To eat a bowl of Rickshaw Noodles is like gazing at the moon and realizing that it’s the same moon that your grandparents gazed at in their youth. Maxwell Food Centre is like an old attic full of treasures hidden in dusty boxes. In my most recent visit to this hawker centre, i was there early and decided to eat at 中国街熟食, a stall that had such a long queue the last time i was there that i gave it a skip!
What struck me when i got my bowl of Rickshaw Noodles was the sheer simplicity of the dish, other than the fact that it costs just 80 cents! Also known as 拉车面, or Kan Chia Mee in Hokkien, Rickshaw Noodles were the staple of the Rickshaw pullers on the streets of old Singapore.
For a bowl of yellow noodles cooked in a thick broth of pork, garlic and dried shrimp, this simple but tasty dish used to cost a mere 5 cents. The noodles are boiled to a very soft texture, and the soup is thick and flavourful.
Today, what used to be a cheap fill for the Rickshaw pullers is now eaten by people from all walks of life. If you have the time, do give this humble dish a try, before it ends up as a mere story in our history books.
Address: 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-87 Maxwell Food Centre
Opening Hours: Opens at 6am, closed on Fri
Prices: Rickshaw Noodle – $0.80