Bedok South Market and Food Centre Hot
It is a neighboring food centre but it is worth to try most authentic food made by the locals of different races.
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Best Char Kuay Teow
This food centre is home to a number of popular good food. The most prominent stores, the ones that you will usually see a queue for, are the char kuay teow, fish ball noodles as well as the roasted duck rice stall. Recently, I visited the place again with my parents and we discovered several decent new stall like western food as well as a mix vegetable rice stall that serves porridge as well. The char kuay teow is the best I've had in Singapore so far, the noodles are wonderful stir fried, fragrant and not dry tasting.
Despite having numerous amount of good food, what irks me is that the cleaning service of this food centre is really bad. I think there are firstly an inadequate number of cleaners, evident from the number of tables that have used plates and bowls piled on them. Another thing is that the food centre tried to implement a "clear your own tray" policy, but they don't even clear those metallic shelves where they want you to deposit your tray! Something has to be done to improve the cleanliness of the place.
Good affordable food!
This market sits on an axis between Bedok South Road (where TJC) is and Upper Changi Road (where Bedok MRT station is on). Food here is priced around the regular price range of typical marketplaces in Singapore. It is however, going through renovations now. I’m not sure if the prices will rise with the new “ambience” or “facilities”. This market is spacious and well ventilated and has been the favourite for man TJCians for more than 20 years. As I live in the area, I’m quite familiar with the stalls.
Some good stalls include “Wong’s Western Food”. This is a food stall started by a Hainanese man. So the famous chicken chops, and fish and chips which were made popular by early Hainanese chefs in hotels around Singapore are epitomized here. Also good is the “85 Bar Chor Mee (Branch)”. They sell soupy Bar Chor Mee similar to that of the famous Blk 85 Bar Chor Mee at Bedok North. Though the soup is a little too salty for my liking, compared to that from the REAL 85, the fact that they provide a dry variant of their noodles make it a worthwhile try. The Char Kway Tiao stall in this establishment is also rather fantastic. The noodles a fried in an old fashioned, oily but extremely tasty style. And the boss’ control of the “rawness” of his hums is just fantastic. Not a recommendation for the health freak. But those of you who love your dose of oil and lard, this is a must try!
cheap and good
This Food Centre is reminiscent of the Blk 85 Food Centre in Bedok North which is much closer to my heart. Some of the stalls found at Blk 85 market can also be found here such as the Miao Xiang Vegetarian Noodles.
When I was eating here, the place was quiet as it was slightly after lunch hour. It was a nice place to eat in peace as food centres can get pretty busy during the rush hours and you will have to tolerate the heat and smoke from the stalls furiously producing food for customers.
As with most food centres, the prices are much cheaper than food courts and the quality of food certainly does not lose out. You can enjoy old time favourites such as carrot cake at a fraction of the price from that in food courts. The downside is that there is no air-conditioning and it may be a little unbearable with Singapore’s heat, though I feel that it is all part of the ambience.
I believe all food centres have their quiet times and bustling hours, and for Bedok South Market the quiet time seems to be around 3:30-4:30pm. Many of the stalls may not be open though, because those that specialize in breakfast would have closed by afternoon and some stalls only open at night.
Good food at an affordable price
There are many dishes I like at Bedok South Food Centre. Can't believe nowadays there are food stalls selling less than $3 for a bowl of Fishball Noodle. When night falls, fishball noodle stall has a long queue that need to wait up for about 15min. I don't mind the waiting time as the food is good and cheap, fishball is chewy and the noodle portion is just right for girls. Guys may need to upsize to $3 for more noodle. The soup is light and gives a tint of sweetness.
In the afternoon, there is a fried carrot cake stall at $2 per packet. I prefer white carrot cake and the portion is good enough for $2 per plate. Another stall that sells cheap food will be Yong Tau Foo. I remembered without noodle or rice, I've picked six ingredients and pay less than $2. I was shocked and thinking my hearing got problem but it is that cheap. However, the soup is quite salty and watery, and ingredients are not very fresh. I guess can't ask much as the price is really low. Just good enough for those who wish to fill up their stomach and have little allowance.
If you like to eat noodles.......
I believe that almost everyone in living in Bedok or the east would have heard of this food centre. It is located under the same roof as the wet-market.I like to drink their Kopi-O (coffee), from the stall that's in the middle of the food centre. Every morning, there will be a queue of people queuing up to buy their coffee and order their toasted bread and half boiled eggs. Beside the drink stall, there is also a minced pork noodle store, which has a lot of people order from. It costs $2.50 and is also one of the stores that have the best business as compared to others whom are also selling the same item.
