If you’re in Orchard Road, Singapore and wondering where to go for local cuisine, you should check out the basement of the department store, Tang Plaza where Tangs Market is located. Tangs Market offers local cuisine in an AIR CONDITIONING environment which we so appreciate due to the heat and humidity! After eating, you can go upstairs to shop and walk off your meal. We caught up with our friends here and ordered lots of dishes to share. It has been a year since I was able to have hawker food and boy do I miss it!
Have a look at the dishes that we ordered.
Freshly made popiah bursting with finely grated turnip, bean sprouts, carrots, tofu, lettuce, shredded omelette and of course, chilli sauce. The chilli sauce is optional and you can request to have as much or as little as you like. T ate this for the first time and I was thrilled that he liked it as it’s one of my favourites!
It is very hard to find rojak in London unless you can make it yourself. So it’s one of the first dishes I usually order when in Malaysia or Singapore. If you have not had it before, rojak is a local salad of vegetables and fruits (e.g. apple, pineapple) mixed in a sweet and sour sauce of prawn paste, sugar and lime. I find it incredibly moorish and it’s hard to stop eating once you start! (#Greedynotgreedy)
3. Dark Carrot cake
A savoury stir fry delight made with radish cakes and omelette mixed with sweet dark soya sauce. Even though the name of the dish says carrot, there are no carrots in it. I ordered the large serving 🙂
4. Fish ball noodle soup set
Flat egg noodle mixed in sweet and savoury sauces and a separate bowl of soup containing 3 fish ball, fish cake and a dumpling. The fishballs had a nice bounce texture. The dishes are on the left hand side below. This is one dish that I can order again and again (and I did at other food centres!)
5. Claypot chicken rice with chinese sausage
The rice is cooked in the claypot dish over a stove first with the chicken and chinese sausage cooked separately and then put on top of the claypot rice garnished with fresh spring onions. This is a very filling and tasty one pot dish but was not as popular as the other dishes we ordered. It is pictured on the top right above.
6. Penang Char Kway Teow
Look at those large juicy prawns on the flat rice noodle cake strips (i.e. hor fun) with beansprouts, omelette strips, fish cake in soya sauce. Char kway teow is very popular in Singapore but it is not often you can order the Penang Char Kway Teow which is lighter in colour and can be spicier. This dish did not hang around for long!
The laksa broth is made with mackeral, tamarind (i.e. asam) which gives the sour taste, lemongrass, galangal and chilli. Fish cake, cockles, rice noodle are added to the broth and garnished with sweet prawn paste and mint. I’m not a fan of cockles but I loved the rest!
8. Satay Chicken
Delicious tender chicken stripes marinated with lemongrass, garlic, soy, honey, mild curry powder on skewers grilled with cucumber slices on the side and peanut sauce. When we were young, we used to compete to see how many satay sticks we could eat!
9. Chilli Pan Mee
A Chinese Malaysian noodle dish made with minced park, fried anchovies, fried onions, marinated mushrooms, green leafy sayur manis vegetable, poached egg, and of course chilli sauce. You mix it all the ingredients together to get the sauces underneath to have a little chilli taste explosion!
10. Penang Cendol / Chendol
A popular, refreshing local iced sweet dessert with green rice flour jelly, red adzuki beans, coconut milk and palm sugar syrup. I usually have this at least once on holiday as it helps me cool down from the heat.
Address: 320 Orchard Road, Tangs Market Basement 1, Tang Plaza, Singapore
Cost: £ (most dishes were less than $6)
Let us know what are your favourite dishes at Tangs Market!