BEST HAWKER FOOD GUIDE: HOW TO EAT FABULOUS FOOD ON THE CHEAP

Pic of Tian Tian hawker food stall
Tian Tian at Maxwell Food Centre … always sells out of chicken rice quickly

By LINDA JAMES | Updated FEBRUARY 17, 2023 | EAT & DRINK

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One of the main reasons I love Singapore so much as a destination is the fact that you can eat fabulous food very cheaply and this hawker food guide will give you a comprehensive rundown on all of the key centres.

These food courts offer such a huge variety of local dishes such as chicken rice, laksa, satay, fried kway teow, chilli crab and hokkien mee and all at VERY low prices – from $S2.50 to $S9 each.

The hawkers are such an integral part of Singaporean culture that the practice was inscribed on the 2020 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. This aims to promote and preserve fragile culture, traditions, skills, and knowledge that are integral to a particular place.

There are more than 100 of these open-air food courts around the city, all with a wide variety of Malay, Chinese and Indian dishes. Most of the stalls only accept cash and you may find yourself sharing a table with locals. It’s best to go at lunchtime because once the hawkers sell out, they shut up shop and go home.

I’ve listed the centres alphabetically – it’s almost impossible to order them in terms of which one is better than another. They all have great food and your decisions about where to eat are more likely to be based on where you are than anything else.

However, if you’re only in Singapore for a couple of days and you want to head to the hawker centres that are “famous” because some of the stalls have (or had) Michelin stars, I’ve tried to include this information.

I’ve never had a bad meal at a hawker centre. Sometimes the best strategy is to watch where the locals go and join the queue.

While the centres themselves have opening hours, individual stalls will have their own so please check if you want to eat at a specific food outlet.

Adam Road Food Centre

If you’re planning a visit to the Botanic Gardens then you should drop in to Adam Road Food Centre – it may be small but it’s popular. One of the attractions here are the stalls selling nasi lemak – a Malaysian dish of fragrant rice cooked in coconut milk and pandan leaves, served with a side of sambal, eggs and anchovies. Other popular dishes include mutton soup, rojak, hokkien mee and mee goreng. It also offers halal-certified cuisine.

There are about 30 stalls here that are usually open from early morning to late night.

Stalls to try

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak (#01-02)

Dish: Nasi lemak

Open: Saturday and Sunday 7am–3pm, Monday to Thursday 7am–5pm

Bahrakath Mutton Soup King (#01-10)

Dish: Mutton soup

Open: Daily 1pm–3am

Address: 2 Adam Rd
Open: Monday to Thursday, 7am–5pm, weekends 7am–3pm, Friday closed
Getting there: near Botanic Gardens MRT, opposite Bukit Timah Gate

Amoy Street Food Centre

This busy food centre in the CBD is one to avoid in the middle of the day when the surrounding office workers descend for their breaks. There are four stalls that have been awarded Michelin Bib Gourmands for serving “great food at reasonable prices”: A Noodle Story, Hong Kee Beef Noodle, Hoo Kee Bak Chang, and J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff. There’s a good variety of stalls offering vadai (fried Indian snacks), mee goreng, sliced fish soup and rice dumplings.

There are also some stalls here that offer modernised hawker food such as salmon-topped meals from Big Bowls Project and flavoured kopi and teh from Coffee Break.

Stalls to try

Hoo Kee Rice Dumplings (#01-18)

Bib Gourmand

Dish: Bak zhang (rice dumpling)

Open: Tuesday to Friday 11am–3pm

Amoy Street Fried Kway Teow (#01-01)

Dish: char kway teow (stir-fried rice noodles)

Open: Monday to Saturday, 9.30am–2.30pm 

Address: 7 Maxwell Rd
Open: Most stalls operate Monday to Friday, some Saturdays and a few Sundays
Getting there: Near Telok Ayer (DT18) and Tanjong Pagar (EW15) MRT stations

Changi Village Hawker Centre

Near the east-most point of the island, Changi Village is the gateway to Pulau Ubin, which is popular with fishing and cycling enthusiasts. There are also a number of resorts and holiday apartments nearby.

Popular dishes include nasi lemak, Malay fragrant rice cooked in coconut and pandan leaves, and Ipoh Hor Fun, rice noodles soaked in chicken and mushroom broth topped with shredded chicken.

