This dimsum stall has been around Queenstown for 20 to 30 years. Opened from Tuesday to Sunday every week, it sells the ultra delicious fried dumplings, fried noodles and rice cakes. It's a ten minute walk from the MRT station and it's located at the corner of the second floor in the Cooked Food Centre which we have featured early on in the blog. As we trek along our way to the cooked food centre, we met the stall owner, Mr Woo at the sheltered walkway next to the Fairprice.
Hi Mr Woo, we've seen you on television, newspapers and other foodie's choice webpage, how did you come out with this delicious plate of fried dumplings?
My grandfather is from Shanghai and I would like to introduce this form of cuisine here. These dim sums are all hand made. I believe the quality will drop if we decide to use a machine to make dim sums!
This cooked food centre will be demolished soon and we can't try your fried dumplings anymore! Do you have any plans to relocate?
This district is a little old and requires estate renewal. I understand the decisions to spruce up the living conditions here because there has been image ascribed to Queenstown as "old" estate. We have no choice but I have no plans yet. The NEA will brief us soon.
How do you handle such news especially you are a resident in Queenstown too (He lives in Commonwealth Crescent)?
It's definitely a pity! This place has been around for such a long time. In fact, Queenstown cooked food centre is one of the first hawker centre! The business has also declined in the past years with the demise of the emporium and the cinemas!
The delicious plate of Fried dumplings!
In the coming month, the National Environment Agency will speak to the hawkers at Commonwealth Avenue Cooked Food Centre on the future of the much loved food centre in Queenstown. The residents don't want it to go. The students don't want it to go. The food lovers don't want it go. And one can wonder why can't the relevant agencies work together to build a new hawker centre nearby to house these wonderful stalls together? This hawker centre contains simply too much memories, too much affection for even a neutral Queenstown resident. Indeed, developments have to take place to improve the conditions in the food centre. But should it be undertaken at the cost of a collective memory and identity of the community?