If you read our first post reviewing the Hakka Tofu bowl at Yishun Park Hawker Centre, then you’re in for a treat because food is not all that caught our eye at the new Timbre group-owned food centre. In addition to its modern looking exterior, it has some pretty cool high tech facilities – making it one of the few food centres in Singapore that’s able to successfully bridge tradition with innovation.
Here are some of its unique features:
1. Go cashless with the Tuck Shop app
An alternative to paying by cash, visitors can pay through their mobile phones with the Tuck Shop app. Head over to one of these top up kiosks to buy credits into your account. Use the app and get 10% off your bill!
2. Pay $1 deposit for a tray
If you bought some food for $4 but was charged $5 instead, that’s because $1 is automatically added on to the bill as a deposit for the tray. The purpose of this is to encourage diners to clear up after themselves by returning the tray after eating. Once you place your tray onto the tray return conveyor belt, a dollar coin will automatically be released into the coin tray.
One thing to note is that not all stalls give a tray and charge that extra dollar. So this begs the question of whether this system is indeed effective as people who buy food from those stalls can afford not to return their tableware.
3. There’s only 1 drink stall
With only 1 drink stall in this 43-stall food centre, be sure to expect long queues and waiting times during peak hours.
Ps. A special shout-out to the super gao (thick) teh peng (iced milk tea) that’s one of the best we’ve ever had.
4. There’s beer on tap
There may only be one drink stall, but this drink stall has beer on tap. Coupled with great affordable food, this place could possibly be your next best hangout spot! (particularly if you live around the area 😊)
Also find: Strongbow Apple Ciders, Desperados and Erdinger
5. Get meals for $3
Timbre Group made it mandatory for every stall to offer at least 1 meal that costs $3 in order to keep food affordable for the masses. So if you’re running on a tight budget, you don’t have to worry about the lack of options!
For instance, Pork Chashu Ramen for $3.50 (pictured above).
6. There’s a games square
No, these games won’t just be for the kids. In fact, we’re pretty sure these pinball machines would gain the attention of the adults, especially those of you who used to play them back in the day. We loved this little retro element, and it aptly captured the food centre’s attempt at blending old with the new.
Yishun Park Hawker Centre
Address: 51 Yishun Avenue 11, Singapore 768867
Opening hours: 6am-10pm (different stalls open at different timings)
Telephone: 6338 8277
- By MRT/Bus – Drop off at Yishun MRT Station. Go to the bus stop opposite the station and take bus 103. Ride five stops. Alight at the bus stop in front of blocks 349 and 350 along Yishun Avenue 11.
- By Car – you can park at the food centre’s multi-story carpark or at the HDB carpark beside it.