Zhen Zhen Porridge
A popular stall serving Cantonese-style rice porridge (congee). Their signature dishes include the fish porridge and century egg with lean meat porridge, both known for their smooth texture and rich flavors. ou can usually tell which stalls are the best by the number of people waiting in line. The better the food, the more people in line. It may not be science, but in my experience, it is true. And, this is true at Zhen Zhen Porridge. While I have been fortunate on my visits, not waiting more than five minutes in line, I have heard some visitors to the stall have waited up to an hour in line. So, it is best to come during off hours.
China Street Fritters
This stall specializes in traditional Hokkien-style ngoh hiang (fried meat rolls) and other deep-fried snacks, such as prawn fritters and beancurd skin rolls. The crispiness and flavorful fillings make these snacks a crowd favorite. It was well-known that the Ngs, who intended to retire, were sourcing for buyers for their recipes which they priced at S$1 million. In a media interview, Kok Hua revealed that his family planned to close their stall in March 2022 should they fail to find a buyer, as none of the hawkers’ kids were willing to take over the business.
Marina South Delicious Food
Known for their char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles), this stall offers a delicious, smoky version of the dish, with a generous mix of ingredients like prawns, cockles, Chinese sausage, and bean sprouts. The taste is very similar to that of an oyster omelet. It is very delicious and I am finished eating it all at once. You can also try the surrounding foods, many of them are cheap and good. There is a klook label on the door of the store, which is reassuring.
Special Shanghai Tim Sum
This stall serves a variety of Chinese dim sum, including xiao long bao (soup dumplings), pan-fried dumplings, and steamed pork ribs. The xiao long bao, in particular, is well-loved for its delicate skin and flavorful broth. They are well known for our delicious steamed and fried dumplings, Beijing noodles, Shanghai rice cakes and Sour and Spicy soup. They have more than 40 years of experiences and the secret recipes we used in cooking were passed down to us from our forefathers – originally from China!
These are just a few of the many delicious options available at Maxwell Food Centre. Be sure to explore other stalls as well, as there are many hidden gems offering a diverse range of cuisines.
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