For more than 30 years and located off Margaret Drive in an old sleepy neighbourhood, the Commonwealth Avenue Food Centre has been a favourite makan spot for many Singaporeans living near that area.
Built in 1969, this food centre became the focal point for street hawkers after the authority rounded them up and provided permanent stalls for them here.
The two-storey food centre is spacious with good ventilation. Long queues are common sight during lunch hours. There are at least 80 stalls available, although many have already moved away before the closing down of the food center.
There are many delicious food sold in the food centre, such as teochew fishball noodle, curry rice, western food, Hainanese chicken rice, char kway teow (on the first level), dim sum, popiah and zi char (on the second level).
Many of the stalls possess simple yet nostalgic signboards that have been hanging there for three decades.
It is reported in the news that the food center will be relocated in June 2010, but it has been confirmed that the tearing down will be carried out after Chinese New Year. The food centre will thus cease operation in early February 2011.
Hawker centres were first set up in the early 1970s by the Singapore government to provide permanent and more hygienic stalls for the then-street hawkers.
Read up about the history of hawker centers.
There are currently 109 hawker/food centres in Singapore, housing more than 15,000 stalls and providing affordable and delicious local delights for everyone.
Ang Mo Kio is the new town with the most hawker centres, numbered at nine, while Toa Payoh comes in second at six.
The oldest food centres in Singapore are Chinatown Food Centre (also biggest) and the famous Lau Pa Sat.
Published: 24 October 2010
Updated: 27 January 2011