To residents staying near the Holland, Buona Vista and Commonwealth Avenue West areas, Ghim Moh Food Centre with more than 70 food stalls should be one of your favourites.
There is quite an impressive variety and selection of dishes here that will satisfy every hawker lover’s cravings. Here are 10 of the Ghim Moh Food Centre hawker stalls you can check out:
Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-04, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
Located at the Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre (and another branch at Chong Pang Food Centre), Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck is one of the most popular stalls there, and is also listed under the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
Chuan Kee sources its ducks from Malaysia. Compared to other braised ducks cooked using frozen meat, Chuan Kee’s are made from fresh duck which makes the meat sweeter.
Specialising in Teochew-style braised duck only i.e. there is no roast duck nor other roast meats in the menu, Chuan Kee serves all duck boneless but you can request it bone-in should you prefer.
Its signature dish Chuan Kee Duck Rice ($3, $4, $5) features braised duck coated in a dark and luscious sauce, topped over fluffy rice cooked in a Hokkien style of lor (sauce) thickened with a little starch.
My favourite component was the aromatic rice, despite being drenched in sauce, was neither sticky nor mushy. Chuan Kee Boneless Braised Duck (Ghim Moh)
Kong Shang Hua Wanton Noodles
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-05, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 6:30Aam – 1:30pm (Sat – Wed), Closed Thurs, Fri
Old-School Wanton Noodles
Located right next to Chuan Kee, Kong Shang Hua Wanton Noodles opens up bright and early to serve you extremely tasteful and filling Wanton Mee.
This has a simple menu – offering Dumpling Noodles, Dumpling Soup, Mushroom Noodles, Chicken Feet Noodles, Chicken Ipoh Horfun, with Wanton Mee being their star dish that attracts a stream of customers.
A single serving of the Wanton Mee ($3, $3.50, $4) comes with thin noodles tossed in generous amount sauce.
The noodles were delightfully springy, and had a nice balance of slight sweet and savoury aftertaste after coated with the sauce. They use lean char siew (which is perhaps the weakest link) and plump dumplings.
Guan Kee Fried Kway Teow
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-19, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Tues, Wed, Sat), Closed Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sun
Char Kway Teow With Michelin Bib Gourmand
The wait can be a bit long and tedious as uncle prepares the dishes at his own pace, but their Fried Kway Teow ($3, $4, $5) is worth the wait for its fans.
A few things to note: The stall is only opened 3 days a week (Tues, Wed, Sat) for short window period of 7:30am to 2pm.
Uncle is an act to watch. While most hawkers are hidden in the background or you can throw a peek at how they cook up a fare, you would notice a window where you can watch uncle fry up plate-by-plate.
There are all the basis ingredients of eggs, cockles, kway teow, fried pork lard and lap cheong, along with reasonably good wok-hei.
Quite balanced flavours as well, even though you do not really taste that sweet-sauce.
Jiu Jiang Shao La
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-17, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 10am – 2pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Wed
Specialises in Well-Charred Roasted Meats
Jiu Jiang Shao La stands out amongst a swarm of hawker stalls at
Ghim Moh Food Centre. Their roasted duck meat is exceptionally good and attracts a long queue at the stall.
The prices are quite affordable for the given serving size and quality of food.
They are best known for its Roast Duck ($32), with offerings of Roasted Duck Leg Rice ($5.30), Char Siew ($3), Roasted Pork Rice ($3).
If not, get their all-in-one plate included with a pile of Roasted Duck, Char Siew and Roasted Pork Belly ($5).
It instantly won me over with its fragrant aroma and delectable presentation. The duck was cooked to a perfect tenderness although I do wish it was juicier) with flavourful and crispy duck.
I actually liked the sweet caramelized char siew better with a beautiful char. Sauce was slightly on the sweeter side.
Ghim Moh Carrot Cake
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-16, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 1pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
For Mouth-Watering Black Carrot Cake
Some stalls are better in white, but guess most people here da-bao the Black Carrot Cake?
You will be drawn to this stall by the fragrant and appetizing aroma of carrot cake. I instantly wanted to get a plate for myself when I passed the stall, especially when I also saw that the carrot cake is “homemade”.
The service is very quick and efficient so you won’t have to wait too long.
I got myself a plate of their Black Carrot Cake ($4). It had more sweetness to it than the white carrot cake and a very smooth yet somewhat chunky texture which was quite appetizing.
