Whampoa Drive Food Centre or Whampoa Makan Place has always been a dependable hawker centre for good food, and there are several stalls here that keep attracting lines.
There are also two sides here, Block 91 which is mainly catered to the morning crowd, while Block 90 has many stalls that open lunch or dinner onwards.
For this hawker listicle, I am focusing on the morning side, and other stalls worthy of mention include Yuan Zhi Wei Lu Mian, Tanglin Halt A1 Carrot Cake, Famous Bedok Kway Chap, Granny’s Pancake.
Xin Heng Feng Guo Tiao Tan
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-14,15, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 5am – 12pm, 5pm – 9:30pm (Wed – Sat), 5pm – 9:30pm (Mon)
This stall has dual identity, serving up fishball noodles in the morning and fishhead steamboat in the night.
First timers may be slightly confused at the queue system, as it is a single line which splits into two ordering sides.
This is to split up the ordering and cooking process, which is I guess more efficient and can serve more customers at the same time.
Worthy of mention is its Minced Meat Noodles which is not quite like the usual, as it uses specially made egg noodle with a springy yet soft texture, and comes with soup with that old-school orange-coloured fishcake.
If you are visiting the stall in the evening, the stall can also get pretty crowded once the steamboat makes an appearance.
The fish head steamboat ($25) comes wafting with a nice charcoal fragrance, with fish bones and dried sole fish adding a very gently tang of sweetness to the broth with hints of umami flavours.
China Whampoa Home Made Noodles
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-24, Singapore 320091
Tel: +65 9625 6692
Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Founded in 1989 by owner Ah Bee, aged 48, and his 42-year-old wife Ah Chiam, China Whampoa Home Made Noodles is easily one of Singapore’s most popular ban mian stall.
The signature bowl is the Home-Made Noodles with Prawns ($4, $5), but if you are lazy to pluck off the shells, there are choices of abalone clams, sliced fish, fish maw, and pig’s kidneys.
The hawkers make their noodles within the stall in little batches, with a range of delicious ingredients like fish slices, clams, abalone or prawns.
It is then added to the light and clear broth with mani cai to give it a tangible sweetness.
The stock here is cooked with low fire, using dried ikan bilis and soybeans instead of pork bones that would otherwise make the soup too oily.
I tried the Abalone Clams Hand Made You Mian ($4) and enjoyed how “qing” (light and sweet) the soup base was.
Egg lovers may be disappointed as it came without it, but I reckon that is about the style so that you can appreciate the soup better.
Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon 美芝路鱼头米粉
91 Whampoa Drive, #01-46 Whampoa Makan Place, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 9am – 2pm (Sun – Tues, Thurs – Fri), Closed Wed, Sat
Though this famous stall is named “Beach Road Fish Head Bee Hoon”, it is actually located at the morning market of Whampoa Food Centre (Whampoa Makan Place).
It has been listed in the Singapore Michelin Guide with a “Michelin Bib Gourmand“.
Long queue is a typical scene here, where they specialise in fish dishes, different soups, and sliced fish bee hoon.
Unlike other fried fish bee hoon with an overwhelming amount of evaporated milk in the soup, Beach Road’s Fried Fish Bee Hoon Soup ($4.50) comes in a flavourful fish stock that retains its original taste even with the addition of milk.
The added light creaminess isn’t overpowering and you can still enjoy the inherent fish-flavoured broth.
The battered fried fish is masterfully prepared and you’ll be impressed by how it’s slightly crisp outside yet soft inside.
Best Lu Mian In Town
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-19, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 8am – 2pm (Sat – Thurs), 8am – 3pm (Fri)
This is testament that a good stall name can keep people curious and customers coming.
So is this REALLY the “BEST Lu Mian In Town”?
While I don’t really think so (opps), this is indeed a way that definitely catches every passerby’s attention. The other thing to beware of at this stall is the snaking long queues.
The stall only serves Lu Mian in $3 and $4 serving bowls. You will find the serving size quite generous with ample amounts of pork, fried fish, and even some crisp chicken pieces.
You can customize your bowl with the noodles of your choice, and addition of garlic, chili and vinegar to your taste.
