If you are a Singaporean living abroad, or just return home after a long trip, you would never rush to a restaurant but a hawker center to order one or two of these dishes: Teochew Fishball Noodle 潮州鱼丸面 (or a variant Bak Chor Mee 肉脞面 ), Char Kway Teow, Hainanese Chicken Rice.
After 20 years I finally found last night the nostalgic 1960s / 70s old taste (古早味) of Teochew Fishball noodle, right at an inconspicuous corner of the Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Block 339 (opposite Bishan Park) Kopitiam foodcourt.
More surprisingly, a China new migrant was taking my order with his perfect Beijing Chinese accent and spoke with the other Chinese migrant cook behind the steamy stall.
It is a good sign: younger new migrants with better education are taking over the traditional hawkers who retire en masse in recent years, with no children willing to learn the hardship trade.
Have you seen a Chinese flipping the roti prata at an Indian hawker stall ?
He smiled when I was shocked, said,
“Roti prata is easy, same as our 葱油饼 (Chinese Onion Pizza).”