10 Delicious Hawker Stalls to Check Out at Serangoon Garden Market
Serangoon Garden is well-known for being a foodie’s heaven. There’s a wide array of food choices in myVillage mall, hawker centres, of which Chomp Chomp outshines everything else, and along the rustic-looking two-storey shophouses. However, if you’re an early-riser, you should definitely check out Serangoon Garden Market. Besides sinking your teeth into delectable, traditional hawker fare, some modernised stalls have made the market their second “home”. We bring you 10 delicious hawker stalls that are worth making the trip to Serangoon Garden.
Seng Kee Mushroom Minced Meat Noodle
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat 7.30am to 1.30pm. Closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Nothing is more welcoming that a rich bowl of fishmaw soup filled with generous servings of minced pork, pork liver, quality fish maw, and braised mushroom slices. Seng Kee has been in business for 36 years. Owner Mr Lee started out in Eunos before settling here in Serangoon Gardens a few years ago.
We guarantee that you will have no regrets if you go for the $10 bowl. Each bowl of cloudy soup is very tasty and full of flavour. The soup is boiled with pork bones for hours and dried sole fish (ti poh) is added for extra depth and umami. The noodles are cooked till al dente and tossed with chilli and thick mushroom sauce.
Lad & Dad
Opening Hours: Wed-Sun 12pm to 8pm. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Lad & Dad is a joint effort between a father and son. Diners can expect British-inspired food with a local touch. The Lad’s Beef Stew ($12) comes with hand-mashed potatoes, seasonal salad and fragrant rice. Flavored with herbs and loaded with huge chunks of beef, the robust stew is the kind of comfort food that brings warmth on a rainy day.
Opening Hours: 7am to 9.30pm daily.
Pancake King only uses fresh and natural ingredients. There’s no MSG, artificial flavouring, or preservatives added. They have this policy that if, for any reason, a customer dislikes their products, they will issue a full refund. They serve four flavours of pancakes (mee chiam kueh) – coconut, red bean paste, cheese and peanuts.
Their pancakes are crispy on the outside, yet soft and spongy on the inside. These pancakes are made fresh daily, without any oil used during the cooking process. Their pancake dough doesn’t contain eggs too. They also serve local delights such as curry puffs, carrot kueh, hum ji beng, prawn/peanut/ikan bilis fritters and more. Gorgeous cakes made from top quality butter from New Zealand and Australia can be found here too.
Garden Street Kway Chap
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 8am to 3pm. Closed on Mondays.
This is quite a gem in Serangoon Garden Market. The kway is soft and delicate, the braising sauce fairly good, the innards not too chewy and the tau pok not too dry. What really caught our attention though, was the meat, as it was not the usual fatty meat. Although the lean meat looked a little dry, it was very tender and well-braised.
Serangoon Garden Bakery & Confectionery
Opening Hours: Tue-Sun 6.30am to 3pm. Closed on Mondays.
Serangoon Garden Bakery & Confectionery has been around in Serangoon Garden for at least 30 years. They serve old-school buns like the classic luncheon meat buns, tuna buns, ikan bilis buns, otah buns, and many others. You can also find butter cake, banana cake and walnut cake. We noticed many people taking away their signature marble cake. All these are freshly baked in-house so pair them with a strong cuppa kopi to kickstart your day! We had the tuna bun ($1), which was still slightly warm, as well as, a slice of the banana cake ($0.80).
Aliff Nasi Lemak
Opening Hours: 7.30am to 2pm, or till sold out. Closed on Mondays and Fridays.
There are very few nasi lemak stalls in Singapore that use basmati rice, probably because it costs more. However, we love it! Basmati rice is light and boasts a fluffy texture. At Aliff Nasi Lemak, rice is cooked with only freshly-squeezed coconut milk and pandan leaves. High grade ikan bilis are also used. The wings are marinated with freshly ground spices – each bite had a mix of crisp skin and tender meat. So satisfying! Last but not least, the sambal will definitely knock your socks off!
Serangoon Garden Carrot Cake & Wanton Noodle
Opening Hours: 7am to 4pm. Closed on Tuesdays.
There are a few stalls in Serangoon Garden Market selling fried carrot cake, but this stall is still our favourite. The standard of their fried carrot cake has been consistent throughout the years, and the portion is always very generous. Most importantly, they fry the carrot cake with huge amounts of sweet sauce. If you have a sweet tooth, this plate of greasy goodness will certainly lift your spirits.
Ah Seng Braised Duck Rice
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat 11am to 9pm, closed on Sundays.
This is one of the stalls in the market which always has a super long queue. Ah Seng serves authentic Teochew-style braised duck. Its braising liquid is light but surprisingly tasty. Each slice of duck meat has a good bite and pairs up brilliantly with the side of white rice that has been drizzled with gravy.
Soon Huat Pig’s Organ Soup
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 9.30am to 4pm, closed on Mondays
Soon Huat is another stall that is used to long queues. The pig’s organ soup comes with the typical ingredients like liver, intestines, pork slices and preserved vegetables. The broth is armed with a balance of saltiness and sweetness, and a slight tanginess from the preserved vegetables. Tip: you can refill the soup for free.
Dip the well-cleaned innards into the chilli sauce and pair it with rice. Don’t forget to order their pork knuckle too.
Rolina Singapore Traditional Hainanese Curry Puff
Opening Hours: Tue – Sun 7am to 4pm, closed on Mondays
Rolina has come a long way from its humble beginnings as a roadside stall outside Novena Church more than 50 years ago. Founder, Mr Tham, learnt how to make curry puffs from a sailor when he was just 19. Rolina’s name came from a twist to the word “Novena”. It’s an eye-opener watching the staff wrap curry puffs in the stall. All the spices and ingredients are still prepared by hand and the puffs are made fresh everyday. Deep fried till perfection, the filling is spicy but very addictive. I thought a mouthful is good enough but I finished the whole puff instead.
There’s an abundance of local fare to treat yourselves to at Serangoon Garden Market, so it’s best to go with a big group so you get to try a little of everything.
Serangoon Garden Market
Address: 49A Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555945
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.
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