Singaporean Hawker Food: Your Essential Guide

September 20, 2023

Char Kway Teow

70 Zion Road

Photo: Travis Kwek

A must-try is the smoky char kway teow, flat rice noodles stir-fried with Chinese sausage, eggs, and chives. Head to No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow for an exceptional version.

No. 18 Zion Road Fried Kway Teow

70 Zion Rd, #01-17 Zion Riverside Food Centre, Singapore 247792

Hainanese Chicken Rice

1 Kadayanallur Street

Photo: Tachchai Sutthasri

This iconic dish features poached chicken, fragrant rice, and a medley of ginger, garlic, coriander, and soy sauce. Taste perfection at Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice in the Maxwell Food Centre.

Tian Tian Hainanese Chicken Rice

1 Kadayanallur St, #01-10/11 Maxwell Food Centre, Singapore 069184

Oyster Omelette

166 Jalan Besar

Photo: Jeremy Tan

Sample gooey, crispy oyster omelettes with chili sauce and lime, a Singaporean favorite. Try Lim's Fried Oysters in the Besar Food Centre for a standout version.

Lim’s Fried Oyster

166 Jln Besar, #01-32 Berseh Food Centre, Singapore 208877


281 Onan Road

Photo: Lau Hong Ser Rojak

Known as Singapore's favorite salad, rojak combines fresh sliced fruits, blanched vegetables, tamarind, chili paste, palm sugar, lime juice, and crushed peanuts. Look for it at Lau Hong Ser Rojak along Onan Road.

Lau Hong Ser Rojak

271 Onan Rd, #02-14 Dunman Food Centre, Singapore 424768

Char Siew

4 Woodlands Street

Photo: Catherine Ling

Satisfy your cravings with char siew, succulent boneless pork seasoned to perfection with five-spice, honey, bean curd, soy, and hoisin sauce. Fu Shi Traditional Roasted in the Marsiling Mall Hawker Centre serves up this sweet delight.

Fu Shi Traditional Roasted Wanton Mee

4 Woodlands Street 12, Singapore 738620

Fish Head Curry

808/810 Upper Bukit Timah Road

Photo: T Chan

Dive into the intriguing world of fish head curry, an iconic Singaporean hawker dish. It features red snapper simmered in a fragrant coconut cream gravy infused with chili, cumin, curry leaves, and coriander. While influenced by Indian cuisine, the use of fish heads has Chinese origins. Try Karu's Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant along Upper Bukit Timah Road for an excellent rendition.

Karu's Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant

808/810 Upper Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 678144

Fried Carrot Cake (Chai Tow Kway)

115 Bukit Merah View

Photo: SL O

Experience a unique twist on carrot cake with Singaporean fried carrot cake, made from white Chinese radish, eggs, garlic, and preserved radish. There are two versions: the original and the black chai tow kway with sweet dark soy sauce. Head to Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake in the Bukit Merah View Hawker Centre for the best carrot cake in Singapore.

Bukit Merah View Carrot Cake 紅山景菜頭粿

115 Bukit Merah View, #01-37, Singapore 151115

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