Address: 2 Changi Village Rd
Open: Monday to Thursday 6am-2am, Friday 6am-midnight, Weekends all day
Getting there: Nearest MRT is at Changi Airport so best to combine subway and bus eg Tampines MRT and 19 bus
Pic of Hawker Chan stall
Hawker Chan at Chinatown Complex … the first hawker to be awarded a Michelin star

Chinatown Complex Food Centre

This is possibly the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 stalls. Chinatown itself is a must-see when you’re visiting this island state so including a visit to this centre will be easy.

I’m not sure there’s a popular Singaporean dish that you couldn’t find here. Stalls offer all the favourites such as chilli crab, black pepper crab, satay, carrot cake, char kway teow, BBQ stingray, BBQ chicken wings, Hokkien mee, chicken rice, bak kut teh, frog porridge, dim sum, lor mee, prawn noodles to kway chap and pork intestine as well as popular desserts like ice kachang, soya beancurd, chendol and tau suan.

Given the number of stalls that have to compete with each other, prices here are very reasonable.

Stalls to try

Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu (#02-88)

Dishes: Fried fish cake, Ikan Bilis bee hoon, brinjal, yong tau fu

Open: Tuesday to Thursday 6am-3pm

China La Mian Xiao Long Bao (#02-135)

Dish: Steamed dumplings

Open: Tuesday to Friday 11am-9pm, weekends 9am–9pm

Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodles (#02-127)

Dishes: Soya sauce chicken rice, soya sauce chicken noodles

Open: Daily 10am-8pm, closed Wednesdays

Jia Ji Mei Shi (#02-166)

Dishes: Fried bee hoon, yam cake

Open: Daily 7.30am–10pm (closed Wednesday)

Hong Kong Mongkok Tim Sum (#02-97)

Dish: Hong Kong-style dim sum

Open: Wednesday to Sunday 11am until sold out

Cheng Ji (#02-190)

Dish: Steamed fish head

Open: Monday to Saturday noon-9pm

Hai Sing Ah Balling (#02-59)

Dish: Teochew style dumplings

Open: Tuesday to Sunday noon-9pm

Zhao Ji Clay Pot Rice (#02-53)

Dish: Claypot rice dishes

Open: Daily noon-7pm (closed Wednesday)

Yue Ping (#02-65)

Dish: Fried pumpkin cake

Terry Katong Laksa (#02-04)

Dish: Laksa

Shi Xiang Satay (#02-79)

Dish: Satay

Tian Tian Porridge (#02-185)

Dish: Pork porridge

Address: 335 Smith St
Open: All day
Getting there: Near Chinatown MRT (NE4) – walk 1 minute from Exit B; buses - 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961#, 970 and CT1

Chomp Chomp Food Centre

Also known as Serangoon Gardens Food Centre, the stalls here offer a wide variety of popular local dishes such as Hokkien mee, satay, carrot cake, BBQ chicken wings, grilled stingray, popiah, fried oyster and prawn mee. It’s also known for its satay selection with pork, beef, chicken and mutton all on offer.

Many centres open during the day and close at night but this one doesn’t open until 6pm so it’s perfect for late-night diners. That does mean though that it’s often very crowded.

Stalls to try

Ah Hock Hokkien Noodles (#01-27)

Dish: Hokkien mee

Ang Mo Kio Carrot Cake (#01-24)

Dish: Carrot cake

Lucy BBQ Seafood (#01-06)

Dishes: BBQ stingray, BBQ squid

Chia Keng Fried Hokkien Mee (#01-11)

Dishes: Traditional Hokkien mee, Hokkien fried prawn mee

Hai Wei Yuan Seafood BBQ (#01-01)

Dish: BBQ chicken wings

Ang Sa Lee Fried Oyster (#01-33)

Dish: Oyster omelette

Address: 20 Kensington Park Rd
Open: Daily 6pm-late
Getting there: Near Lorong Chuan MRT (CC14) – walk 21 minutes from Exit A; buses – 73, 136, 315, 317

Cluny Food Court

This newly reopened court is handy if you’re planning a visit to the Botanic Gardens. It has six stalls serving traditional and contemporary cuisine.

