Housed within its distinctive barrel-roofed structure, this modern marketplace stands as a testament to the district’s vibrant history.
The building was once the bustling Commonwealth Avenue Wet Market and Food Centre.
As you step into Margaret Market, the first level beckoned with an inviting communal seating area.
It is intentionally curated to foster gatherings and kindle connections.
The mosaic tiles, reminiscent of old HDB void deck seats, added a touch of heritage to the décor, evoking memories of bygone times.
For those acquainted with Singapore’s modern Indonesian food scene, the name “Fangko” may ring a bell as it has another outlet at 20 Hongkong Street.
Eager to sample their offerings, I began with the Nasi Lemak Ayam Berempah ($14).
The coconut rice, kissed with hues of blue from the pea flower, paired well with the spiced fried chicken.
The accompanying fried egg, anchovies, peanuts, cucumber, and crumbs only accentuated the dish’s richness.
And the true star was the ‘power’ sambal.
However, it was the Smash Chicken ($9.50) with Indomee that truly stole the show.
The bowl offered a combination of smash chicken, fried egg, cucumber, with warm, tasty Indomee as the base.
The unique twist was the choice of spiciness for the Indomee, ranging from the mild Level 0 to the fiery Level 21. A challenge for the adventurous!
The noodles were cooked just right, retaining that beloved springiness. The smashed chicken looked dry but was in fact fork-tender.
The spice level I chose added a good kick, neither overwhelming the dish nor being too timid.
There are other options on their menu, from the Croissant Ham & Cheese ($12.50), Toast Avocado ($12), Grilled Cheese Sandwich ($14), Eggs and Sourdough ($11), to Buttermilk Chicken Waffles ($17.50)
And for those in the mood for a refreshing beverage, Petit Fangko didn’t disappoint.
The Kopi Kampung ($7.70) was a nostalgic delight, while the Avocado Coffee ($8.80) offered a modern twist to traditional flavours.
The Fangko Honey Lemon Flower ($5) drink was the right one to mellow down some of that spiciness, with zesty lemon and sweet honey, complemented by a gentle floral undertone.
Margaret Market #01-09, 38 Margaret Drive, Singapore 141038
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 9pm (Sat – Sun)
Fangko + Coffee And Beer
20 Hongkong Street, #01-03, Singapore 059663
Opening Hours: 7am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)