6 best wholesale centres in Singapore for Chinese New Year 2020

January 09, 2020
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    Chinese New Year is just around the corner, which means families celebrating the festival are stocking up on groceries and goodies for the occasion.

    Here are some places where smart shoppers can stock up on a budget.

    Supermarket chain FairPrice has a members-only mega retail store where consumers can buy items in bulk at discounts of up to 20 per cent.

    Warehouse Club, the two-storey store at the FairPrice Hub in Joo Koon, stocks more than 4,000 products, including groceries, fresh and frozen food, electronics, household goods and health and beauty products.

    Here are other places where products can be bought in bulk at lower prices.

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  • 1. Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre
    2 / 7 1. Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre

    Opened in 1983 to centralise the distribution of fruit, vegetables and dried goods, the wholesale centre attracts both retailers and consumers alike. The 26-block complex which is about 20 football fields in size, houses some 1,405 stalls, shops, offices and cold rooms. The site has its own canteen and an auction hall where hundreds of wet market vendors and restaurant owners bid for the freshest groceries in the wee hours.

    Where: 1 Wholesale Centre, located off West Coast Highway, opposite Haw Par Villa
    Opening hours: Open 24 hours, most crowded from midnight to 6am

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  • 2. Allswell Marketing at Geylang Road
    3 / 7 2. Allswell Marketing at Geylang Road

    The live seafood market supplies big-name seafood restaurants and high-end hotels.

    You can purchase live seafood such as Indonesian lobster (from $75 a kg), Alaskan King crab ($98 a kg), bamboo clams ($45 a kg), tiger prawns ($32 a kg), flower crab ($26 a kg).

    Frozen items include snapper loin ($32 a kg) and scallop (from $44 a kg). Prices may fluctuate and are subject to change.

    Where: 670 Geylang Road, corner of Lorong 42 Geylang
    Opening hours: 8.30am to 7pm daily
    Visit www.allswell.sg or call 6745 1123

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  • 3. Vegetable Wholesale Night Market in Toa Payoh
    4 / 7 3. Vegetable Wholesale Night Market in Toa Payoh

    For at least 30 years, this open-air market has been selling vegetables from Malaysia in bulk. The makeshift market, which has about 10 stalls, extends for about 120m along Toa Payoh East, outside Pei Chun Public School, after the junction of Toa Payoh East and Lorong 7 Toa Payoh

    Most vegetables are either presented in boxes, baskets, or on ground sheets or directly on the road.

    It is mostly frequented by food stall and wet market stall owners, but many members of the public also buy vegetables here. While many items are sold in bulk – think kilograms of leafy vegetables – most stall owners are also willing to accommodate home cooks’ requests for smaller quantities.

    Expect everything from jicama and wintermelons, to Vietnamese mint and pandan leaves. Depending what is fresh and in season, items can also include wing beans, snake beans, shimeji mushrooms and eggplants in different shapes and sizes.

    Prices are significantly cheaper than in supermarkets, and about 20 per cent cheaper than at wet markets, depending on the type of vegetable.  For instance, a packet of shimeiji mushrooms at one stall costs 90 cents, while a similar packet at a leading supermarket can cost between $1.60 and $3.

    Where: Toa Payoh East, outside Pei Chun Public School
    Opening hours: 11pm to 6.30am on Mondays to Saturdays, closed on Sundays

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  • 4. Fassler Gourmet at Woodlands
    5 / 7 4. Fassler Gourmet at Woodlands

    The wholesaler sells everything from frozen seafood, including items such as scallops ($37.05 for 1kg), to smoked salmon (from $6.50 for a 75g packet). Also available are prepared dishes including laksa seafood shepherd’s pie (from $6.95 for a 340g portion); cooked lobster (from $16.50 from a 350/400g lobster); as well as soups and chowders (from $5.80 for a 500g packet). Order online to avoid disappointment.

    Fassler’s opening hours will be affected during the festive period. From now until Chinese New Year, it will be open from 8m to 5pm daily. It will be open from 8am to 12pm on CNY eve (Feb 15). It will be closed for the first three days of CNY. Regular opening hours will resume on day four (Feb 19).

    Where: Fassler Gourmet, 46 Woodlands Terrace
    Opening hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm on weekdays, 8am to 1pm on Saturdays, closed on Sundays and public holidays
    Visit www.fasslergourmet.com or call 6257 5257

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  • 5. Victoria Wholesale Centre at Kallang Avenue
    6 / 7 5. Victoria Wholesale Centre at Kallang Avenue

    This is the go-to wholesale centre for Chinese New Year delicacies. Items on sale here include everything from dried shrimp and dried sea cucumber, to canned and dried abalone. There is also fried fish maw, duck web, lup cheong, red dates, dried plums and more.

    There are about 15 stalls on the ground floor that sell these delicacies, so you can pick and choose items from various shops. Some shops also sell basic provisions such as onions and ginger, as well as takeaway containers and plastic bags.

    Expect prices to fluctuate in the leadup to Chinese New Year. As a gauge, prices start from $2 and upwards for 1kg of dried shrimp, to $28 for a 500g packet of frozen shark’s fin. A can of abalone starts at $26.80. While most items are pre-packed, some ingredients such as dried flower mushrooms, dried scallop and spiky sea cucumber, are also sold loose. They can be bought in desired amounts and are priced by weight.

    From Jan 20, the shops will open from 10am to 7pm, up till Chinese New Year. For more specific information on opening hours on Chinese New Year’s eve and Chinese New Year, call the centre at 6291-2349.

    Where: Victoria Wholesale Centre, 101 Kallang Avenue
    Opening hours: 9.30am to 6pm on Mondays to Saturdays, closed on Sundays
    Visit www.victoriawholesalecentre.com for the full list of retailers

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  • 6. Far Ocean Singapore at Fishery Port Road in Jurong
    7 / 7 6. Far Ocean Singapore at Fishery Port Road in Jurong

    This wholesaler sells a range of premium seafood and meats.

    For Chinese New Year, it will have a pop-up sale offering items such as ang kar prawns, sea cucumber, wagyu beef and pomfret.  The products are imported from countries such as Australia, Japan and the United States.

    Prices start at $35 for 500g of Japanese Hokkaido scallops; $39 for 500g of Taiwanese abalone; and $88 for 300g of Japanese Matsusaka Chuck Roll Shabu. Note that prices may change in the run-up to the holiday.

    For detailed information on Chinese New Year eve and Chinese New Year opening hours, call 6261-3788.

    Where: 15 Fishery Port Road, Jurong
    Opening hours: 9am to 5pm daily
    Visit www.farocean.com.sg

    (Photos: The Straits Times and Facebook/Farocean)

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