Golden Mile Food Centre, otherwise known as Beach Road Food Centre, has made a return after renovations on the 1st of March (Mon).
This food centre used to be where I go to after “settling stuff” at the Army Market upstairs – the place of relief for many army boys and NSMen. Buy in-camp things upstairs, then go downstairs eat.
Opened since 1975, it has a good mix of stalls, with most of the Halal stalls located at the basement level.
There are many other famous and worthy stalls to be discovered, such as Bugis Long House Lim Kee Beef Noodles, Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice, Charlie’s Peranakan Food, Mr Baguette, Haji Kadir Food Chains (for Tulang and Roti John), Deen Tiga Rasa, and Koothurar Nasi Biryani.
For your convenience of navigating, I listed the basement stalls first, followed by Level 1. Also note I have not included all the famous stalls only because I try to write about stalls that I have personally tried before.
Here are 20 must-try stalls at Golden Mile Food Centre:
Hainan Hokkien Mee
#B1-34 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 6294 6798
Opening Hours: 10am – 3pm (Mon), 10am – 5pm (Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Hokkien Mee can divide fans – there are supporters of the wet and saucy; while others enjoy the dry and flavourful.
This is the DRY version.
The Hokkien Mee at this stall stands out for a number of reasons. Firstly, it is cooked fresh on order. Secondly, the method of preparation is different, as the noodles are fried along with the stock until they completely absorb the flavours.
This gives you a rich taste in every mouthful.
The Fried Hokkien Mee ($4) though disappointingly had a small serving size, came with delicious chilli for a tasteful kick to the noodles. Rated “Food King Good” with many regulars. Hainan Hokkien Mee (Golden Mile Food Centre)
#B1-24, Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9270 4670
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Sun)
In case you have not realised, Ashes Burnnit occupies the same exactly stall location as Burgs by Project Warung previously.
The partners have gone on separate ways, but there is slight differentiation in the recipe for Ashes.
A main highlight is the price. The basic Ashes Smash Cheese Burger (single patty) complete with handcrafted beef patty and American cheese, is priced at $5.90 with fries.
Pretty-neat price, and more value than those offered by the typical fast-food joints.
You can also expect Truffle Mushroom Burger ($8), Fried Chicken Burger ($5.90), and Grilled Chicken Burger ($6.50).
I thought that the Truffle Mushroom Burger ($8) was tasty with its juicy beef patties with slight char on the outside, though the truffle cream sauce lacked that ‘aroma’ people would love.
The fries, slightly seasoned and crisp, were quite the bomb. For health-conscious people, you can add $2 to replace with salad. But then again, why have salad when you can have those golden fries? Ashes Burnnit (Golden Mile Food Centre)
Chef Choo Signature
#B1-45, Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The one thing you may notice about this hawker is that he is donning a chef’s uniform (sometimes black, sometimes white) within the stall to maintain that professional image. Wah, very hot, can?
Chef Choo used to be working at Pete’s Place, and so you can be assured of a certain quality when it comes to his Italian dishes.
The best selling is the Sizzling Seafood Spaghetti ($7.90 for 1 pax, $13.90 for 2 pax) which come served in a heavy cast iron skillet, complete with generous ingredients of mussels, clams and prawns.
The winning element is the tomato sauce, made from scratch and not from can, with a touch of garli and chilli padi as there is what the local customers like.
Other items include the Spaghetti Carbonara ($6.50), Spaghetti Bolognese ($6.50), Chicken Chop with Garlic Rice ($5.90), Norwegian Salmon ($6.90), Pork Chop with Garlic Rice ($6.90) and Sapghetti Aglio Olio ($5.50).
I had the “Today’s Special” of Japanese Scallops Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce ($12.90). Indeed restaurant quality food at hawker centre prices. Chef Choo Signature (Golden Mile Food Centre)
#B1-19 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 12pm – 5pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
The stall looks non-descript and ordinary, no newspaper cuttings what-so-ever, and you may just walk past it without a hint of its accolades.
