We had lunch at the Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre a couple more times after the first visit and made some interesting discoveries. For one, there’s a Fareground on level 2 (more details at the end of this post) where there are food stalls you won’t expect at a regular hawker centre in Singapore! Also, we noticed there’s a marked difference in terms of customer service based on the two stalls we bought food from at the first level.
Let’s talk about level 1 first. The Indian rojak pricing is rather arbitrary. You probably won’t pay the price that’s stated on the menu. The dude can say that today’s potatoes are slightly bigger (and you’ll be wondering “REALLY?!”) and you have to pay extra. But you can’t do much about it as you’ve already made your selection and handed the plate over to him to cut up the ingredients. Unless you’re prepared to walk away without the food and without making payment, you’ll have to give him the amount he’s requesting for.
Also, I really don’t like prata that’s been pre-cooked and left to ‘sit’ in a corner for a while. If it’s not hot and crispy when served to me, I take one bite and decide that I won’t be back for more. Period.
Meanwhile, the couple manning the porridge stall were absolutely fabulous. I ordered the Meatball Congee ($2.80) and a thai-style tofu ($3). The couple’s really good at asking customers if they want add-ons like an egg, you tiao, or even veggies. The lady told me the spinach was really fresh as it’d arrived that morning and even listed some health benefits. 😀
She was even adamant about “dressing up” the tofu nicely with spring onions, fried shallots and all before it’d be allowed to leave her stall. 😀 And she’d also wish you (in Mandarin) an enjoyable meal. It was truly a pleasant experience getting food from her stall.
During our first visit to this hawker centre previously, we didn’t even notice that there’s an upper level. This time, we took the lift to level 2 and found the ‘Fareground’, which definitely caters to a younger crowd.
There are at least 2 stalls selling Thai food, bingsu, burgers, Ma La Hotpot, korean food, ice cream, Western food, Poke bowls, kebabs, and even a ‘Cajun On Wheels’ stall where you can get seafood buckets.
During our 3rd visit to the hawker centre, we had fish & chips and beef boat noodles from one of the Thai food stalls.
The beef boat noodles ($5) are really good. The beef slices are tender and not overcooked. Noodles are springy. And the broth is tasty, with the spiciness kicking in after each mouthful. According to him, it’s well worth the 5 bucks. I agree.
The fish & chips ($6.20) were delightful. I wasn’t a big fan of the chicken chop and the (cold) mashed potato. But the fish was crispy on the outside, and juicy within. 😀
I would order this again. 🙂