The CBD food centre is closing for renovations starting in December, but plenty to eat before it does.
Nestled between Telok Ayer and Amoy, this gray CBD food center will be undergoing a renovation starting Dec 1 to Feb 28, 2015. Although there's fierce competition with its nearby counterpart Maxwell Food Centre, there are a couple of stalls worth going back to before the 1,000-seat hawker closes.
With 135 stalls spanning everything from Thai to Indian-Muslim to Western, Chinese food remains the staple here. Head to Yuan Chun Famous Lor Mee stall (#02-79/80) with its snaking queues, as well as the Nasi Lemak just next door (#02-81). There's also Tai Seng Noodle House (#02-123) for solid wanton mee, and don't miss the famous fish soup stall Han Kee Fish Soup (#01-129) that isn't stingy with the fresh morsels of fish fillet.
If true blue hawker food isn't what you fancy, Singapore-style ramen A Noodle Story (#01-39) is worth hitting up. They take cues from local dishes like prawn mee and wanton mee to whip up some ramen bowls in a hae-bi (dried shrimp) and kelp broth. It doesn't stop there when it comes to variety either. Mamacitas (#01-50) is a Costa Rican stall that has dishes like arroz con mariscos, a rice dish with prawns, crabstick, mussels and a sunny side-up egg with a special tomato sauce. For your beverage needs, there's also Coffee Break (#02-78), a flavored coffee and tea stall that's been around since 1964. Much like the hip cafes around the neighborhood, they've got flavors like hazelnut, toffee and macadamia made with a blend of robusta and arabica beans.