Address: 1J Cluny Rd (near Raffles Building at Nassim Gate entrance)
Open: Daily 7am-9pm
Getting there: Near Botanic Gardens MRT

East Coast Lagoon Food Village

Also popular for its satay, East Coast Lagoon Food Village offers up barbecued seafood, chili crab, satay, mee goreng and popiah – all with an ocean view.

There are many legacy hawkers here such as Geylang 29 Charcoal Fried Hokkien Mee and Haron Satay whose chicken, beef and lamb satay, paired with rice cakes and peanut sauce, is a big favourite of locals.

Most of the stalls here open from 4pm and close late.

Address: 1220 East Coast Parkway
Open: Daily from 4pm
Getting there: Bedok (EW5) is a 32-minute walk away; buses – 197, 36, 47, 48

Food Republic

There are 14 Food Republic outlets in Singapore that incorporate mini restaurants with hawker stalls: Wisma Atria, 313@Somerset, VivoCity, Suntec City, NEX, Parkway Parade, City Square, BreadTalk IHQ, Causeway Point, Westgate, Shaw House, Manulife and Capitol Piazza. The chain is owned by the BreadTalk group.

The Wisma Atria court seats 900 people while the VivoCity is slightly bigger. The prices at Food Republic tend to be a bit higher probably reflecting the rents in major shopping centres.

Geylang Serai Market and Food Centre

This market’s Malay Minangkabau architecture reflects the rich culture of the area. The food stalls are on the second storey with a wet market on the first. There’s a wide variety of Malay and Indian food and most of the stalls are halal.

Traditional Malay cuisine such as asam pedas stingray (sour and spicy stew), beef rendang (braised meat cooked in coconut milk and spices) and goreng pisang (banana fritters) are all on offer.

Address: 1 Geylang Serai
Open: Daily
Getting there: near Eunos MRT (EW7), 11 min walk, Paya Lebar MRT (CC9/EW8) 11 min walk; buses – 154,21,24,30,60,7,76

Haig Road Market and Food Centre

This is just down the road from Geylang Serai Food Centre and also has a large percentage of halal food stalls.

You’ll find roti john (omelette sandwich) and putu piring (steamed rice flour cakes filled with palm sugar.

Address: 14 Haig Rd
Open: Daily 6:30am-9pm
Getting there: Near Paya Lebar MRT (CC9/EW8), 11 min walk; buses – 135,30,70

Ghim Moh Market and Food Centre

This is a little off the beaten track for tourists but might be handy if you’re planning to do any hiking on the 15-mile Green Corridor nature trail. On offer are a range of hawker dishes such as boneless braised duck, appam (fermented rice pancakes), fried prawn mee and peanut pancakes.

Stalls to try

Li Lao San Ghim Moh Chwee Kueh (#01-54)

Dish: chwee kueh

Open: Daily 6.15am–6.30pm

Jiu Jiang Shao La (#01-17)

Dish: char siew (barbecue pork), roast duck, roast pork

Open: Thursday to Sunday 10am–2pm

Heaven’s Indian Curry (#01-26)

Dishes: thosai, appam, putu mayam

Address: 20 Ghim Moh Rd
Open: Daily 8am-9pm
Getting there: near Buona Vista MRT (CC22/EW21) 9 min walk; buses – 100,105,111,92

Gluttons Bay

There is a wide variety of local street food such as satay, oyster omelette and fried carrot cake. This is perfect if you’re visiting the Theatres on the Bay or even seeing the National Gallery of Singapore.

Address: 8 Raffles Avenue, #01-15, Esplanade Mall
Open: Tuesday to Friday 4pm–10.30pm, Saturday and Sunday 3pm–10.30pm, closed Monday
Getting there: Near City Hall MRT Station, walk towards Esplanade link-way;
Buses – 36, 56, 70, 97, 111, 133, 162, 174M, 195, 502, C1, C2, C3, 75, 77, 106, 171, 700A, 857, 960, 961, NR 1, NR 2, NR 5, NR 6, NR 7 & NR 8)
More information: Gluttons Bay

Golden Mile Complex

Golden Mile Complex is Singapore’s “Little Thailand” and features many Thai restaurants, pubs and supermarkets. Other than being known for a “Thai place”, it is also one of the main meeting points for coaches to Malaysia.

