Located right in the heart of Singapore’s bustling Central Business District area lies one of the most beloved food destinations in the island city-state: Maxwell Food Centre. Often jam-packed with customers throughout the day, Maxwell Food Centre is the number one place to visit if you’re looking for an authentic Singaporean dining experience.
Where: 1 Kadayanallur Street, Singapore 069184
Nearest MRT: Telok Ayer (DT18)
But with so many options to choose from, you might not know where to start. So today, Evolve Daily gives you A Guide To Maxwell Food Centre, with the 5 Dishes You Must Try:
1) Congee – Zhen Zhen Porridge
Congee is one of the most popular breakfast foods in Singapore. However, the congee from Zhen Zhen Porridge is so good, that customers would sacrifice their usual, more complex lunchtime meals for this simple dish. But the fact that most congees are usually plain, simple and lacking variety is probably also why Zhen Zhen Porridge is so popular.
The congee prepared by the wonderful people of Zhen Zhen Porridge is smooth, silky, and rich in texture and flavor. This is because it consists of an abundance of ingredients, which can include a generous mix of chicken or fish meat, century egg, spring onions, shallots, chopped preserved vegetables and more. Expect every spoonful of this decadent congee to give you the crunch and flavor that will leave you hooked and craving for more.
Stall: Zhen Zhen Porridge, #01-54
Average Price: $4 – $5
2) Cantonese Style Sliced Fish Bee Hoon Soup – Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon
While most of the sliced fish bee hoon soups you’ll find in Singapore are sought after only for it’s broth, Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon hits the spot on every single component in the dish. From its fragrant, creamy fish broth, succulent thick chunks of fish, to its thick but light vermicelli noodles, this particular bowl of bee hoon soup will most certainly satisfy your taste buds. Customers usually order the bee hoon soup with fried fish, as the fried batter of the fish would absorb the broth, enhancing its flavor and texture.
Stall: Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon, #01-77
Average Price: $4 – $5
3) Hainanese Chicken Rice – Tian Tian Chicken Rice
Hainanese chicken rice is definitely a must-have for anyone looking for an authentic Singaporean dining experience. Considered by many Singaporeans to be one of their national dishes, Hainanese chicken rice is a hearty meal consisting of fragrant rice and bite-sized steam white chicken.
Tian Tian Chicken Rice is arguably one of the most famous Hainanese chicken rice stalls in Singapore. On his trip to Singapore, famous American chef and television personality Anthony Bourdain said that the rice from this stall is so fragrant and delicious that it can be eaten on its own. Fragrant, tasty, and incredibly tender; you’ll definitely fall in love with Tian Tian chicken rice after your first bite. Don’t forget to have it with the chili sauce for the complete chicken rice experience.
Stall: Tian Tian Chicken Rice, #01-10/11
Average Price: $3.5 – $5
4) Char Kway Teow – Marina South Delicious Food
Char kway teow is a humble noodle dish that has become a staple in many hawker centres. It consists mainly of flat rice noodles stir-fried over an immense heat with a variety of different ingredients such as cockles, prawns and fishcake, tossed in a sweet, spicy, and salty combination of chili and soy sauce.
And while most of the char kway teow dishes you’ll find in Singapore are known to be rather greasy, the one prepared by Marina South Delicious Food is not. The char kway teow from this stall still manages to maintain a smooth and silky consistency throughout without using too much oil. This is definitely a dish you don’t want to miss out when you visit Maxwell Food Centre.
Stall: Marina South Delicious Food, #01-35
Average Price: $3 – $4
5) Oyster Cake – Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake
Even if you’re not an oyster lover, you’ll love the unique taste the oyster cakes from Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake provides. The stall’s popularity thrives solely on its oyster cake, which proves just how tasty they are! The cake, which is fried golden-brown and topped with peanuts on the outside, consists of minced pork, prawns, oysters and coriander on the inside. The cakes are cooked to order so you’ll be guaranteed piping hot goodness every time!
Stall: Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake, #01-05
Average Price: $2