Food Tasting: Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre & Market at 2 Bukit Panjang Ring Rd, Singapore 679947May 20, 2016
Do you know that hawker centres are like pandas in Singapore? Loads of these public 'al fresco' eating places were built in the 70s, 80s when town centres sprung up in estates like Toa Payoh and Queenstown, but they have since fell out of popularity when food courts and privately-owned coffee shops sprung up. That's why there's none of them in newer estates like Punggol or Bukit Panjang, where more and more young couples are moving to. However during our 2015 Budget announcement, the government announced 20 more hawker centres to be built by 2027, which is good news. And the first of those 20 to open last year in December is the new hawker centre and market in Bukit Panjang by NTUC Foodfare, which saw over 27 stalls and seats 500.
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It was to my amusement when I was invited to a food tasting session at the new Bukit Panjang Hawker Centre last month, as I have never actually been to a hawker tasting session before. I asked my father along, the original Foodie in our family - since I know Pa Pa Cheong is quite the expert in hawker food!
The hawker centre itself is very bright and airy, with super high ceilings. Prices for the food items are also considerably cheaper than other hawker centres, with dishes ranging from $2.50 to $3.50!