Stalls to try

Golden Banana (#02-64)

Dish: banana fritters, sweet potato balls

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am-8.30pm, closed Monday

Ah Xiao Teochew Braised Duck (#B1-43)

Dish: braised duck rice

Open: Weekdays 9.30am–3.30pm, weekends 9.30am–1.30pm

Golden Mile Special Yong Tau Foo (#B1-44)

Dish: young tau foo

Open: Monday to Saturday 10.45am–3pm, closed Sundays

Shen Bakmie Noodle (#B1-37)

Dish: bakmi noodles

Open: Weekdays 9.30am–7.30pm, Saturday 9.30am–5pm, closed Sunday

The Original Vadai (#B1-32)

Dish: vadai

Open: Tuesday to Sunday noon–7pm, closed Monday

Yew Chuan Claypot Rice (#01-73)

Dish: claypot rice

Open: Monday-Wednesday and Friday noon–8.30pm, weekends 4pm–8.30pm, closed Thursdays

91 Fried Kway Teow Mee (#01-91)

Dish: char kway teow

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11am–2.30pm, closed Monday

Wedang (#B1-19)

Dishes: tahu goreng, gado gado, nasi ayam

Open: Tuesday to Saturday noon–5pm, closed Sunday and Monday

Hainan Hokkien Mee (#B1-34)

Dish: hokkien mee

Open: Monday 10am–3pm, Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday 10am–5pm, closed Wednesday

Chung Cheng Chilli Mee Prawn Laksa (#01-59)

Dishes: chilli mee, prawn mee, laksa

Open: Monday, Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am–6.30pm, closed Tuesday

Address: 5001 Beach Rd
Open: Daily 11am-9.30pm
Getting there: Near Nicoll Highway Station (via Circle Line). Exit station, turn right onto Beach Rd and the complex is on your right; buses – 100, 961 and 980
More information: Golden Mile Complex

Hong Lim Market and Food Centre

Close to Chinatown Complex, Hong Lim Market and Food Centre has Michelin-awarded eateries as well as modernised hawker stalls. This gets very busy at lunchtime.

Some of the most popular dishes on offer include pork noodles, mushroom minced pork, porridge, fishballs, rice dumplings and Hokkien prawn mee.

Stalls to try

Ji Ji Wanton Noodle Specialist (#02-48/49/50)

Dish: wanton noodles

Open: Daily 7.30am–7pm

Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa (#02-66)

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Dish: laksa

Open: Monday to Saturday 10.15am–3pm, closed Sunday

Heng Kee Curry Chicken Bee Hoon Mee (#01-58)

Dish: curry chicken

Open: Monday to Saturday 10.30am–2.30pm, closed Sunday

Tuck Kee (Ipoh) Sar Hor Fun (#02-39)

Dish: hor fun

Open: Monday to Saturday 11.15am–2.30pm, closed Sunday

Granny’s Pancake (#01-58)

Dish: ban chang kueh

Open: Monday to Saturday 7am–7pm (or till sold out), closed Sunday

Tai Wah Pork Noodle (#02-16)

Dish: pork noodle

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 8am–7.30pm, Sunday 8am-3pm, closed Monday

Ma Bo Lor Mee (#02-04)

Dish: lor mee

Open: daily 8.30am–6.30pm

Outram Park Fried Kway Teow Mee (#02-17)

Dish: char kway teow

Open: Monday to Saturday 6am–3.30pm, closed Sunday

Belly Lucky Noodles (#02-25)

Dish: char siew and dumpling noodles and dumpling soup

Open: weekdays 11.30am–2.30pm, weekends closed

Cantonese Delights (#02-03)

Dish: curry fried chicken

Open: Saturday to Thursday 10.30am–2pm, closed Friday

Dong Fang Hong Sotong Ball Seafood Soup (#01-47)

Dish: sotong ball seafood soup

Open: Monday to Thursday 11am–2pm, closed Friday to Sunday

Eddy’s (#02-52)

Dish: duck confit, mala shrimp spaghetti

Open: Monday to Friday 10.30am–7pm, Saturday 10.30am–3pm, closed Sunday

Address: 531A Upper Cross St
Open: daily
Getting there: Near Chinatown MRT Station (NE4/DT19), walk 2 mins from Exit F; buses – 61, 80, 145, 166 and 197, walking 1 min from bus stop B05199
More information: Hong Lim
Malaysian food street centre Singapore
Malaysian Food Street … the place to go on Sentosa Island

Malaysian Food Street

A good range of traditional Malaysian dishes is on offer here such as Alor Setar Tom Yam, a Thai soup prawn, squid, fishball, straw mushroom, fresh tomato, lime leaves and lemongrass, fish head curry and desserts like cendol and ice kacang, black glutinous rice and sweet potato soup.

