Over here at BCM Boy, we’re pretty familiar with East Coast Park, since we live so close and venture there for a run or just a day at the beach every once in a while. That’s why we were so excited when we found out about City Gas’ initiative to highlight some of their favourite stalls from Lagoon, and headed down on Sunday afternoon.
Hosted by Mr Moses Lim of Under One Roof fame, guests were treated to an informative tour of five stalls, learning more about the food they served and the history behind the stalls. Activities included a popiah rolling competition, as well as watching a cooking demonstration of the proper way to fry char kway teow. (You can check the video out on our instagram page @bakchormeeboy)
The five stores spotlighted were as follows：
1. 东方虹美食 – Curry Fish Head (#01-37)
Husband and wife team Mr and Mrs Er were all smiles, and have been in the F&B industry for more than 20 years, specializing in tze char.
They whip up a mean curry fish head with their market fresh ingredients, but if you’re in the area, don’t forget to also try their crab bee hoon, which has earned rave reviews from customers.
2. 人工湖 – Popiah (#01-40)
Run by second generation hawker Mr Ang, the stall was first set up by his father in MacPherson. This store has a whopping 55 years of history.
Prior to starting to sell popiah 13 years ago, the stall only sold fried carrot cake, which are also a highlight of Lagoon. Their popiah won best popiah in last year’s City Hawker Food Hunt.
3. 韩家肉骨茶 – Bak Kut Teh (#01-42)
This stall has been in operation since 1963. Second generation hawker Mr Han, similar to Mr Ang, took over his father’s stall, which also originated in Macpherson. The bak kut teh has been selected as one of the top 10 bak kut teh in City Hawker Food Hunt 2011. Interesting fact: Teochew Bak Kut Teh uses a clear soup base and uses more pepper, while the Hokkien version is darker because of soy sauce!
4. 春香炒虾面与酿豆腐 – Char Kway Teow (#01-46)
Guests were treated to a live demonstration of Ms Mui Mui’s char kway teow frying skills, and she’s an expert, having helped out her mother at Macpherson since the age of 12.
Her char kway teow has been selected as the top 10 char kway teow in City Hawker Food Hunt 2008, and it’s an accolade well deserved, because safe to say, it’s one of our favourites too – dark and full of flavour.
5. Haron Satay (#01-55)
Finally, the tour ended off at Harron Satay. In operation for the past 38 years, hawker Ms Lynna took over 6 years ago from her father, and continues to uphold the tradition of making handmade satay, lontong and satay sauce, giving it an air of sincerity and definitely remains one of the best satay stalls around.
We couldn’t stop popping one stick after another; they’re just that addictive.
City Gas, who provides the gas for the hawker stalls, collaborated with the Singapore Tourism Board to organize this event. Speaking to Ms Diana Neo, City Gas’ Marketing Communications Manager, we learnt a little bit more about City Gas’ move to confer recognition on various hawkers. Apart from this event, they’re also the ones behind the
City Hawker Food Hunt annual awards. Now in its 9th year, the awards ceremony will take place in November this year, and hunt down some of the best hawkers the country has to offer. Awards are based on popular vote, and thus not biased. You can find out more about it here, as well as download last year’s edition of their hawker food guide.
Even though we’ve visited Lagoon so many times, our eyes were re-opened once again to the wonders and beauty of food. May our hawker culture continue to live long and prosper, and assure us of good food for all time.