10 best hawker stalls worth the calories at Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre
Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre, the highly anticipated food spot of many Sembawang residents, officially opened for business on 17 Dec 2022.
With eco-friendly designs and an abundance of natural fauna surrounding the space, the food centre looks like it’s situated in a Jurassic World movie set. It’s smack in the middle of the Canberra and Sembawang residential districts, making it super accessible!
With 44 stalls and 800 seats in total, it’s easy to get a little overwhelmed when you’re there. Don’t panic, though. I’ve done all the hard work to compile a guide of the 10 best hawker stalls worth the calories at Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre.
1. Pangkor Island Nasi Lemak (#01-17)
I was expecting Pangkor Island Nasi Lemak to be just another ordinary coconut rice spot, but I judged too soon! The friendly aunty recommended me that I try the Nyonya Nasi Lemak Lemon Satay Fish Set (S$7.90), which I gladly obliged to.
The blue pea rice was not only aesthetically pleasing, but it also had robust coconut flavours. It was served with achar, half a boiled egg, peanuts, and ikan bilis sambal with tons of sliced onions. The highlight of the dish was the lemon satay fish, which blew me away.
The stall also has other interesting selections like Nyonya Nasi Lemak Lemongrass Chicken Set (S$6.90), and Pangkor Island Chee Cheong Fun (S$2.50).
2. LiXin Teochew Fishball Noodles (#01-31)
LiXin Teochew Fishball Noodles is renowned for its signature 100% handmade yellowtail fishballs, which are firm and bouncy.
With several branches in Singapore, nearby residents can get a taste of their delicious bowls of noodles at Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre.
With dry or soup options available, customers can choose between the Fishball Noodle (S$4.50), Signature Noodle (S$5.90) or The Folks’ Favourite (S$6.80) (which has an onsen egg, jumbo wanton, minced meat, fish roll, fishballs and fish dumplings with your noodles).
You can also revel in their sides like the 3 Pcs Jumbo Wanton (S$3.30) and Fish Cake (S$3.30).
+65 6257 8700
Daily: 8am – 8pm
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3. Granny’s Thunder Tea (#01-55)
I used to flock all the way to Tanglin Halt just to get my thunder tea fix. With Granny’s Thunder Tea available at Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre, I needn’t go so far to satisfy my cravings now.
The Thunder Tea Rice with Soup (S$4.50) comes with white rice and 7 kinds of ingredients, which include peanuts, dried shrimp, wing beans, long beans and more.
For something with a crunch, you can opt to change the rice to puffed rice— trust me, you would want to try this. I loved it!
The menu also features budget options such as Thunder Tea Rice Without Soup (S$3.30) which gives you 5 ingredients instead of 7, and “Pu Mi” Thunder Soup (S$3.30).
Daily: 10am – 8pm
4. Muffin Homme (#01-48)
I found it so cool when I spotted Muffin Homme, a bakery store amongst the sea of food stalls. The glass display features various muffins and egg tarts which are freshly baked, and I kid you not— they look super desirable!
Their range of muffins include Healthy Walnut Raisin Muffin (S$2.10), Apple Crumble Muffin (S$2.30) and Double Chocolate Yoghurt Muffin (S$1.90).
Lovers of egg tarts can check out the Original Egg Tart (S$2.10) and Chocolate Egg Tart (S$2.10). If you’re fickle-minded like me, no need to panic. They have an option where you can combine any 6 flavours of muffins or egg tarts for S$12. Score!
Daily: 10am – 8pm
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5. Ah Heng Char Kway Teow (#01-37)
Although char kway teow is labelled as an unhealthy dish, it remains to be one of my top picks for hawker food (moderation is key). Ah Heng Char Kway Teow dishes out delicious plates of sinfulness which are laden with wok hei.
They come With Cockles in 2 sizes: Small (S$4.50) and Large (S$5.50). For those who enjoy it without hum, you can order it Without Cockles for S$3.50.
For those seeking a healthier option, they have Brown Rice Bee Hoon (S$4.50) which seems interesting enough for me to try on my next visit!
6. Arabest Middle Eastern Cuisine (#01-32)
In the past, we used to be able to get Middle Eastern food mainly in the Arab Street district. With the addition of Arabest Middle Eastern Cuisine, the residents of Canberra and Sembawang are able to get such food from just a stone’s throw away.
Try the Chicken Mandi (S$10), a traditional dish that originated from Yemen. Almost similar to briyani, the rice and chicken are cooked with a special blend of spices. You can also get the Beef Kebab With Rice (S$8) or Mix Kebab With Fries (S$9).
If you’re looking for something to complement your main dishes, try something light like Hummus (S$6) or enjoy a sweet dessert dish of Kunafa (S$10).
+65 9666 7305
Daily: 10am – 8.30pm
7. Home Treasure Salted Duck (#01-16)
Previously located at an obscure kopitiam at Yishun Ring Road, Home Treasure Salted Duck has moved to Bukit Canberra Hawker Centre (hopefully with more footfall). The ducks are marinated with salt and some “secret spice recipe” for 3 days in the fridge, before they’re poached.
Have a go at the Signature Salted Duck Rice (S$4.30) or Salted Duck Porridge (S$4). If you’re not a fan of duck, you can also relish in the Braised Pork Rice (S$4.80).
The menu also has budget options like Mei Cai Salted Duck Porridge/Rice at S$2.80.
+65 9189 8776
Wed to Mon: 10am – 9pm
Closed on Tue
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8. Long Xiang Ho Chiak Scissor Cut Curry Rice (#01-20)
Having a plate of rice drenched in curry is so comforting and yummy. Long Xiang Ho Chiak Scissors Cut Curry Rice sells delicious plates of curry rice with a total of 7 sets for you to take your pick from.
The main ingredients are cut up using scissors, making it extremely convenient and effortless— simply scoop it up and enjoy!
Be spoilt for choice with options like Curry Chicken Wing w Rice (S$3.80), Pork Chop w Brown Sauce & Rice (S$4) and Old Taste Braised Pork w Rice (S$4). If you’re looking for seafood options, they also have Prawn Fritter w Rice (S$5) and Assam Fish (S$5++).
The layout of the stall is just like a typical economical rice stall, allowing you to point and pick additional condiments to enhance your plate of curry rice.
9. Snack That Food Up (#01-47)
Do you fancy some Mexican or Indian fare? Well, Snack That Food Up offers the best of both worlds, including some special fusion dishes.
Savour some of your favourite Mexican delights such as Chicken Quesadilla (S$6.20) and BBQ Chicken Taco (S$7.50).
Indian food fanatics can try the traditional Tandoori Chicken Naan (S$7) or Butter Chicken Naan (S$7). If you’re adventurous and would like something out of the norm, order the Chicken Tikka Quesadilla (S$6.20) or Sausage Cheese Naan (S$6.80). You won’t regret this choice!
Wed to Mon: 11.30am – 8.30pm
Closed On Tue
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10. Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao (#01-36)
It has been ages since I’ve taken a trip to China to enjoy all the unique local dishes there. Thankfully, there are stalls like Zhong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao which offer various Chinese regional delicacies.
These days, we are blessed with an influx of various cultures and cuisines integrating into our hawker centres and coffeeshops. If you’re like me and love noodles, tuck into a bowl of Tomato Egg Noodles (S$4.50), Sze Chuan Dan Dan Noodles (S$4.50) or Mala Beef Vermicelli (S$5.50).
Those with a penchant for dumplings can grab a basket of Shanghai Steamed Soup Xiao Long Bao (S$5 for 6 pcs) or Wanton in Chilli Oil (S$5.50 for 10 pcs) (for a little spicy kick).
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