Shunfu Mart sits stately along Shunfu Road, serving the Thomson and Sin Ming residents living around there with their favourite hawker fare for over two decades.
They were undergoing renovations after a few months, and they are back with bigger fans and changed tables. Most of the stalls have returned.
The food centre is only a short walk from Marymount station. So if you are in the mood to try something new, hop on the Circle Line and make your way down to the food centre (Or drop at Thomson Station situated along the Thomson-East Coast Line).
Here are 10 Shunfu Mart Food Centre stall you can check out:
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Mei Zhen Hakka Delicacies 美珍客家美食
Shunfu Mart #02-26
Opening Hours: 6 am – 1:30 pm (Wed-Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Traditional Hakka dishes served in Singapore
This Hakka food stall is run by the Toh sisters and has been around since the 1980s. You would find the most traditional Hakka dishes here, such as the hard-to-find Hakka Abacus Seeds or Suan Pan Zi.
Hakka Taro (Yam) Abacus Seeds are one of the many traditional Hakka dishes often served during celebrations, as they symbolise wealth. Get there early as food sells out by noon.
These popular Hakka Yam Balls are bouncy in texture and chockfull of yam. They sell at $5.50 upwards per packet.
Other breakfast favourites include Taro Skin Turnip Dumpling ($1.50, min 2 pcs), Glutinous Rice ($3, $6), Yam Cake ($3, $6), Chee Cheong Fun ($4, $5), and Yam Porridge ($3, $4).
The Soon Kueh ($1.20 per piece) is also a popular item at this stall. While the skin of the Soon Kueh is thin, it remained chewy with turnip, dried shrimps, and mushrooms in it to bring out all the flavours.
Chocolat N’ Spice
Shunfu Mart #02-12
Opening Hours: 8:30 am – 2:30 pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Mon
Muffin’ Good at Chocolat N’ Spice
The homegrown company sells muffins with flavours ranging from typical flavours like chocolate chip, blueberry, and cranberry to more unique ones like orange peel raisin and banana walnut.
The bestselling muffins are the Chocolate Chips Muffin and Blueberry Muffin. Their moist, dense texture is rich in flavour when you bite into the muffins. Best of all, they are not too sweet.
Do note that the muffins now cost $1.70 onwards (from previous $1.30) due to an increase in cost in production and ingredients.
The stall also sells Chocolate Walnut Brownies, assorted cakes and cookies.
As many diners remark, you need to come before 12pm to choose from the full range of flavours. It also comes out freshly baked around 8am.
Affordable muffins are always a good idea if you pick these sweet treats for the office.
Lai Heng Fried Kuay Teow & Cooked Food
Shunfu Mart #01-20
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Fried Kway Teow with Otah
Lai Heng translated to Chinese, can loosely mean coming and being happy. If you take the dialect translation, it’s “Come and Prosper”. This stall certainly sees a long queue of customers daily, so the namesake is very apt.
There is a good reason for this line of customers. Their Fried Kway Teow ($3, $4, $5 depending in portion size) is a wok hei delight of smooth noodles. Sweet dark soy sauce and fried egg coat the plate of noodles evenly.
It is not too oily and quite worth the calories. Two things to note about this version of Fried Kway Teow.
First, it may be ‘soupier’ with gravy compared to dry versions. So, if you don’t like your noodles soggy, this might not be for you. Second, the portions are generous. Try the $3 plate to see if this is a suitable portion before sizing up.
Add on an Otah at $1.20 for a more filling meal if you like – it does make quite an interesting and tasty pairing.
Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice
Shunfu Mart #02-22
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Rated One OF The Top 5 Chicken Rice In Singapore
Leong Hainanese Chicken Rice looks like a normal run of the mill stall. But if you search for the stall, you will find that it’s been mentioned in the news.
Not just that, it is one of the top five stalls for chicken rice in Singapore, according Straits Times. So, for that accolade alone, do drop by to try the chicken rice.
Helmed by Mr Neo Cheng Leong, the stall serves up affordable plates from $3.80, with Chicken Drumstick or Wing Rice at $4.50. You can also top up with chicken organ or braised egg for $0.80 more.
Half a chicken is at $14, while whole is priced at $27.
The chicken slices were tender, with creamy specks of fat between the skin. Crunchy beansprouts provide a refreshing crunch. You can add a braised egg if you like. While the chicken was considerably moist, my favourite components were the flavourful rice and power-packed chilli.
Fun fact: The hawker at Ah Keat Chicken Rice, Bt Merah Central Food Centre is Mr Neo’s apprentice.
Quan Ann Prawn Mee 全安虾面
Shunfu Mart #02-11
Opening Hours: 6am – 3pm (Mon – Sun)
‘Canteen-style’ Prawn Mee at Shunfu Mart
This old-school prawn mee noodle stall opens early at 6 am, so early birds who wake up will appreciate tucking into their piping hot bowls of soup.
