Hawkers Delight has been a neighbourhood institution for as long as I can remember. Though well known by Riley Park locals, it’s recently become popular with folks from further afield – those who come for the authentic, Singaporean menu and the satisfyingly cheap prices.
Named for the Southeast Asian street vendors from which their food is inspired, the menu features a selection of traditional Singaporean/Malaysian curries and noodle dishes. Several of the items are vegetarian, with some chicken and lamb options. The springrolls and fritters are crispy and delicious, and served with a black, sticky-sweet sauce.
If you really want to eat like a local – order the elusive 9b. It’s a well known secret item, only featured on the printed menu and conspicuously missing from the one posted above the counter. It’s a souped-up version of the chicken curry, with noodles, eggs, fish cake, prawns, chicken and veggies. All for a meagre $ 6.80.
The decor is minimal at best, with a few cramped tables, mismatched dishes and complimentary tea and water served in plastic cups – all of which add to the authentic, street vendor vibe. Plus the staff are super friendly and the food comes out on time and consistently delicious. What more could you ask for?