When we first moved here to Singapore we stayed in a serviced apartment in the Newton area. The first hawker center (outdoor food court with privately owned food stalls serving really good and inexpensive local food) we went to was Newton Food Centre. That first time was actually a disaster. The smells. The stall workers in our faces to buy their food (as if that would work on us). The heat. It was all so unfamiliar and difficult to enjoy and we left unsatisfied and one member of the family, whose name begins with Tori, actually felt a little sick to her stomach.
So much can change in such a short time.
We now love eating at hawker centers and it really didn’t take all that long. Even Tori grew to not mind the array of aromas. Going to Newton feels almost like going home. The fried rice, Satay and Indian food there is the best we’ve had at any hawker center. We’ve been told it’s the most expensive hawker center in Singapore and caters to expats but the food is just good. So we go back.
We went back a week ago and they were closed!! Oh, the horror!!! We felt violated. They really should have let us know they were closing. They were closed for cleaning and I’m purely speculating here, but it may have been because there was no food left since everyone was feeding the hungry ghosts. This was taken just beside the food center that night.
We had a hankerin’ (Texas word) for Newton food so we ended up going again later in the week and then again a few days later. I mean, come on, how long does it take to clean???
We tried again today and guess what? They were open!!! We got our fried rice, satay, mutton marsala, and fresh lime juice and we were pretty happy!! I took these pictures tonight. We won’t eat there all the time but we do look forward to going there occasionally.
The best fried rice we’ve had in Singapore, maybe ever, and this guy is so nice! The lady next to him had really great wonton soup. A huge bowl for S$5.
A picture says a thousand words. Don’t you love the pink plastic teapot??? Who is that picture of in the background?
Even the cat gets to eat good food!! He was obviously used to it.
These girls just ate a bite of Durian and some other fruits that have like a big slimey grape in the middle. They were taking pictures of it before they partook so I’m guess it was their first time to try it. They have more courage than I.