I think this is partly because the food centre has an old appearance, with less of those very famous hawker stalls.
However, this is where you can find gems that are not commonly found elsewhere, such as Fu Zhou Oyster Cake, Herbal Turtle Soup, Pig Trotter’s Jelly, Kelantan Kway Chap, and there is a very good Bak Kwa and Bak Zhong stall downstairs (Multi-Food Supply).
Other hawker stalls there include Wei Mei Si Handmade Noodle, Yi You Roasted Delights, Niftygrill Western Food, Nice Chicken Rice, Fatty Economical Mixed Veg Rice, Epok Epok Story, Curry Kiosk, Jin YouYuan Vegetarian, Aunty Sham Ayam Penty to Ping Ji Popiah.
Stalls are located both upstairs and downstairs, though I usually go to the upper level because it is cooler and better ventilated.
Here are 10 hawker stalls at Berseh Food Centre you can go for:
Fu Zhou Poh Hwa Oyster Cake
#02-34 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Tel: +65 9029 9718 / 8112 5286
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Since this is just a snack item, do yourself a favour and get a piece. They make for a kickass snack that you can munch on while browsing around. BUT you may have to wait a while during peak hours.
These UFO-shaped Oyster Cakes are fast disappearing in Singapore, and you can perhaps find this at few places such as Maxwell Food Centre.
The recipe of these oyster cakes is passed down from generations, and has the same homemade comforting goodness and taste.
Their standard Oyster Cake with 1 prawn costs $2, while the one with extra ingredients and 2 prawns costs $2.50.
Get the special Oyster Cake that had both peanuts and ikan billis on the exterior with a delicious thin crispy crust that wasn’t too greasy or oily.
I was in luck as I got one without waiting. I loved how every bite and mouthful came with both crunchy and tender textures, along with savoury flavours from the oysters and peanuts.
Such an old-school gem.
Self-Made Fish Balls 自制西刀鱼圆
#02-60 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 7am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Not many stalls in Singapore offer handmade fish balls, as most get direct from suppliers.
There is typically a semi-long line here, with customers queuing for Fishball Minced Meat Noodles, Mushroom Fish Cake Minced Meat Noodles, Shrimp Dumpling Noodles, and Meat Ball Noodles priced from $3 onwards.
The Fish Ball Minced Meat Noodles ($3.50) had this classic taste matched with bouncy fishballs, but I did find the meepok on the dry side and could do with more flavourful mix of sauces.
The Xi Dao Fishcakes at $1.50 is an additional item you can have, best to have with a touch of chilli padi.
Sheng Kee Curry Chicken Noodle
#01-45 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 6am – 3:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This was a surprise find. I ordered it without expecting much as it is not considered famous, but this was one delicious bowl of Curry Chicken Noodles. (I think I actually prefer this to the “Michelin” stall.)
Plus, uncle was very friendly as well. He would ask if which part of the chicken you prefer (like breast, thigh, or drumstick) and you would request for more bean sprouts and tau pok.
The Curry Chicken Noodles ($4, $5, $6) comes in three portion sizes, loaded with ingredients in a bowl of curry soup – large tender chunks of succulent poached chicken, bean sprout, soft potatoes, taupok and fish cakes.
There is this hearty taste from the curry gravy yet not overly rich or oily, with a filling and delicious goodness of tender chicken.
If you want a stronger flavour, add a spoonful of chili and toss it with the noodles.
Mei Xiang Black & White Fish Soup
#02-44 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Tel: +65 9789 6686
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
First things first. There are some interesting rules here.
Only Mixed Fish Soup is sold here, NO ta-bao (takeaway) only dine-in (this was because the “Circuit Breaker” – I guess they have to change rules now), yet the bowl is served in disposable plastic. haiz
A small portion is priced at $6, while the large bowl is at $8. Mei Xiang stall did lives up to expectations with their fried and sliced “black” (which is fried fish) and white (sliced) fish soup.
You may be surprised to learn that the cloudy soup had no milk added to it. It was just steamy, comforting goodness with fried chunks and fish slices.
The mild sweetness and fresh taste of fish balanced the strong flavors from ginger quite well.
The dish also had deep fried ribbons of fluffy eggs along with sweet napa cabbage that went well with the soup. One of my personal favourites which I do not mind having again.
Fu He Delights 福和
#02-40/47 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 11am – 8.30pm (Sat – Thurs), Closed (Tues)
Fu He Delights at Berseh Food Centre may be more known for its Turtle Soups (one of the two stalls left selling this at the hawker centre), but many customers were also ordering their Claypot Rice ($7, $15, $20).
