ABC Brickworks Food Centre guide
My family lives in the East and there is plenty of good food where we live. So the fact that ABC Brickworks Food Centre is one of our favourite places to eat at━and you must know it takes us at least 40 minutes to travel there━shows how much we love the food at this market! If you find yourself in the area or just need good food, check out some of my favourite stalls here.
1. Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee
Even though it takes at least 30 minutes to get a plate of noodles at Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee, my family members unanimously agree that it’s worth it. This is our favourite place to get Hokkien mee ($4/5/6/8). The elderly hawker, Mr Toh, uses an exceptionally wide wok and wears a pair of lab goggles when frying the noodles – that’s a sign he means business. He takes the time to let each batch simmer in the seafood stock, which is reduced to a rich gravy that coats every strand of noodle. The accompanying chilli also deserves a shout-out. With visible bits of dried anchovies and the distinct fragrance of dried shrimp, the chilli is more flavourful than spicy and enhances the taste of the noodles.
Check out our Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee review!
Unit number: #01-13
Opening hours: Sun-Tue, Thurs-Fri 3pm to 10:45pm
Tel: 9862 9296
2. Fatty Cheong
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Thick cuts of char siew over rice drenched in sweet, dark gravy are Fatty Cheong’s claim to fame. It’s said to be one of the best roast meat stalls in Singapore. The lean char siew is tasty and tender with just the right amount of char, but we recommend requesting for their speciality bu jian tian char siew, a cut from the pig’s armpit. Its translucent layer of fat dissolves into juicy, meaty goodness on the tongue, and is what makes the char siew here worth the hype. Prices start at $3.50 for a plate of char siew or roasted pork rice.
Unit number: #01-120
Opening hours: Fri-Wed 11:30am to 8:30pm
Tel: 9882 4849
3. Nusa & Tara
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Nusa & Tara is another stall with an unending stream of customers. The Lontong ($3) with gravy here is a crowd-favourite. It has all the ingredients a bowl of lontong needs, including rice cakes, egg, tau kwa, and a sprinkling of serundeng, AKA fried coconut flakes, all drenched in a gravy that is packed with spices and flavour. They also serve Nasi Sambal Goreng ($4.50/$5.50) if you’re still feeling hungry after all that food.
Unit number: #01-22
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6am to 1:30pm
4. Ah Er Soup
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Ah Er Soup was awarded a Bib Gourmand title in the 2017 Michelin Guide, an award that recognises hawker stalls serving affordable and delicious food. This stall is actually a franchise of the original at Yuan Ching Road. Buddha Jumps Over The Wall ($7) is the most luxurious option on their menu. The soup is robust with a rich thickness, and it is served with abalone slices and fish maw. The stall offers eight kinds of soups, but they all sell out pretty quickly, so head down early.
Unit number: #01-141
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 2pm, 5pm to 8pm, Sun 5pm to 8pm
5. Bao Zai
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As much as I love kaya toast, there’s something about having a soft, steaming bao for breakfast that makes me excited to get out of bed in the mornings. Char Siew Bao ($0.80) is the one thing you must get from Bao Zai as it is made with the stall’s house-roasted char siew. These are generously stuffed but are bite-sized, so be sure to order a few. The buns from this stall are handmade and have delicate, thin skin.
Unit number: #01-135
Opening hours: Fri-Tue 11am to 7pm
Tel: 9108 2749
6. Sheikh Indian and Pakistani Food
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Though North Indian food is usually less commonly found in hawker centres than South Indian cuisine, there are a couple of stalls selling North Indian dishes at ABC Brickworks Food Centre. Sheikh Indian and Pakistani Food is one of them. Their signature Tandoori Chicken ($7.50) features chunks of chicken cooked with rice, in addition to the huge tandoori chicken given, and is served with palak gravy and dahl.
Unit number: #01-12
Operating hours: Daily 9:30am to 9pm
Tel: 8287 1410
7. Wow Wow West
I remember watching Wow Wow West being featured on a TV programme when I was younger and even now, years later, it is still pulling in the crowd. They serve good ol’ hawker Western fare; the food doesn’t taste exceptional, but what keeps customers returning are their huge portions, affordable price, and consistent quality. Classics such as Chicken Chop ($7) and Fish and Chips ($8) are simple and satisfying. Those with larger appetites can also get a Pork Cheese Sausage ($3) as an add-on.
