84 Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre is one of the most popular hawker centres in the east coast of Singapore. It dates back to the 1970s and has been faithfully serving residents of the Joo Chiat and Katong area, as well as locals who flock here from other parts of Singapore. The market and food centre underwent a major renovation in 2018, and now boasts of modern amenities and facilities, including spacious seating areas and ample natural light. Even though the famous Apollo Fresh Cockle Fried Kway Teow has served its last plate this January, there are many noteworthy dishes to try here. From duck rice to dim sum, mee rebus and even Peranakan food, read on for some suggestions for what to eat here!
Drawing in snaking queues during lunchtime, Kun Ji is known for its Braised Duck, Roasted Duck and Char Siew Rice. The rice is dark, moist and flavourful; while the duck meat is tender without an overwhelming gaminess. The char siew has a beautiful caramelisation and is tender to the bite. You also get some cucumber slices and a side of soup. Don’t forget to help yourself to the house-made sambal for a fiery kick! You can also add on other ingredients such as Braised Egg, Duck Wing, Duck Liver, Tau Kua, Tau Pok and Mui Choy.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-25, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–5 pm Mon, 9:30 am–7 pm Wed to Sun. Closed on Tues
Another stall that commands a long queue is Xing Long Cooked Food. With a wide variety of dishes and a seemingly never-ending queue, you can trust that their cai png is good. Take your pick from Omelette, Pork Knuckles, Prawn Fritter, Tempura Fish, Ngoh Hiang, Braised Pork, Vegetables and many more. While the dishes are humble, they are sumptuous and make for a very satisfying meal.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-20, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 11 am–8:30 pm daily
Find Nonya-style cai png and Peranakan-style nasi lemak with blue pea rice! Emmanuel Peranakan Cuisine is actually run by the daughter of Xing Long Cooked Food, who started the stall with her husband. The Nyonya Nasi Lemak includes rich, tender and saucy chicken rendang, a fried egg, spicy sambal, crunchy peanuts and ikan bilis. Alternatively, you can order the signature blue pea rice with your choice of dishes.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-30, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 9 am–3 pm Fri to Tues. Closed Wed & Thurs
Neptune Hong Kong Dim Sum has been around for well over two decades, serving up Cantonese-style dim sum served in bamboo baskets. For a hawker stall, the selection is quite extensive and you’ll find many familiar favourites such as Siew Mai, Har Gow, Chee Cheong Fun, Xiao Long Bao, Char Siew Bao and many more. Come with a group so you can try as many items as your tummy can handle!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-26, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–9:30 pm Mon to Wed, 8:30 am–9:30 pm Thurs, 9:30 am–9 pm Fri to Sun
D’Authentic Nasi Lemak is easily one of the most popular nasi lemak stalls in the East, and you’ll spot their lunchtime queue from a mile away. Here, you can customise your own nasi lemak and choose to have as much (or as little) as you want with toppings such as beancurd, tempeh, four different types of eggs like sambal, achar, salted or fried as well as meats like chicken wing or chicken rendang.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-36, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 7 am–2 pm Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri
For some delicious Malay delights, look no further than Yok Mari Yok. This long-standing establishment also serves a range of Malay favourites – including Nasi Padang, Ayam Penyet and Mee Siam, but the real star of the show here is its Mee Rebus. Each serving comes with yellow noodles, tau kwa, fresh green chillies and an egg swimming in a rich, thick, slightly spicy and creamy peanut gravy. An absolute slurp-worthy delight!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-03, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 7 am–10 pm daily
This famous lor mee also has an outlet at 84 Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre, and you really get your money’s worth with strips of stewed pork belly, fried battered fish, stewed egg and fish cake slices. The gravy isn’t too thick or too starchy, and it clings to the flat noodles nicely, ensuring maximum slurpability. Don’t forget to add in some house-made chilli and chopped garlic for more heat and flavour!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-18, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 7 am–10 pm daily
Feng Xin Dim Sum is opened by ex-staff of Neptune Hong Kong Dim Sum, located in the same row and just a few stalls away. Dim sum drama aside, the menu consists of about 20 items with a good mix of steamed and fried dishes. The Deep Fried Shrimps Dumpling is one of the favourite items here, with the dumplings filled with shrimp paste and fried to a nice golden and crispy texture. Sinfully delicious with the side of mayonnaise!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-32, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 7 am–7 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Jian Bo Shui Kueh has been serving the age-old flavour generations after generations since 1958, and it is one of the OG stalls from the old Tiong Bahru Market. Their chwee kueh even comes with a Michelin recommendation! Today they have outlets all across the island, including one at 84 Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre. While quality has dipped slightly over the years, their chye poh remains robust and tasty, and pairs perfectly with their chilli with dried shrimps.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-44, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 6 am–4:30 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Putu piring has got to be one of the more underrated local delights. They look very similar to kueh tutu, but are not to be confused with them! Kueh tutu is filled with coconut or peanut, while putu piring is filled with gula melaka. At Aziza Putu Piring, you will also find putu piring with unconventional fillings such as durian or nutella! Other yummy items include Creamy Chicken Puff, Beef Curry Puff, Goreng Pisang, Deep Fried Sweet Potato and Chempedak.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-02, Singapore 440084
