Conveniently located along Bukit Merah Central and Jalan Bukit Merah, Bukit Merah Central Food Centre has been here for several decades. It is home to many stalls with a long history and a local food haven for locals staying nearby and taxi drivers as well. Why not drop by for a meal the next time you’re in the area? From char kway teow to yong tau foo, handmade ban mian and carrot cake, you’ll find lots of local delights to whet your appetite.
Said to be one of the most underrated char kway teow in Singapore, Day Night Fried Kway Teow puts a slightly modern twist to an old-school dish. This plate of char kway teow is different from the rest thanks to its use of narrow kway teow instead of its broader counterpart. The dish is a well-balanced mix of sweet, savoury and tangy with a mild wok hei flavour, and some call it a mix between char kway teow and pad thai!
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-41, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 9:30 am–5:30 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
Lai Hin draws in a queue consistently for its fishball noodles. You have eight different types of noodles to choose from including less commonly found options such as mee tai mak, tang hoon and mee suah. The dry version is tossed in a lardy, vinegary and savoury sauce, and the bowl comes with ingredients including fish balls, fish cake slices, fish dumplings, pork slices and minced meat.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-11, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 11 am–2 pm daily
If you’re in the mood for some sliced fish or fried fish soups, head over to Seng Kee. This is another popular stall at Bukit Merah Central Food Centre. Their light but flavorful fish soups are served with noodles or rice, along with sliced fish or fried fish nuggets, veggies, tomatoes, fried egg pieces, and more. Apart from fish soup, Seng Kee also sells fish porridge and seafood soup.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-50, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 8 am–1 pm Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
Nothing embodies versatility like yong tau foo. While Guan Huat is more limited and traditional in its offerings, the soup base here is yummy and flavoured with the natural sweetness of ikan bilis. However, the true star of the show is their laksa broth which is fiery and lemak. No wonder it’s a crowd-favourite! The only downside here is that the fried items are served together in the broth, so they lose their crispiness.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-31, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 9 am–2 pm daily
Another char kway teow stalwart with over three decades of history, Fong Sheng Fried Kway Teow has its own legion of fans. Compared to Day Night, the CKT here is wetter and sweeter. They also use the standard, broader type of rice noodles. Ingredients such as Chinese sausage, fish cake slices, egg and cockles all come together to make this slurp-worthy dish!
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-13, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 8 am–2 pm Mon to Fri. Closed Sat & Sun
Run by a husband-wife duo, Lan Xiang Handmade Noodles is a popular handmade ban mian stall in Bukit Merah Central Food Centre. You find many variations such as Chicken Ban Mian, Mee Hoon Kway, You Mian, Sliced Fish Mee Sua, Tom Yam Noodle and more. The handmade noodles are springy and retains a bite even after it’s been cooked, and the broth is sweet and flavourful.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-06, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 11 am–7 pm Mon to Fri. 11 am–2 pm Sat & Sun
This stall used to sell prawn noodles too, but the uncle only sells lor mee and laksa now. The lor mee comes in a dark and thick gravy that is slightly on the sweet side, but it is well balanced out with an extra touch of vinegar. Ingredients include ngor hiang, braised pork belly, crispy flour bits and a fish nugget. The bowl of laksa also feature standard ingredient like tau pok, fish cake slices, cockles, half a hardboiled eff and cockles. The broth here isn’t thick nor too spicy and would suit those who prefer milder flavours.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-18, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 7 am–4 pm Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
For your fix of carrot cake, Lim Kee dishes out plates of the iconic dish with nice flavours, slightly crispy on the outside and soft inside. The black version has a small amount of sweet black sauce lightly coated on the outside, which adds a mildly sweet flavour to the fried carrot cake. The white version is decent, though it would be even better if it is made crispier! Nonetheless, if you just want a quick meal without waiting in a line that spans half the block, then this would be a good option.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-43, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 7 am–1:30 pm daily
Head to NSJ for Indian Muslim delights such as prata, mutton soup, biryani and mee goreng. The mutton soup here is tasty with a rich and brothy flavour. The meat is tender, which is a pleasant surprise, considering that most places have rather dry and fibrous meat chunks. The prata is doughy and not much to shout about, though it does come with a yummy curry.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-25, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 6 am–8 pm Mon to Sat
If you’re just looking for a quick snack, Shun Xing serves up a variety of fried dough fritters such as You Tiao, Sesame Balls, Pandan Bean, Butterfly, Red Bean and Saltish Bun. All of the treats are freshly made and cooked in small quantities to ensure the utmost crispiness and freshness. They are also vegetarian-friendly and affordable and make for the perfect small bite for breakfast or tea break.
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-40, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 8:30 am–6:30 pm daily
Not all hawker centres have a sugarcane juice stall so we always make a beeline for it when we see one. The juice here is freshly extracted once you place an order and it is not mixed with any sugar syrup. The stall also offers other refreshing drinks such as hawthorn and honey lemon Simply delightful on a hot day!
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-09, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–8:30 pm Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri
If you need a sweet treat after your meal, this stall is awesome for all your hot and cold local dessert fix. You’ll find familiar items such as bobo cha cha and ice kachang, and there are also favourite local drinks like bandung and iced lychee, all of which are not overly sweet and can be enjoyed by all ages!
Address: 163 Bukit Merah Central, #02-02, Singapore 150163
Opening Hours: 11:30 am–8:30 pm Sat to Thurs. Closed on Fri