The challenging thing about writing about this food centre is, many stalls have long lines and some only open for a couple of hours early morning or night time.
So that means multiple trips. (As after I have finished queuing for one, I get too tired to try the next.)
The Clementi 448 Food Centre is conveniently located between the Clementi Mall and 321 Clementi, of walking distance from the MRT station and bus interchange.
There are many other stalls there, including Sayed Aminah Muslim, Lau Phua Chay Roasted Rice, Nee Kee Fried Prawn Noodles, Ji Tou Chicken Rice, Teochew Fish Porridge, Fu Xiang (Fried Oysters and Carrot Cake), Fong’s Rojak, Hong Sheng Fish Soup, and Charcoal Black Char Siew (Wanton Noodles and Roast Pork Rice), and Whampoa Soya Bean.
Oh yah, some stalls do not have a ‘proper’ English name, so it is harder for you to do a google search on them.
Here are 10 Clementi 448 Food Centre stalls you can check out:
Fried Carrot Cake
#01-45, Blk 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 6am – 12pm (Tues – Sun)
Some call this the “Best Carrot Cake in Singapore”. This is probably the stall at Clement 448 Food Centre with the longest queue, and people love this for its old-school flavour.
The stall used to be owned by an old uncle Mr Ng, who has passed his skills to his son and grandson.
Brace yourselves for at least half an hour long wait with long queues. They sell both the white and black variety of the Carrot Cake ($3, $4), and the dish is cooked fresh upon order.
Hard to say which version I preferred, but the White Carrot Cake had a nice crisp generally more on the soft and slightly mushy side. I noted that the pieces were cut and fried till very small.
The Black Carrot Cake included dark sauce slightly sweet, while both versions were fried with generous amounts of egg.
Chai Ho Satay
#01-10, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Two words – Pork Satay.
Chai Ho Satay continues to enjoy long lines, due to its affordable Pork and Chicken Satay, priced at 45cents per stick (minimum order of 10).
Their meats are well marinated and infused with delicious, well balanced flavours. The popular Pork Satay comes with heavenly sweet layer of fat that added a nice crunch and light char.
I was slightly disappointed that the peanut sauce did not come with pineapple puree, but at least it was thick and luscious – not too oily too
The stall also serves up Bak Kwa ($42) and Pork Floss ($42).
Boon Kee Wanton Mee
#01-40, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 4pm (Mon – Sat)
You can always spot a queue at family-run business Boon Kee Wanton Noodle, known for their Dumpling Noodles, Ipoh Hor Fun and Soya Sauce Chicken Noodles.
Boon Kee’s Wanton Noodles with char siew, greens, deep fried wanton and wanton in soup are priced at $3.00 or $4.00.
While the taste wasn’t extraordinary, its old-school flavour, slurp-worthy dark black sauce base and generous ingredients can woo customers back.
When I enjoyed was the savoury flavour in the sauce, and springy QQ mee kia. The delectable fresh wantons fried to a crisp golden-brown colour were not bad.
Additional orders of Wanton Soup is not too expensive at $3.00, Oyster Sauce Vegetables $3.00 and Fried Wanton at $3.00.
Soon Lee Porridge
#01-50, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 6am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 6am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun
This is the perfect comfort food to warm you up.
The Hainanese style porridge is one in which the boiled rice is presented in a grainy texture rather than a smooth paste.
Available choices are Pork, Chicken or Fish, at $3 or $4. Add $0.30 for the egg. However, be prepared to wait and do check on the estimated timings with the stall person.
At the Soon Lee Porridge stall, you can see the pots of congee lined up on the stove, which are only flavoured with ingredients and their secret savoury sauce upon order.
The more it cooks, the better texture and consistency it gets.
I found their Pork Porridge having this lovely thickness (thicker than the usual which fills you up) with warm, homely taste. The ingredients tasted quite fresh with well-balanced seasoning.
