7 Hawker Treasures in the All New Yishun Park Hawker Centre!
Yishun Park Hawker Centre
Dubbed the “Yishtana”, we thought that Yishun couldn’t get better. But it did. Establishing a landmark in northern Singapore is the newest Yishun Park Hawker Centre, which officially opened on 20 September 2017.
The management behind the new hawker centre, Timbre + Hawkers by Timbre Group has created a spin on the concept of traditional hawker centre to incorporate innovation and modernization into hawker fare. Timbre Group aims to increase the appeal of the hawker trade to attract the younger generation. An example would be the use of automatic tray returning stations. When you order food and use the tray, the hawker charges you an extra dollar. If you return the tray to the automatic stations, you’ll get your dollar back through a coin dispenser. Now that’s a pretty interesting way to cultivate our habit of returning trays! There are a total of 43 stalls here in Yishun Park Hawker Centre. Here are 7 stalls that you should visit!
#01-42 Ajisai Japanese Ramen
Ramen priced as low as $3.50? Now that’s unbelievable! Debuting in the heart of Yishun Park Hawker Centre is Ajisai, which is helmed by Japanese Chef Hiroki Saito. The signature dish is the Pork Chashu Ramen ($3.50) – a ramen steeped in an appetising shoyu-based broth. Laying on the noodles are thin slices of pork char siew with alternating layers of fat and meat. The char siew is slightly on the drier side, though. There are also a couple of side dishes that you can snag for as low as a buck! We recommend the potato salad! For the quality and taste, this is really a meal that’s value for money! Come try, come try!
#01-27 Fishball Story Fishball Noodles
Using his grandmother’s fishball recipe, 26-year-old hawker cum owner Douglas is dominating the hawker scene. Another Fishball Story franchise has landed. Look forward to freshly made fishballs using 100% yellow tail fish meat – no flour added! For $3.50 a bowl, you get a few fishballs, a few slices of fishcakes and good amount of mee pok tossed with sambal chilli and lard. The fishballs are firm and the noodle are pretty al dente with a QQ texture.
#01-37 Smokin’ Joe Western BBQ
Owner Joseph wishes to bring fine dining into the heartlands of Singapore. Dishes are mainly prepared using a charcoal grilled oven that is similar to the one Chef Gordon Ramsey utilises in his kitchen. For starters, we ordered the Honey Sriracha Citrus Norwegian Salmon ($14) – a 150g Norwegian salmon served with mashed potato, broccoli and crispy fish skin. We couldn’t bear to dig in, seeing how chef Joseph took great effort in plating the dish. The first bite was mind-blowing. The salmon skin was crispy, and the flesh succulent. Pieces of fried salmon skin add a delicious crunch. You’ll get broccoli and mashed potato as well. The price is a bit on the higher side, though, so if you’re looking for cheaper alternatives, dishes such as the BBQ Boneless Chicken Leg ($7) are equally delicious too!
#01-33 Nasi Lemak Ayam Taliwang
I was pretty psyched about Nasi Taliwang, which is actually rice served with Indonesian-style grilled chicken. However, it wasn’t available during the opening of the hawker centre. Replacing the Nasi Taliwang is the Nasi Lemak Set ($3), which is an assembly of rice, fried chicken, egg, tempeh, peanuts and ikan bilis. Although the components are pretty standard, I particularly enjoyed the subtle coconut fragrance that the rice carries. You also get a choice of either sweet chilli or spicy chilli, but we tam chiak so of course we had both! The sweet chilli was well-balanced, but what stood out was the spicy chilli which was very aromatic!
#01-39 Jiaocai Hotplate Seafood BBQ
Remember Zijie from Jiaocai Hotplate BBQ in Yuhua Village Market? His mother, Mdm Neo, has trained him well enough to manage his own stall here! Imagine peeling layers of succulent and moist flesh off their stingray ($12 small / $15 regular / $17 large). Zijie first places the stingray on a grill and cover it with a lid to retain its moisture before transferring the stingray to a hotplate placed over a charcoal stove. Dollops of fiery sambal chili is then slathered on the stingray before it’s served. Other dishes such as BBQ squid, prawns, and vegetables are available as well.
#01-31 MIDAS Curry, Baked Roti Prata & Puff
The famed MIDAS Every Touch is Gold is now officially opened right here in Yishun Park Hawker Centre! The owner, Mr Sax Choa specialises in the creation of baked roti prata. The baked prata resembles a puff pastry, being extremely crisp with thin layers that did not feel greasy or oily at all! As it wasn’t available on the first day of operations, we ordered the Baked Croissant Murtabak Puff instead. The croissant is actually made using roti prata, and is generously filled with either sardine($3) or corn beef($4).
#01-24 618 砂锅小厨 Claypot Cuisine
As we strolled along the hawker centre, there were a handful of diners munching on steamed Mui Choy with Pork Belly. This Hakka delight might not appeal to the young, but its taste will not disappoint. For $5, you get a claypot filled with preserved vegetables and stewed pork belly. The preserved vegetables aren’t as salty as the ones you get elsewhere, but I do like this version better. This shop is apparently famous for their Bak Ku Teh as well.
Did you know that all hawkers in Yishun Park Hawker Centre offer one basic meal option at $3? That’s really affordable! However, it’s not all just food here. Patronize Tuck Shop – the hawker centre’s retail drink space if you fancy a place to socialize or hang with your friends. It is designed to be part self-service retail store, and part gastro bar! Aside from the quintessential must-haves in hawker centres, such as local coffees and toasts, Tuck shop also offers beverages such as cappuccinos and lattes.
On weekends, Yishun Park Hawker Centre also offers family-friendly programmes such as Park & Play. Watch young children engage in activities such as face painting, bubble and water play, art & craft or even sensory play. Park & Play will also offer different themed activities every month. See you there!
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visits and paid its own meals at the stalls featured here.
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