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Singapore Hawker Center

Hawker Nation

Singapore is a food paradise

One thing everyone knows about even if someone has never been to the Lion City is their delicious cuisine. Equally famous is where you get this amazing food. Hawker Centres rule as the place to have local fare. They are outdoor, side-by-side stalls around picnic tables which have probably been there for decades making the same amazing dishes for Singaporeans and tourists, adult and children alike. There are over a hundred hawkers but JAM was lucky enough to visit one of the best - Newton Circus.

Singapore Hawker Feast

A feast of the best Singaporean hawker food (chosen by local friends of JAM): hainanese chicken rice, chili crab, pepper crab, spicy sting ray, garlic chinese broccoli, satay with peanut sauce, chicken wings, rice and fried mantou buns to dip in the full-of-ridiculous-flavor chili crab sauce. They offered utensils and gloves, no napkins, for the neatniks in us but we found the best way is to just dig in (there's a sink nearby to wash hands post delicious and messy meal). Some open for breakfast, most for lunch and dinner. Newton Food Centre is open seven days a week, 12pm-2am. Remember cash (dishes are priced very reasonably if not cheap) and a hungry appetite for the full gastronomic experience. We sure did!

Singapore Chili Crab
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Krystal Chang

Krystal Chang is a writer and designer of flowers, installations, and landscapes in Los Angeles. Her background in architecture and construction informs the spatial quality of her work. She creates bespoke florals for events and clients including Esters Wine Shop, Lunya, Design Within Reach, and Poketo. She designs landscapes for residential and commercial clients with a focus on native and sustainable gardens.
IG: @krystalchang


Amanda Quinn Olivar, JAM's arts and culture editor, is also the editor at Curator magazine, producer of Seeing is Believing: Women Direct and the play Paint Made Flesh. She has collaborated on Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies and an upcoming project with Zandra Rhodes. She sits on the boards of London's Fashion and Textile Museum and The Chimaera Project. As a curator and arts advocate, she received the HeArt Award for her work benefiting A Window Between Worlds. Amanda has curated exhibits at The Cornell Art Museum, The Skirball Cultural Center, Fresno Art Museum, and Brand Art Center. Amanda lives and works in Los Angeles.

Thank you to Imogen Smith and Chloe Copus.