My parents took Ethan & I out to Old Raffles Place this evening. It’s an authentic Singaporean hawker store in Collingwood. I used to go there all the time so it was quite nostalgic going back and re-tasting all the dishes I used to – and still do – love.
We ordered a few appetisers to start..
Here you only see half of the calamari that we were served up! It was absolutely delicious. Tender on the inside and deliciously seasoned on the outside – not to mention the divine crispiness of the golden batter.
Despite being very dark on the outside, the pork mixture was so soft and tender within. Definitely an amazing dish worth ordering over and over and over again..
I have always loved rojak since I was first introduced to it on my very first trip to Malaysia as a young child. And the fact that the Chinese doughnut had been deep-fried so perfectly allowed the tender sweetness, sourness & crispness of the dish to really resonate.
Mum ordered the seafood version. It wasn’t too spicy but just spicy enough. Very fresh & tasty with a good amount of seafood.
We actually got a few chicken bones in this dish but the chicken was extremely tender & the curry sauce nice and dense – jam-packed full of flavour. Tasted just as good as my Dad’s ;)
Eric & I usually order the ‘rice’ component as well which is usually amazing. This is probably due to the fact that the man who owns the joint is actually Hainanese. But the chicken without the chicken-infused rice was still heavenly. Oh-so-succulent and definitely the dish of the night…
This used to be my husband’s favourite dish – so we, naturally, packed him up some leftovers for him to indulge in upon returning home from work… xoxo
Old Raffles is definitely somewhere you should drop into sometime if you haven’t already. The standard does tend to vary from night to night but we happened to have stumbled upon one of their best chefs so the food was superb…
Don’t expect much from the ambience though. It’s an amusing place to people watch because it’s on the corner of Johnston & Wellington Streets but it is a Chinese hawker store so make sure to keep your expectations to a minimum…