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The series kicks off with chef Pasha Siraj from Luckmeow who is presenting a brand new Indian-fusion menu

As Raffles Courtyard continues to showcase the culinary talents of smaller business owners around Singapore, it has announced that it will now be presenting Hawker Stories at Raffles Courtyard, a series celebrating popular hawker specialities and the homegrown culinary talents behind them. 

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From March 16 to May 29, diners will be able to visit Raffles Courtyard to sample an array of dishes from their favourite hawker stalls that were forced to shutter during the pandemic. 

Each of the hawkers was also specially handpicked in collaboration with local food company Makansutra and its founder KF Seetoh.

The first instalment of Hawker Stories at Raffles Courtyard was launched on March 16 and began with a modern Indian menu by chef-owner Pasha Siraj, who used to run the Indian restaurant Luckmeow. Luckmeow closed its doors in September 2021 as a result of the pandemic. 

The menu, which features entirely new dishes, has highlights such as chef Pasha’s Masalaglio Olio. This mee goreng-style spicy pasta was elevated with chargrilled tandoori tiger prawns, which we could smell cooking on the grill from our seats at the lush courtyard (and yes, it was heavenly). The prawns complement the yellow pasta noodles, which were infused with spices and aromatic herbs.

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Up next was the pan-seared butter chicken with a side of zesty Indian coleslaw and pillow-soft masala potatoes that came in handy for us to mop up all the butter chicken gravy—the absolute highlight of the menu.

For dessert, we were served the sweet dosa with carrot jam and pistachio chutney, a modern take on a classic Indian breakfast that was not too heavy and overwhelming. 

Once Luckmeow completes its stint at Raffles Courtyard, Mr Tersmell, helmed by chef and hawkerpreneur Hady Jay, will take over on March 30.

He will present a menu that includes traditional Malay delicacies such as pulut kuning and pulut hitam.

Raffles Courtyard will then welcome veteran hawker David Lim, the owner of Empress Place Teochew Beef Kway Teow, for his signature noodles on April 20, and then Darren Teo and Henry Yap of Seafood Pirate and Yap’s Noodles, who will take over the kitchen on May 11. 

Teo and Yap currently operate 51 Noodle House, which serves up special fusion noodle dishes. 

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Of course, besides the great food, there is something else in it for diners too.

Every time you come down and order a bundle meal at one of the instalments, you will receive a stamp on a special card.

If you get three stamps from three different instalments, you will be rewarded with a complimentary bottle of Domaine de Fontenille Rosé, exclusively available at Raffles Hotel Singapore, on your next visit. 

If you would like to try the series, find out more here.

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