Singapore’s Chinatown area is a haven for street food and hawker centres. The famous Maxwell Centre offers award-winning Hainanese chicken rice and just two streets away you will come across Smith Street, home to a whole host of street food stalls and communal seating along with a selection of restaurants.
We were staying at the nearby Parkroyal on Pickering hotel, around a 10 minute stroll from the Chinatown area and minutes after touching down at Changi airport we headed down to check out the food. The sheer choice is staggering, Chinese and Malay are the main cuisines of choice but there are other Asian cuisines represented.
Around 4pm the street was relatively quiet just before the evening rush. One of the first stalls we came to was Newton Circus Ahmed Ibrahim Satay featuring grilled chicken on a stick complete with a peanut sauce at $0.80 SGD (£0.44). The minimum order is 10 sticks which were freshly grilled over charcoal once we placed our order. 10 minutes later we were the proud owners of a portion of delicious Malay satay.
We love satay and to have the Thai version at Or Tor Kor Market was a big tick off the bucket list. The Malay version is equally as good. Smokey flavour from the coals really enhances the taste, even more so than the Thai version. The texture was less powdery on the outside presumably from a marinade being used as oppose to dry spices. The garnishes of pickled onion and cucumbers added freshness and the sweet peanut sauce rounded the dish off perfectly.
Service-wise the stall owners are friendly, speak very good English and the price of 10 sticks of very good satay coming in at $8 SGD (£4.42) is very reasonable. The advantage of this street is hopping between stalls and trying some sensational food. This really was a wonderful introduction to the Singapore food scene.
Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 1700-2300
Nearest Metro: Chinatown