Just like Ang Mo Kio, Toa Payoh has many hawker centres. At blk 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh, Kim Keat Palm Food Centre has many yummy food stalls worth exploring. Here are my favourite 6 at Kim Keat Palm Food Centre!
Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles
Opening hours: 8am to 7pm (closed on Mon)
Price: from $4
Hai Nan Xing Zhou Beef Noodles（海南星洲牛肉粉）has been around for about 60 years. They started from Cuppage Centre many years back and later move Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Center about 15 years ago.
The beef is very fresh and they do not add any tenderiser to the meat. They are sliced thinly and slightly blanch with the water. No marination or whatsoever. Most importantly, the soup is continuously simmered for many days, hence it is very sweet!
The beef was cooked to perfection, not too tough neither does it have the stench. I like it dry because I love to mix the dark thick sauce with laksa noodles and salted vegetables. The chilli sauce with lime gave it an additional oomph.
Opening Hours: 11am-8pm on Mondays to Saturdays, 11am-5pm on Fridays. Closed on Sundays
Price: Chendol $1.50
Many of you told me this is one of the best chendol in Singapore, I certainly agree! Look at the beautiful hue of pale jade green. All these green worms are homemade by the stall owner. It has a mild pandan scent and a springy texture.
The coconut milk and gula melaka here are fresh! The owner visits Malacca every three months to buy gula melaka from a factory there. And definitely not forgetting the red beans which is fragrant. For 50 cents more, you can top it with durian puree to take this sin to a higher level.
Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle
Opening Hours: 8am – 1pm, closed on Monday, Tuesday, Friday
Chao Zhou Fishball Noodle started in 1968 and is managed by a old couple. It only opens for FOUR days (which hawker stall can do that?). Their noodles are very springy with a good proportion of chilli and ketchup sauce which gives the noodles a well balanced flavour of sweet and savoury.
Most importantly, for $2.50 you get not one, not two but 5 golf ball size fishballs. These fishballs tasted very fresh and it was bouncy and juicy. And did I tell you, I really love their pork lard!
Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette
Opening Hours: 3pm – 8pm, Closed on Tuesdays
The boss Uncle Tan has been selling Fried Oysters in this hawker centre for more than 40 years. It has got the right mixture of flour to get the perfect texture of chewy and crispy starchy bits. The plate I ate here is moist and a little touch of crispiness, not too oily nor dry.
The plump and succulent oysters here came from Korea, not as big as I expected but definitely juicy and fresh. Each plate is topped with loads of coriander leaves, dipping it into the watery chilli sauce, shiok! If you don’t fancy oysters, the boss also has prawn omelette.
Old Long House Popiah
Opening hours: 6am – 4pm, closed on Monday and Tuesday
Since 1930, Old Long House has been selling Popiah with their own secret recipes with no MSG, no artificial colourings, no preservatives, no pork & no lard in turnips. Hence their turnip is very juicy and sweet.
Eggs, bean sprouts, coriander are some other ingredients added into the thick but chewy popiah skin. What is unique is, they add crispy fish batter into their popiah.
Lai Heng Cooked Food
Opening hours: 6am to 8pm, Closed on Saturdays
Price: from $2.50
One of the cheaper and better chap chye peng. This stall sells curry rice and they are usually long queue during lunch and dinner. Love their fried pork chop, curry and fried cabbage. These are the three must order dishes from this stall.
Kim Keat Palm Food Centre (Toa Payoh)
Address: Blk 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh
How to go? Take bus 232 or 238 from Toa Payoh Bus Interchange