Here at XINDOTS we’re pretty obsessed with food and whatever’s good to eat around the CBD area. With our food diaries series, you’ll get a peek of what we spend our monies on.
Zhen Hao Wei (Amoy Street Food Centre)
At ZHW—tucked on the second floor of Amoy Street—everything is good, so we don’t have a favourite. As one of our newer stalls, they have quickly become fan favourites. TBH the thought of that tender soy sauce chicken rice and gingery rice is enough to sustain me until lunch. Also, $4.20 gets you a half braised egg, two fresh solid slices of tau gua and meat and gelatinous so soft you can slurp up. The only con: you’d have to make your way up to the second floor.
Love a good curry that is full-bodied, smooth and spicy but not eyewateringly so? Again, try ZHW. For the quality, amount of ingredients, and freshness of the taupok, the pricepoint is pretty affordable, or dare we say, low.
Tang Kee Kay Mui Fan (Hong Lim Market & Food Centre)
Another one of our newer stalls, Tang Kee Kay at Hong Lim belongs on our Hipster Hawker list. The food is all light tasting, but still veritably flavourful. Manned by three ladies, all bowls are freshly made to order, all bowls consistently served up with wokchar. Imagine muifan with wok char, now imagine that consistently scoring that. Funky shrooms thing are enoki mushrooms, deep fried to a golden crisp, and served as topping. Not as greasy as you think, but ever so juicy.
Be warned, that this stall always has long queues.
Boon Lay Ho Huat Hokkien Mee (China Square)
Although press photos are all I can proffer for now, these noodles are what we go for when we need to OD on carbs and seafood. Frankly, its BLH honest-to-goodness consistency that makes every plate so lipsmackingly satisfying. Every plate is steaming hot and made to order, with copious amounts of noodles and squid. Whilst it does skew a bit salty, I like that the selection is straightforward that the noodles are fresh from the wok and that it essentially ticks every checkbox of what Hokkien Mee should be like, and the broth is rich, glutinous and tastes like proper seafood.
Also, plus points for being located in a fully functional AC food court.
Golden Nur (Market Street Interrim Hawker Centre)
On days we run our campaigns, like the current spin-and-sure-win-actually useful-prizes, as well as the really, really free ice cream run (25 March – 5 April), lunch is quite unfortunately, at 2pm. This is when we choose the closest food centre to us, and thank god for Golden Nur, whose huge portions always guarantee a food coma after lunch. For $6, you get a heaping plate of rice and a solid piece of gloriously fried chicken.
Sadly though, it’s a tad difficult to handle the chicken with the flimsy utensils provided. But the meal comes sprinkled, of course, with their mysterious cornflour bits that somehow makes up for a late lunch, a long day and severe dehydration. No kidding.
Lad & Dad (Maxwell Food Centre)
Is Lad & Dad stupefyingly bold for offering English-inspired comfort food at Maxwell Food Centre?
Get all quaint with their beautifully home-made bangers and mash. The minced pork is sourced from the local butcher and then ground with herbs and spices. Another must-try is the Bacon and Chip Butty burger, with a crispy hash brown sandwiched between a runny, sunny side-up and bacon, and finally, complete with soft, buttered roll, crisp at the sides. Lad sells two stews, both of which has won the approval of (actual) English people. Choose between the beef or the chicken with white wine.
- Simply download the XINDOTS app and register with a local number
- Select what you want from the 170 stalls and food kiosks we have
- “Order now” on your desired stall -> Add to cart -> View order -> Send to Kitchen
- Get notified when your order is ready (usually in less than 10 minutes)
- Flash your order number and receipt at the stall when you’re ready to collect!
- New user perks: $3 in-app credit automatically applied to your first order at check-out
- Our new rewards system help you save whilst you nom, with up to 30% cash back
FAQ – SIMI XINDOTS?
We are a pre-ordering hawker food app centred within the CBD and tons of user-generated food reviews to boot!
Unlike other apps, you will NOT be charged an additional fee for our service
You get to order in the comfort of your office, or anywhere really
You do need a valid SG number
Yes, our merchants include drinks, desserts, from Ang Moh style cupcakes to traditional Chendol, as well as secret CBD food spots (psst psst, The Arcade and Shenton House)
We work with over a hundred merchant stalls and food kiosks—and growing—that will satiate even the most demanding palettes