Adam Road Food Centre
Located at the junction of Adam Road in Bukit Timah, this place is known for its local delicacies like its Nasi Lemak, Mutton Soup and Prawn Noodles. It is a quieter and less publicised food centre as compared to Newton Food Centre that is just about 10 minutes walking distance away.
So assuming you are lucky enough to reach the hawker centre, you will find that this is not a very big hawker centre with many stalls. I guess that there are not more than 20 stalls there. You will also notice long queues in front of the two stalls selling nasi lemak. I personally like the stall where the nasi lemak sets are named after cards in a poker game like full house, royal flush, etc.
If there are more parking lots there and less parking attendants giving summons, I may visit this hawker centre more frequently.
A word about the seller. He's Malay and never smiled. He has a perpetual look of disdain on his face only matched by that of his wife.
One thing I quickly learnt about the stall was never to take the "chili in the soy sauce" mix unless you have a death-wish or are totally impervious to capsaicin.
Nowadays, I don't see him anywhere. The stall seem to be run by presumably his children and I have not been patronising the stall in recent years. As grumpy as he was, he knew how to cook a mean soto soup.
I never bought the nasi lemak and often would wonder why people would queue for it. I had a taste of it once. nothing special but the soup kambing from the Indian stall (the one that sells only soup kambing and nothing else) is beyond special. You simply just have to have a serving and form your own opinion because I think highly of it and not even under torture would I alter my opinion.
I was waiting very patiently for my ex-boyfriend to come back buying a plate of noodles from me when a couple of birds decided the leftover food in front of me was a free-for-all buffet and started attacking my table. I waved them away but instead of intelligently flying off like flies, they fluttered on the floor, looked at me curiously, then came up again for round 2.
God those annoying pesky creatures. I changed tables as it became apparent it's a lost cause, but I realize my new sitting position puts me in the direct line of vision of the cleaner, who is intently studying me. I tried to glare than roll my eyes then pointedly raise my head at him but he just kept staring until my ex-boyfriend came back. Then suddenly, he was cleaning tables casually again.
I thought the noodles would be a good save but nah, life doesn't live up to my expectations that way. I was disappointed and hungry and visually violated and bird angry. So I left for Newton Food Center. Didn't help that it was a scorching afternoon.
Truly delicious and worth the queue. I’m actually allergic to prawns, so I have to remember to pack antihistamines into my bag before going to Adam Rd Food Centre for the pork rib prawn noodles. I’ve also tried the lontong from the makcik’s stall, delicious! Only available in the morning and yes, must queue.
I like slumming it in the hawker centre atmosphere. Sure its hot and humid and the smell gets all over your hair and clothes. Well, that’s what showers are for.
When it gets late you tend to get a lot of interesting people turning up there as well. I remember I had a business meeting there once and this crazy man just sat at the table next to us and started talking to himself.
It's not a place that I'd make it a point to go? But I'm still happy that it exists for the sake of getting late night meals.
The mee soto there is a hot favourite among my friends, with its tasty soup and fried potato croquette. Not to mention the prawn noodles, although it is slightly expensive at about $6 per bowl. You get free soup refills though, so make full use of it!
Drinks-wise, I highly recommend the fruit juice. For $1.50, you can get a big cup of 'Special', a unique blend of strawberries, orange, dragonfruit and other fruits I couldn't identify. The first time I tried the drink, I literally swooned.
End your meal with a refreshing ching tung at the dessert store, and your food conquest is complete!
The food here is painfully average, and may be even a tad too oily. However, I have had several friends who feel that this is the one-and-be-all, and my experience is one that is unusual. I've tried the notorious nasi lemak here, and I did not feel that it was too spectacular. With that being said, it isn't bad by any means. It's just that it lacks that 'wow' factor that truly prevents it from being a Singapore food icon.
Can be improved.
I've heard the Nasi Lemak there is super, but to me, i find it overrated! The que is just overwhelming and the Nasi Lemak doesn't have anything special about it. But the Prawn Noodles is definitely a must try. You can choose to have your noodles with soup or separate with the soup in a bowl. Perfect number of prawns come with the noodles, definitely a must try!
After the main course, why not have dessert to complete your meal! Get an Ice-Kachang or cold Cheng-Teng to go with it! Great way to finish your meal and enough to make you leave with a bulging stomach.
As I walked into the centre, i realise that this was a small rustic and old style hawker that has been around for really long. I do like the design of the place, small round enclose design with an opening in the middle. However, when I looked around, I was dismayed to see that most of the stalls were not opened. It was probably cause it is a Sat morning and most of the stalls were closed. The queues forming around the remaining nasi lemak and mutton soup stalls were really long.
I waited for about 30 minutes to get my mutton soup. Cool, although it was a long wait, it was worth the wait. The soup was thick, and aromatic and the mutton pieces were tender and plentiful. I would probably come back another day for the other stuff though. Too long queue.
Recently though, my impression of the place has really changed. Perhaps it was just unfortunate that I chose to go at a time when the church nearby had just ended their service. It was incredibly hard to find a parking spot, and the queue for the prawn mee was just ridiculous. It's not that the prawn mee wasn't good, it was just tiresome having to wait in line for 30 minutes just to get my lunch.
My friends decided to order a sambal stingray, lala, as well as a bowl of mutton soup. None of these met our expectations. The sambal stingray, whilst having a very decent sambal "topping", was far too small for the price we paid for it. The lala was basically 50% full of empty shells, and the mutton soup was just average.
My verdict? Definitely not worth the price for the BBQ Seafood as well as my time spent waiting for the prawn mee. There are several other hawker centres out there where you'd definitely find yourself having a much better experience.
This hawker centre serves various delicious food but for first timers, I would recommend trying the Nasi Lemak ($3.50). Do note that there are a few stalls selling Nasi Lemak but the genuine one is Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak, #01-02.
It will usually take 25-30 minutes to order your food due to the long queues. The rice is cooked with high quality basmati rice and the aroma of the coconut milk gives it a more defined taste. The other ingredients are quite ordinary though.
It is definitely worth visiting this food centre and treat yourself to some of Singapore's best local delicacies. Hygiene has improved over the years but the last time I visited last month, it still irks me when I see birds loitering around scavenging for food.
There is a particular stall selling prawn mee for $5 and $8 (if I did not remember wrongly). It was an utter disappointment. The soup tasted nothing like prawn mee soup and the prawns were not fresh, and not sweet. Plainly and honestly speaking, the soup was horrible. I would have never expected that level of standard for the price that I was paying for. That is one stall I would never visit again.
I would recommend visits for other dishes like the nasi lemak, but definitely not the prawn mee.
Parking might prove to be a rather huge problem for most patrons, but the food that awaits inside is really worth waiting for. First off with the famous Nasi Lemak. This is something everyone has to try. for five dollars a huge set and a delivery service too? And the Chilli and chicken and the rice oh i shant name anymore. It is near perfect!
Then there is the Stingray and Nasi Padang and Hokkien mee, but in the end the Nasi Lemak steals the limelight for this one too. The structure of the food centre is somewhat a cross between Bedok food Centre and Changi Village. All in all, you have to visit this place for some good hawker food.
My first order of business when I finally grab a seat away from the touts is to order a hot tea from an Indian-Muslim stall. The teh tarik here is simply the best!! Old-fashioned goodness right there in a glass! After that, I'm basically spoilt for choice. whether it's choosing to eat the nasi lemak at the renowned Selera Rasa stall or ordering a huge bowl of spicy Prawn Noodles or even BBQ seafood, there is something for everyone here!
Come on down to experience this melting pot of the best of local food!