Singapore’s Greatest Debate has everything to do with good food in Singapore. More importantly, it points you to where to eat in Singapore. To celebrate our Nation’s birthday, we’ve decided to tackle this controversial topic and list the top 51 Singapore food we think are the most iconic.

Today, restaurant menus are proffering contemporary fusion dishes of the most creative nature, such that existing categories fail to accommodate them. Also, if not already a wine-and-dine connoisseur, the average Singaporean Tom, Dick, and Ah Beng are, to say the least, food-savvy and know some of the best places to eat in Singapore. However, when we leave our beloved red dot city for vacation or migratory reasons, the comfort food we crave are not expertly al dente spaghetti, or a glass of sparkling Prosecco. What comes to mind are warm, crispy roti prata and thick, sweet milo dinosaur, or simply – Singapore food.

Let us take a digital food trail through a line-up of local dishes most of us grew up eating along with places to eat them in Singapore. May your eyes pop and saliva glands beg for mercy.

1) Ayam Buah Keluak

ayam buah keluak black candlenut spicy red chicken nyonya peranakan singaporeimage credit | flickr.com | Choo Yut Shing

A most laborious dish to prepare, this complex chicken stew of Peranakan origin has found its way into the willing stomachs of Singaporeans. The star of the dish is the buah keluak, or Indonesian black candlenuts. Along with the chicken, they are simmered till soft in rempah, a spice blend of belacan (prawn paste), turmeric, chili, and ginger root. The richness of the gravy is cleverly lifted by the zesty chords of tamarind and lemongrass.

Best Ayam Buah Keluak in Singapore

Straits Chinese Nonya Restaurant |133 Cecil St #B1-01 Keck Seng Tower Singapore 069535 | Tel: 6225 8683

2) Bak Chang, 粽子

bak chang glutinous rice dumplings brown salted egg chestnut meatimage credit | hookeebakchang.sg

Yes, manners maketh man, but don’t bother fiddling with utensils with bak chang. If we were plunged into a situation with only these rice dumplings as sustenance, the people who use spoons like a sissy would die out via natural selection.

Growing up, haven’t we watched our elders wrap these little bombs of carbs with dexterous fingers, knowing exactly which way to bend the pandan leaves? If only we could get our lives together with equal surety.

In 278 BCE, people dropped Qu Yuan little care packages of bak chang into the Han River, which were mostly filled with glutinous rice. Today, the insides have gotten all fancy-schmancy, with spiced minced meat, jujubes, salted eggs yolks, chestnuts, candied winter melon, pork belly, etc.

Best Bak Chang in Singapore<

Hiong Kee Dumplings 香记肉粽 | #02-37 Hong Lim Food Centre 531A Upper Cross Street Singapore 051531 | Tel: 65352783

Hoo Kee Rice Dumplings 和记肉粽 | 7 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069111 | Tel: 6221 1155

3) Bak Chor Mee, 肉脞面

bak chor meeimage credit | flickr.com | insatiablemunch

There is no greater satisfaction than digging into a bowl of bak chor mee the first thing when you step on home ground after a long trip. BCM snobs will laud the strict combination of minced pork, pork slices, pork liver, and pork meatballs. However, it is also not uncommon to see some hawkers experimenting with abalone, slices of flaky sole fish, dumplings, and onsen egg. Few can resist greedily sucking up the springy noodles coated with black vinegar and dried chili.

Best Bak Chor Mee in Singapore

Jurong 58 Minced Meat Noodle | 3 Yung Sheng Road Taman Jurong Market #03-150 Singapore 618499

Yan Kee Noodle House 炎记 | Yan Kee Noodle House BK Eating House 21 South Bridge Road Singapore 058661

Macpherson Minced Meat Noodles | 1382 Serangoon Road Singapore 328254

Lai Heng Mushroom Minced Meat Mee | Blk 51 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-62 Nghee Huat Eating House 义发美食 Singapore 310051

Hill Street Tai Hwa Pork Noodle | Blk 466 Crawford Lane #01-12 Singapore 190465

4) Bak Kut Teh, 肉骨茶

bak kut teh pork bones tender soup herbal peppery singaporeimage credit | facebook.com | Song Fa Bak Kut Teh

Unearthing a good bak kut teh stall is like turning out a nugget of gold. Around noon time everyday, hordes of white collar workers hurry along to Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh at Fusionopolis, all in a frenzy to beat the lunch crowd. Only the victors are guaranteed seats, and therefore the privilege to a bowl of this meaty soup with tender pork bones.

Malaysia and Singapore are constantly busting a vein in the temple over who has the better version of the bak kut teh. The flavour profile of the broth ranges from peppery to herbal, and is often absorbed by the pork due to the long hours of stewing. We say: less squabbling, more gnawing.

Best Bak Kut Teh in Singapore

Song Fa Bak Kut Teh | Chinatown Point #01-04 133 New Bridge Road Singapore 059413 | Tel: 6443 1033

Rong Hua Bak Kut Teh | 1 Fusionopolis #02-13 Connexis (Directly above One-North MRT station) Singapore 138632 | Tel: 6469 3536

Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh | 208 Rangoon Road, Hong Building Singapore 218453 | Tel: 6291 4537

Outram Ya Hua Bak Kut Teh | PSA Tanjong Pagar Complex, 7 Keppel Road #01-05/07 Singapore 089053 | Tel: 6222 9610

Read more: 7 Best Bak Kut Teh Eateries In Singapore

5) Biryani or Briyani

chicken biryaniimage credit | wikipedia.org

The heavenly aroma of the biryani must be one of the most seductive in the food arena. The subtle scent of basmati rice and the headiness of the unique blend of spices both promise of a delicious meal and a full stomach. Burnt, crispy bits and warm, curried meat combine to fulfill that promise. As Singapore has adapted this Indian dish to our own tastes, known as nasi briyani, the original biryani is now also known as dum biryani for easy differentiation.

Best Biryani in Singapore

Allauddin’s Briyani | 665 Buffalo Road #01-297 Tekka Centre, Singapore 210665 | Tel: 6296 6786

Bismillah Biryani | 50 Dunlop Street Singapore 209379 | Tel: 93827937

Golden Nur Biryani | Golden Shoe Food Centre, 50 Market Street #02-02, Singapore 048940

6) Cendol or Chendol

cendol gula melaka natural coconut milk dessert bowl singapore

Gotta hand it to the Malaysia for this one; finding freshly-squeezed coconut milk and good quality, unadulterated gula melaka (coconut palm sugar) in Singapore isn’t impossible, but uncommon enough. In adhering to authenticity, the squidgy green ‘worms’ we love chomping on are supposed to be a mild, celadon green. Yet, we’re sure you’ve seen some eateries serve up cendol of a radioactive shade.

These places below painstakingly source for pure, legit ingredients so as to ensure each spoonful for you is the creamiest yet.

