No need to travel around Singapore for good hawker food. Orchard Ion Hawker Street is a mini-food court in Ion Basement 4 where you can find Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee, Nam Sing Hokkien Mee, Jian Bo Shui Kueh, King of Fried Rice, Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice and Ann Chin Popiah.
The new Ion Hawker Street is not to be confused with the Food Opera food court which is also at level B4 of Ion Orchard shopping mall. They operate at two separate locations in B4. Ion Hawker Street is a compact space near the Lim Chee Guan bak kwa shop. Food Opera @ Ion Orchard is a much larger food court with many different stalls.
Ion Orchard Hawker Street : Nam Sing Hokkien Mee
Nam Sing Hokkien Mee is one of the most popular stalls at the Ion Orchard Hawker Street. With a stall at Old Airport Food Centre, it is regarded by some as the best hokkien mee in Singapore. Ordering at Nam Sing is straightforward – just decide to order a $6 or $10 portion. They have a buzzer system so that customers can wait without standing in a queue.
This is a picture of a $6 packet of takeaway Hokkien mee that we bought from Nam Sing Hokkien Mee at Ion Hawker Street. $6 is adequate for a person with a small appetite. If hungry it is best to get a $10 as the wonderful flavours make it easy to finish off a larger portion. The distinctive features which make us like this stall are the intense seafood flavour, generous amounts of seafood ingredients, the high proportion of bee hoon and the use of cut chilli rather than the sambal sauce variety. The latter gives the noodles a clean taste.
Ion Hawker Street – Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee
Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee is also a stall with many followers, especially in the East, where they still have a stall in a coffeeshop in Eunos Crescent. This is a picture of the menu of Famous Eunos Bak Chor Mee at Ion Hawker Street.
This is a picture of the bak chor mee that we bought takeaway from Famous Eunos. The portion of $5.50 BCM was quite generous. The dumplings are large and juicy. We found the noodles be quite unique. They were thicker than the usual ‘mee kia’ and more springy.
Ann Chin Popiah and Jian Bo Shui Kueh
Ann Chin Popiah and Jian Bo Shui Kueh share one stall at Ion Orchard Hawker Street. Which makes sense as they are both more like snacks rather than food that we eat for a meal. Ann Chin Popiah 安珍 main branch is at Chinatown Food Centre and has several outlets across the island. Jian Bo Shui Kueh is one of the most famous hawker stalls at Tiong Bahru Food Centre.
Our takeaway popiah from Ann Chin, Ion Orchard survived the journey very well. They had made it very dry such that the skin did not become soggy. The nice blend of various ingredients with different flavours and textures make it a nice snack ($2.50 each).
Of all the stalls at Ion Orchard Hawker Street, Jian Bo Tiong Bahru Shui Kueh is the one we are most familiar with, having visited them at Tiong Bahru market many times. The shui kueh or chwee kueh needs no introduction. It is still very good at the Ion Orchard outlet. This is a picture of our takeaway Jian Po chwee kueh ($3.20 for 5 pieces).
King of Fried Rice @ Ion Hawker Street
King of Fried Rice’s signature item is the “Din Tai Fung-style” fried rice. The pork chop fried rice is also one of our favourite items at DTF (see our post 7 Best Dishes at Din Tai Fung). King of Fried Rice also serves a mean version of it.
This is a picture of the 2 boxes of egg fried rice with pork cutlet that we bought from King of Fried Rice Ion Orchard. It does look like the Din Tai Fung version, but slightly darker and more chunky. In terms of taste we thought that the DTF fried rice and pork was more refined. The King of Fried Rice style seemed more oily and strongly flavoured. But it is certainly competitive on account of its price of $6.90 each. It is also more affordable than the DTF version. The plain egg fried rice costs $4.50.
Street Beach Road Scissor Cut Curry Rice
We think the humble scissor-cut curry rice may be most representative of Singapore’s multi-ethnic culture. A meal at 美芝律剪刀剪咖喱饭 Beach Road Scissor-Cut Curry Rice restaurant at Jalan Besar may perhaps be the most authentic way to experience the unique culinary heritage of Singapore. We have yet to eat at their Ion Orchard outlet, but you can read about our lunch at their Jalan Besar main branch here. These some pictures of the Jalan Besar restaurant and the food there.
Hill Street Coffee Shop
Hill Street Coffee Shop is the drink stall at the Ion Hawker Street.
Hawker Street Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #B4-66, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 9.30pm
Nearby MRT Station: Orchard
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