Tanglin Halt Market and Food Centre has to be one of the earliest markets in Singapore to open and close for operations daily. With many stalls ready as early as 5am, the stall owners there have to be awake even before sunrise. This food centre is relatively small with only a single row of hawker stalls. However, there are a handful of food gems to be found there.
Today, we are sharing with you not one, but two types of noodles that you can get for S$3! These are must-try dishes at this hawker centre. If you’ve not heard of Wei Yi Laksa & Prawn Noodle before, you’ve been missing out!
Their Laksa comes in six different options with varying choices for their toppings. We got the Chicken, Prawn and Fried Beancurd (S$3). What struck us first was the generous amount of fresh ingredients – succulent chicken, crisp prawn and fluffy taupok. Comparing this to any other laksa stalls we’ve patronised, this is probably the stall most generous with their ingredients at this price point.
The laksa gravy was lemak, very fragrant and robust in flavour. Warning: You might choke at the first slurp of their gravy because of the spice that kicks you at the back of the throat. However, the slippery thick beehoon helped to mellow out the spice.
But what we loved the most was the taupok that soaked up all the gravy, making every bite juicy and bursting with the essence of laksa.
For the prawn noodles, we got the Prawns and Fishcake (S$3) with yellow egg noodles and beehoon. The soup was umami-packed but nothing too overwhelming. With the noodles being soaked in the soup for some time, there was a boost of alkaline flavour that enhanced the entire soup’s flavour.
There were a significant amount of ingredients as well, with six halves of fresh prawns and a handful of thick fishcake slices. At just S$3, Wei Yi has checked the value-for-money box for both of their noodle dishes already.
Although nothing to shout about, this was a pretty decent bowl of prawn noodles that is comparable to what traditional hawkers serve.
If you’re on the hunt for a good, unpretentious bowl of laksa and traditional prawn noodles, Wei Yi is really the only one (direct translation of wei yi). It’s no wonder customers are constantly joining the queue for their food in the wee hours – good-value, heartwarming food and friendly uncles.
The early bird catches the worm and you’d have to be an early bird to try their food because they open and close early.
48A Tanglin Halt Rd
Tel: +65 9782 1012
Tues & Wed, Sat & Sun: 5:30am – 12:30pm
(Closed on Mon, Thur & Fri)
Nearest Station: Commonwealth