Like the old Tanglin Halt Market & Food Centre located a stone's throw away, Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre (Blocks 1, 2 & 3) is home to some of Queenstown's most decorated hawker stalls and historical heritage. Singapore's singular passion for food is "rooted in the scrumptious street-side hawker fare," which could be found virtually every part of the estates in the 1960s and early 1970s. Itinerant hawkers were plentiful near Block 39 Tanglin Halt Road and there were at least 20 hawker stalls. Residents do not have to spend a lot and they can "eat until they're very full." Health and hygiene weren't main concerns then. The servings were extremely generous yet cost little.
Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre
The three linear blocks is home to more than 120 stalls in its heyday. Some of the most recognised names include No.1 Western Food (opened in 1981) and Shun Xing Hot and Cold Dessert 顺兴清甜五味汤 (opened for 47 years) continue to draw huge crowds during the lunch and dinner time. However, as the three blocks were built separately and not connected to one another, the hawker centre is a prey to scorching heat and thunderstorm.
Crowds in the 1980s
Major renovation works took place in 2009 where toilets are upgraded, floor and wall tiles were replaced and roofs were rebuilt so that patrons have seamless access in the three blocks. This hawker centre was closed for 10 months.
Tanglin Halt residents can now enjoy better ventilation in the hawker centre. Though some stallholders were initially unhappy that leaves from the surrounding trees tend to fall through the gaps and litter one corner of the hawker centre after a strong wind, the installation of of wired nettings by the design consultants have addressed these problems. Now, natural ventilation and light makes patrons "happy" and everyone is "enjoying" their meals!
Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre before the Makeover
Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre after the Makeover
The makeover of the hawker centre has drawn crowds from neighbouring districts and offices such as One North and Biopolis. Community events such as "CLAP" has revitalised Tanglin Halt and catapulted the district to be one of the most desirable and envied in Queenstown. Younger Tanglin Halt residents, today, have forgone their modern hangout locations like Holland Village or Orchard for a taste of familiarity in this hawker centre. Tanglin Halt has reborn!
Tanglin Halt Hawker Centre Shines Brightly in the Night Sky
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