Savour your favourite hawker dishes amid air-conditioned comfort at Xin Tekka, a funky new food hall featuring local legends and comeback brands. Spanning two floors, the 10,000 square feet Xin Tekka includes beloved brands like Pang’s Hakka Noodle, Casa Bom Vento Express, RW Express, Rong Guan BBQ Seafood, and Alhambra Satay.
Antoinette regulars will recognise Chef Pang Kok Keong’s first foray into Hakka F&B. Slurp up Signature Hakka Noodles ($7), complete with springy strands, homemade minced pork sauce, and generous pieces of pork lard thrown in for extra flavour. Complete this indulgent meal with Hakka Stuffed Tofu Soup ($4), filled with freshly handmade yong tau foo.
Casa Bom Vento Express returns after a 4-year absence with its menu of authentic Eurasian- Peranakan dishes. The Tian of Ayam Puah Keluak with Blue Pea Rice ($7.70) is one for the books with its aesthetic combination of blue and earthy colours, served in a cylinder that represents the auspicious element of metal.
Re-live seafood dinners, sans the sticky, humid weather that comes with outdoor dining at Rong Guan BBQ Seafood. Savour a seafood feast with the Seafood in a Bag ($98.90), which serves up succulent crabs, prawns, clams, and scallops drenched in their specialty Chilli crab sauce. Or dig in to the fragrant Portuguese Sambal Stingray (from $16), which packs an extra oomph with plump, juicy fish and spicy chilli and bellman paste.
With three popular Indian restaurants in Little India, RW Express adds its first ever food-stall concept to its belt at Xin Tekka. The Tandoori Fried Chicken ($10 for half) explodes with flavour on every bite, thanks to its marination in rich spices. Indulge your senses in the Mutton Briyani ($8), whose fork-tender mutton satisfies along with the richly-flavoured rice.
Alhambra Satay serves up decades of Javanese recipes perfected from its time in the renowned Satay Club of the 1960s. Savour hand-cut satays spanning chicken, beef, and mutton flavours ($9 for 10 sticks with rice cake), dipped in irresistible handmade peanut sauce.
Hawker food gets a modern upgrade at Liang Ji. Aside from mouthwatering Fried Kway Teow ($5 for regular, $7 for large), younger generation diners will delight in Chef Dominic Neo’s Hae Bee Hiam Fried Rice ($6 for regular, $8 for large), topped with chicken floss and served in an adorable heart shape.
Slurp up delicious Signature Mee Pok ($7.20) at Hosay’s Delicacy, which has opened five successful stalls to date. What stands out from regular mee pok recipes is their in-house noodle which is thicker and chewier, giving you that delicious bite. For those craving something warm on colder days, the Teochew Special Porridge ($7.20) is a richly flavoured dish made with Hosay’s signature broth, and boasts hearty servings of seafood.
Round up your meal with something sweet at Da Boomz Delight. With flavours like BisKopi ($8.40) and Durian King ($8.40), you’ll never get enough of their innovative take on the classic Apam Balik!
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