Whoever said Michelin starred meals would burn a hole in your pocket obviously never had Singapore’s delicious hawker food. From Anthony Bourdain to Gordon Ramsay, Singapore’s hawker food has been featured on television and lots of food blogs online.
Known for a wide range of cuisines, the local hawker scene cannot be missed if you’re planning a trip to Singapore! Many of these hawker centres are pretty accessible and you can get to these renown food spots just by taking the MRT. All you need is an EZ-link card and you’re ready to get started on your food adventures!
Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice
Hainanese Chicken Rice is recognised as one of Singapore’s national dish. Don’t be fooled by the seemingly simple and self-explanatory name of this dish – a good plate of chicken rice can blow your mind! Just ask Gordon Ramsay when he competed and lost against this famous Hainanese Chicken Rice stall a few years ago.
This Michelin star food stall sees long queues, especially in the afternoon. However, the queue moves quite quickly and the standard is pretty consistent. If you’re visiting Chinatown, might as well hop by Tian Tian for lunch!
Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street #01-10/11, Singapore 069184
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles
You’ll be able to spot this stall far away because the queue is always long, but that’s when you know it’s the real deal. This Teochew cuisine is really popular among Singaporeans and it’s one of those dishes every local would miss when they’re away from home.
What we love about this particular stall’s minced meat noodles is the springy noodles and a generous portion of ingredients – dumplings, minced pork, liver slices and meatballs. It’s nothing short of a bowl of delicious goodness.
466 Crawford Lane, Tai Hwa Eating House #01-12 Singapore 190465
J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff
Curry puff is a favourite among locals whether it’s for breakfast, tea, or late-night supper. Although it’s easy to find curry puffs all around the island, none of those puffs got anything on J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff. For just $1.20, you’ll get a delightful flaky skinned puff filled with a range of fillings to choose from – spicy potato, black pepper chicken, sardine and yam paste.
This curry puff stall is relatively near the MRT. However, there are many exits in the train station and sometimes you might find yourself a little lost. Simply get a tourist SIM card and your handy google maps will guide you just fine! Singapore tourist SIM cards are usually $12 but with sales going on right now, you can get them at just $11!
Amoy Street Food Centre #01-21, 7 Maxwell Road Singapore 069111 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit G)
Balestier Road Hoover Rojak
Rojak is a dish where fruits, vegetables and fried youtiao are all mixed together with the sweet and spicy sauce. It might sound a little weird – perhaps a little crazy – but the seemingly disparate flavours come together and interestingly, creates a tasty blend! You can think of Rojak as a kind of salad but once you’ve tried it, you’ll find that it’s no ordinary salad.
Whampoa Market Place
Whampoa Drive Makan Place #01-06, Block 90 Whampoa Drive Singapore 320090
New Lucky Claypot Rice
New Lucky Claypot Rice so popular that you’ll have to wait around 30 minutes before you’ll get served. Keeping to traditional methods of preparing claypot rice, the rice is cooked within the pot itself with skilful control of the fire over charcoal. Although waiting time can be long, the taste makes it all worthwhile. The “Wu Wei” Rice is this stall’s signature dish – a mix of chicken and Chinese sausages (lupcheong).
You’ll need to take a short walk from Buona Vista MRT so make sure you get yourself a tourist SIM card and use google maps if you need to.
Holland Drive Market and Food Centre, 44 Holland Drive, Singapore 270044 (10 min walk from Buona Vista MRT)
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle
There is no way we could we miss this out. Probably the most publicized eatery to earn the Michelin accolade in Singapore due to its humble origins and for being so affordable, Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle has since opened a few more outlets around the island, though the original stall is marginally better (or could it be the ambience, I wonder). Select from Singaporean favourites like roast pork (char siew), crispy pork belly (shao rou) and their renowned soya sauce chicken that is probably the tenderest you will be tasting in a long time. Pick between traditional egg noodles or rice, drizzled in their home made savoury sauce and you’ll understand why they deserve the star.
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle. 78 Smith Street, Singapore 058972. +65 6272 2000.
Mon, Tue, Thu-Sun 10.30am-8pm
In Singapore, local cuisines are as multicultural as its society. If you’re a foodie and you’d like to get the most out of Singapore’s local food, you can sign up for the Singapore Tourist Pass Plus HERE and go on your foodie trips! Exclusively for tourists only, this pass gives you 3 days of unlimited MRT, LRT and Bus rides all over the island. What’s more, you’ll also get a free complimentary Xplore half day tour.
If you’re just spending a day or two here an EZ-link card and tourist SIM will do just fine! You can easily buy them online HERE and HERE respectively, and pick them up at any Changi Recommends counters when you land in Singapore. Since you’ve already reserved the EZ-link card online, you can skip the queue and you don’t have to go through the hassle of getting them at the MRT stations later. Just focus on exploring Singapore’s vibrant hawker food scene!
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