Singapore Hawker Centre – Little India
Singapore Hawker Centre – Little India

Singapore Hawker Centre – Little India

Hawker centres in Singapore are a way of life and represent the multicultural nature of this city state. I have already taken readers on a visit to the Chinatown Hawker center on Maxwell Street, but when we visit Singapore we are equally keen to sample the aromatic food from the “Little India Hawker Centre”.

Little India Festival Decorations

Little India Festival Decorations

The hawker centre is located conveniently near the “Little India” MRT station, and on the corner of Buffalo Rd and Serangoon Rd. Indian cuisine is a favourite of the whole family and the children were quick to put in for an order of Butter Chicken.  As with all Hawker Centres, this is a casual and confined affair. We immediately sat the children down at the last available table and Mr GG took a drink order from the kids.

For today’s excursion we had borrowed a fellow Aussie child who is currently living in Singapore. Oliver is Locky’s age, and the son of a family friend.  The friends are one year into a two (plus) year stint as expats in Singapore and the boys hit it off immediately.

Two Milo Dino Smiles -Instagram

Two Milo Dino Smiles -Instagram

The two rascals above decided on a drink called the Milo Dino which immediately put not only a smile on their face, but also copious amounts of chocolate.

Little Anais spotted a can of drink she enjoyed on a previous trip to Singapore.  She described it as the drink with “gummy bears” inside. The can contains pulp that she thinks is lollies?? I am not sure what it really is, but obviously the drink contains enough sugar to keep her a very happy girl.

Drinks Break in Little India

Drinks Break in Little India

With the children content drinking their drinks, Mr GG hooked up with a Tiger beer long neck and child minding duties I decided to do the rounds and chose some dishes.

We had already eaten breakfast and a “snack” of steamed dumplings but I was determined to squeeze in a some Indian food.

Biryani Rice with Egg

Biryani Rice with Egg

My first stop was a fragrant Biryani stand with a long line of people queuing for the rice. The huge pot was  flavoured with delicious spices and topped with boiled eggs. Each person was being served the rice dish on a section of banana leaf. This was the first dish on my list.

Naan Cooking in Little India

Naan Cooking in Little India

Next up I returned to one of the food stands I had noticed earlier.  The owner was making naan bread to order, in a tandoori oven in full view of customers. I knew I wanted to try the bread and garlic naans are a favourite of Mr GG’s. I ordered two naans, and watched the process from slicing off the dough, working it into a flat oval and sticking it to the inside of the tandoori oven.

Naan In Tandoor

Naan In Tandoor

To accompany the gorgeously smokey bread, I ordered the chicken tikka and a butter chicken for the children. It may seem an over reaction but I would come back to Singapore for this dish alone. So creamy and rich!

Chicken Tikka Set w Butter Chicken

Chicken Tikka Set w Butter Chicken

I wasn’t even hungry but I ate until my belly hurt.

Chicken Tikka and Naan

Chicken Tikka and Naan

…and my mouth still lusts after this meal.

Making Honey Roti Canai

Making Honey Roti Canai

With full bellies it may have been wise to leave the hawker centre, not our fearless children. There is always a dessert space in a child’s tummy.   The kids had spotted one of their favourite treats, the flavoured roti canai.

Honey Roti Canai

Honey Roti Canai

This bread is made tissue paper thin and placed on a hot oiled grill. I ordered a honey flavouring bread so the honey is added during the cooking process and the crisp bread is then folded as it cooks. A winner with the kids every time.

Little India Floral Offerings

Little India Floral Offerings

We waddled onto the street to admire the shops, and caught a cab to the hotel. We were in need of a nap, all “Little India” participants were in danger of entering a food coma.

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  1. How good are the hawker centres in Singapore? Very jealous of your trip!

  2. This post is definitely making me hungry. I would be so content just with that lovely looking chicken tikka with that very fresh naan xx

  3. Mmm the chicken tikka looks so good! I wouldn’t mind taking a trip to Singapore just for the food either 😉

  4. Those milo smiles are gorgeous! And that honey roti sounds delicious 🙂

  5. Ooooh it all looks so good- yummo!

  6. My mouth is salivating, Julie. I love this kind of food and I am in desperate need of it now. PS My kids would love that chocolate drink, too!

  7. aww this makes me miss Singapore. My favorite places to visit in Singapore was Little India and China Town! That picture of the Chicken Tikka Set is making my mouth water haha

  8. Honestly I must still be a child. I favored every thing your children loved from the chocolately drinks to the soda with the “gummy bears” to the honey roti canai. Lest you think I’ve forgotten to grow up entirely, I do appreciate and love the multi-cultural diversity of Singapore. And am grateful you took a stroll with your camera in Little India =)

  9. Aww, you all say the nicest things!!!
    Ninja, I think it is great when we can appreciate a child’s joy at little things like milo and gummy bears, plus, the multicultural flavours as well. I like being like a kids too 🙂 …and Karl I am so pleased I brought you back to your time in Singapore… I will pop over and read your London story, it has been so long since I was last there :-0

  10. Your post brought back so many lovely memories Julie! You guys are having the best time and it shows! 😀

  11. What a marvelous adventure with your family and new friend. Everyone looks like they’re having so much fun! 🙂 The food sounds fantastic and now I’m craving butter chicken something fierce. 🙂

  12. Ooohhhh… honey roti canai… sudden urge to jump on a plane and go to Singapore. My children would love this too, I’m storing this post away for future reference.

  13. Oh man it looks amazing, and well you can’t go past a Milo Dino!

  14. all those dishes look so good! i just had dinner but i think i am hungry again after looking at all of that

  15. I want to go there! One look at the meal you had and that pot of Biryani Rice made me hungry all over again.

  16. Oh, wow, what a great place! What a fun experience, and I love the pictures. Thanks so much.

  17. Love milo dinosaurs. I wonder why Aussie restaurants don’t offer them here! And that’s one of the biggest pots of biryani I’ve ever seen! I can almost smell it from here. It looks incredible!

  18. What a delicious feast! I am envious but glad that you have taken me on a virtual tour of all my favourite things. I love the last pic…reminds me of home!

  19. I actually stayed in a place very close to Little India the first time I went to Singapore 🙂 I’ve never been to India so I can’t say but I think the best Indian and I feel that it’s most authentic was here in Little India hehe

  20. Wow!!! Biryani Rice with Egg, I hope I can eat almost the half of it!! 🙂

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