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Think Jalan Besar, and you’ll probably know the area’s rising hipster cafe enclave. Yet, there’s a hawker centre teeming with hidden halal food gems, which are often overlooked and underrated. We found 7 places you have to try, from the popular halal Thai BBQ steamboat place everyone knows, and even halal authentic Peranakan food, if you just want affordable, old-school, scrumptious meals.
Make Berseh Food Centre Your New Foodie Spot With These 7 Halal Stalls
1. Sedap Thai
Credit: @burpandbees for InstagramWe kick off the list with halal Thai-style BBQ steamboat Sedap Thai! This halal hawker stall uses beef fat instead of lard as a base for its Thai BBQ steamboat so it’s Muslim-friendly and still full of savoury goodness. ? With a delicious variety of marinated meat and fresh seafood, Sedap Thai is not only yummy but affordable too. You can choose your items ala carte or have their platter which costs $20 and is suited for 2 people!Halal status: Halal-certifiedOpening hours: Mon-Sat; 4.30PM-9.30PM (Closed Sundays)Contact: +65 82983579Facebook | Instagram2. Curry Kiosk
Credit: Ibnu M Amin for FacebookCurry Kiosk specialises in, well, curry rice, but also has a variety of Japanese/Thai fusion items like beef yakiniku and tom yum fried rice. They also serve curry noodles too! Their flavourful curries have more heat than the typical mild Japanese curries, so if you love all things spicy (like Thai spicy level) and are fervent fans of Japanese food, this fusion stall will definitely be your new favourite! Halal status: Muslim-owned Opening hours: Mon-Thurs, Sat: 11am-6pm, Sun: 11am-4pm, Closed on FridaysInstagram3. Epok Epok Story
Credit: Epok Epok Story for FacebookCraving for something snackable? Epok Epok Story has the most golden, crispiest puffs that will leave you satisfied. Their generous fillings of popular ingredients such as potato and meat are so yummy, you’ll be buying more, no doubt. They sell out fast, so head down here early! They also sell other delicious Malay snacks, such as goreng pisang too. Halal status: Muslim-ownedOpening hours: 8am-3pm: Mon-Fri; Closed on Saturdays and SundaysFacebook | Instagram4. Aunty Sham Ayam Penyet
Credit: WaWa Qi Amara Lesly for FacebookNothing beats comfort homemade food than Malay cuisine. Get it fixed at Aunty Sham Ayam Penyet, which specialises in crispy, heavenly ayam (and fish!) penyet sets. They also serve up a warm bowl of mee bakso, which is equal parts comfort and delicious.Halal status: Muslim-ownedOpening hours: 8am-7pm: Tues-Sun; closed on Mondays5. Dapur Bonda Khadijah
Credit: Dapur Bonda Khadijah for FacebookOne of the best things about having Tingkat meals (tiffin meals in English) is that it offers nutritious and sumptuous meals for everyone! Here at Dapur Bonda Khadijah, they use healthier salt options, and there’s no MSG added. They provide catering options for those looking for finger-licking Malay cuisines for any type of event. Of course, you can also head down there to dig into the variety of dishes that look so good, you don’t know which to choose!Halal status: Muslim-ownedOpening hours: 9.30am-3pm (Mon-Fri); closed on Saturdays and SundaysFacebook | Instagram6. Emerald Peranakan Kitchen
Credit: Emerald Peranakan Kitchen for Facebook Just like the culture and heritage, Peranakan food is rich and full of complex flavours. The mix of Chinese, Malay and Indonesian cuisines, which results in a heady and amazing combination of all things spicy, aromatic and homely. Tempted now? Try some affordable halal authentic Peranakan cuisine at Emerald Peranakan Kitchen! Their plates are loaded with generous amounts of rice and your choice of meat or seafood. One plate is enough to keep you filled and satisfied throughout the day!Halal status: Muslim-ownedOpening hours: 9.30am-3pm (Mon-Fri); closed on Saturdays and SundaysContact: +65 8849 9894Facebook7. Dya Muslim Food
Credit: Bella Maria for FacebookHere’s a new Malay stall that opens from January 13 onwards! Dya Muslim Food is selling all your classic breakfast and lunch favourites such as lontong, nasi lemak and kueh. We’re really looking forward to their opening, and can’t wait to try them! Halal status: Muslim-ownedOpening hours: 9am-3pm (Mon-Fri); closed on Saturdays and SundaysIf we missed any, let us know and we will update them accordingly! Instead of your usual foodie spots, why not explore the unknown areas, or places you never thought of? Who knows, a ton of halal hidden food gems awaits you to try them.