Saving our hawker is the trend these days.
Rising rents and increasing labor costs makes us all concern if our next generation could still enjoy old school food. Let’s not even get started about having the next generation successor to the business too. So if you really have to ask me, anyone is fit to call themselves the unsung hawker legends that make us all Singaporeans proud.
Hawker legends aren’t just those that just appear in the news about a family recipe sold for millions of dollars or appear at an international contest to fight for recognition. Hawker legends are often unassuming and their food brings back endless memories. They don’t seek recognition or a chance to appear on TV. Just a bunch of common folks trying their best to earn a living behind a wok and ladle.
I grew up as a child eating many great hawker food. Bak chor mee, rojak or even lor mee. I do know quite a fair good ones to kick start a good hawker conversation. Those were my childhood days where very weekends were dedicated to nothing but having a feast all day long. We would order almost everything worth eating and on most occasions, filling the entire table full of plated food. Quite a scary scene if your family don’t practice communal eating yah?
While the table might be stacked with satay on one end and half a plate of roast duck on another. When my two siblings and I saw that plate of western food in the middle, all hell break lose while my mum cut up the grilled meat slabs. I would have wolf down the buttered bread while the younger stuffed their cheeks with piping hot fries.
Kids being kids. Who could resist anything fried and buttery?
I do know one couple that runs a western food stall around my house area and they have been serving regulars like my family for many years. I think it’s amazing to tell people hey! I grew up eating this and it still taste exactly the same during my childhood days!
I never understand why they name the stall Tokyo Western Food but they could easily give the nearby Astons a run for their money. I love for a fact that their meat cuts are well-marinated. If I’m not wrong, in a mixture of apple cider and then seared over a hot grill. Prices ain’t exceptionally on the high end though I do see an gradual increase over the years due to inflation or even rising costs perhaps? With their popular Pork Chop and Chicken Chop priced under $6, they are still cheaper that the cheapest $6.50 Chicken Chop at Astons. Equally good are their fried cutlets. Crisp on the outside yet tender and moist on the insides but I always go their better-faring grilled ones instead.
All in all, I always enjoy ordering their western food when we are having our weekend family brunch. Just in our family context, it’s more like a sharing platter to kick start our usual feast of food.
But I do wonder. Will I still get to eat the same dish in many years to come…
Tokyo Western Food
Tampines Street 81, Block 823A