China Street Fritters & Hainanese Curry Rice
Where: Maxwell Food Centre, Stalls 64 and 68
The past weeks of recession woes have sent many foodies flocking to hawker centres, away from exorbitantly-priced restaurants and cafes.
But far from lamenting, we’ve found the silver lining on the dark cloud of recession despair in gems like the China Street Fritters in the ever popular Maxwell Food Centre.
Open from 11.30am to 8pm daily except for Mondays, this stall offers a range of scrumptiously fried traditional Chinese goodies. We liked their Ngoh Hiang or Chinese sausage, which is sumptuously stuffed chock full of rich pieces of meat, a sweet and flavorful delight.
The Guan Chang or Meat Roll is another generous offering by the stall, arriving thick and meaty on your dinner table, served with cherry fish balls and tangy, garlicky chili sauce (you are strongly advised to have some breath mints after your meal). You must also order the pickled ginger with century egg to polish off your satisfyingly cheap and delicious, authentically Chinese meal.
Finally, for the ultimate lunchtime comfort food, we took refuge in the sinful pleasures of the stall’s Hainanese Curry Rice. For just S$4, you get a plateful of perfectly seasoned pork chop, covered in gravy, gravy and more gravy, and not to mention thick curry and the stall’s delicious lor or braised sauce. The whole dish practically slides down your throat, soaked in its yummy sauces.
As you leave the dinner table, you can hear the sound of your wallet heaving a huge sigh of relief for not having compromised one iota of your stomach’s craving for good food.