People’s Park Food Centre is the hawker centre located just next to People’s Park Complex. Many people also refer to this hawker centre as People’s Park Complex Hawker Centre or People’s Park Complex Food Centre.
However, do not confuse this with People’s Park Centre, which is an air-conditioned shopping mall located a few hundreds of meters away from this hawker centre.
People’s Park Food Centre is one of the 4 main hawker centres in Chinatown, beside Chinatown Complex, Hong Lim and Maxwell.
To get to People’s Park Food Centre, from Chinatown MRT Station, take Exit C. Upon exiting, you can immediately see the hawker center. If you’re driving or taking a taxi, the address is 32 New Market Road, Singapore 050032.
At first glance, there is nothing appealing about People’s Park Food Centre. It’s crowded, it’s messy, it’s loud, and it’s dirty.
However, if you can get past its appearance and give the stalls the chance to prove themselves, you’ll be surprised and delighted that there are indeed many gems in this hawker centre.
I used to be turned off, but after visiting the place repeatedly for many years, I’ve grown to love the food from this hawker so much that I keep coming here to eat every time I’m around Chinatown area.
After all these years, here are 10 of my favorite stalls that I recommend you to try at People’s Park Food Centre.
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10 Must-Try Stalls at People’s Park Food Centre
1. Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu 永祥興豆腐
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Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu is a real hidden gem. Hidden because they’re only open for 2 hours or less in a day. The stall is so popular that it is often sold out a few hours after opening. Consider yourself lucky if you managed to get a bowl.
Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu’s signboard is in Chinese. If you don’t read Chinese and it’s your first time at this stall, it’s hard to decipher what they’re selling. But, fret not.
They only have 1 option on the menu, and that is a bowl of yong tau foo (S$5.50) with 10 pcs pre-determined ingredients (fish ball, stuffed tofu, fried tofu, meat rolls) served in piping hot soup. No customization is allowed. They don’t sell rice or noodles.
Ordering is super easy, simply join the snaking queue; and when you’re at the front, tell them how many bowls that you want, make payment and collect your food in a few seconds (they are THAT fast!).
Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 12.30pm to 2.30pm (closed on Mondays)
2. Fatt Soon Kueh
Fatt Soon Kueh sells traditional Teochew Kuehs (kueh means traditional savory/sweet snacks). Mr Chan started Fatt Soon Kueh in 1999 in Bedok. Today, the brand has branches at Kovan and Chinatown.
Fatt Soon Kueh sells 3 types of kuehs: Soon Kueh, Png kueh and Gu Chye Kueh. All items are priced at S$1.10 each. I recommend you try one of each. Personally, I love the soon kueh the most, paired with its fiery chili sauce.
The queue may get long during peak hours, but they’re quite fast. Even though the official closing time is 6.30pm, they’re often sold out before then, so don’t wait until 6pm to order.
Fatt Soon Kueh
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 9am to 6.30pm (closed on Mondays)
Stall: #01-1012 (next to OG department store)
3. Chuan Wei Yuan 川味園
Chuan Wei Yuan is a stall that sells Sichuan dishes, such as Chong Qing-style grilled fish (Kao Yu 烤鱼), Mala Chicken (La Zi Ji 辣子鸡), Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐) and many others.
The queue and the waiting time for your food can get really long during weekends or Public Holidays. If you don’t like waiting, I recommend that you eat outside peak hours (outside 7-9pm).
For the price, I think the food at Chuan Wei Yuan has really good value for money. My favorites on the menu are grilled fish (S$18), mala chicken (S$11) and spicy crab (S$30).
The queue system may seem messy for non-regulars, but it’s actually quite easy to understand. First, you queue on the left side to order (there is no sign, I know this from experience). Then, when you’re at the front of the queue, make your order and pay in cash. The cashier will then write down your order.
After ordering, you can choose to go back to your seat, or wait patiently at the right side queue. They cook in batches, not necessarily in sequence of order. Once your food is done, they will yell out the name of the dishes and you collect it from the cashier.
You won’t be assigned any number, so you need to pay attention to what’s being yelled out. Hence, it’ll be really helpful to know the food name in Chinese, so that you’ll know when your food is ready.
Chuan Wei Yuan
Opening hours: Daily10.30am to 10pm
4. Bai Nian Niang Dou Fu 百年酿豆腐
Bai Nian Niang Dou Foo is a popular yong tau foo stall from Albert Food Centre. This stall at People’s Park Food Centre is one of the many branches that can be found all over Singapore.
