Bendemeer Market & Food Centre – A hawker centre in Singapore which I grew up in, this city fridge food centre packs much nostalgia with many of the vendors having been here since I was young. Naturally, there are no lack of good hawker food and here are just some of my favourites.
Not a typical ‘Zi Char’ stall, Bendemeer Delights is fairly popular in Bendemeer Food Centre for its quality fares. They offer set menu, where you get to choose a mains which is served along with a plate of veggies topped with sunny side up egg and a bowl of soup, from S$4.50. Otherwise, you can still order your plate of Hor Fun or Sheng Mian for a lighter option.
Where: #01-06, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
Contrary to its name, the stall doesn’t sell ‘bao’ anymore. It started off selling Char Siew Bun, Glutinous Rice and Siew Mai but is solely focused on the rice and Siew Mai right now. It is very popular, and the food is usually sold out before 10am. I love the gigantic size of the Siew Mai, and the glutinous rice is simply one of the best around. For S$0.50 (Siew Mai) and S$1.80 (Glutinous Rice), this is my favourite kind of breakfast.
Where: #01-61, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
Heng Kee Lor Mee
Another of my childhood favourite, I like the speedy service of this ‘Lor Mee’ stall. The gravy has the right starchy texture, while the ingredients like the crispy wanton and sliced pork are delicious. It usually sells out before 11am.
Where: #01-87, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
Bendemeer Prawn Noodle
Craving for Prawn Mee? This stall is unlike the big names like Wah Kee which has a strong seafood and Prawn flavour, but it really is a different style altogether. The signboard says authentic Xiamen style Prawn Mee, but what I enjoy is really the light flavour of the prawn broth, yet still extremely tasty. You can opt for bigger prawns or add Pork Ribs to go along. Expect a long queue without surprise.
Where: #01-42, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
Yong Xiang Carrot Cake
Not just a carrot cake stall, this popular stall in Bendemeer Food Centre also serves up something unique – fried ‘soon kueh’ and ‘png kueh’. Fried with eggs and chilli, it is a nice alternative to the usual fried carrot cake.
Where: #01-35, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
It is not hard to notice a long queue at Amigo which sells minced pork noodles, chicken cutlet ‘hor fun’ and laksa amongst others. The texture of the noodles is good and the overall flavour is above average. One thing to note is that the stall doesn’t open daily, especially the first half of the week.
Where: #01-12, Bendemeer Market and Food Centre
This pancake stall has been featured on television a few times. It sell both crispy and soft pancakes with different fillings such as peanut and cheese. Go for the crispy pancake with peanut for first timers!
Where: #01-08, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
Toa Payoh Hwa Heng Beef Noodles
I randomly chatted with a fellow diner who told me she came all the way from Jurong for this. Toa Payoh Hwa Heng Beef Noodles has a perpetual incessant queue. There are two versions – soup or dry. The dry version is drizzled generously with sauce, though I found the soup version to be more hearty. The taste of the soup and noodles have a very old school flavour to it, just the way I remember beef noodles to be.
Where: #01-01, Bendemeer Market & Food Centre
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