In the culture-heavy streets of Jalan Besar, we scoured through Berseh Food Centre to find the 10 plates that blew our minds, while keeping it wallet-friendly.
1. Beef Kway Teow Mee 牛肉粿條麺
For starters, a quick bowl of Beef Kway Teow (S$4) at Berseh Food Centre has just the right ingredients to make your meal.
Although Beef Kway Teow Mee is in a seemingly quiet corner of the food centre, Aunty does have her fair share of regular customers.
We were given a generous helping of beef organs, and each bite was tender. Don’t worry if mixed portions of beef organs won’t sit well in your stomach, just let the friendly Aunty know!
Beef Kway Teow Mee 牛肉粿條麺: #01-28 | Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Sat to Thurs), Closed on Fri
2. Lim’s Fried Oyster 蠔煎林
Shout-out to my supper pals; you’d wanna get your hands on Lim’s Fried Oyster, especially since they only open in the evening till late.
One of the longest established oyster omelette stalls located in the central area, the Lim couple has been helping to run this stall since Uncle was about 10 years old, I learnt.
I was ecstatic to try their Fried Oyster (S$5). Cooked with chilli in it, the fried egg exudes a stimulating fragrance upon munching into it.
The Korean oysters are stir-fried with chilli and are “wetter” than usual. I especially loved the slimy, jelly-like texture with hints of crisp edges.
Lim’s Fried Oyster 蠔煎林: #01-32 | Opening Hours: 7pm – 12am (Daily)
3. Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake 福州寶華蠔餅
I couldn’t get enough of oysters, so we hopped upstairs to Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake for Oyster Cakes. They’re S$2 for a standard cake, with the option to add on S$0.50 for extra ingredients.
The cakes were unbelievably stuffed. As for the price, it’s a steal for a snack any time of the day! Have it dipped in chilli to complete your entire seafood experience.
Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake 福州寶華蠔餅: #02-34 | Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Daily)
4. Lao Liang Pig Trotter Jelly & Shark Meat 老两 猪脚凍 白牙沙鱼
Yep, you’re reading this right. Lao Liang at Berseh Food Centre serves up certified Shark Meat Jelly in three portions (S$5/S$8/S$10).
On top of that, the stall also does Pig’s Trotter Jelly at the same price-point portions. It’s an authentic Teochew appetiser that most young people aren’t familiar with these days.
True to its name, they’re what people swarm the stall for.
Lao Liang Pig Trotter Jelly & Shark Meat 老两 猪脚凍 白牙沙鱼: #02-37 | Opening Hours: 11am – 3pm (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mon
5. Very Lucky Turtle Soup 杕幸運山瑞補品
We promise you, this is where the adventure of weird ends.
A bowl of Herbal Turtle Soup will definitely be the pick-me-up for the day or night. Well, if turtle meat is too wild for you soul, Very Lucky has a myriad of other herbal meat stews.
Top it off with a bowl of yam rice and homemade chilli!
Very Lucky Turtle Soup 杕幸運山瑞補品: #02-38/49 | Opening Hours: 11am – 9.30pm (Thurs to Tues), Closed on Wed
6. Fu He Turtle Soup 福和
Our stomachs weren’t ready to devour a turtle that day, so we opted for a bowl of Herbal Black Chicken Soup (S$7.50) instead, at Fu He Turtle Soup.
The black chicken soup was infused with a concoction of dang gui and cordyceps, just in case you’re not sure what the worm-like things floating around in your soup are.
It’s best to share it with friends, as we don’t want you getting a nosebleed. The herbal flavour was extremely rich, and I also loved that the chicken meat was soft and moist.
Fu He Turtle Soup 福和: #02-40/47 | Opening Hours: 11am – 8.30pm (Sat to Thurs), Closed on Fri
7. Ji Xiang Prawn Mee 吉祥蝦麺
If you’re all about that supper life, Berseh Food Centre also hides a stall that only opens late.
Ji Xiang Prawn Mee is where you can enjoy a savoury bowl of Prawn Noodles for only S$3!
The yellow mee was tangy and smooth, albeit slightly difficult to get a spoonful of because the noodles were quite long. The portion was just right for me to have as a late-night munch.
Ji Xiang Prawn Mee 吉祥蝦麺: #02-41 | Opening Hours: 5.30pm – 2am (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
8. Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup 黑白鱼片湯
Sporting a long queue at lunchtime is Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup. They only sell Black And White Fish Set (S$6/S$8).
The set features steamed fish and fried fish, so you get the best of both worlds.
There’s only a limited quantity of sets available per day, so you’d wanna get in line before they’re sold out!
Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup 黑白鱼片湯: #02-44 | Opening Hours: 11.30am till sold out (Mon to Fri), Closed Sat & Sun
9. Wei Mei En 味美恩 手工面 • 鱼汤
Wei Mei En caught my eye because a long queue snaked past the seats and corridor. As you know, we Singaporeans don’t just queue for anything, so this had to be good.
For a refreshing meal, we opted to get the Seafood Bee Hoon Soup (S$5) from them. Its simple, clear soup helped beat the heat!
I do love their fish slices, as they definitely have the ‘QQ’ factor, firm and springy in one bite.
Wei Mei En 味美恩 手工面 • 鱼汤: #02-48 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Daily)
10. Self-Made Fish Ball 自制西刀魚圓
Self-Made Fish Ball hand-makes their fish cakes and fish balls which will make your taste buds dance for joy.
We got the Fish Ball Minced Meat Noodle (S$3.50), which is a classic bak chor mee paired with their very own fish cakes and fish balls.
I definitely enjoyed their cuts! They sell the fish cakes separately (S$1.50), so you can whisk away with a pack if you loved them as much as I did.
Self-Made Fish Ball自制西刀魚圓: #02-60 | Opening Hours: 7am – 8pm (Daily)
I think we could all agree that we’re basically on a “see-food” diet. I see food, I eat it. With food that looks this good and tastes even better, I’ll be stuck on this diet for a long time.
Our Rating: 5 / 5
Berseh Food Centre
166 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208877
Berseh Food Centre
166 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208877