Compared to other hawker centres in the Redhill area such as ABC Brickworks Food Centre, Alexandra Village Food Centre and Redhill 85 Food Centre, perhaps 115 Bukit Merah View Food Centre is less talked about.
But there are quite a couple of star stalls that would get people from far away to come to this part of Singapore.
It is no uncommon to find long lines at some.
However, do note that the food centre will be closed for “Repairs And Redecoration” works from 12 September to 10 November 2022, so do go support your favourites.
Some of the good hawker stalls there include Happy Duck Braised Duck Rice & Kway Chap (#01-38), Bukit Merah View Fishball Minced Meat Noodle (#01-45), Hong Xing Handmade Fishball and Meatball (#01-07), Myeongdong Fried Chicken (#01-01), R&D (#01-39), Kim Huat Wanton Mee (#01-05), Depot Road Wanton Mee (#01-84), We Western (#01-19), Wen Xin Fish Soup and Lu Wei (#01-40), Qing Tian Desserts (#01-42).
Here are 10 more:
Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang 柴船头羊肉汤
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-51, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 11am – 1:30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang 柴船头羊肉汤 with more than 30 years of history, has been included in the Michelin Bib Gourmand.
And it is just opened for 2.5 hours a day (or less when sold out), so a long line is always formed even before opening hours.
The stall serves up a variety, from mutton meat, balls, tendon, tripe to even brain, all priced affordable at $5, $6, $7 or $8.
I ordered a Mixed Bowl, and all of that with rice is only at $7. Plus, I hear that soup is re-fillable.
Compared to the Hainanese styles, this soup is more towards the Teochew-style which is slightly peppery and herbal.
The Mutton Soup came across very pleasant, flavourful with slight aromatic herbal taste that didn’t overpower (compared to some other soups which could be just one-dimensional herbal or peppery).
The meats and parts came across as tender and soft, had slight gamey taste, best savoured with a dip of the tangy chilli (similar to what you get from a beef noodle stall). Chai Chuan Tou Yang Rou Tang (Bukit Merah View)
Yong Chun Wanton Noodle
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-56, Singapore 151115
Tel: +65 9028 1285
Opening Hours: 5:30am – 12:30pm (Mon – Wed, Fri), 5:30am – 1pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Thurs
Bukit Merah View Food Centre actually has quite a high proportion of wanton noodle stalls – Depot Road Wanton Mee, Kim Huat Wanton Mee, R&D, and Yong Chun.
I have tried all of them, and they all have varied styles which will appeal to different fans. Yong Chun probably has the longest queue for now due to a viral video.
The stall serves up Wanton Noodles ($3, $4, $5), Dumpling Noodles ($3, $4, $5), Shredded Chicken Noodles or Horfun ($3, $4, $5), and Chicken Feet Noodles ($3.50, $4.50).
What I enjoyed was the springiness of the noodles that had a good eggy (can say al dente) bite to it, matched with soft char siew that is cooked in a wok rather than roasted.
Special mention goes to the dumplings (I ordered on a separate occasion) that were plump and meaty with minced pork and water chestnuts. Yong Chun Wanton Noodle (Bukit Merah View)
Special tip for you: The sister actually owns a Bak Chor Mee stall at ABC Food Centre called “Chun Seng” (noticed the similarity in signboards and styles and asked).
Na Na Homemade Curry
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-47, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7pm (Mon, Wed – Sat), Closed Sun, Tues
Na Na Homemade Curry is one of those few stalls dedicated to just selling the Chinese style of curries and only curries.
Sometimes also known as the “Marina South Curry”, owner Mr Yap Hock Kee opened a curry-and-rice shop at the now-defunct Marina South food court inspired by his grandmother’s Peranakan style curry in 1989. (However, there are those who say it didn’t taste like the same as before.)
The offerings include Curry Fish Head (market price), Curry Chicken ($3.50), Curry Chicken Drum Stick ($4), Curry Vegetable ($3), Curry Mutton ($4) and Curry Pork Rib ($4).
The curry arrived looking potent, with fiery colours of orange-red, seemingly devoid of the typical coconut base.
The Curry Pork Ribs gravy had a fuller mouthfeel, very marginally to the sour side compared to the Chicken version. Na Na Homemade Curry (Bukit Merah View)
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-09, Singapore 151115
Tel: +65 9271 2208
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Perhaps another under-rated stall at this food stall. This stall may not have the typical eye-catching signboard and seems to serve many items from Rojak, Cuttlefish Kangkong to Taupok, customers really go for their charcoal-grilled Satay.
They come in varieties of Pork ($0.60), Chicken ($0.60), Mutton ($0.70), with Ketupat at $0.80.
While serving may take a while during peak hours, the meat was juicy with a caramelised exterior and beautiful char that was not overly-burnt, best when dipped in satay sauce with sweet pineapple puree.
Yip Economic Bee Hoon
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-33, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 4:30am – 1pm (Mon – Sun)
Sometimes, I do wonder why this Economic Bee Hoon enjoys such as long queue, and I think perhaps it got to do with the variety, pricing, and servings.
It opens from 4:30am, but sometimes get sold out by lunch.
