More commonly referred to by locals as "Bedok 85", 85 Fengshan Centre is home to many local delicacies like Ba Chor Mee (Minced Pork Noodles), BBQ Chicken Wings, BBQ Stingray, Oyster Omelette, satay as well as Cantonese Congee.
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True Blue Hawker Experience
I’ve always known Fengshan Centre as my mum endearingly calls it ‘pui chap gor’, or ‘85’ in the Hokkien dialect. Now, almost all my east sider friends know about it. Probably the whole Singapore does as I even have mates from Jurong making the trip all the way here from the west. As a student in the school nearby it was a mandatory post CCA hangout to wind down after tireless SYF sessions.
Block 85, despite all its hype about its ‘BBQ Stingray’ or ‘Minced Meat Noodles’, I still wouldn’t say is that fantastic, particularly its iconic ‘Bak Chor Mee’. I know this is heresy to most Singaporeans, but hear me out! It is no 3 star Michelin stuff, it does not deserve the title of ‘ greatest noodles ever’ but it is home. In its garlic infused broth and golden nuggets of pork rind floating in it, it is a taste of comfort and safety. It’s Bak Chor Mee is no frills and straightforward. It’s a decent dish to have at 9 pm on a Wednesday night after a bad day and you just want to feel full with something that offers a certain sense of familiar contentment.
Nevertheless, it does not discount the other dishes served up, good old school desserts and gooey oyster omelette that satisfies all sorts of hawker foods cravings. In its cracked melamine stools and hawkers that amazingly can remember exactly where all the seats are numbered, it's a true blue quintessential hawker experience not to be missed. Especially since it doesn’t create that massive a dent in the wallet!
Childhood memories, roadside eateries
Having lived in Bedok all my life, Blk 85, as the locals fondly refer to it as, is no unfamiliar territory. From my primary school days, when I would rush here after school to eat bak chor mee with my companions, to my secondary school days, when I would come here for supper with my friends, this place features in many wonderful memories.
The first time I came here, of course, was with family, and I remember being awestruck at the number of food options available. From oyster omelettes to satay, and from sambal stingray to aforementioned bak chor mee, I was spoilt for choice. The BBQ smell lingering in the air may be off-putting for those who had just showered and come from home, but to me, it simply whetted my appetite, rejuvenating my stomach and preparing my taste buds for simply astounding hawker fare.
Do not be fooled - the atmosphere, despite the hype, is average, just like any other hawker centre around. The food, though, I dare say, is perhaps unrivaled, except maybe by Old Airport Road food centre. This place serves up home-grown, classically Singaporean fare, and is an amalgamation of stores serving different, brilliantly prepared cuisines.
The dishes are wonderful, and so are the memories made here.
Block 85 Fengshan Food Centre- Not Just for Supper
Having grown up with eating food at Blk 85, I must say that I'm a bit sick of the food there. Granted, there are famous stalls that sell popular food such as bar chor mee, BBQ stingray, cantonese porridge and satay bee hoon that attracted the weekend supper crowd. However, for breakfast and lunch, there are some good stalls though not much variety. Since reviews here mostly rave about what to eat for dinner, I will introduce some established and new stalls that are opened during the day.
Here, there's one coffee stall making good coffee, toast and eggs for many years. Residents here will be familiar with the stall run by 3 sisters who take over from their father. There's always a queue for their great coffee. Another popular stall for breakfast is the Miao Xiang vegetarian bee hoon which is fried just right, not too dry or wet. There's always a long queue but the portion is very small. To me, this is the best bee hoon I have ever tasted. Bee Hoon is my favourite dish and I'm very particular about it.
Siang Siang Chwee Kueh is quite famous here, the owners even went to New York for Singapore Day. However, I find their turnip toppings a bit dry for my liking.
For lunch, we have the usual mixed vegetable rice, zi char , wanton mee and fishball noodles stalls. A special mention is the Shi Wei Da Teochew mixed vegetable and porridge stall. This stall at night sells the famous satay bee hoon. I have been patronising this stall since student days, and they cook very nice Teochew porridge, fresh steamed fish and other dishes which is not too oily . Taste of food is OK but stall wins in the freshness of the food. During weekends, food is usually sold out before noon as many residents here come early for lunch.
Other stalls worth mentioning are the Guan Guan Seafood and Taiwan claypot dish stalls..
