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10 stalls you should attempt on the new double-storey Margaret Drive Hawker Centre

The unique Margaret Drive Hawker Centre operated from 1969 to 2011, earlier than it was shut. This all-new Margaret Drive Hawker Centre is at a unique location (truly on Margaret Drive!) at Queenstown and an enormous enchancment over its predecessor.

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Unfold over 2 flooring, it’s house to 38 stalls in-built an open plan format with higher facilities in addition to simplified entry for the aged and disabled. Most of the stalls are refugees from the recently-shut Tanglin Halt Meals Centre, which itself grew to become house to many stalls from the unique Margaret Drive Hawker Centre in 2011.

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We determined to take a look at this foodie haven of the West and listed here are the 10 stalls we expect are definitely worth the journey there.

(Observe that Margaret Drive Hawker Centre isn’t at most stall occupancy but and lots of stalls shut or run out of meals after lunch time).

1. Tong Kee Rooster Rice (#01-36)

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Positioned in a single nook of the primary ground, Tong Kee Rooster Rice is tied for the longest queue at this hawker centre. It proudly proclaims its origins on the previous Margaret Drive Meals Centre and while you style the meals, it’s apparent why the model has sustained itself, handed down from father to son.

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The plates of Roast Rooster Rice (S$4/S$5/S$6) are priced proper for the serving measurement. You’ll discover that the hen meat is firmer than what you get at different hen rice specialists. That’s not a criticism— I favored the refreshing change from the standard because the meat was nonetheless splendidly dense with flavour.

Oh boy, the meals right here include a spicy kick, although. Even the soup has a stupendous peppery warmth that marks the trail it takes while you swallow. The service is barely on the terse aspect, although, however I put it all the way down to how busy they’re.

Tue to Solar: 10.30am – 3pm
Closed on Mon

2. Hakka Thunder Tea Rice (#02-34)

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It’s onerous to only stroll previous after you learn a reputation like this, even when a stall hasn’t been featured within the media dozens of occasions. Hakka Thunder Tea Rice has, in fact, and far of the protection focuses on their health-centric menu, substances and meals preparation. 

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Once you attain the top of the snaking queue, the signature Hakka Thunder Tea (S$5) is a no brainer. There’s the choice of brown rice with each dish at no further price. The Dwelling Made Hakka Younger Toufu (S$1.20) is my choose of the edges however you can also make it a lightweight foremost by topping up White Rice/Brown Rice (S$1).

Oh sure, you’ll wish to keep in mind you can beat the queue by making your order by telephone.

+65 8189 9676
Tue to Solar: 10.30am – 3pm
Closed on Mon

3. Yu Mi Xiang (#01-29)

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Yu Mi Xiang might be probably the most understated stall in all of Margaret Drive Meals Centre. They don’t have a model title to make use of as a launchpad nor has the stall acquired any media protection, so it’s down to only onerous work and good meals. And that, they’ve loads of.

Clearly a seafood specialist, the principle dishes they serve are Fried Fish Soup (S$5), Double Fish Soup (S$6), Fish Soup (S$5) and Seafood Soup (S$6.50). Their Pao Fan vary contains Prawn Pao Fan (S$9), Fried Fish Pao Fan (S$6) and La La Pao Fan (S9). Some chickens crashed the seafood get together and ended up within the Fried Rooster Pao Fan (S$7).

Sat to Wed: 10am – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm
Closed on Thu & Fri

4. Queenstown Lontong (#01-27)

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One of the vital well-known names at this hawker centre, Queenstown Lontong first began serving its eponymous fare within the Sixties. It rivals Tong Kee Rooster Rice for the longest queue however the distinction is that Queenstown Lontong normally runs out of their Lontong (S$4) earlier than closing time.

Along with your Lontong comes a scrumptious sambal made in-house and the dish is topped with fried grated coconut for an infusion of crunchy however refined sweetness.

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Lontong will get all of the plaudits however Mee Rebus (S$4), Mee Soto (S$4), Nasi Lemak (S$4) and Soto Ayam (S$4) are additionally on the menu right here. On the day we have been there, the girl manning the stall mentioned she additionally prepares particular Laksa on sure days however there’s no schedule— simply flip up and check out your luck!

+65 9182 2189
Mon to Fri: 7am – 2pm
Closed on Sat & Solar

5. 28 Rojak (#02-29)

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On the higher ground and in an ulu nook, 28 (which is definitely in stall quantity 29) doesn’t get the foot visitors I believe it deserves. The auntie who runs it’s surprisingly sprightly and can come out with a welcoming “Hiya!” the second she sees a potential buyer. I really like stalls run by smiley aunties!

