5 Best Hawker Centres in Singapore: Yummy Local Food

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Where can travelers have good local foods at reasonable prices in Singapore? The answer is simple – hawker centres (also known as food courts). Those down-to-earth culinary destinations are where you can find a wide variety of local dishes, from Chicken Rice, Fried Kway Teow, Hokkien Mee, Bak Kut Teh, Satay, Laksa, and Chilli Crab to the healthy Yong Tau Fu dish.

Despite the cheap prices (from S$2.50 to S$5.00), the quality of food is good. A lot of food connoisseurs in Singapore frequently visit the best food courts in town for their favorite indulgence. Who can resist the lure of the delicious satay at Chomp Chomp Food Centre or the tasty chicken rice at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre?

There are hundreds of food courts with thousands of food stalls in Singapore that you shouldn’t miss. We have picked the 5 worth trying eating places for you to eat like a local while staying in our city.

1. Chinatown Complex Food Centre: Yummy Hawker & Street Food

Chinatown Complex Food Centre: Yummy Hawker & Street Food Image: Kimon Berlin
  • Best for
    Xiao long bao
    Fish cake
    Steamed fish head
    Pork porridge
  • Nearest MRT
    Chinatown
  • Address
    335 Smith Street, Singapore 050335
  • If you are spending the day in Chinatown, stop over in Chinatown Complex Food Centre to be totally inundated with wonderful dishes. Conveniently located in the heart of Chinatown, this food court is a great place to get local traditional dishes with varied menus and cheap prices.

    Highlights

    • You can find all the must-try local foods here: Being the largest hawker centre in Singapore with over 260 food stalls, Chinatown Complex Food Centre offers foodies a full range of local dishes from chilli crab, black pepper crab, BBQ stingray, BBQ chicken wings, satay, carrot cake, char kway teow, 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, chendol, tau suan, and soya beancurd.
    • Foods are offered at the cheapest prices: Food prices at Chinatown Complex Hawker Centre are very reasonable and competitive because there are many stalls selling similar foods. Diners can enjoy a plate of chicken rice or a bowl of laksa at prices from S$2.50 to S$3.00.

    RECOMMENDED FOOD STALLS:
    1. Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu (#02-88)

    • Recommended dishes: Fried fish cake, Ikan Bilis bee hoon, brinjal, yong tau fu
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5
    • Opening hours: Tue to Thu from 05:45 to 15:00

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

    • Recommended dish: Steamed dumplings
    • Price: S$5 for 10 pieces
    • Opening hours: Tue to Fri 11:00 – 21:00; Sat & Sun 09:00 – 21:00

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

    • Recommended dishes: Soya sauce chicken rice, soya sauce chicken noodles
    • Price/pax: S$2.5 – S$4
    • Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00 (Closed on Weds)

    4. Jia Ji Mei Shi (#02-166)

    • Recommended dishes: Fried bee hoon, yam cake
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$4
    • Opening hours: Daily 07:30 – 22:00 (Closed on Weds)

    5. Hong Kong Mongkok Tim Sum (#02-97)

    • Recommended dishes: Hong Kong-style dim sum dishes
    • Price: S$2 – S$4
    • Opening hours: Wed to Sun 11:00 till sold out

    6. Cheng Ji (#02-190)

    • Recommended dish: Steamed fish head
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$10
    • Opening hours: Mon to Sat 12:00 – 21:00

    7. Hai Sing Ah Balling (#02-59)

    • Recommended dish: Teochew style dumplings
    • Price/pax: S$2.5 – S$3
    • Opening hours: Tue to Sun 12:00 – 21:00

    8. Zhao Ji Clay Pot Rice (#02-53)

    • Recommended dishes: Claypot rice dishes
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$6
    • Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 19:00 (Closed on Weds)

    9. Yue Ping (#02-65)

    • Recommended dish: Fried pumpkin cake
    • Price/pax: S$2 – S$4

    10. Terry Katong Laksa (#02-04)

    • Recommended dish: Laksa
    • Price/pax: S$2.5 – S$3

    11. Shi Xiang Satay (#02-79)

    • Recommended dish: Satay
    • Price/pax: S$1 – S$3

    12. Tian Tian Porridge (#02-185)

    • Recommended dish: Pork porridge
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$4

