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Top food hawkers in Singapore?

My husband and I are going to Singapore for the first time and want to try the best street food! Where are the best hawkers in Singapore? 

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  • Jason Loe

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    Chinatown Food Street a little sterile for true locals looking for great food, but I am sure a great choice for first time visitors. See http://chinatownfoodstreet.sg/ or http://danielfooddiary.com/2014/03/07/chinatownfoodstreet/.

    Chomp Chomp Food Centre if you're a little more adventurous.

    And of course, you can't leave Singapore without trying laksa 328 Katong Laksa. Unlike the above two which are hawker centres, where you get a smorgasbord of local dishes, Katong Laksa is a standalone stall. But you must try laksa and otah. Gordon Ramsey challenged and lost to these experts in a cook-off. For a thorough self-walk in one of THE best food street of Singapore, go to Joo Chiat Rd. See http://www.tribe-tours.com/tours/eat-your-way-through-joo-chiat.

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  • james chia

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    One of the most famous hawkers is Maxwell Road Hawker Centre, there's a stall called Tian Tian Chicken rice of which Anthony Bourdain likes, other famous ones serves Fish Vercimelli, Baos, Porridge and etc. Do expect long queues during peak hour and weekends.

    Another great one is Old Airport Road Food Centre, which has great banana and jack fruit fritters.It also serves one of the most famous Prawn Hokkien Noodles in Singapore.

    These two are worth researching. Take note that the opening hours of some of the best hawkers could be irregular, research to avoid disappointment.

    *Look for stalls with the longest queues.


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    You can go to the Chinatown's Hawker Centre , the biggest hawker centre in Singapore with over 200+ food stalls. The nearest MRT to it is Chinatown station (look for Exit to Pagoda Street or Mosque Street or Temple Street)

    It has all kinds of food there, though it might not be the best in taste, but definitely almost the cheapest in Singapore. You can have a bowl of peanuts porridge for 1 SingDollar, (about 75c in USD)

    It's just besides the Famous temple - Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum. Over there opposite the temple (across the road), there is a smaller hawker centre, known as the Maxwell Food Centre. It's smaller in scale (about 100+ food stalls), but the food over there is generally nicer than those in Chinatown Hawker Centre.

    Near the Budda's Relic Temple and Chinatown Hawker Centre, there is a food street with about 20+ food stalls as well.

    Of course around that Chinatown area, you will see many rows of shop houses selling all kinds of food (mainly food from China tough)

    From the Chinatown MRT, if you go out by another Exit to People's Park Centre, there is another Hawker Centre there, known as People Park Food Centre. Over there, they sell similar food as Chinatown and Maxwell food centre.

    If you prefer western food and more cosy places (air-con), then from Chinatown MRT, you can go to next Station - Clarke Quay. Over there, you can see a sketch of restaurants and pubs on both banks of the river. From Clarke Quay (more on restaurants), you can walk down along the bank to Boat Quay where you will see mainly on pubs and bars

    Of course at both Clarke Quay and Chinatown MRT stations, there are a few little shopping malls as well selling food.

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  • Jae Oh

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    For international stalls in a recently renovated hawker centre, try the Telok Ayer Market (aka Lau Pa sat).

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  • Hem Jadeja

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    Clarke Quay is the best place to sample hygienic street food

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    I would suggest Lau Pa Sat

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    My personal favourite is the Golden Mile Food Centre just north of the Colonial district. The stalls serve mostly Hokkien Chinese and Thai food, but the Sup Tulang (sweet and sour mutton bones) is the best thing I've found. Bring hospital gloves though...the sauce stains your fingers! Other good ones are the Old Airport Road Food Centre and Maxwell Food Centre. Whatever you do, avoid Newton Circus and Makansutra Gluttons Bay centres - they're overpriced and of inferior quality.

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    There are tons of Hawker centres, you could try

    Maxwell Food Centre - famous for their chicken rice, deep fried oyster cake, ngoh hiang (something like meat fritters), etc

    Serangoon Garden WayChomp Chomp Food Centre - fried oyster omelette, prawn noodles, chicken wings, carrot cake

    Tiong Bahru Food Centre, Adam Road (Nasi Lemak) are just some of the few.


    Hope you'll enjoy the food! :)

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  • Edna | Expat Edna

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    My favorites by far as Maxwell Road Hawker Centre and Old Airport Road Food Centre! I wrote about them here: http://www.hostelworld.com/blog/top-5-hawker-centres-in-singapore/156909

    As for the best street food, I would recommend black pepper crab, fried tofu, and fish meat bee hoon. I wrote about those here: http://expatedna.com/?s=%225+best+things+I+ate+in+Singapore%22

    And don't worry about which ones are more 'hygenic' or not. Safety regulations are very strict in Singapore and I've never heard of any of my friends (some who've lived there five years or all their lives) getting sick from a hawker center!

    At the more touristy spots like Clarke Quay or by Marina Bay Sands you'll find food that is good, but the flavors don't taste as rich or authentic and the prices are hiked up. Would not recommend.

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    I asked this question of a friend that lived there for two years and my trip there just ended two weeks ago...

    The previous Trippy recommendation of Lau Pa Sat food centre is definitely one to visit. Make sure its at night and you like satay. During the day its pretty good too, but everyone talks about the satay here at night.

    From my experience, next I would say Maxwell Road Hawker Centre. There was a line down the block for The Tian Tian Chicken Rice stall: http://danielfooddiary.com/2012/09/13/maxwell-food-centre/

    Lastly, I can recommend the food centre in Tiong Bahru. Its a little hard to find because its on the second floor of a seemingly enclosed building, but in fact it rings an exposed courtyard once you get in and get upstairs. I don't have any stall recommendations in particular, but this neighborhood is historically going to lean Chinese in the dishes.

    My friend gave us more recommendations that we didn't get to visit, but the locals we talked to also re-affirmed: Old Airport Road Food Centre and Chomp Chomp Food Centre ... oh and Makansutra Gluttons Bay. I wouldn't see any reason to go all the way out to Chomp Chomp, unless you were already out there because the others in the city will give you what you need.

    Dishes to try: Laksa, Char Kuay teow, Prata (Maybe find a place in Little India), Razor Clams, Black Pepper Crab, Chicken Rice. I'll stop listing because its silly. Someone will no doubt tell me that I left something off, and they'd be right. ;-)

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    Go to a place called Little India

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    The area around Bugis Street has some good places, but there are many all over Singapore and the standard is high.

    There is also a decent place to try hawker food right by Singapore Flyer if you plan to take that one.

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      Bugis st behind Bugis square shopping centre.some of the best Singapore/Malay food around. · (0 likelikes)

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