Golden Mile Food Centre

Thanks to the SAF, I’ve discovered some great eats at Golden Mile Food Centre. My first visit was the consequence of R being called up for reservist training. He needed to replenish his full pack. NSmen will know what I’m talking about.

Level 2 of this open three-storey building is the place to go for camping equipment and supplies. That’s where you’ll see swarms of army guys and students. Hawker stalls occupy the first and basement levels. That’s where you’ll find hungry foodies checking out the various good and cheap eats.

Fried Hokkien prawn noodles (SGD$3.00).

From one of the Makansutra forum threads, I read that the fried Hokkien prawn noodles at the basement was recommended. There was only one fried Hokkien mee stall I found at the basement — Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee.

Theirs is the old-style kind, which uses thin bee hoon (rice vermicelli) instead of the thick type. It was too dry for my liking. I like my fried Hokkien mee to be very “wet”. They also stinged on the ingredients, so overall, this wasn’t so great.

Curry chicken (SGD$3.00), French loaf (SGD$0.50).

R’s choice — curry chicken from Fragrant House. This is the localized Chinese version, and eaten with local-style French loaf as many folks here do. As with the Hokkien mee, this was nothing spectacular. We didn’t think the curry was fragrant enough. There was, however, quite a lot of chicken.

Fresh sugar cane juice (SGD$1.00 per cup).

Question: What’s the perfect thirst quencher on a sweltering day? Ermm, ice-cold beer? Nuh uh, too early for a swig. Ice-cold, freshly squeezed sugar cane juice will do just nicely. Refreshing and “cooling”, it’s excellent for washing down all that fried, spicy food. I never fail to order sugar cane juice when eating at a hawker centre.

Stuffed glutinous rice flour dumplings (SGD$1.50 for a bowl of 4).

R and I saved some space in our tummies to make room for dessert — tang yuan (stuffed glutinous rice flour dumplings) from Ah Balling Peanut Soup. There are five kinds of stuffing to choose from: crushed peanut, crushed black sesame, red bean paste, mashed taro, and green tea. My favorites are the peanut and sesame.

You can also pick a soup base of sweetened peanut soup or ginger broth. I was already quite full, so I requested the plain sweetened broth.

The Hokkien mee and curry were a bit of a letdown, but the tang yuan is worth a try. Still, at a grand total of SGD$11.50 for two persons, it was a cheap lunch by local standards.

On previous visits, I’ve also tried the guiltless char kway teow, goreng pisang, Teochew soon kueh, and claypot rice. The claypot rice is excellent. They open only for dinner, though, and be prepared to wait at least 20 minutes, because they cook upon order. Wait longer if business is brisk, which is the norm. The Teochew soon kueh was also superb, but they seem to have moved. Sob!

Golden Mile Food Centre
505 Beach Road
Singapore 199583

Featured stalls:

Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee
#B1-34

Fragrance House
#B1-51

Ah Balling Peanut Soup
#01-75

cheers!

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Comments

  1. says

    Yes…. ah balling! Only peanut and sesame is nice! The rice is like so yakky! Imagine green tea! Perhaps next time they will have coffee or durain too! Kekekekek

  2. elle says

    Omg. Ahballing. It had been ages since I ate that. Hmm….I used to frequent the one at Chinatown though…I love peanuts!

  3. Jorena says

    Hey, I recommend famous Hokkien Mee at Chomp Chomp. U know where is Chomp Chomp? It is at Serangoon Garden. The stall is at the end. On weekends, there is a long queue and the waiting time is 1 hour.

  4. says

    Hi imakan,
    I’m kinda a traditionalist when it comes to ah balling. Tried green tea before and didn’t really like the taste. 🙂
    Hi elle,
    Been to the one at Chinatown a couple of times, but they were always sold out. Heard that it’s really good. Must try to get there earlier next time. 🙂

  5. says

    Hi Julia, I’ve tried d Hokkien mee & totally agreed with yr ratings! You must try the Hokkien mee @ Food Republic (4th Floor Wisma). Its yummilicious with the “or peh” leaves! Since you were @ Golden Mile, its a pity you didn’t try the soup Tulang (mutton soup)!!! Also @ d basement,on the right (where the Muslim food is)!!!
    Julia: Laura, I’ve been tempted to try the soup tulang, but it looks kinda daunting! 🙂

  6. John says

    I like the fried Hokkien mee at the Tanjong Pagar Plaza Food Centre at level 2( the one that is facing the ground- floor toilet.)
    The owner is not stingy with ingredients like sotong, prawns & green vegetable. The mee is fried in the right amount of moisture.
    Of course, it tastes great with the red chilli. Die Die must try!!!
    The overall colour of the dish looks very fresh and light(with green xiao bai chai); unlike some other stalls’ Hokkien mee which look slightly brownish in colour and are not very appealing to me.