AMK Hub is a busy shopping mall located right next to Ang Mo Kio MRT station.
It is well-known that there are many eateries at AMK Hub, such as NTUC Foodfare, Toast Box, Swensens and more.
But one canteen has cleverly hidden itself so well that only insiders know where it is.
A canteen so hidden it is not even in the AMK Hub directory
This canteen is not even listed on AMK Hub’s directory, but it has a seating area that can accommodate around 30 people.
Its specialities are the humble cai png (or economical rice), steamed buns, a drinks stall and a friendly canteen uncle who offers sweets to the random kid who happens to drop by.
We uncovered the secret canteen’s whereabouts!
Taking an escalator to level 2 of AMK Hub (closer to the West end near to fashion shops, a massage/spa parlour and a pop-up aromatherapy store), you’ll see a non-descript door next to the passenger lift lobby.
This door actually leads to the cargo lifts, but turn right and you’ll see another door which leads into the secret canteen, called Best Cafeteria.
Best Cafeteria, which opens daily from 6am to 630pm, is actually an SBS Transit canteen run by the National Transport Workers’ Union (NTWU).
(Update: canteen operates until 1130am on Sundays and Public Holidays)
There are about 40+ NTWU canteens islandwide at various bus interchanges and terminals, including one in Shenton Way which is run by a millennial F&B entrepreneur.
These NTWU canteens provide affordable food for bus captains who may not have a lot of time in between shifts to eat.
The kind of food available depends on what time you visit.
There’s one drink stall that’s open since morning, and caipng is sold during lunch time. You can also buy steamed buns or pau.
Don’t expect a food court’s worth of options all the time; you can visit NTUC Foodfare on the third floor for that.
The NTWU canteens provide a basic place for bus captains to rest and recharge. So although public can enter, do respect the fact that bus captains will be served first as they have to rush their meals before their next trip.
Once you see that these canteens exist, you cannot unsee.
Also published on Medium.