People’s Park Complex Food Centre

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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
This food centre is big and has plenty of seating area but I find that it ranks low on the cleanliness scale. Their tables are usually dirty although free of used utensils, which slightly ruins my food experience there each time. Nevertheless, the wide variety of food stalls compensate for this little negative point.

I usually go for their prawn noodles and a cup of sugarcane juice. There are many stalls that sell sugarcane, so prices are kept low. The famous Koo Kee Yong Tau Foo Mee also calls People's Park food centre home and there is always a queue. However, their portions are small and personally, I find it overpriced.

After your meal, OG is just a short walk away if you feel like doing some shopping. Otherwise, head to this cute shop called Bunnies that sells little square-shaped buns in 6 pieces. Choose from many different flavours. The buns are soft and flavourful and extremely addictive. Many people buy these buns, but the ovens are always running so it is rare that they will run out. Perfect as a quick bite.
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Mediocre
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3.5
This food centre is surprisingly airy and thus, being in it does not make me feel like making a hasty exit as soon as I am done with my food. Variety wise, this food centre offers a rather comprehensive range and one can find all sorts of local delights here.

My mother persuaded me to try the famous Yong Tau Foo stall and I was shocked that there was no option but ONE option at their stall. Needless to say, while the food was above average, I did not enjoy it a bit.

There is a duck/chicken noodle stall run by China men opposite the Yong Tau Foo that is not the least bit appetizing. The funny part was that they were so engrossed in their conversations that they nearly forgot that we hadn’t paid up.
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More China now
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
If you had been to the food centre recently, you may have noticed that there were more stalls selling China food. Do not be mistaken, China food is quite different from local Chinese food. Our local Chinese food was brought here by our forefathers generations ago and had gone through many years of localisation.

The new Chinese must have come from different provinces from our forefathers because the food that they are eating is different from what we are used to eating. I had walked past a few of the stalls and never found the food appetising at all. In fact, if I am very honest, the food looked disgusting to me. The new Chinese food seem to go for quantity over quality, You will see large quantity of something I was not sure of cooked together in a few big pots. When customers buy the food, the hawker would scoop big scoops from the pots and served it together with big plates of rice. The size of the serving already turned me off.

I really hoped our local hawkers can stand the competitions from these foreign imports. This hawker centre used to serve the best local Chinese food, I do not want to see this place being taken over by the new Chinese food.
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Childhood yong tau foo
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4.0
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4.5
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
My family used to have a tradition of shopping at the OG at People's Park whenever there was a sale; there were so many things to buy each time and both my parents had VIP cards. After a day's worth of shopping, we always headed down to the hawker centre nearby for some Yong Tau Foo.

According to my dad, the Yong Tau Foo we ate is the traditional kind: we don't get to choose the kind of ingredients we want; instead every bowl of Yong Tau Foo is exactly the same. I don't know what makes it so special, but I'm pretty sure it's the only Yong Tau Foo stall I've ever seen with a queue. Being at the food centre brings back good memories of my childhood and I will keep going back for the awesome food!

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Average Spent:
5
Best Part:
Large selection of yummy food
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
C
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More good food to be found here than your regular hawker centre
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4.0
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4.0
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3.0
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4.0
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4.0
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4.0
For me, most hawker centers don’t differ that much in terms of the availability of good food. But I must say the sheer concentration of top quality national dishes at this hawker center makes it truly my favorite.

While you will spot a snaking line at a particular yong tau foo stall, I advise that you save the time and head for the steamed dumpling stall somewhere in the middle of the hawker center. With incredibly fragrant dumplings that have been traditionally prepared till this day. There really are few other places I’d head to after spending a long time away from Singapore.
ML
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Nice food here if you don't mind the heat
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4.0
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4.5
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3.0
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4.0
Satisfaction 
 
4.0
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4.0
My favorite stall at this hawker center has to be the Yong Tau Foo stall. It being one of the most traditional and long-living Yong Tau Foo stall around is relatively different from those you find at modern food courts or even other newer hawker centers now. There isn't a selection for you to choose but rather, comes in fixed sets. Despite the lack of choice, their Yong Tau Foo, being hand-made brings out a sense of freshness whenever I sink my teeth into one. The soup is boiled with the "yellow beans" (I'm not sure what they're called), bringing out a sweetness taste and I personally love to eat those beans as well for they're soft to the bite, after having being boiled in the soup for a long period.