If you were to go there in the evening or night, another famous stall which sells minced pork noodles opens (its located near the NTUC super-mart). Expect to wait for at least 20 minutes for your noodles to be ready as they are open till late night and majority of the patrons there would order their minced pork noodle. While waiting, you can order Barbecue chicken wings from other stalls. They range from $1 to $1.20, depending on stalls.
In conclusion, I would recommend trying out the stalls as they are one of the best sellers in the food centre.
money-saving place for those on tight budget, yet wanna eat good food!
Although this hawker centre is slightly further from the MRT, it is rightly situated across TJC. It's one of the most economic places to savour a bowl of Yong Tau Foo, or Kwetiao, or prawn noodle. I used to eat a $1.50 Yong Tau Foo with 4 items and 1 rice. How awesome is that!! It is more than enough for me! The stall could have increased the price to $2, but again, it's still SO CHEAP! It is no wonder that the queue is always long, but fret not! the uncles are very efficient, so it does not take you long before you can receive your bowl! I love the sausage plus mayo. It's the awesome combination at this stall! Other than this stall, I also love the kwetiao! However, you need to queue for this stall, because normally there will be 20 orders before you. Yes, this is how famous the stall is. Other than the eatery, the drink stalls are also great. They have all the variety that you want, like the grass jelly drinks, soy bean, grass jelly+soy bean, at affordable price, like $0.50 per cup (quite a big cup), or $1.00 per cup (for gigantic one!). If only this place is situated nearer to MRT, I would have patronized it again and again. This is sure a must-try place!
Possibly my favourite food centre
Having frequented the food centre for years, I can safely say that I know it like the back of my hand. It may very well be my favourite food centre.
The top 3 favourites of this food centre would have to be Hillstreet Char Kway Teow, Hock Seng Choon Fishball Kway Teow Mee and Niu Ji Prawn Noodles. On a Saturday morning, a waiting time of at least 15 minutes would be required. Without doubt, Hillstreet Char Kway Teow has got to be the best Char Kway Teow that I’ve ever tried in my life. It is extremely tasteful, fragrant and even for a non bean sprouts eater like myself, I devour them with surprising ease.
Hock Seng Choon has spoilt me. I no longer eat fishball noodles from other stalls because I do not settle anymore. Soup looks clear and plain, but we all know looks can be deceiving. Together with bouncy fish balls, the sweet soup makes for a healthy meal.
I’ve only tried Niu Ji a few times long ago, as I’m not much of a prawn noodles person. But judging by the queues, it is a definite must try if you are ever at the food centre.
Due to their immense popularity, each stall has devised its own efficient system of working that is actually fun to watch. All stall owners are highly skilled in handling crowds and vast orders. Their memory skills put mine to shame.
More recently, the famous Bedok 85 Bar Chor Mee has opened a stall here as well. Each time I get down to the food centre, it is almost always sold out though. Tough luck.
There are of course plenty of other choices, like chicken/duck rice, economic beehoon, porridge, western food, malay food, carrot cake etc. There is a stall owned by an auntie selling fried beehoon, kway teow and mee tai bak/mak that I recommend as well – food may not be as fantastic as the famous stalls, but still pretty decent!
My suggestion is to order from all stalls and share the portions!
Edit: The food centre is currently undergoing renovations and would only be reopened at the 4th quarter of the year. Yes, this is depressing.
Cheapest and Best Mee Rebus!
This is one of the cheapest and mouth watering Mee Rebus that i have ever tasted.
At a very reasonable price, $2 for a small serving and $3 for a large serving, it is more than what the price could offer. It will always be a long queue whenever i am there but this is based on first come first serve because once they have finished up the ingredients, they will not stock it up again. The queue starts as early as 7am on a weekend morning and sometimes earlier on weekdays. The service is very speedy. There is an auntie who takes the order while the uncle will be making the Mee Rebus. The staffs are very friendly. However, when the queue is long, the auntie won't have time for a chat but she will make multiple orders from people.
One thing i like the best about this Mee Rebus is the very traditional taste. You can taste different kind of combination of flavors in the gravy which is the shrimp and peanut paste. It may look like curry but this is more dense and thick. It comes with yellow noodle and one egg.
If you are a big eater, you will go for a second bowl cause it is too addictive.