Market Street Hawker Centre is a recently reopened food centre in Singapore’s CBD in CapitaSpring. Despite the change in name, many CBD workers still call it “Golden Shoe” – owing from its origins from 1984 up until 2017 when the hawker centre was housed in a relatively low-rise carpark building called Golden Shoe. When that original building was demolished to make way for the construction of CapitaSpring, Market Street Hawker Centre moved to a site just beside Telok Ayer MRT Station where it stood for almost 5 years as the Market Street Interim Hawker Centre.
On 5th April 2022, Market Street Hawker Centre reopened as part of the gleaming CapitaSpring skyscraper with the food centre occupying the 2nd and 3rd floor of the building – just like it did during the Golden Shoe period. The reopened hawker centre houses 56 stalls – the same number it did back then, although some establishments have changed hands.
I have personally been visiting this particular hawker centre since its Golden Shoe days. When the interim market was set up, I had also frequented it due to its proximity to my workplace. When the food centre reopened in 2022, I was pleasantly surprised to find many of my favorite stalls intact despite the many changes over the years.
Bee Kee Wanton Noodle
I first discovered Bee Kee Wanton Noodle when they were included in Mealpal as one of the lunch pickup establishments. I found their noodles quite springy while the char siew possessed a good degree of smokiness that went well with chili. However, the portions here can be rather small so do consider ordering bigger portions for something more filling.
Stall Number: #03-07
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7AM to 2:30PM
Yi En Vegetarian
Yi En is one of two vegetarian stalls at Market Street Hawker Centre. They sell in an economic rice kind of format but customers can also order Bee Hoon, Chee Cheong Fun (rice rolls), Ban Mian and even Olive Fried Rice.
Stall Number: #03-29
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7AM to 3PM
Salad Co SG
Salads/healthy food often cost a bomb in the CBD so Salad Co SG is a breath of fresh air with its wide array of healthy and guilt-free eats. One can select among toppings such as beetroot, broccoli, cabbage and even uncommon ones like aloe vera, smoked duck and feta cheese. They accept orders over Whatsapp so that customers don’t have to queue very long.
Stall Number: #03-30
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 10AM to 3PM
Tiong Bahru Roasted Noodle House
Tiong Bahru Roasted Noodle House attracts long queues during lunch time from patrons eager to have their roast chicken, roast pork or char siew along with springy noodles. Despite the CBD location, prices remain affordable and customers can expect generous servings. They are not to be confused with Tiong Bahru Wanton Mee located within the same hawker centre.
Stall Number: #03-20
Tiong Bahru Wanton Mee
Another Wanton Noodles stall to choose from in Market Street Hawker Centre is the equally popular Tiong Bahru Wanton Mee. Go for their signature Wanton Mee which has a myriad of toppings – including two types of fried dumplings to go along chunky pieces of char siew and wanton served in soup.
Stall Number: #02-19
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8AM to 3PM
Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun
The longest queue at Market Street Hawker Centre is often from Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun. They are noted for their super silky strands of the flat noodle as well as the herbal taste to the sauce that separates them from other hor fun stalls. A plate usually consists of shredded chicken, prawns as well as fried fish dumplings – the latter often being considered the highlight of the dish due to the plump fish meat found within that goes well against the crispy skin. It is crispy if you manage to bite on it when it’s freshly cooked.
Stall Number: #02-04
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30AM to 8PM
Yummy Nyonya is one of the better economic rice stalls in Market Street. As the name suggests, you will get much more than the standard cai png offering here with their standout dish being the Signature Ayam Rendang and Beef Rendang. As this is a “nyonya food” stall, expect prices to be higher than the usual economic rice stalls. Servings are also markedly smaller so I typically order 4 dishes whenever I am here.
Stall Number: #02-22
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 7AM to 2PM
Sunrise Traditional Coffee and Toast
Sunrise has the longest queue among all the beverage stalls at Market Street Hawker Centre and for good reason, too. They placed 8th overall in a nationwide search sponsored by Marigold Dawn back in 2013 for the best coffee in Singapore. The local kopi at Sunrise is known for its smoothness and aromatic flavor. Prices are also decent and is among the most affordable kopi stalls in the CBD. They also sell their coffee powder online through Shopee. You can check it out here.
Stall Number: #02-15
Operating Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6AM to 4:30PM (closes at 1:30PM on Saturdays)
Wei Nan Wang Hock Kian Lor Mee
Wei Nan Wang often has one of the longest queues in Market Street Hawker Centre. This is despite the fact that you can just find one dish in this stall’s menu. The Lor Mee here is known for its more watery soup as well as generous toppings. One can find, among other things: ngoh hiang, meatballs, wanton, crackers and even a bit of fish. I usually avoid downing the soup whenever I have lor mee due to the starchiness but I found the one here quite easy to indulge in, possessing the right amount of sourness.
Stall Number: #02-05
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 10AM to 2PM
Many CBD workers swear by the biryani at Golden Nur, topped by a meat selection comprising the likes of Curry Chicken and my personal favorite – Crispy Chicken. I especially enjoy the savory crispy bits that comes with the meat.
Stall Number: #03-11
Operating Hours: Monday to Friday, 6:30AM to 8PM