The rule of thumb is that in hawker centres and food courts, the type of local food that you can find go by the same names. The real difference is in the quality of food and method of cooking. We’ve listed 5 places that we think is centrally located and worth the visit for some local street food. You can find street food and hawker fare in every food court you find in major shopping malls and in heartland areas, but these are the more popular and major coffee shops. For our local friends in Bedok, we apologise we did not include any options there!
The local dishes that you should try if you get the chance-
- Char Kway Teow (fried flat noodles)
- Laksa (curry noodles)
- Prawn noodles (prawn mee)
- Sambal Stingray (stingray with chili sauce)
- Satay (meat skewers with peanut sauce)
- Bak Chor Mee (noodles with minced meat)
- Chicken Rice
- Hokkien Mee (fried prawn noodles)
- Roti Prata (Indian fried dough served with curry)
- Mee Goreng (Indian fried noodles)
- Nasi Lemak (Malay coconut rice with chicken wing, fish cake, egg)
- Barbecued chicken wings
- Sugar Cane Juice
- Local coffee
1. Newton Food Centre
A popular tourist spot, some say a tourist trap. A favourite with locals and centrally located just on the outskirts of Orchard Road, Newton Food Centre still attracts a crowd on weekday nights and weekends. Check out the hokkien mee, chicken wings, stingray, char kway teow, and prawn mee.
Newton Food Centre
Address: 500 Clemenceau Ave North (S) 229495
2.Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Extremely popular with locals living in the area and attracts food lovers from across the island as well, Chomp Chomp food centre is a must-go if you’re in the Serangoon Gardens vicinity. Must tries are the stingray, satay, chicken wings, hokkien mee, and the giant glasses of sugar cane juice.
Chomp Chomp Food Centre
Address: 20 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557269
3. Tiong Bahru Market
If you’re in the area to visit the hipster cafes and shops, be sure to pop by Tiong Bahru Market for local fare for breakfast or lunch. For food, be sure to try the hokkien mee, char kway teow, rice water cakes (chui kway), soy bean, and prawn mee at this old-school market.
Address: 83 Seng Poh Rd, 168898
We’re probably get some flak for recommending this place because nothing about it screams authenticity and “local”. But we must qualify that this is a food court with table service . How can you beat that? We can’t attest to the food quality simply because we haven’t personally been there, but it can’t be that far off since it is done by the very reputable Break Talk group that has brought us countless food courts around the island with more than decent fare.
Palette Capitol Plaza
Address: 13 Stamford Road Capitol Piazza NEUE #B1-20/27, Capitol Piazza, 178905
5. Kok Sen Restaurant
This isn’t a hawker centre, but a very famous tze char restaurant. It serves very tasty local dishes and you can’t go wrong with picking anything on the menu. Very well located for dinner if you’re in the Keong Saik area. Grab a hearty local dinner here to line your stomach before you hit the countless bars around the area. You can’t go wrong ordering the fried rice, prawn paste chicken wings, kway teow, and claypot yong tau foo.
Kok Sen Restaurant
Address: 30 Keong Saik Rd, Singapore 089137
Hours: 12pm to 11pm Daily
We’ll help you tie in the different places to visit, where to go, and how you can plan your day so you maximise your visit in Singapore. After you’ve decided where to eat, where to drink, find out where you can shop!