Singapore is the best place to go for a food-centric tour in Asia. The country has affordable Michelin-endorsed food spots in its nooks and crannies. If you want to truly eat your way around the country and get bang for your buck, this tiny island should definitely go into your bucket list.
For a taste of what you can have in Singapore, we’ve made a list of some of Singapore’s top hawker centres and the stalls you should take note of for your visit.
5 Best Hawkers Stalls in Singapore
1. Tiong Bahru Market
Some of the greatest food finds in Singapore can be found in Tiong Bahru Market.
With some stalls dating back to the 1850s, it is no doubt that many store owners have perfected their menus. In fact, three Michelin Bib-Gourmand awardees can be found in this unassuming building.
For a Singapore classic, definitely go for Tiong Bahru Hainanese Chicken Rice. Hong Heng Fried Sotong Prawn Mee is also a good option for noodles, each plate cooked to order so you’re guaranteed to get yours piping hot.
If you’re feeling a little adventurous, Koh Brother Pig’s Organ Soup is also Michelin inspector-approved.
The fourth biggest hawker centre in Singapore, Tiong Bahru Market has a selection of 85 food stalls to choose from.
TIP: Just make sure to go there early, especially if you want to get these Michelin-recommended menu items as the lines tend to be super-long!
2. Chinatown Complex Food Centre
If you want a taste of authentic, traditional Chinese and Singaporean food, Chinatown Complex Food Centre is the place to go. Traditional food isn’t only yummy, but also infused with herbs that can boost your immune system, says PS Tan Digestive and Liver Centre.
While the food offerings at this place can be guaranteed to be the best in the country, food is sold here for cheap. As a matter of fact, this is where you can get the cheapest Michelin star dish in the world.
For only $2, you can get a serving of Cantonese soya sauce chicken from Hawker Chan (formerly Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice & Noodle). People also say their barbecue pork is not to miss.
Chinatown Complex Food Centre also has over 260 other stores, so you’ll never run out of food options. Try as many as possible!
3. Old Airport Road Food Centre
Located on the runway of the old Kallang airport, Old Airport Road Food Centre definitely has a nostalgic vibe. It is one of locals’ favorite hawker spots and tourists just got into the secret in recent years.
Here, you can get savory, fried flat noodles from the stall Lao Fu Zi Fried Kway Teow.
Old Airport Road Food Centre is also the place to overcome your exotic food fears as To-Ricos Guo Shi has the best kway chap, noodles in warm soy-based broth with pork belly and chewy pig intestines and skin.
4. Tekka Centre
For an Indian food fix that fills even the soul, Tekka Centre in Little India is the hawker center you must visit in Singapore. It is a treasure trove of mouthwatering North and South Indian dishes that will definitely make you feel as if you were transported to another country.
Among the many great finds at this food place, the Nasi Biryani at Allaudin’s Biryani is a crowd favorite. Each grain of rice is covered with Indian herbs and spices, topped generously with cashews, then served with chicken, lamb, or fish.
For a lighter meal, you can also opt for a freshly-made masala dosai from Sri Tiffin. We’d strongly suggest you try it.
And don’t worry about those nasty rumors some people have about Indian food. Low in fat and packed with vegetables, properly prepared Indian cuisine is healthier than most detractors think. Health experts at Urologist Singapore even say that the majority of the components of Indian food are rich in antioxidants!
5. Amoy Street Food Centre
If you want to hit many spots in your Michelin Bib-Gourmand itinerary, go to Amoy Street Food Centre in Chinatown.
When you go, make sure to grab a bowl of noodles. A Noodle Story’s twist on the Japanese ramen and Hong Kee Beef Noodle’s Hainanese beef noodles will surely warm your heart and stomach.
For sides, Hoo Kee Rice Dumpling serves the most unique steamed dumplings, with fillings such as the popular salted egg yolk. J2 Famous Crispy Curry Puff, on the other hand, makes the perfect crispy snack, like a crispy croissant but with a savory center.
These are only a few of what Singapore has to offer in its many hawker stalls that pepper the island. Whatever flavor you’re craving, it is always a good choice to go to one of these places as you’ll be sure to find a match.
With the plethora of food you’ll encounter in this beautiful melting pot of a country, it is important to remember to let go of your food fears. Trust us when we say you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on what the world has to offer.
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