Last Updated: July 16, 2019
Located right next to Chomp Chomp Food Centre, one of the more well-known hawker centres in Singapore, Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre is a lesser-known cousin.
Even though more people go to Chomp Chomp Food Centre, however, Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre is one of the more underrated food centres in Singapore.
We’ve collated a list of 10 stalls which you shouldn’t miss at Serangooopenn Garden Market and Food Centre just in case you get tired of Chomp Chomp.
Tucked away in the furthest corner of the food centre, Garden Street Kway Chap might not be the easiest to spot. This Teochew-style kway chap has made its mark on many throughout the years.
The Kway Chap (S$12 for three pax) consists of a selection of pig intestines, braised eggs, tau pok, tofu among other ingredients.
Paired with a piping hot bowl of kway tiao in a broth made with a mixture of herbs, this comforting meal is usually served with a plate of preserved vegetables and braised peanuts. Having this on a rainy day will leave you feeling warm inside and out.
If you only want certain ingredients, make sure you let the vendor know when you make your order.
Garden Street Kway Chap: #01-21 | Tel: +65 9001 7844 | Opening Hours: 8am – 3pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon
A few stalls down from Garden Street Kway Chap, Bossi Ban Mian serves a range of handmade noodles either with seafood or minced meat.
We ordered the Handmade Noodles Soup (S$4) that comes with a serving of green vegetables, an egg and some minced meat. They put the ikan bilis in a separate coaster so it doesn’t turn soggy.
The soup was flavourful, to say the least. The strong umami flavour and a hint of vegetables in the soup make it addictive yet still healthy. Chewy and cooked to the right softness, the noodles were perfect for me.
Bossi Ban Mian: #01-18, Singapore 555945 | Tel: +65 9145 7435 | Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Tue), 9am – 9pm (Mon, Thu – Sun), Closed on Wed | Facebook
If you’re a sucker for old school snacks or pastries like me, you’ve got to try Pancake King. They offer a range of pies, cakes, and other traditional snacks like Hum Ji Beng (S$1.30).
The Egg Tart (S$1.60) looked amazing in the display, so we just had to get this classic treat. The crumbly shell easily fell apart in my mouth, just the way I like my tarts.
Unfortunately, we unanimously agreed that the egg custard could have been sweeter.
Based on the shell of the Egg Tart, I expected nothing less from the crust of the Apple Pie (S$2.70) and it didn’t disappoint. I expected the apples sandwiched between the pie crust to be sweet, however, it had hints of berry flavours which added an unlikely tanginess to the pie.
The menu was pretty standard like most chicken rice stalls. What’s special about Poh Poh Roasted Chicken Rice though, is that they have certain discounts which will be displayed on the screen at the storefront. So remember to keep a look out for any updates.
I went with the classic Roasted Chicken Rice + Egg (S$4). Although the rice was fragrant, we felt it could be a little moister. Luckily, the soup made up for it. Alternatively, you may ask them to douse your rice with more sauce which will add extra flavour.
The chicken was soft and tender and not too dry. Dip it into the garlic chilli or mix the chilli with the rice for extra oomph.
Poh Poh Roasted Chicken Rice: #01-15 | Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Fri – Wed), Closed on Thu
I love soya beancurd from these hawker vendors as usually sell the most authentic soya bean drinks and beancurd desserts. Luckily for me, Serangoon Soya Bean 实龙岗豆花 serves up a selection of beancurd desserts and drinks as well as grass jelly concoctions.
Not only is the Soya Beancurd (S$1) smooth and goes down easily with the sugar syrup, it is super affordable too. Soya beancurd is usually best eaten when it’s warm, however, you can take the cold one out from the refrigerator beside the shop. The fridge also stores other bottled herbal drinks.
Serangoon Soya Bean: #01-24 | Opening Hours: 8am–8pm (Daily)
Soon Huat Pig’s Organ Soup (S$3.50) is served with liver, large intestines, stomach, sliced pork belly and lean meat. The slice of tomato in the soup also helped to cut through the rich flavour.
Other than Pig’s Organ Soup, the stall also sells pig’s innards and preserved vegetables. However, as opposed to Garden Street Kway Chap, the serving of entrails comes with a bowl of rice instead of kway tiao.
Soon Huat Pig’s Organ Soup: #01-42 | Opening Hours: 9.30am–4pm (Tue – Sun), Closed on Mon
Even after two generations, Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice is still going strong. This family-run hawker has another branch in Serangoon Central for those who don’t want to travel all the way to Serangoon Gardens.
Drizzle the zhup over the white and fluffy rice to give it extra flavour and have it together with the duck meat slices. The Duck Rice (S$3.50) includes tau pok, tau gua and braised hard-boiled eggs.
A bowl of soup is served together with the set meal. The peppery flavour from the broth packs a punch and it’s perfect for a wet and cold day.
Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice: #01-44 | Tel: +65 9667 4860 | Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 4am (Sat), Closed on Sun
Aliff’s Nasi Lemak’s speciality is the basmati rice (long grain rice).
Nasi Lemak Set E (S$4.80) is served with crispy fried chicken wings, a spicy otah, a fried egg, some ikan bilis and their signature sambal chilli sauce.
Other than its Nasi Lemak, their Goreng Pisang (S$2 for three pieces), or fried banana fritters, is one of the customers’ favourites as well. The shell is crispy on the outside and the bananas are slightly mushy.
It’s a great snack to have on the go and it’s on the cheaper side too.
Aliff Nasi Lemak: #01-27 | Opening Hours: 7am – 6pm (Daily), Closed on Mon & Wed
If I’m being honest, I’m not the biggest fan of fried oysters. But I’ve been told that if I ever visit Serangoon Garden Market and Food Centre, I should give Hock Kee Fried Oyster a shot.
So I ordered a plate of Fried Oyster (S$5) and was pleasantly surprised. Even though the egg was fried omelette-style, there were still hints of the gooey eggy mixture that went well with the chunks of oysters.
Another signature dish that’s popular is their Fried Carrot Cake (S$3). Frying it with some sweet soy sauce gives this dish the caramelised flavour. If you’re a fan of fried carrot cake, you should definitely try this.
Hock Kee Fried Oyster: #01-19 | Opening Hours: 7.15am – 2pm & 6.15pm – 10pm (Tue – Fri), 7.15am – 3pm & 6.15pm – 10pm (Sat & Sun), Closed on Sun
This bowl of Minced Meat Noodle Soup (S$4.50) from Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles is packed with strong umami flavours with the perfect combination of mushrooms, liver and pork slices. The noodles were springy and easy to slurp up together with the soup.
Other than the Minced Meat Noodles, they’re also renowned for their Fish Maw Soup (S$12). A piece of fried sole fish is added in to give it that extra kick of flavour along with soft and palatable fish maw. We’ll definitely be back for “maw”!
Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Pork Noodles: #01-36 | Opening Hours: 7.30am–1.30pm (Tue – Sat), Closed on Mon & Sun
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre sure has a lot more to offer but these are the 10 stalls that we recommend trying if you’re ever in the area. Are there other stalls that you think should make the list?
Our Rating: 4 / 5
Serangoon Garden Market & Food Centre
49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945
49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945