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Enjoy While Sticking to Your Budget: The 5 Best Hawker Centers in Singapore

One of the highlights of Singapore is eating its famous chili crabs. [Image Credit: insatiablemunch/Flicker]

5 Best Hawker Centers in Singapore

Where can a traveler on a budget have a taste of the good local foods of Singapore? The answer is very simple: Hawker Centres. You can find a wide variety of local dishes at these food courts. From Fried Kway Teow, Chicken Rice, Satay, Hokkien Mee, Chilli Crabs, Laksa, and Yong Tau Fu, you can have a taste of what Singapore has to offer while still sticking to your budget.

Do not go home without tasting the laksa of Singapore [Image Credit: InterContinental Hong Kong/Flicker]

There are a lot of hawker centers with thousands of food stalls in Singapore, and you will surely not miss it. Here are the Top 5 Hawker Centres in Singapore that you should try.

Chinatown Town Complex Food Center

Chili Crab is one of the delicacies you can find in China Town Complex Food Center. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

You will find all the must-try local foods in Chinatown Complex Food Centre. Regarded as the largest hawker center in Singapore with more than 260 food stalls, you can find local dishes such as black pepper crab, chili crab, BBQ chicken wings, BBQ stingray, char kway teow, satay, chicken rice, prawn noodles, frog porridge, and different kinds of dim sum here. Foods are also at their cheapest price since there are a lot of stalls selling the similar foods.

Maxwell Road Hawker Center

Tasty chicken treat best eaten with hot rice and hot soup. [Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons]

There are a lot of famous food stalls at the Maxwell Road Hawker Centre and one of the most famous is the Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice stall which serves the best chicken rice in Singapore. Strategically located in the China Town, this hawker center is an ideal stopover for visitors who would like to take some rest while enjoying tasty local foods.

Old Airport Road Food Center

It may look plain but dipping the soybean curd in chili sauce can bring out an interesting, authentic flavor. [Image Credit: Wikipedia]

The iconic Old Airport Road Food Centre is one of the largest and the oldest food stalls in Singapore. Food stalls are serving authentic and yummy local food to a lot of generations. This food court is also home to the best soya beancurd in the country, the Lao Ban Soya Beancurd, and the 51 Soya Beancurd.

Chomp Chomp Food Center

Chicken, beef or mutton? You can choose the satay that you want in Chomp Chomp Food Center. [Image Credit: MarPa87/Flickr]

Unlike other hawker centers which are open from the morning to the evening, the Chomp Chomp Food Centre is catering to late night dinners from 7:00 PM until late at night. This food court is also a satay mecca where pork, chicken, beef, and mutton food stalls can be seen.

Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Center

Chwee Kueh is Singapore’s own version of steamed cake. [Image Credit: Cars Alfrink/Flickr]

A clean and very spacious food court, the newly renovated Tiong Bahru Market Hawker Centre is situated on the second floor of the building where you can find the famous Tiong Bahru Wet Market with fresh produces. You can enjoy the mouth-watering local foods made of the finest and freshest ingredients here. The best chwee kueh in Singapore from the Jian Bo Chwee Kueh food stall can also be found here.

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Written by Kaye Chang

Kaye is a freelance writer and author of "My Thrifty Thoughts."

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