As the new Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre is located just next to where a prawning + fishing venue is, it made perfect sense to dine here just before indulging in one of our favorite hobbies. 😀 Since we were new to the place, and didn’t know what’s good (many food bloggers haven’t visited this place yet?), we decided to order from stalls with the longest queues. There’s a particular ‘Handmade Fishball Noodles’ stall that seemed to draw a constant queue of about 6 to 8 people so we thought it’d be a good bet for a satisfying lunch. Surely, the people who stay near the hawker centre have tried the food here and know which stalls are the best? 😉
I tried both the fishballs and the meatballs and I have to say that the fishballs are better. The meatballs didn’t taste special to me, and whether they are handmade or not really made no difference. Also, instead of the meepok ordered, the chef dished up meekia. But since they’re busy, it’s ok to make do. [Teochew noodles $2.80, Fish + Meat Ball soup $2 for 6 pieces]
I love dumpling noodles as well so I tend to order them everywhere I go. The dumplings here are slightly smaller than those I get elsewhere. And the green chili seems like it hasn’t been pickled long enough. Obviously, I’m no expert when it comes to pickling chilies but those served here seem a little too hard and crunchy. That said, everything else was fine.
There’s a tray return counter here too, and we happily returned our trays. What does it take to get more Singaporeans to return the trays after they are done eating? I think incentives and penalties don’t work. It takes one person in a relationship or a family to get the ball rolling, so to speak. And the other person (or family members) will feel ‘paiseh’ that this one person is returning the trays all the time though they are dining together and therefore have a shared responsibility. And then they begin to take turns returning trays, and eventually it becomes a habit even when dining alone. 🙂
*Also, while this is a ‘Foodfare’-run hawker centre, where you can supposedly use your linkpoints earned from shopping at FairPrice to pay for your food here, both hawker stalls we got our food from did not accept the card / points, preferring to collect cash instead. I wonder if this will be the case in the long run. Let’s see. 😉