There’s a general fallacious impression among Singaporeans that hwaker food is cheaper than food court food and food court food out in the boondocks such as Clementi, AMK, Toa Payoh or Jurong will be cheaper than that in food courts in Ngee Ann City or Wisma Atria, right in the Orchard Road belt. Ditto for those in the business district, such as Marina Square or Raffles City.
Let me bust this belief by stating that food court food is really expensive, esp in Tan Tock Seng Hospital, which despite being a government financed hospital doesn’t believe in reigning in the prices its tenants charge. Perhaps because TTSH is located in the swankish Novena district.
Another myth buster, in the good sense is this place called Hotpot Culture in Marina Sq. I discovered quite by chance when meeting a friend for lunch, I expressed a desire to eat porridge. By luck, my friend had been handed a flyer just minutes be4 meeting me — beckoning the lunch crowd to a $6.90+++ eat all you can porridge buffet (also got rice) at Hotpot. There are more than 30 items, including fresh fruits and grean bean soup for dessert.
The only grouse is that Hotpot doesn’t serve water, and diners are encouraged to order a drink which comes at $1 extra. Still, with plenty of water in the porridge and green bean soup, there isn’t a chance of dying of thirst, even if one didn’t want to pay that extra buck.
The food was so good, the spread of chicken, pork, fish, Chinese sausage, a medley of vegetables, steamed egg, kong bak pau etc etc so varied that I went back a second time on Good Friday– and found there was no change in prices, not even on a public holiday or week-end, or so I was told.
Hotspot can be found at the cluster of eateries at the corner called Centrestage (2nd floor) below the food court which is on the 4th floor. And it certainly provides better value than the food court where a main course, dessert and drink can add up to more, plus the hassle of having to be on the constant lookout against someone unpleasant plomping himself/herself in the seat next to you.