Yong Fa Hainanese Curry Rice
#01-25, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 10am – 2pm, 4pm – 7pm (Mon – Fri) or till sold out, Closed Sat, Sun
The Hainanese Curry Stall’s queue is steadily long throughout the opening hours but the service here is quick and efficient.
Other than Curry Fish Head and Curry Fish, you can order the signature sambal squid, curry mutton, curry chicken wing, pork chop, and vegetables.
Each item ranges from $1 to $3, so better do your calculations if you are price sensitive.
The food is a bit towards the pricy end but the generous serving size and taste makes up for it.
I can understand why people would like this curry rice – it is the freshness and curry. While I always worry about the ingredients being cold after left out in the open, there was still this warm and homely touch.
The curry gravy was one-of-a-kind, slightly on the thin side and spicy.
Song Fish Soup
#01-38, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
Am I the only one who noticed that Song Fish Soup always change their signboards? I don’t come here often enough, but every time I do, they have a new look.
There are a couple of fish soup stalls here, such as Teochew Fish Porridge and Hong Sheng, and they are quite matched in terms of queue. Song’s seems slightly longer.
On its menu are Fish Head Bee Hoon ($5, $6, $7), Sliced Fish Bee Hoon ($4, $5, $6), Fried Fish Bee Hoon ($4, $5, $6), Yuan Yang Bee Hoon ($5, $6, $7), Tom Yam Soup ($5, $6, $7), and Lala Sliced Fish Soup ($6, $8).
The Yuan Yang Bee Hoon contained both sliced and deep-fried fish. While the fish was considered fresh, the fried battered fish could have been thicker, and also lost all that crispiness.
I enjoyed the bitter gourd, tofu and tomatoes, but the soup itself could do with more seasoning. Add some of the red cut chillies within.
#01-43, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
Kee Hock is located at Clementi Central Hawker Centre and Market, and serves up has Zi Char dishes like Seafood Hor Fun, Sliced Fish Hor Fun, and Mui Fan – choice of sliced fish, seafood or beef.
All affordably priced at $4.50.
If you are a fan of thick, eggy sauce, then you are in for a treat, especially when the dish came piping hot.
The only thing was the beef slices could be lacking in flavours, and you would find yourself reaching out for more of those green-cut chilli.
Sesame Oil Chicken
#01-08, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
Actually, this stall does not have a proper name but putting it here due to the more uncommonly found hawker items.
On the menu are Sesame Oil Chicken ($4), Spicy Curry Chicken ($4), Lor Mutton ($7), Dong Po Braised Pork ($5). Additional rice at $0.50.
Dong Po Braised Pork is not that easy to find in food centres in recent times, due to the amount of time and effort needed to prepare this dish known to be a Chinese delicacy.
While it is more commonly found in restaurants, this stall sells it for $5.00.
Their Spicy Curry Chicken was a steal with chicken wings and soft whole potatoes in ‘lemak’ gravy, while the Sesame Oil Chicken contained a bowl of succulent chicken pieces in aromatic gravy. Hearty and quite filling.
Fong’s Dee Curry Puff
#01-31, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 6am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
The Curry Puffs ($1.30) are freshly deep-fried, and often get sold out early.
I would recommend eating this when they are fresh out, as they don’t last as well (meaning not as fragrant and crisp) as some of the other brands.
They may be small but pack a punch of moist spicy potatoes, chicken and egg. The skin could be less thick though.
Each puff is full of liao (ingredients) like a bomb. Flavours are robust and distinct.
Four Seasons Ching Tng
#01-34, 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
This Four Seasons stall sells both the Chendol and Ching Teng (they used to just sell the Cheng Tng but reconfigured the stall.)
Priced at $2.20, the single bowl of contains quite 10 ingredients such as lotus seeds, ginko nuts, longan, boiled barley, white fungus dried persimmon, two different types of longan to a more uncommonly found strips of cooling winter melon.
The chilled version was loaded with dried longan that wasn’t too sickly sweet, with diced dried persimmon to chew on.
Enjoyed that it was not just one dimensionally sweet and has quite a layered refreshing taste.
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