Market Street Hawker Centre is back.

After 4 years at the interim space, it has returned to the former location (kind of) at a new 51-storey integrated building called CapitaSpring – a short walk from Raffles City MRT Station.

The food centre which occupies Level 2 and 3 of the building, has 56 stalls and is much more spacious and airy as compared to the old and interim locations.

Previously also known as “Golden Shoe Food Centre”, I had found memories of this place and several stalls still remain.

However, I would recommend coming before peak lunch hour, as it can start to get really crowded by 11:30am or so, with long queues at many of the popular stalls. As this food centre caters primarily to the CBD crowd, most of the stalls are closed during the weekends.

There were also customers seen taking food (like hot soups) up and down the escalators as they probably want to sit close to their colleagues during lunch time.

Ah… the familiar sight of ‘chope-ing’ with packets of tissue paper, name cards, staff passes and now hand sanitisers/masks.

Here are some of the stalls at Market Street Hawker Centre you can try out:

Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun
Market Street Hawker Centre #02-04

Slippery Hor Fun, Gravy and Condiments Made From Scratch
Be sure and decisive when you make your orders here, as this queue is easily the longest during lunch hours.

Most of the office workers are prepared to wait in line for a delicious plate of Ipoh Hor Fun, in varieties of Shredded Chicken with Fried Fish Dumpling & Prawn ($5, $6), Crab Meat Hor Fun ($4) – should be crab stick, Seafood Hor Fun ($5, $6), Fried Fish Dumpling Seafood Hor Fun ($5, $6), and Fried Wanton Hor Fun ($4, $5).

This Ipoh Hor Fun is not quite like the usual hor fun you come across in most Singapore food centres. Served with a flavourful dark sauce, this savoury Ipoh Hor Fun has a recipe that is unique to the stall owner, Mdm Ong.

I liked how slipppery smooth the rice noodles went with the gravy, and the fried fish dumplings are not to be missed.

Wei Nan Wang Lor Mee
Market Street Hawker Centre #02-05

Lor Mee Cooked By Old Uncle and Auntie, Less Salt And Oil Used
Wei Nan Wang Lor Mee operated by an old uncle and auntie couple, has been selling Lor Mee since 1975 (previously they set up a stall near the Singapore River during the good old days.)

What makes Wei Nan Wang Lor Mee ($3.50, $4.50) stand out from other Lor Mee stalls in Singapore was that its gravy was lighter and less starchy.

There was a slightly sour taste, added with the right amount of vinegar.

While the stickiness of the gravy was toned down, the Lor Mee took it up a notch with its sizeable portion and generous amounts of ingredients such as fried wanton, fried meatballs, handmade ngoh hiang, braised meat (more lean as compared to pork belly), steamed fish and even pig’s skin.

Hock Gooi Hainanese Curry Rice 福貴
Market Street Food Centre #02-03

Inexpensive Plate of Curry Rice At $3.50
The food at this Hainanese Curry Rice stall is very affordable. Where else can you find rice sets like this with meat at $3.50 nett?

There are offerings of Braised Pork Set ($3.50), Hainanese Char Siew Set ($3.50), Hainanese Pork Chop Set ($3.50) and Curry Chicken Wing Set ($3.50).

Customers can add on ingredients such as egg, vegetables, meat and curry chicken ($0.60 – $2) for a more filling meal.

It was a decent plate (I wished the pork chop was more crispy and succulent) with generous ingredients for the price.

Sunrise Traditional Coffee And Toast 昇陽傳統咖啡
Market Street Hawker Centre #02-15
Opening Hours: 6am – 4pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun

Popular Local Kopi and Beverage Stall
Accordingly, the owner’s father used to run a coffeeshop Yan Toh Eating House at Kranji and then Yew Tee, and the current owners worked hard to perfect the family’s recipe for coffee and tea.

Opened from 6am in the morning, this stall offers Kaya Toast Set ($3.50), Soft Bun Set ($3.50) and Peanut Butter Toast Set ($3.80).

Get your favourite local beverages such as Kopi O from $1.10. For something more refreshing, they also offer Honey Kumquat ($2), Thai Iced Green Milk Tea, Iced Blended Bandung, and Iced Blended Lychee.

Teochew Kway Teow Mee
Market Street Food Centre #02-17

A Popular Choice For Breakfast
This stall serves up Minced Meat Fishball Noodles ($4, $5), Dumpling Noodles ($5, $6, $7) and Dumpling Soup ($5, $6). Interestingly, it does not offer Fishball Soup.

Its warm clear soup was light yet sweet and flavour, which made it a great comfort food.

The minced pork added some saltiness into the mix. If you prefer a lighter palette, you might like Teochew Kway Teow Mee’s rice noodles.

