Singapore Foodtripping 2: Lau Pa Sat Festival Market

Hainanese Chicken at Lau Pa Sat

Hainanese Chicken Rice from Whampoa Nanxiang Chicken Rice (Stall 52) @ SGD 5 – 8 (approximately PHP 150 – 200)

Lau Pa Sat Festival Market is the oldest  food court Singapore built in 1894 and I believe this has the biggest number of food stalls you can choose from. The variety is very diverse, it’s quite hard to choose what to eat! Of course there are Singaporean, Malaysian and Indian stalls there but there are also Filipino (Oh yes, there’s Tapa King there), Chinese and Italian.

Food courts or Hawker Centers are very popular in Singapore but Lau Pa Sat is the must-visit food court when you go to Singapore. Expect to spend only SGD 2.00 – 10.00 per meal and per person when you dine in Lau Pa Sat. Drinks cost less than SGD 3.00.

It was Karla’s friends who were based in Singapore that decided that we have dinner in Lau Pa Sat.  We wanted to eat Singaporean must tries but they decided to eat at Jolly V’s, a popular Filipino food stall in Lau Pa Sat. There was also a bride and groom who had their post-nuptial photos there and I was able to take a picture of the bride trashing her wedding dress.

We roamed around Lau Pa Sat to check which ones we’d like to eat. We wanted to try it all but it can’t fit our stomachs! We wanted to try the basic ones so we had Hainanese Chicken, Satay and some Indian food. The Hainanese Chicken was from Whampoa Nanxiang Chicken Rice in stall 52. The chicken was so tender and the chicken rice is to die for! It’s the best I’ve ever tasted. It looked so simple yet it’s so delicious! This truly means that you don’t need to be in fancy restaurants to get the best food in town.

Prawn Satay at Lau Pa Sat

Prawn Satay

Assorted Satay at Lau Pa Sat

Pork, Chicken and Beef Satay from Fatman Satay  @ SGD 18 (approximate PHP 600, this also includes the Prawns above)

We actually didn’t seek for satay when we roamed around because someone went to our table and asked us to order satay from them. It was someone from Fatman Satay. He suggested us to order their Satay combination composed of Beef, Pork, Chicken and Prawn – 16 sticks of Satay for SGD 18.00. It was good – made of ground meat instead of chunks. Well I understand the economics, it will be too expensive if it’s made of chunks. Fatman Satay is one of the best Satays in Lau Pa Sat.

Naan with vegetables and Curry at Lau Pa Sat

Naan with Vegetables and Curry from AS North Indian Cuisine @ SGD 4.00 – 5.00 (approximately PHP 132 – 150)

Karla started her “road to sexiness” here  so she had a vegetarian dinner from AS North Indian Cuisine. I wanted some Naan anyway so I let her order it. Not too many would appreciate Indian cuisine, I think we were the few non-Indian people who ordered this while we were there.

A day is not enough to try everything in Lau Pa Sat. As much as I wanted to stay longer, I can’t 🙁 .

How we went to Lau Pa Sat:

From our hotel, we took the Lavender Station MRT then alighted at the Raffles MRT. The train ride is just a few minutes then we walked from the station to Robinson Road. You can also see this link to know how to go to Lau Pa Sat via bus.

To know the must-tries in Lau Pa Sat, visit their website at www.laupasat.biz.

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