all cultures, street food is a beloved part of any society, whether it’s a burrito at lunch time, or a more questionable meat at 4 a.m.
Arguably the best place in the world for street food is Singapore, where sellers (known as hawkers) are taking the art to the next level. (Think ikan bilis (Singapore style fried anchovice) Pizza and Duck Confit; French food in a street food setting; or a sous vide bath next to a kopi stall. Yeah…this is for real.)
Here’s a roundup of some of these “new age” hawkers.
Bringing haute French cuisine down to humbler levels, Saveur’s young upstarts, Joshua Khoo See Sen (27) and Dylan Ong Shun Ping (24) are serving up salmon and duck confit and beef bourguignon, all for under $12. You can find them at Ali Baba Eating House, Stall 3, 125 East Coast Road.
Here in New York, a typical lunch salad can cost you anywhere from $10 to $18, depending on the toppings. Yeah, for a salad. But at Greens, owner Celeste Tan is serving up robust salads at street food prices. ($4. Much better.) Customers can choose a range of ingredients like lotus root, banguang, duo miao and enoki mushrooms. Greens sits at #01-98 Golden Mile Food Centre.
Happy Family Pasta & Pizza
As a rule of thumb, pizzas and pastas are typically overpriced in Singapore. But at Happy Family, customers can satisfy their Italian cravings for just around $5. Popular menu items include funghi pizza, linguini bolognese, linguini seafood marinara, and some kind of fusion known as ikan bilis sambal pizza. Find Happy Family at #02-39, Block 127 To a Payoh Lorong 1.