Following the return of East Coast Lagoon Food Village, Golden Mile Food Centre and Zion Riverside Food Centre after many months of “Repairs and Redecoration / Renovation (R&R) Works”, Toa Payoh Lor 7 Food Centre better known as “Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre” is also back after two months of revamp.
The hawker centre certainly looks much cleaner and brighter now with new tables and floors relatively looking more spotless.
Note that not all your favourite stalls may be back yet.
When I visited, Ah Chuan Fried Oyster Omelette (which was taken over by new owners) was still closed, while Google listed the stall as “permanently closed”. Gosh!
Will fill up the following article guide when I go back a few more times to also check out the other stalls when they reopen subsequently.
Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodle
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-06
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm (Tues – Fri, Sun), 8:30am – 2:15pm (Sat), Closed Mon
One of the most popular stalls here, Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodle used to be located at Cuppage Centre. That may bring back loads of memories.
The stall serves up Beef Noodles in soup or dry versions ($5), while there are options of sliced beef, beef balls, beef stomach, and tendon combinations ($5 – $8).
The dry version came with generous serving of starchy dark sauce, added with peanuts and kiam chye (salted vegetables). The sauce had pretty smooth consistency, though I was wondering why it was comparatively very sweet.
The soup base was cooked with beef, cattle bones and different Chinese herbs, based on a recipe on the owners’ father. Also on the sweet side, and so needed some getting used to.
Old Long House Popiah
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-03
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 2:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
The Popiah stall has been around since the 1930s, selling Hokkien-style Popiah, skin and Kueh Pie Tee.
There is no pork, lard, MSG, artificial colours, and preservatives added.
The Popiah ($1.70) is included with stewed turnip, freshly-grinded garlic and peanuts, fresh lettuce, hard-boiled egg, house-made spicy chilli sauce, crispy sole fish, and a small piece of crab stick.
What I liked were the crunchy bits (crispy batter?) which had a little bit of saltiness within, though I thought the fillings could be more packed and moist – was slightly on the dryer side overall.
Hainan Cuisine & Snacks 海南小吃
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-35
Opening Hours: 7am – 1pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
The Hainanese has a saying, that a piece of kueh cannot be complete without coconut. This represents the importance of coconut palm sugar in their cakes and snacks.
The Yi Buah is something I have never really seen before in the past, a Hainanese kueh made of glutinous rice flour then stuffed with fillings such as coconut, sesame and peanut.
The word “Yi” represents memories, and the cake has come to symbolise bliss, joy and harmony among families and friends.
Hainan Xiao Chi continues to make Yi Buah by hand, and sells other Hainanese food such as “ji shi geng”, literally meaning chicken poop soup because the ingredients look like it. Don’t worry – it is actually cooked from the root of a herb.
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-21
Tel: +65 9272 5712
Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Dove Desserts at Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre is one of those that serve up ‘everything under the sky’, and its two recommended are the Nyonya Chendol ($1.80) and Cheng Tng ($1.20).
So I was half wondering if the Cheng Tng would be impressive, but I was first won over by the fast and friendly service despite the long queue.
Their Cheng Tng ($1.20) was actually much better than expected, lightly and pleasantly sweet.
Ingredients include fungus, dried persimmon and winter melon, and the owner insists on not adding the more ‘modern’ ingredients such as agar agar just to fill the bowl up.
The Cheng Tng is always sold out, so don’t be disappointed if you do not get your bowl.
Min Kee Tanjong Rhu Wanton Noodle
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-49
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 2:30pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
While most wanton mee lovers should be familiar with “Tanjong Rhu Wanton Noodle”, this stall had an additional “Min Kee” in front. But it has easily on of the longest line in this food centre.
There are offerings of Wanton Noodles ($3, $4), Dumpling Noodles ($4, $5), Wanton Soup ($3 for 10pcs), and Fried Wanton ($3 for 10pcs).
The mee kia was different from the usual – almost thread-thin with light springiness, though it didn’t come drenched in sauces so you would wonder if it would have enough flavours. The char siew was nothing to shout about, but decent.
I think people like this because it is not too greasy or rich.
There was just that light pork lard fragrance and little chilli sauce to bring the flavours across. You can choose to have it with black sauce, chilli & ketchup or plain ‘white’.
Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle 潮洲魚丸粿條面
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-20
Opening Hours: 7am – 1pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Wed
Ah Huat Minced Meat Noodle 阿發肉脞麵
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-15
Opening Hours: 7am – 3pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat – Sun), Closed Fri
A stall with moderate queue that got me curious enough, selling Minced Meat Noodles ($3), Fishball Noodles ($3, 4), Dumpling Noodles ($3, $5), Fish Maw Kway Teow Soup ($5, $8) and Abalone Minced Meat Noodles ($5, $6).
What I liked about the BCM was its generous portion for the pricing ($3, +$0.60 for additional dumpling), and the braised mushrooms which came with pig’s skin.
However, I wished that the soup could be more robust, and the texture of the mee kia was unlike the usual and didn’t seem to absorb the sauces that well.
Lorong 7 Kway Chap & Braised Duck
Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre #01-32
Opening Hours: 6am – 5pm (Sat – Wed), Closed Thurs, Fri
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