Hawker Hall is apart of the same family as Chin Chin, Kong, and Baby which you probably already knew. Due to this Hawker Hall already had gained popularity before opening the doors. Is the food good or do we have another cult-like following on our hands? Read on to find out.
Let’s start off by saying I couldn’t love the set out more, big open space with a buzzing atmosphere and a large open kitchen where you can sit and watch the chefs work their magic. It really does remind me of a Hawker Hall, just a hell of a lot cleaner, and more expensive. That and the service from one of the staff members is the only positive I can take away from my experience at Hawker Hall.
Let’s move on to the food.
Whenever there is a steam bun on the menu you bet your bottom dollar I’m ordering one.
This came out looking very unappetising, I know it’s a steamed bun and they’re not the sexiest food but this one looked worse than most. Not sure if it was the fact it was presented on a snot coloured plate placed inside a bamboo steamer that was then placed on top of another plate. (Side note: that poor dishwasher). Or the sauce running out the top that looked like diarrhoea.
The dough itself was soft, fluffy and slightly sticky. The filling was very gelatinous and had a sort of sour taste, I’m thinking tamarind paste but I could be wrong.
Look at these Toasted Coconut Meatballs, don’t the colours just pop! Reminds me of a late spring sunset or the flames of a fire dancing.
The meatballs were on the drier side and had no real coconut flavour, the taste was an overpowering flavour of burnt chilli and soy sauce.
Is there anything better than fresh squid? Rhetorical question, this squid was anything but fresh. It tasted slimy and instantly made me feel ill. The Sambal Belchan tasted like sweet chilli sauce. This was the worst dish of the day.
Hainanese chicken is meant to be soft and silky melt in your mouth due to the way its cooked. The chicken at Hawker Hall didn’t quite hit the mark and was a tad dry. The rice was cold and so was the soup it was served with making all the fat congeal leaving a very unpleasant taste and feel in the mouth. The chilli sauce served on the side had way too much vinegar making it near impossible to eat.
It’s one thing to be able to present food nicely and another thing to be able to deliver on taste, especially when you’re paying an arm and a leg for it.