Hawker is a word that is close to every Singaporean’s heart. So, what is a hawker? Hawkers are actually food vendors stationed at “Hawker centres”, rows of food stalls at one place. Hawker is a cheaper alternative to restaurants as they are often located in non-air conditioner and heartlands. The food available ranges from full meals of different cuisines, local desserts to beverages. Rest assured! Hawker foods are safe to consume unlike street foods, they are legal, hygienic and regulated by the Singapore government. Let us now introduce you to a list of hawkers we think you should try! You’ll be surprised that some are Michelin starred.
Tian Tian Chicken Rice
Chicken rice stalls are probably the most common hawker stall you can see in a hawker centre. Chicken rice is a Hainanese dish, hailing from Hainan, China and was first introduced by China immigrants when they arrived in Singapore during colony days. Chicken rice has now evolved to one of Singapore’s staple dishes due to its unique taste. Our pick for the best chicken rice is Tian Tian Chicken Rice. This chicken rice store once represented Singapore’s chicken rice in a duel with celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay and has won. It has also received fame as celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has strongly raved about it. It’s definitely value for money!
Opening hours: 11am – 8pm (closed on Monday)
Address: Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur St
Kok Sen Restaurant
If you’re looking for zi char and chinese styled food, Kok Sen restaurant is the place to eat. Not exactly a hawker stall, but they were awarded the Bib Gourmand Restaurant on the Singapore Michelin Guide in 2016 and 2017. Some of the famous dishes to order are the claypot yong tau fu, beef hor fun and any seafood dish they offer that day!
Lunch – 12pm – 2.30pm
Dinner – 5pm – 11pm
Address: 30 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089137
Phone: 6223 2005
Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle
“Bak Chor Mee” is minced meat noodle. It’s complemented with yellow noodles that is unique to Singapore and paired with minced meat, giving the noodle a strong aroma. Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodles started back in 1935 at Crawford Lane and is also now awarded 1 Michelin Star. Famous for its chewy noodles and chili oil seasoning, the noodles are absolutely delicious and worth it for its long queue! So, if you’re looking to indulge in a Michelin star dish but don’t want a hole in your pocket, try this Bak Chor Mee! It’s probably the cheapest Michelin meal and has a strong local heritage. Click here to view their menu!
Opening hours: 9.30am – 9pm (Closed on Monday)
Address: 466 Crawford Ln, #01-12, Singapore 190466
Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles
Another “Bak Chor Mee” hawker that you’ve want to come back for more is Ah Ter Teochew Fishball Noodles. Located in the Central Business District (CBD) hawker centre, Amoy Street Food Centre is probably one of the most accessible locations. The cook, Gilbert, is the second generation owner of this fishball stall. Succeeding his father, Ah Ter’s business he managed to keep his standards consistent and still managed to draw a huge crowd! Gilbert was voted for the most handsome hawker and their noodles are incredibly affordable! As it is located in CBD, please refrain from visiting during lunch (12pm – 1pm) to avoid the lunch crowd from nearby office workers. We recommend the signature “Bak Chor Mee” and fishball noodles. The fish balls are entirely handmade!
Opening hours: 7am – 4pm (Weekday)
Address: 7 Maxwell Road #01-14 Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice
Another chicken rice on this list is Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice. Although it’s not the traditional Hainanese chicken rice mentioned above, this chicken rice is soya sauce based. Therefore, you will taste a hint of saltiness from chicken and some sweetness from the soya sauce itself. You can also order the Hong Kong style Char Siew which tastes similar to the ones you will eat in those authentic Hong Kong restaurants. Do you know that Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice is also the cheapest 1 Michelin star in the world? It is definitely a must eat and can surely compete with other famous restaurants from Hong Kong. Click here to view their menu!
Opening hours: 10.30am – 8pm daily
Address: Blk 335, Smith Street #02-126, Chinatown Food Complex, Singapore 050335
Phone: 6221 1668
Zhen Zhen Porridge
The best porridge in Singapore? It has to be Zhen Zhen Porridge located at the Central Business District (CBD)’s hawker centre, Maxwell Food Centre. With 30 years experience and customer base, Zhen Zhen Porridge offers Hong Kong style congee which is a popular breakfast choice in Singapore. With a wide selection of porridge ingredients such as fish, century eggs and chicken. It’s a comfort food for anytime of the day and reasonably priced. To add more flavouring to the porridge, you can also add condiments such as pepper.
Opening hours: 5.30am – 2.30pm (Closed on Tuesday)
Address: 1 Kadayanallur St, #01-54, Singapore 069184
Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak
Have you heard of Nasi Lemak? Nasi Lemak is actually a Malaysia, Singapore neighbourhood country dish. It is made with coconut milk rice, served with sambal, fried crispy anchovies, toasted peanuts and cucumber. Due to Singapore’s strong friendship with Malaysia, Nasi Lemak has also become the favourite dish among locals here. Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak offers one of the most authentic Nasi Lemak in Singapore. At only an affordable price, you will get a packet of rice paired with fried chicken, fish, otah and more. The sambal chili is probably the best part in a Nasi Lemak. Try the sambal chili here to see if you can tolerate the spicy kick! This stall is also operated until 3.30am, so plan your supper meal here! Click here to view their menu!
Monday: 4.30pm – 3.30am
Tuesday – Sunday: 6.30pm – 3.30am
Address: #01-106, 221B Boon Lay Pl, Singapore 642221
Phone: 6266 4466
A Noodle Story
Singapore has more than just traditional cuisines such as Chinese, Indian, Malay and Indian. A few years back, a hawker managed to create a mod-sin cuisine that won the hearts of many locals. “Mod-Sin” is a modern twist to Singapore food. A noodle story is a mod-sin stall that offers Singapore style ramen. Although it can be quite pricey in terms of hawker food, it’s definitely worth it and you can ever taste it in Singapore. The ingredients are top-notch and freshly prepared. You must try their signature dish, Ramen with Golden Ebi! You will definitely ask for more!
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2pm, 5.30pm – 7pm daily
Address: 7 Maxwell Road, #01-39, Amoy Street Food Centre, Singapore 069111
Phone: 9027 6289
Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee
Da Shi Jia Big Prawn Mee offers delicious prawn mee. Prawn Mee is also known as Hae Mee. It is soft noodles served with thick, savory, sweet and red-orangey broth. The noodles also contain succulent prawns, fish cakes, crunchy bean sprouts and crispy fried shallots. Their signature dish is the Wok-fried Big Prawn White Bee Hoon. Wok-fried with fresh big prawns, the dish carries a wok-hey taste to it with some umami-rich gravy. Click here to view their menu.
Opening hours: 10.30am – 10pm daily
Address: 89 Killiney Road, Singapore 239534
Phone: 6372 1085
Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha
When heading to Singapore, many would strongly urge you to try the local’s “Bak Kut Teh”. Bak Kut Teh is a pork rib dish cooked in broth, which is commonly consumed by locals in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore among the Teochew community. Outram Ya Hua’s Bak Kut Teh is famously best served with garlic flavored steamed rice, yew char koay, diced chilies and minced garlic in soy sauce. Its Bak Kut Teh soup is transparent and pepperish, not too overpowering. The pork ribs is recommended as it is softer and fattier. Known for its right texture in its pork and consistency in its soup, when you take a bite, you would feel that it is juicy, filled and has the melt in your mouth. Click here to view their menu!
7am – 3pm (Weekday except Monday)
7am – 1pm (Sunday)
Address: 7 Keppel Road, Tanjong Pagar Complex, #01-05/07
Phone: 6222 9610