They also serve up many different styles of soups from Herbal Black Chicken, Ginseng Black Chicken, Lotus Root with Pork Ribs, and Shi Quan Duck Soup to pair with the claypot dishes.
After a 25 minutes’ wait or so, the hot piping pot of aromatic rice with sizzling sounds would just whet your appetite.
While I thought that the ingredients such as chicken, lup cheong and vegetables tasted separate from one another, the tantalising factors were the flavourful dark sauce and sweetish-chilli sauce.
One of the better Claypot Rice you can find in this area.
#02-43 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Center Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 7am – 1:30pm (Tues – Fri), 7am – 11:30am (Sun), Closed Sat, Mon
The story behind this stall is an interesting one: the owner of this stall learnt how to make kopi by a Hainan coffee master for a price of $3000.
But this is ‘school fees’ well paid.
There is no doubt that the kopi at this stall has that aromatic quality that is not like the average, and you can tell that the owner poured their heart and soul into it.
I loved that smooth, balanced and not overly bitter taste of the kopi, unlike the bland and diluted version present in other places. Even the teh was not bad.
Another great thing about this stall is that every item on the menu seems to have a personal touch, like homemade kaya and peanut butter spread.
They have different sets of breakfast and brunch items to go with the hot beverage for $3, including Kaya Toast, Baguette French Toast, French-Toasted Bread, Kaya Bun or Toasted Kaya Bun.
Tree Coconut 三颗椰子椰浆饭
#02-27 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Tel: +65 9622 1799
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
This Nasi Lemak got some media attention last year as this is opened by a young hawkerpreneur. Her father used to sell Nasi Lemak at Simpang Bedok, and she is carrying on with his legacy.
The stall is supposedly called “Three Coconut” (note the Chinese name of 三颗椰子椰浆饭), but there was a typo in the signboard, but they carried on with this quirky name.
At $2.50, the Nasi Lemak is quite affordable and comes with chicken wing, egg and sambal on the side, with that homely taste. You can also add on other ingredients such as Ikan Bilis ($0.50) or Otah ($1).
Lim’s Fried Oysters
#01-32 Jalan Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Tel: +65 9386 0732
Opening Hours: 7pm – 12am (Mon – Sun)
This is one of those old hawker stalls with a recipe that has been around for more than 40 years.
The homemade batter with secret spices and a perfect balance of flavours is what makes the Fried Oyster Omelette such a hit.
Focusing on one main dish also gives them the chance to pour all their time and attention in the preparation and execution of it, which is always a plus point.
There are three serving sizes of $5, $8 and $10.
Where they got it right: the slightly-charred crispy outer layer contrasted with the gooey starchy middles.
They make the batter themselves along with two types of chilies for the fried oysters and the dip for oyster omelette. Like a symphony of textures and flavours in the mouth.
Only thing is, it is on the very greasy side and may put-off the health-conscious people.
Hock Kee Fried Kway Teow
#01-16 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 2pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
This stall comes with another name called “Fu Ji Char Kway Teow”, with decades old recipe of Fried Kway Teow that has stood the time of time.
They have three serving sizes of the Fried Kway Teow ($3, $3.50, $4), and the portion size was of course quite generous, with cockles, fish cake, egg and Chinese sausage on a bed of noodles.
Here’s what I liked: there was that smoky taste, wok-hei, and not too oily.
Some people may wish for more of that darker sauce for that more intense taste; also more egg would have been nice.
Special Chilli Yong Tau Foo
#01-17 Jln Besar, 166 Berseh Food Centre Singapore 208877
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 12pm (Sat – Thurs), Closed Fri
While the stall states closing hour of 12pm, sometimes they are sold out by early morning. Say 10plus?
A hearty bowl of Yong Tau Foo with an incredibly unique chilli sauce.
While most Yong Tau Foo stalls are known for their specific ingredients, this is famous for the distinctive chili sauce that is the star ingredient.
You can pick and choose your pieces, such as fish roll, beancurd, bitter gourd, mushrooms, cuttlefish, fishball, ngoh hiang ($0.40 to $0.50 per piece) and cuttlefish head ($1.50), along with a portion of Hakka Mee ($1.50).
Actually 40 cents per piece is very affordable.
At this stall, they have huge buckets filled up to the brim with chili sauce that runs out faster than any other ingredient. There is a tang of sweetness yet a kick of heat and definitely very shiok.
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