It was once awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, moved to the East (‘lost’ the Bib Gourmand) and returned back here.
Wedang’s offerings are straightforward – Tahu Goreng (Malay style fried tofu with spicy peanut sauce, Gado Gado (a style of Indonesian salad with peanut sauce), Mee or Bee Hoon Soto Ayam (yellow spicy chicken soup with noodles or rice vermicelli) and Nasi Ayam (chicken rice), all at $3.00 per plate or bowl.
The Bee Hoon Soto Ayam ($3), a Javanese-influenced dish of rice vermicelli with a deep fried begedil (potato cake), shredded chicken in yellow spicy chicken stock, was pleasingly tasty.
Its soup base came across as being balanced, cloudy yet not overly rich, spicy but manageable. It was not as salty as some of the Mee Soto I have come across.
Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck
#B1-43 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9109 8026
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 1:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Traditional duck rice that will hit you with the perfect dose of nostalgia.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle at Golden Mile Food Centre, this particular stall shines like a star for selling the nostalgic braised duck rice.
Founded by Mr Peh Thiam Ting, Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck has been serving authentic Teochew-style braised duck since the 1990s. It is now helmed by 2nd generations owners.
The simple and homely preparation and flavours take you back in time and make you nostalgic for home. A quarter of Braised Duck goes at $10, 1/2 at $18, while a whole Braised Duck is priced at $36.
Their signature Braised Duck Rice ($3) is prepared with simple and traditional flavours that were warmly comforting and quite tender. Worthy of mention are the two types of chilli sauce given.
The lor (sauce) poured on the rice in particular, albeit light, was mostly on the sweet side and complemented the aromatic grains perfectly.
Golden Mile Special Yong Tau Foo
#B1-44 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 10:45am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
This food stall at Golden Mile Food Centre is family owned, established since 1958 with genuine and authentic recipe of Yong Tau Foo passed down from generations and improved to perfection.
They receive a swarm of loyal customers every day, and continue to brighten their day with one of the best Yong Tau Foo servings in town.
They have a Teochew fish-based variety of Yong Tau Foo ($0.50/piece with minimum of 8).
The dish is prepared with homemade ingredients and comforting and homely flavours.
I loved the fresh taste of fishballs and fish paste, made with yellowtail fish meat with no additional flour or addictive. Yes, just pure fish meat.
Their pig intestines are also one of the most popular items you can add.
The fish soup to me was more average though, maybe because it lacked that soy bean sweetness or I went too early in the morning. Maybe next time I would order the dry version as I found the deep-fried wanton and tau kee soaked within the soup as well. Bummer.
Shen Bakmie Noodle
#B1-37 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 5pm (Sat), Closed Sun
One of the more unusual hawker stalls that specialise in Indonesian-style Bakmi Noodles, presented in a modern style like what you would get in a (ramen) restaurant.
They have interesting selection of Sweet Yamin Noodles ($5, $6), Soy Pork Noodles ($5, 6), Firecracker Chilli Noodles ($5.50) and Minced Meat Noodles ($5) along with sides of Spicy Dumplings ($4), Mixed Ball Soup ($3) and Beansprout & Cabbage ($2.50).
The recommended Soy Pork Noodle Classic ($7) which came with thicker chunks of soy minced pork fish paste skin, a beancurd skin bean roll, vegetables, sliced pumpkin and soy egg.
The slightly curly noodles reminded me of kolo mee, though I wished there was a more al dente bite and robust sauce. My favourite part was the soy egg which was very flavoured, better than those served in many ramen eateries.
Yong Kwang Yummy Seafood
#B1-55 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2pm, 5pm – 9pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
You may find the name of this stall vaguely familiar, that is because it is related to the famous BBQ Stingray Stall at Alexandra Village Food Centre.
Young hawker Chris Eng who is in his mid-20s helms this off-shoot with his wife; while his dad manages the original Alexandra stall.
No stingrays to be found here though, as the focus is on zi char dishes.
