Whampoa Food Centre & Market with 11 Irresistible Stalls
Whampoa Food Centre & Market has reopened on July 2022 after 3 months of repairs and redecoration work. Foodies can now visit and enjoy all the popular dishes from Whampoa Food Centre. This renovation certainly come with a price as all the Michelin recommended stalls in Whampoa Food Centre, lose their Michelin awards this year.
Whampoa Food Centre & Market is a huge market run by NTUC foodfare, which comprises of 3 blocks – Block 90, 91 and 92. It is located at Whampoa Drive Singapore 320091 and takes around 13 mins walk from Boon Keng Mrt station or 20 mins walk from Novena Mrt Station. Blk 91 and 92 comprise of 52 food stalls and 112 Market stalls, operate in the morning till around 3pm. Block 90 comprises of 80 food stalls and 12 market stalls, operate from noon till night.
Whampoa Food Centre is homed to a total of 142 food stalls with three Michelin Bib Gourmand stalls, and that explain why it is always crowded and hard to find parking lots especially during peak meal hours. Nearby Food and vicinity include Whampoa Community Club, ZhongShan Mall, Balestier Market, Balestier Point, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Novena Square, Square 2, Thomson Medical Centre, Pek Kio Food Centre, Bendemeer Food Centre and more.
I have complied a list of 11 Irresistible hawker stalls (with 3 Michelin Bib Gourmand), you must visit at Whampoa Food Centre & Market.
Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon is the most famous stall at Whampoa Food Centre even before it grabbed a spot in the 2019 Michelin Bib Gourmand. It is so popular that you might have to queue for 30 – 45 mins before you are able to try it.
Stall offers Fried / Sliced Fish BeeHoon or Soup, Fish Porridge, Seafood Porridge and Tom Yam Soup, all for $5 each.
Ordered Fried / Sliced Fish Beehoon for $6 and find the soup to be pretty mild. You can taste the freshness of the fish and light milkiness of the broth in every sip. The thick bee hoon was soft and smooth sliding down my throat. The fried battered fish is nicely fried till golden brown and remained soft inside and crispy outside even after soaked in the flavourful broth. Really nice and tasty!
Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-46, S320091 Operating Hours: 9am – 2pm (Closed on Monday, Wednesday & Friday)
Liang Zhao Ji Duck Porridge (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
Liang Zhao Ji Duck Rice has been around for more than 40 years and is famous for its Braised Duck Rice and Duck Porridge. Stall was also listed in Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2016 & 2017, and that explain why the long queue of fans.
Duck meat was tender and succulent as it absorbed the savoury herbal flavours of the gravy. The gravy was just nice and not too salty. Find the Yam rice to be grainy and slightly hard. Will definitely try the porridge next time.
Liang Zhao Ji Duck Porridge Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-07 S320090 Operating Hours: 1030am – 2pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Amoy Street Lor Mee
Amoy Street Lor Mee is another popular stall at Whampoa Food Centre which you might have to queue for 20 – 30 mins during peak lunch hours. They are most famous for their Lor Mee selling for $4 or $5 for Jumbo meal with extra ingredients.
Ordered the normal set with both Beehoon & yellow noodle for $4 and find the bowl to be pretty generous. Lots of ingredients including crispy fried fish nuggets, pork belly and prawn roll. The pork belly was tender and crewy with fats. Yellow noodle was slurpy and beehoon was full of flavour as it had soaked up the savoury gravy.
Just find the gravy to be slight thick, and both the fried fish and prawn roll to be slightly hard too. Remember to help yourself with the condiments – minced garlic, vinegar and chilli to suit your own liking.
Amoy Street Lor Mee Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-19 S320091 Operating Hours: 8am – 2pm (Daily)
Mat Noh & Rose Authentic Ginger Fried Chicken Rice
Mat Noh & Rose Authentic Ginger Fried Chicken Rice stall (halal stall) is famous for their authentic ginger fried chicken rice for $4 per plate. Stall is crowded especially during peak lunch hours.
I love the yummy Chicken rice as the Chicken is really tender and the skin is ultra crispy. Did you notice the different in their Basmati rice as they are long and thin, but soft and fluffy. Really nice to chew. Garnished with lots of golden fried ginger crumbs on top to enhance the taste of the chicken rice. For chilli lovers, it is highly recommended to add the dark chilli sauce for its sweet and spiciness to elevate its taste.
Mat Noh & Rose Authentic Ginger Fried Chicken Rice Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-27 S320091 Operating Hours: 9am – 3pm (Closed on Sunday)
Loy Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge
Loy Kee Chicken Rice is such a popular household name in the 90s for its Hainanese Chicken Rice and used to have so many outlets in Singapore. Almost every food court has a Loy Kee Chicken Rice stall back then. But most outlets were closed due to tougher competition and dropped in standard as well.
Only 2 Loy Kee Chicken Rice outlets left and they are situated at 342 Balestier Road and here at Whampoa Food Centre. Stall is popular with the uncles and aunties, and their porridge are so good that they are usually sold out quite early in the morning.
Ordered their Hainanese Chicken Rice for $3.50. I still enjoy the chicken meat as it is rather thin, tender and juicy. The salted vegetable soup is pretty light and simple too. But the rice is slightly dry and grainy even after topped with its salty light sesami sauce. Can’t compare the standard from the past and I would definitely prefer to have nicer chicken rice elsewhere.
Loy Kee Chicken Rice & Porridge Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-49/50 S320091 Operating Hours: 7am – 3pm (Closed on Friday)
China Whampoa Home Made Noodles
China Whampoa Homemade Noodle is very popular for their Ban Mian as they have been perfecting their skills for more than 30 years, since 1989. There are currently 4 outlets with location as below.
