At Chomp Chomp Food Centre, it is incredibly smoky inside, where many of the stalls are. I was relieved that we managed to fight off the competition and grab the only free table outside where it was crowded, but much less eye-watering. Looking around, I could see tables were not cleared as quickly as they needed to be; we stacked and pushed aside dirty dishes to make space for our food, and we weren’t the only ones doing so. In this hot and messy environment, BYO tissues and wet wipes are essential for the table as well as your face and hands.
The dinner crowd here is a swarming, ravenous monster; as soon as it loses one head, it grows another. Mandy, Jac and I took turns going to our chosen stalls to order food, one person always remaining at the table to chope our spot. As we ate, people hovered desperately, boldly waiting to pounce at the slightest sign that we were leaving. This is not a place where you’ll feel comfortable to linger after eating.
The dishes soon began to arrive, and we’d ordered ourselves a feast: kuih pie tee, popiah, rojak, carrot cake (light), satay (chicken, pork and mutton) complete with red onion, cucumber and ketupat, and a magnificent BBQ sambal stingray from MacPherson Seafood BBQ.
Chomp Chomp was almost unbearably busy, but one of my favourite food centres of our trip. Durian lovers, save room for sweets at Dessert Bowl a short walk away – that post is still to come in this series.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
20 Kensington Park Rd (Serangoon Gardens)
Open 5pm to midnight daily, though individual stalls’ operating hours may vary
Parking can be a challenge. You can get to Chomp Chomp by public transport (which is what we did):
- Take MRT North East (Purple) Line or MRT Circle (Orange) Line to Serangoon Station (see MRT network map).
- From Serangoon Bus Interchange (short walk from MRT), take Bus 315 (approx 25 minutes) – get off at Serangoon Garden Way bus stop, near the roundabout next to Chomp Chomp. Bus 317 will get you there too, but may take a little longer (see SBS Transit for bus info).
Jac and I were in Singapore for 8 nights in July 2014. We paid for this trip ourselves and our friend Mandy was our local guide and makan kaki (eating buddy).
- Ice cream wafer
- Al Tasneem
- Forget chilli crab! Keng Eng Kee Seafood
- Chomp Chomp Food Centre – this post
- High tea at the Raffles Hotel Singapore
- Tian Tian and Zhen Zhen, Maxwell Food Centre
- My Singapore durian fest
- Azmi Chapati
- Yet Con
- LEGOLAND Malaysia
- Dong Po Colonial Cafe