Singaporean Hawker Food: Your Essential Guide Part 2

September 21, 2023

Chilli Crab

Riverside Point, 30 Merchant Road

Photo: Grace Kvamme

Singapore's must-try hawker dish: chilli crab. Imagine crab wok-fried with garlic, chili sambal, tomatoes, and egg whites.

Originally invented by a street hawker, Cher Yam Tian, in the '50s, it's an iconic dish. Today's recipe hails from Hooi Koh Wah, a '60s 'heavenly king.' Large mud crabs are fried in hot oil and served with steamed bao buns. Don't miss JUMBO Seafood's version.

JUMBO Seafood - Riverside Point

30 Merchant Rd, #01-01/02 Riverside Point, Singapore 058282

Curry Puff

220 East Coast Road

Photo: Phoebe Ting

24/7 Singaporean street snack: curry puffs, filled with potatoes, eggs, meat, or fish, fried to golden perfection. Modern twists include durian or chili crab fillings.

Influenced by Spanish empanadas and British pastries, it's a unique fusion of Malay, Chinese, and Indian flavors. Soon Soon Haut Curry Puff on East Coast Road serves them for a buck.

Soon Soon Huat Curry Puff

220 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428917


51 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428770

Photo: 328 Katong Laksa

Ms. Nancy Koh, the founder of Katong Laksa, spent six months perfecting the recipe, making it a beloved favorite in Singapore for 22 years. Yan Can Cook endorsed it in 2001, drawing interest from Asian celebrities.

328 Katong Laksa

51 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428770

Sambal Stingray

120 Bukit Merah Lane

Photo: Lawkoh

Stingrays, once overlooked, are now grilled with spicy sambal paste—flavors enhanced by lime. Star Yong Kwang Seafood at Alexandra Village Food Centre offers a standout version.

Star Yong Kwang Seafood

120 Bukit Merah Lane 1,#01-04, Alexandra Village Food Centre: , Singapore, 150120

Roti Prata

1 Kensington Park Road

Photo: Adrian Leong

Roti prata, an Indian import, is crispy flatbread fried in ghee. Served with mutton curry or lentil dhal. Stuffed varieties with eggs, cheese, or sweet fillings are popular. R.K. Eating House on Kensington Road is renowned for its roti prata.

R.K. Eating House

1 Kensington Park Rd, Singapore 557253

Hokkien Mee

Toa Payoh Lor 1

Photo: Wong S Y

Singaporean Hokkien mee, distinct from its Malaysian namesake, features egg noodles and rice bee hoon stir-fried with pork, prawns, and egg. Served with spicy sambal and lime. Come Daily Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee in Toa Payoh West Market & Food Centre is a must-visit.

Come Daily Fried Hokkien Prawn Mee 天天来炒福建虾面

127 Lor 1 Toa Payoh, #02-27, Singapore 310127

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