Legacy hawker centres such as Tiong Bahru Food Centre and Ghim Moh Hawker Centre are where good traditional food can be found. According to NEA list of hawker centres published in the their website, there are 107 such hawker centres in the heartlands and 7 new hawker centres managed by social enterprises - Social Enterprise Hawker Centre (SEHC). At SEHCs, hawkers are usually new, unlike those at legacy hawker centres where hawkers have been selling for decades. However Fei Siong Food Management has brought in varieties of good food to Ci Yuan Hawker Centre (SEHC), which it operates: Hainanese Chicken Rice, Mee Hoon Kueh, Char Kway Teow, Hainanese Curry Rice, Fish Soup, Lor Mee, Satay Bee Hoon, Vegetarian Food, Hokkien Mee, Nasi Lemak, Mee Rebus, Yam Cake, You Char Kueh, Goreng Pisang, Black Glutinous Rice, Tau Suan, Chendol, Wanton Noodle, Satay, Laksa, Duck Rice, Japanese Cuisine, Western Food, Prawn Noodle, Roti Prata, Mee Goreng, Zhi Char, Economical Rice, Carrot Cake, Fried Oyster, MeePok , Bah Chor Mee ...
Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, located in Hougang Avenue 9, is well known for good food, good ambience for dining, working on your labtops and has been a popular location for perfomances by numerous buskers and filming. Ci Yuan Hawker Centre was the main location for the shooting of the famous MediaCorps Television sitcom "128 Circle, Hawker Stories Our Stories" shown on Channel 5. "128 Circle, a multilingual drama follows the lives of a group of hawkers operating from the fictional 128 Circle Food Centre. The setting reveals the rich diversity of our Singapore heritage while the use of multiple languages reflects our different voices in a fresh, authentic way.The cast includes veteran actors like Duan Wei Ming, Silvarajoo Prakasam; familiar faces Daren Tan, Jae Liew, Sharon Ismail, Ashwini Nambiar, Constance Lau and Chase Tan.The cast spoke a mix of English and their native mother tongues in Mandarin, Malay or Tamil to reflect the authenticity of local dialogue. It revolves around the lives of Larry, Aishah, Dominic, Chandra and Yi Kai many more relating to their struggles and aspirations.The title of the drama ‘128’ sounds like ‘want to eat’! " - Story outline by Toggle. Photo by "wheregotgoodfood.com"
Ci Yuan Hawker Centre, within Ci Yuan Community Club building, is well ventilated and cut off from direct heat from the sun as it is located on the ground floor, shielded by the 3 other floors of the Community Club facilities and perimeter red-white awning shades. Compared with other legacy NEA hawker centres and SEHCs (Social Enterprise Hawker Centres) such as Bedok Bus Interchange Food Centre, Tampines Hub Hawkers and Pasir Ris Hawker Centre, it has the highest ceiling height, brightly lit by high bay lights, cleverly designed layout of stalls that allows natural ventilation from all sides, boosted by celing and 'Big Ass' fans and the wide aisles (probably the widest among hawker centres and food courts) between dining tables that provide sense of spaciousness, good ambience and overall pleasant dining experience. While various hawker centres, such as the Marine Promenade Food Centre at Marine Parade Central, though upgraded recently and food courts such as NTUC Foodfare owned Kopitiam Food Court at Hougang 1 Shopping Mall at Hougang Street 91, recently upgraded the second time, where your hair, clothes and body smell of greasy cooking fumes, NEA must have installed an efficient cooking hood and sufficient capacity exhaust ventilation system at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre adequately designed to handle the greasy cooking fumes substaintially. Having said that, good discipline to switch on the cooking hood, especially when frying food helps manage the greasing fumes at the dining area to a comfortable level.
The hawker centre is among the earliest hawker centres that operate under the National Environmment Agency's SEHCs guidelines. It is ran by Fei Siong Food Management which is one of the 5 SEHCs Hawker Managements - Koufu, NTUC Foodfare, Timbre+Hawkers and OTMH by Kopitiam. Fei Siong has a reputation of deploying well trained, clean and neatly attired elderly Male and Female (some applied lipstick) table cleaning teams at their food centres who are hardworking and efficient; at Ci Yuan Hawker Centre and especially at Fei Siong's Malaysia Boleh foodcourt at the basement, next to NTUC Fairprice, Ang Mo Kio Hub 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #B2-41/42. The table cloths they used are cleaner than most hawker centres. At Ci Yuan Hawker Centre the used trays and crockery at the tray return stations are always cleared off quickly for washing at the Central Washing Area, leaving the stray return stations empty at most times and keeping at bay, the Crowls, Pigeons and Mynas that invaded many hawker centres.
The plan for the site was for Hougang Primary School which was relocate to No.1 Hougang Street 93. A large field was built instead and for eighteen years the field that was left undeveloped was later fenced up for community events, Taiji sessions, weekend Football training and tournament, Archery, Dog Agility events and Hougang Secondary School National Physical Fitness Award (NAPFA) training and tests. The then Aljunied-Hougang GRC led by former Foreign Minister George Yeo, MPs Yeo Guat Guan, Zainul Abidin, Lee Hwee Hua and Cynthia Phua held a Ching Gay performance on 13 February 2011 with stunning fireworks (https://youtu.be/bY4dfPEaTSQ) firing from Ci Yuan community field within close proximity with surrounding HDB resident blocks, where the Ci Yuan Hawker Centre/Community Club now sited. The team (with new candidate Ong Yee Kung, now Education Minister) lost the 7 May 2011 General Election to the Workers Party team led by veteran politician Low Thia Khiang, Pritam Sigh, Muhamad Faisal Manap, Sylvia Lim and trump card lawyer Chen Show Mao . The Hougang constituency, where Ci Yuan is located, formerly led by MP Yeo Guat Kwang was then re-zoned into Ang Mo Kio GRC for the 2015 General Election under new MP Daryl David. On 19 October 2013, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Ang Mo Kio GRC inaugurated the Ground Breaking Ceremony for the building of Ci Yuan Hawker Centre and Ci Yuan Community Club. At the same time, the construction of 4 blocks of Crimson Hougang BTO flats commenced within same field next to Ci Yuan Hawker Centre/Community Club . The Topping-Up Ceremony took place on 8 November 2014, upon completion of the roof superstructure. Ci Yuan Hawker Centre - Ci Yuan Comminity Club was officially opened by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on 20 September 2015 just after his election victory on the 11 September 2015 General Election. Coming up good food at Ci Yuan ...
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