Geylang Bahru Food Centre stalls to check out
Though I live a lot closer to Bendemeer Food Centre, as a kid, I remember visiting Geylang Bahru Food Centre more often. Maybe it was because my mama had to go to the town council every month. Or maybe it was because of the NTUC FairPrice right beside the food centre. Whatever it was, I never complained because I loved the food there. While some stalls left after the revamp last year, many stalls I grew up with are still around! Check out these stalls the next time you’re in the area.
1. Bang Bang Mushroom Bak Chor Mee
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I’ve tried so many bowls of bak chor mee, including the famous Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles, yet I would always go back to Bang Bang Mushroom Bak Chor Mee for a fix of this vinegary dish. Laced with the tart sauce, the boing boing noodles come with slices of fishcake, minced meat, a meatball, and mushrooms which soak up the gravy. I’d recommend asking for more vinegar for a stronger flavour. Prices start at $3.50 for a bowl of bak chor mee.
Unit number: #01-25
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 8pm
2. Hui Wei Chilli Ban Mian
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Hui Wei Chilli Ban Mian, like its name suggests, is known for their Chilli Ban Mian ($4/$6). Doused in their spicy and fragrant chilli sauce, their evenly coated noodles are springy and flavourful. The addition of pork lard only adds on to the shiok factor! Topped off with ikan bilis, fried shallots, and a poached egg, this bowl of noodles is enough to spice up your Instagram feed. There is also the option of having Sliced Abalone La Mian ($4/$6), Ban Mian ($3), and 15 other noodle dishes if you can’t take the heat.
Unit number: #01-58
Opening hours: Daily 6:30am to 3pm
3. Red Stove Fried Prawn Mee
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The queue at Red Stove Fried Prawn Mee may be a tad intimidating, but a mouthful of these noodles would have you forget about the time spent standing and sweating through your clothes. Firm to the bite, the noodles I had soaked up the flavour of the prawn stock, creating a burst of flavours in my mouth. Paired with prawns, sotong, and eggs, this dish is a well-balanced one. Mix the chilli and lime in to get a refreshing kick! Prices start at $3.50 for a plate of fried Hokkien mee.
Unit number: #01-27
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 12am
4. Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee
What sets Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee apart from other good prawn noodle stalls would be their off-menu Seafood Prawn Mee Steamboat ($50 for two, $60 for four, $80 for six people) that comes with free-flow soup and noodles. Their light broth is left to boil with prawns, la la, pig’s intestines, pork ribs, pig’s tail and a whole crab. The natural sweetness of the ingredients sure shines bright like a diamond here.
Check out our full review of Wen Wen Pork Rib Big Prawn Mee!
Unit number: #01-22
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm to 2pm, 5:30pm to 9pm
Tel: 9026 5983
5. Guan Hin Carrot Cake
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Unlike most stalls that use factory-made radish cakes, Guan Hin Carrot Cake makes them from scratch daily. This explains why the bits of kueh are significantly chunkier, softer, and fluffier. With 51 years of experience, the 86-year-old stall owner dishes out a plate of wok hei-filled Black/White Carrot Cake ($3/$4) topped with a bountiful amount of chye poh. Many rave about the black version, claiming the thick black sweet sauce adds a certain oomph to it. Others claim the white version allows the chilli to shine more, making it great for chilli lovers like me. Whatever it is, this plate of house-made goodness is definitely worth a shot!
Unit number: #01-45
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 3pm
6. Oikos Western Delight
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Oikos Western Delight holds a special place in my heart; it was my childhood go-to Western stall. Even after so many years, I still love their Chicken Cutlet ($6.50). The huge piece of chicken, fried till crisp, brings back a sense of nostalgia. Eating Western food at a hawker centre as a kid, pretending it is the most atas thing ever, is an experience I’m sure many can relate to. Their extensive menu will spoil you with choices and have you going back for more.
Unit number: #01-66
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 10pm
7. Toa Payoh 93 Soon Kueh
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I am not a soon kueh lover, but whenever my mother buys from Toa Payoh 93 Soon Kueh, I would stuff my face with their handmade Teochew kueh. Loaded with shredded turnip, mushrooms, and dried shrimps, their Soon Kueh ($1) is a crowd-favourite along with their Abacus Seed ($3), which is a Teochew dish that can’t be found easily anymore.
Unit number: #01-12
Opening hours: Thur-Tue 7am to 8pm
8. Cheok Kee Boneless Braised Duck
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Cheok Kee Boneless Braised Duck returned to this food centre after the revamp, and nearby residents like myself can’t be happier. The simple Duck Rice ($3) is paired with a fiery chilli that packs a whole lot of flavour and the rice is spammed with their delicious lu zhi (braised sauce). Loved by many, the tender and juicy duck is generously portioned on top of a warm bed of flavourful rice.
Unit number: #01-35
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 12pm to 9pm
9. Fu’s Noodle House
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Fu’s Noodle House is one of the new additions to the food centre. This stall serves up Soup/Dry Fishball Noodles ($3/$4) that has QQ noodles, springy fishballs, and a refreshing light broth. However, it is their Mini Pot Noodles ($4.50) that stole my heart. With plenty of ingredients bubbling away in the pot, this hearty set is served with a bowl of noodles coated with a vinegary sauce and topped with mushrooms.
Unit number: #01-41
Opening hours: Daily 7am to 9pm
10. Pu Tien Ya Zhu Mei Xiang Xiao Chi
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Made for a comforting meal, Pu Tien Ya Zhu Mei Xiang Xiao Chi’s Pu Tien Lor Mee ($4) is a bowl of thick soup, naturally sweetened by the seafood and pork used, and paired with a lot of mee. Even after soaking up the soup, the noodles still retain a springy texture. For all you adventurous eaters, go for their sharing dishes such as Lychee Pork ($8/$10).
Unit no: #01-04
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 10pm
Geylang Bahru Food Centre nosh for all foodies
With the Downtown Line, the gems at Geylang Bahru Food Centre have become so accessible that there is no excuse to avoid it anymore. The opening hours may vary, as some stalls tend to finish selling everything early. For more hawker gems, check out Pek Kio Food Centre and Toa Payoh Lor 8 Food Centre!