    GETTING THERE:

    • Buses: 2, 12, 33, 54, 63, 124, 143, 147, 190, 851, 961, 961#, 970 and CT1 (Walk 1 min from bus stop B05039)
    • Nearest MRT station: Chinatown MRT (NE4) (Walk 1 min from Exit B)

    2. Old Airport Road Food Centre

    Old Airport Road Food Centre Image: One More Bite
  • Best for
    Soya beancurd
    Hokkien mee
    Rojak
    Chee cheong fun
  • Nearest MRT
    Dakota MRT
  • Address
    Block 51 Old Airport Road, Singapore 390051
  • Old Airport Road Food Centre is a very popular place in Singapore to have wallet-friendly local favorites like char kway teow, prawn noodles, Hokkien mee, lor mee, kway chap, satay, rojak, and soya beancurd. This hawker centre has the highest number of famous food stalls in comparison with any other places.

    Highlights

    • Singapore iconic hawker centre: Old Airport Road Food Centre, one of the oldest and largest food courts in the island city, serves authentic yummy local food to many generations of Singaporeans. Absolutely, you will find all the popular Singaporean dishes there.
    • Offering the best soya beancurd in Singapore: The food court is home to some of the best soya beancurd stalls including the renowned Lao Ban Soya Beancurd and 51 Soya Beancurd. You will always see long queues in front of these two stores. The beancurd is offered at S$1.50 per bowl for original flavour and S$2.00 per bowl for almond flavour.

    RECOMMENDED FOOD STALLS:
    1. Albert Street Prawn Noodles (#01-10)

    • Recommended dishes: Prawn noodles, pork ribs noodles
    • Opening hours: Daily 08:30 to 23:00
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$5

    2. Lucky Char Kuey Tiao (#01-30)

    • Recommended dish: Char kway teow
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

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

    • Recommended dish: Fried kway teow
    • Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11:30 – 12:00; Sat-Sun: 10.30 – 12:00
    • Price/pax: S$3

    4. Nam Sing Hokkien Mee (#01-32)

    • Recommended dish: Hokkien mee
    • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 to 20:00
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    5. Xin Mei Xiang Lor Mee (#01-116)

    • Recommended dish: Lor mee
    • Opening hours: Daily 09:30 – 15:00 (Closed on Thu)
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$6

    6. Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun (#01-155)

    • Recommended dish: Chee cheong fun
    • Opening hours: Daily 07:00 – 21:00
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$4

    7. Blanco Court Kway Chap (#01-135)

    • Recommended dishes: Kway chap, pork intestines
    • Opening hours: Tue–Sun 08:00 – 15:00 (Closed on Mon)
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$5

    8. Katong Ah Soon Fried Oyster (#01-07)

    • Recommended dish: Fried oyster
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$5

    9. Holy Grill (#01-27)

    • Recommended dishes: Western / American grilled food
    • Opening hours: Mon-Sun 12:00 – 21:00 (Closed on Wed)
    • Price/pax: S$7 – S$12

    10. Toa Payoh Rojak (#01-16)

    • Recommended dish: Rojak
    • Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 20:00 (Closed on Sundays)
    • Price/pax: S$2 – S$3

    11. Chuan Kee Satay (#01-85)

    • Recommended dish: Satay
    • Opening hours: Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 18:30 – 23:00, Sun 01:00 – 23:00
    • Prices: 40 – 50 cents per stick

    12. Lao Ban Soya Beancurd (#01-127)

    • Recommended dish: Soya beancurd
    • Opening hours: Tue–Sat 11:30 – 20:00; Sun: 01:00 – 20:00
    • Price/pax: S$1.50 – S$2.00

    NOTE: There are only a few stalls offering Indian and vegetarian food at this food court.

