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Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Food Centre

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Toa Payoh Lor 8
Clockwise from top left: nasi lemak, ba kut teh, fishball noodles, Hokkien mee, cheng tng

With food prices ranging between two dollars to ten, this food centre serves meals that are pretty decent and not too harsh on the wallet. Here are five things we tried at this hawker centre. 

Nasi lemak
$3 from $2 Nasi Lemak (#01-12)

Yes, we know the stall name says $2, but we added more toppings. It’s all about the deep fried chicken thigh, crusted in a spicy batter. We even ordered a second helping ($2.60) of the chicken on its own.

Ba kut teh
$6 from Hock Kee Bak Kut Teh (#01-64)

While we can’t say that this is the best ba kut teh in Singapore, this version nonetheless makes for a satisfying meal: the pork is tender – if a little dry – and the soup is rich and peppery.

Fishball noodles
$2 from San Yuan Gourmet (#01-44)

For two bucks, you can’t really complain. The noodles have a weird paprika-like spice to them, but other than that, a fairly straightforward bowl with a good amount of (admittedly tiny) fishballs.

Hokkien mee
$5 from Changi Village Fried Hokkien Mee (#01-32)

The highlight of our meal – the brothsoaked noodles aren’t the limp, bland kind you get at your average shopping mall food court. We wish there were more prawns and slices of sotong – and lard! – though.

Cheng tng
$2 from Four Seasons Ching Teng (#01-34)

Thankfully not the shaved ice variety, this traditional dessert – available warm, too – is maybe on the sweet side, but the generous portions of longan, fungus and other alienlooking bits are worth the sugar rush.


Venue name: Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Food Centre
Address: 210 Lor 8 Toa Payoh
Opening hours: Various opening hours
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