Best Cendol in Singapore

Malaysia Boleh | Jurong Point, 63 Jurong West Central 3 #03-28 Singapore 648331

Dove Desserts| Kim Keat Palm Market and Food Centre, 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh #01-21, Singapore 310022 | Tel: 9272 5712

7) Char Kway Teow, 炒粿條

char kway teowimage credit | flickr.com | Alpha

Where is the best char kway teow? Where is the best char kway teow? This question has been repeated so tirelessly that it almost, almost, seems rhetoric. Luckily, such places are not nearly as elusive as the Fountain of Youth.

Weaving through the jumble of egg chunks, hum (cockles), lap cheong (Chinese smoked sausage), and fishcakes are sexy, glistening flat rice noodles and plump egg noodles. These days, doctors are trying to get in the way of us spooning more delicious char kway teow into our bodies, probably due to its high caloric content – to which we say: don’t tell us how to live our lives.

Best Char Kway Teow in Singapore

Hill Street Fried Kway Teow | Bedok South Market and Food Centre, 16 Bedok South Road, #01-41, Singapore 460016 | Tel: 90421312

Hai Kee Char Kway Teow | Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre, 11 Telok Blangah Crescent, #01-102, Singapore 090011

Zheng Xing Fried Kway Teow Mee | Block 210, Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-35, Singapore 310210

Lao Fu Zi Char Kway Teow | 51 Airport Road, Old Airport Road Food Centre, #01-12, Singapore 390051 | Tel: 83334828

8) Char Siew Rice, 叉燒飯

char siew riceimage credit | flickr.com | Steve Nagata

There’s a reason why slabs of char siew meat are protected behind glass. Without the barrier, a char siew heist will be inevitable, for how can anyone resist these prized, luscious hunks? The deep red exterior with black burn marks will reveal the moist, juicy pork within. This is the mark of a BBQ guru, who can achieve perfect caramelisation without drying out the meat.

When ordering char siew rice, who else eyeballs the hawker’s every move, especially when he unhooks the giant slab of char siew, willing him to cut one more, just one more slice?

Best Char Siew Rice in Singapore

Alex’s Eating House | 87 Beach Road #01-01, Chye Sing Building, Singapore 189695 | Tel: 63340268

Kim Heng HK Roast Meat | Blk 214 Serangoon Avenue 4, #01-88, Singapore 550214 | Tel: 62833695

Yee Kee Specialist Roasted Duck | Block 148 Silat Ave #01-14 Singapore 160148 | Tel: 96977083

Char Restaurant | 363 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208994 | Tel: 6842 7759

9) Chee Cheong Fun, 猪肠粉

chee cheong funimage credit | commons.wikimedia.org

This is a dish which makes up for its nondescript appearance with big, hearty flavours. Silky rice noodle sheets are rolled up, and then doused with soy sauce and sesame oil, or even with char siew drippings. That’s all there is to it, and yet, how could such a simple approach create something so tasty??

Best Chee Cheong Fun in Singapore

Pin Wei Hong Kong Style Chee Cheong Fun 品味港式猪肠粉 | Pek Kio Market & Food Centre, 41A Cambridge Road #01-25 Singapore 211041 | Tel: 9855 4864, 81802014

Freshly Made Chee Cheong Fun | 51 Old Airport Road #01-155, Old Airport Road Food Centre, Singapore 390051 | Tel:  94372455

10) Chili Crab, 辣椒螃蟹

chili crab singapore dish spicy mud crap redimage credit | wikipedia.org

Even angmohs confirm will know this. Crabs are chopped into sizeable pieces, before being stir-fried with sambal and tomato sauce. Ropy egg ribbons swim in the sauce, which is where the thickness derives from. This gravy seeps into the crab shell crevices, resulting in soft, succulent flesh. Since it would be immoral to leave even a drop of this spicy elixir, most restaurants serve deep-fried mantou buns for us to sponge up every last smear.

In order to woo your date and demonstrate you are an alpha male with the ability to provide for her, learn the art of retrieving the whole chunk of flesh from the crab claw unblemished. Who wouldn’t adore someone who can do that?

Best Chili Crab in Singapore

Mellben Seafood | 211 Toa Payoh Lorong 8, #01-11/15, Singapore 310211 | Tel: 6353 3120

No Signboard Seafood | 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-02, Vivo City, Singapore 098585 Tel: 6376 9959

Roland Seafood Restaurant | Block 89, Marine Parade Central, #06-750 Singapore 440089 | Tel: 6440 8205

Read more: The Ultimate Guide to the Best Crabs in Singapore!

11) Chwee Kueh, 水粿

chwee kuehimage credit |  flickr.com | Choo Yut Shing

Do you know why Daniel Powter had a Bay Day? Because he didn’t have chwee kueh first thing in the morning. They say cake is the breakfast of champions, but chwee kueh is the breakfast of conquerors.

The best chwee kueh places are those where the soft rice cakes are freshly steamed. Also, look out for generously dollops of chye poh (Chinese dried radish), with strong flavours that go pow pow pow. Sweet, salty, slightly oily, and umami (from the dried shrimp).

Best Chwee Kueh in Singapore

Jian Bo Chwee Kueh | Tiong Bahru Market, 30 Seng Poh Road, #02-05, Singapore 168898

勿洛水粿 (Bedok Shui Guo), Bedok Interchange Food Centre, Blk 207 New Upper Changi Road #01-53, Singapore 460207

正宗中峇鲁水粿 | 190 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310190

12) Claypot Rice, 砂锅饭

claypot rice chinese food one pot dish singapore meat burnt bottomimage credit |  flickr.com | Choo Yut Shing

A 15 to 45 minute wait is typical before you can have your claypot rice and eat it too. However, upon the first spoonful of this one-pot dish, your waiting time will be compensated in full. While your stomach was rumbling and your feet fidgeting, the charcoal stove was busy imparting the distinctive, charred flavour onto the rice, salted fish, and sausages. No claypot rice can be deemed ‘finished with’, not until we have doggedly scrapped out every last morsel of the crispy burnt layer at the bottom.

Best Claypot Rice in Singapore

Lian He Ben Ji Claypot Rice 联合本记砂煲饭 | Blk 335 Smith Street #02-198/199, Chinatown Complex Food Centre, Singapore 050335 | Tel: 6227 2470

New Lucky Claypot Chicken Rice | Holland Drive Market & Food Centre, #02-19, 44 Holland Drive, Singapore 270044 | Tel: 6778 7808

GuangDong (Hong Kong) Claypot Rice/Stew Soup | Haig Road Hawker Centre, 14 Haig Rd, #01-36, Singapore 430014

13) Curry Fish Head

curry fish head spicy pot sharing Indian Chinese Singapore cuisineimage credit | flickr.com | Douglas LeMoine

Regular eaters of this dish will know that the most tender pieces of flesh are the fish head’s cheeks. Some are too queasy to even meet the eye of the fish, but others relish digging them out for a yummy tidbit.

