Bukit Timah Food Centre is known for quite a couple of fried hawker dishes such as Carrot Cake, Hokkien Mee, Char Kway Teow, alongside Satay and BBQ Chicken Wings. So it can be considered a ‘hot’ hawker centre.
Here are 10 of the Bukit Timah Food Centre hawker stalls for your reference, to satiate your cravings:
Sin Chew Satay Bee Hoon
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-162, Singapore 588172
Tel: +65 9826 0782
Opening Hours: 11am – 1:30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Wed, Thurs), 11am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Sat, Sun)
Putting this at the top because decent Satay Bee Hoon is getting harder to find in Singapore, and this stall serves up quite a note-worthy version.
And they are opened for only 4 days a week.
You will find a long queue at this stall at all times, so be prepared to wait at least 20 to 30 minutes for your turn during peak hours.
They have three serving sizes of Satay Bee Hoon ($4, $5, $6), or you can also order the Cuttlefish Kang Kong ($6).
Their take on the Teochew dish was sumptuous, included with thin vermicelli, tau pok, cuttlefish and pork slices, drenched in this luscious rich peanut sauce that had some special spices included.
It is a taste that you don’t get elsewhere.
He Zhong Carrot Cake
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-185, Singapore 588172
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Probably one of the most famous White Carrot Cakes around, though Bukit Timah residents may say that this used to be crispier and better in the past.
This stall is special for many reasons. It isn’t in the usual flat or scrambled style, but chunky blocks that are almost rectangular and piled on top of the other.
The big chunks of white carrot cake have a tempting eggy aroma, generally more to the soft and fluffy side.
For only $2.50 onwards ($3, $4, $5) per serving, you get quite a generous amount of carrot cake. I do enjoy the springy and flavourful chunks, mildly salty chai poh and hints of garlic.
(Tip: If you like Black Carrot Cake, look out for 135 Yong Ji located on another row.)
Yong Seng Satay
51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-123, Singapore 588215
Tel: +65 9626 5173
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
The Yong Seng Satay stall serves up Chinese-style Satay. They are most famous for their Pork Satay ($0.60 per stick), along with Chicken and Mutton Satay ($0.60 per stick). Ketupat is at an additional $0.60.
The reason being its preparation time which is tedious and time consuming, with the marination itself taking several hours.
It is hard to find tender Pork Satay of late, and this had a good layer of meat with fats, that added to its tenderness and succulence.
The slight hints of smoky, charred flavour intensify the taste, and is complimented well with the chunky peanut sauce added with sweet pineapple mash.
Seng Heng Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice
51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-177, Singapore 588215
Tel: +65 96624263
Opening Hours: 11am – 3:30PM (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Sometimes I wonder why no television programme have came to interview the two good-looking sons helping out at the stall yet. Anyway…
This hawker stall may test your patience and love for chicken rice. The wait can be long and the queues never ending.
The stall serves up Hainanese-style Chicken Eice along with soups such as Black Chicken, Watercress, Bittergourd with Pork Ribs.
I thought that the chicken was tender, though I would personally wish that it was juicier with more of that ‘oily’ sauce.
The rice was grainy with fragrant savoury flavours of the chicken stock. Nice chilli too. Overall, not bad.
Terry Katong Laksa
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 588172
Tel: +65 9812 0630
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Mon – Sun)
This was a surprise find during one of my trips to Bukit Timah Food Centre (there is another outlet at Chinatown Food Centre). Consider this the ‘healthier; version of laksa with still flavorful gravy
This stall serves a healthy variety of Laksa that contains no pork, no lard, no added sugar, MSG or evaporated creamer in its preparation.
Surprisingly, even after taking out all of this, the authentic and delicious flavors and taste still remained, making it a very desirable dish so you can stay healthy while enjoying your favorite meals.
A regular serving bowl of Laksa cost $3.50. You can require for additional cockles, prawns for a dollar; and fish cake for $0.50
The standout ingredient of this dish is definitely their gravy. It ties the whole dish together and blends in well with every ingredient to impart a mild and comforting taste.
They also serve Nonya Otah ($0.60) and Nasi Lemak ($1.60).
Leng Kee Fish Soup
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-192, Singapore 58817
Tel: +65 9667 6104
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Thurs – Tues), Closed Wed
The thing that draws every customer to the Leng Kee Fish Soup stall is that the soup is rather clean-tasting and light (so if you are looking at the rich and heavy kind, maybe this is not for you).
The generous serving size of thick fish slices are also a good reason to come, with each bowl priced at $5, $6, or $8.
