Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre is an amalgamation of 3 former hawker centres located in Taman Jurong, namely Corporation Drive Market, Yung Sheng Food Centre and Corporation Drive Food Centre. Comprises 123 cooked food stalls and 57 market stalls.
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Large Variety of Great-Tasting and Cheap Food
I was watching "Tuesday Report: Where We Connect" on channel 8 just now. It was about a group of stallholders at the Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre with very kind hearts. Some of them have been hawkers at Taman Jurong for many years and know many of their customers. These stallholders take the time, effort and money to help some of the less unfortunate people living in the area. It was a heartwarming documentary.
Other than great people, Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre also boasts of a great variety of sumptious food. Listed are my favourite stalls:
1) BBQ Seafood (Woodlands Branch) @ #03-178 - Not sure why this food stall is a Woodlands Branch. Maybe it was originally sited at Woodlands before they move to Taman Jurong and it was too troublesome to change the stall name. The BBQ seafood is one of the best I've ever sampled. I love their stingrays, squids, petai beans, and kang kong. The food is all sinfully oily and flavoured with sambal chilli. This is a very popular stall.
2) Yong Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee @ #03-177 - This stall serves the best Char Kway Teow. Compared to other char kway teow stalls, this stall's Char Kway Teow is considered not oily. They don't serve Chinese sausage, which I dislike anyway. They serve a generous helping of cockles and prawns. If you don't want cockles, they serve squids instead, which is also great. They also serve Hokkien Mee. You can also request for more vegetables to make a sinfully great-tasting dish less unhealthy.
3) Yi Ping Tung Charcoal Claypot Soup @ #03-157 - This stall serves a variety of Chinese soups. I love Chinese soups. Being a Cantonese, I grew up drinking them. Their soups are all boiled using charcoal. Any hawker centre that provides Chinese soups is a great hawker centre.
4) Hougang Jing Jia Mutton Soup @ #03-156 - Again, not sure why 'Hougang' is included in the name. Maybe the stallholder has a special attachment to Hougang. This stall serves superb mutton soup. I love mutton soup, and I think it is a great alternative to Chinese soups. The stallholder is one of those warmhearted people who help those who are less fortunate.
5) Jing Hui Duck Noodle Rice Porridge Kway Chap @ #03-152 - I love duck meat, and this stall sells both braised and roasted duck meat. Other than duck rice, duck noodles, duck porridge and kway chap, this stall also sells Chinese tonic soups.
6) Wang Wang Wanton Mee Curry Chicken Mee @ #02-90 - This stall has won some awards, and is a very popular stall. They sell a great variety of noodles like Ipoh Hor Fun, Wanton Mee, Curry Chicken Mee and Fuzhou Mee. My favourite is their Ipoh Hor Fun flavoured with green chilli. My kid loves their Wanton Mee.
7) Leng Huat Fishball Noodle Laksa @ #02-89 - I'm not a fan of fishball noodles, but this stall sells pretty good laksa. It's also a great stall to patronise if you're having a very late dinner as they open past midnight.
8) China Fish Soup @ #02-75 - This stall serves a generous helping great tasting fish slices and chilli sauce. My kid loves the chilli sauce so much he always ordered a lot--so much so that we asked him whether he was drinking the soup or the chilli sauce.
Other than my 8 favourite, there are also many great stalls. One thing's for sure--one can never get bored with the large variety of delicious and cheap food in the Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre.
Why isn't this place famous?
Although Taman Jurong Market and Food Center is hardly regarded as one of 'famous' food centers in Singapore (think Maxwell..), there is actually number of fantastic hawker stalls here with their own small group of regulars lucky enough to discover these gems and perhaps selfish enough to conceal it to themselves..
I love the fuzhou fishball wonton noodle stall on the second floor-both the fishballs and wonton noodles are excellent. The noodles is especially notable. I'm not a noodles person, but I'll gladly slurp up the noodles on its own as they taste so much better than what is served at most high-end restaurants.
A curry fish head stall on the third level also dishes out a good pot of fish head curry, and it is even 'healthier' to boot, according to a newspaper review pasted there. But worry not, because the taste is not at all compromised.
There is also a very popular fish soup noodle stall with really long queues during lunch. I've only managed to try it once but it was well worth the wait with generous portions of fresh fish.
I'll give the vegetarian stall there a miss though. The variety of vegetarian dishes on display is very enticing but it does not taste as good as it looks. The food was stale, cold and difficult to swallow on all three occasions that I've tried it.