At Tanjong Pagar, I started shooting photos of Singapore (well, the old Singapore according to my sister guide).
We happily walked along Tanjong pagar Road, Craig Road and Duxton Hill (hopefully I got that one right). She also keeps on sharing about the HDB housing.
Tanjong Pagar is a historic district located within the Central Business District in Singapore, straddling the Outram Planning Area and the Downtown Core under the Urban Redevelopment Authority's urban planning zones.
Tanjong Pagar Plaza, the site of a complex of which replaced pre-war shophouses along Tanjong Pagar Road, was formerly Cheng Cheok Street after Khoo Cheng Cheok. It was once an important crossroads for traffic between the warehouses along the Singapore River and the wharves. Bullock carts and hand carts streamed through the area carrying goods from one point to the other.
Tanjong Pagar Plaza refers to the shop houses which is built to accommodate businesses by HDB (Housing and Development Board). The food center is notable for its local dishes such as nasi lemak and fish soup, and there are as many as four stalls selling nasi lemak, and five stalls selling fish soup.
Part of HDB's plan in early urban planning was to integrate housing near businesses within the CBD area. However, the offices and shop houses there are separate from HDB housing.
The Maxwell Food Center dates back to pre-war days as a fresh food market and food center. In 1986, it was converted into a food center, housing hawkers from the vicinity. The present existing hawker center was renovated in 2001. Stallholders are mainly those from the essentially Cantonese neighborhood, with many from the famed food street, China Street. A wide variety of authentic local favorites are available at Maxwell Food Center, with a Cantonese bent. Popular dishes include hum chim peng (a crusty fried pancake), ngor hiang or Hokkien meat roll, and herbal broths made from home-brewed recipes.