Best Hawker Centres in Singapore
You haven’t experienced real-life Singapore until you’ve visited one of the many hawker centers dotted about the city. These cultural melting pots are the best place to enjoy an authentic bite to eat on the go, proving popular with workers and tourists alike at lunchtimes and even late into the night.
Some hawker centers are better than others; offering air-conditioned dining environments, while some offer more basic, open-air fare. Nevertheless, Deliveroo.com.sg believes Singapore’s street food is second to none. So, if you’re soon to visit the Lion City and you consider yourself a fanatical foodie, be sure to rustle up the courage to sample these five unique dishes available in most of the city’s hawker centers.
Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon – Maxwell Road Hawker Center
The Maxwell Road Hawker Center is situated in the thick of the Chinatown action, with more than 100 different food stalls in a casual dining environment. Open daily between 8am and 10pm, it’s a short walk from the Tanjong Pagar MRT station. One of the most interesting delicacies here is the Jin Hua Fish Head Bee Hoon, a soup flavoured with fish head stock and packed with slices of fish, tofu and pak choi. The soups aren’t served quickly at this stall, with the chef here only working on two pots at the same time, so patience is a virtue.
Hai Wei Yuan Seafood BBQ – Chomp Chomp
Chomp Chomp is somewhat unique as hawker centers go, given its night time-only operation. If you can bag a spot at one of the open-air tables outside, then do so – it can get very humid at the tables inside. With a specialism in fresh seafood, sampling the Hai Wei Yuan Seafood BBQ is an absolute must. Try the sambal stingray, which comes on a table of bamboo leaf topped with fresh onions and sauces. If you’re on a tight budget, Eatbook recommends ten Chomp Chomp food stalls worth trying.
Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa – Hong Lim Market and Food Center
If you fancy yourself as an adventurous eater, look no further than Hong Lim’s Famous Sungei Road Trishaw Laksa stall. The fruit juice crayfish mee siam is a uniquely sweet and tangy dish, while the crayfish laksa is also a flavourful yet wholesome dish that really packs a punch. The Michelin Guide states that Hong Lim was one of the first hawker centers in Chinatown, appearing before both Maxwell Road and the Amoy Street Food Center.
Song Kee Fishball Noodles – Lau Pa Sat
Lau Pa Sat is one of the most beautiful hawker centers to visit, with its colonial architecture a majestic sight whilst you sit and devour the best this 24-hour premises has to offer. The traditional Song Kee Fishball Noodles are extremely popular here, with fishballs hand-made using yellowtail fish meat and served with a fiery side of chili sauce that will blow your head off if you’re not overly enamoured with spice.
Allauddin’s Biryani – Tekka Center
Last but by no means least, is the Tekka Center in the midst of Singapore’s Little India suburb. The city’s Tamil-speaking population generally hang out here, with the ground floor boasting largely Indian-style dishes. You should certainly sample Allauddin’s biryani, with melt-in-the-mouth chicken thigh, curry and rice that’ll keep you going for hours at a cost of just S$5.
For those that are more content with authentic dining experiences than paying through the nose at characterless ‘five-star’ restaurants, hawker centers are the perfect way to experience Singaporean culture, one plate at a time.