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109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo (Food Republic @ Suntec City), 3rd Generation Laksa & Prawn Mee (Food Republic @ NEX) and Padang Padang (Food Opera @ ION Orchard) are the kings of Hawker.

They are the top three winners of the inaugural Hawker Kings competition organised by Food Republic to acknowledge and reward its outstanding hawker chefs. The three hawker stalls beat the other 136 stalls to emerge winners after a series of readers’ selection, voting and final taste test by some of the most highly regarded food critics in Singapore.

Chefs and their stalls were invited to participate in the first of three stages of the competition in early April. 139 stalls were then shortlisted based on a mystery shopper system. Subsequently, 20 stalls were identified, who would then secure their top 10 spots via public voting through SMS or Food Republic’s website.

The top 10 finalists also had to prepare a signature dish for the judging panel, which include celebrity Chef Daniel Koh of Chef Daniel’s Kitchen, Singapore’s leading food guru and consultant, Violet Oon, My Paper’s food writer Maureen Ow and Lianhe Zaobao features editor, Tan Pin Yen. The dishes were scored based on taste (40%), quality (30%), presentation (20%) and service (10%).

The top 10 hawkers including the three winners include Hamoru Japanese Restaurant (Food Republic @ Suntec City), Chong Pang Nasi Lemak (Food Republic @ VivoCity), Cho Kee Noodle (Food Republic @ 112 Katong) Chinatown Beef Noodles (Food Republic @ VivoCity), Ah Wok Restaurant (Food Republic @ ION Orchard), Soup Guru (Food Republic @ 313somerset) and Thye Hong Fried Hokkien Mee (Food Republic @NEX Serangoon).

109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo at Food Republic @ Suntec City

Yong Tau Foo by 109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo at Food Republic Suntec City

At the end of the competition, the three winning dishes were: Yong Tau Foo by 109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo at Food Republic Suntec City, Laksa by 3rd Generation Laksa & Prawn Mee at Food Republic NEX and Ayam Merah by Padang Padang at Food Opera ION Orchard.

Chef Koh was very impressed by 109 Teochew Yong Tau Foo. He said, “Its presentation is very magnanimous. The chef also concocted two types of chilli sauces– sweet and spicy—and they complement the dish perfectly. The entire dish is hand and home-made: Fish stock boiled entirely from fresh fish bone, which is very beneficial for health had a hint of sweetness without the fishy aftertaste.”

Laksa by 3rd Generation Laksa & Prawn Mee at Food Republic NEX

Laksa by 3rd Generation Laksa & Prawn Mee at Food Republic NEX

The judges were also impressed by the dishes from 3rd Generation Laksa & Prawn Mee (Food Republic @ NEX) and Padang Padang (Food Opera @ ION Orchard), with Tan and Ow lauding the “creaminess and rich flavours of the laksa gravy” and “colourful dishes and clever blends of spices in the dishes” of the respective stalls.

If you have nothing planned this weekend, why not make a trip to one of these Food Republic food courts to relish your favourite hawker delights.

Ayam Merah by Padang Padang at Food Opera ION Orchard

Ayam Merah by Padang Padang at Food Opera ION Orchard

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Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun and Public Holiday); 10am to 11pm (Fri, Sat and Eve of Public Holiday)

Author: Javan Ng
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