    GETTING THERE:

    • Buses: 10, 16, 30, 30E, 31, 32, and 33 (Walk 2 minutes from bus stop B81171)
    • Nearest MRT station: Dakota MRT (CC8) (Walk 3 minutes from Dakota MRT (CC8))

    3. Maxwell Road Hawker Centre

    Maxwell Road Hawker Centre Image: William Cho
  • Best for
    Chicken rice
    Local sausages
    Raw fish
    Prawn fritters
  • Nearest MRT
    Tanjong Pagar
  • Address
    1 Kadayanallur St, Singapore 069184
  • Maxwell Road Hawker Centre's reputation as a place for delicious foods is spread all over Singapore. This food court has been featured on many television channels for offering excellent authentic local food at reasonable prices.

    Highlights

    • There are many famous food stalls at Maxwell Road Hawker Centre: One of them is the well-known Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall (#01-10), serving the best chicken rice in Singapore. Other popular stores are Zhen Zhen Porridge (#01-54), China Street Fritters (#01-64), Marina South Delicious Food (#01-35), and Hoe Kee Porridge (#01-45).
    • Great location in Chinatown: Strategically located in Chinatown and opposite the beautiful Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, this hawker centre is an ideal place for visitors to have a rest and enjoy tasty local food while exploring Chinatown.

    RECOMMENDED FOOD STALLS:
    1. Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice (#01-10)

    • Recommended dish: Hainanese chicken rice
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    2. Zhen Zhen Porridge (#01-54)

    • Recommended dishes: Pork congee, pork intestine congee, slice fish congee, raw fish
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$6

    3. China Street Fritters (#01-64)

    • Recommended dishes: Deep fried prawn fritters, ngoh hiang (local sausages), fish cake
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    4. Marina South Delicious Food (#01-35)

    • Recommended dish: Char kway teow
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    5. Hoe Kee Porridge (#01-45)

    • Recommended dish: Cantonese style congee
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    6. Guangdong Wan Ton Mee (#01-99)

    • Recommended dishes: Dumplings noodles, dumplings soup, pork noodles
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$6

    7. Special Shanghai Tim Sum (#01-92)

    • Recommended dishes: Fried dumplings, steam dumplings
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$8

    8. Lau Pa Sat Bak Kut Teh (#01-48)

    • Recommended dishes: pork ribs soup, pork intestine soup
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$6

    NOTES:

    • It is very crowded during lunch hours on weekdays.
    • There are a few stalls offering Indian and Halal food at this food court.
    • The food court is at the corner of Maxwell Road and South Bridge Road.

    GETTING THERE:

    • Buses: 80, 145, NR5 (Walk 1 minute from bus stop B05269)
    • Nearest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar MRT (Take Exit G, walk 6 minutes to Maxwell Road)

    4. Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre: Best Food Stalls to Try

    Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre: Best Food Stalls to Try Image: Choo Yut Shing
  • Best for
    Chwee kueh
    Roasted duck rice
    Pig organ soup
    Prawn noodles
  • Nearest MRT
    Tiong Bahru
  • Address
    30 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168898
  • In Singapore, where can we find a hawker place that serves delicious local foods in a comfortable atmosphere? The answer is Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre. You can find almost all popular Singapore dishes at this culinary place such as chicken rice, herbal soups, bak kut teh, wonton mee, and chee kueh.

    Highlights

    • A clean and spacious hawker centre: Renovated recently, Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre is now one of the cleanest and most spacious hawker centres in Singapore. This food centre is equipped with the latest mechanical exhaust system for each of its stalls and smartly utilized the open-air, so you will definitely enjoy the airy, comfortable and relaxing atmosphere there.
    • Located right above one of the best wet markets in Singapore: The hawker centre is situated on the second floor, while you will find the famous Tiong Bahru Wet Market on the first floor with fresh produce. Therefore you can at once enjoy mouth-watering Singaporean foods and experience the original feature of a typical Singapore wet market during your visit.
    • Stall #02-05 offers the best chwee kueh in Singapore: If you are a fan of chwee kueh or simply want to taste a delicious version of chwee kueh, join the long queue at food stall Jian Bo Chwee Kueh at #02-05.

