Stalls to check out at Hong Lim Food Centre
As compared to the nearby Chinatown Complex and Maxwell Food Centre, Hong Lim Food Centre is quieter, with shorter queues and empty tables when it’s not lunch hour. However, that doesn’t mean this two-storey hawker centre is not filled with good food. In fact, it’s home to a Michelin Bib Gourmand stall! From curry chicken noodles to fruit juice crayfish mee siam, here are 10 dishes at Hong Lim Food Centre I would eat on repeat.
1. Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee
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Boasting a 90-minute queue at certain hours, Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee fries up a plate of wok hei goodness. Peppered with cockles, crunchy tau gay, and pork lard, the smokey noodles will only set you back $3. It’s uber addictive, as the heat from the chilli balances out the flavours, cutting through the grease and sweetness of the black sauce.
Unit number: #02-18
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6am to 3:30pm
2. Tai Wah Pork Noodle
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Many confuse this hawker stall with the famous Michelin-starred Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle. After all, they are very similar in presentation, name, and some even say taste. Though Tai Wah Pork Noodle isn’t Michelin-starred, their bowl of Pork Noodles ($5/$6/$8) is just as satisfying. The fried sole fish adds a certain smokiness to the bowl of springy noodles coated in a dark, vinegary sauce that packs a sour punch. It is difficult to resist buying a bowl of BCM from them as the tantalising aroma of their dish hits you when you walk pass.
Unit number: #02-16
Opening hours: Daily 10:30am to 7:30pm, or until everything is sold out
3. Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee
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Said to be the original curry chicken bee hoon mee in Hong Lim Food Centre, Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee always has a long queue. While its fiery red, robust soup and generous toppings may have played a part in drawing customers, it is their house-made sambal chilli that stole hearts – it adds depth to the dish with its savoury and spicy notes. At $5 a bowl, the tender chicken pieces, juicy tau pok, creamy coconut milk and al dente noodles will leave you feeling full and satisfied.
Unit number: #01-58
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 11am to 3pm
4. Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist
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I used to frequent Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist when I was a kid, and I always went for their Dry Char Siew Wanton Noodles ($4/$5/$6/$7/$8). Their QQ egg noodles are slightly thicker than usual, and come doused in a slightly sweet soy sauce concoction, before being topped with an ample amount of fatty char siew, house-made fried wonton and tantalising pork lard. They serve other noodle dishes such as Soy Sauce Chicken Noodles ($4/$5/$6/$7/$8) and Chicken Feet Noodles ($4/$5/$6/$7/$8) as well.
Unit number: #02-48/49/50
Opening hours: Daily 6am to 8:30pm
5. Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun
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Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sah Hor Fun dishes out a glistening plate of Crayfish Prawn Hor Fun ($8). Laced with starchy gravy, every ingredient is cooked brilliantly. The smooth, silky noodles are crowned with crayfish and succulent prawns. Finishing it with fried shallots adds that little oomph to pull the dish together.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 2:45pm
6. Fan Ji Bitter Gourd Fish Soup
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Fan Ji Bittergourd Fish Soup sure serves a comforting bowl of soup. The signature Sliced Fish Soup ($4/$5/$8) from this stall features a substantial amount of thick fish slices and thinly sliced bitter gourd. There will be no issue slurping up every last drop of the soup, as it is light and refreshing, yet flavourful. The dish gets sold out pretty fast, so make sure you head down early to get a bowl of this simple, comforting fish soup.
Unit number: #02-70
Opening hours: Sun-Fri 9am to 2pm
7. The Old Stall Hokkien Street Famous Hokkien Prawn Mee
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Unlike many of The Old Stall Hokkien Street Famous Hokkien Prawn Mee’s competitors, the folks behind this stall stew a light prawn broth with no MSG. Their Pork Rib Noodles with Prawns ($5/$7) is flavourful; the pork ribs are tender and flavoured with that rich prawn essence, while their prawns are sweet and conveniently peeled for lazy ones like me. Add some chilli powder for a kick!
Unit number: #02-67
Opening hours: Wed-Mon 8am to 3pm
8. Ah Heng Duck Rice
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With Ah Heng Duck Rice‘s thinly sliced braised duck, silky smooth kway with a slightly herby chap, and their super shiok chilli dip, I was sold. A plate of duck rice costs $3.50, while a bowl of kway chap is $4. Dishes such as Pig Skin ($1/$2) and Pork Belly ($2/$3/$5) are also available. Add on a braised egg, tau pok, or tau kua at $0.50 each!
Find out where to get more delicious braised duck rice!
Unit number: #02-64
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 2:30pm
9. Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa
As a Michelin Bib Gourmand receiver, Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa is worth a visit. While their name suggests that their Asia Delight Laksa ($3/$4, $5.50 with crayfish) is a must-have, it is actually their Fruit Juice Crayfish Mee Siam ($6) that caught people’s attention and made them returning customers.
Check out our full review of Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa!
Unit number: #02-66
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 4:30pm
10. Cantonese Delights
Cantonese Delights’ signature dish, Fried Chicken Cutlet Noodle ($4), features a tender golden brown chicken cutlet. The noodles are left to sit in flavourful curry, soaking up the delicious Chinese-style gravy. Don’t be frightened by the queue! It moves quickly and you’ll be rewarded by this flavour-packed dish.
Check out our full review of Cantonese Delights!
Unit number: #02-03
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8:30am to 3pm
Pop by Hong Lim Food Centre the next time you’re at Chinatown
Address: 531A Upper Cross Street, Singapore 051531
Nearest MRT Station: Chinatown (NE4/DT19)