What to expect at the revamped Lau Pa Sat festival market
After a $4-million, eight-month facelift, the iconic food centre re-opens with several new stalls
1 July 2014 11:45 AM | Updated 09 Jul 2014
By Priyanka Chand Agarwal
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Afte eight months of closed shutters, several delays and a $4-million facelift, the iconic food centre opened for business to hungry crowds on 30 June 2014. Nearly 80 per cent of its stalls are up and ready and these include a few old favourites but several new concepts. Expect fewer food stalls (54, down from 90) but more space and better ventilation for a capacity 2,500 diners (460 more than before). We took a walk around the shiny new Lau Pa Sat and photographed a few stalls that caught our eyes.
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Auntie Carole's Prawn Noodle Soup | While prawn noodle soup is this stall's main offerring, it also sells bite-sized confections such as ang ku kueh (glutinous rice cakes with mung bean or peanut fillings) and savoury ngoh hiang (five-spiced pork rolls, $1 each). Perfect for an evening or mid-morning snack.
Priyanka has worked in PR and marketing for start-ups of all sizes before trading in the corporate ladder for writing about food and fashion. When not battling with HTML, she can be found furiously stirring a pot of curry in her tiny kitchen, shopping online or looking for the next ‘hot new restaurant’. She also runs a fashion label that makes the occasional appearance at trunk shows. Priyanka would like to have her own blog/website someday but every time she clicks opens a browser, something is on sale at an online store somewhere.
Pek Kio Market and Food Centre is home to some seriously dedicated hawkers, many of whom inherited the stall from their parents and continue to keep those precious food memories alive. Here are some of our favourites