Last Updated: June 16, 2019
There’s no doubt that we Singaporeans are extremely proud of our hawker culture. Everywhere we go, there’s bound to be a hawker centre, teeming with hungry locals and tourists alike.
That said, however, there is one hawker centre which stands out from the rest, being one of the oldest out there. No need to look up the A-to-Z list of hawker centres in Singapore, because I’m talking about ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre.
This hawker centre has stood the test of time, with a history dating back to the 1970s. Here are 10 must-eats in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre which are worth the trip there!
The love story behind Wow Wow West in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre is certainly heartwarming.
Run by a young husband-and-wife couple, they serve up Western dishes done local-style in Bukit Merah.
The stall’s Fish & Chips 鱼扒套餐 (S$8) came with a surprisingly huge fillet of deep-fried fish. With a batter that was remarkably crispy, the moist and flaky meat made for a delicious, all-rounded bite.
They’ve also paired this delicious fish with a generous dollop of their housemade mayonnaise sauce. Tangy and decadent, it certainly went very well with the freshness of the fish!
Wow Wow West: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-133, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Opening Hours: 10.30am – 2.30pm & 4.30pm – 8.30pm (Tue – Sat), Closed on Mon & Sun | Facebook
If you’re craving for a piping-hot bowl of claypot rice, Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice (源源砂煲饭) is the place to go.
The owner, currently in his 70s, runs the stall in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre together with his family members.
They use hua diao wine in their Famous Claypot Rice (S$10/S$15/S$20/S$25), making it irresistibly fragrant.
Not only that, but they also cook their claypot rice over a charcoal fire. This gives it a prominent smokey taste which pairs perfectly with the umami flavours of the chicken and lup cheong.
Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice (源源砂煲饭): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-38 ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Tel: +65 6276 5259 | Opening Hours: 4pm – 11pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed | Facebook
In 2017, Ah Er Soup (阿2老火汤), then a new entrant in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, took sceptics by surprise when it unexpectedly made it onto the Michelin Bib Gourmand list.
However, the scepticisms quickly faded off as their nourishing herbal soups proved to be something else indeed.
Their Herbal Ginseng Black Chicken Soup (S$6) has a strong ginseng taste that’ll immediately jerk you awake. Furthermore, it also comes with an entire half of a succulent and fork-tender black chicken!
Nothing hits the spot like a nourishing bowl of hot soup on a cold, rainy day. So if you’re a big fan of dense herbal soups, this is the place to go.
Ah Er Soup (阿2老火汤): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-143, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm (Sun – Fri), Closed on Sat | Website
One of the big names in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre is undisputably Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee.
From a simple pushcart business back in the days to becoming a full-fledged hawker stall, they’ve come a really long way. It’s obvious that they’ve mastered the trade too as we heard the queues can go up to over an hour long!
Their famous Fried Prawn Noodle (S$4/S$5/S$6) is a Michelin Bib Gourmand award-winning dish. It boasts an intense wok hei flavour that can only be achievable from years of cooking from the same wok.
Not only that, but this Hokkien mee also comes with sambal chilli that’s infamous for packing a fiery kick. I reckon spice-lovers will definitely enjoy this!
Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-13, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Tel: +65 9862 9296 | Opening Hours: 3pm – 10.45pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed
If you prefer a slightly drier Hokkien mee, then Havelock Rd Blk50 Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee will probably appeal to you more.
This is the second of the two competing Hokkien mee stalls in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre.
Relative to the aforementioned Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Mee, this stall serves up a slightly drier rendition of Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (S$4/S$5/S$6). However, that’s not all.
Many customers claim that the sambal chilli from this stall is much smokier and more tantalising. So I guess you’ll have to try both in order to find out which one you prefer!
Havelock Rd Blk 50 Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (乌桥頭大牌50炒福建虾麺): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-100, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre Singapore 150006 | Opening Hours: 9am – 2pm & 4pm – 8pm (Wed – Mon), Closed on Tue
As a Cantonese, I love my dim sum dishes. Lucky for me, Bao Zai (飽仔) serves up handmade paus in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre.
They’ve been around for about 40 years, making the same paus using traditional methods. You can be sure that they’ve perfected their recipes!
What keeps customers returning is their legendary Char Siew Bao (S$0.70).
For one, they’re extremely generous with the barbecued pork, promising every mouthful to be delightfully juicy and oozy. You can also taste a prominent smoky flavour from the pork!
Bao Zai (飽仔): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-135, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Operating Hours: 10am – 8pm (Fri – Tue), Closed on Thu
I’ve always been a big fan of the bold and heavy flavours of Hainanese curry rice. Fortunately, Yuguo Curry Rice at ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre does a really good version of it.
The steady stream of customers here keeps them dishing out fresh items. You can be sure that your food is always sizzling-hot!
Their Hainanese Pork Chops (S$4) is the biggest reason behind their regular customers’ returns. Decently thick while still retaining its juiciness, it gave off a delightful crunch with every bite.
They also seasoned it thoroughly with Chinese five-spice, which gave it prominent savoury notes.
Yuguo Curry Rice: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-136, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 8.30pm (Daily), Closed on Public Holidays
A hawker centre can’t possibly be complete without some roasted delights. That said, Fatty Cheong (肥仔详) stands out from the pack in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre.
With 30 years of experience, they’ve earned themselves a name for serving up one of the best char siews (barbecued pork) in Singapore.
Many of their regulars’ go-to order is the Duo Combo Rice 双拼饭 (S$5). The dish comes with their signature char siew, as well as siew yoke (roasted pork).
For the char siew, they caramelise it with a thick layer of sweet sauce. This gives it an absolutely decadent flavour which contrasts the smokiness of the char excellently. It’s no wonder so many people find their char siew irresistible.
Fatty Cheong (肥仔详): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-120, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Tel: +65 9882 4849 | Opening Hours: 11am – 8.30pm (Fri – Wed), Closed on Thu
Come to think about it, it’s actually pretty hard to find authentic Malaysian food in Singapore. However, Jason Penang Cuisine dishes out authentic Penang fare right here in our heartlands.
The owner, Penang-born Jason, used to work as a chef for the British High Commissioner. But it wasn’t until 14 years later when he finally opened his own hawker stall with his wife in ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre.
Their Penang Pork Rib & Prawn Noodle (S$4/small, S$6/large) was our favourite dish. It came in a hearty portion that was absolutely value-for-money.
The pork ribs stole the show with their good fat-to-meat ratio. Remarkably fall-off-the-bone tender, we didn’t really have to chew on them much. I guess there’s no need to travel across the border for good Malaysian food anymore!
Jason Penang Cuisine: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-113, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Tel: +65 9849 5815 | Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm & 5.30pm – 8pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon | Facebook
Before you leave ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, why not have some refreshing desserts from Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert (津津甜品)?
The dessert stall is well-known for their Gangster Ice 流氓冰 (S$3), which comes with decadent mango chunks atop shaved ice.
Completing the dessert is a dollop of pure Mao Shan Wang puree. So if you’re a durian lover, this is for you!
Their Power Cendol (S$2) is also a crowd-favourite item. They’re extremely generous with the gula melaka sauce, in particular, giving the dessert a strong robust flavour.
Jin Jin Hot/Cold Dessert (津津甜品): 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-20, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre, Singapore 150006 | Tel: +65 9093 2018 | Opening Hours: 12.30pm – 10pm (Thu – Tue), Closed on Wed | Facebook
ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre has certainly given me another reason to love southern Singapore. The great variety of dishes here always leaves me in a food dilemma.
Not to mention, just a stone’s throw away is also my favourite ang ku kueh spot. I can never leave the area with an empty stomach!