New Hawa at Selegie Road

New Hawa Restaurant
213 Selegie Road
Singapore 188335

Opening Hours
Daily: 12 noon to 1130pm (or later depending on crowd)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: $8 with drinks
Recommended dishes: Hokkien (Prawn) Mee!! (S$6)

Hello everyone! The weekend’s almost over boo! It’s 1155pm as I’m writing this now and I really should get myself to bed, but I felt like blogging so why not.

I wanted to share with you guys a great Hokkien Mee place I know called New Hawa, at Selegie Road. By virtue of its location and late opening hours (ok I checked with the folks at New Hawa and their official closing time is 1130pm but on busy nights they stay open past midnight!) — New Hawa has become the go-to spot for me and my friends whenever we watch plays at the LaSalle College For The Arts.

New Hawa - 213 Selegie

New Hawa itself is actually at the corner of the coffeeshop, you can see the ‘Awa Rest’ just peeking out between the pillars!

I’ll put the menu at the end of this post since there are so many pages, so for now let’s look at the food itself. Here is the Hokkien Mee (S$6) that I like to have:

New Hawa - Hokkien Mee

Hokkien Prawn Mee (S$6) – 10/10

Truly guys, this is the best halal Hokkien Mee I’ve ever had!! It’s always so basah¬†(wet) and freakin’ tasty, the gravy is savoury af (astaghfirullah what’s this af all) and to die for! As you can see in the picture, it’s pretty spartan with just the 2 prawns and with no squid unlike Puncak’s version, or fishcake unlike Cahaya’s version. Don’t be fooled though, what it lacks in fancy ingredients, it more than makes up for with taste and texture. Just typing about it and thinking about that gravy is making me drool ugh. Please always order this. 10/10

I didn’t really taste the other stuff, but I will leave you with a couple of pictures of my friends’ orders so you have an idea what they’ll look like.

Here is the Tomyam Fried Beehoon (S$6.50):

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Tomyam Fried Beehoon (S$6.50)

Here is the Chicken Fried Rice (S$6):

New Hawa - Nasi Goreng Ayam

Chicken Fried Rice (S$6)

And finally, here is a look at the menu!

New Hawa Menu

 

 

New Hawa Restaurant
213 Selegie Road
Singapore 188335

Opening Hours
Daily: 12 noon to 1130pm (or later depending on crowd)

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious rating: 10/10
Average spend per pax: $8 with drinks
Recommended dishes: Hokkien (Prawn) Mee!! (S$6)

 

Puncak at Far East Plaza

Puncak Best Noodles & Halal Muslim Food
#05-94 Far East Plaza,
14 Scotts Road
Singapore 228213

Open daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +65 6738 4348

Last Friday my lunch buddy and I made our way to Far East Plaza to have our regular Cahaya session. To our chagrin, it was CLOSED!!! With nary an explanation! We’re hoping that was a one-off occurrence and not portentous of a permanent shut-down.

Struggling to quell our staggering disappointment, we slunk over to Puncak right next to it, having long ignored this rival establishment.

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Just a sliver of closed shutters to the right, where Cahaya is ūüė¶

The first thing we noticed was that it felt much smaller and less bright than Cahaya. The second thing was that the prices at Puncak were slightly higher than Cahaya’s!

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But anyway we were hostage to our tremendous food disappointment and already built-up cravings, so we got what we’d always get, first of which is the small Fried Wanton (S$5).

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Lighting here was great and rather conducive to #flatlay, in case you were wondering

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Omg why so crispy and perfectly golden-brown!

The wanton texture was perfect – crispy, light, and not too hard. The filling was orange and tasted a little bit of carrots, which I’m not a fan of, but otherwise the paste inside was pretty decent. If you recall from my previous Cahaya post, we HATE the black dipping sauce that comes with these wantons, so it was ever to Puncak’s credit that they served it in a separate dipping cup instead of directly on the plate. This way the black slick would not contaminate our beloved wantons. Plus points for that. 8/10

We ordered a plate of fried Hokkien Mee (S$5.50) too:

 

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OMG guys. The Hokkien Mee is LOADED with ingredients, and is so moist and delicious! The sauce was extremely flavourful and prawny, whereas the sambal was really shrimpy/belacany. Compared to Cahaya’s, Puncak’s definitely fared better. Gosh, to think I was all ready to write off Puncak as a poor man’s Cahaya! Boy did I have to eat my words. Notably, Puncak’s rendition had rings of squid in addition to the fishcake and prawns. Gosh, sorry Cahaya, but 10/10 for Puncak’s hokkien mee.

