The Holland Village Market & Food Centre is located at 1 Lorong Mambong right in the heart of Holland Village. Most of the food stalls here are decent, and there are some that are our favourites – the economy bee hoon, the porridge stall which also sells roast meat, dry ban mian, kim chi beef ramen, nasi lemak.
My absolute favourite ice coffee in Singapore is right here from Shan Quan Cafe stall – ice coffee for only $1.20, and the coffee has a kick to it!!!
And also, just walk over to the wet market section, the first stall on the left from the connecting staircase is Guan Seng Coffee. This is where I buy my coffee grounds from – cheap local coffee grounds for $1 per 100 grams which makes great cold brew coffee (and hot too, but I like cold much better!). He also sells ‘western’ coffee beans or grounds like arabica and colombia coffee etc.
Balestier Market is located at 414 Balestier Road (just after the Boon Tong Kee). For those driving, there is a public car park behind the market, enter from Prome Road and turn right at the top of the hill.
We love the thai food there from the back right corner stall called John Thai Food. A really nice dish is the lemongrass steam squid which reminds us of our favourite Bangkok restaurant (Sa-Bai-Jai). The other dishes from this thai stall are really good too! Go check it out.
The most tasty seafood soup I’ve ever had – Yan Ji Seafood Soup. Stall owner Aaron Khoo, banker turned hawkerpreneur, learnt from the original Yan Ji Seafood Soup owner in Woodlands, and setup this branch here at Old Airport Road.
He tells me that the reason it’s good is because it’s not the standard pre-cooked soup stock, and then just add in noodles and fish when the order comes. Each order is cooked fresh for 3 minutes on high heat to bring out the full flavour of all the ingredients, just like a home cooked meal (for this reason, you can’t just ask for more soup top up because they don’t have it pre-cooked!).
I had the crayfish soup ($10) and the bowl was full of good stuff – cray fish, a large prawn, fish, minced pork and veggie’s. Wifey had the standard seafood soup ($6) and it was really good too! Highly recommended!
Yan Ji Seafood Soup – Old Airport Road Food Centre, Stall 01-122 (near the female toilet). Open Tuesdays to Sundays, 11am-3pm and 5pm-8pm. Closed on Mondays.
I’ve been going to Farrer Road Market since I was a kid. Mum would plonk my brother and I at the food centre while she went wet market shopping. She would come back intermittently to drop off her buys, and go and get some other stuff. Meanwhile, my brother and I would be happily eating a variety of local breakfast there!
I still love coming to the food centre here because it’s very spacious and airy. And it’s never overly crowded. My favourite dishes and stalls include: roast meat, char siew wanton mee, nasi padang, nasi briyani, ban mian, chai poh kway teow, economy rice, and old school soya bean curd.
Bukit Timah Food Centre is located just after the Clementi Road junction going towards Upper Bukit Timah Road. Older Singaporeans would know this place at ‘7th mile hawker centre’. The good stuff here includes carrot cake, duck rice/noodles, penang food, wanton mee, porridge etc.
Fatt Choy Mui Zhi Char is located at Blk 34 Cassia Crescent and it’s one of our favourite zhi char stalls in Singapore. Hands down the best assam fish head in town!