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The Rojak (S$4/S$5/S$6/S$7) is the principle draw however I opted as an alternative for the Popiah (2 for S$4) as a result of it regarded good when the individual in entrance of me was getting theirs. Stuffed to the brim with beansprouts, egg and bamboo shoot, every roll is particularly scrumptious for the hints of coriander and fried garlic. Beautiful!

Thu to Tue: 12pm – 8pm
Closed on Wed

6. No.1 Western Meals (#02-30)

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I’m not likely certain about ‘No.1’ however the meals at No.1 Western Meals is simply what you want if you wish to stick with a fork and a spoon at Margret Drive Meals Centre! There are some very economical choices, together with the Sausage & Egg (S$3.50) and Rooster Wing Rice (S$4).

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Their chops are fairly substantial, too— you possibly can select between Rooster Chop (S$7), Pork Chop (S$7) and Lamb Chop (S$8) in addition to Beef Steak (S$8) and Rooster Cutlet (S$7). There normally isn’t a protracted queue right here however I believe that’s primarily due to the out-of-the-way location on the second ground.

Thu to Mon: 11am – 4pm
Closed on Tue & Wed

7. Scorching & Chilly Desserts (#02-24)

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The Scorching & Chilly Desserts stall sells each Scorching Desserts comparable to Inexperienced Bean Soup (S$1.50), Bubur Hitam (S$1.50) and 4 Flavour Peach Gum (S$2) and Chilly Desserts comparable to Chendol (S$1.50), Nata De Coco & Aloe Vera (S$2) and Almond Longan (S$1.50).

margaret drive - ice kachang bowl

I’m normally averse to including a dessert stall to a listing however after I was wrapping up for the day with my Ice Kacang (S$1.50) with Durian topping (S$1) and the durian actually blew me away. I even requested the auntie to top-up my topping.

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On an unrelated be aware, there’s a show of a miniature model of the stall on one with an insane degree of element. I’ve had the perfect week exhibiting buddies close-ups after which zooming out to disclose it’s only a mannequin. Haha!

Every day: 6am – 8pm

8. DJ Satay Grill (#02-22)

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Satay is considered one of my favorite dishes however I normally choose having it within the open air and ideally with a view of the ocean. I suppose if my satay cravings hit in the course of a residential property, DJ Satay Grill will greater than suffice.

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On the menu is Rooster Satay (S$0.90/stick), Mutton Satay (S$0.90/stick) and Beef Satay (S$0.90/stick), all with a minimal order of 10 sticks (for S$9). In addition they have Rice Cake (S$0.50/portion) and Fish Otah (S$0.70/piece). This stall has been featured within the information for utilizing Basmati rice and olive oil for cooking so you understand it’s the standard lowest-cost fare.

Tue to Fri: 4pm – 10pm
Sat: 4pm – 11pm
Closed on Solar & Mon

9. Hai Chun Ban Mian & Fish Soup (#01-34)

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Hai Chun Ban Mian & Fish Soup options at least 25 completely different dishes on its menu, making it one of many stalls with the widest ‘correct’ meals repertoires at this hawker centre. I had not initially deliberate to go to it however as a result of I had heard their fare described as bland by some and glorious by others, curiosity acquired the higher of me.

My suggestions are the Sliced Fish Soup with Bitter Gourd (S$5) in the event you’re on the lookout for a tasty and comforting bowl, or the Ban Mian (S$4) which is their signature dish. When you’re within the temper for one thing spicy, the Tomyam/Mala Ramen (S$4.50) will make your day. My choose for the budget-conscious is the Fried Rice (S$4) although they’ve Century Egg Porridge (S$3) simply because I don’t like century egg.

Every day: 12pm till offered out

10. Xin’s TzeChar (#01-31)

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Birds of a feather flock collectively, so proper subsequent to Hai Chun Ban Mian & Fish Soup is Xin’s TzeChar that boasts a mega 35-dish menu.

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Their vary begins with Seafood Hor Enjoyable/Bee Hoon (S$5) and Yang Zhou Fried Rice (S$5) whereas the mid-ranged Ginger Onion Rooster (S$15) sounds promisingly scrumptious. Rounding up the highest finish of the menu is Bitter Gourd Fish Head with Soy Sauce (S$26).

The pleasant couple who run the stall have been keen to assist me select what I would get pleasure from most. Have a look at the menu show carefully and there’s a image of the gentleman working the wok successful an award on the 2019 World Grasp Cooks Competitors for Cantonese Delicacies in Macau.

+65 8777 6789
Wed to Mon: 12pm – 9pm
Closed on Tue

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