Pek Kio Market & Food Centre may not be the most popular for food due to its inaccessibility. Albeit that, they have been around for over 35 years. Most of their offerings are traditional and old school delights, which brings about a sense of nostalgia and home when eaten.
This is the reason people still return to their food, especially since most of them still keep to old-school pricing. With that in mind, I decided to head down to sample 10 of their stalls and relished in a culinary trip down memory lane, making it worth the travel.
1. Pin Wei Chee Cheong Fun
Michelin plate stall Pin Wei Chee Cheong Fun can be easily spotted by their long queues, with good reason too. I personally prefer the Hong Kong-style ones, as they are thinner and smoother.
This was exactly it. The Char Siew (S$3.50) was one of the more expensive food items here at Pek Kio, but totally worth it.
I liked how the char siew bits were generously scattered throughout the chee cheong fun, not only giving it a nice smoky sweet punch with every bite.
The chee cheong fun itself was flawlessly smooth, and the light soy sauce came through with a hint of savouriness to balance out the char siew. Add a lil’ bite of their chilli to heighten the flavour profile of this.
Pin Wei Chee Cheong Fun: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-25, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 6.30am – 2pm (Thurs to Tues), Closed on Wed
2. Heng Leong Carrot Cake 兴隆菜头粿
Not many places make their own carrot cakes anymore due to manpower issues and time constraints, but Heng Leong Carrot Cake 兴隆菜头粿 does.
At only S$2, their serving size is really generous. They offer both the black and white version, each with their own merits. I personally prefer the former, with the sweet dark soy which permeated every chunk of radish cake.
The white version is good too, with a more distinct eggy fragrance. Both plates also had a nice varying texture between the crisp edges and the soft fluffy interior of the radish cakes.
Heng Leong Carrot Cake 兴隆菜头粿: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-13, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 3.30pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon
3. Sheng Seng Fried Prawn Noodle 生成炒虾麵
Pek Kio may be under the radar but the stalls sure know what they are serving up to their customers. Sheng Seng Fried Prawn Noodle 生成炒虾麵 is another Michelin Plate stall, serving up cheap yet delicious Hokkien mee.
At just S$3, you get a decent pile of noodles with prawns and sotong included. It leaned towards the wetter side, which resulted in soggier noodles but I did not mind it. I also liked the addition of fish cakes which are not that common.
Sheng Seng Fried Prawn Noodle 生成炒虾麵: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-40, Singapore 211041 | Tel: +65 6299 3981 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 5pm (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mon
4. Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodles is known to serve one of the best prawn noodles in Singapore. This is evident from their success, as they have a few outlets and even moved on to open a restaurant too.
We got the S$5 bowl, which I felt the soup could have been more robust. Nonetheless, it was still flavourful enough. We got both soup and dry, and I preferred the latter, which was more tasty with the addition of sauces and chilli.
The prawns themselves were huge and fresh too, which could be their winning factor.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-15, Singapore 211041 | Tel: +65 6299 3981 | Opening Hours: 8.30am – 2.30pm (Wed to Sun), Closed on Mon & Tues
5. Yean Heng Pancake
Personally, I love these old-school pancakes and Yean Heng Pancake makes a delicious one. They are always fresh, and you can spot the uncle making them at the back. They have a steady flow of customers, a testament to the quality of their pancakes.
I got myself a Peanut Pancake (S$0.60), and at its price point, it is the cheapest I’ve had in Singapore. Served warm, the skin had a chewy mochi-like consistency with an extremely thin and crisp shell on the outside.
The pancake itself was packed with grounded peanut filling. They were so generous and every bite was full of crunch from the peanuts. I liked that it was fragrant and not too sweet as well.
Yean Heng Pancake: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-32, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – sold out (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mon
6. Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh
A trend you might have noticed by now is that the hawkers here at Pek Kio take pride in making things from scratch. Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh does really good chwee kueh that left me wanting more. They do serve up single giant chwee kueh‘s!
Unfortunately, it was sold out when I was there.
I got the Regular Chwee Kueh (S$1.50 for 5 pieces) instead, which was really good too. The rice cakes were super soft in texture, which complemented the savoury and crunchy preserved radish. Definitely one of the better ones around!
Pek Kio Handmade Chwee Kueh: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-28, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 2pm (Daily)
7. Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee
To be very honest, I wasn’t going to add another prawn noodle into this list. However, Lai Hiang Pork Rib Prawn Mee really does deserve a shout-out. There were long queues on every occasion I visited. Curious, I joined in.
I went for the largest Dry Prawn Mee (S$5), which was served with five medium sized prawns. They were really fresh and with a sweet aftertaste. Mixed together with the springy noodles, crunchy bean sprouts, succulent pork slices and chewy fish cakes, the varying textures and flavours were delicious. I also liked how the shallots gave it an extra dimension of aroma.
The soup itself was not as robust as I would have liked it to be. But, it was flavourful enough whilst still light and refreshing, with a slight kick. If you prefer something lighter on the palate, you would love this.
Lai Hiang Pork Rib Noodles: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-41, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 5.30am – 2.30pm (Wed to Mon), Closed on Tues
8. Min Hiang
Traditional stalls selling soya bean and grass jelly these days are really rare. I was glad to see Min Hiang, a speciality stall selling just those two items.
I got myself a glass of Soya Bean (S$0.70) and Grass Jelly (S$0.70). They were so reasonable, considering how rich the drinks were. I liked how the former was fragrant and creamy, whilst the latter was light and refreshing.
Min Hiang: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-21, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon to Sat), Closed on Sun
9. Cambridge Rd Hong Kong Roast Pork
There are several stalls serving up roasted meats here at Pek Kio Market. One thing to note is that their opening hours are kinda unpredictable. However, Cambridge Rd Hong Kong Roast Pork was always open.
I decided to go for a plate of 3 in 1 (S$5). This included char siew, roasted pork and roasted duck.
I liked how every plate was served with a side of vegetables and ABC soup. They tasted very homely which I enjoyed. The meats themselves were tender and flavourful as well. While it wasn’t the best I’ve had, the portion size and the kind, friendly aunty was enough for me to want to patronise them in the future again.
Cambridge Rd Hong Kong Roast Pork: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-18, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 7am – 4pm (Daily)
10. Ng Seng Heng
Some days we all want something more light, soupy and comforting. The first thing that comes to mind would usually either porridge or soup. Ng Seng Heng serves up exactly that.
I decided to go for the Seafood Assorted Soup (S$5) and it caught me by surprise. Besides a decently sized prawn and some slices of fish, it had rolled up fishcake and fish balls instead of the usual squids which I expected.
Nonetheless, the hearty soup was light yet flavourful. The prawn and fish were fresh and sweet too.
Ng Seng Heng: 41A Cambridge Road, Pek Kio Market and Food Centre, #01-46, Singapore 211041 | Opening Hours: 7.30am – 3pm (Daily)
Pek Kio Market & Food Centre is one of those under-the-radar food places. I have to admit, before coming up with this list, I’d never been here. After trying out 10 different stalls, I can attest to their extreme affordability and homely, delicious offerings.
Do keep in mind that they do open and close really early though, so head down early if you’re planning to visit any of the stalls!
Our Rating: 4 / 5
Pek Kio Market & Food Centre
41 Cambridge Road, Singapore 210041
Pek Kio Market & Food Centre
41 Cambridge Road, Singapore 210041