6 Hidden Gems At Bedok South Market And Food Centre

6 Hidden Gems At Bedok South Market And Food Centre

Breaking down what makes this neighborhood spot such a hit with East Singapore, and why they’d want to keep it a secret.

To me, Bedok South Market and Food Centre was simply a necessity. A street away from my (ex) workplace, and minutes away from where my close friends stayed, I frequented the food centre just because it was there. Only having moved away did I realise what a gem it was, having not been able to find a replacement for the flavors that fuelled an always-hungry food writer day to night. And yes, I daresay it’s better than Blk 85

Aside from the famed Hill Street Char Kway Teow, there’s not much fanfare attached to it, at least that’s what many assume. Over the decades, it has amassed numerous hawkers so stellar, you’d just end up thinking why weren’t you born with more stomach space. 

I’d barely be able to cover how great each hawker is in one article, but here are the 6 that should get you started - and convinced - on this hidden gem at Blk 16 Bedok South Road.

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1. Hock Seng Choon Fishball Kway Teow Mee

Fishball kway teow mee. Photo: Jessica Chan

Stalls serving fishball noodles are a dime a dozen in Singapore but Hock Seng Choon is the only one that has convinced patrons to go for the oft-overlooked kway teow. These thin strips of chewy rice noodles make for the perfect medium for their mix of tangy, sweet ketchup, fragrant oils and piquant chili paste. Presented as a decadent mess, it comes with bouncy handmade fish balls and fish dumplings swimming in a fresh, savory broth topped with spring onions. Service is fast, albeit a little bad tempered, but I would still recommend coming before or after lunch hour to skip the snaking queues. 

  • Stall #01-50
  • Opening hours: Tue, Thu-Sun 12.00pm-11.00pm and Mon 11.00am-8.00pm
  • Tel: +65 9789 6160

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2. Blue Lagoon Western Food

Chicken chop. Photo: Jessica Chan

A western stall may not be the first on your list, but the husband-and-wife duo behind Blue Lagoon will have you craving more with its array of freshly prepared chicken chops, cutlets and pastas at wallet-friendly prices. The friendly pair runs like a well-oiled machine, with the husband pounding away at bags of fresh chicken thighs, while the wife moves between the cooking stations - pasta, fryer and pan - with absolute ease and speed. The highlights are, needless to say, their chicken chop, with your choice of mushroom or black pepper sauce, and the massive chicken cutlet.

  • Stall #01-75
  • Opening hours: Daily 10.00am-5.00pm

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3. Hung Kang Fish Soup

Fish soup. Photo: Jessica Chan

The elderly uncle running Hung Kang is a whiz with his unassuming bowl of fish soup, and his son, who has since taken over, is no different. The usual suspects of tender batang fish slices, lettuce and tomatoes for sweetness aside, the fresh broth gets an extra oomph of flavour with fried pieces of fish bits, from its fin to the skin. You can get it with rice noodles but it's best eaten with a bowl of rice doused in a braised sauce from their other sleeper hit, the braised pig trotters. 

  • Stall #01-24
  • Opening hours: Daily, varies

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4. Xin Xi Chwee Kueh

Chwee kueh. Photo: Jessica Chan

A breakfast favorite is the chwee kueh (steamed water rice cakes) here. Made simply of rice flour, starch and water, the version at Xin Xi is firm yet soft, with a slight chew. Juxtaposed against the sweet, salty crunch of choi poh (preserved turnip) and a fiery dollop of sambal chili, it yields something that tastes so much more than the sum of its parts. Plus, its price of $1.60 for four pieces of chwee kueh makes for a budget-friendly breakfast option. 

  • Stall #01-165
  • Opening hours: Daily 7.00am - 3.00pm

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5. Yong Hua You Tiao

You tiao. Photo: Jessica Chan

They do one thing, and they do it well - for over four decades. You can be sure that a trip to this food centre would not be complete with a hulking order of Yong Hua You Tiao. The owner’s son has since taken over, and continues to dole out piping hot dough crullers, to be eaten on its own, dipped in the aforementioned fish soup or, a common breakfast option, into kopi or soya bean. Crisp on the outside, with an airy, chewy and almost savory centre, it stands out as one of the best in East Singapore. 

  • Stall #01-147
  • Opening hours: Daily, varies

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6. The Pancake Garden

Pancake with red bean paste and coconut shavings. Photo: Jessica Chan

This fresh-faced hawker is just a little over 30, but he sure knows his way around min jiang kueh. Joseph, a former financial consultant, learned the ropes from the folks at the famous Granny’s Pancake (Ghim Moh Food Centre) and, with their blessing, opened his store at Bedok South. His variation is thicker, giving it a substantial yeasty chew to go along with his overly generous fillings. You can’t go wrong with any of the flavors here, but my personal go-tos are the sweet, earthy red bean paste and the gula Melaka-soaked coconut shavings.

  • Stalll #01-13
  • Opening hours: Daily 7.00am-2.00pm

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