On the other hand, I find People's Park Complex food center to be rather stuffy, especially at certain areas in front of stalls with massive stir-frying actions. The clearing up of plates can also be better improved though I'm not complaining for the price I'm paying for the food.
LL
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Hungry? Go here!
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4.0
Value 
 
4.0
Quality 
 
4.0
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4.0
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4.0
This place is a food paradise. There are all sorts of local food available in this one place! I love this place for its authentic hawker feel and local delicacies!

The Xiao Long Bao is a must try at People's Park food centre! It is made by China nationals maybe that is why it tastes extra authentic. The soup inside the Xiao Long Bao is simply mouthwatering! The sweetness of the mince pork - which is the filling - can totally be appreciated just by sipping the soup! The generous amount of soup makes it all the more drool-worthy!

The fried dumpling is nice too! Though you might be expected to wait for quite a while. The skin is fried perfectly, not too hard, The filling - mince pork with vegetables - is generous too!

I love mince pork and vinegar hence this two dishes are not to be missed when I visit there!

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Average Spent:
10
Recommend to a friend:
Yes
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Food Paradise for me Since Child to Now !!
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4.0
People's Park Complex Food Center, not only a place for meal-goers, but also for patrons to shop for mainly textiles and cultural products.

The Yong Tau Foo stall has always the longest queue among all stalls. It does not sell noodles and only the ingredients in the soup. However, personally, I still prefer the Pig Organ Soup. Since I was a kid, I always like the taste of its soup. It really brings out the originality of the soup even up till now ! I am certain, the stall in this food center is the one and only taste you can try in Singapore.

My 2nd in priority, is the Tao Ji Roasted Dark and Pork Rice. Unlike other common stalls in Singapore, it really brings out the juice of the dark when you chew on it. With the combination of chill sauce, it is really perfect. A must try for tourists ! However, its service can be abit rude as its boss and employees are mainly elderly. But no worries, they do not mean that way. So do not feel offended if they give ya the stern look.

The environment there can be hot and crowded during lunch times, so I would recommend meal-goers to take-away instead. The taste of the food will not be affectted. Overall, a 4 stars !!!

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Yes
DT
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not only food to be found here
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3.5
Value 
 
3.5
Quality 
 
3.5
Satisfaction 
 
3.5
Overall Rating 
 
3.5
Not to be confused with the neighbouring People’s Park Complex more well-known for its travel-related businesses, the People’s Park Complex Food Centre not only has a hawker centre but also rows of shops selling clothes, textiles and toiletries in its upper levels. These stores are good for browsing through after a great meal at the hawker centre and I especially recommend a shop on the third floor which is my go-to place for all my toiletries and sundry needs.

The food offered at the hawker is the usual mix of Singaporean delights from char kuay tiao to curry rice to hokkien mee. I have not had the chance to try even a fifth of all that is sold there, and somehow whenever I am there the famous yong tau foo noodles stall is closed. Perhaps I arrive too late because I heard the stall sells out and closes early. The rest of the stores are your typical hawker fare, and I was not impressed that much by anything to write about it, even though some stalls had long snaking queues, such as the hokkien mee.

The other part of this Food Centre is perhaps less well-known, but I found the times I walked through the small shops in the second and third floors worth it. The clothes sold are of the style found in Far East Plaza or Bugis Street, though some shops also sell clothes of better quality and higher price, like chiffon blouses and maxi skirts ranging $30 and above. Interestingly, some even have traditional clothing like Chinese chiongsams and Muslim headscarves, and costume jewellery, which are all beautiful to look at. My favourite shop is the toiletries shop called Ocean, in a corner of the third floor. They stock all sorts of products like facial, hair, make-up and cosmetic items which are mostly, if not all, cheaper than at shopping malls or pharmacy stores. I always go there before an overseas trip to find products I need for its great price and wide range. You’ll definitely find a deal there.
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