It is located within walking distance from Tiong Bahru MRT station. The hawker centre is a place filled with many delicious food and is connected to a market.
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Spacious, and a lot of variety!
Being a north-dweller, I seldom have the chance to travel to Tiong Bahru. However, this place is just a stone throw away from my office, so I have had many chances to try out the food there!
Many stalls in Tiong Bahru Market are famous for their delectable dishes. I've tried the famed Tiong Bahru Curry Rice, which always boasts a long queue during lunch hour, and it indeed lives up to its reputation! The curry is indeed delicious on the rice. I have it almost all the time when we lunch there.
Other than that, I've also tried the fish soup stall next to it and the chicken rice a few stalls down. Both are pretty average hawker standard though. There are still many stalls to try, but I will wait till I get sick of the curry rice.
Also, although it gets crowded during lunch hours, because the hawker centre is so spacious, you can always get a seat almost instantly. However, food-wise it might take some time. If you are adventurous and looking for good food to try there, follow the crowd. Some stalls are evidently more famous than the others, as you are sure to find out.
Ascending into a Food Paradise
One of my memories of this place involves a cup and an escaltor.
I was travelling down the escalator in the middle of the night with a cup of blended juice in my hand. As I finished it, I slowly reached the bottom end of the escalator, accidentally tripped, spilt my ice and almost slipped and fell.
However, despite that terrifying close shave with a terrible accident, the escalators of the place are the characteristic features that remind me of this place. While the variety of stalls are competitive like most hawker centres, there are some stalls with chicken wings which make it perfect for a late night snack. This is one of the places which my family used to go to for late night suppers, and the escalators are significant of entering a place of bonding with food. I still love the feeling of ascending into a food paradise - that was always my thought when I went up the escalators.
Know what to look out for before going
I was just recently introduced to the Tiong Bahru market. Right off the bat its easy to tell whether or not the stall is famous based on the length of the queue stalls. Stars like the Wanton Mee and Roast Duck had really long lines. (be prepared to wait at least 20 mins+)
The Lor Mee and Prawn Noodles were decent, but rather forgetful. Queueing about 20 minutes for the famous Wanton Mee decent but was not worth the wait (noodles were springy but char siew was dry).
The highlight was definitely the Jian Bo Chwee Kueh, one of the last remaining "old guards" of Tiong Bahru. It was simply amazing: the rice cake was delightfully firm and the chai poh was really flavourful. Made it worth the visit.
Where has all the old stalls gone?
I remembered the old Tiong Bahru hawker centre before this upgrading. The old place did not have two levels and it was not this big. But it was fun competing for that precious table or sharing tables with strangers. At that time, there was this famous porridge stall. It was also fun to sweat through your shirts while having the good hot porridge.
Ever since the upgrading, I was not able to capture the same feeling. Even the porridge did not taste as good as the old place. The new place was more airy so I would not sweat so much when eating the porridge.
All that being said, this place still had a few good stalls. There is the stall selling curry, the lou mee, wantan mee and even western food. These were the few stalls I had tried and kept going back.
Regular hawker centre, with some treasures
Most of the food in this place is rather average, like the laksa and wanton noodles. In fact, the food centre's hawker stalls seem no different from others. However, there are a few stalls which sell tasty and delicious food at affordable prices.
There is a shop selling pig's organ soup, while the soup itself is not fantastic, what is good from this shop is the glutinous rice roll, which has a unique flavour and rain texture that makes it one of a kind. There is also the famous tiong bahru chwee kueh which has its original shop here which has served its legendary vegetable oil and flour cakes with chai poh for years. Do also give the roast suckling pig a try from the tiong bahru meat shop.
The food centre is hot so i'l advise going there on a cool day. For old timers, prepare for disappointment as the food centre is not as good as before.
The best market in town
Even though I often visit Tiong Bahru market like at least once every 2 weeks on the weekend, I still find this market the best in town.
