The main attraction, well for me anyways, in Singapore was the food. Singapore has been KNOWN for its food for a long time. Not only for its abundance and deliciousness but also for its cleanliness of street food. Our goal in Singapore this time around was to eat AS MUCH hawker centre food as physically possible. Here are some places that we tried and definitely would recommend.
Tiong Bahru Hawker Centre
To be honest, this hawker centre is slightly out of the way. It’s a little far from the MRT station but its worth the walk. You must forgive me, for while I was at Tiong Bahru Market I forgot to take pictures of the stall itself so I don’t have pictures of the stall number or anything but there aren’t many stalls at Tiong Bahru that sell the same things so just follow the pictures and the lines are you will find it.
Everything we had at Tiong Bahru was absolutely delicious.
The Rice Cakes aka Chwee Keuh
The Char Kway Teow (which is an essential at hawker centres)
Chinatown Food Centre
This hawker centre is absolutely huge. There are rows and rows and ROWS of food. It felt endless and we got lost easily. Here we had the bbq meats from Outram park roasted meat which was recommended by a fellow food blogger but since I was coming from Hong Kong it didn’t taste that great so I would just skip it.
We also had the stall 178 Tiong Bahru Lor Mee which was really flavourful – would definitely recommend.
The specialty at Chinatown Food centre is the Popiah Roll – it personally wasn’t a favourite of mine but it’s worth trying because it is the specialty there.
Maxwell Food Centre
Maxwell Food Centre is famous for their Hainanese Chicken Rice specifically from Tian Tian Chicken Rice. Unfortunately, we visited Maxwell on Monday and they aren’t open on Monday so we opted to visit their brother store (literally opened by the owners brother after a falling out of some sort) but the Hainan Chicken Rice wasn’t very good there. Just stick to Tian Tian if its open, if not come back on another day.
We also had Stall 77 – Jin Hua Sliced Fish Bee Hoon – it’s basically vermicelli in a milk fish broth. It’s very flavourful and interesting.
Lau Pa Sat Hawker Centre
This historical hawker centre is close to the financial centre had has been renovated so it doesn’t feel as old as the other hawker centres. Its Victorian architecture gives it an interesting feel.
Here I would recommend the laksa and also the satay (the satay place is not inside the hawker centre but its around back from a little trolley outside – it opens at 7pm).
There are of course other famous hawker centres in Singapore that are very famous but they were outside my reach. Make sure to avoid the Singapore Food Trail “Hawker centre” it’s more of a tourist trap and the prices are higher than other places.
Ya Kun – For an authentic Breakfast
The kaya toast with soft boiled eggs and accompanied with strong coffee is the best thing to eat for breakfast. It’s hearty and definitely wakes you up in the morning. Dip the kaya toast into the soft boiled eggs then drink the coffee.
Singapore Must Eats – Here’s a list of foods that you must eat in Singapore that I may not have mentioned in my list of places to eat.
- Rice Cakes aka Chwee Keuh
- Fried Kway Teow
- Hainanese Chicken
- Sugar Cane Juice – perfect for the hot weather
- Singapore Chilli Crab (I didn’t like the Jumbo Seafood Restaurant one but it is the most convenient place to find it)
- Bak Kut Teh (Pork Bone Soup in Medicine)
- Hokkien Mee
- Carrot Cake (Chai Tow Kway)
- Rojak (Sliced fruit tossed with shrimp paste and peanuts)
- Nasi Lemak
- Ice Cream Bread Sandwich
- Don’t be afraid to try things that don’t look familiar to you or that look like black globs of mess
- Get all the sides that the stalls have on the side (like peppers, extra sauce, fried garlic) – it can help you customize the flavour to your tastes
- All Noodles in Singapore are amazingly powerful
- If there’s a line, join it, it goes fast
- Chinatown food centre and Maxwell food centre are quiet close to each other and Maxwell centre is close to Lau Pa Sat