It is located in the heartlands of Boon Lay. It’s famous for its “Power nasi lemak” and all the local hawker food. Prices are cheap, ranging from $2.50 for chicken rice to $5 for a plate of stingray.
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Place for a good ol breakfast
I wouldn't call this place a culinary paradise but what I can call it is a breakfast haven. If you are a foodie like me, than i'd recommend that come by here for breakfast.
Think carrot cake, ba zhang, peanut pancake, roti prata, economic bee hoon and the good old kaya toast and eggs. You name in they have it. I personally enjoy the ba zhang sold here very much. But truth be told, this is the kind of place where you come to be spoilt for choice in terms of breakfast options,
After an exhausting morning run, I never fail to reload myself with a energy packed breakfast at boon lay market.
A little something for everyone.
Ever since I was a little girl, my parents and I has frequented this hawker center and needless to say, it holds a very special place in each of our hearts. Though the place may not be one of the cleanest hawker centers in Singapore or one of the most posh looking ones. It definitely boasts a plethora of choices for the various food dishes and a darned good one too boot.
There are a number of food stalls that one MUST try and I dare say that Boon Lay Market is home to one of the BEST fried Hokkien Mee stalls in Singapore. With the noodles soaked in generous amounts of stock and the fragrant fried pig fat to accompany the dish, this is a dish that i almost always have when I visit the hawker center - be it to eat there or take home.
Besides the fried hokkien mee, the Chinese Satay and the Fried Oyster stall beside it is also another store to take note off. But be sure to place your orders in advance as the waiting times for the satay could stretch to almost an hour on busy days.
Power Nasi Lemak!
I came here once to eat late dinner (after 10pm) and there was already a long queue infront of the stall. The wait was not very long as the vendors are quick and on the ball. What I liked most is their fish fillet and chilli. The fish fillet is fried just to the appropriate timing, it is crispy, not burnt and the meat is succulent and hot enough.
The chilli is the best part of all, because my favourite chilli is the conventional sweet nasi lemak chilli. It gets on you to eat more though it can get quite spicy after a while. My dad even bought one container of chilli from them after that!
Good Hokkien Prawn Mee
I admit that this hawker centre might not be the cleanest that I have visited. In fact, the constant crowd during dinner time makes it difficult for cleaners to do their job quickly. It is also quite an old place in need of renovation. However, it has everything you want to eat. Besides the famous nasi lemak (and quite a number of other nasi lemak stalls that usually has no queue), there's also a popular Hokkien prawn mee. My whole family has been patronising it since I am young. It's neither too wet or too dry and the sambal chilli that goes with it is good too.
Ta Pau, ta pau!
No seriously, ta pau. Do NOT sit here and eat. The place is terrible. Flies everywhere. and the slowest table-clearing service I've ever seen. I'm not picky when it comes to hawker centres, but for the love of god, get some better service!
On the other hand, the food is top-notch. Everyone in Singapore seems to come here to get a taste of the Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak. There's always a long queue here, and it only seems to get longer after midnight. The chicken wing set here comes with a wing and egg, and a generous serving of one the most mouth-watering chilli I've ever tasted. The chicken is juicy, yet maintains the crisp exterior.
There are, of course, other stalls in Boon Lay Market, but they all pale in comparison to this stall. For example, the carrot cake stall beside the chinese nasi lemak stall. The carrot cake is just moist enough, yet not 'basah'. I highly recommend the black carrot cake. They give you a generous serving off eggs in the carrot cake.
In conclusion, good food but please, TA PAU.
If you're looking for cheap + good food, here's where you should go!
When you're at Boon Lay Market, try to avoid going for seats near the waste bins. The reason for this is not just because there might be a smell (actually there isn't much), but there are cleaners who dump/throw waste into the bins, and sometimes, they miss, so it splatters.
I think the food is worth the prices listed there. One of my favourites is the satay stall, which is open in the late afternoon till night time. Each stick of satay costs 50 cents, no matter whether it's mutton, chicken, pork, or beef. The satay is tasty and the rice texture is just nice, not too hard nor too soft.
Another stall I frequent at boon lay market is the fish soup stall. At $3.50, you can get a bowl of sliced fish soup with a bowl of rice. This would be recommended for those who are on a diet. Each portion of fish served is weighed so that they're almost similar in portions. After drinking the soup, you wont feel thirsty, unlike drinking soup that is high in MSG.
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
This stall is one which most people already know of, due to it’s many awards, but for those who are new to it, it is synonymous with good food and West-side.
First off: Nasi Lemak is defined by it’s rice and sambal.
