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Chomp Chomp voted favourite hawker centre

Chomp Chomp Food Centre has came up tops for the second year running as Singaporeans' favourite hawker centre.
The Straits Times - November 5, 2012
By: Jalelah Abu Baker
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Chomp Chomp voted favourite hawker centre At the City Hawker awards yesterday were (from left) Mr Pan Cheng Lui, editor of Shin Min Daily News; chef Eric Low; Mr Inderjit Singh, MP for Ang Mo Kio GRC; comedian Moses Lim, chef Eric Teo and Mr Ng Yong Hwee, chief executive of City Gas. -- ST PHOTO:

CHOMP Chomp Food Centre has came up tops for the second year running as Singaporeans' favourite hawker centre.

It received the most votes from the public over a six-month period in the City Hawker Food Hunt, organised by City Gas and Chinese evening newspaper Shin Min Daily News.

The Serangoon Gardens facility has 36 stalls selling mainly seafood. The 97 tables are usually filled from the time the centre opens at 5pm to when it closes at 1.30am.

One of the stallholders, Ms Jennifer Tan, in her 40s, said customers come because the centre has a reputation for good food.

"We want to attract more good food stalls to set up in Chomp Chomp. Our focus is on bringing in food for sharing," said Ms Tan, who runs a drinks stall. Last month, a stall selling pizza opened.

The search was also on for the best nasi briyani, fishball noodles, lor mee and vegetarian food.

Ten stalls won awards in each category. Haji K. Abdul Rehuman Muslim Food in Bukit Merah Lane came up tops in the nasi briyani category.

Its manager, Mr Mohamed Ismail Abdul Rehuman, 29, said the secret behind the dish that draws long queues of customers is the quality of ingredients. Rice comes from Pakistan, while certain ingredients are from India. The recipe belongs to his father, who has had the stall for about 30 years.

The other winners are 135 Fishball Noodle in Lorong 1, Toa Payoh, Xuan Miao Vegetarian in Circuit Road and Xing Qing Teochew Lor Mee in Golden Mile Food Centre.

Mr Inderjit Singh, Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC, gave out the awards yesterday in Ang Mo Kio. A free food guide was also launched to mark the fifth year of the campaign, which is supported by the Health Promotion Board and National Environment Agency.

Marine Terrace Hawker Centre clinched an award for selling the healthiest food, while the food centre in Block 341, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, got the nod for being the cleanest.

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