The curry fish head is another example demonstrating the imprint of different ethnicities on Singapore cuisine. A fish head is a traditional Chinese delicacy, but it is stewed in a fiery crimson gravy dominated by South Indian spice flavours. To adapt to the demands of different tongues, the curry fish head sometimes includes coconut milk and tamarind.

Best Curry Fish Head in Singapore

Hong Guan Cooked Food 宏源熟食 | Taman Jurong Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road, #03-139/140, Singapore 618499 | Tel: 6265 8860

Zai Shun Curry Fish Head 载顺咖喱鱼头 | First Cooked Food Point 253 Jurong East Street 24, #01-205, Singapore 600253 |  Tel: 6560 8594

The Banana Leaf Apolo | 48 Serangoon Road, #01-32 Little India Arcade, Singapore 217959  | Tel: 6293 8682

Muthu’s Curry, 7 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249671 | Tel: 6474 5128

14) Curry Puff

curry puffimage credit | flickr.com | Steel Wool

No Singaporean is perhaps located more than 30 minutes away from satisfying a curry puffs craving, even if you live in Punggol. We worship these puffs; on a bad day, they bring more comfort than a stuttering spouse. Yet, they’re really nothing fancy; each curvaceous little pocket is filled with creamy-soft potatoes, chicken cubes, and an assertive chili paste, and daintily crimped at the edges. They reliably contain more filling than air, unlike bags of potato chips (shame on you guys).

Mistaking the Hainanese curry puff for the Malay-style epok epok would be like confusing Tua Pek Kong with the Tu Di Gong. Both look similar, but the curry puff’s pastry shell is more flaky and buttery and sometimes baked, while the epok epok is usually deep-fried.

Best Curry Puff in Singapore

Katong Chicken Curry Puff | Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre, 84 Marine Parade Central, Singapore 440084 | Tel: 6440 1908

AMK Curry Puff |Super 28 Coffee Shop, 184 Toa Payoh Central #01-372, Singapore 310184 | Tel: 9672 6621

Wang Wang Crispy Curry Puff | Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road #01-126, Singapore 390051

Read more: Guide To The Best Curry Poks In Singapore!

15) Double Boiled Herbal Soup

double boiled herbal soupimage credit | chefquak.com

If you’re looking for local fare not blacklisted by the Health Promotion Board as artery plugs, this is it. In fact, the tonics and ingredients are specially chosen for their therapeutic benefits. The nutrition of the herbs are preserved and unharmed from the arduous double boiling technique, and confers upon the drinker a whole host of benefits, such as enhancing immunity, and warming the internal system.

Dedicated is the one who can simmer chicken or pork away for hours in the broth. If patience is not your forte, just check out the hawker stalls below.

Best Double Boiled Herbal Soup in Singapore

GuangDong (Hong Kong) Claypot Rice/Stew Soup | Haig Road Hawker Centre, 14 Haig Rd, #01-36, Singapore 430014

Earth Jar Treasure (瓮中宝) | 22 Sin Ming Road, #01-244, Singapore 570022 | Tel: 9383 1864

Seng Kee Black Herbal Chicken Soup, 467 Changi Rd, Singapore 419887 | Tel: 6746 4089

16) Durian

durian mao shan wang yellow nuggets singapore fruit image credit | facebook.com | Leong Tee Durian

Just as argan oil is the gold of Morocco, these soft, yellow nuggets enjoy similar pride of place in the hearts of Singaporeans. Not knowing where the best durian places in Singapore are can be grounds for divorce. – Don’t you care about me and my happiness? – Good durians aren’t cheap, and most Singaporeans have #yolo-ed at least once by blowing a few hundred quid on the best Mao Shan Wang or D24.

Best Durian in Singapore

Ah Seng Durian | 20 Ghim Moh Market #01-119 to #01-122, Ghim Moh, Singapore 270020 | Tel: 9465 6160

Nameless stall | 183 Toa Payoh Central, outside #01-306, Singapore 310183

Leong Tee Durian | 264 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437051 | Tel: 6346 6683

Read more: Durian Price Dip! 7 Places To Get Your Durian Fix In Singapore!

17) Fish Head Steamboat

fishhead steamboat fire pot fish pieces steaming singaporeimage credit | facebook.com |  Nan Hwa Chong Fish Head Steamboat Corner

The fish head steamboat is reflective of the cohesive dining practices in traditional Chinese culture. Fleshy bite-sized pieces of red snapper, grouper, or pomfret are dropped into a bubbling hot pot, and scooped out when they are cooked. It is customary for family members or friends to place the cooked pieces onto each other’s plates.

The eateries below are not only generous with their fish portions, but are famed for their delectable soup base, only obtained after hours of faithful simmering. Also, we heard on the grapevine that local celebs patronise them after a long day of filming…

Best Fish Head Steamboat in Singapore

Whampoa Keng Fish Head Steamboat Restaurant | 556 Balestier Road, Singapore 329872 | Tel: 6356 7371

Tian Tian Lai Famous Teochew Fish Head Steamboat 天天來著名潮州魚頭爐 | 3018 Bedok North Street 5 Eastlink #06-10, Singapore 486132 | Tel: 6443 8588

Nan Hwa Fishboat 南华昌(亚秋)鱼头炉 | 814 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 198780 | Tel: 6297 9319

18) Fried Carrot Cake, 菜头粿

Chai tow kwayimage credit | wikipedia.org

No cream cheese frosting in this one, not even carrots. Although we’re now stuck with the translation-fail name, strictly speaking it should be radish cake. We prefer the snappier colloquial version, chai tow kway. Whichever way you call it, this stir-fry of soft radish cubes, eggs, garlic, and chye poh is ubiquitous – spotted at almost every hawker centre, respectable or otherwise.

Don’t we cherish the love-hate relationship with this dish? Unable to resist devouring the yummy hot chunks, and suffering the filmy feeling on our scorched tongues afterwards.

Best Fried Carrot Cake in Singapore

Guan Kee Carrot Cake 源记正宗菜头粿 |Albert Centre Market And Food Centre, 270 Queen Street, Stall #01-59, Singapore 180270

Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake | 115 Bukit Merah View, #01-279, Singapore 151115

Song Zhou Luo Bo Gao 松洲箩卜糕 | Bedok Interchange Food Centre, 207 New Upper Changi Road, #01-18,  Singapore 460207

Xing Li Shou Shi 兴立熟食 | 630 Bedok Reservoir Road, Pasar Makan, #01-10, Singapore 470630

19) Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee, 福建虾面

fried hokkien prawn mee yellow white noodles singapore hawker foodimage credit | wikipedia.org

Although the Hokkien Prawn Mee has a chaotic appearance of yellow noodles, vermicelli, squid, pork belly, plump prawns, and pork lard chunks (optional), but all these ingredients merge to form a most scintillating fragrance. The noodles are fried till supple but not mushy, and a ladle of well-seasoned prawn stock is used to deliver a punch of aroma. If the richness is causing the flavour to droop, add some sparkle with a squeeze of the accompanying lime wedge.

