Founded in 1974, ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre is one of Singapore’s oldest and longest-running food centres. Its unique name comes from two former hallmarks of the Alexandra neighbourhood: Archipelago Brewing Company, and the various brick kilns that once dotted the area. Although these factories are now long gone, ABC Brickworks remains home to more than a hundred food stalls, with an amazing diversity to be found. Here are 15 stalls that are not to be missed!
Craving for some juicy XLB but not the hefty restaurant prices? Dong Ji La Mian Xiao Long Bao will hit all the right spots. Apart from the handmade Shanghai Xiao Long Bao, you’ll also find many traditional Chinese delights such as Zha Jiang Noodle, Spicy Wanton, Guo Tie and Dumpings La Mian.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-19, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 10am - 9pm daily
Let’s start your culinary adventure at ABC Brickworks Food Centre at Yuan Yuan Claypot Rice. One of the food centre’s most famous stalls, they still prepare the dish (from $10) by traditional means over a charcoal fire – which creates a wonderfully crispy bottom layer and imparts a smoky aroma. Cooked with Hua Diao wine and drizzles of dark sauce and sesame oil, you’ll also find chunks of tender chicken, Chinese sausage, salted fish, and some leafy greens.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-38, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 4pm - 9pm, Fri to Tues. Closed on Wed & Thurs
The other hokkien mee stall at ABC Brickworks Food Centre, Havelock Rd Blk50 Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee will probably appeal to you more if you prefer a drier Hokkien mee. Run by the same elderly couple over the last 50 years, many customers also claim that their sambal is more tantalising with a smokier taste. So I guess you’ll have to try out both in order to decide which one you prefer!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-100, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 8am - 2.30pm, Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
For glistening, succulent, charcoal-roasted meats, go ahead and make a beeline for Fatty Cheong. Here you’ll find char siew, roasted pork and roasted duck, which you can opt to pair with rice or noodles. The char siew is well marinated, tasty and tender with just the right amount of char, and you can also ask for their specialty bu jian tian char siew, which is a cut from the pig’s armpit.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-120, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 11:30am - 8:30pm, Mon to Wed, Fri & Sat. Closed on Thurs & Sun
Here on a rainy day or craving for something healthier? You can hit up the Michelin-rated Ah Er Soup. There’s the classic Buddha Jumps Over The Wall, which is packed full of ingredients such as chicken, fish maw, mushrooms and wolfberries in a robust broth. Other options are the Herbal Ginseng Black Chicken Soup, Lotus Root Peanut Pork Ribs Soup, Watercress With Pork Ribs and many more. Be sure to try their unique pumpkin rice too!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-141, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 11am - 2pm and 5pm - 8pm, Tues & Thurs. 4pm - 8pm, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun. Closed on Sat
This stall has been around for over four decades and specialise in traditional hand-made baos. Highlights include their char siew bao, da bao and red bean bao. You’ll also find dim sum classics such as lor mai kai (glutinous rice), fan choy and siew mai on their menu! Even though the baos here are smaller than factory-made ones and not extremely photogenic, it’s what’s on the inside that counts.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-135, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 11am - 7pm, Fri - Tues. Closed on Wed & Thurs
Jason, the chef behind Jason Penang Cuisine, was the British High Commissioner’s resident chef for 14 years. After the stint, he opened his own hawker stall with his wife to showcase authentic Penang cuisine. The stall’s specialty is the Assam Laksa which comes with a sour and spicy broth, with a hearty amount of ingredients including fresh prawns. The authenticity of other dishes such as the Penang fried kway tiao and prawn noodles have also won over many fans!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-112, Singapore 150006
11am - 2pm, 5:30pm - 8pm, Tues - Sun. Closed on Mon
Wow Wow West was once a school canteen stall in Raffles Institution and the moniker came from the students. The founders liked it so much, they kept it when they moved over to ABC Brickworks. Wow Wow West is renowned for its consistency and generous servings. Find beef stew, striploin steak, chicken chop, pork sausages, fish & chips and more, many of which are made according to their own recipes and homemade sauces!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-133, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 2pm, 4:30pm - 8pm, Tues to Sat. Closed on Sun & Mon
Project Penyek sees a chicken thigh generously coated with batter, fries it to a crisp, smashes it and then serves it with rice and vegetables. They are also popular for their seafood platter, which includes fresh flower crabs, prawns, squid, and black pomfret, all covered in the same crispy batter. Good enough for up to five people, it does need to be ordered a day in advance.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-25, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 6pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Yuguo Curry Rice at ABC Brickworks Market & Food Centre does a really good version of Hainanese curry rice, and a steady stream of customers means fresh items are always getting dished out. You can be sure that your food is always fresh off the stove here! Their most popular item is definitely the Hainanese Pork Chop, which is decently thick, juicy and succulent with a delightful crunch.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-138, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 8:30pm daily
If you’re looking for food late at night here, Yong Kee Famous Fish Ball Noodle has been in operation for more than 20 years and opens late at night. Have your fix of classic noodle dishes such Bak Chor Mee and Fishball Noodles. The noodles are decently springy, but the handmade fishballs, fish dumplings and meatballs are definitely the highlight here!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-121, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 9:30am–2pm, Mon, Wed, Thurs - Sat. 9:30am - 8:30pm Sun. Closed on Tues
Although ABC Brickworks isn’t exactly known for Indian and Pakistani cuisine, you can still have your fill of chicken biryani, palak paneer, naan, butter chicken and tandoori fish at Sheikh Indian Pakistani Food. Or, go for one of their hearty biryani sets, which come with your choice of meat and a very generous amount of rice.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-12, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 9:30am - 9pm daily
Nusa & Tara is another stall with a seemingly neverending stream of customers. The Lontong here is a crowd-favourite, filled with all the ingredients a bowl of lontong needs, including rice cakes, egg, tau kwa, and a sprinkling of serundeng (fried coconut flakes), all drenched in a gravy that is packed with spices and flavour.
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-22, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 6am - 1:30pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Complete your culinary adventure with a bowl of dessert! Jin Jin Dessert sells a range of hot and cold dishes, but is particularly known for its Power Chendol. For just $2 you get a small mountain of shaved ice slathered in a thick, dark, caramelly gula melaka sauce and plenty of coconut milk, plus squiggly green jellies and red beans. Simply perfect on a hot day!
Address: 6 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-21, Singapore 150006
Opening Hours: 12pm - 10pm, Thurs - Tues. Closed on Wed