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