Built in 1983, Amoy Street Food Centre is a thoroughly utilitarian affair. It’s certainly not much to look at, with stained tiles and two levels featuring over a hundred stalls packed into tight rows. Its main function is to serve the CBD lunch crowds, with throngs of white-collared workers flooding the centre in the midday heat. During peak lunch hours (anytime between 11.30am and 1.30pm), queues are long and there’s nary a seat that isn't chope-d. At other times, however, it’s pretty much a ghost town, with few stalls even open during the evenings and weekends. Given the assembly line queues, quality and service certainly aren’t the reasons for coming – the food can be inconsistent at stalls where food is cooked to order – but in terms of a range of options for a cheap lunch, Amoy can’t be beat.
There’s pretty much every hawker staple you could possibly want: we recommend longtime Amoy stalwarts Amoy Fried Kway Teow (#01-01, $3-$4/plate) – the first stall to call the centre home – and Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee (#02-80, $3-$6/bowl) on the second floor. There are always queues for the four chicken rice stalls – the notable one here is Tong Fong Fatt (#01-43, $2.50-$3.50/plate), which features a picture of Lee Kuan Yew trying its dishes.
Non-local standards include Authentic Thai (#01-35), which offers a range of curries, noodles and Thai salads from $5, and Pepper Bowl (#02-102), whose rice and noodle bowls are loaded with black pepper beef or pork ($4.50-$5). Notably, there are also several Western options, including pick-and-mix salad joints The Salad Corner (#01-41, from $4.50) and B Salad Kitchen (#01-37, from $4.90), next to its sister stall Chef B Western Delights, which offers a range of pastas from $4.50.
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7 Maxwell Road