Farewell, Labrador Villa Food Centre


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xtemujin

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I took these photos of the Labrador Villa Food Centre in May 2008 after learning that URA is going to develop Labrador park. I had a feeling that this food centre is going to be wiped out for future development.

Unfortunately, I was right and just knew about it today.

Thanks for the makan memories through the years while I was passing by to go to Labrador park.

I'll miss drinking hot teh halia while walking in to Labrador park.:cry:





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Farewell, Labrador Villa Food Centre

Tue, Sep 02, 2008
The Straits Times
By Ang Yiying

MADAM Cheng Ah Tee has spent the past 37 years serving coffee from a drinks stall at the Labrador Villa Food Centre.

But that came to an end on Sunday when the run-down hawker centre near the corner of Alexandra and Pasir Panjang roads served its last meal.

The institution, popular for what patrons call its cheap food and old-world charm, has been closed to make way for 'future redevelopment', said a National Environment Agency spokesman.

Other sources say it is making way for the Labrador Park MRT Station, which is due to open in 2010 or later.

Speaking in Mandarin, Madam Cheng, 65, the longest-staying tenant, said: 'I definitely won't be able to sleep for at least a month or two.'

While watching movers cart away the refrigerator from her stall, she added: 'It is really very good here. For over 30 years, there has never been any quarrels.'

The 37-year-old food centre had just 10 stalls, but it was popular with local workers. On the haunt's last day, regulars turned up in droves for a last taste of their favourite dishes and to snap photos of the place and the stall owners.

Some said earlier they were drawn to it because of its rustic look.

'Where else would you see wooden planks being used to shutter up stalls at closing time, wire mesh used as ceilings and bamboo sheets as protection from the rain?' said one patron who only wanted to be known as Mr Meldi.

When The Straits Times visited Labrador Villa Food Centre at noon yesterday, five of the 10 stalls were boarded up and the tenants of the remaining stalls were busy packing their things. Pots, plates, bowls and cutlery covered the tabletops.

Old-timers at the food centre said they were reluctant to leave.

Madam Hajjah Sa'diah Abdul Rahman, 56, was dabbing her eyes with tissue before sitting down to sort through letters in front of her 16-year-old stall, which sold Malay dishes and snacks.

'Sayang, sayang,' she said about the loss of the food centre, repeating the Malay word for 'love'.

Another tenant, Mr K. Manokaran, 45, who runs the other drinks stall there, has fond memories of the place dating back more than 30 years.

'My school was very nearby, so I came by to help my mother,' he said.

Some tenants are unsure if they would continue with their business. Others are still hunting for a new location. It would, however, be difficult to find an equally good location at the same rent, tenants said.

http://www.asiaone.com/News/the%2BStraits%2BTimes/Story/A1Story20080902-85425.html
 

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roDz

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U mean the food centre has been torn down? i just love the sardine currypuff...mee goreng & teh tarik...the goreng pisang also taste yummy...:cry:
 

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The food there is cheap & good. I always eat my breakfast and sometimes lunch also there while serving my NS. Had my Mee Rebus there a couple of weeks ago and the auntie had told me about it. Sad to see the hawker centre go.
 

cairocks

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Haiz....one of the few places that can easily park the car shortly to get a curry puff and teh tarik on the go.
 

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wah been coming up "almost extinct" locations....don't tell me you coming out with a photo coffee table book or something. :sweatsm:


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yah heard the teh halia there very power.... i usually have my teh tarik...hehe...tables and chairs there have low center of gravity too. xD
 

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The food there is cheap & good. I always eat my breakfast and sometimes lunch also there while serving my NS. Had my Mee Rebus there a couple of weeks ago and the auntie had told me about it. Sad to see the hawker centre go.
bro, U from 195 SQN? I alway have my breakfast there whenever need to report back to HQ during my NS time... I gonna miss them.
 

xtemujin

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It's pure coincidence bro and I don't think that there'll be a coffee book from me anytime soon. :bsmilie:

The teh halia is good and also the lontong, a good break before or after going to Labrador park.

At the rate we're going, all the places here in Singapore will just be cookie cutter food court, expensive and tasteless food with aircon to boot.

I believe that the Labrador food centre will be levelled to the ground and we'll only see some development in the year 2011.

There's a new food court near the Berlayer Creek.



Construction for the Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk is scheduled to start in 2009 and it is expected to be completed in 2011. - URA website.

wah been coming up "almost extinct" locations....don't tell me you coming out with a photo coffee table book or something. :sweatsm:


p.s
yah heard the teh halia there very power.... i usually have my teh tarik...hehe...tables and chairs there have low center of gravity too. xD
 

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kino2

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I don't remember eating there much, it reminds me of my ns days everytime I pass by that place, can't say that they are fond memories though.
 

mccm33

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when is their last day there ?
 

sORe-EyEz

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... and there's little attempt to preserve them. well but shoot such places more often now.

out with the old, in with the new seems to be the flavour of the day. powers that be dun believe old is gold. :(
 

greenieadi

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Sad to see more and more of my child memories gets torn down.

Used to study in the old Kampung Jagoh Pri School which was torn down to make way for a new Jagoh Primary School which now torn down for the Telok Blangah MRT station.

I always bought makan from the food centre when I was transferred to Labrador Primary School. At least the school still stands as a campus now. Even my secondary school which was built in 1983 at Telok Blangah Drive also gone now.

I witness also the demolishing of the old world trade centre exhibition hall and Sentosa Ferry Terminal.

One by one these memories will be gone soon. At least I got to makan there few months back.....:cry:

Farewell old friend....
 

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So sad! Its one of the places that I can find that serves good tea. Not like the diluted CRAP that you find everywhere nowadays..
 

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