A Golden Stumble Upon: Singapore’s Golden Mile Food Center

By Mark Wiens 11 Comments


After devouring 3 meals I asked a lady what the name of this magnificent two story buffet mall was named.  “Oden hawker center,” she replied, and briskly walked away.  I wasn’t satisfied.  I walked around, circulating the premises a number of times, before I saw the sign, “Golden Mile Food Center.”  Without realizing it, I had stuffed myself at the golden mile, what a “golden” stumble upon it was.

I am aimlessly walking around (one of my favorite activities) Singapore with no map, no idea of where I am going, but one thing on my mind, obviously food.

Let me start off saying that there is no shortage of eateries in Singapore and it surely does not disappoint the hungry wanderer.  Most of the best food in my opinion is located in hawker food court centers where there is an abundance of all wonderful Singapore style delicacies conveniently arranged in neat rows.  The stalls in Singapore are clean, moderately priced, and always delicious.

Choosing what to eat can be the hardest process.  The bright lights with pictures of amazing prepared plates dazzles you, and one is faced with an unfortunate decision dealing with the size of the stomach to how many plates of food can be fit inside.

I walked around inside and outside, contemplating my options by observing and smelling everything.  Due to the difficulty of the decision, I began first with an iced cup of fresh squeezed lemon lime juice, tart and sweet, to ease the stress of having to “choose something.”

img_4283I began with a plate of neatly spiced vegetables on top of rice with curry sauce poured all over…scrumptious.


I walked a little further, and found something that seemed to be quite popular, Teochew Fishball noodles.  Due to the amount of people eating this, I decided it was a must.  It was good, however, not quite as spice-elicious as I would have preferred.  Would have been great to ease an aching stomach.

img_4120I next smelled out the most comforting plate of “Singapore chicken rice,” I have ever had.  A perfect blend of aromatic rice, boiled chicken, and a hot sauce to die for.


By this time, I made the executive decision (against my inner will and gut feeling) to roll out without another plate.  I left the Golden Mile slightly euphoric, knowing that in Singapore, “there’s always another meal”

Check this out for directions to the Golden Mile Food Center.

Makan Time has some wonderful edible suggestions for Singapore.

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  • Leslie

    8 years ago

    Too bad you missed the desserts at golden mile (ah bo ling). A treasure peanut soup with balls of seasame or peanut fillings in it! Carrot cake, beef noodles etc etc

    In Singapore, when you go to a famous hawker centre, chances are the food stalls in it are good. Another famous one would be Maxwell Food centre where Gordon Ramsay challenged the chicken rice stall there. Hope you could do a video on Singapore the next time you visit! 🙂

  • Victoria

    11 years ago

    Hi Mark,
    I’ve only recently discovered your site but you’ve just given me good reason to persevere with chicken rice in Singapore. I’ve lived her for 2 years and it’s one of the things that I haven’t really taken a great liking to but your write makes me hungry for it! thanks

    • Mark Wiens

      11 years ago

      Hey, good to hear from you Victoria, thanks for the comment and hope you can find some good chicken rice!


    13 years ago

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Hello! Here is the editor from Cross Border Book Publishing(Hong Kong). As we are going to publish a Singapore travel book, and introduce Golden Mile Food Centre, I would like to ask whether the related photos could be provided(inculding the extirior outlook, envirnoment and food, and the resolution of photos is preferred to be higher than 1Mb).

    If you are interested, please feel free to contact me by email:
    [email protected]

    Thank You So Much!Wish You have a good day!

    Yiki Chan
    Cross Border

  • Marie

    15 years ago

    Singapore’s food centres are among the best! Great story. I’ve just found your blog and I’m enjoying it very much. Keep up the good work:-)