Albert Centre Market & Food Centre is at 270 Queen Street but it obviously takes its name from Albert Street, which was named in the 1800s in honour of Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England. There is nothing regal about Albert Centre today but Albert Food Centre is a great place in the city to eat like a true blue Singaporean.
If you are thinking about where to eat in the Bugis-Rochor area, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre is one of the best places for cheap and good food. Albert Centre is located somewhere between Bugis Junction and Sim Lim Square. It is along the pedestrian-only stretch of Waterloo Street, an area which epitomizes multi-religious Singapore – with Sri Krishnan Temple and Kwan Im Thong Hood Cho Temple almost next to each other and several Christian churches nearby. Albert Centre Market & Food Centre attracts both the worshipers and shoppers. There are long lines at many of the stalls during meal times.
百年酿豆腐 Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu
Judging solely by the length of the queue, Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu (or Century Yong Tau Foo) must be on of the most popular stalls in Albert Centre Market & Food Centre.
Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu sells yong tau foo with a light savoury soup. This is a yong tau foo stall where you do not pick your own items. Each bowl comes with a standard selection of items. The only choice you really have is whether you want bittergourd. A standard bowl is $4.50. You can ask for extra beehoon for free but will they charge you 30 cents for extra sauce.
The ingredients in each bowl include minced pork ball, minced prawn ball, minced pork & prawn ball, fish and beancurd. They are all handmade. Your bowl of yong tau foo will be prepared before your eyes only after you have placed your order. The freshly cooked piping hot bowl of Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu we tried was delicious – worth queuing up for.
Opening Hours: 7:30am to 9:00pm
亚成潮州肉脞面 Ah Seng Bak Chor Mee
Ah Seng sells minced meat noodles, fish ball kway teow, Teochew meatballs and dumplings and variations and combinations of those items. Most of their dishes are priced between $2.50 and $3.50.
The mee pok dry ($3) was topped with minced pork, mushroom and fish cakes. It came with a bowl of soup with fish balls. The noodles were thin and soft and the sauce was good. The fish balls were nice with a bouncy texture. On the whole, the basic unpretentious Ah Seng’s mee pok was enjoyable. At only $3, it is a good and cheap dish.
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 4.30pm
东成园 Tong Cheng Yuan Soya Bean
Tong Cheng Yuan Soya Bean is another stall in Albert Food Centre where you will see many people standing patiently in line. Tong Cheng Yuan Soya Bean sells bean curd and grass jelly with an assortment of tempting toppings like sea coconut, tapioca pearls, lychee and attap seeds.
We tried their Gingko, Lotus Seed Red Bean Bean Curd ($2.50). The amount of toppings was generous. We thought the dessert was good value for money but it was not exceptional in terms of taste. If you like your desserts very sweet, then you will probably enjoy Tong Cheng Yuan bean curd.
Other Notable Stalls at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre
There are many other popular food stalls in Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. The names of the stalls usually let know know what they are selling. Below are unit numbers and photos and of a few of the notable stalls in Albert Food Centre, which may help when you are wondering what to eat at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre.
#01-49 – 亮耀 Leong Yeow Famous Waterloo St. Chicken Rice
#01-67 – 孖宝 Ma Bo Lor Mee
#01-95 – 仙马潮州鱼汤 Angel Horse Teochew Fish Soup
#01-96 – 铨诚粿汁熟食 Chuan Seng Kway Chap Cooked Food
#01-111 – 明辉沙爹米粉 Meng Hui Satay Bee Hoon
#01-120 – Siraj Famous Waterloo St Indian Rojak
#01-79 – 勿洛水粿 Bedok Chwee Kueh
#01-91 – 梧槽豆花水 Rochor Soya Bean
Albert Centre Market & Food Centre might be a bit under-rated compared to the more famous hawkers centres in Singapore like the food centres of Maxwell Road, Amoy Street and Tiong Bahru. However, it must be one of the best places in the Bugis-Rochor area for cheap and good food – definitely a convenient spot in the city to enjoy a variety of good local food.
Albert Centre Market & Food Centre
270 Queen Street
Opening Hours for the Food Centre: 6am–9:30pm (opening times for particular stalls will differ)
Nearby MRT Stations : Bugis, Rochor