Tucked away in the west, Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre might not be as famous as other renowned hawker centres like Amoy Food Centre, but that’s not to say it’s without its own gems! Known for its old-school offerings, Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre is a popular spot amongst the older generation. If you’re missing the nostalgic taste of your favourite local dishes, here are 10 stalls to check out!
A mess of rice slathered with curry sauce and your preferred dishes is considered a comfort food in Singapore. And even though Yong Fa Hainanese Curry Rice has a steady queue, the line moves pretty quickly and the service is efficient. Take your pick from yummy dishes like pork chop, vegetables, sambal squid, curry mutton and curry chicken. Even though prices lean to the higher side, we love the homely touch that’s in their dishes.
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-25, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 10am - 2:30pm, Mon to Fri. Closed on Sat & Sun
We’ll start off with just two words: pork satay! Chai Ho Satay draws in a queue so long, sometimes it even stretches to the corridor of the opposite block. Take your pick from pork satay and chicken satay, a minimum of 10 sticks is required for each order but the stall owners are not fussy if you want to mix the meats. Each stick of satay is slightly charred, with a balance of sweet and savoury, while little bits of fat add some richness to the meat. Dunk it in peanut sauce and tear it off the stick!
Address: 448 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-10, Singapore 120448
Operating Hours: 12pm - 8.30pm, Wed to Sun. Closed on Mon & Tue
This stall may look simple from the outside, but they command a queue that proves it’s far from that. Now run by the 2nd generation, this fried carrot cake stall has its origins in the 1960s as push carts at Or Kio Tao (current day Beo Crescent). Brace yourself to queue for at least half an hour, as each dish is cooked fresh upon order. Whether you go for the black or white version, their carrot cake is cut smaller and more mushy, making it a hit amongst the older generation.
Address: 448 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-45, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm, Tues to Sun. Closed on Mon
Soon Huat Cooked Food is known for serving amazing sesame oil chicken that’s a must-try. A dish that you don’t see often at hawker centres, chunky pieces of chicken are cooked in a thick and flavourful gravy. The fragrance of sesame oil, wine and vinegar comes together to create a beautiful medley of flavours, and the dish is extremely satisfying with a bowl of white rice. Other than sesame oil chicken, the stall also serves dong po braised pork and curry chicken!
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-14, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 11am - 8pm daily
Craving for a simple plate of old-school wanton mee? Head over to Boon Kee Wanton Mee, which also commands a snacking queue especially during peak hours. The secret lies in their noodles and dark sauce mixture. Even though the char siew is nothing to shout about except for the texture it imparts to the dish, but that’s usually what it’s like for old-school wanton mee.
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-40, Singapore 120448
Opening hours: 6am - 2:30pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
For a luscious plate of stir fried beef rice or hor fun, Kee Hock is the stall to go. The beef was charred to perfection with a strong wok hei, all drenched in a savoury eggy sauce. If you’re not a fan of beef, the stall also serves up other yummy tze char dishes such as mui fan, seafood hor fun and sliced fish hor fun.
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-43, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 12:30 - 8pm, Fri to Wed. Closed on Thurs
If you live in Clementi, then you’re no stranger to Fong Dee’s Curry Puff. Using a time-tested family recipe, everything from the dough to the curry potatoes and chicken are all handmade fresh daily. It might not be the prettiest looking curry puff out there, but its taste is everything. The crust is crispy yet soft, much like a pie. And they’re generously filled with curry potato, chicken and egg. Best eaten fresh while it’s still hot!
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-31, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 6am - 6pm daily
This stall boasts a never-ending list of achievements, which looks just as long as its queue. You can look forward to items such as fish head, sliced fish, fried fish, seafood dishes, fish maw, red grouper, and more! The yuan yang bee hoon features both white and fried fish, and the latter’s batter was just the right thickness. The lightly-seasoned, refreshing soup is perfect with some chilli padi and soy sauce.
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, #01-38, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 10:30am - 2:30pm, 4:30 - 8:30pm, Mon to Sat. Closed on Sun
If you’re looking for old-school, traditional and unpretentious lor mee, prawn mee and laksa, then you’ve come to the right place. The lor mee was not too cloying or starchy, with a generous portion of pork belly, ngoh hiang, slices of fish cakes and braised egg. The taste of prawn noodle was also traditional with some small prawns, lean meat and fishcakes. We’ve even seen some causasians queueing at the stall, and if it’s good enough for them it’s definitely good enough for us.
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, 448, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 5:30am - 2pm daily
Nothing better to cool down from the sweltering heat than with a cold bowl of cheng tng. Filled with a smattering of ingredients such as lotus seeds, gingko nuts, longan, boiled barley, white fungus and dried persimmon, the level of sweetness was also just right. You can also have it in the hot version, which is a comfort on rainy days.
Address: 448 Clementi Ave 3, Singapore 120448
Opening Hours: 9am – 10pm daily