Address: Resorts World Sentosa 8 Sentosa Gateway, Waterfront, Level 1,
Open: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 11am–7pm, Friday to Sunday 11am–8pm, closed on Wednesdays
Getting there: near HarbourFront MRT (CC29/NE1)
More information: Malaysian Food Street

Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre

This popular hawker centre in Joo Chiat has a long history and is considered to be authentic and traditional. Dishes range from dim sum, curry puffs and seafood soup to a variety of vegetarian options and noodle dishes. The Malay national dish, nasi lemak, is also a popular one here.

Address: 84 Marine Parade Central
Open: Daily 7am-10pm
Getting there: Buses – 36, 48, 196, 197

Maxwell Food Centre

In the heart of Chinatown, this hawker centre is a one-stop location for everything from oyster cake to fish soup. It’s also home to the very well-known Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall (#01-10), which I can definitely say serves one of the best chicken rice dishes I’ve eaten in Singapore. It was also endorsed by renowned chef Anthony Bourdain and the Michelin Guide. If the line there is too long, go to Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice (#7), which was founded by a former Tian Tian chef.

This is a must-visit if you’re in Chinatown and is directly opposite the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum.

Stalls to try

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (#01-10/11)

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Dish: Hainanese chicken rice

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11am–8pm or until sold out

Zhen Zhen Porridge (#01-54)

Dishes: Pork congee, pork intestine congee, slice fish congee, raw fish

Open: daily 5.30am-2.30pm

China Street Fritters (#01-64)

Dishes: Deep fried prawn fritters, ngoh hiang (local sausages), fish cake

Open: Tuesday to Sunday noon-7pm, closed Monday

Marina South Delicious Food (#01-35)

Dish: Char kway teow

Open: Daily 7am-8pm

Hoe Kee Porridge (#01-45)

Dish: Cantonese style congee

Open: 7am-4pm, closed Tuesday

Tong Xin Ju Special Shanghai Tim Sum (#01-92)

Dishes: Fried and steamed dumplings

Open: daily 11am-8pm

Fu Shun Roasted Meat Specialist (#01-71)

Dishes: crispy sio bak and charcoal roasted char siew

Address: Cnr South Bridge and Maxwell Rds
Open: weekdays 8am-10pm, weekends 8am-3am
Getting there: near Tanjong Pagar MRT (Take Exit G, walk 6 minutes to Maxwell Rd); near Chinatown MRT Station (NE4) - take Exit A to Pagoda St, walk to South Bridge Rd; buses – 100, 143, 568, 80 (Walk 1 minute from bus stop B05269)
More information: Maxwell Food Centre
Tian Tian hawker stall Singapore
Tian Tian at the Maxwell Food Centre … one of my favourite stalls for chicken rice

Newton Food Centre

Now firmly entrenched in pop culture thanks to the Hollywood hit “Crazy Rich Asians”, this is one of Singapore’s most popular centres, with about 100 hawker stores.

It’s also not far from Orchard Rd so is handy if you’re staying in the area or spend the day shopping. With 100 stalls, you can be pretty certain to find what you want here from seafood to laksa (spicy coconut noodle soup), satay (spiced skewers with a peanut sauce), ice kachang (shaved ice), and oyster omelettes.

Due to its popularity, prices here can be a little higher than other centres.

Stalls to try

Kwang Kee Teochew Fish Porridge (#01-20)

Bib Gourmand

Dish: fish porridge

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 11am-8pm, closed Monday

Hup Kee Fried Oyster Omelette (#01-73)

Dish: oyster omelette

Open: Tuesday to Saturday 6pm–midnight

Guan Kee Seafood (#01-53)

Dish: sambal stingray

Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave North
Open: Daily noon-2am
Getting there: near Newton MRT (NS21|DT11), 6 min walk; buses – 124,143,170,48,67,972M
More information: Newton Food Centre

Old Airport Road Food Centre

This is another heritage hawker centre and so a staple for many locals. It also has a large number of well-known stalls so the queues can be long.

