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Maxwell Food Centre

03 April 2010

Mention Maxwell Food Centre and many would start talking about its famous fish soup and banana fritters. I know hawker centres like Maxwell are fast becoming a thing of the past with the younger and more affluent generation these days being quite disdainful of such places and are instead much more interested in the high-end (often, pretentious) restaurants to assert their social status and identity. Nevertheless, hawker centres intrigue me quite a lot because it carries a lot of history and culture, and it's a pity that the best ones are just soooo far away from my place.

Now, you would think that I would have joined the snaking long queue for the famous fish soup, but it was just too long and I thought it wouldn't be very nice to make the rest at the table wait for me. So I settled for a plate of Phad Thai from the Senat Issan Thai stall (interestingly, it boasts a printout from HGW of an amazing score of 8.0, but that's only based on one review!), and it turned out to be too plain and too full of beansprouts. I saw tourists ordering other dishes and those look more appetising surely. Another time then.

What I did get to try is the Goreng Pisang (deep-fried banana fritters), which was so cheap and so good. For only about a dollar, kiss your diet goodbye and indulge in this piping hot, fresh and crispy snack that's so soft and juicy inside. One of the yummiest that I've found so far.

You get "odd" things as well, with newly introduced "organic" soya drinks attempting to replace the traditional soya stalls with claims like "low maltose", "no sugar" and "extra sweet". I found the latter two a bit of an oxymoron and I think that can only be explained by artificial sweeteners *gasp* that is as unhealthy. Still, since this was near the Senat stall, I got a cup of their Signature Soya to see how it would be like, and I can only say it's sweet but it sure doesn't taste that natural.

I think another trip back here for that famous fish soup is in order.

Pictures taken with the Canon Ixus 80 IS.

10 Foodie Comments:

Stargirl said...

Is the fish soup that you're referring to from Jing Hua sliced fish beehoon? It's not bad, but I like the wanton mee there much more! I'm not sure of the name of the stall but it's fronted with a lot of awards of newspaper cuttings. Haven't tried Tian Tian chicken rice though!

April 3, 2010 at 2:42 PM
PY said...

Hmm...I like maxwell. I like the oneh oneh, fried sweet potato balls, wanton mee, tian2 chicken rice and the wuxiang...

April 3, 2010 at 3:42 PM
*Harris said...

stargirl & PY: you both are making me realise just how much i'm missing out at maxwell. i think i have to go wayyy earlier to get around the long queues

April 3, 2010 at 3:52 PM
Anonymous said...

was this what u had after k ki that day? lol! yea the fish soup was totally worth the wait man. =P

April 3, 2010 at 5:08 PM
*Harris said...

you're right zayzay! it's been a looong while back but i thought i should still share about the awesome goreng pisang :D

April 3, 2010 at 5:21 PM
ice said...

This goreng pisang stall is the famous one from Somerset Road. You can try Madam Tan's nasi lemak. (:

April 4, 2010 at 7:44 AM
*Harris said...

Is the nasi lemak the one next to the goreng pisang stall? Because I do remember seeing one nearby...

April 4, 2010 at 10:19 AM
Daisy Lee said...

There are a few wanton noodle stalls at Maxwell but I definitely prefer the stall near the curry rice stall...springy noodles, great roast in terms of char siew, roasted pork belly and duck..also check out the beef noodle stall (lane near the carpark) which is opposite the famous Oyster Cake..good value for money

April 6, 2010 at 5:14 PM
*Harris said...

Oops, sounds good but I can't eat pork hahaha...

I'm sure there are many more non-pork yummies there ;)

Thanks for dropping by Daisy!

April 6, 2010 at 8:29 PM
moazzam said...

yse its says righy Is the nasi lemak the one next to the goreng pisang stall? Because I do remember seeing one nearby...\
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