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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Changi Village Hawker Centre Reopens!

Well it's been more than a year since the old Changi Village Food Centre started their refurbishment project (but it seems like so much longer to be honest). Well, they just re-opened last week (I think) to the public so everyone could flock back there to get their fix of Nasi Lemak (among other things).

Firstly, let me say that the new layout makes the whole place seem kinda crampy.
They have replaced the big round tables with smaller rectangular shaped ones which seem to be a bit of a waste of space to be honest.

Anyways, the answer is yes.
Yes. Your favourite Nasi Lemak stalls are still definitely in business. But don't be confused.

Sri Sujana is still in roughly about the same location.
But International Nasi Lemak (the one with the long snaking queue) has moved to a new section which is facing the bus terminus (this area used to be the back of the stalls with a toilet at the end).
Mizzy Nasi Lemak has now taken over that stall space and the long snaking queue is now in front of Mizzy!

So the question now is - is it the location that is drawing the crowd?
Do people realize that the stall has changed? Well, maybe a review of the stalls (maybe a Makan vs Makan) might help to solve the mystery.

So if they made more space means there has to be more stalls for us to enjoy right?

Well if you remember correctly, the first section stretch used to be ALL Halal stalls and these stalls even stretched across at the back end and also the annex at the back (which is connected to the market).
Well there's only like 3/4 of the 1st stretch occupied by Halal stalls.

You'll still see some familiar favourites there like Ramiza Bryani, TakDeNama, Bismillah Sarabat Stall, Hjh Salbiah, Hassan Stall and few others you'll recognize. Ah Nam Seafood has moved back to the hawker centre. Sari Bestari Ayam Penyet has moved to the back annex which definitely has lesser Halal stalls than before. In fact, I'm willing to say that at least 65%-70% of the stalls between both buildings are most Chinese stalls.

Some of the stalls are still not occupied so I'm not sure what kind of stalls are going to open up.
Someone should open up a Satay stall because it's definitely missing based on my walk-around.

One good thing is that they place these posts at regular intervals which have rather effective (while they're brand new) fans to cool everyone down while they enjoy their meal.

And I'm not sure if it's just because it's still new and they are short of staff or maybe it was the weekend or something but the cleaning up situation was not very good at all. I'm talking about tables being left dirty and unattended. Some people take the easy way out and put everything on this table in the corner. I'm talking about plates and bowls and utensil piling up and causing quite a mess (and a bad smell).

I didn't even snap a picture because I don't want to ruin your appetite. Seriously.
Hopefully things will improve soon.

And some tips for you - 1) the POSB ATM is still at the same location so if you need to withdraw money it's still okay (hope the ATM is not out of order or out of money) and 2) most of the stalls close on Monday I think so best double check before you head all the way down.

I guess we might be heading to Changi Village a bit more often since this place has re-opened and there are definitely some stalls worth reviewing. Let us know if you think anything is worth checking-out!

And whatever your favourite is, I hope it's still located at the Changi Village Hawker Centre.

Changi Village Hawker Centre
Blk 2/3 Changi Village Road

Operating Hours: Breakfast til Supper


  1. There is satay bro... Same row as mizzy.. About 5-6 stalls down.. Beside the stall selling western....

  2. Aha. That stall and the western stall were closed when we went.

  3. Mizzy Nasi Lemak rice ok. The rest sucks, the fish is the worst i ever ate ag a nasi lrmak stall. $3.50 set portion is so little compare with other nasi lemak stall in Singapore. Maybe that is Changi Village standard.
    Rating: Not a single star.

    1. Hi Patric! Thanks for your comment!
      Indeed there are a few Nasi Lemak stalls in Changi and I'm sure everyone has their own favourites around the island.

      Out of curiosity - what IS your favourite Nasi Lemak in SG?

      Thanks for your view and keep supporting The Halal Food Blog!

      Adam Shah
      The Halal Food Blog Team

  4. hi, just curious of how to get there? appreciate if anyone can tell me. would like to try the revamped changi village hawker centre. do they sell the ikan pari as well?

    1. There are a few buses you can take directly to Changi Village Bus Terminal which is just beside the food centre.

      SBS bus services 2, 29, 59 and 109 all operate to the bus terminal in Changi.

      As for the ikan pari, I'm glad to report that there are plenty of stalls there selling seafood including stingray. One stall we do recommend is Ah Nam which is situated at the corner of the food centre. Read the review here;

      Hope you find your way! Let us know how your experience went!

    2. Hi, is it open 24 hours or at least very late till 3am, and whether the halal stalls would still open at that hour?

    3. Unfortunately it's not 24 hours.
      On weekdays, most of the stalls will be closed by midnight-1am.
      However, on weekends some stalls (like the Nasi Lemak stalls) will probably be open later til around 2-3am based on our last checks.

      We'll let you know if we get any more information :)

  5. Hi! There used to be a stall selling Nasi Ayam Penyet called Sri Sujana. It was beside Sri Sujana Nasi Lemak and Mizzy's Corner previously, if I remember correctly. Do you know if it's still there? Somehow I can't seem to find it the few times I went to CV. TYIA...

    1. Hi there! Thanks for your enquiry!!

      I believe you are referring to Sri Bestari (purple signboard) which sells Nasi Ayam Penyet am I right? :)

      Well you're right to say that they are no longer in the same spot at the Changi Village Food Centre BUT the good news is - they are still nearby there!
      If you walk to the back annex (which is behind the main building), you'll find some other stalls operating and this includes Sri Bestari!!

      So just make your way to the POSB ATM and then keep walking all the way in. Surely you'll be able to find it! :)

      Let us know how it goes okay!

      Adam Shah
      The Halal Food Blog Team