Side note: the amount of lard cubes given is directly proportional to our happiness index.

Best Fried Hokkien Mee in Singapore

Tian Tian Lai (Come Daily) Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee | 127 Toa Payoh Lorong 1, #02-27, Singapore 310127 | Tel: 6251 8542

Xie Kee Hokkien Mee | 116 Upper Bukit Timah Road, #02-174, Singapore 588172

Hainan Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee (海南福建炒虾面) | Golden Mile Food Centre, 505 Beach Road, #B1-34, Singapore 199583 | Tel: 6294 6798

20) Frog Porridge, 田鸡粥

tian ji zhou frog porridge legs singapore hawker foodimage credit | eatthewalk.blogspot.com

This amphibian creation is one of the relatively healthier options. Springy frog legs (referring to the texture, not the horrifying ability to continue springing) are well-marinated and cooked in dark soy sauce till spicy and flavourful, and then ladled onto pearly white porridge. As with most local delicacies, you can instantly up the shiok factor by adding chili.

Best Frog Porridge in Singapore

Eminent Frog Porridge & Seafood | 323 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389359 | Tel: 9842 2941

Tiong Shian Claypot Frog Porridge 長城粥品 | 265 New Bridge Road, Singapore 088745 | Tel: 6222 3911

Lion City Frog Porridge 狮城田鸡粥 | 235 Geylang Road, Lorong 9, Singapore 389294 | Tel: 6746 8105

Sheng Ji (胜记) Claypot Frog Porridge | The Bedok Marketplace, 348 Bedok Road, Singapore 469560

21) Goreng Pisang

goreng pisang banana fritter singapore street food deep friedimage credit | commons.wikimedia.org

Pleasurable is the only way to describe the taste of this phallic snack. The sticky, gooey insides taste like honey, and the outside crackles when bitten into. A product of our eternal quest to create and consume the world’s greasiest offerings, goreng pisang is ghetto food at its best. Oh, a nutritious banana? Let’s dunk it in batter and deep-fry it. But wait, it’s still a fruit, so it counts towards our daily serving as prescribed by the HPB, right?

As difficult as it is (we know man), do exercise self-restraint with this fritter. A goreng pisang a day will get the doctor banging down your door.

Best Goreng Pisang in Singapore

Toa Payoh Lucky Pisang Raja | 177 Toa Payoh Central, #01-176, Singapore 310177

Lee Kee Goreng Pisang 李记炸香蕉 | 208B New Upper Changi Road, Bedok Interchange Food Centre, #01-61 Singapore 462208

Lim Kee (Orchard) Banana Fritters | Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-61, Singapore 069184

22) Chicken Rice, 鸡饭

Chicken Rice
image credit | pixabay.com | cegoh

Any discerning person can tell you, names can be deceiving. Chicken and rice? That’s the national dish? Ah, there’s nothing more gratifying than watching your foreign friends swallow the first spoonful, and being stunned speechless.

Behind the humble name are superstar flavours, only achieved by the multi-stepped cooking process. Although the white chicken slices are divine bites, it’s really the rice which takes first-timers by surprise. Far from being bland, each separate grain is permeated with a savoury taste, having been fried in chicken fat and cooked in chicken stock.

Best Chicken Rice in Singapore

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice 天天海南鸡饭 | Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street, #01-10/11, Singapore 069184

Boon Tong Kee Pte Ltd 文东记 | 34 Whampoa West #01-93, Singapore 330034 | Tel: 6299 9880

Da Ji Hainanese Chicken Rice 達記海南鸡饭 | Lorong 5 Toa Payoh Food Centre, 75 Lorong 5 Toa Payoh #01-31, Singapore 310075

Xiang Ji Chicken Rice 香记鸡饭 | Bedok Reservoir Road Food Centre, 630 Bedok Reservoir Road #01-26,  Singapore 470630

Read more: Best Chicken Rice In Singapore That You Tian Tian (Everyday) Can Eat!

23) Hainanese Curry Rice

hainanese curry rice scissor cut singapore street hawker foodimage credit | zacbhl.blogspot.com

Is there Hainanese curry rice in heaven? If not, we’re not stepping past the Pearly Gates. Picture steaming rice saturated by thick, peppery curry, and nestled under kongbak (braised pork), crispy pork cutlets, and chap chye (stewed cabbage).

Sadly, it is rumoured that this dish’s existence is slowly fading from the hawker scene, the completion of which will push us into an enormous existential crisis. Better hunt down the surviving hawker gems below now.

Best Hainanese Curry Rice in Singapore

Redhill Hainanese Curry Rice |  Redhill Market and Food Centre, 85 Redhill Lane, #01-95, Singapore 150085 | Tel: 8266 0845

Beach Road Scissors Cut Curry Rice | 229 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208905 | Tel: 9826 1464

24) Hor Fun, 河粉

hor funimage credit | chefquak.com

As hor fun makes for a filling, fuss-free meal, most people would settle for the can-eat-can-already, mediocre plate. However, technique is required to create a truly thumbs-up serving. The noodles should be sticky but clump-free, and the gravy has to flow like molten lava – neither too thick nor too watery. Above all, the noodles should also be just the right degree of charred; enough for the wok hei fragrance to rise through and nuzzle your nose, but not so much that it triggers the growth of tumours.

Best Hor Fun in Singapore

Changi Lor 108 Fei Lao Seafood 樟宜108巷肥老河粉 | 86 Bedok North Street 4 #01-165 Singapore 460086 | Tel: 6346 4116

Hin Fried Hor Fun | Ghim Moh Food Centre, 20 Ghim Moh Road #01-44 Singapore 270020 | Tel: 97521215

Por Kee Eating House | 69 Seng Poh Lane #01-02 Singapore 160069 | Tel: 6221 0582

25) Ice Kacang

ice kacang singaporeimage credit | Bryan Chua

Don’t eat foods with excessive artificial colourings, our parents warned us. For ice kacang, ‘excessive’ is right. Pink, green, amber, yellow, it’s pure psychedelia. Even so, that didn’t stop us from guzzling down the mountain of milky, syrupy ice, submitting to brain freeze just to reach the bottom, for that’s where the chewy crown jewels are – opalescent orbs of attap chee (palm fruit seeds).

Best Ice Kacang in Singapore

Annie’s Peanut Ice Kacang | Taman Jurong Market and Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road #01-01 Singapore 618499 | Tel: 8163 5678

Qing Tian Hot and Cold Desserts | Redhill Market and Food Centre, 85 Redhill Lane #01-60 Singapore 150085

26) Indian Rojak

indian rojakimage credit | wenywonderswhy.blogspot.com

Take note, this is not the conventional rojak, which is also listed below. More affectionately known as mamak rojak, this is a mad toss of ngoh hiang (five-spice pork rolls in beancurd skin), fish cakes, prawn fritters, dough balls, all dripping with a violently red gravy, which really is more intimidating on the eyes than the tongue. Exceptional hawker stalls will only fry the fritters and dough balls on demand, and not serve up soggy bits which have been sitting on display forever.