The black sauce was added generously to heighten the taste and take away the salty flavours of the radish. It had a nice wok-hei taste and the serving size was quite filling.
Lao Chao Zhou 老潮州
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-18, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 8am till sold out (Mon – Sun)
Nostalgic Taste Of Mee Siam and Satay Bee Hoon
The stall opens at 8am, and is completely sold out by afternoon.
A lot of work and time is required to prepare the sauce for Satay Bee Hoon ($4, $6), generously laden with cockles, kang kong, pork liver, lean pork slices, taupok and cuttlefish in a nutty and smooth textured peanut sauce. $6 comes with more bee hoon and prawns.
Everything had just the right flavours and was complimented well by the vermicelli.
Their Mee Siam ($3) with beansprouts, taupok, egg, chives, chilli and tiny shrimps, is definitely worth a try with a lovely assam twang.
The sweet-spicy gravy was just slurp-worthy tasting like how a grandma would prepare with a well-guarded recipe.
Hin Fried Hor Fun
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-56, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Tel: +65 9752 1215
Opening Hours: 10am – 3pm, 5pm – 8:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Fried Hor Fun with Sliced Beef, Fish and Prawns
The bright red signboards are very easy to spot, and the stall with a queue hungry customers during peak hours.
Note: I went a couple of times and they happen to sell out before the indicated closing hours.
The stall is run by two chefs in an open kitchen where you can spot them furiously frying and cooking to create their signature smoky wok hei taste.
The price is $5 for all their dishes, and you can choose combinations that come with sliced fish, prawns or mui fan as the base.
As the dish is assembled (ie beef and sauce poured over ready-cooked rice noodles), you may not get that much wok-hei depending on which batch you receive.
However, there was still that smokiness in the noodles, and juicy tasty beef slices which were quite alluring.
Tom’s City Zoom Mee Pok Tar
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-11, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Phone: +65 9742 0865
Opening Hours: 6am – 1pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Tasty Mee Pork and Fishcake By Young Hawker
I first came across Tome’s stall at Lengkok Bahru when I was a young food blogger (*cough cough*, now not so young), and he is still persistent in delivering tasty Fishball Noodles.
And if you think only the older uncles can cook up an excellent bowl of mee pok, you are quite wrong. Tom does a very good job for his age and experience.
Tom a number of years to perfect his recipe of the springy mee pok, which also came with mouth-watering slices of fishcake.
The juicy handmade fishcake and fishballs are supplied by Tom’s uncle, whose who is called Citizoom (therefore the name, changed from i to y). The leek fishcake is only cut into slices just before serving, retaining its moisture within. (You can choose to add on additional of the fishcake.)
The noodles were cooked perfectly and had hints of vinegar and chili. The soup had wolfberries which gave it an enjoyable sweet tang.
(The other famous Fishball Noodles stall here is Thye Hong Fishball Noodle.)
Teck Hin Delicacies
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-30, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 12pm (Mon – Sun)
Smooth and Flavourful Congee
This stall is quite famous and is running successfully for over two decades now. They open up quite early and are completely sold out by late morning or early afternoon.
They serve two varieties of congee – Century Egg & Pork; and White Bait & Pork, both affordably at $1.80. You may not believe how expensive it is for the given serving size, matched with smooth consistency and comforting flavours.
They do have a ‘strange’ system of switching between selling Congee and Chee Cheong Fun though. So, sometimes you get the other.
The silky-smooth traditional Chee Cheong Fun ($1.80 for two, or $2.70 for three) drenched in sauces, not the usual ones filled with shrimps and char siew, but old-school with delicious sauces – worth a try.
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh 李老三
Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre #01-54, Block 20 Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 270020
Opening Hours: 6:15am – 6:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Traditional Chwee Kueh Stall Selling Since 1959
The stall 李老三 at Ghim Moh Market & Food Centre #01-54 is run by Mr. Lee who has been making Chwee Kueh since he was 8, helping his mother and brother in pushing their street food cart.
He learned the recipe from his mother and, up to now, insists on making Chwee Kueh still the old-fashioned way with no short-cuts.
They say he spends 16 hours a day making Chwee Kueh!
Each piece is priced at 50 cents here, with a minimum order of 4 pieces (ie $2 for 4).
Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh uses garlic and pork lard (instead of vegetable oil) which make their cai po (preserved radish) more fragrant. The radish is the chunkier-than-usual type, and this make the radish chewier in texture. Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh (Ghim Moh Food Centre)
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