This would be a piece of sad news for many hawker food lovers, that both Tanglin Halt Market and Tanglin Halt Food Centre will be demolished by the end of 2021.

It was announced that 31 blocks in Tanglin Halt are slated to be torn down under the Housing Board’s Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (Sers).

I have been making my way here ever since the news was announced some time back. The one thing is that was impressionable was its old-school charm (probably cannot find this around in Singapore anymore) and quaint vibes. It reminded me of the times when Margaret Drive Food Centre ended its run back in the good-old days.

There are stalls that open from wee hours in the morning, and even if you come here late at night you would find customers having Economic Beehoon.

For those who have not been here before, there are two food centres – one called Tanglin Halt Market which is Block 48A, and the other Tanglin Halt Food Centre diagonally across at 1A.

Some of the more well-known stalls include Tanglin Halt Original Peanut Pancake, Jiu Ye (for Chee Cheong Fun), Cheng Mei Shi Lor Mee on one side; and Hakka Thunder Tea, Tong Kee Chicken Rice, Tian Xiang Wanton Mee, and No. 1 Western Food. Just to name a few.

Here are 10 Tanglin Halt Market and Tanglin Halt Food Centre stalls you can try:

Wei Yi Laksa & Prawn Noodle 唯一辣沙
Tanglin Halt Market #01-20, 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048
Tel: +65 9782 1012
Opening Hours: 5:30am – 12:30pm (Tues, Wed, Sat, Sun), Closed Mon, Thurs, Fri

Wei Yi Laksa & Prawn Noodle opens in the wee hours of the morning at 5:30am, but only for 4 days a week.

Their Laksa is so famous that you can see a short line forming even before the stall opens to serve their customers.

The basic Laksa bowl with chicken and fried bean curd starts from $3. You can get their complete bowl of Laksa ($5, $8) which is quite generously filled with chicken, prawns, cockles, and fried bean curd.

Loved the enticing presentation and the mouth-watering aroma of the dish with bright and lovely colours from all the different ingredients.

The chicken slices, prawns and especially the tau pok were delicious when well-soaked in that gravy.

Won’t say that I totally enjoyed the gravy as I found it lacking in that particular “oomph” and was a tad oily. But you like something that is light yet flavourful, then this Laksa is for you.

Tanglin Halt Delicious Duck Noodles
Tanglin Halt Market #01-20, 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048
Opening Hours: 5am – 2pm (Tues – Thurs, Sat), Closed Mon, Fri, Sun

I believe this is one of the few stalls in Singapore that serve up only Duck Noodles, with no Duck Rice.

Aptly called “Delicious Duck Noodles”, the stall has been around for decades since 1969, serving up Duck Noodles (from $3), along with other parts such as gizzard, tongue and feet.

The Duck Noodles had a rather pleasant old-school taste, with tender stewed duck pieces and noodles in thick soya sauce base gravy.

The one impressionable element was the soup – strong aroma, distinctive rich taste, and full-bodied (but interestingly not in the herbal way).

Guangzhou Mian Shi Wanton Noodle
Tanglin Halt Market #01-04, 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048
Opening Hours: 4pm– 12am (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon

This stall may be under-the-radar even for many Wanton Mee lovers, because it is at Tanglin Halt (not that near any train stations), and opened at rather ‘non-traditional’ peculiar hours.

But if you have near mid-night cravings for Wanton Noodles, you know where to head to.

Filmmaker Eric Khoo called it as one of his favourite stalls, and you would always see a line of customers here.

These Wanton Noodles ($3.50) has a particular old-school taste – the sauce is kind of simple (and little) and char siew to the dry and thin side. Yet, it continues to attract people.

So WHY? I think partly because the overall combination works, and you probably find a taste of “growing up” here that is getting harder to find elsewhere.

Plus, the 3rd generation hawker (we call him “Xiao Di”) here works his charm and is very polite – beats me why nobody featured him in a food video yet.

Mei Wei Xiao Chi
Tanglin Halt Market #01-02, 48A Tanglin Halt Road, Singapore 142048
Opening Hours: 6pm– 1am (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues

Wait, there are actually 4 Economic Beehoon stalls at the Block 48A side of Tanglin Halt Food Centre – which is a really high proportion. Plus, 3 of them opens till late at night.

I have tried Mei Wei Xiao Chi (supposedly the OG stall), Piao Xiang Xiao Chi, Mei Jia Fried Bee Hoon, and You Quan before, and noted they are actually all quite similar in styles.

I like each in various ways, and noted all have their fans. (My friend who stays in the hood said go for You Quan at night.)

Their no-frills Bee Hoon may look plain in colour, but actually had light flavours cooked from stock and soy sauce. Customers may love it for the bits of bean sprouts and carrot for that varying texture.

The star is their Chicken Wings ($1.20) that are displayed skewered on sticks, with crispy batter and five spice flavour.

Mei Wei Xiao Chi also sells peanut Porridge ($1.10), Green Bean Soup ($1.10), Red Bean Soup ($1.10) and Bubor Hitam ($1.10).