Best Indian Rojak in Singapore

Temasek Indian Rojak | Tekka Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road, #01-254 Singapore 210665

Sabeena Indian Food | Nan Tai Eating House, 262 Waterloo Street #01-29 Singapore 180262

Al Mahboob | 506 Tampines Ave 4 #01-361 Singapore 520506 | Tel:  67882257, 91322080

27) Kaya Toast

kaya toast coconut jam singapore breakfast on bread cold butte traditional hawker street foodimage credit | salehafyp.wordpress.com

Some may tout butter on sliced bread as the best thing man invented. But kaya and butter on sliced bread? That’s the real manna of Singaporeans. Sweet and nutty, kaya is a green custard jam wafting with the full-bodied smells of pandan and coconut milk. A bite of crispy sweet toast, a slurp of savoury soft-boiled eggs, and a sip of the bitter coffee, and never has a humbler combination brought so much joy.

Best Kaya Toast in Singapore

Tong Ah Eating House | 35 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089142 | Tel: 6223 5083

Killiney Kopitiam | 67 Killiney Road Singapore 239525 | Tel: 6734 9648

Ya Kun Kaya Toast | Various outlets islandwide

28) Laksa

laksaimage credit | zacbhl.blogspot.com

The thick, shrimpy aroma of laksa can be detected a mile away, unless you have a sinus infection. Coconut milk mellows down the sharp spicy tangs, and the resulting gravy coats the vermicelli strands, which are cleverly cut up such that a spoon will suffice. It’s party in a bowl, with prawns, fishcake, and cockles. Even Gordon Ramsay dabbled in creating this dish, but was no match for our own homegrown hawkers.

Best Laksa in Singapore

928 Yishun Laksa | 928 Yishun Central 1 #01-155 Singapore 760928| Tel: 97319586

Sungei Road Laksa | Jin Shui Kopitiam, 27 Jalan Berseh #01-100, Singapore 200027

Janggut Laksa | Queensway Shopping Centre, 1 Queensway #01-59 Singapore 149053 | Tel: 9622 1045

29) Kway Chap, 棵汁

kway chap braised pig innards intestines chee cheong fun chili singapore traditional hawker street foodimage credit | flickr.com | Suanie

If all the foods in this list enter a beauty contest, kway chap will be placed rock-bottom. A suspicious brown mishmash of rice sheets, wads of roughly hacked pig intestines, all swimming in a puddle of murky sauce, could this be the Frankenstein of local foods?

Give kway chap some love, and it will love you back with the spicy herbal gravy and expertly braised innards. Bowels in your bowels, it’s bowel-ception!

Best Kway Chap in Singapore

Tong Lok Kway Chap 同乐粿汁 | Eng Lock Koo Coffeeshop, 114 Pasir Panjang Road Singapore 118539

Xing Yun Kway Chap 幸运粿汁 | Round Market & Food Centre, 137 Tampines Street 11 #01-14 Singapore 521137

Guan Kee Kway Chap | 210 Lorong 8 Toa Payoh #01-24 Singapore 310210 | Tel: 9739 6960

30) Lor Mee, 卤面

lor meeimage credit | fatserpent.wordpress.com

Let us summarise the feeling of eating lor mee in three words or fewer: sibeh shiok. Some of the most famous lor mee stalls in Singapore are manned by aunties and uncles who are really acing the braising. Thank you for your years of hard work.

Lor mee is the ultimate dish to satisfy all your carb dreams. It is great fun to pull strands of yellow noodles out of the vinegary, almost gel-like gravy, but be careful not to tip out the hard-boiled egg, pork belly, fried prawn cakes, and meat dumplings.

Best Lor Mee in Singapore

Xin Mei Xiang Zheng Zong Lor Mee 新美香正宗卤面 | Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road #01-116 Singapore 390051

Old Bukit Purmei Lor Mee | 501 West Coast Drive, Singapore 120501

Lorong Ah Soo Lor Mee | Hainanese Village Centre, 105 Hougang Avenue 1 #02-51 Singapore 530105

31) Mee Goreng

brown mee goreng fried noodles chili cucumber singapore malaysia indonesia traditional street hawker food image credit | flickr.com | Alpha

We’re starting to spot a trend here. Presentation may not our strongest card—more than a handful of local dishes are simply ingredients thrown together and tadah. For mee goreng, they are: yellow egg noodles, onions, bean sprouts, mutton or chicken, tau kua (grilled beancurd), slices of fried or boiled egg, and garnished with chili. As if to make it look as bad as possible, chefs even char the noodles on purpose until blackened bits appear.

Oh, but how is it possible that this mayhem delivers such harmonious flavours? Spicy, smokey, meaty… That’s the last time we’re judging food by appearance. -regretful emoji-

Best Mee Goreng in Singapore

NM Abdul Rahim | Ayer Rajah Food Centre Stall 60, 503 West Coast Drive Singapore 120503 | Tel: 6774 7500

Hass Bawa Mee Stall | 84 Marine Parade Central Market and Food Centre, 84 Marine Parade Central #01-150, Singapore 440084

Ajimer Sharif Famous Satay Club Mee Goreng | Tekka Market Food Centre, 665 Buffalo Road #01-251 Singapore 210665

32)  Mee Rebus and Mee Siam

mee rebus thick yellow egg noodles brown gravy fried shallots hard boiled egg singapore malaysia traditional hawker street food

mee siamimage credit | flickr.com | Alpha

Mee rebus (top) is mee siam’s pudgy cousin; the former has thicker noodles and gravy. However, both are equally sedap (delicious), packing a blast of flavours.

Mee rebus has spawned several variations, but typically will include yellow egg noodles, lemongrass, shallots, prawns, ikan bilis (dried anchovies), and a wedge of lime. The rich flavours are in contrast to mee siam’s, which are tarter from the tamarind. Rice vermicelli, chicken, coconut milk, and slices of hard-boiled eggs are used instead.

Best Mee Rebus in Singapore

Afandi Hawa & Family Mee Rebus | Haig Road Food Centre, 14 Haig Road #01-21 Singapore 430014

Bedok Interchange Food Centre Inspirasi Stall 207
| New Upper Changi Road #01-11 Singapore 460207 | Tel: 6589 8494

Best Mee Siam in Singapore

Dju Dju Indonesian Food | 304 Serangoon Avenue 2 #01-14 Singapore 550304 | Tel: 91065951

Robert Mee Siam Lontong | Whampoa Drive Makan Place 91 Whampoa Drive #01-43 Singapore 320091 | Tel: 93838229

33) Mutton Soup

hougang jing jia mutton soup - old airport roadimage credit | smallpotatoesmakethesteaklookbigger.blogspot.com

mutton soup sup kambing lamb singapore malaysia street hakwer foodimage credit | shrineofgluttony.wordpress.com

There are two main types of mutton soup in Singapore – the Chinese version (top), and the Indian-Muslim version (also known as sup kambing). Don’t be goondu and mix them up.

