Amoy Street Food Centre is one of the few hawker centres in the Central Business District that has survived the tide of redevelopment – where favourite food haunts had to make way for tall office blocks. Despite its dated and tired look, Amoy Street Food Centre remains very popular. It may even have become hip since a number of the Amoy Street hawkers have received the Bib Gourmand awards – the ‘value-for-money’ counterpart to the Michelin Star.
Amoy Street Food Centre
The food centre is spread over 3 floors. The whole gamut of Singapore street food can be found there, together with a number of new-generation hawker stalls selling non-traditional hawker fare like salad, pasta and Costa Rican cuisine.
A few of the notable stalls in Amoy Street Food Centre include Amoy Food Centre Fried Kway Teow Stall (01-01), A Noodle Story (01-39), Bismillah Muslim Food Stall (01-63), Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee (02-78), Li Xin Nasi Lemak (02-81), Taste Affair (02-128) and Han Kee Fish Soup (02-129).
Amoy Street Food Centre is very well patronised during weekday lunch hours. It is hard to get a table and the whole place can feel hot and crowded. Go there on a Saturday and the place is relatively quiet. The downside is that many stalls are not opened. Nevertheless, there are still sufficient number of stalls operating and there are no crazy queues. We went there on a Saturday to buy the famous bak chang and ended up having lunch there.
Hong Kee Beef Noodle
Hong Kee Beef Noodle stall has been around for a long time. We have fond memories of the many lunches of beef noodles, followed by iced grass jelly, at Cuppage Centre behind Centrepoint.
Hong Kee Beef Noodle 桐记牛肉粿条 is a Bib Gourmand eatery – recognised by the Singapore Michelin Guide as an approachable and friendly establishments providing quality cuisine at affordable prices. Hong Kee Beef Noodle sells noodles at $5 and $6 per bowl. The extra $1 gives you more beef. There is the usual choice of noodles and soup or dry versions. We ordered a $6 bowl with a beef balls, beef slices and thick mee hoon.
The bee hoon was cooked just right. We liked the thick gravy; it had a nice consistency and a robust taste but was not overpowering. The cuts of beef were tender and flavourful and comparable to those served in posh restaurants. We thought the beef balls were ordinary. The simple addition of bits of salted vegetable made the bowl of noodles more interesting. On the whole, it was a very enjoyable bowl of noodles.
Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-42
Mon to Fri: 11am – 7.30pm
Sat to Sun: 9am – 2.30pm
Traditional Teochew Fishball Noodle
As its name tells you, the stall sells fishball noodles. However, you can also have a bowl of soup with all sorts of ingredients, like minced meat, kidney slices, and fish cake, with a plate of noodles separately.
The fishball mee pok ($4) we tried was good. The noodles were cooked to the firmness we liked – not soggy and just slightly springy. The fishballs had a nice bite. The other toppings included minced meat, mushrooms, fish cake and some vegetables. The chilli sauce was added to one side of the bowl for you to mix it with the noodles according to your preference. All the ingredients and sauces blended well to deliver a satisfying bowl of mee pok.
Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-14
Mon to Sun: 7am – 4pm
Hoo Kee Rice Dumplings
Hoo Kee sells Hokkien style dumplings or bak chang. There is the original flavour which costs $2.80 each. The bak chang with mushroom and bak chang with salted egg yolk would be $3.60 each. Hoo Kee Bak Chang 和记肉粽 is included in Bib Gourmand 2017 Singapore list.
We bought a few of the traditional bak chang to take home. The rice dumplings were perfectly cooked. The rice had a good texture – soft with sufficient stickiness. There was a good balance between the amount of stuffing and the rice. We liked the high content of chestnuts. Eaten with a little of the chilli sauce provided, Hoo Kee bak chang was very satisfying.
Amoy Street Food Centre, #01-18
Mon-Sat: 10am to 5pm
Closed on Sunday and public holidays
Amoy Street Food Centre
7 Maxwell Road
Nearby MRT Station: Tanjong Pagar