There’s a variety of popular dishes on offer such as lor mee (Hokkien-style noodles in gravy), rojak (fruit and vegetable salad with palm sugar dressing), satay, char kway teow and soya bean curd.

Stalls to try

Jun Yuan House of Fish (#01-69)

Bib Gourmand

Dish: daily 10.30am-9.30pm, closed Thursday

Dong Ji Fried Kway Teow (#01-138)

Dish: fried kway teow

Open: Friday and Saturday, Monday to Wednesday 11am–2pm, 6pm–8pm

Toa Payoh Rojak (#01-108)

Dish: rojak

Open: Monday to Saturday 10am–7pm

Albert Street Prawn Noodles (#01-10)

Dishes: Prawn noodles, pork rib noodles

Open: Daily 8.30am-11pm

Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow (#01-12)

Dish: Fried kway teow

Open: Monday to Friday 11.30am–midnight, weekends 10.30am–midnight

Nam Sing Hokkien Mee (#01-32)

Dish: Hokkien mee

Open: Daily 7am-8pm

Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee (#01-116)

Dish: Lor mee

Open: Daily 9.30am–3pm, closed Thursday

Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun (#01-155)

Dish: Chee cheong fun

Open: Daily 7am–9pm

Blanco Court Kway Chap (#01-135)

Dishes: Kway chap, pork intestines

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 8am-3pm, closed Monday

Holy Grill (#01-27)

Dishes: Western grilled food

Open: Monday to Sunday noon-9pm, closed Wednesday

Toa Payoh Rojak (#01-16)

Dish: rojak

Open: Daily noon-8pm, closed Sundays

Chuan Kee Satay (#01-85)

Dish: satay

Open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 6.30pm-11pm, Sunday 1pm-11pm

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd (#01-127)

Dish: Soya beancurd

Address: 51 Old Airport Rd
Open: Daily
Getting there: near Dakota MRT (CC8) (walk 3 minutes); buses – 10, 16, 30, 30E, 31, 32, and 33 (walk 2 minutes from bus stop B81171)
More information: Old Airport Road Food Centre

Rasapura Masters

Within Marina Bay Sands resort, Rasapura, which means “City of Taste”, is a collection of street food stalls offering dishes from Singapore, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan, Vietnam, Korea and China.

Take the escalator from the atrium to the basement and walk through the shopping district to the food court on the first basement floor. It’s in the opposite direction from the MRT station.

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, 50-53, Canal Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
Open: Sunday to⁠ Thursday, 8am⁠–⁠10pm; Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday, 8am⁠–⁠11pm
Getting there: Near Bayfront MRT (CE1/DT16), take exits C and D; buses – 77, 97,97E
More information: Rasapura Masters

Singapore Food Treats

This food hall is at the base of the Singapore Flyer and features a good range of stalls. Stop by for a snack or a full meal before or after sightseeing in the area. Singapore Food Treats is designed to resemble Singapore of the 1960s with a retro atmosphere that reflects a long-gone era of street-side dining. Choose a favorite Southeast Asian dish from its numerous vendors, or try something new. Dishes to try include satay, barbecued seafood, laksa, and chicken rice, among others. Most visitors come before or after a ride on the Singapore Flyer, and some guided tours also allow for time at Singapore Food Treats.

Singapore Food Treats is beneath the Singapore Flyer, and the wheel makes for an easy-to-spot waterfront landmark. It’s a short walk from Promenade MRT station, and it can be reached by taxi from anywhere in Singapore. Singapore Food Treats is open daily from late morning through late evening, so it’s a good place to head for lunch, an afternoon snack, or dinner.

Address: 30 Raffles Ave
Open: Sunday to Thursday, 10.30am–10.30pm, Friday and Saturday 10.30am–11.30pm
Getting there: near Promenade MRT (CC4/DT15), take Exit A and walk for 8 mins; buses – 36, 36A, 36B, 70A, 70M, 97, 97e, 106, 111, 133, 162M, 502, 502A, 518, 518A, 700A, 857 (bus stop 02171 opposite the Ritz-Carlton)
More information: Singapore Food Treats
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Tekka Centre … a focus on Indian dishes such as biryani and murtabak

Tekka Centre

A landmark in in Little India, the hawker centre is on the first floor and has stalls selling Indian and Chinese vegetarian meals as well as North Indian and Malay food and is well-known for serving favourites such as biryani (spiced rice with slow-cooked meats), thosai, and murtabak.

