Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre: 2nd and 3rd Visits

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre indian rojak

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.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre prata

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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. 😀

Pasir Ris Hawker Centre

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.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre

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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.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre Fareground

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.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre thai food

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.

beef boat noodles pasir ris central hawker centre

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. 😀

Fins and Feathers Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre

I would order this again. 🙂

fins and feathers review

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre’s Popular ‘Handmade Fishball Noodles’ Stall

Pasir Ris Central hawker centre food

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? 😉

Unit #01-22…

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre fishball noodles

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]

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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.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre

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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. 😉