Personally, I find 4 of my favourite dishes here. First being the famous boneless chicken rice stall, which is the 2nd stall on your right when you come up the escalator. I love their rice so much that I always finish it before the chicken. The chicken is also marinated very well and tasty enough. It usually comes with a generous serving of salted vegetables as well.
Second will be the hokkien prawn noodles, which is the first stall on your left coming up the escalator. I think their secret lies in the soup base. The taste, texture of noodles and sambal chilli is a wonderful combination!
3rd will be the dried prawn mee right opposite the escalator on the far end. Their sambal chilli is to die for.
And lastly, 178 Lor Mee which is served in green bowls, and located near the Tiong Bahru Pau stall. It comes with a generous servings of fried fish, which you seldom see such combination elsewhere. The fried fish tastes really good though.
There are also 2 soya bean stalls in this market as well. I usually go for the one with longer queue as there is really a difference in the taste from the other stall if you were to make a comparison.
Also, if you are still not full from your meal, you can drop by Tiong Bahru Pau to grab some snacks, or the famous fried youtiao from a few stalls there.
I just can’t get enough of this market!
Located within walking distance to tiong bahru MRT, getting here is easy. This is a treasure trove of delicious and hyped-foods, from their chwee kueh, lor mee to the tiong bahru paus and mee jiang kueh. How I wish I could be transported there now!
These food centre provides a large array and different cuisines to suit every palate. Come during breakfast, the place would be packed with families enjoying a hearty breakfast and foodies snapping away. When you come here, remember to come on an empty stomach and be prepared to queue for all the famous foods that can be found here! The peanut mee jiang kueh, for one, surpasses any other MJK I've tried before. The peanut is aromatic and is not too sweet, paired with fluffy kueh, what a delight, I could down 3 of them!
Prepare to feast if you do come around!
Chwee Kueh is awesome here among other things!
I love the unique taste and fragrance of their chye poh which might be slightly salty to some. however there is no hiding the fact that it blends well with the plain tasting chwee kueh which brings up it's flavour. Though their chye poh may be a tad bit oily, it's still a treat.
the prawn noodles here are well worth a try too. For one, they actually put in meatballs in their bowl of noodles and the broth has a strong prawn flavour which goes easy on the tongue.
This place is always a must-visit for me as long as I'm in the area, with good reason too.
Crowded, but yummy food
It is a bustling hawker centre just off Outram Park MRT station and Tiong Bahru Plaza. During lunch time, the crowd can get crazy and there might not be seats. The queues for the stalls are generally very long but I assure you that the quality of the food is very worth the wait and the hassle.
Some famous dishes are shark meat kolo mee (which I didn't like), hokkien mee, porridge with fried chicken liver, chicken rice, and Tiong Bahru bakery. I personally liked the hokkien mee and the food from the Western stall. The best time to visit the place for a quiet meal is about 4pm when the office lunch crowd has dispersed. By 7pm, not many stalls are still open.
Frankly, I have not been to Tiong Bahru Market many times. Despite that, I am happy to say that all my visits were satisfying.
Compared to air-conditioned Kopitiam and food courts, where can I still find a place that still allow some reminiscence of the old Singapore hawker? Where can I find a place that offers not one or two, but many delicacies in one place? Well, that's Tiong Bahru Market, at least for me.
Their wanton noodles, hokkein mee and especially kuai chap are my favourite in the market. With sugar cane drink accompanying the food, delicious. Furhermore, desserts such as the in-trend beancurd can be found in the market too!
I really love how the renovated Tiong Bahru market still allow the younger generation have a taste of old hawker centres in Singapore. In addition, the newly renovated market has installed numerous fans and coupled with the infrastructure design, the ventilation is great. Even during my afternoon visit there were cooling, despite sizzling heat from the sun on the outside.
The place can get a little crowded especially during peak hours. So do head down earlier to get a good spot to enjoy your meal! Some of the stalls have very long queue and the vendors' service are a little slow, so the waiting time can be quite long. But the queue is always long, you can guess how nice and woth it the food is!