All in all, I definitely had a good meal at Puncak. The waiting time however left much to be desired; we waited about 25 minutes after ordering, for our food to arrive! I’m not sure if that was due to excessive orders spilling over from Cahaya’s closure, but yeah it was not great. Because of my loyalty to Cahaya, I’m not sure if I’ll go back to Puncak, but yeah you guys should check it out!

Puncak Best Noodles & Halal Muslim Food
#05-94 Far East Plaza,
14 Scotts Road
Singapore 228213

Open daily 10am to 10pm
Tel: +65 6738 4348

Cahaya Restaurant at Far East Plaza II

Cahaya Muslim Halal Restaurant
#05-91/92 Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road
Singapore 228213

Opening Hours
Daily 11:30am to 09:00pm
Notes: No GST, no service charge, cash only!

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious Rating: 9/10

Average spend per pax: S$8.50

A quick review for you guys today on my favourite Far East Plaza food joint, Cahaya. If you remember, in my last review of Cahaya, I talked about the beef fried rice with chicken topping as my plate du jour. Recently my lunch buddy and I hopped onto a new ride – a plate of Hokkien Mee (S$4) each, and a small serving of the Oyster Omelette (S$6) to share.

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So much green and yellow it’s like I’m in Brasil (spelling so step)

Here is a closer look at the Hokkien Mee (S$4):

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First of all, give it up for halal hokkien mee!!! The unhalal ones are so very unhalal, since they are fried in lard, and it’s hard to even find no pork/no lard versions, so to have a halal-certified version is God-sent. I love Cahaya’s hokkien mee since it’s really very moist; the noodles and taugeh are soaked in flavourful broth so that each bite is really juicy and savoury. Most importantly, the taugeh is well-cooked and not bitter with rawness eww. As you can see, they are also really generous with the fish cake, which I love. In addition, there are¬†two small prawns included, but I wish they also had squid, which would complete the plate. Beggars can’t be choosers though, because I think for¬†S$4 a plate, you’re really getting your money’s worth. ¬†A special mention is merited by sambal that comes with the noodles, which is REALLY yummy – spicy and a little sweet, with a hint of belacan. Pro-tip: ALWAYS ask for extra sambal! 9/10

One day I was reading in the New York Times about how Chomp Chomp the hawker centre actually opened up a restaurant in Greenwich Village, in NYC, and I got this MASSIVE craving for oyster omelette, so instead of our usual side of fried wantan, we went for the Oyster Omelette (S$6) in a small portion – there’s also an S$8 serving – :

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Yummm look at the crispy edges and the slightly browned parts!

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Oystersssss

The omelette is way delicious, and very umami. The oysters themselves were surprisingly decent, contrary to my expectation that they were going to be mediocre or not so fresh, since I figured a place like Cahaya would probably not move much oysters in their inventory. I stand corrected, and am very happy to to say the oyster omelette at Cahaya is very good, especially when you have it with the special chilli dip that they provide. My only wish is that they would garnish the omelette with a few sprigs of coriander, because that would be SO DOPE. 9/10

Ultimately Cahaya Restaurant remains my Far East Plaza favourite for lunch, but of course you guys can check it out anytime between 1130am to 9pm, I love the place because it’s simple, cheap, and SO good.

Here’s a look at the menu again!

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Cahaya Muslim Halal Restaurant
#05-91/92 Far East Plaza
14 Scotts Road
Singapore 228213

Opening Hours
Daily 11:30am to 09:00pm
Notes: No GST, no service charge, cash only!

Halal status: Halal-certified
Halalicious Rating: 9/10

Average spend per pax: S$8.50