With that said, there is another popular Lu Mian stall in the same food centre, called “Yuan Zi Wei”.
Mat Noh & Rose Authentic Ginger Fried Chicken Rice
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-27, Singapore 320091
Tel: +65 8400 2206
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
This Halal stall is famous for their authentic ginger fried chicken rice, along with other traditional Singaporean delights. You can also order a variety of sides to go with the food to make it a complete meal.
Their regular serving of Ginger Fried Chicken Rice ($4) is enough for one person, but if you are feeling ambitious, you can get the whole chicken leg for $7.
The dish looks quite appetizing with crumbs poured over it and an indulgent portion size, and comes with a fragrant bowl of soup.
The chicken was deliciously crisp and has a tasty ginger flavour without being too greasy. Rice was also quite aromatic. Do also also add more chicken skin with your meal for $1.
545 Whampoa Prawn Noodle
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-39, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 5:30am – 12:30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
The Whampoa Prawn Moodles stall is always swarming with customers, so the line can be intimidating at times.
There are both dry and soup versions of their famous prawn noodles (I prefer the dry), and you have the option to choose from different types of noodles as well.
The price of their signature Prawn Noodles start from $4 depending on your order and serving size.
What I liked about the dry Prawn Noodles was combination of the spicy chilli sauce, sweet ketcup, and mixture of fried garlic and shallots which added light crisp.
The soup version could have been more rich and punchy.
Hillview Steam Food山景蒸米粉
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-10, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 5am – 11am (Mon – Sun)
There is also always a long queue here, but I am more indifferent towards this stall.
I guess part of the reason is due to its competitive pricing. $1 Bee Hoon? That is very affordable.
The stall serves up a selection Singaporean traditional breakfast treats such as Nasi Lemak ($2.40), Chee Cheong Fun ($1.50), Century Egg Porridge ($1.60), Peanut Porridge ($1.40) and Pork Ribs ($1.60).
The interesting thing is the bee hoon is first fried then steamed, so you get the soft, warm texture. You can also add chicken wings to it for a couple of extra bucks, with some kick from sambal chili.
Robert Mee Siam
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-43, Singapore 320091
Tel: +65 9838 8229
Opening Hours: 9am – 2:30pm (Sat, Sun, Tues, Wed), Closed Mon, Thurs, Fri
The Robert Mee Siam stall is quite economical, and a good option when you want to eat something delicious and filling on a budget.
Their signature dish is Mee Siam at $3, with additional egg or bee hoon at 50cents each.
At first glance, a regular serving of Mee Siam seems quite different than what you’d expect. Instead of the thick orange gravy, the colour looks on the paler side.
But once you dig into your meal, you will discover a hint of sweet and assam-sour taste from the gravy. This is not as rich as I would have loved, but a not-bad nostalgic tasting plate. The topping of chives added a nice crunch.
Deep Fried Carrot Cake
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-36, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 12pm (Mon – Sun)
The stall is named after a very famous hawker street – delicious and rich deep-fried carrot cakes sticks.
Yup, not the usual Chye Tow Kway in black or white, but oblong sticks.
I got 14 sticks of their old-school deep-fried carrot cake ($2). Each stick was fried to a golden crisp, and I could feel that distinct crunch with every bite I took.
The texture was amazing, very crispy on the outside and fresh and smooth from the inside. Have it as a snack to remember the good-old days.
Bee Guan Coffee Shop
91 Whampoa Dr, #01-23, Singapore 320091
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
The uncle at this Bee Guan Coffee Shop stall must be one of the friendliest hawkers around, but he may not be all the time at the store – he is helping out other hawkers.
With a very happy go lucky attitude that instantly makes you smile, and he brews some truly amazing and one of a kind concoction to turn your day around.
The Orange Peel and Sour Plum Drink ($1.50) is the most famous drink at this stall, and I personally like it very much and find this drink such value for its money.
It is a combination of Taiwanese orange peel and sour plums.
You get two cups and are instructed to drink from the middle and top it up with ice water as you wish.
I loved the rich sour plums with a tart yet sweet and refreshing taste while I chewed on fried orange peel. Excellent drink for a hot day.
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