Old Airport Road Food Centre

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Yes, indeed! I really do like the wide variety of food at the Old Airport Road Food Centre. Being food lovers, my family simply loves visiting the different food centres for the best local delights in Singapore. And we enjoy being food enthusiasts.

We simply love the Lao Fu Zhi fried kway teow and Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee, which are without doubt, always of long queues. Then again, good things are worth the wait, aren't they? Who can resist those lip-smacking and simply heavenly dishes?

I have to say that one doesn't necessarily need to spend a bomb just to be able to enjoy the best food around.

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Something from everybody
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4.5
Food isn't hard to find in Singapore, good food is. Good food all in one place? That's something magical. Old Airport Road has been somewhat a constant destination for food since my parents are always crazy over the Lor Mee. Yellow noodles cooked to perfection and served in a savoury bowl of dark sauce and accompanied with vinegar, sambal chilli and chopped garlic. I don't really enjoy the long queues for it though.

Whenever my friends and I are having trouble thinking of a suitable dinner spot, Old Airport Road tends to pop into mind. Affordable prices and a large variety of good food like Char Kuay Teow, Prawn Noodles, Oyster Omelette as well as Western Food just to name a few. The appearance of Lao Ban and 51 soybean curd in recent years only made the place more enjoyable to visit.

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one of the best
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4.5
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5.0
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2.0
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4.5
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3.5
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4.5
for sure this is one of the best hawker centres in singapore. maybe even the best. you gotta try the laksa at the stall nearest to the front. its delicious and perfectly spicy. i also like the chicken wings. probably the best in the neighbourhood area. anyways, i go here almost once or twice a month.
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delicious food generally, but be prepared to queue and wait for seats
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4.5
With a wide variety of food choices to choose from, the Old Airport Road Food Centre is always crowded during mealtimes.

Generally, all the food items there are acceptable, but there are certain ones that are worth travelling to the location for. For food, I like the prawn noodles that is located at the left on the first row, nearer to the main road. I do not usually get prawn, but pork ribs instead. The ingredients used are fresh and the soup is tasty. Rarely, the noodles are overcooked. At the second row on the right side, there is a stall specializing in chee cheong fun and prawn roll. The prawn, mushroom and char siew chee cheong fun are all worth a try as the skin is soft and it melts in my mouth, always. The prawn roll contains a lot of chestnut, which makes it very juicy and crunchy.

For dessert, be prepared to queue for quite awhile for the famous lao ban beancurd. The beancurd is silken soft and melts in my mouth. A good alternative will be fruit juices that are good to wash off the oiliness from the food eaten. There is a stall on the left side on the second row that sells a wide variety of juices and I will get the apple passionfruit. As they do not add water or even much ice into the fruit juice, the drink is full of natural sweetness and it contains real seeds from the passion fruit.

Old Airport Road Food Centre is a great place for a cheap and full meal, and it is preferable to arrive early to get seats, especially when going in a big group.
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Love the carrot cake!
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4.0
I visited this place with friends recently, and I tried the carrot cake. (First floor near the bean curd shops.) I could actually literally see the lady preparing the carrot cake in the stall. The food was steaming when I took it back to my table and ate it. It was absolutely delicious and fresh! The chilli was perfectly blended into the cake.

There was virtually no oil in the dish and four dollars for a considerably large plate. I also had the 51 Soyabean Curd and which was cooling but slightly powdery. There’s a very cute bakery opposite the drinks stall on the first floor. It sells animal-shaped pineapple tarts and delicious muffins. Although the place is rather rundown, it’s definitely a place I’ll continue to visit for comfort food. I suggest people visit the place in the late afternoon on a weekday when business is rather slow, even the soybean shops!

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Tao huay!!
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4.0
No one can think about Old Airport Road Food Centre without thinking about the famous Lao Ban and 51 Beancurd - Indeed, I go there solely to buy them. They are quite unlike the normal beancurd sold at most places, and that is the attraction. They even come in unusual flavours like strawberry, durian and almond. So far, the almond and regular flavours are the more popular ones. I urge you to try the beancurd there; you'll never want to stop eating it!

Of course, they sell all sorts of other local fare there like Hokkien Mee and Char Kway Teow, and while they are definitely delicious, I would not say that they are exceptional.