Chef recommended dishes include Claypot Crab Bee Hoon (seasonal price), Chinese Spinach with 3 Eggs ($12, $18), Cereal Prawn ($18, $28), Sambal Sotong ($12, $18), and Black Pepper Crayfish ($5 for 100g).
The must-order here is the Salted Egg Pork Ribs ($12, $18) which came with rich, creamy and grainy sauce – not like the usual ones which would be more milky and sweet.
Accordingly, Chris would first marinate the pork for about 90 minutes, then deep-fry the ribs for added crispiness. The house-made salted egg sauce is done with a special process of steaming the salted egg, which are first mashed with margarine, then mixed with evaporated creamer and a blend of seasonings.
Loved that the ribs came in big chunks, but yet still retained their succulence. Yes, with wok-hei. Yong Kwang Yummy Seafood (Golden Mile Food Centre)
Da Po Hainanese Chicken Rice & Curry Chicken Noodle
B1-53 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
”My curry nice or not? How did you hear about us?” Auntie was super friendly when she found out it was the first time my friend had tried her Curry Chicken Noodles.
The Curry Chicken Noodles ($5, $6) came with big pieces of poached chicken, soft potatoes, fishcake slices, tau pok, soft bean sprouts, and the best thing… pig’s skin.
They were indeed generous with the ingredients.
The curry gravy which was made with fresh coconut milk, didn’t taste overly greasy and was quite ‘drinkable’ – you could just finish the entire bowl.
I would say it was just balanced and not too rich or lemak.
Poached chicken was tender and quite moist. This Curry Chicken Noodles stall also sells Chicken Rice.
The Original Vadai
#B1-32 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 12pm – 7pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The Original Vadai is one of the unusual stalls that specialises in Prawn Vadai and other interesting flavours (Vadai is a type of savoury fried snacks which originated from India).
During the 1970s, the Prawn Vadai is made with traditional lentil – crispy with a coarse texture.
The founder of this stall Mdm Jumana Rani tweaked the recipe to make it light, fluffier and more suitable of the local taste buds. She first introduced it during the Geylang Ramadan Bazaar 30 years ago, and this version of Prawn Vadai became a hit.
Her son Stephen Suriyah set up this Halal-certified stall after going around various pasar malams. There are also toppings of Ikan Bilis ($1.00), Grgo ($1.00), Cheese ($4.50) to Chocolate ($4.50). The Original Vadai (Golden Mile Food Centre)
Yew Chuan Claypot Rice
#01-73 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9137 5661
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8:30pm (Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri), 4pm – 8:30pm (Sat, Sun), Closed Thurs
Close to 40 years in the claypot rice business, this couple team is still going strong at its original stall at Golden Mile. The owner was sheepishly proud that her stall was rated Number 1 over the other famous Holland Drive and
Chinatown stalls on a local television competition many years ago.
The main dish – Claypot Chicken Rice, is the star of this food stall. It comes in varied portion sizes. You can get it for $12, $18, $24, $30,
However, warning warning, you have to wait a good half an hour as the stall is often crowded as the food is prepared fresh on order. But fans say this is well worth the wait.
Yew Chuan’s Claypot Rice is a classic – fragrant rice which was topped with tender marinated chicken pieces, tasty Chinese sausages, fresh green vegetables and light traces of salted fish.
The winner was the soya sauce, thick and dark, yet not overly salty which would usually make one thirst.
Added with a formulated sweet chilli sauce, the combination was aromatic and addictive.
Cooked over charcoal, the moist rice was soft and fluffy on the bite. It complimented well with the slightly salty meat and sausage slices. One wished for some mushroom pieces for an added texture though.
Choon Kee Roasted Delights
#01-74 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 3pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sat), Closed Wed, Sun
Choon Kee Roasted Delights is one of my latest finds. The roast specialist first started in Ang Mo Kio Industrial Park 2 5023 canteen, and has now relocated to Golden Mile Food Centre.