    RECOMMENDED FOOD STALLS:
    1. Lee Hong Kee Cantonese Roasted (#02-60)

    • Recommended dishes: Roasted duck rice, char siew rice, roast pork rice
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$6

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

    • Recommended dishes: Steamed chicken rice, roasted chicken rice
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    3. 178 Lor Mee (#02-23)

    • Recommended dish: Lor mee
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$4
    • Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 06:00 to 21:00

    4. Koh Brothers Pig Organ Soup (#02-29)

    • Recommended dish: Pig organ soup
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$5

    5. Min Nan Prawn Noodles (#02-31)

    • Recommended dishes: Prawn noodles, pork ribs noodles
    • Price: S$4 – S$6
    • Opening hours: Daily 09:30 – 14:30

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

    • Recommended dish: Wanton noodles
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5
    • Opening hours: Sat to Thu 10:30 – 15:00

    7. Jian Bo Chwee Kueh (#02-05)

    • Recommended dish: Chwee kueh
    • Price: S$1.20 for 4 pieces

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

    • Recommended dishes: Yong tau foo, fishball noodles
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$4

    9. Tiong Bahru Fishballs (#02-20)

    • Recommended dishes: Fried fishballs, fried fish cakes, ngio hiang
    • Price/pax: S$1 – S$3
    • Opening hours: Tue to Sun 07:00 – 15:00

    10. Tiong Bahru Pau (#02-18)

    • Recommended dishes: Char siew bao, big bao, siew mai
    • Price/pax: S$1 – S$3
    • Opening hours: Daily 06:30 – 21:00

    NOTE: There are a few stalls offering Indian and vegetarian food at this food court.

    GETTING THERE:

    • Buses: 5, 16, 33, 63, 123, 195, 851, and NR5 (Walk 1 minute from bus stop B10141)
    • Nearest MRT station: Tiong Bahru (EW17) (Walk 8 minutes from Exit B)

    5. Chomp Chomp Food Centre

    Chomp Chomp Food Centre
  • Best for
    Satay
    BBQ stingray
    BBQ chicken wings
    Oyster omelette
  • Nearest MRT
    Lorong Chuan
  • Address
    20 Kensington Park Road 557269
  • Opening hours
    Daily 18:00 until late
  • Chomp Chomp Food Centre, also known as Serangoon Gardens Food Centre, is a well-known food court in Singapore. This food court has many different menus filled with awesome local dishes such as Hokkien mee, satay, carrot cake, bbq chicken wings, grilled stingray, popiah, fried oyster, and prawn mee.

    Highlights

    • A hawker centre catering for late-night diners: Unlike other food centres opening from morning to evening, Chomp Chomp Food Centre starts from 18:00 until late every day. So if you are hungry and want to have good hawker food at late hours, head to Chomp Chomp Food Centre.
    • Serving some of the best satay in Singapore: To many Singaporean foodies, Chomp Chomp Food Centre is a satay mecca. Pork, beef, chicken, and mutton satay are all available.

    RECOMMENDED FOOD STALLS:
    1. Ah Hock Hokkien Noodles (#01-27)

    • Recommended dish: Hokkien mee
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$5

    2. Ang Mo Kio Carrot Cake (#01-24)

    • Recommended dish: Carrot cake
    • Price/pax: S$3 – S$5

    3. Lucy BBQ Seafood (#01-06)

    • Recommended dishes: BBQ stingray, BBQ squid
    • Price/pax: S$6 – S$12

    4. Chia Keng Fried Hokkien Mee (#01-11)

    • Recommended dishes: Traditional Hokkien mee, Hokkien fried prawn mee
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$5

    5. Hai Wei Yuan Seafood BBQ (#01-01)

    • Recommended dish: BBQ chicken wings
    • Price: From $S1.20 onwards

    6. Ang Sa Lee Fried Oyster (#01-33)

    • Recommended dish: Oyster omelette
    • Price/pax: S$4 – S$6

    NOTES:

    • The food court atmosphere is quite hot because its ventilation system is not well maintained.
    • It is usually crowded at night.

    GETTING THERE:

    • Buses: 73, 136, 315, 317
    • Nearest MRT station: Lorong Chuan MRT (CC14) (Walk 21 minutes from Exit A)

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