My foodie Interest (吃四方)

Chinatown – Niu Che Shui Famous Glutinous Rice (牛车水著名糯米饭)

By the time I reached the stall at 6.40am, it had already gathered a short queue but the wait was short.

This is probably the best glutinous rice I have ever tasted so far and the trip was worth it because they operate from 6.30am to 11.15am only.  Any time later than that, the best will be devoured by the early birds.  They serve nothing except the delicious and famous glutinous rice.

The longest queue I had seen was about 17 eager customers in front of me in the early morning but this is nothing for the enthusiastic stall owner.  Big corporate companies should learn from this sole proprietary stall vendor whose serve with a pure passion.  Watching the elderly serving their customers is a truly entertaining experience as he dances to scoop the rice on the wrapper with one hand and balances it on the other.  A final rhythmic move of dashing the soy sauce and sprinkles of deep fried shallots with dried shrimps as garnishes complement this simple dish.

The rice goes well with a cup of Chinese tea.  Soft and not starchy, the scoop of rice with peanuts and the slightly salty garnishes makes a heavenly simple traditional breakfast.  Located at Smith Street in one of the oldest hawker centre in Singapore, it is not difficult to find the stall at the second floor.