Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market reopens after 3-month closure; many original stalls remain

By Azhar Aziz November 25, 2022
Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market reopens after 3-month closure; many original stalls remain
The facade of Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market (top) and selected stalls at the hawker centre (bottom left and bottom right). Photo: Foo Jia-En/HungryGoWhere

After a three-month closure for repair and redecoration (R&R) works, Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market has finally reopened on Friday (Nov 25).

The hawker centre, also known as Pasar 216 Bedok Central, was closed from Sept 1 to Nov 24 for R&R works conducted by the East Coast Town Council. 

Housing 82 food stalls and 264 tables, the hawker centre has long been seen as an underrated foodie spot filled with hidden gems. There are plenty of delicious options for hungry foodies — if you’re willing to make the trek to this largely residential area.

HungryGoWhere understands that several of its original stalls, many of them well-known, are still operating there.

Pasar 216 Bedok Central
Prawn & Mee (left) and Ah Li Ipoh Hor Fun Fish Dumpling (right). Photo: Foo Jia-En/HungryGoWhere

Make a beeline for Prawn & Mee, one of the more popular stalls there. Originally known as Plum & Rice, it rebranded in 2019 to sell prawn noodles. The menu is simple — you can have prawn noodles, dry or with soup, with just prawns or with the addition of pork ribs.

Known for having a dense, well-seasoned broth and fresh plump prawns, this dish is an explosion of umami flavours. Do note that it will open only on Dec 3. When HungryGoWhere visited the stall on Friday, there was a notice informing patrons that it will be closed till Dec 3 due to “duties to the nation”.

Craving Ipoh hor fun? You can get the dish at Ah Li Ipoh Hor Fun Fish Dumpling. Unlike the usual thick gravy you find in most hor fun (flat rice noodles) servings, the stall’s version is lighter, with a clearer-than-usual broth.

The hor fun (S$4) is laden with vegetables, shredded meat and mushrooms, which went well with the smooth hor fun noodles.

We recommend ordering a side of the stall’s popular fried dumplings, which come with either fish or prawn meat. The fillings are generous and the crisp texture of the dumplings completes your meal.

Pasar 216 Bedok Central
Yummy (left) and Sin Ho (right). Photo: Foo Jia-En/HungryGoWhere

If you are looking for light bites or takeaway food, well-loved stall Yummy is the perfect place to visit.

It’s known for its handmade and slippery-smooth chee cheong fun (rice noodle roll, from S$2.70 for a set) that is topped with a thick sweet-and-spicy sauce, sesame seeds and a crispy fried beancurd skin for added texture. You can also add other items, such as salted egg bak chang (rice dumpling) and yam cake for a more substantial meal.

And it’s good news for fans of Sin Ho! The beloved stall, which sells fish soup in the day and Cantonese-style zi char (wok-fried dishes) in the evening, is also back.

Its menu features favourites such as crayfish seafood soup, sambal lala and the super popular har cheong gai (prawn paste chicken), which we’ve heard can sell out quite quickly! 

As part of the R&R works, the Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market underwent general repainting, replacement of anti-slip floor tiles and upgrading of the toilets. Energy-efficient High Volume Low Speed fans were installed to improve air circulation within the centre.

An R&R programme is done to ensure that common facilities are well-maintained and functioning efficiently for residents. The next time the hawker centre is scheduled for R&R works is 2029.

Book a ride to Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market.

Blk 216 Bedok Food Centre and Market

216 Bedok North Street 1
Open: Operating hours vary across stalls

216 Bedok North Street 1
Open: Operating hours vary across stalls


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Azhar Aziz

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Azhar loves to connect with people through his work and stories. After spending almost a decade in the tech start-up scene, he is now ready to share his passion for all things food.

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