Their Traditional Bee Hoon starts from $1 which is quite affordable, and also offers Fried Noodles and Fried Kuay Teow options.
Matched with some of their popular items such as Chicken Cutlet ($1.20), Fish Fillet ($1), Sotong Fillet ($1), Luncheon Meat ($0.60) and Fried Prawn Dumplings ($0.50).
There are also other deep-fried items such as Tau Kee Fish Cake ($1), Ngor Hiang ($1), Chicken Nugget ($0.40) and Hash Brown ($0.80) which would appeal to the kids.
With a wide menu including Peanut Porridge ($1), Chee Cheong Fun ($1) and Yam Cake ($1), customers have a lot of options to choose from.
Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-37, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 7am – 6:30pm (Mon, Wed, Fri), 7am – 3:30pm (Tues, Thurs, Sat, Sun)
One of the under-rated Carrot Cake stalls in Singapore. The bonus? The stall is opened from 7am.
This is where both White and Black versions ($3, $4, $5) have their own fans. A pity that while they used to mill their own rice and steam the cakes, they have switched supplies.
A positive thing is while the cakes are generally in bigger cubes, they remain soft with distinct trace of radish. Also, loads of eggs given.
The black version is unlike the usual, with a tinge of savoury-sweetness, though I personally prefer a richer version.
Oh yes, the brothers used to take on varied shifts at this stall. But the younger brother who used to take the morning shift has opened his own called “Wang Bu Liao 忘不了 Carrot Cake” (#01-30) in the same food centre.
Unforgettable Carrot Cake 忘不了萝卜糕
Block 115 Bukit Merah View, #01-30 Hawker Centre, Singapore 115115
Opening Hours: 6am – 2pm (Mon – Sun)
The friendly uncle and auntie helm the stall, while their sons would help out during peak hours and the weekends. The Carrot Cake comes in $3, $4, or $5, with black and white versions.
Somehow I have the impression that their Black Carrot Cake is better received by customers, and I loved its slightly charred parts.
While the cakes were generally in bigger cubes, they remained wobbly-soft with distinct trace of chye poh (preserved radish) and garlic.
The dark sauce used was of the sweeter side; and while I requested for shao la (less chilli), I thought that level of kick was just nice. Unforgettable Carrot Cake 忘不了萝卜糕 (Bukit Merah View)
786 Char Kway Teow
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-28, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat – Sun), Closed Fri
786 Char Kway Teow is a hidden gem of Bukit Merah View, as this is one of the few Char Kway Teow stalls around that is Muslim-owned.
It is quite a challenge to find the halal food options, especially when it comes to signature dishes like Char Kway Teow, and they prepare the dish with halal ingredients without compromising on the taste and quality of the dish.
The Char Kway Teow is available in Regular ($3) and Big ($5) serving sizes, which was quite generous and filling. Slightly to the wet side.
The dish had all the traditional ingredients with springy yellow wheat noodles that are stir-fried in a rich sweet black sauce and hints of garlic.
The pork lard is replaced by generous amounts of chye sim vegetables, cockles, eggs and a very distinct shiok-ness coming from the wok-hei.
71 Lor Mee
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-71, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 6am – 1pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Slightly long queue here, though people not staying around Bukit Merah won’t have heard of this Lor Mee.
To me, there are two things that are appealing – the crispy bits and the consistency of the gravy.
At $3, the Lor Mee is very reasonably priced, as the portion size is quite filling, with crunchy pork bits, fish cake and ngor hiang.
The lor was not too starchy, and had a semi-sticky gooey consistency that was neither thick nor watery. Comforting for the tummy.
[Closed temporary] Soon Li Yong Tau Foo
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-78, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 12am – 3am (Closed)
Where do I even start? Contrary to its name “Soon Li” 顺利, which in Chinese means “smooth flowing”, there is nothing “shun li” about the whole buying process.
First things first, this Yong Tau Foo supposedly opens at midnight, and closes about 3am. HOWEVER, it can change its operating hours as and when.
It is best to go with at least one other person to command and conquer OR divide and conquer. There are supposedly 2 queues – one to pick items on the right, one to pay on the left.
An indicative pricing could be anything from $8 to $20 plus.
The star of the Yong Tau Foo to me was the soup base, cooked with deep fried ikan billis and pork belly. Tasty, full of flavours, surprisingly not overly salty or oily.
As for the items themselves, I say… go for the pork belly.
Mr Bakery 面包哥
115 Bukit Merah View Market & Hawker Centre #01-51, Singapore 151115
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Do I want to save the best for last? Perhaps.
Instead of the usual hawker food, this stall serves up a variety of breads such as Honey Kuih Bahulu, Fish Burger, Chicken Burger, Cheese Sticks, Sweet Potato Bun, Otah Cheese Bun, Azuki Red Bean Burger, to Mexico Chocolate Bun.
But the item I am always here for is their best-selling Golden Baked Tapioca Kueh ($1.30) – think people call it Kueh Bingka Ubi, said to be baked for 1.5 hours without flour.
Best if you get it straight when it is fresh, the cake is rich and flavourful, thick yet fluffy. Not too sweet so you won’t feel jelak, especially good when paired with Kopi o Kosong.
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