Guan Guan seafood is THE zi char stall in this hawker centre. They sell delicious hor fun, hotplate beancurd and other dishes. There's a VERY LONG queue during weekends after 6.30pm even for takeaways. 1 dish I don't like is the Hong Kong fried rice. The colour is pinkish and very salty though portion is large.
Another good stall that just moved from the hawker centre to a nearby coffeeshop is the stall selling Western food, nyonya chap chye and belachan fried fish. They also sell the not so common German pork knuckles. I have tried their fish and chips and it tasted crispy.
As for ah balling peanut soup, I think the taste is OK. A friend who works at Clementi informed me that the tangyuan at original peanut soup stall there tastes much better.
Besides great hawker fare, do check out a few good eateries and bakeries around Blk 85. They are Ice Cream U Scream, Togather western food cafe and Choc-A-Bloc bakery famous for their chocolate cakes.
Fond Memories, Good Food
I've been coming to Block 85 for my favourite hawker food since my primary school days! I've tried sambal stingrays from almost every hawker I go to and Chan BBQ is still one of my faves. The one from Chomp Chomp Seafood (even though they're at bedok 85) is also good and less spicy than Chan BBQ if you can't handle the heat.
I also really love the satay bee hoon because the uncle is super generous! A $3 portion could easily be $6 at other hawkers. If you miss the satay bee hoon at east coast lagoon, do give his place a try! Don't miss the famous ba chor mee, chai chee porridge, BBQ chicken wings and or luak too!
Blessed are those who live in the vicinity of Bedok 85
85 Fengshan Centre (better known as "Bedok 85") is the mother of all hawker centres. I have been consistently eating here every week for the last decade and this is hands down, the best hawker centre to me.
I normally enjoy dry bak chor mee, but the bak chor mee here is superb! The soup is flavourful and the minced meat is extremely tender. The carrot cake here is one of my favourites as well. If you, like me, have a hard time deciding between white and black carrot cake every single time, you can opt for half plate of each over here! When I had braces, I used to have the Chai Chee Porridge 3 times a week and still am loving it. Other must tries include Ah Balling Peanut Soup, Chicken Wings, Newton Prawn Mee, and the BBQ seafood. Great place for dinner and supper!
All I can say is: blessed are those who live in the vicinity of Bedok 85.
Amazing Local food galore!
I have been to Bedok 85 several times. To be honest, the food here is just phenomenal. Cheap prices and awesome local food. What more can you ask for? Here are some of my personal favourites.
Chong Pang Huat BBQ chicken wings - priced at $1.20 per wing, it is reasonable and the taste of its sauce will make you lick your fingers more than once.
Minced Meat Noodle- Normally I like my minced meat noodle dry, but when I ate the soup version of it I was blown away. The soup was delicious and I couldn't stop drinking it. Meatballs were easy to masticate and chewy. Overall just delicious
BBQ Stingray- With sizes varying from $10/$15/$20, this bbq stingray with sambal sauce is a great dish to order and share with friends and family. As a person who likes strong flavours, this dish really was my favourite. The sambal chilli is aromatic and simply just amazing.
In all if you want to have cheap and good food in the east, you definitely can't miss bedok 85!
Cheap and Good Local Foodfare
Bedok 85 market is my favourite food place to go to! Its a 5 minutes walk from my grandparents', and I've been schooled at the Bedok area for the past 8 years of my life so it's definitely not an unfamiliar place.
These are the stores I would recommend you to eat from.
We spent around $30 for 5 people. It used to be cheaper, don't get me started on the rising prices.
1. My all time favourite Chai Chee Pork Porridge
They opened two stores in the same vicinity of Bedok 85 Hawker Centre, one opens at night the other during the day. A definite must try!!! Soooo good, very few other porridge stores in Singapore have been able to reach such standards.
2. Bak Chor Mee but NOT from the two famous bak chor mee stores that are side by side.
This might stir up some debate, but honestly, the two bak chor mee side by side stores that seemingly are well acclaimed and have certificates plastered all over them are just (what I personally feel) overrated! Their soup is not that fantastic and flavourful as what many have made it out to be. This is coming from someone who has been eating at 85 for the past 10+ years. Rather, try the less popular bak chor mee store that's behind the row of these two overpopularised store- it's bound to wow you. I forgot it's name, but you can be sure the queue is much shorter and its broth is so much more flavourful! Try it for yourself.
