It’s always a beauty when you wake up in the morning and head down to the nearest hawker centre for some delectable Singaporean breakfast and perhaps a cup of kopi. Northerners around the Yishun area will have their quick fix at the Chong Pang Market & Food Centre. The list of five things to try here are my key favourites, dishes that I would usually order. If you do have more to recommend, feel free to share!
First up, we have the good ol’ Chinese Nasi Lemak and Beehoon stall. Pay $2.20 for a set including an egg and a chicken wing, and perhaps be like me and add another wing for $1.20. The chicken wings is exceptionally crispy, with good fragrance and naturally finger licking good.
I was recommended to the Braised Duck rice some time back, and it certainly lives up to its name by attracting a following. A short queue typically ensues for a plate of Boneless Braised Duck coupled with flavoured rice, a side of Braised egg, tofu and some peanuts. I found it good enough as comfort food, simply inspiring me to cook my own Braised Duck.
How can there be breakfast without Chwee Kueh. The stall here has perhaps been around since I was a little boy. The Chwee Kueh is buttery smooth, with a light texture that is well seasoned by the fragrant Cai poh. A tad oily but I guess that makes it all the more tasty.
This was my most recent recommendation – Bee Hoon Kueh. The hand cut noodles are delectably chunky and firm, giving a marvelous texture as it is paired with the savoury egg soup. It is a dish I would save for that cold rainy day, when you do want nothing but a bowl of hot soup and some Bee Hoon Kueh noodles to sit by an open fire your Korean drama.
Unfortunately, I wanted to order a plate of Chai Tao Kueh, but strangely the uncle closed the stall before I even got to the place. Bee Kee Cooked Food does serve up some excellent carrot cake and perhaps the next time I’m there, I’ll relive the memories.
The food journey is perhaps best ended with a mix of Yuan Yang soya bean milk and chin chow. The drink starts from 60cenrw onwards and is probably one of the cheapest ways to refresh yourself from such a hot day.
So there you have it, five if my own personal favorites at the Chong Pang Market & Food Centre. Are they your favourites or do you have others on the list? Do share!