For some good old tze char, make a beeline for Qian Wei. The Nyonya Fish Head is a crowd favourite with its mouthwatering tanginess. The fish is fresh and flaky, and complemented by chunks of tomatoes, brinjal, okra and pineapple, this is a seriously addictive fish head curry. There are also other seafood dishes on the menu such as Garlic Clams, as well as mains such as KL Dai Lok Mee, Hor Fun, Salted Egg Pork Chop Rice and many more.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-04, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 9 am–8:30 pm daily
Soon Soon Soon Wanton Noodles does wanton mee that comes with lean char siew and both soup and fried wantons. The noodles are springy while the wantons are filled with a nicely marinated meat filling. The char siew is nothing to shout about, especially for those who prefer the juicy Hong Kong-style char siew. You can also try their Abalone Noodles or Chicken Cutlet Noodles!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-16, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 7:30 am –9:30 pm daily
For trusty old-school western food, look to Tip Top Western Food which has been around for three generations. Choose among their bestsellers such as the Chicken Chop, Fish & Chips, Bolognese Spaghetti, Half Spring Chicken, Grilled Fish or Chicken Alfredo. If you are feeling fancy, try their Beef Steak which comes with coleslaw and crinkle cut fries!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-22, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 1–9 pm daily
Fukudon is the type of stall you wouldn’t expect to find in a neighbourhood hawker centre. Run by two hawkers who started the stall at the peak of Covid in 2020, you’ll find Japanese-style rice bowls at an affordable price here. Popular items in their menu include Shoyu Glazed Salmon Don, Pork Belly Katsu Don, Spicy Garlic Pork Collar Don and for those on a diet – Chicken Breast Oyako Don!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-48, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 11 am–8 pm daily
Need to warm up on a rainy day? Nothing hits the spot like a bowl of hot porridge. Check out New World Congee, where you can get velvety Cantonese-style porridge with a variety of ingredients such as chicken, scallop, minced meat and fish. Every bowl is topped with ample chopped spring onions and coriander.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-45, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 7 am–5:30 pm Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri
Hup Lee serves up reliable plates of economic bee hoon and nasi lemak if you are looking at something heavy for your breakfast. Other items to add to your bee hoon include stir fried vegetables and deep fried fish cakes, spring rolls, meat rolls, hotdog, otah, fried eggs and of course, chicken wings. Everything is made fresh here in small batches, so the chicken wings are hot and crispy, while the inside is moist and tender!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-53, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–2 pm daily
Taste of Vegetarian is your quintessential hawker stall for all things plant-based in 84 Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre. Expect a rotating menu of dishes each day served economic rice style. However, they also have a small number of staples daily such as Vegetarian Bee Hoon, Brown Rice Porridge, Vegetarian Chee Cheong Fun and Vegetarian Chwee Kueh.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-50, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 6 am–2 pm Fri to Wed
Helmed by a chef who used to work in Boon Tong Kee, before he decided to open his own chicken rice stall. Whether you like your chicken steamed or roasted, you’ll be able to get both yummy renditions here. While chicken rice stalls are aplenty in 84 Marine Parade Central Market & Food Centre, Zengji stands out for its juicy, plump chicken and fragrant rice!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-28, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 10 am–6 pm daily
For a healthy dessert or drink, Whampoa Soya Bean is known for its smooth soya bean. Go for the Gingko Beancurd which is generously topped with gingko nuts! Or, you can also choose to have your beancurd plain or with other toppings such as grass jelly or red bean. There are also other desserts such as Grass Jelly with Longan, Lychee or Attap Seeds.
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-19, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–9:30 pm daily
Four Seasons Cendol serves yummy chendol that’s perfect on a hot day, it’s even known that Goh Chok Tong is a fan! Coconut milk and gula melaka is generously doused on shaved ice, and it makes for a dream pairing with the red beans, attap seeds and green jelly. No better way to end your meal!
Address: 84 Marine Parade Central, #01-31, Singapore 440084
Opening Hours: 8 am–5 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs