Review: The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant

Review: The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel’s Town Restaurant

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel Dinner Buffet

While people argue over the origin of various signature Singapore dishes, like Chilli crab and the elusive Singapore noodles, it is without a doubt the heart and soul of our local cuisine lies in our unpretentious and tasty hawker fare. From 26 March to 6 April, in partnership with The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao, diners can look forward to savouring a spread of stellar dishes from hawkers honoured by the annual Singapore Hawker Masters as part of the dinner buffet at Town Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel.

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Casuarina Curry Restaurant Prata

“As a heritage hotel, we want to celebrate the very best with our Hawker Masters,” says General Manager Giovanni Viterale. “Locals and tourists alike love good hawker food, and we hope to continue this in the restaurant.”

In addition to the chilled fresh seafood and other mainstays, these 10 Hawker Masters will be showcasing their winning, lip-smacking dishes: Casuarina Curry Restaurant (Roti Prata), Haji Maksah Barkat Chahya Food (Nasi Lemak), Haron Satay (Satay), Nusa & Tara (Lontong), Original Serangoon Fried Hokkien Mee (Hokkien Mee), Rojak & Mee Siam (Indian Rojak), Roxy Laksa (Laksa), Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (Chicken rice), Whitley Road Prawn Noodles (Prawn noodles), and Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh (Pork ribs soup).

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

Must-tries, and worth queuing up for seconds, include the flavoursome Chicken rice—the succulent and tender chicken, and fragrant rice are a perfect match with their signature spicy-sour-sweet chilli sauce—the fluffy, aromatic Nasi Lemak, teamed with crisp-fried ikan bilis and delicious chicken wings, and also the satisfyingly ‘lemak’ and flavoursome Lontong with handmade rice cakes—rich yet not overpowering, and the vegetables are nicely soft, not mushy.

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Nasi Lemak and Lontong

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Original Serangoon Fried Hokkien Mee

Other highlights include the famed Hae mee (prawn noodles)—a recipe perfected some 36-years ago and prepared from a lusciously rich prawn stock and pork broth—that is worth the wait, and the robust Bak kut teh (pork ribs soup). The meat cooked till it has just the right tender texture and bite.

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Haron Satay

Also excellent for picking at are the Indian rojak and deftly grilled Satay—as well as a selection of pastas, pizzas and cheeses—but do save room for their desserts. Beyond the quintessential offerings of pastries and cakes, opt for the local desserts such as Kueh, or create your own Chendol, to complete the whole hawker fare experience.

Town Restaurant - The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel - Chendol

The Singapore Hawker Masters at The Fullerton Hotel dinner buffet (6.30pm-10.30pm) is available from 26 March to 6 April 2013, and is priced at $52 per adult and $26 per child (aged 6-12 years old).

Note: This was an invited tasting.

Town Restaurant
The Fullerton Hotel, Lobby
1 Fullerton Square
Singapore 049178

Tel: +65 68778128

Jazpster
Jazpster

What started out as just something fun for Jasper has developed into a passion for food over the years. Always having weird urges to take pictures of other diners’ food, he is used to being forcefully restrained by dining companions, but has yet to have security called on him. Jasper is open to all sorts of cuisines and dishes, and is always on the lookout for a good meal or deal. To him, an ideal restaurant is one that combines good food, friendly service and a warm ambience. "Food is all about the dining experience."

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