The Chinese prefer their soup with zip zero mutton gaminess, stripped away by scalding oil. The piquant broth remains clear, despite having absorbed the essences of up to more than 20 types of tonics and herbs.

The whiff of mutton in sup kambing is unmistakable, but it’s a timid wave instead of a rude knock. The Indian-Muslims are partial to stronger flavours, a preference evident also in their bounteous use of spices. Isn’t it heart-warming how Singaporeans tweak their dishes so progressively?

Best Mutton Soup in Singapore

Hougang Jing Jia Mutton Soup | Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Airport Road #01-123 Singapore 390051

Cai Chuan Tou Mutton Soup 柴船头羊肉汤 | Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre, 115 Bukit Merah View #01-51 Singapore 151115

Yu Ji Herbal Mutton Soup 宇记药材羊肉汤 | #01-81 Whampoa Wet Market and Food Center

Herbal Mutton Soup 药材羊肉汤 | #01-75 Whampoa Wet Market and Food Center

Soup Kambing Haji M. Abdul Razak | Upper Boon Keng Road Market and Food Centre, 17 Upper Boon Keng Road #01-03 Singapore 380017

34) Nasi Lemak

nasi lemak coconut milk sambal chili rich rice fried chicken cucumber singapore malaysia traditional hawker street foodimage credit | flickr.com | Sham Hardy

Singaporeans chase after the best nasi lemak with as much fervour as Harry Potter zips after the Golden Snitch. Each plump rice grain is weighty with coconut milk fragrance, every spoonful a joy to swallow with the dense sambal chili. The deep-fried fish, chicken wings, fried egg, and ikan bilis (fried anchovies) combine to fling us back into sinful food heaven.

Best Nasi Lemak in Singapore

Nasi Lemak Kukus | 229 Selegie Rd Singapore 188344 | Tel: 8222 9517

Hi Leskmi Nasi Lemak | Whampoa Makan Place, 90 Whampoa Drive #01-24 Singapore 320090

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak |Adam Road Food Centre, 2 Adam Road #01-02 Singapore 289876

Qi Ji (奇迹) | Shaw Towers, 100 Beach Road #01-01 Singapore 189702

35) Otah

otah otak otak banana leaf fish paste orange red fish cake singapore malaysia traditional street hawker foodimage credit | wikipedia.org

If the otah were a person, it would be an unremarkable trench coat on the outside, hot hoochy mama on the inside. Unwrap the singed banana leaf package, and you’ll be greeted by a spicy fish cake the colour of flames, all but ready to tantalise.

Best Otah in Singapore

Nam San (南山) | 267 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427521 | Tel: 6244 2009

Lee Wee & Bros’ Foodstuff | 42 Lorong 1 Realty Park Singapore 536959 | Tel: 6535 6535

Otak Otak Kampong Wak Murset | Geylang Serai Market, 1 Geylang Serai #02-165 Singapore 402001 Opens 10am to 6pm daily, 2pm to 12am on Ramadan

Hiang Soon (Otar) Food Catering | 261 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799490 | Tel: 64833808

36) Oyster Omelette, 耗蛋/耗煎

oyster omelette singapore

We love oysters just as much as the next Casanova, and we go wild for generous portions of quivering oysters in an eggy blanket.

Mmm, each portly little globule that squirts juices when bitten down on, well, don’t mind if we do…

Best Oyster Omelette in Singapore

Ah Chuan Oyster Omelette (阿泉蠔煎) | 22 Lor 7 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310022

Ah Hock Fried Oyster Hougang (亚福蠔煎后港) | Ah Hock Fried Oyster Omelette: 90 Whampoa Drive, Whampoa Drive Makan Place #01-54 Singapore 320090

Ang Sa Lee Fried Oyster (红砂厘蚝煎) |Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Road #01-33 Singapore 557269

Ghim Guan Fried Oyster | Circuit Road Hawker Centre, 79/79A Circuit Road #01-60, Macpherson, 370079

37) Pau, 包

chicken pork meat pau hong kong singapore chinese traditional street hawker food steamed bun meat filingimage credit | yamnut.wordpress.com

On a cold night, cupping your hands around a steaming hot pau will bring a wave of blissful relief. An interactive food to eat, most of us have probably experienced the inexplicable satisfaction of gingerly peeling off the paper stuck to the pau’s bottom. The money shot comes when you tear into the fluffy bun with gusto, revealing the filling of tau sar (red bean paste), kaya, chicken, char siew, or mei cai (sweet pickled mustard).

Best Pau in Singapore

Tiong Bahru Pau | Tiong Bahru Market and Food Centre, 30 Seng Poh Road #02-18/19 Singapore 168898 | Tel: 6356 0496

Tanjong Rhu Pau |389 Guillemard Road Singapore 399788 | Tel:  6842 2112

38) Popiah, 薄餅

popiah roll skin wrapper snack singapore malaysia traditional hawker street food filing meat vegetables minced porkimage credit | potsoup.wordpress.com

Your chopstick skills got to be on point, or all the ingredients will tumble out before you even put a piece of popiah in your mouth. Not because the translucent skin isn’t resilient, but because the roll is simply bursting with pork, shrimp, bamboo shoots, lettuce, sweet chili paste, fried garlic.

Other than mahjong sessions, taitais often hold roll-your-own popiah parties, which are trendier than they sound, with tables groaning under platters of ingredients. Much more fun than rolling a blunt.

Best Popiah in Singapore

Kway Guan Huat Joo Chiat Original Popiah & Kueh Pie Tee | 95 Joo Chiat Road Singapore 427389 | Tel: 6344 2875

Old Long House Popiah | Kim Keat Palm Market & Food Centre, 22 Lorong 7 Toa Payoh #01-03 Singapore 310022 | Tel: 9171 7157

Qi Ji (奇迹) | Shaw Towers, 100 Beach Road #01-01 Singapore 189702

39) Prawn Mee, 虾面

prawn mee pork ribs yellow egg noodles soup red singapore malaysia hawker street traditional foodimage credit | fatserpent.wordpress.com

Alamak no, this is not the same as the Hokkien prawn mee (see above). Instead of being fried, prawn mee is a soupy noodle dish with sweet, fresh prawns, fried shallots, and tender pork ribs that yield all too easily off the bone. The soup ranges from deep brown to crimson, and throughout the simmering process extracts every molecule of flavour the prawn heads and shells provide. Man, really sorry for you people allergic to crustaceans.