Chef Hainanese Western Food
Tanglin Halt Food Centre #01-04, 1A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001
Opening Hours: 7pm – 9pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs

While the stall only opens at 7pm or so, you may see a line forming here from 6:30pm or even earlier.

Nestled in the Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre, this is one of the most visited stalls for dinner, and for a very good reason.

A father-and-son team helms the stall, and you would find the calling and cooking in clock-work efficiency.

You will find traditional Hainanese style food with authentic Western flavours that are wholesome and filling. The price is quite affordable, but due to the limited working hours and only dinner time servings, customers are often welcomed by snaking long queues (and yes, please maintain your social distance).

Their Mixed Grill Platters ($10) are very popular, which offers a serving of pork chop, tender chicken chops, fish cutlet and chicken sausage.

Along with the meats, there was a dollop of coleslaw, baked beans, baked potato and crinkle cut fries. It’s a lot for one person, so make sure you bring your appetite with you.

While I am never that a fan of Grilled Pork Chop due to possible tough meat and slight gamey taste, this stall offers one of the best versions at $6.

Tender and well-marinated meat with a subtle grilled taste and a citrusy tang from the sauce. Old-school flavours, generous portion, the only thing holding me back is the long queue and longer wait.

Indulgence @ Commonwealth
Tanglin Halt Food Centre #01-09, 1A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 5:30pm – 9pm (Sat), Closed Sun

Located at the same Tanglin Halt Food Centre, the menu here is expansive.

Wait? Aglio Olio for $3?

Indulge in delicious Italian hawker stall food with inexpensive pasta dishes in huge heaps to satiate your cravings. The portion size at this stall is everything.

The dishes come loaded with generous toppings and sides, and the service is quite efficient and swift.

Western food items include Chicken Chop ($6.50), Crispy Chicken ($6.50), Chicken Cutlet ($6.50), Pork Chop ($7), Crispy Dory ($6.50), Grilled Dory ($7) and Ribeye Steak ($16).

Customers can top-up with pasta choices of chicken Bolognese, carbonara, alfredo and pomodor.

The Chicken Chop with Carbonara Pasta ($11.50) I ordered should be enough to feed two, as it came with a creamy and heavy base.

The delectable thing about it was the crispy bacon strips that were plentiful and delicious, along with a glorious cracked egg atop the heap of pasta.

I thought that the chicken chop was slightly too charred, though some would think it adds to the smoky taste.

Queenstown Lontong
Tanglin Halt Food Centre #01-21, 1A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001
Tel: +65 9182 2189
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Of all the popular Malay food stalls listed here, perhaps Queenstown Lontong is the least talked about on social media.

One of the reasons is because it is located at the quieter side of Tanglin Halt Food Centre, but its line early mornings don’t lie as well.

Boasting a business since the 1960s, Queenstown Lontong won’t disappoint with its delicious recipe passed down through 3 generations.

While the stall says “Lontong”, they also serve up Nasi Lemak ($3), Mee Rebus ($3), Mee Siam ($3), Laksa ($3), Mee Soto ($3), and Soto Ayam ($3).

The presentation was not quite like the others, and the gravy was rich, robust, and came piping hot. Another plus point was their home-made sambal with ikan billis that added a beautiful touch of sweetness.

I also need to talk about its Bergedil. Instead of the typical flat round shape, you get two deep-fried potato balls with fluffy fillings. How lovely.

Alimah’s Kitchen
Tanglin Halt Food Centre #01-21, 1A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001

This low-key, under-the-radar Muslim stall is also deserving of support, and many say that their Nasi Lemak (fragrant rice and crispy wings) is better than some of the famous brands out there.

Opened by husband and wife team Yusof and Alimah, they also serve up Mee Soto ($2.50), Soto Ayam ($2.50), Mee Rebus ($2.50), Lontong ($2.50), and Mee Siam ($2.50).

I had its Mee Siam ($2.50) and was surprised by its homely and nutty flavours, all at an inexpensive price.

Their Kuih Kuih and Epok Epok if available, are also well-received.

Jing Shu Shi (Curry Rice) 京熟食
Tanglin Halt Food Centre #01-23, 1A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

This Curry Rice stall is extremely popular with the residents nearby, and you would always find a queue here.

While I was not exactly ”wow-ed totally, I think this had something to do with the inexpensive pricing, fragrance of the curry, and crispy pork chop pieces. (Some of the items and taste remind me of the Curry Rice at Beo Crescent.)

Shun Xing Hot & Cold Desserts
Tanglin Halt Food Centre #01-30, 3A Commonwealth Drive, Singapore 141001
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm (Mon – Sun, with periodic off days)

Few have written about this local dessert stall, but I think it deserves a highlight for its $1 sweet treats.

Not reading wrong. Most of its deserts are priced at $1.

These include Cheng Tng, Red Bean Soup, Green Bean Soup, Tao Suan, Bo Bo Hitam, Sweet Wheat Porridge, Bo Bo Cha Cha, Ice Kachang and Chendol.

The slightly more ‘premium’ items are still affordable at $2, with choices of Soursop Ice, Aloe Vera Ice, Durian Ice Kachang, and Strawberry & Peach Ice. I liked it that the desserts are generally not too sweet.

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