Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Pasir Ris to get its first hawker centre

Set to open in 2017, it will have 45 cooked food stalls and family-friendly features
The Straits Times, 20 Jul 2015

Pasir Ris' first hawker centre is expected to open for business in 2017, the National Environment Agency said at its ground-breaking ceremony yesterday .

Located near the Pasir Ris Sports and Recreation Centre and MRT station, it will have 45 cooked food stalls and more than 800 seats.

Coming our way:- 45 food stalls & 800 seats on 2 levels with a view of our town park - work starts on new Pasir Ris...
Posted by Teo Chee Hean on Saturday, July 18, 2015

A multi-storey carpark above the hawker centre will have spaces for 115 vehicles and 60 bicycles to take into account the cycling path network around Pasir Ris, which will also link to the centre.

The dining areas will be arranged in a fan shape, facing Pasir Ris Town Park. There will be family-friendly features such as lowered seats for children and the elderly, diaper-changing and nursing rooms on both floors, and three lifts.

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, guest of honour at the ceremony yesterday, said the hawker centre will bring residents together for meals and help them to recharge after sports.

Mr Teo, who is also an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC, said all of Pasir Ris' precincts will undergo the Housing Board's Neighbourhood Renewal Programme over the next few years.

"Many residents want to see the continuation of having a good amount of greenery in Pasir Ris, but they also want to see new developments - for example, an integrated town hub. HDB is looking at all the suggestions," he said.

Exhibition panels featuring the new hawker centre's layout and artist's impressions will be displayed at the Pasir Ris recreation centre until tomorrow.

Said Pasir Ris resident Tan Phei See, a 38-year-old housewife who eats out three or four times a week: "With more and more people living in Pasir Ris, this hawker centre will be very convenient for us," she said.

The Pasir Ris hawker centre is among 20 new hawker centres that will be built by 2027.

The first two in Hougang and Bukit Panjang are expected to open next month and by the end of this year respectively.

* 'Hipster' hawker centre opens in Pasir Ris
Stalls on second storey sell non-traditional fare; craft fairs and music gigs to be held there
By Raffaella Nathan Charles, The Straits Times, 26 Jan 2018

Education coach Yulili has lived in Pasir Ris since 1999, but there has never been a hawker centre in her estate, until yesterday.

"It's well worth the wait," said the 50-year-old, who goes by one name.

Pasir Ris Central Hawker Centre, which officially opened yesterday, is a place that offers traditional and hipster cuisine at affordable prices, as well as a taste of the arts and music.

It has 770 seats with 42 stalls on two floors and overlooks Pasir Ris Park. Twenty stalls on the ground floor sell popular local food, while 22 stalls on the second storey offer dishes such as rice bowls with wagyu beef and Thai boat noodles.

Patrons can also attend events at the hawker centre, such as art markets, craft fairs and music gigs.

A children's area is in the works.

Ms Yulili said: "It's really the ideal place for me. It's not cramped like in a restaurant, and I get to sit next to nature.

"The food is cheap too, even on the second floor."

The hawker centre at 110, Pasir Ris Central, opposite White Sands mall, is managed by NTUC Foodfare - a social enterprise tasked with keeping meals healthy and affordable for Singaporeans.

It is the third one under its wing, after Bukit Panjang and Kampung Admiralty hawker centres.

At least two dishes at every stall are budget meals. Budget meals on the first level cost $2.80, but prices will vary at the hipster stalls.

Healthier meals under 500 calories are also available, marked with the Healthier Choice Symbol by the Health Promotion Board.

The hawker centre also features centralised dishwashing and common crockery systems. Diners will also have to clear their own trays.

They can go cashless when paying for their meals by using Plus! cards, Plus! Pay or DBS PayLah! on the NTUC Foodfare mobile app.

By mid-year, diners can order food via the app wherever they are and collect it from the hawker centre, said an NTUC Foodfare spokesman.

The centre was originally scheduled to open late last year, but the installation of the gas supply system took longer than expected.

For aspiring "hipster" hawkers like Ms Cheryl Tan, 24, the centre provides an opportunity in entrepreneurship. She quit her job of more than three years as a pastry chef to set up a stall with two friends from her culinary course at Temasek Polytechnic.

Their stall, Tasty Street - Our Little Red Dot, sells donburi, fusion rice bowls with ingredients such as wagyu beef or chicken breast cooked sous vide.

They are part of the "hawker-preneurship" scheme that offers help in the form of funds, branding advice and equipment management training from NTUC Foodfare.

"We graduated and decided to part ways to learn different cuisines, from Thai to French cuisines. Our main goal now... is to take our background in premium food, and translate that into food for the masses," said Ms Tan.

That is good news for residents like Ms Yulili. "I used to cook meals at home, but now I know I have a place to go for good food," she said.


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