Best Prawn Mee in Singapore

Albert Street Prawn Noodles (亚峇街大虾面) | Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road #01-10 Singapore 390051 | Tel: 9852 0881

Jalan Sultan Prawn Mee (惹蘭蘇丹蝦麵) | No. 2 Jalan Ayer (Off Geylang Lor 1) Singapore 389141 | Tel: 6748 2488

River South (Hoe Nam) Prawn Noodles (河南肉骨大虾面) | 31 Tai Thong Crescent, Singapore 347859 | Tel: 6281 9293

Read more: Top 11 Best Prawn Mee in Singapore!

40) Rendang

rendang lamb mutton dark brown meat spicy rendang kambing indonesian singapore malaysia traditional street hawker foodimage credit | flickr.com | stu_spivack

When a recipe involves several hours of slow boiling, you just know that the eventual creation will be worth the time. All the heat, time, and effort will condense into one magnificent dish. Such is how rendang is cooked. Coconut milk coaxes the sinewy meat fibres to relent, and lemongrass, ginger, chili, and turmeric suffuses the thick gravy. When you sink your teeth into beef (rendang sapi) or lamb (rending kambing), the juices gush out in a stream, and are wonderful with glutinous ketupat (rice dumpling).

Best Rendang in Singapore

Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant | 66 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088487 | Tel: 6220 6619

Old Bibik’s Famous Peranakan Rendang | 190 Changi Road #01-01 MDIS Building Singapore 419974

41) Rojak

rojak fruits ground peanut toss salad singapore malaysia street hawker food

Again, this is different from the Indian rojak listed above. Due to the nature of this dish, i.e. anyhow anyhow mix, it may be difficult to sieve out good eateries; anyone can toss it up. Also, SMH at people who Insta their rojak before eating, because 99999 filters won’t beautify this brown gunk. However, you’ll miss out big time if you turn up your nose at the delicious medley of cucumber, jambu (rose apple), pineapple, bean sprouts, starfruit, mango, you tiao (Chinese fried breadstick), all drizzled with a biting chili and tamarind sauce, and topped with chopped peanuts. It’s a salad at a raging rave.

Best Rojak in Singapore

Brothers Rojak |  See Lam Hern Coffeeshop, 449 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-211 Singapore 120449

Soon Heng Silver Stream Rojak | HDB Hub, 480 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #B1-23 Singapore 310480

Toa Payoh Rojak | Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road #01-108 Singapore 390051 | Tel: 6958 9380

42) Roti Prata

roti prata curry sugar flat bread dough plain egg singapore malaysia street food traditional hawkerimage credit | sethtan.wordpress.com

Seeing the prata man flip the roti prata audaciously is serious entertainment while waiting for your serving. Whether you opt for the plain or egg version, the hallmark of a good prata is fluffiness encased by crispiness, such that it even makes a ripping sound when torn into. The side dish of curry should also be one of flavourful depth, with edges of sweet, spicy, and sour.

Best Roti Prata in Singapore

Mr and Mrs Mohgan’s Roti Prata Shop | 7 Crane Road, Poh Ho Restaurant, Singapore 429356 | Tel: 9794 3124

Rahmath Cheese Prata |Toa Payoh Vista Market 74 Toa Payoh Lorong 4 #01-08 Singapore 310074

Sin Ming Roti Prata | Jin Fa Kopitiam, 24 Sin Ming Road #01-51 Singapore 570024 | 6865 8890

Read more: Best Places to Satisfy Those Prata Cravings

43) BBQ Stingray

bbq sting ray taman jurong

Stingray used to be considered second-rate seafood, until people figured out sambal is fairy paste and can make anything drool-worthy. Today, zi char stalls are frying up plate after plate of sambal stingrays. The fat, flat wing of the fish is fried with a chili concoction so spicy that your whole frigging mouth will ignite. People queue for hours for this sweet torture.

Best BBQ Stingray in Singapore

B.B.Q Seafood |Taman Jurong Market & Food Centre, 3 Yung Sheng Road #03-178  Singapore 618499

Changi V. BBQ House | Changi Village Hawker Centre, 2 Changi Village Road #01-09 Singapore 500002

M.M. BBQ Fish | Kaki Bukit 511 Market and Food Centre, 511 Bedok North Street 3 #01-36, Singapore 460511

44) Satay

satay meat skewers spicy peanut sauce greasy chicken beef lamb mutton singapore malaysia traditional kebab wooden stick hawker street foodimage credit | flickr.com | Sstrieu

Satay is a kebab-styled dish, and Pakalu Papito said ‘Why have abs when you can have kebabs’. Indeed, it’s impossible to stop at one, two, ten, twenty, when you start on your first stick. It’s great fun to dip them into the thick peanut sauce and tear off tenderized meat chunks, which are redolent of charcoal-fired smokiness.

Best Satay in Singapore

Lau Pa Sat Telok Ayer Market | 18 Raffles Quay Singapore 048582

Fat Man Satay | Old Airport Road Food Centre, 51 Old Airport Road #01-45 Singapore 390051

Cumi Bali Indonesian Restaurant | 66 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088487 | Tel: 6220 6619

45) Soon Kuey, 笋粿

soon kueh rice glutinous flour cake dumpling filing vegetables salty singapore malaysia traditional street food hawker chineseimage credit | lol8.blogspot.sg

Forming the Four Horsemen of the End of Your Diet are ang ku kueh (red), o ku kueh (black), kueh dadar (pale green), and soon kueh (white). The indication of a good soon kueh lies in its skin – even, translucent, and resilient, and no, this is not an SKII ad. Filled to bursting with turnip, black fungus, bamboo shoot, and hei bi (dried shrimp), each paunchy little pouch is a simple comfort to eat.

Best Soon Kuey in Singapore

Poh Cheu Handmade Soon Kueh | 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1 #01-230 Singapore 150127 | 6276 2287

Teochew Kueh Stall | 49 Sims Place #01-23 Singapore 380049 | Tel: 97686979, 96677569

Yong’s Teochew Kueh (榮潮州粿) | 1022 Upper Serangoon Road, 534760 | Tel: 6287 4328

46) Tau Huay, 豆花

soybean pudding beancurd sugar syrup jelly sweet singapore malaysia traditional street hawker foodimage credit | bakingquinn.blogspot.com

The supper staple of night owls, this silken beancurd pudding is the gustatory seductress of ultimate subtlety. Each velvety spoonful strokes your tongue coyly, and is delicately sweetened with syrup. It’s no wonder we can’t get the wobbly tau huay out of our minds. Haven’t we all experienced the following scenario once: all psyched to eat tau huay, but feeling damn sian at the long queue, yet too kiasu to give up?

Best Tau Huay in Singapore

Lao Ban Soya Beancurd | Old Airport Road Hawker Centre, 51 Old Airport Rd #01-127 Singapore 390051 | Tel: 8181 2201

Nine Fresh Desserts 九鲜 | 520 Lor 6 Toa Payoh #01-50 Singapore 310520 | Tel: 97766125

Whampoa Soya Bean and Grass Jelly | Whampoa Market & Food Centre, 91 Whampoa Drive #01-52  Singapore 320091

Read more: These Places Would Definitely Satisfy Your Tau Huay Cravings!

