When my housemate, an ex-Singapore resident told me it’s cheaper to eat at the ‘Hawkers Markets’, I really didn’t know how CHEAP he was talking. Oh and I really didn’t know what the bloody hell ‘Hawkers’ meant!
NB: Wikipedia gave me a great little definition by which to figure it out!
“In most places where the term is used, a hawker sells inexpensive items, handicrafts or food items. Whether stationary or mobile, hawkers often advertise by loud street cries or chants, and conduct banter with customers, so to attract attention and enhance sales.”
So lets just say – its a cheap, traditional, no-fuss food hall. But oh Singapore’s Lau Pa Sat so much more than that!
Lau Pa Sat is an outdoor, undercover food hall – and might just be my favourite memory of Singapore. Nestled amongst the high-rise buildings, beautiful architecture and neon-lit buildings – Lau Pa Sat offers up that little bit of ‘traditional’ Asia that you were looking for. Prices are SO low you wouldn’t believe – with a Char Siu Pork bun at just $1 and four prawn dumplings for $2.50 the cost is literally incomparable to Australia!
There are SO many vendors undercover. So many cuisines from Vietnamese, to Thai, Korean, Indian and you know what… even a little bit of ‘western’ cuisine. The prices pretty much range from $2-$7 for a full meal – and i’m talking FULL. But don’t just stop here… you like SATAY?
The street that perimeters the Lau Pa Sat market is appropriately named ‘Satay Street’ and if you get nothing else – or maybe you just want a little bit extra (cos why not, you’re on holiday right?) you have GOT to try the satay sticks. From 19:00 onwards around 10 satay stalls line the strip providing diners with skewers of chicken, lamb, beef and pork from Chinese to Muslim style. At 60c per stick it would be rude not to!
— Stalls # 7, # 8 and # 10 are known to be the standouts. —
Make sure you sit outside on satay street the smells and the stars are just divine!