Be prepared to queue though!
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Crowded for a good reason!!
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4.0
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4.5
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4.0
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3.5
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4.0
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4.0
Old Airport Road Food Centre, a true melting pot of crowds, great food, and aromas. Located a mere 5 minutes walk from Mountbatten MRT, this large and spacious food centre is a throwback to the good old days of hawker food and high ceilings!

My must-have when I visit is the western food stall, located at the 2nd row of stalls. Their portions are unusually big and their prices are the same as most other western food stalls across the island. The Hokkien noodle stall is also very popular (as are many of the other stalls) due to the tasty noodle dish they cook up. A table laden with fresh sugarcane juice, oyster omelette, fragrant satay and Hokkien noodles is my best memory of dining at this place.

It's a pity, though, that many of these stalls close before 11pm and there's not much to offer foodies looking for a late supper.
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singapore's real taste paradise
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4.0
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5.0
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3.0
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3.0
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5.0
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4.0
What is interesting about Old Airport Road food court is the amalgamation of hawker foods and stalls from all over Singapore that it offers.

Take the goreng pisang stall that originated from Geylang Lor 20. For me this was a hit and miss; certain pieces came out incredibly crisp and sweet, while other pieces seemed to have some remnants of the banana peel left on it, which left a bitter and slimy aftertaste on my tongue.

On the other hand, the prawn mee originating from Albert Street was absolutely delicious! I usually dislike this dish, but I just could not get enough of their rich broth and the fresh, succulent prawns. There was none of the usual ‘xing wei’ (as Singaporean Chinese like to term ‘smelly’ seafood) that I often detect in lesser prawn mees.

I would also recommend would be the soursop juice from Meilock Soursop Juice, kway teow from Lao Fu Zi and the yusheng from Xin Mei Congee. It may seem peculiar to order the latter outside of Chinese New Year, but don’t knock it ‘til you’ve tried it; it’s good enough to be eaten any time of the year.

As far as cleanliness goes, this is definitely your regular hawker centre. Be prepared to sweat incessantly under the sweltering Singaporean heat, but I can confidently say that the food here is worth it. If the humidity is a strong enough deterrent for you, then I would suggest finding a seat along the front of the hawker centre. While they are further from the stalls, these spots are cooler and much more comfortable to sit in.

In all, a delicious melting pot (literally) of Singapore’s most notable dishes, presented in its most genuine state.

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Rush Hour
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4.0
15min away from town, this old-school market is still doing as well as it did back in the flagship days of enacting multi-storey food centres.

Easy access via public or private transport means, office people flock over for their favourite bowl of prawn noodles and sugar cane towers not only for their wonderful taste but their value for money. Several carparks around, so it'd be worth it to carpool over for an hour of lunch. However, there is no real need to drive over with the new MRT just a stone's throw away.

Office people, if you intend to head there with your buddies in a group of more than 5, you'll be in for a long long wait for seats. On top of being greeted with packets of tissue reserving seats, you'll find yourselves having to finish your meal with eager eyes eyeing your seat. As if it isn't awkward enough eating with colleagues.

I highly recommend their seafood and prawn noodles. I'm pretty sure they have a famous turtle soup around here somewhere. Vast variety, wonderful choices. If it's not too crowded and you're not in a rush, take your time to pick. If not, have an idea of what you're eating for lunch and rush to that stall the minute you arrive.

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Holy Grill - the best affordable western food after Astons
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.5
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4.5
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4.0
I'll be reviewing on a particular store, namely Holy Grill.

It's situated at the 2nd row from the side facing the main road, and closer to the Fairprice.

Basically, it has the exact same menu as Astons, but at a more affordable price.

I absolutely love it, why? Their Crispy Fried Fish is perfectly well done. As you all know, take away food usually don't taste as good as their 'eat fresh-ly' counterparts. However, whenever I take away this dish, it taste just as nice as if I eat at the hawker centre. Also, they provide you a slice of lemon which is really thoughtful as it makes the fish ever more refreshing.

For $5.90, you get a main dish, and 2 sides. My favourite side would be French Fries of course, and Pasta Salad, or even Baked Potato. One thing though, these are the sides that run out the fastest, it's better to go there early for these babies. Another good thing is that their service is really good as well. You can request for them to separate their sauce from the pasta salad, and they would place it in a clear plastic, and they really do give the sauces generously.

However, the other dishes like their chicken are just mediocre. Their sides are really not that bad though, but I would really advice you to give their fish a try. They cook their fish better than their chicken indeed.
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