47) Teochew Porridge, 潮洲粥

teochew porridge teochew muay rice chili braised side dish salted egg roast meat singapore malaysia traditional streeet hawker foodimage credit | akoh63.wordpress.com

Who says you can only ‘have it your way’ with Burger King? Teochew porridge also grants us freedom to choose whichever side dishes we crave for. It’s really more of the manner of eating than a specific dish.

The rice grains are not boiled to disintegration, and retain their shape. Scrumptious sides include braised pork trotters, roast duck, fried pig liver, streamed fish, water spinach, salted egg, whatever the hawkers have got up their sleeves really.

Best Teochew Porridge in Singapore

Joo Chiat Teochew Porridge | 394/396 East Coast Road Singapore 428993 | Tel: 9880 7932

Joo Seng Teochew Porridge & Rice | 14 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599738 | Tel: 6463 0768

Soon Soon Teochew Porridge | 13 Simon Road Singapore 545897 | Tel: 9112 8112

Teo Heng Porridge | Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road #01-27 Singapore 069111

48) Thunder Tea Rice, 擂茶饭

thunder tea rice lei cha fan green soup vegetables basil leafy beans brown rice healthy hakka singapore traditional chinese hawker street foodimage credit | facebook.com | addicted2food

Doesn’t the thunder tea rice, or lei cha fan, look like a hipster café creation? It’s a traditional Hakka dish whereby tofu, tealeaves, beans, lettuce, kai lan, and basil are piled on top of, get this, brown rice! Definitely something that will sit well with the kale-revering and fibre-obsessed generation. Or, they may just go all the way and juice the whole thing.

Best Thunder Tea Rice in Singapore

Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre | 505 Jurong West Street 52 Singapore 640505

Holland Drive Market & Food Centre | 44 Holland Drive Singapore 270044

Thunder Tea Rice | Stall 12 Lau Pa Sat Festival Market, 18 Raffles Quay Singapore 048582

49) Wanton Mee, 云吞面

wanton wonton mee soup dumplings yellow noodles char siew roast pork green vegetables leafy singapore malaysia traditional hawker street foodimage credit | smittenglutton.wordpress.com

Supposing your zabor and you are feeling peckish after a night of grinding at Zouk, wanton mee makes for far better drunk food that a Big Mac. It is incredibly satisfying to chew through the fleshy char siew and the sweet-but-not-cloying ‘q’ noodles. Some prefer the addictive crunch of the deep-fried dumplings, while others find more pleasing the slippery, meaty soup version. Either way, we go wanton for wanton mee

Best Wanton Mee in Singapore

Zhong Yu Yuan Wei Wanton Noodle (忠于原味云吞面) | Tiong Bahru Market, 83 Seng Poh Road #02-30 Singapore 168898

Kok Kee Wanton Noodle 国记云吞面 | Hoa Nam Building, 27 Foch Road Lavender Food Hub (Zhuge Liang)  Singapore 209264

Ah Wing’s Wanton Mee | Empress Road Market and Food Centre, 7 Empress Road #01-106 Singapore 260007 | Tel: 9749 8315

50) Wu Xiang Xia Bing, 五香虾饼

ngoh hiang wu xiang xia bing platter fritter handmade stuffing fishball sausage meatball singapore snack malaysia traditional street hawker foodimage credit | streetfoodwarmsyourheart.blogspot.com

Most of us know of the famous and fragrant ngoh hiang, or 五香. They are often enjoyed with bee hoon, or fish soup, but did you know that this pork roll in beancurd skin is originally one in a five-part platter of fritters known as the wu xiang xia bing? The rest includes egg rolls, prawn fritters, pork sausage, and pork liver rolls. Today, most hawkers have added more options, like yam cake, fishballs, tau pok (deep-fried tofu), etc. The wu xiang xia bing sold in most hawker stalls are ‘outsourced’ now, and only a few places left in Singapore make them by hand.

Best Wu Xiang Xia Bing in Singapore

Lao Zhong Zhong Fine Spice Ngoh Hiang (Wu Xiang) 老中中五香酥虾饼 | 29 Tai Thong Cresent Singapore 347858

China Street Fritters | Maxwell Food Centre, 1 Kadayanallur Street #01-64 Singapore 069184 | 9239 6464

Hup Kee Wu Xiang Guang Chang 合记五香灌肠 | 1 Kadayanallur Street #01-97 Singapore 069184

51) Yong Tau Foo, 酿豆腐

yong tau foo stall display various items vegetables meat colourful singapore malaysia traditional street food hawkerimage credit | dailydietstruggles.wordpress.com

yong tau fu meatballs dry vermicelli sweet brown sauce sesame seeds singapore malaysia traditional hakwer street foodimage credit | justeatla.blogspot.com

Ask your makan kakis where the best yong tau foo is in Singapore, and their internal food GPS will kick into overdrive. There are simply too many!

General consensus: it really depends on the liao you choose. Although yong tau foo refers to fat tofu cubes, voluptuously stuffed with minced meat or fish paste, the selection has also broadened to include meatballs, vegetables, eggs, sausages, etc. Much like ordering steak, everyone has their own preference – to have soup, or with the sweet, sticky bean sauce.

Yong tau foo enjoys a reputation as one of the less sinful hawker options, but goddamn it, if you’re forever steering clear of the tempting sotong balls, then might as well go eat grass. Denial in moderation!

Best Yong Tau Foo in Singapore

Xiu Ji Ikan Bilis Yong Tau Fu | Chinatown Complex Market, 335 Smith Street #02-88 Singapore 050335

隆发 Long Fa Yong Tau Foo | 630 Bedok Reservoir Road, Pasar Makan #01-16 Singapore 470630
陈记客家酿豆腐 Chen Ji Ke Jia Niang Dou Fu | Clementi Central Market & Food Centre, 448 Clementi Avenue 3 #01-04, Singapore 120448
真姐客家酿豆腐 Hakka Yong Dou Fu | Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road #02-112, Singapore 069111

In our passionate pursuit of the top dog eateries, we can piously scour all 719.1 km² (latest statistic from Google), we’re willing to wait in line for hours, and we think zao xia-ing (breaking your voice) every other sentence the next day from eating delicious but heaty sambal is totally worth it. Don’t we Singaporeans adore our food so?

If scouring that many km isn’t really your thing, then why not let your fingers do the walking  and get a whole host of delicious grub delivered straight to your doorstep. Websites like FoodPanda and Deliveroo offer those not looking to travel or cook a chance to have their tummies filled with piping hot offerings in the comforts of home and with cashback to boot. You have to understand, this is Singapore and we take eating good food very, very seriously!

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