Food is an integral part of our culture here in Singapore, and what better way to experience authentic local dishes found in the multitude of hawker centres found throughout Singapore? Here are some of the hawker centres that us Singaporeans frequently visit. Let us help you go on a gastronomic food adventure around Singapore!
1) Maxwell Food Centre (Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT, Downtown and North-East Line), 1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
With its’ proximity to our properties, Ann Siang House as well as KeSa House, Maxwell Food Centre should be high on your priority list when you are looking to feast & treat yourself to local delicacies here in Singapore. Lauded by both locals and tourists alike, Maxwell Food Centre is home to the famous award-winning Tian Tian Chicken Rice made popular by Masterchef Gordon Ramsay!
Jin Hua Fish Soup
1 Kadayanallur St, #01-77, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11.15am-8.30pm, except Thursdays (Closed)
Fish Soup is what Singaporeans go to when they need a warm bowl of local goodness. This stall has been serving piping hot bowls of fish soup to grateful customers for over 20 years. Served with a fish broth, with the option to add condensed milk to thicken the soup base, customers can choose to either have sliced fish or fried fish (or even a combination of both) in their soup. Patrons can choose to include rice, thick or thin noodles to go along with the soup.
Ah Tai Hainanese Chicken Rice
1 Kadayanallur St, #01-07, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11am-8pm, except Tuesdays (Closed)
Many would have heard of Tian Tian Chicken Rice, but do you know that there is a strong competitor just two stalls down from there? Ah Tai Chicken Rice is well-known for their tender and succulent chicken paired with fragrant chicken rice. It’s price to quality ratio is also extremely worth the decision to skip the longer queues at Tian Tian for!
Hainanese Curry Rice
1 Kadayanallur Street, Maxwell Food Centre, #01-68, Singapore 069184
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 11.30am-7pm, except Fridays (Closed)
In love with rich and thick curry broths? This plate of Curry Rice will tick all your boxes. Served with crispy and succulent fried pork over rice, the addition of their rich curry creates a burst of flavour in your mouth when eaten together.
2) Chinatown Complex Food Center (Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT, Downtown and North-East Line), 335 Smith St, Singapore 050335
Located in the middle of Chinatown and being the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 stalls, there is something to satisfy even the pickiest of taste buds. Housing one of the first street hawker stall awarded 1 Michelin Star, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice, this hawker centre has more underrated stalls to visit when you are in Chinatown!
Lian He Ben Ji Claypot
335 Smith St, #02-198/199, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 430pm-11pm, except Thursdays (Closed)
Charred dark sauced rice and juicy pieces of chicken define this popular Claypot rice stall in Chinatown. Many locals are willing to brave the 40-60 minutes wait to get their hands (and taste buds) on this made-to-order bowl of delicious goodness. The dish is cooked in original charcoal fire rather than pre-steamed, which adds on to the smoky flavour of the dish.
Ann Chin Popiah
335 Smith St, #02-112, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 8am-7pm, except Thursdays (Closed)
Popiah is a thin paper-like crepe or pancake wrapper stuffed with a filling made of cooked vegetables and meat. For this branch, this popiah roll is filled with juicy turnips and crunchy bits, with their homemade sweet sauce helping to integrate the different ingredients together.
Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu
335 Smith St, #02-88, Singapore 050335
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 5:45am – 3pm
One of Singapore’s comfort food go-to, Yong Tao Foo consists of staples such as fishcake, fried tofu skin, taupok and noodles. In this case, their fish products are home-made and specially created, creating a warm and homely feel to the dish. Topped off with crunchy deep-fried anchovies, this bowl of Yong Tau Foo is definitely one to go for during a cold or rainy day in Singapore!
3) Old Airport Road Food Center (Nearest MRT: Dakota MRT, Circle Line), 51 Old Airport Rd, Singapore 390051
Voted the best hawker centre by local radio station 96.3 HAO FM for its quality and variety of hawker options, you will find something you can’t stop eating from the 168 stalls available. Some of the notable stalls are mentioned below:
Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee
51 Old Airport Road, #01-116 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 6am – 2pm, except Thursdays (Closed)
Lor Mee is a Chinese-inspired Indonesian and Malaysian noodle dish served in a thick starchy gravy and thick flat yellow noodles. This stall has been attracting long queues ever since they were open and have won numerous awards such as the Michelin Plate and CTrip Gourmet List Award. The gravy is thick and savoury, given its special in-house combination of sauces and seasonings.
Nam Sing Hokkien Fried Mee
51 Old Airport Road, #01-32 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), except Mondays (Closed)
Commonly known as Hokkien Prawn mee, this stir-fried noodle dish is soaked in an aromatic stock made of pork bones and prawn heads. Comprising yellow noodles and thick 'bee hoon' (vermicelli), it is paired with the inclusion of juicy prawns, squid, pork belly strips, egg and crunchy fried pork lard (optional) that enhances its flavour. It is best eaten with the sambal chilli and lime that is usually served together. For this branch, the stock is made out of Ikan Bilis (Local anchovies) and prawns. Do go at off peaks though, as the stall is well known for its long waiting time due to its popularity!
Whitley Road Big Prawn Noodles
Blk 51 Old Airport Road, #01-98 Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051
Opening Hours: Tuesdays to Fridays, 9am – 8pm, Saturdays to Sundays 9am – 9pm, except Monday (Closed)
Not to be confused with the fried prawn noodles, this bowl of succulent yellow noodles with big juicy prawns are one for the savoury to enjoy. The noodles are paired with hours of painstakingly boiled soup base which includes pork bones and prawn heads. At this stall, one can opt for the option of dry or soup noodles, and an option to include pork ribs, liver or tail. For the dry version, the noodles are mixed with a mix of spicy and savoury sauce with a bowl of soup accompanying it.