Tiong Bahru Wanton Mee
Market Street Food Centre #02-19

In-House-Roasted Char Siew
Not to be confused with any other stalls in Tiong Bahru, this stall serves up Wanton Noodle, Dumpling Noodle, Chicken Noodle, Shredded Chicken Noodle, Roasted Pork Noodle.

There are also Horfun options, and sides of Fried Dumpling, Fried Wanton, Beancurd Skin with Fish Paste, and Dumpling Soup.

The distinctive feature is the thick slices of home-roasted char siew which is more charred than usual, with a good amount of fats.

The eggy noodles are tossed in a savoury brown gooey sauce, and makes it quite a delicious combination.

Note: There is another stall called Tiong Bahru Roasted Noodle House located at the same food centre, in which the char siew is sweeter.

Heng’s Authentic Teochew Mee Pok (Say Seng Authentic Teochew Mee Pok)
Market Street Food Centre #02-20
Opening Hours: 7am – 2:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Teochew Mee Pok Stall Established in 1960
Established since 1960, Heng’s Authentic Teochew Mee Pok (previously known as Say Seng Dry Mee Pok) has been mastering its Teochew-style noodle trade for more than 60 years.

A signature bowl of Mee Pork is priced at $4, $5, $6, with options to add items of prawn, sliced pork, meat balls, fish cake, and fish balls.

The star is in the bouncy and soft handmade fishballs. The gravy also had a good balance of vinegar, chilli, and light soy sauce.

Bee Kee Wanton Noodle
Market Street Hawker Centre #03-07

First Hawker Stall Selling Truffle Wanton Mee
This stall serves Wanton Noodles ($4, $5), Braised Pork Soft Bone Noodle ($5, $6), Wanton Soup ($4, $5), but it is best known for its Truffle Wanton Noodle ($7, $9).

The stall uses some white truffle oil from Urbani Tartufi, made of sunflower seed oil infused with white truffle flavour and soya sauce on its base.

The noodles contained slices of char siew and both soup-style and deep-fried wanton.

The combination somehow worked very well, as Bee Kee takes on a lighter approach in the use of seasoning, which allows the faint aroma of the truffle oil to surface through.

On its own, the noodles were moderately decent, old-school style.

Yap’s Noodles
Market Street Hawker Centre #03-19
Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun

Kedai Ipoh Curry Noodles & Pork Noodles
The curry noodle stall is known to add an Ipoh-style in its preparation, added with ingredients including shredded chicken and roasted pork.

The offerings include Curry Chicken Noodles ($5), Curry Signature Noodles ($7), Curry Premium Noodles ($8), and Braised Pork Noodles ($4.50).

Its curry gravy was rich and thick, yet different from the usual styles we are used to with less of the curry power used, and not so coconut-y.

It was still flavourful and fragrant, prepared with a mum’s recipe with dried shirmps and aromatics like lemongrass added.

Golden Nur
Market Street Hawker Centre #03-11

Famous Crispy Fried Chicken
While Golden Nur sells a range of delicious Indian food from Indian Mee Goreng, Murtabak Chicken, to Roti Prata what they are best known for is their Fried Chicken Nasi Briyani ($6.50).

Fried to a crisp, Golden Nur’s Nasi Briyani will definitely hit the soft spot of all fried chicken lovers.

I was surprised that it came out looking velvety red, and the best parts were the crunchy parts mixed with the fragrant long grain basmati rice and sauces. It was somewhat oily but very sedap.

Besides their Fried Chicken Nasi Briyani, their Sardine curry puff is also quite the crowd pleaser. If you are here in the morning or you just feel like having something light, perhaps give their Sardine curry puff a try.

Tian Ci Traditional Prawn Noodles
Market Street Food Centre #03-18
Opening Hours: 6am – 2pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun

Old-School Prawn Noodles With Tender Pork Ribs
An old-school prawn noodle shop serving Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles ($4, $5), Prawn Noodles ($4, $5), Intestine Prawn Noodles ($4, $5), to Pig Tail Prawn Noodle ($4, $5).

Quite an under-rated stall and the Dry Noodles I had was quite flavourful, a tad on the spicy side in terms of the sauce mix. Soup was on the lighter side, but still comforting.

Market Street Nasi Lemak
Market Street Hawker Centre #03-22

Rice Sets Start at just $3.50
There are 3 sets of Nasi Lemak here – Set 1 with chicken drumstick ($4.30), Set 2 with wings ($4.30), and Set 3 with fried fish ($3.50).

The most popular Set 1 consists of quite a variety of ingredients on coconut rice, such as drumstick, fried fish, ikan bilis, fried egg, and otah.

The coconut rice was fragrant and not oily, and service quick.

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