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Heading to Singapore and keen to try some of the phenomenal traditional food? Head to the best Hawker Centres in Singapore!
- 1 What is a Hawker Centre?
- 2 A word about Hawker Centres
- 3 5 Best Hawker Centres in Singapore
- 3.1 Chinatown Complex, Chinatown
- 3.2 Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown
- 3.3 Tekker Centre, Little India
- 3.4 Albert Food Centre
- 3.5 Old Airport Road Food Centre
What is a Hawker Centre?
A Hawker Centre is a large open-air food centre that contains many (often hundreds) stalls that sell a variety of cheap meals. It’s like street food, but off the street! Most stalls are family run and specialise in a handful of dishes, that they do really well.
A word about Hawker Centres
Don’t be put off by the rugged exterior or dim lighting in the hawker centres. In truth, the first time I ever walked into one I secretly worried “am I going to get food poisoning from eating somewhere like this?” (awful of me, I know). You absolutely won’t! The hawker centres are all about really good and quality food on a budget, not the interior design or layout on your plate.
5 Best Hawker Centres in Singapore
Chinatown Complex, Chinatown
As the largest food centre with the greatest variety, this has to come top of the list of the best hawker centres in Singapore. It’s here that you’ll find the infamous cheapest Michelin starred food in the world, as the sprawling Chinatown Complex will not disappoint. Conveniently located near the People’s Park, it’s super easy to get to, fitting in nicely for lunch or dinner during any visit to Singapore’s Chinatown.
Best food stalls at Chinatown Complex
Located at 02-166
The most famous and arguably best food stall in all of Singapore is Hawker Chan, formerly known as Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (quite a mouthful, I see why they shortened the name!) Serving a traditional delicious chicken and rice/noodle dish, Hawker Chan was awarded a Michellin star in 2016 for it’s unbelievable under five dollar dish.
Note: Hawker Chan within the Chinatown Complex sometimes runs out of food by dinnertime, and the queues at lunchtime can go right around the corner. Either go for an early lunch to avoid peak times, or check out the Hawker Chan restaurant that’s located right outside the Chinatown Complex. There are now several Hawker Chan outlets in various cities around Asia, but the Chinatown Complex food stall is the original Michelin Star recipient.
Zuong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao
Located at 02-135
As another Michelin recommended food stall, Zuong Guo La Mian Xiao Long Bao serves excellent traditional food. Famous for its delicious Xiao Long Bao, Wanton and selection of steamed dumplings, this stall won’t disappoint. Located almost opposite Hawker Chan, try and get a dish from both stalls to share.
Jin Ji Teochew Braised Duck and Kway Chap
Located at 02-156
Although this hasn’t made it onto the Michelin list just yet, I’d say the duck dishes served here are arguably just as good if not better than the other stalls mentioned above.
Maxwell Food Centre, Chinatown
Although nowhere near as large as the Chinatown Complex, Maxwell Food Centre is well worth a visit. The famous dish to get here is the Hainanese Chicken Rice from Tian Tian Chicken Rice. It’s simple, but delicious, and again has received Michelin’s Bib Gourmand. The queues can get pretty lengthy here too, so try and visit in the mid-afternoon to get your delicious food a little faster.
Tekker Centre, Little India
For the best Indian food in town, head to Little India’s Tekker Centre. Famous for its hundreds of chicken biryani stalls, you won’t go wrong with any of them. Attached to the Tekker Centre’s food court area is a large fresh meet and fish market – I’d avoid it before you eat as it’s got that pretty strong ‘meat’ smell! Enter from the Southern part to get straight to the hawker food area.
Albert Food Centre
Located in a convenient spot if you’re staying the Kampong Glam area (as I’ve recommended in my Two Day Singapore Itinerary, we loved Hotel Boss), Albert Food Centre has a real mix of stalls, giving several good lunch or dinner options.
Old Airport Road Food Centre
Built onto the old airport’s runway, this food centre is a little out of the centre, but makes for the perfect stop off point if you’re visiting the Koon Seng Road traditional houses as part of your Singapore adventure. Like the Albert Centre, there’s a real range of food options here – something to suite everyone!
Enjoy experimenting with all this delicious food in Singapore’s best Hawker Centres!