The rice is definitely one to look out for, as it’s fluffy, fragrant and offers a good bite with every spoonful. The sambal also is not just spicy as with other stalls’ chilli paste, but offers a sweet tinge to it, which is peculiar yet delightful.
Sounds good so far, and deserving of it’s titles, doesn’t it? But here’s where you’re going to have to take your chances:
Although the staff of this stall are very efficient, the queue for this stall is often longer than expected, and the wait, typically 10-15mins on a regular night, and can take up to 45mins on it’s busier nights would surely turn some potential customers off who would rather get their meals over and done with quickly.
Also, the quality of the side dishes, in essence the fried chicken wings, the bagedils (potato patties), so on and so forth actually depends on who’s working, and at what timing you come in for your meal. So far, I have not been disappointed as I often come in at night (10pm onwards), where I find that the side dishes are better prepared, and more satisfying, but if you should order in earlier, there is a slight chance of your meal not coming in as good in quality as when you last had in: case in point, I had a friend buy it for me earlier in the night on one such incident and the chicken was smaller and not as delightful as the other times, the rice being separated and brittle and not as moist and soft, and the sambal… no.
So take your chances if you’re game for it – if it’s on a good shift though, you’re in for a treat!
Packed with punches of flavour & freshness
I moved into the Boon Lay neighbourhood 2 years ago. The one thing that brings me most joy even until now, is having the "Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak" for my supper.
Almost every single night, the queue from the shop goes way beyond the steps that lead to the hawker center and everyone who frequents the area are already used to it. On weekends there's even more people who come to eat this Nasi Lemak, but the great thing is that the stall knows everybody hates queuing, so their service is impeccably fast and still ever so generous with their portions. The staff is friendly and cheerful, and the smell that comes from all the wonderful food cooking in the kitchen is... heavenly. Delicious, simple and with chilli that simply packs a punch, It is amazing how they have perfected their recipe and made it so consistent every single time.
My order is always the original; the fragrant coconut rice, hot & succulent crispy chicken wing+drumlet, a perfectly shaped sunny side-up with a runny yolk, fried crunchy ikan bilis (anchovies)+toasted nuts, and cool slices of cucumber. All these on a plate, together with their famous red hot spicy chilli (sambal tumis)
All that goodness for only $3.00-$3.50. You can't get anything better at that price, and that super-quick service. There are plenty of customers who come from all over to get this famous nasi lemak, and i can't blame them. It's too good for you not to try at least once!
a noodle shop that i liked
I have been patronizing a particular noodle shop there ever since I was young. I like the wanton noodle very much - priced only at $2.50, the wantons in particular are very special. There have some crunchy parts inside which gives the wanton a very different taste to the other wanton noodles I've tried in Singapore. The noodle is filled with a lot of sauce if you ordered dried wanton noodles. However, the portion is quite small for me. There are a lot of people queuing up for that stall even there it may appear to have no crowd in front of that stall as many are away finding a place to sit or trying to order other food at the same time.
I normally have to wait up to 10 to 15 minutes for the noodles. The stall also sells porridge and other noodles too. At boon lay market place, it is normally crowded during weekends especially during dinnertime. There is absolutely no place to sit and you have to go there early to find a place. The food there is priced at a low rate, sometimes two times cheaper than what you get from other shopping malls. There are also many nice stalls around there, like the chicken rice stall, and the hor fun stall which I love. However, the tables and chairs may not be completely clean even though the cleaners may have cleaned it already as they do not do a good job.
cheap, filling and tasty!
Having studied at Boon Lay area for the past two years, this market is of no stranger to me. Sometimes after school before the commencement of our CCA, we will go over to the market to have our meals. Everything tastes better when it's not canteen food! The market is usually crowded during meal times and it definitely serves as a positive indicator that the food sold there is tasty, otherwise why would people bother going there? Queues are a common sight in this market and there are a few stalls with exceptionally long queues. I think it was the curry chicken noodle store! I tried it once and it is really tasty. Tender chicken meat with fragrant and not overly-spicy gravy. Yums!
However, the Pontian Wanton Mee sold there differed in quality and taste from the one I had at 313. The 313 one tastes better and it's just different here. I have no idea why. I wouldn't suggest having the wanton mee here, if you would like to try it, do head down to 313's Food Republic instead! Other than that, everything I have tried from there is tasty, cheap and most importantly, filling! The portions are generous and it's everything you can ask for from a plate or bowl of local delight. And the pancakes that the reviewer below me has mentioned sounds totally delish! The ham one sounds ideal for breakfast. I can't wait to check that out on my next visit to the market!