They also serve up Fish Porridge ($4.50), Sliced Fish Mee Sua ($4.50), Sliced Fish Bee Hoon ($4.50), Pig’s Liver Mee Sua ($4), and Braised Pig’s Trotter ($4).
For $5 per bowl, the serving size is quite filling, and I loved how the soup didn’t have a typical fishy smell yet every mouthful was packed with fresh fish slices, accompanied with tofu cubes and vegetables.
(Tip: The other famous Fish Soup stall here is Quan Xiang.)
Xie Kee Hokkien Mee
51 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, #02-174, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
I suspect this used to taste much better in the past, but at $3 per plate with all those ingredients, effort in frying and wok-hei, we shouldn’t complain much.
The queue can sometimes be painfully long, so I would suggest going slightly before peak lunch and dinner hours.
The noodles were of a flat variety which is a bit different than most Hokkien Mee. In terms of wetness and flavours, this is considered in-between.
While the soup stock and wok-hei could be a tad stronger, the chilli helps to enhance the overall flavours.
168 Beef Hor Fun & White Bee Hoon with Clams
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-168, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Okay, disclaimer: the standard is slightly inconsistent here, I think it depends on who’s doing the actual frying.
This hawker stall serves only wok-fried dishes, including Ham & Egg Fried Rice, Dried Beef Hor Fun, San Lou Hor Fun, Sour & Spicy Horfun, while Beef Hor Fun and White Bee Hoon are their signature dishes.
For the White Bee Hoon itself, there are various combinations including sliced beef, seafood, sliced fish, prawns and lala clams.
The Beef Hor Fun had delightfully smooth rice noodles and had a nice wok hei, on the saucier (generous gravy) though bland side.
Hock Le Xiang Rojak
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-152, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
This is a shared stall between Popiah ($1.50 per roll), and Rojak ($3, $4, $5). I suspect the Popiah is the more popular side, though I quite liked the Rojak which was a surprise find.
One of the reasons is that the Popiah is inexpensive at $1.50, and filled with juicy turnip and carrot fillings. Was there an X-factor? Maybe no, but certainly above the average.
The Rojak had a thick and delicious sticky sauce, which coated coated evenly around every ingredient such as the refreshing radish and taupoek, added with generous amounts of crunchy peanuts.
Shiba Roti 柴卷
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, Bukit Timah Food Centre #02-140, Singapore 588215
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 2pm (Sat – Sun)
These ‘Shiba Rotis’ or “Roti Prata Wraps” are possibly something you have never seen before in a hawker centre setting in Singapore.
On the menu are four types of signature wraps, namely Tandoori Chicken ($3.60), Greek Lemon Chicken ($3.60), Brekkie Roti ($2.60) and Luncheon Temptation ($5.50); along with soup of Sweet Potato Coconut Curry ($2.40). The soup was sold out when I visited late lunch.
There are some seasonal specials such as Balinese BBQ Chicken, Japanese Potato Salad Roti, and Korean Hot Chicken with Kimchi Roti (each priced at $5).
The Tandoori Chicken Roti ($3.60) takes inspirations from various parts of the world, from the North Indian classic, to toppings of apple slaw and pickled vegetables (which may remind many of Vietnamese Bahn Mi).
This is topped with crushed peanuts, sesame and fresh coriander (inspired by the local Popiah).
I thought this reminded me of a cross between a burrito and a taco wrap, with the pickled vegetables helping to cut through some of the richness. (Shiba Roti (Bukit Timah Food Centre)
51 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-147, Singapore 588215
Tel: +65 9827 4818
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Where did Nyonya Chendol come from? Out of the ‘sudden’, you see outlets popping all around the island with its distinctive white and green signboard, and menu of 4 Chendol items.
You can find the stalls at Bukit Timah Food Centre, Old Airport Road Food Centre (#01-115), Whampoa Food Centre (#01-17), Blk 85 Redhill Food Centre (#01-57), Albert Street Food Centre (#01-69), and Boon Lay Food Centre (#01-130).
Nyonya Chendol specializes in the sweet icy and milky dessert of Chendol, serving the traditional, plain Chendol ($1.50), Red Beans Chendol ($2), Sweet Corn Chendol ($2) and XO Durian Chendol ($3).
The first noticeable thing was the big mound of shaved ice, which suggested that they aren’t stingy with their ingredients.
The ice was flavored with thick and glossy Gula Melaka and heavy coconut milk with a smooth and pleasing texture. The highlight of course, was the luscious red beans.
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