Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre was built in 1980 to serve the Clementi Avenue 3 estate. It boasts of 51 food stalls and 92 market stalls. Owing to its large size and importance to the estate, this hawker centre opens relatively early – with most stalls up and running by 6AM.
In this list are the recommended and must-try food in Clementi 448 Market & Food Centre, from lor mee to porridge, char kway teow and curry puffs.
Kian Seng Lor Mee Prawn Mee Laksa
This stall has been around for more than 40 years. They sell laksa, prawn mee and lor mee. The snaking queue starts early in the morning and one has to queue at least half an hour or even longer to be served. The sauce for the lor mee is different from the usual thick, sticky type. It is more soupy, goes easier on the stomach and is not as cloying.
Stall Number: #01-28
Opening Hours: Daily, 5:30AM to 2PM
Soon Lee Porridge
This stall serves pork, chicken and fish porridge from as little as $3.50 for pork or chicken and $3.80 for a bowl of fish porridge. One has to wait at least half an hour or even longer to be served. However you just have to inform the stall owner the table number and wait to be served instead of having to queue at the stall for self collection. Most people will enjoy a cup of coffee or eat a fried dough first while waiting for their porridge.
Stall Number: #01-50
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 6AM to 8:30PM; Saturday, 6AM to 4PM
Kee Hock Beef Hor Fun
Hock Kee serves beef and fish slices hor fun at $5 a plate. The thick and juicy beef and fish slices are extremely satisfying. Another must have is their sweet and sour pork with rice. It is a favorite with a lot of youngsters. The queue usually appears at dinner time or even earlier.
Stall Number: #01-43
Opening Hours: Daily except Thursday, 12:30PM to 8PM
Boon Kee Wanton Mee
This stall serves wanton mee, prawn dumpling mee, you ji mee or horfun. Most elderly like to come here for a piping bowl of soupy wanton mee. The stall has been around for more than 40 years and is now manned by the second generation. The wanton mee comes with black sauce instead of ketchup. A plate of $3.50 wanton mee comes with char siew, a piece of fried wanton, 2 to 3 soupy wanton, vegetables and a generous amount of noodles.
Stall Number: #01-40
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 6AM to 2:30PM
The famous Whampoa Soybean serves soya beancurd topped with gingko nuts or red bean. They also sell soybean drink mixed with glass jelly and tao suan. The warm bean curd is popular with ladies who prefer not to have a full meal for dinner.
Stall Number: #01-19
Opening Hours: Daily, 6:30AM to 9:30PM
Ji Tou Chicken Rice
Ji Tou serves white and roasted chicken rice at $3.50 per plate. You can choose to top it up with chicken liver, egg or even vegetables. The chicken rice alone is so fragrant that it is good just eating it by itself. It is not uncommon to see customers requesting for extra serving of rice – at $0.70 a bowl. The chilli is also a must have. It is tasty and not too spicy which complements the rice well.
Stall Number: #01-18
Bedok Chwee Kueh
The soft, white texture of the chwee kueh makes it a preferred breakfast option for both children and elderly. The chwee kueh comes with a generous amount of cai po and chili. Some people like to eat this while waiting for their porridge. A chwee kwey cost $0.60 each and you can order 3 or up to 6 in a packet.
Stall Number: #01-32
Opening Hours: Daily, 6:30AM to 8:30PM
This stall is manned by a father and son combination. The father sells goreng pisang, fried sweet potato, tapioca, fried jackfruit. This snack is a must have after your main dish and the skin is still crispy even after an hour. The son sells char kway teow just beside the dad. The char kway teow comes with a generous amount of pork lard and a plate of char kway teow with no cockles cost just $3.50.
Stall Number: #01-11
Opening Hours: Daily except Thursday, 9AM to 7PM (til 9:30PM on Mon, Wed and Fri)
Fried Carrot Cake
The carrot cake stall has been around for 3 generations. In the past, the Grandpa used to wear a straw hat while frying carrot cake. The Father will pair with his wife to serve carrot cake in the morning and his son will take over in the afternoon at lunch time. You can choose to have savory white carrot cake or fried with sweet dark sauce. They do not offer mixed option. The queue can be extremely long at times and a 45 mins wait is unavoidable.
Stall Number: #01-45
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 5:30AM to 3PM (starts at 6AM on Sunday)
Fong’s Dee Curry Puff
Fong’s Dee is famous for their curry puffs. The curry puff is small but packed with a generous amount of chicken and potato in dried curry. The stall also sells nyonya kuay, fried vegetable cakes and nasi lemak. But most people will come specially for their curry puffs. One will have to wait for at least 15mins at the stall while the owner fries curry puffs on the spot. The small and mighty puff goes very well with a cup of black kopi.
Stall Number: #01-31
Opening Hours: Daily 6AM to 6PM
Xi De Li
This stall has been around for almost 50 years and is already a franchise. They serve fried dough stick, green bean and yellow bean balls, curry puffs, fried popiah and salty or sweet hum jim bang. The fried dough stick pairs very well with black kopi and porridge.
Stall Number: #01-39
Opening Hours: Daily, 8AM to 5:30PM (Mon to Fri); 7AM to 5PM (Sat), 9AM to 11AM (Sunday)