258 Geylang road, lorong 12 (24 Hours)
Blk 91 Whampoa Drive #01-24 (8am-2pm)
Blk 711 AMK central S-11 Jubilee (11am-8pm)
Blk 929 Tampines (11am-8pm)
They sell their Ban Mian in soup or dry version and both are really popular. Stall offers seafood option with prawns, razor clams and fish maw to given their handmade noodles a different and unique taste. As for the dry version, the noodles were tossed with premium dark soy sauce, chilli sauce & other sauces to give a nice umami flavour. Do go slow with their chilli as they are really hot and spicy!
China Whampoa Home Made Noodles Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-24 S320091 Operating Hours: 8am – 2pm (Closed on Monday)
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak (Michelin Bib Gourmand)
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak is the another famous stall at Whampoa Food Centre and has been listed on Michelin Bib Gourmand for several years from 2016 to 2021.
Mr Lim started his rojak business in 1961, got his license in 1971 selling rojak at Hoover Cinema. Then moved to this current location at Whampoa Drive Food Centre in 1978. He has past away in 2017 and have handed the stall to his younger son to manage.
This local dish combines the freshness of the fruits, vegetables, tao pok, you tiao, cucumber and marinaded in a semi-dry tamarind prawn paste. The uniqueness of its rojak includes adding rare ingredients such as jellyfish, green mango, century egg or torch ginger flower, and customer loves them.
No easy to get the right balance of everything, but Balestier Road Hoover Rojak always perfect it nicely. Plus the generous sprinkling of peanuts on top make this dish absolutely delicious.
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-06 S320090 Operating Hours: 1030am – 4pm (Closed on Monday and Tuesday)
Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee
Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee is a popular stall at Whampoa Food Centre and it is always long queue. It is also one of the very few stalls that operates till late 1:30am and will be great for someone looking for a late night supper.
The Plate of Hokkien Mee is pretty wet and moist. The yellow noodles and bee hoon absorbed the flavourful broth very well. However, the dish seem to lack the smoky Wok Hei and it would be great if the ingredients were little more generous. $5 for two small prawns and few bits of pork belly and squid. The chilli is not too spicy and add the right amount of heat to the dish.
Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-32 S320090 Operating Hours: 330pm – 130am (Closed on Thursday)
Chuan Kee Fried Kway Teow
Uncle Chuan Kee is a 2nd generation push cart Fried Kway Teow hawker from Race Course Road. He has been selling Fried Kway Teow for over 40 years.
I was surprise as he still sell his Fried Kway Teow for $3 per plate even after renovation. Nevertheless, you have to queue patiently for 20 – 30 mins as Uncle steadily fried his Fried Kway Teow plate by plate to ensure consistency in every plate.
Each plate comes good wok hei and smoky aroma. Generous servicing with lots of cockles, chinese sausage, fish cakes, sprouts and egg. Absolutely yummy. A very old school Fried Kway Teow stall that you shouldn’t miss!
Chuan Kee Fried Kway Teow Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 90 Whampoa Drive, #01-41 S320090 Operating Hours: 11am – 3pm (Closed on Tuesday & Friday)
Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan
This stall was started in 1986 by a man and his sister. His sister and her husband operate this stall as a fishball noodle stall in the day and her brother takes over to serve fishhead steamboat at night.
The noodle is cooked al dente with a right mixed of sambal chilli, vinegar, sauces and pork lard. Topped with generous amount of ingredients like Pork balls, minced meat and pork slices. Served with a bowl of tasty soup with wantons.
Menu includes Fish ball mixed, Fish Ball Noodle, Minced Meat noodle and Wanton Mee. Price at $3.50 or $4.50.
The fish head steamboat ($28) served here is very traditional by using charcoal itself instead of using portable gas stove. The soup is boil slowly to give out a nice charcoal fragrance. Small and consistent charcoal flames to cook the fish bones and ingredients to add the gentle umami sweetness to the broth. Soup is refillable but you will have to do it yourself.
Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-14/15 S320091 Operating Hours: 5am – 12pm & 5pm – 930pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Whampoa Soya Bean and Grass Jelly
Whampoa Soya Bean & Grass Jelly has been around for more than 40 years, and they are still using the old traditional methods to make the beancurd. This preserve all the goodness of soya bean and that is why the beancurd is so soft, smooth and melts right in your mouth.
You can also add lotus seeds and ginkgo nuts to the plain beancurd to enhance the taste. Definitely a great dessert after a meal!
Whampoa Soya Bean and Grass Jelly Address: Whampoa Food Centre - 91 Whampoa Drive, #01-52 S320091 Operating Hours: 7am – 8pm (Closed on Monday & Friday)
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Lastly, there are many others hawker stalls at Whampoa Food Centre which I can’t featured all of them. Most of them have been perfecting their signature dish for decades. Please do try and support them as well.
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How to get to Whampoa Food Centre & market?
Whampoa Food Centre & Market is a huge market run by NTUC foodfare, which comprises of 3 blocks – Block 90, 91 and 92. It is located at Whampoa Drive Singapore 320091 and takes around 13 mins walk from Boon Keng Mrt station or 20 mins walk from Novena Mrt Station.
What are the best food at Whampoa Food Centre & market?
You will be spoilt with choices as there are 142 Hawker Vendors and 124 market stalls available at Whampoa Food Centre & Market with three most popular Michelin Bib Gourmand winners – Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon, Liang Zhao Ji Duck Porridge and Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
Follow by Amoy Street Lor Mee, China Whampoa Home Made Noodles, Singapore Fried Hokkien Mee, Halal Mat Noh & Rose Authentic Ginger Fried Chicken Rice, Chuan Kee Fried Kway Teow, Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan and more. Ending with Dessert from Whampoa Soya Bean and Grass Jelly.