ABC Market or ABC Brickworks Food Centre is one of our favourite hawker centres in Singapore! In fact, before and after many of our long travels, we would make a trip all the way to ABC Food Centre just to eat our favourite Singapore Hawker Food – Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee! (ABC Brickworks Food Centre is actually a hokkien mee enclave!) There are also many of our favourite local hawker delights to be found at ABC Market. Find out more about what you can eat here at ABC Brickworks Food Centre!
What to eat at ABC Hawker Centre aka ABC Brickworks Food Centre
1. Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (中巴鲁益生炒福建虾面) @ ABC Hawker Centre
To us, Tiong Bahru Yi Sheng Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee is probably the best hokkien mee in Singapore. In our earlier post about Hokkien Mee in Singapore, we wrote about the “dry version” of the hokkien mee that we absolutely adore. Yi Sheng’s version allows the flavours of the prawn-based broth to be immersed into the noodles and it is topped off with one of the best hokkien mee chili in Singapore! The chili is sweet, not so spicy and loaded with ikan bilis. There’s even a texture to the chili itself! That is probably why Auntie stares at you if you ask for extra chili.
Having eaten Yi Sheng’s fried hokkien mee since young, admittedly, the standard has dropped. Sometimes, the prawns may not be fresh. Nonetheless, we still come back for more. Not because Uncle has added some addictive substance (or maybe he has? Look at the crowd!), but because it has a taste of Singapore and memories we have since eons ago. Which is why we tarry over to ABC Hawker Centre before and after our long travels overseas!
2. Havelock Rd Blk50 Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (乌桥头大牌50炒福建虾面) @ ABC Hawker Centre
Tucked at the corner (literally the corner most hawker stall) of ABC Hawker Centre is the Havelock Rd Blk50 Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, manned by an elderly uncle. On first sight, it doesn’t look much and there are usually only short queues at this stall. If you use length of queues as an indicator of taste of hokkien mee, Havelock’s prawn mee should pale in comparison to Yi Sheng’s. But that is not true at all!
In fact, uncle fries a mean hokkien mee as well! Like Yi Sheng’s the hokkien mee is the dry version but we would like to point out that the seafood (sotong and prawn) IS REALLY FRESH! Maybe it has got to do with the refrigerator uncle uses at the front of his stall. The sotong still had the fresh succulent (taong) taste after we ta bao back home. The only downside is that the chili can be quite salty. By the end of the meal (which we slurped every single morsel of, by the way), the only thing that remained was the chili.
Nonetheless, if you are hungry and turned off by Yi Sheng’s ridiculously long queue, give uncles fried hokkien mee a go! You won’t regret it!
3. Wow Wow West @ ABC Hawker Centre
The boss of Wow Wow West employs ex-convicts and are supporters of the yellow ribbon project. By word of mouth, we decided to support the initiative. Turns out that Wow Wow West really serves up a praise-worthy chicken chop (and cutlet and steak) at affordable prices! Step aside Botak Jones, we’re heading over to Wow Wow West for delicious and affordable western food, anytime of the week!
4. Jin Jin Dessert (津津甜品) @ ABC Hawker Centre
At the onset, Jin Jin Dessert stall looks like any other dessert stalls in hawker centres in Singapore. However, strangely enough, there’s always a queue for its dessert. I used to think that its a “spill-over” effect given that it is located just opposite Yi Sheng’s Hokkien Prawn Mee, since they’re always having a super long queue. Then one day, Kate told me that Jin Jin is actually famous for its gangster ice.
Gangster ice? Turns out that it’s a play of words in Chinese. This dessert is actually a combination of durian and mango which in Chinese is 榴莲 and 芒果. The first two words combine to give 榴芒 which sounds like the Chinese word for 流氓 which actually means gangster. Hence, the name gangster ice. Who would have thought that mango actually combines so perfectly with durian? Sounds strange but it works! Genius…just like who would have thought pistachios goes so well with cranberries?
5. Fatty Cheong’s Roast Pork, Roast Duck and Char Siew (肥仔祥) @ ABC Hawker Centre
We have written extensively about Fatty Cheong’s roast meats and the queues here can get quite long as well. Be sure to arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Go for the roast duck! One of the best in town!
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While you’re in the vicinity, why not do a staycation at Park Hotel Alexandra? We’ve heard that there’s an amazing infinity pool as well as easy access to IKEA and ABC Brickworks Food Centre! We hope you have enjoyed our coverage of “What to eat at ABC Brickworks Food Centre / ABC Hawker Centre”!