Our good friend Fong WK of Tong Heng Confectionery brought us on a heritage walking trail of Telok Ayer one day.
Our journey commenced from Tanjung Pagar MRT station. It has been a long time since I last visited. Found myself in a new underground shopping link with a variety of shops. While waiting for Fong, we checked out a shop selling organic products, a bakery and took a peep at some eateries.
Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church
established in 1889
established in 1889
Beginning our walk from Tanjung Pagar MRT station, we passed by this old church. Telok Ayer Chinese Methodist Church was the first to cater exclusively to the spiritual needs of the Chinese Methodist community in Singapore. Presently it holds services in English, Mandarin and Hokkien.
First stop, Fong bought us lunch at Amoy Street Food Centre. It is one of the few hawker centres in the CBD (Central Business District) that offers affordable food. There are still some pioneer hawkers operating their business. Fong brought us on a mini tour of the place, there were only a handful of stalls opened that day. We went up to the second floor for the popular fish soup.
Fong joined the queue in front of Piao Ji Fish Porridge and ordered a big bowl of their famous fish slice soup (S$12).
I have eaten Piao Ji's pomfret fish soup once, that was many years ago. I like their clear soup, the fish and prawns served here are fresh.
Fong then went down to the ground floor of the food centre to buy a plate of char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles) which is a sweet and savoury version. After our meal, Fong brought us to see the old owner who has been frying noodles for more than 50 years.
After lunch, we walked along Telok Ayer Street and Amoy Street admiring the fascinating heritage buildings. Fong shared stories and his memories of some of the historical buildings.
We came to this traditional Hokkien-style Thian Hock Keng Temple (built in 1839). This magnificent temple was built in honour of the Sea Goddess Mazu (妈祖).
Fong brought us to a Peranakan café next to the temple for tea and colourful nonya snacks.
好友Fong Wk, 著名東興蛋塔(建于1920年）的少东，带我们走一趟新加坡牛车水文化遗产之旅，重新发现新加坡最大的历史街区的魅力。 Fong带我们去探访我们从没有去过的地方 。还把我介绍给他朋友们认识, 还一路向我们介绍好吃好玩的地方。
我们的第一站是厦门街熟食中心。从丹戎巴葛地铁站G出口，沿直落亚逸街 (Telok Ayer Street) 走，就会见到厦门街熟食中心 (Amoy Street Food Centre) 。
途中经过直落亚逸礼拜堂 (成立于1889年), 这是新加坡卫理公会华人教会中历史最悠久的堂会。
厦门街熟食中心坐落在新加坡的中央商务区, 就在牛车水和金融区交接处。位于熟食中心二楼的标记鱼粥, 每天都排着长长的人龙。 Fong点了驰名鱼片汤 (S$12) 。