Thursday, May 31, 2007

Maxwell Road Market

Maxwell Road Market began in the 1950s as a wet market for the Chinatown area. In the 1980s, the site was changed into a temporary hawker centre to house the hawkers from China Square along China Street. The temporary structure remained for more than a decade and it was designed such that stalls shared a communal washing area which was located in the major thoroughfare where patrons consumed their food at fixed tables.
As you eat, you could see dirty dishes piling up and hawkers washing their plates at the washing area with clogged and smelly drains.
Despite being notorious for its unhygienic conditions, it remained a popular food centre as it was home to many popular traditional Chinese delicacies such as chicken rice, fuzhou oyster cakes,ham chim peng, rickshaw noodles, turtle soup and pig's brain soup.
The hawker center was closed in March 2000 for renovations and reopened in May 2001, after much delay and at a cost of $3.2 million.
Some of the other stalls to look out for are Guan Dong Wanton Mee, stall 99, hokkien ngor hiang -Hup Kee Wu Siang Guan Chang, stall 97, Big Scissors Curry Rice, stall 43, Maxwell Fuzhou Oyster Cake, stall 22, Pan Cake, stall 26 and the self-fry hum chim peng stall 28, was not open yet, it opens from 1pm to 8pm.
These are some the famous stalls at the food center. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice, stall 10Xing Xing Tapioca Cake, stall 31Zhen Zhen Porridge, stall 54Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon, stall 77

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