3. Chong Pang Huat BBQ Chicken Wing
Ah, another controversial matter. MANY, and I would say MANY, would recommend you to patronise Sin's Bedok North BBQ Chicken Wing. I beg to differ. Established in Bedok 85 much later than Sin's, Chong Pang Huat chicken wings are of superior quality and are of finger licking goodness. Service is much better as well, whereby staff, even though busy, would not hestitate in responding to your queries.
4. Ah Balling Peanut Soup
Recommended for its Tang Yuan/Glutinous Rice Ball!
5. Store selling Cuttlefish Kangkong (there's only one in bedok 85 market and it never fails to have an extremely long queue so it's difficult to miss out.)
Forgot its name, but the portions given are extremely generous and the cuttlefish is fresh and slick. Price is fairly reasonable too.
Have tried the fried oyster from probably most of the stores in bedok 85, and all of them are either too dry or sparing with the oyster.
Many famous stalls to choose from!
I have been visiting this famous eastern hawker establishment for the past 9+ years, and no doubt this will still be my top choice if I'm gathering with a large group of friends for a nice hawker fare dinner. The place has gone through a face-lift and now there are no more movable seats and tables in the outdoor area, as it has been replaced by permanent stone seats. Now these outdoor seats can only cater to at most 8 people, given that you are sitting shoulder to shoulder. So if you have a large group, perhaps sitting indoors would be more advisable.
Every time when I am there, I will always order a portion of the soup bak chor mee for myself. Maybe the biggest dilemma for the first time visitor will wonder which of the two side-by-side stalls should they order from, since they appear to serve the exact same version of the soup bak chor mee. My suggestion? You can order from either, because it is really almost similar in terms of taste, but both are really yummy. Or you can always order from the stall with the longer queue haha.
Usually, we will order many types of food to share, such as stingray, oyster omelette, fried carrot cake, chicken wings, satay etc. There are so many options to choose from, so there is something for everyone. Do note that each drink stall 'serves' certain tables only, so be aware of where you are sitting and order from the appropriate stall. Nevertheless, the drink stalls' aunties and uncles are always very nice to us, sometimes they even help us to chope seats and get the cleaners to clear the tables for us! So, remember to order from them after they have helped you, and do try their sugar cane drink!
Spoilt for choice
People always tell me how lucky I am to live near 85. I couldn't agree more! Growing up with a great hawker centre so close to me is indeed fortunate.
Most of the public would visit 85 for its chicken wings, ba chor mee and barbecued seafood. Yet, there are many stalls in 85, new and old, that deserve as much (if not more) recognition than those 'popular' stalls.
Soon Mong Duck Rice, for example, offers braised duck rice and porridge. Their rice looks like plain white rice but there is an aroma to it, a subtle taste that makes you want to come back for more. If you're adventurous, do try their duck heads! It's my personal favourite and it's extremely cheap. (less than $3)
Other good food there include Swa Tow Wanton Mee (they aren't stingy with the filling in their dumplings too!), Satay Bee Hoon and Cuttlefish Kang Kong.
As for desserts, do try the Ah Balling! They have black sesame, peanut and yam flavours in different soups - peanut, almond milk or ginger. The yam ones are exceptionally big and are very filling. For the soups, my favourite would be the peanut soup. Soft and sweet boiled peanuts in a sugary broth that does not overpower the rice balls.
With a large variety of food, it's hard to get bored of 85, even after all these years.
Easily the best supper place in Singapore
Bedok 85 is like bragging rights for any Eastie in Singapore, the one reason I can laugh at my friends living in the west. Why? Because the west ain't got nothing as awesome as Bedok 85. Home to one of the best variety of late night food, 85 is one of the supper hangouts I most frequent.
The ba chor mee is simply a must try for anyone who have not tasted minced pork noodles in soup. Honestly, I was surprised as I entered university that many Singaporean friends never actually tasted this local delight before. Gosh, what have they been doing with their lives?! Hahaha. With bbq chicken wings, oyster omelette, satay as well as sambal stingray all available under one roof, it is easy to blow over $10 on this place. There is food for everyone and the best part is that the food centre operates past midnight. Words can't really describe how awesome this place is, so I'll leave you with a picture!