Despite being ‘new’, there is typically a semi-long line here. Always sold out early, sometimes by late lunch.
On its menu are Char Siew Roasted Pork Rice ($4, $5), Roasted Duck Rice ($3.50, $5), Roasted Duck Char Siew Rice ($5) and 3 Combi Duck Rice ($6). For the family, you can order the 3 Combo Duck Set ($8, $12, $20).
For this price, you could be amazing with the portion of meats given. (Just look at that plate.)
This is one of those few sio bak that I truly enjoyed, with a sizable-crunchy skin that could go ”cruck cruck” as you take those satisfying bites.
The Char Siew was chopped till thick slices with a tender bite, with a good proportion of lean meat to fats.
91 Fried Kway Teow Mee
#01-91, Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9830 0965
Opening Hours: 11am – 2:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Enjoy greener and healthier options at the Char Kway Teow to fulfil your cravings with less guilt.
Named after the stall’s number at the Golden Mile Food Centre, 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee 91翠绿炒粿條面 is known for its healthier version of Char Kway Teow – no pork, no lard, added with toppings of chye sim.
Their rendition of Fried Kway Teow Mee ($3.00, $4.00, $5.00) caters to health-conscious diners watching their calories and fat intake.
Portion seemed to be relatively small, compared to the average stall (Mine’s the $4 version.)
To add a nice, crunchy texture, they sprinkle some fried whitebait on the top. Mix them up with the kway teow before eating.
May not be everybody’s style as some would like theirs with more sauce, pork lard and wok-hei, but this is worth a try. Also recommended with a Michelin Plate. 91 Fried Kway Teow Mee (Golden Mile Food Centre)
Chung Cheng Chilli Mee Prawn Laksa
#01-59 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
You may just dismiss this stall as yet another Prawn Noodle stall, but it is THE Chilli Mee that is the outstanding dish.
Selling Chilli Mee, Prawn Mee, and Laksa, priced at $3.00, $4.00 or $5.00 depending on the portion size, Chung Cheng is talked about its signature chilli paste.
What makes this house-made chilli paste special is the combination of belacan, dried shrimps, garlic, onion and some secret spices.
The signature chilli paste was generously used in Chilli Mee and Prawn Mee, with huge dollops of it scooped from a metal pot and added to the noodles. The soup Prawn Noodles was comparatively more average, so get the dry version. Chung Cheng Chilli Mee (Golden Mile Food Centre)
YouFu Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle
#01-57 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9825 7449
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This Hokkien Mee gained some social media limelight as it was spotted that a 21-year old hawker is doing up the frying. Andre is generally there at the stall from 10am – 4pm, if you want to try his cooking.
Hokkien Mee comes in four pricings – $4, $5; while the $6 and $8 portions are served on orh peh leaf.
The style is closer to the dry side with slight stickiness, and so customers may just relate this to the other dry Hokkien Mee downstairs.
It has been described by the young hawker Andre as “carbonara” style, which is just in between wet and dry.
I am opened to both, and loved how the strands of noodles ‘captured’ the distinct essence of the prawn stock. As though you get that rich seafood flavour every mouthful you take.
Though I would think some may find this a notch salty overall.
Portion was considered generous with crispy pork lard, and you would find good wok-hei within. YouFu Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodle (Golden Mile Food Centre)
Zhao An Granny Grass Jelly
#01-58 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9146 7313
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 6:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), 1:30am – 6pm (Tues)
Get a cold serving of delicious and healthy Grass Jelly based on a fine-tuned recipe passed down from generation to generation.
Every component of the recipe is fresh and homemade.
You can get a bowl of either hot or cold topped with nata de coco, palm seeds, longans, and sea coconuts, served in traditional porcelain bowl.
The consistency of the grass jelly definitely had the typical homemade taste rather than the generic factory one, refreshing, slightly sweet with natural ‘bitterness’.
Also get a cool chin chow drink with grass jelly strips ($1.50), especially after having some Claypot Rice or Hokkien Mee nearby.