Check out our Wow Wow West review!
Unit number: #01-133
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 10:30am to 2:30pm, 4:30pm to 8pm
8. Jason Penang Cuisine
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Jason Khaw, the chef behind Jason Penang Cuisine, was the British High Commissioner’s resident chef for 14 years—a testament to his culinary expertise. He was born in Penang and serves some of the better Penang food in town. A few popular dishes are Penang Pork Rib and Prawn Noodles ($4/$6), Penang Assam Laksa ($4), and Penang Fried Kway Teow ($4), which is said to have a hit of wok hei.
Unit number: #01-135
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11am to 2pm, 5:30pm to 8pm
Tel: 9849 5815
9. Jin Jin Dessert
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Icy desserts have increasingly become must-haves in the current heat. At ABC Brickworks Food Centre, Jin Jin Desserts is my go-to stall for something cool. I usually order Gangster Ice ($3), which comes with sizeable mango chunks over crushed ice, topped with a scoop of icy durian puree. Power Chendol ($2) is another popular choice, but I find the coconut milk less creamy and the green jelly less flavourful than I would like.
Unit number: #01-21
Opening hours: Thurs-Mon 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 9093 2018
A different take on yong tau foo, Tofully’s yong tau foo is handmade and can be enjoyed with a Signature Bowl (Dry) ($4.30), Laksa Bowl (Soup) ($4.90), and even a Mentaiko YTF Rice Bowl ($6). Their housemade mentaiko mayonnaise drizzled atop the various fried YTF items and short-grain rice contributes a moreish umami flavour to each bite.
Check out our Tofully review!
Unit number: #01-132
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 9:30am to 5pm
Tel: 9888 7533
11. Project Penyek
Project Penyek may be known for their Nasi Ayam Penyek ($5.50), but few are aware of their Seafood Platter ($49.90)—a platter of squid, tiger prawns, an entire pomfret and flower crabs so massive that you need to order it one day in advance. The components are deep-fried before serving, which explains the crispy, golden exterior they all possess. Each item was done just right, with the squid not being too rubbery, and the fresh prawns packing punches of juicy flavour.
Check out our Project Penyek review!
Unit number: #01-25
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10:30am to 6pm
Tel: 8689 3747
12. Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice
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One of the few stalls synonymous with the name ‘ABC Brickworks’ is Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice. Cooked over a charcoal stove, each Famous Claypot Rice ($10/$15/$20/$25/$30) has pieces of marinated chicken, lup cheong, and salted fish, with a distinct wok hei taste. They only open for the dinner service, so don’t head down too early.
Unit number: #01-38
Opening hours: Fri-Mon 4pm to 9pm
Tel: 6276 5259
13. Ong Khim Popiah
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With only one item on the menu, Ong Khim Popiah makes ordering fast and simple. Each Popiah is stuffed with turnip, jicama, hard-boiled eggs, crab meat, parsley, and the essential ground peanuts and fried shallots for crunch. At $1.70 each, many people opt for ordering two or more.
Unit number: #01-124
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 12pm to 7pm, Sat 11am to 8pm
14. Dong Ji La Mian Xiao Long Bao
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If you’re craving some juicy XLB but don’t wish to pay restaurant prices, Dong Ji La Mian Xiao Long Bao will do just the trick. Amongst the variety of dumplings and noodles served here, the most popular items here are the handmade Shanghai Xiao Long Bao ($4.50 for six) and Zha Jiang Noodle ($4). Many describe the soup in the XLB as flavourful, and the noodles as chewy with a QQ texture.
Unit number: #01-19
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: 9374 9670
Now you know your way around ABC Brickworks Food Centre
This list contains some of my favourite stalls at ABC Brickworks Food Centre. The market may be a little hard to get to as it’s a bit of a walk from the nearest MRT stations, but I say it’s worth it and I hope you’ll feel the same.
For more cheap food guides, check out our list of hawker centres in the West for amazing nasi lemak, pork satay, duck noodles and more. If you’re looking to try only the best of the best, our compilation of best hawker stalls in 2019 will do the trick!
Address: Block 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, ABC Brickworks Food Centre, Singapore 150006
Nearest MRT Stations: Redhill (EW18), Queenstown (EW19)
This article was originally written on 15 June 2020.