Stalls to try

Allauddin’s Briyani (#01-232)

Dish: biryani

Open: daily 8am–8pm

Temasek Indian Rojak (#01-254)

Dish: rojak

Address: 666 Buffalo Rd
Open: Daily from 6.30am–9pm
Getting there: near Little India MRT (NE7|DT12); buses – 131,139,147,166,65
More information: Tekka Centre

Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre

Most of the popular Singapore dishes can be found here: chicken rice, bak kut teh, wonton mee (egg noodles with dumplings), chwee kueh (steamed rice flour cakes topped with preserved turnip/radish), sweet mung bean soup and lor mee.

The hawker centre is on the second floor with the wet market on the first floor.

Stalls to try

Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted (#02-60)

Dishes: Roasted duck rice, char siew rice, roast pork rice

Open: daily 9am-8pm, closed Thursday

Tiong Bahru Hainanese Boneless Chicken Rice (#02-82)

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Dishes: Steamed chicken rice, roasted chicken rice

Open: daily 10am–8pm, closed Monday

178 Lor Mee (#02-23)

Dish: Lor mee

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 6am-9pm

Koh Brothers Pig Organ Soup (#02-29)

Dish: Pig organ soup

Open: daily 9am–2.30pm, 5pm–7.45pm, closed Monday

Min Nan Prawn Noodles (#02-31)

Dishes: Prawn noodles, pork ribs noodles

Open: Daily 8am–2.30pm

Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Noodles (#02-30)

Dish: Wanton noodles

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 8am–2pm, closed Monday and Friday

Jian Bo Chwee Kueh (#02-05)

Dish: Chwee kueh

Open: daily 6.30am-9pm

Hui Ji Fishball Noodles and Yong Tau Foo (#02-44)

Dishes: Yong tau foo, fishball noodles

Open: daily 5.30am-2.30pm, closed Wednesday

Tiong Bahru Fishballs (#02-20)

Dishes: Fried fishballs, fried fish cakes, ngio hiang

Open: Tuesday to Sunday 7am–3pm

Tiong Bahru Pau (#02-18)

Dishes: Char siew bao, big bao, siew mai

Open: Daily 6.30am–9pm

Tiong Bahru Lor Mee (#02-80)

Dish: Lor mee

Open: Tuesday to Sunday, 5.30am–2pm

Address: 30 Seng Poh Rd
Open: Daily 6am to 11pm
Getting there: Near Tiong Bahru MRT (EW17) (Walk 8 minutes from Exit B); buses – 5, 16, 33, 63, 123, 195, 851, and NR5 (Walk 1 minute from bus stop B10141)
More information: Tiong Bahru Market

Yuhua Market and Hawker Centre

These last two centres are in out in Jurong East and have just had some of their stall holders awarded with Michelin Bib Gourmands.

Stalls to try

Lai Heng Homemade Teochew Kueh (#01-218)

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Dish: Teochew kueh

Open: daily 6.30am-2.30pm, closed Monday

Address: 347 Jurong East Ave 1
Open: daily
Getting there: near Chinese Garden MRT (EW25), walk 9 min; buses – 157,185,187,198,334,99
More information: Yuhua Market

Yuhua Village Market and Food Centre

Stalls to try

Fei Fei Roasted Noodle (#01-28)

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Dish: roasted meat

Open: daily 9am-12.30pm, closed Sunday

Heng Heng Cooked Food

Michelin Bib Gourmand

Dish: prawn noodles, laksa

Address: 254 Jurong East St 24
Open: daily 7am-11pm
Getting there: near Chinese Garden MRT (EW25), walk 13 min; buses – 157,176,180,185,187,98
More information: Yuhua Village Market

Conclusion

No matter where you choose to stay in Singapore, there’s bound to be a hawker centre close by. However, remember that some of the really popular stalls sell out early so it might be wise to go during the day when you’re out seeing the sights. If you use this hawker food guide to plan your trip, also check out the main areas of Singapore and my sample itineraries for ideas.

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