Going for a day out at Bugis? Make sure to fuel up at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. It takes its name from Albert Street, which was named in the 1800s in honour of Prince Albert, the consort of Queen Victoria of England. The area was originally lined with two-storey shophouses and was famous for its Chinese restaurants, bars, medicine shops and food stalls. Today, Albert Centre Market & Food Centre is a three-level establishment with a wet market, food centre, and shops selling dried goods and other products. We’re here to talk about the food centre of course, and here are 20 stalls that are worth your time!
Pondok Makan Indonesia is one of the few Michelin-recommended halal stalls in Singapore, and its extensive menu definitely does not disappoint. Specialising in Indonesian food, you’ll find tasty familiar favourites like the slurp-worthy Mee Rebus, Gado Gado, Tahu Goreng, and Lontong. Their smoky and tender satay comes in beef, chicken and mutton and they are are also incredibly well-received thanks to the delicious turmeric marinade!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-123, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 8 am–8 pm daily
For some comforting yong tau foo, head over to Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu. But don’t expect a wide selection of ingredients here! Unlike most other YTF stalls where you can pick your ingredients, the standard yong tau foo here comes with more or less fixed choices such as tau kee, bitter gourd, minced shrimp balls, mushroom-minced meatball and more. The star of the show here is their broth that’s prepared with soybeans and ikan bilis. It is hearty, light, clean-tasting and flavourful.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-106, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–9 pm daily
If you’re willing to brave the queue, Hock Lee Fishball Noodles is one of the must-try stalls at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. Their fishballs are completely fresh and handmade, and you can have them with your choice of noodles such as mee pok or mee kia, with or without soup. The dry version sees al dente springy noodles tossed in tangy vinegar and chilli sauce and it comes with a bowl of clear soup.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-102, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 6:30 am–12 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
A Michelin Plate awardee, Ah Seng serves affordable bowls of BCM that come with handmade meatballs. A mix of fish and pork, they are softer than the machine-made ones that many of us might be used to. Yet, the mixture results in an extra yummy and memorable meatball that will keep you coming back for more. You’ll also notice that the noodles here are cooked to be a little softer than usual. That’s because they cater to the older folks that frequent the stall. But they are by no means mushy at all as they still retained a slight bounce and bite. All in all, a slurpable bowl that deserves all the hype.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-77, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 7:30 am–4 pm daily
Nothing beats a no-frills meal for breakfast and Fatt Kee delivers it perfectly. The signature dishes from this hawker stall are Cantonese-style peanut congee simmered over traditional hot charcoal stoves, fried bee hoon, chee cheong fun, carrot cake and yam cake. They might all seem like humble fare, but they will definitely fuel your body for the day ahead.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-68, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 7 am–12:30 pm Tues to Sat. Closed on Sun & Mon
Find both white and black carrot cakes at Guan Kee, which is now helmed by the original owner’s son. The carrot cake here is of the ‘wetter’ variety and filled with flavour, with the white leaning more savoury and eggy while the black has a sweeter taste with the addition of black sauce. The stall seems to be more popular for the latter, which also comes with a wonderful caramelisation and wok hei.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-59, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 6 am–2 pm daily
Say Seng Cooked Food gained its reputation back when it served braised wild boar, but its signature dishes now use regular pork in place of wild boar. The savoury braised sauce pairs well with the pork belly layers, and wash it all down with some piping hot pig organ soup made with preserved vegetables. Come early as they often sell out way before closing time!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-92, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 2–8 pm Tues & Wed, Sat & Sun. Closed Mon, Thurs & Fri
This prawn noodles stall is an outlet of the famous parent stall in Loyang. It attracts a queue, especially during peak hours. On its menu are Big Prawn Noodles, Pork Ribs Prawn Noodles, Abalone Prawn Noodle and XL Big Prawn Noodles. What makes good prawn noodles is all in its broth, and this one has a pleasant umami, savoury-sweetness. The noodles are tossed in a mixture of sauce that includes chilli powder and lard oil. The prawns are fresh and cut in half with the shell still intact, so some might find them a little inconvenient to eat without hands.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-108, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 7 am–8 pm daily
Singapore Famous Rojak is, well, famous indeed, it’s even featured in the Michelin Guide! Located in Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, this stall draws in crowds for their messy plates of chopped greens, fruit, and youtiao, tossed in their homemade sauce. The youtiao here are more chewy than crispy, which some might not like, but the complex sweet-spicy flavours make this one of the best rojak in Singapore to try out.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-45, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 1–8:30 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