The main highlight of the menu is their signature yong tau foo (S$5.90). Each bowl consists of thin beehoon and various pre-determined ingredients, such as tofu, bittergourd, meat paste, meat rolls and prawn paste. You’ll also get a chili sauce and yong tau foo sauce. The chili sauce is da bomb!
The amount of beehoon in a regular bowl is not much, if you’re hungry, ask for extra beehoon (it’s free of charge). They do not usually offer customization of ingredients, but you can try your luck.
Bai Nian Niang Dou Foo is my go-to meal when I crave for something warm & soupy when Yong Xiang Xing Dou Fu is not open.
Bai Nian Niang Dou Foo
Opening hours: Daily 8.30am to 9pm
5. Ri Ri Hong Ma La Xiang Guo 日日紅麻辣香鍋
Ri Ri Hong Ma La Xiang Guo is probably one of the most popular mala stalls at People’s Park Centre. They have not just one, but TWO stalls at this hawker centre. The first one is near the entrance, while the second one is at the back near the toilet.
I’ve tried both stalls (and I still can’t decide which stall is better), but I usually prefer to go to the one at the back because the crowd is lesser there, that means the waiting time is shorter.
Usually at other Mala Xiang Guo stalls, you get to choose and take your own ingredients. Then, they will weigh the ingredients and tell you the price. I don’t like this method because I’d get heart attack for taking too much ingredients.
At Ri Ri Hong, they don’t let you take the ingredients. Instead, you just point the ingredients that you want, tell them how many people are eating (i.e. how many portions) and the staff will take them for you. The price of each ingredients can be found at the price list that’s pasted on the wall. I prefer this method because I can plan for how much I want to spend.
They have a minimum order, you need to order at least $5 if I’m not mistaken. Then, they’ll let you to proceed to the counter. At the counter, you choose your carb (rice or noodle), choose your spicy level and make payment. You’ll be given a number. When you food is ready, your number will be flashed and you can collect your food.
Ri Ri Hong Ma La Xiang Guo
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9.30pm
6. Jin Feng Mei Shi 金凤美食
Jin Feng Mei Shi sells affordable xiao long bao, shui jiao 水饺 (steamed dumpling), guo tie 鍋貼 (fried dumpling) and other dishes.
But, how affordable are they? Well, you can get 6pcs of xiao long bao for S$4.50, and 12 pcs of shui jiao/guo tie for $5!
My favorite item from this tall is guo tie. They fried the guo tie upon order, so you’ll need to wait for some time (15-30 mins) depending on the crowd level. When collecting your dumplings, don’t forget to help yourself with the sliced ginger and vinegar.
Jin Feng Mei Shi
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
7. O Kee Roast Delight
O Kee Roast Delight specializes in roasted meats, such as roasted duck, roasted pork, roasted char siew, and roasted pork rib.
You can order individual portion with rice, or you can order ala-carte meat based on parts or weight. You can mix and match the meats as well. My usual go-to order is roasted duck and roasted pork.
O Kee Roast Delight
Opening hours: Tue-Sun: 10am to 6.30pm (closed on Mondays)
8. Zhen Zhu Fang Roasted Delights 珍珠坊烧腊
Located at the side entrance, Zhen Zhu Fang Roasted Delights is a popular stall that sells roasted meats, wanton noodle and meat soups. The stall is a Michelin-recommended stall back in 2016 and 2018.
During peak hour, the queue may be a bit long, but the waiting time is not that long because there are many people working at the stall.
I enjoy eating their noodle better than their rice. They have 2 types of noodles: the normal egg noodle and the green spinach noodle. Both are equally good.
Zhen Zhu Fang Roasted Delights
Opening hours: Daily 9am to 9pm
9. Hong Peng La Mian Xiao Long Bao 洪鹏拉面小笼包
Located near the back, Hong Peng La Mian Xiao Long Bao is very much off-the radar for many people. This unassuming stall is recommended by Michelin Guide’s Point of View for its xiao long bao, dumplings and hand-pulled noodles.
The star of the stall is obviously xiao long bao (S$4 for 6pcs). Other dishes worth ordering are guo tie (S$5 for 12pcs) and noodles with bean paste / zha jiang mian (S$4) and
Hong Peng La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
10. Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo
Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo can be easily missed out because it’s located at the back of People’s Park Food Centre. It’s right next to Hong Peng La Mian Xiao Long Bao.
Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo serves hearty yong tau foo with pre-determined ingredients, such as fishball, tofu, and meat rolls. The choice of noodles include mee pok, mee kia, kway teow.
You can choose whether you want the dry or soup version. There are 3 sizes to choose from: S$4, S$5 or S$6. For me, the small size is usually enough.
Poy Kee Yong Tau Foo
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
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