For $3.50, you get to choose your type of noodle in either dry or soup base. Each bowl of prawn mee serves tender pork slices with fresh prawns, topped off with crispy beansprouts.
Soup is not very salty, but the ingredients add a light dash of sweetness. Spice the broth up by adding chilli paste if you prefer a mild kick. The dry version comes with homemade lard and shallot oil, fresh prawns and lean pork slices.
The taste is very much similar to what you may use to eat in school canteens – very nostalgic, so if you are longing for your childhood days, pop by this humble stall to have a taste.
Huat Heng Fried Prawn Mee & Prawn Mee Soup
Shunfu Mart #02-09
Opening Hours: 10am – 1:30pm, 5pm – 8 pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sun), Closed Thurs
Generous Prawn Mee Portions
Over here at Huat Heng, the Fried Prawn Mee ($5, $7) and Prawn Mee Soup ($4, $5) have fans who queue up early to get their bowl of noodles.
The dry version of prawn mee is $4 (or $5), and it is a huge bowl of mee laden with pork slices and topped off with fresh, deshelled prawns. Along with the noodles comes a separate bowl of soup.
The taste of the soup is very savoury. If you prefer your broth hale and hearty, you will appreciate this soup.
Sambal chilli here is mixed with tomato paste, which makes an interesting spicy-sweet combo.
The stall is closed on Thursdays and some Fridays, so do take note before you head down.
Wak Limah Stall
Shunfu Mart #02-15
Opening Hours: 6:30 am – 1:30 pm (Mon – Thurs, Sat-Sun)
Sedap Malay Dishes From Nasi Lemak, Mee Siam, to Mee Soto
Wak Limah’s lady boss says she has been in the food business for over 50 years, and the stall has been in several different locations before.
They open early to serve the morning crowd but start as early as 4 am. So this is another stall to check out if you are an early riser.
Over here, you have a wide selection of choices. The stall sells typical Malay dishes such as Mee Rebus ($4), Mee Soto ($4), Soto Ayam ($4), Mee Siam ($4), Nasi Lemak ($4) and Lontong ($4).
Very affordable, each plate is incredibly satisfying in the morning when you wake up hungry.
Marsiling Teochew Fish Soup
Shunfu Mart #02-07
Opening Hours: 8am – 7pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Long Queue Fish Soup Stall, Popular Among Office Workers
This Marsiling Teochew Fish Soup serves up Sliced Fish Soup, Fried Fish Soup, Fried Fish Head Soup, Twin Fish Soup, along with Ban Mian and Tom Yam Ban Mian.
Prices start from $5.50, $7, $9 for the fish soups; and $4 for the Ban Mian.
You get a $5.50 bowl of fish soup noodles with Batang fish slices and plenty of greens. Instead of mee, you can choose kway teow, thick bee hoon, mee sua, ee mian, or even Koka noodles.
The star ingredient is the deep-fried egg floss mixed into the bowl of noodles, which other fish noodle stalls do not have. This pleasant mix gives the subtle soup a richer flavour.
Reviews for the fish soup at the stall are mixed. Our guess is that those who frequent the stall often like that subtle, almost bland taste. But if you want something richer, this might not be suitable for you.
Heng Heng Bao Bing (Poh Piah)
Shunfu Mart #02-05
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Popiah Party at Heng Heng Bao Bing
No prizes for guessing what Heng Heng sells. Yes, it is spring rolls or what we call Popiah in SIngapore. The stall previously moved from Lake View Food Centre and now operates at Shunfu Mart.
This stall also serves up Fishball Noodles and Bak Chor Mee ($3.50, $4)
Each piece of Popiah is $1.70. You get a good-sized serving of ingredints wrapped in thin flour skin.
Despite the sizable portions, the Popiah holds its own even when you try to lift the entire piece. Inside, the sweet, crunchy mix of bang kuang, turnip, beansprouts and shredded carrots is coated with fragrant sweet sauce.
You can order a roll of 20 spring rolls if you are looking to host a Popiah party.
30 Economic Bee Hoon & Nasi Lemak
Shunfu Mart #02-30
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 2pm or sold out (Mon – Sun)
Comforting Nasi Lemak and Bee Hoon from $3.50
This humble yet popular stall serves up Nasi Lemak Sets from $3.50, which includes luncheon meat (or chicken wing), egg, ikan billis, peanuts and sambal chilli.
If not, get some Economic Bee Hoon accompanied with ingredients such as fish cake, sausage, fish fillet, spring roll, seafood roll, ngoh hiang, chicken wing, and chicken cutlet.
Each additional item is priced from $0.70 to $1.80.
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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Juliet Huang.