Pek Kio Market and Food Centre – Located in Farrer Park along Owen Road, this hawker centre has been around for ages since my childhood days. I like to come here occasionally as the ventilation of the space is good, and it is relatively spacious by hawker centre standards. Most importantly, there are a few standouts here which serve good and cheap local delights. Here are some of our top picks!
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles 華記大蝦麵
The famous prawn noodles Wah Kee started out at this hawker centre before expanding to its modern branch at the Esplanade Mall. Notorious for a long waiting time and bad service, it does not put off the hordes of prawn noodle fanatics who would gladly make a beeline. The prices here start from S$3, then proceeds On to S5, S$10, S$15, S$25, depending on how luxe you want your prawns to be, available in both dry or soup versions. The dry version is tasty on its own with some hints of spices, while the soup is prepared for many hours to give it that thick and luscious broth.
Where: 41A Cambridge Road, #01-15, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 210041
Soon Kee Wanton Mee (順記雲吞麵)
Prices from S$3.50 for Wanton Noodles or Dumpling Noodles, where I tried the standard Wanton Mee. What I like about this stall is the old school flavour, especially the noodles which is very springy. The chilli packs a good punch too, along with the tender char siew which is made in-house.
Where: 41 Cambridge Road, #01-44, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 210041
Pin Wei Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun (品味港式豬腸粉）
A word of caution is to be prepared to queue for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour on weekends. The reason the queue moves at a snail’s pace is a good one. Every order is freshly prepared by laying a white cloth over the metal pan with the thin rice flour sheets. It is then chopped into small slices with with your choice of ingredients. The flavour of the Chee Cheong Fun is very fresh and the texture is thin, which makes it easy to enjoy. It is unlike any of the other factory made versions in most places, a taste which I really appreciate. Prices start from S$2.20 for Plain Chee Cheong Fun, it also offer the usual flavours like Prawn (S$4), Scallops (S$4.50) and Char Siew (S$3).
Where: 41A Cambridge Road, #01-25, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 211041
Sheng Seng Fried Hokkien Mee
With prices from S$3, the portion of the Hokkien Mee at Sheng Seng is pretty generous. The noodles is not too wet, slightly on the dry side and I would have preferred a more evident ‘wok hei’ flavour for the noodles. Overall, it scores on being very value for money for its price.
Where: 41A Cambridge Road, #01-40, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, Singapore 211041
Good Spice Carrot Cake
With prices from S$2, this stall is quite popular in Pek Kio where I usually see a queue whenever I am here. It is not exactly the type of carrot cake I enjoy as I prefer those with crisper texture. The carrot cake here is soft, and doesn’t spot a very strong flavour. That said, it is value for money for the price and you would likely enjoy it if you are looking for an old school flavour.
Where: 44 Owen Rd, #01-20, Singapore 210044
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