No matter what time you stop by this stall, you’ll always find it swarming with hungry customers. The soup here comes clear, without the usual addition of milk. It is light-tasting and refreshing, and the fresh Batang fish slices are tender without any odd fishy tastes. Excellent when paired with the accompanying fermented bean sauce with chopped chilli padi! Folks who are used to heavier tastes might find this too light, but it will hit all the right spots if you appreciate natural, sweet and fresh fish flavours.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-95, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 11 am–8 pm Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Craving for a snack? Have some crispy golden fried bananas at Si Ma Lu Goreng Pisang. Its taste and texture is melt-in-your-mouth, which gave a lovely contrast to the crispy exterior. Different bananas are priced accordingly and there are also other yummy fried options available such as sweet potato, green bean, tapioca, and even durian!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-46, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 10 am–4 pm daily
Fortune Food is a brand with more than 10 years of experience serving Singapore hawker delicacies. They’ve come a long way from their humble beginnings as a simple hawker stall in Geylang Bahru! Today, they’ve expanded to eight outlets, including one at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. They are known for handmade popiah skins which are made fresh daily, ensuring you’re served only the freshest! They also have DIY Party sets, bringing the joy and fun of making a meal to you!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-80, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–5 pm Mon, 11 am–8 pm Tues to Sun
It’s heartening when second-gen hawkers continue running their parents’ famous stalls, ensuring the continuity of the prized recipes. This is the case for Fu Hai Curry Chicken Noodles, which is one of the most popular stalls at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre. They are well-known for their rich spicy curry gravy, which is loaded with chicken chunks, tau pok, fish cake, potatoes and a mix of bee hoon and noodles. Incredibly moreish and slurpable!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-104, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 8:30 am–7 pm daily
You might know this stall as the former Siraj Indian Food at Waterloo St, but it has since been rebranded as Sabeena Indian Food. Today, the stall is run by the sister of Siraj Indian Food’s owner. The consistently delicious array Indian rojak is lighter and less greasy here, and the slightly sweet sauce ties the whole dish together.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-29, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 10:30 am–7:30 pm daily
Tong Fatt is one of the better-known chicken rice stalls and has several branches island-wide. They only serve the steamed variety of chicken, which is silky, tender and juicy. Doused in a generous amount of soya sauce, it is incredibly satisfying when paired with a mouthful of their fragrant rice. It also seems to be less oily than what most stalls serve, which is a huge plus point!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-57, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 11 am–6 pm Mon & Tues, Thurs to Sat
Nothing beats a comforting bowl of porridge when it’s a rainy day outside. Li Fang Porridge offers all varieties of porridge, even a premium Seafood Congee with calms, prawns and a whole crayfish! However, if you are feeling a little more thrifty, the Mixed Pork Congee should satisfy you all the same with slivers of pork liver, offal and tender pork loin slices. Every order also comes with a crispy youtiao that you can dip into your porridge.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-78, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 8 am–6 pm daily
Helmed by an elderly man who is an expert at working the wok and fire. With over 20 tze char rice and noodles dishes, there’s something to suit everyone here. Get their San Lor Hor Fun which is fried rice noodles with fish slices – it comes with a lovely smoky and toasty wok hei ! Apart from tze char dishes, the stall also serves fish bee hoon in both white and fried fish varieties.
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-63, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9:45 pm daily
To end off your meal here at Albert Centre Market & Food Centre, have some dessert from Zheng Xing Mei Shi. They only sell four types of old-school desserts which include a Tau Suan. Made with split mung bean, the consistency is on point and pairs well with the chewy you tiao. Other options include Bubur Pulut Hitam, Bubur Teringu, and Green Bean Soup. They are not overly sweet, so older folks will definitely enjoy them!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-64, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–9:45 pm daily
Sometimes simple desserts such as Soya Beancurd and Grass Jelly beats all the elaborate plates of cakes, waffles, and ice cream. The beancurd Rochor Soya Bean is of the old-school variety and not as smooth as more modern brands and hardcore sweet tooths might find this a little bland. But those who prefer nostalgic flavours will be sure to find a piece of their childhood in this!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-89, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 9 am–8 pm Wed to Mon. Closed on Tues
Another great option for traditional desserts, this is where you’ll find bowls of Glutinous Rice Ball with Peanut Soup and Black Glutinous Rice. But if you’re looking to cool down on a hot day, the stall also serves cold desserts like Ice Kachang, Sea Coconut with Ice Jelly, Almond with Longan and Ice Soursop!
Address: 270 Queen St, #01-41, Singapore 180270
Opening Hours: 11 am–9 pm daily