Old Chang Kee Flagship Store @ MacKenzie Road – Singapore’s Favourite Homegrown Snack Chain Returns to Its Roots Opposite REX (Invite)

How many of us remember stopping by Old Chang Kee to grab a bite on the way home from work? Yeah, about 90% of the population because they’re practically everywhere. In fact I just broke my diet last week when I caved in to temptation while walking past one of their outlets near my home.

ANYWAY. 

Good news for all of us who can’t get enough of their famed curry puffs; Old Chang Kee just welcomed its first flagship store on MacKenzie road, opposite REX Cinema, with affiliated brands including Curry Times, Bun Times, and Dip ‘n’ Go coming together under one big roof to whet appetites with their popular snacks, and then some.

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6 Noodle Dishes or Noodle Stalls that are Changing the Singaporean Mee Game

Noodles! They’re a big part of our Singaporean staple, whether it’s a quick, lunchtime fix or a midnight supper run.

While it’s great comfort food (who doesn’t love biting into those firm, springy strands marinated in a pool of sauce and seasoning at the bottom of the bowl? Yum.), that hasn’t stopped some people from innovating and cooking up their own version of this humble hawker fare.

So here there are: 6 noodles dishes or noodle stalls that added a twist to the Singaporean mee game.

1. A Noodle Story @ Amoy Food Center, Tanjong Pagar

A Noodle Story Amoy Street Food Center

If there was a bowl of noodles that could represent Singapore as a culinary melting pot, this would be it. This Singapore-style ramen ($5-7) consist of wanton mee with all the added trimmings: tender Japanese charshuonsen egg and crispy potato prawn fritter. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable noodles from a hawker center, although the noodles can be a tad hard and clumpy if you don’t dig your chopsticks in fast enough. Be prepared to brave the lunchtime crowd, too: at least a 30 minute queue will form by 12.30pm on weekdays, and only 100 bowls are available everyday according to their Facebook page.

Address: Amoy Street Food Centre 01-39
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday:  11.15am – 2.30pm and 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Saturday: 10.30am – 2pm
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2. Lo Ding Set, Uncle Chicken Rice @ Bedok Marketplace 

Lo Ding Set Uncle Chicken Rice Bedok Marketplace

The Lo Ding Set by Uncle Chicken Rice is the stuff your supper dreams. For $4, you get Hong Kong style maggi mee with tender roasted chicken, bak choy, crispy luncheon meat and ramen style egg to coat everything in. Adding a kick to their rendition of chicken noodles is their signature ginger dip with scallions. Yum! Be sure to get extra.

Address: 348 Simpang Bedok, The Bedok Marketplace
Opening hours: 12pm – 8pm (closed on Monday)
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3. Spicy Mee, The Refinery @ Lavender 

Spicy Mee The Refinery

It looks like your ordinary bak chor mee, but it’s not. The Refinery swapped out pork and liver with generous chunks of pulled pork and onsen egg in their Spicy Mee ($12). Beware of the chilli sauce at the bottom of the bowl, though, as it is not for the weak hearted. Add $5 to make it a set  lunch with agedashi tofu and a drink.

Address: 115 King George Avenue
Opening hours: 
Tuesday to Thursday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 12mn
Friday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 1am
Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 4pm
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4. i want my noodle @ Shaw Centre 

i want my noodle Singapore

Located on the quieter side of Shaw Centre, I want my noodle prides itself on its freshly made noodles with no preservatives to give the noodles that wholesome taste and springy texture. There are no shortage of options on the menu that come served with a bowl of radish soup. Full review here.

Address: Shaw Centre 03-14/15
Opening hours:
10.45am – 10pm daily (last order at 9pm)
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5. Truffle Wanton Mee, Bee Kee @ Serangoon

Truffle Wanton Mee

Truffle addicts rejoice – you no longer need to spend a bomb on fries or ramen to get your truffle fix! To be fair, the $6 version of this wanton noodle isn’t the cheapest option in your neighbourhood hawker centre, and it’s basically normal noodles doused with truffle oil. The chashu is well caramelised and yields a smoky, sweet taste, though!

Address: 2 Lorong Lew Lian
Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 7am – 3pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7am – 4pm

6. Wanton @ Amoy Street, Tanjong Pagar

Wanton Amoy Street

Wanton is the food equivalent of your grandma undergoing a punk rock makeover. Since its opening last year, the menu has expanded to include  options like mushrooms and “twosome” meat toppings for its noodles. Full review here.

Address: 52 Amoy Street
Opening hours: 
Monday to Thursday: 11am – 11pm
Friday: 11am – 1am
Saturday: 5pm – 1am
(Dinner from 5pm)

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I Want My Noodle @ Shaw Centre

How much are you willing to pay for a bowl of noodles?

Eateries with artisanal or fusion takes on local cuisine have been popping up all over Singapore, giving an atas twist to humble dishes strongly associated with hurried morning and afternooon meals at our neighbourhood hawker centres. One such place is the aptly named I Want My Noodle, which styles itself as a craft noodle shop with contemporary twists on the ubiquitous Chinese noodle.

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The Mama Shop @ Pearl’s Hill Terrace (Closed)

Update 12 Oct 2015: The Mama Shop is closed till further notice. 

It doesn’t get any more old school than this; a 10-seater, retro-style cafe at the Old Police Operational Headquarters, a heritage building off the beaten track from Chinatown. Named after the ubiquitous neighbourhood snacks and trinkets shop, Felicia Chin and Sora Ma’s foray into the cafe business, The Mama Shop, is gaining attention for its blend of local-infused snacks and drinks, as well as a nostalgic array of knick-knacks displayed on its shopfront.

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