Keng Heng Whampoa Teo Chew Lor Mee 慶興黃埔潮州鹵麵
#01-63 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 9844 4853
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
This hawker stall will grab your attention for a lot of reasons. It is hard to miss with the large flashy signboard compelling you to get a steamy bowl of Lor Mee, and no matter what time of the day you visit the stall, you will always be met with snaking long queues.
You may have to wait a good half an hour for your order even on weekdays.
The classic Teochew style Lor Mee is priced at $3 – $5 which I found reasonable. The large portion size was quite huge and shareable if you are not too hungry.
The bowl was loaded with tender pork belly balanced with the crisp and crunch of the fish skin (which is not commonly found in other Lor Mee stalls), fishcakes, fried wantons and chunks of crispy fish skin.
Yes, fish skin is the star here.
The gravy had a distinct sweetish taste of its own with the same starchy thickness its loyal fans all know and love. But not everyone would enjoy the gooeyness.
Kheng Fatt Hainanese Beef Noodles
#01-89 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 98219566
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7:30pm (Thurs – Tues)
“One person one set”. The stall has a variety of both dry and soup version of beef noodles, available at $4, $5, $6 and $7 depending if you want stewed beef, beef balls, or tendon.
But they do not offer Beef Soup or Beef Ball soup ala carte unlike most other stalls. Well, well.
The stall typically comes with a line, so you may have to wait a little for your turn.
While there is a limited selection, the Dry Beef Noodles ($5) came with delightful sticky thick gravy almost bursting with flavor. I liked that the portion was just nice, which covered every strand of the rice noodles.
Soup could have been more robust with fuller flavours though.
Flourful Delight 知味面点
#01-73 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 6pm – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This corner-stall changed hands quite often, but I was curious enough to try when I saw a short line and hawkers hand-making the dumplings on the spot.
Offerings include the Braised Beef Noodles ($5.50), Braised Pork Ribs Noodles ($4.50), Dan Dan Noodles ($4), Zha Jiang Noodles ($4), Dumpling Noodles ($4), Pan Fried Dumplings ($6), Wanton In Chilli Oil ($4.50) and Xiao Long Bao ($4.50).
The Guo Tie ($6) I had were surprisingly delicious, with thin-crisp with juicy fillings of fresh pork and chopped chives. Good stuff.
One Prawn Noodle
#01-93 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This prawn noodles come with a difference, and is inspired by the flavours of Penang prawn noodles and Japanese ramen broth.
The stall is headed by Gwyneth Ang, with more than 10 years’ experience working in established restaurants like Burnt Ends, Tong Le Private Dining and Forlino.
Considering the quality of the ingredients, prices are inexpensive, with offerings of Classic Big Prawn Noodles ($5, $7), Pork Ribs Big Prawn Noodles ($6, $8), Prawn Balls & Big Prawn Noodles ($6, $8), to combination bowl of Supreme Prawn Noodles ($10). Noodle choices include yellow mee, thin or thick beehoon.
Get the soup version to experience the gao gao rich broth, and that umami. One of the most promising Prawn Noodles I had of late. One Prawn Noodle (Golden Mile Food Centre)
75 Ah Balling Tang Yuan
#01-75 Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road Singapore 199583
Tel: +65 62938702
Opening Hours: 11am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 8:30pm (Sat, Sun)
For a dessert treat at this food centre, 75 Ah Balling stall has a nice variety of Tang Yuan filled with a variety of delicious fillings.
Their peanut soup is the most popular choice (because the peanuts are really soft), but there are also ginger, almond and longan red dates soups. A single bowl of soup is only $1.40.
You can pair it with glutinous rice balls aka Ah Balling filled with peanut, sesame, yam, matcha and red bean.
4 pieces along with soup comes in $2, five pieces for $2.30 and six pieces for $3.
You can mix and match a variety of flavours, though the recommendation is the peanut soup and ah balling with red bean or mixed fillings.