Village People Hawker Foodhall provides customers with a hawker style dining experience. Influenced by a mix of South East Asian flavours in a slightly fancy restaurant environment, the food is brought to you by no one other than than Ex-Long Grain chef Arté Assavakavinvong and his team. To access the restaurant which also houses Ichi Ni Izakaya, requires patrons to travel up a flight a stairs to the right in the multi-story building.
Ma Hor Tao Hoo (2pcs) $5.50
Caramelised tofu with peanuts and pineapple
These were a lot smaller than expected. The sugar sweetness from the caramelised with the tartness from the pineapple made for a nice palate cleanser, but I’ll probably not order this again.
Peak Kai Tod $14.00
Deep fried chicken wings with crispy tom yum dressing
Again, the fried chicken wings were a lot smaller than expected. They were a little dry but the tom yum dressing made for an interestingly sour dipping sauce.
Hed Sa Wan $14.00
Crispy mushrooms with soy caramel and sticky rice
A favourite for one of the girls. The sticky rice dish with sweet and savouriness from the crispy enoki mushrooms made for it a very comforting dish to eat. It’d be similar to having some sticky rice with some thin slices of pan fried Chinese sausage.
Larb Kai $16.00
Chicken larb with ground chicken, chilli, mint, roasted rice, hot and sour dressing served with prawn crackers
Yum Krow Tod Tao Hoo $20.00
Fried curry rice ball with crispy tofu, ginger, mint, coriander, chilli and peanuts
Yum Krow Tod Moo $22.00
Fried curry rice ball with pulled pork shoulder, ginger, mint, coriander, chilli and peanuts
Both the fired curry rice ball salads were not quite what I had expected. The fried curry rice ball is essentially a dry rice ball on its own that is broken up and mixed with some crispy tofu or pulled pork in this case and various other ingredients to create a salad. The rice balls were dry and the overall flavour fro the dressing and lime wasn’t to my liking. The crispy tofu on its own was nice though with the non dried bits of rice.
Kai Yang Nam Prik Pao $30.00
Char-grilled chicken with coconut, chilli jam, Thai basil and cashews
Considering that all the other portions where small to medium in size, this char-grilled chicken dish was massive. The Thai basil salad had a nice tang to it but the the grilled chicken itself was okay.
Gang Keaw Wan Pumpkin (small) $22.00
Green curry with pumpkin, eggplant, corn, and Thai basil
Generous amount of vegetables with a very good spice to it, though I would have liked for a bit more sauce. The roasted pumpkin was delicious though.
Kao Soi Kai and Roti (large) $32.00
Burmese red curry with chicken, crispy egg noodles, chilli jam and roti
Pad Thai with prawns $24.00
Rice noodles, tofu, egg, peanuts and bean sprouts
Pad thai tasted good as well, but there was a preference for the thicker variety of the rick noodles instead of the thin ones here.
Char Kway Teow without beef $20.00
Flat rice noodles, Chinese Broccoli with sweet dark soy sauce
A tasty dish but definitely not the best char kway teow I have tasted. Not even close. It was missing a lot of the elements of your traditional char kway teow like the Chinese sausage and the sweet dark soy sauce was too sweet. It didn’t have that familiar savoury after taste that makes you come back for more.
When you’re eating in a group which likes to dine large, you can easily end up with too many dishes. (Which is exactly what happened here). Between the five of us we managed to finish most of the food but not all of it, probably leaving behind about 15% of the total food we ordered. Not included here were also the desserts we tried. A coconut pudding dish which was not at all what I expected. Served warm with a piece of young and mature coconut flesh and tasted like some sort of floury steamed coconut & rice flour mixture. It wasn’t even very sweet. The funny thing was, one of the girls loved it so that goes to show how biased taste is.
The place was really dark in general, being only lit up with small candles on the tables and very low lighting. It was so dark, that it became very difficult to read the menu without looking at it up close with squinted eyes. The place is also quite loud in general and not necessarily because of the music. There is a lot of background noise and sound bouncing off the walls. Service however was friendly and although great at the start, it was starting to get a bit slow towards the end. But that’s such a small detail.
The atmosphere here is great. It is lively and the ambience, lovely. Overall, Village People Hawker Food Hall provides customers a decent feed with more than enough food at a slightly premium price tag.